The trappings and conundrum of not being able to read minds, but having people’s thoughts forcibly transmitted to you is the basis of this enjoyable episode, revolving in and through the Twilight Zone’s mystique.
Dick York plays the role of the shy and non-confrontational Hector Poole, who when paying for a newspaper flips his coin into the tray, where it sits on its edge. As a result he begins to ‘hear’ the thoughts of people all around him in his head, even as they say different things to his face. The episode then follows him through his day, as he deals with both customers and fellow employees while being confronted with their unspoken thoughts and then trying to deal with that knowledge.
The moments of both good and bad decisions by Hector are played out with the touch of humour required to get the best out of the episode, and the conclusion ties up everything in a pleasing way. Dick York carries the episode with his ease of charm, and makes this one of those episodes that doesn’t promise anything it can’t deliver.
Rating: Let’s see you get that coin on its side again. 4/5