Nightmare At 20,000 Feet

Me mule wouldn’t walk in the mud. So I had to put 17 bullets in ‘im. — Groundskeeper Willie, “Treehouse of Horror IV”

Pursuant to observations from loyal McGarnagle readers ringo and Adam Sonzogni, please be advised that “Nightmare at 5 1/2 Feet”, the second installment in Season 5’s Treehouse ep, is a note-for-note treatment of that classic Twilight Zone tale, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”. You can tell, because the titles are similar.

The Twilight installment featured a beleaguered, pre-Star Trek William Shatner attempting to keep his shit together for the duration of a plane flight, while a shadowy beast pursued mischief on the wing.

Fancy shoes there, Gremlin.

As is the case with Bart, Shatner’s flight companions don’t believe his wild stories, even after he takes matters into his own hands.

Sadly, Shatner would later turn this gun on his own career.

“Nightmare” was also one of the three classic Twilight episodes that was chosen for remake in the 1983 feature film. This go-round, it was the man from La Mancha himself, John Lithgow, in the passenger’s seat.

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5 Responses to Nightmare At 20,000 Feet

  1. Mike long says:

    How about Apu singing a parody of “don’t fence me in”…”sir, you cannot take a pee unless you are an employee…”

  2. Jeb Gavin says:

    Tangentially related to the Nightmare at 20,000 Feet:

    In “3rd Rock from the Sun”, Shatner ended up playing the Big Giant Head, leader of the alien race to which Lithgow’s character belonged. In one episode, the Big Giant Head ends up in the wrong town, and has to fly to Ohio, where the family of aliens meets him at the gate. The BGH is drunk, since the stewardesses found it the only way to calm him down. He claimed to have seen something on the wing, to which Lithgow’s character immediately replies, “you saw it, too?!?”

    One of my favorite meta jokes, right up there with Barry Zuckerkorn, played by Henry Winkler, literally jumping over a shark during an episode of “Arrested Development”.

  3. sunshine the werewolf says:

    Love the twilight zone references. Professor Frink creating the robot who says the answer is love is straight from twilight zone episode ” From Agnus with Love” “high- larious”

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