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.
“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.