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"Four O'Clock" is an episode of the The Twilight Zone.

Episode Details

Opening Narration

That's Oliver Crangle, a dealer in petulance and poison. He's rather arbitrarily chosen four o'clock as his personal Götterdämmerung, and we are about to watch the metamorphosis of a twisted fanatic, poisoned by the gangrene of prejudice, to the status of an avenging angel, upright and omniscient, dedicated and fearsome. Whatever your clocks say, it's four o'clock, and wherever you are it happens to be the Twilight Zone.

Episode Summary

Oliver Crangle is a fanatic who maintains records of people he believes harmful to society, calling and writing to their employers to alert them of their actions, demand their immediate firing, and threaten to involve higher authorities if they don't comply. Unsatisfied with the results of his anonymous calls and letters, he searches for a more effective way to eliminate evil from the world. He settles on the idea of shrinking the "evil" people to two feet tall. He cackles at the idea of that plan. His acts attract the attention of the government, and Agent Hall is sent to investigate. Crangle tells him that he has finally devised a plan to shrink every "evil" person down to two feet tall at 4:00 that afternoon through sheer force of will. Hall dismisses him as a crank, recommends psychiatric help and leaves. Before departing, Crangle warns that Hall will be two feet tall but is ignored. When 4:00 rolls around, Crangle is dismayed to find that he himself has been shrunk to two feet tall. His parrot, Peter, calls him a "nut" for his actions.

Closing Narration

At four o'clock, an evil man made his bed and lay in it, a pot called a kettle black, a stone-thrower broke the windows of his glass house. You look for this one under 'F' for fanatic and 'J' for justice in the Twilight Zone.

Preview for Next Week's Story

As it happens to all men, a newcomer takes his first step into The Twilight Zone next week when Mr. Andy Devine joins us for a show called "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby". He plays the role of a storekeeper of the cracker-barrel variety, who stretches the truth like most people pull on taffy. This one is for laughs and for the congenital liars amongst you. Next week, Mr. Andy Devine - "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby".

Production Companies


  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1959) (USA) (TV) (original airing)

Memorable Quotes

Main article: List of memorable quotes from the first series

Home media release

This episode is included on the Image Entertainment Vol. 35 DVD along with "Static" and "The Parallel".


  • The glasses worn by Oliver at certain moments within the episode most notably at the very beginning, bear a striking resemblance to the iconic glasses worn by Henry Bemis in "Time Enough at Last".

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