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[S1E8] Time Enough At Last


After some time, Bemis realizes that he's now all alone on a ruined earth with food to last him a lifetime, but no one to share it with. He's driven to the depths of despair and is about to shoot himself in the head. However, he spots something that raises his hopes: The city library. It turns out all the books in the library survived the blast, and now he has all the time in the world to read.




[S1E8] Time Enough at Last



Finding himself alone in a shattered world with canned food to last him a lifetime and no means of leaving to look for other survivors, Bemis succumbs to despair. As he prepares to kill himself using a revolver he has found, Bemis sees the ruins of the public library in the distance. Investigating, he finds that the books are still intact; all the books he could ever hope for are his for the reading, and time to read them without interruption.


Although the overriding message may seem to "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it", there are other themes throughout the episode as well.[7] Among these is the question of solitude versus loneliness, as embodied by Bemis' moment of near-suicide. Additionally, the portrayal of societal attitudes toward books speaks to the contemporary decline of traditional literature and how, given enough time, reading may become a relic of the past.[9][10] At the same time, the ending "punishes Bemis for his antisocial behavior, and his greatest desire is thwarted".[11]


  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: The aesop has been taken to be Be Careful What You Wish For but some viewers interpreted the aesop as being "have an extra pair of prescription eyeglasses in case of Armageddon". According to The Other Wiki, Burgess Meredith felt the ending was about how even the greatest inventions or innovations created to help people, eventually become mundane and taken for granted. Noting that nobody really thinks much about Bemis' poor eyesight or his glasses, until the end when he actually breaks them.

  • If not for the Cruel Twist Ending, the episode could have served as a pro-literature/pro-reading story, as everyone who ridiculed Bemis for his love of reading is gone by the end; and Bemis, the only one who cared about reading, is now the only one who is still alive on the earth.

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Beamis an arrogant bibliophile who deserves the scorn of his wife and boss? Or does Beamis behave the way he does because his wife is so shrill?

  • Diagnosed by the Audience: Is Beamis autistic? He combines an obsessive hobby with poor social interaction, as shown by his neglect of one of his customers.

  • Inferred Holocaust: Aside from being alone and not being able to read, Beamis is stranded in the middle of nowhere with extremely poor vision. Unless he is lucky enough to stumble into some glasses shop, his chances of survival don't look that promising.

  • It Was His Sled: The ending has been repeatedly referenced and parodied in popular culture; this episode also remains one of the best known and biggest fan favorites of the original Twilight Zone series.

  • Karmic Overkill: One of the most infamous examples. Was Beamis neglecting other aspects of his life in favor of reading? Yes. Does he deserve to end up alone, blind, and helpless in a shattered world? Probably not.

  • Signature Scene: The twist ending is perhaps the most famous one in the history of The Twilight Zone.

  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Rod Serling's intent with the Downer Ending was that Henry Bemis got what was coming to him for not being "normal." But just about everyone who saw it instead thought it was downright Karmic Overkill.

  • Values Dissonance: Rod's intent in the Downer Ending was to punish Henry Bemis because he refused to be "normal". In the modern age where men have strived for pursuits that do not fit the masculine or prescribed stereotypes of men the intent definitely comes off as overkill and extremely derogatory.

  • Values Resonance: Bemis' plight would be similar to a modern day man who is now able to learn or do almost anything due to the Internet. Information at the touch of the finger. But what happens if all electricity went out after an apocalypse? All that accumulated knowledge, gone.

  • The Woobie: The main character Henry Bemis is this. He never has any time to do the one thing he loves, has an unhappy married life in addition to an equally-unhappy work life, and is left all alone after the hydrogen bomb outside the bank vault goes off. When he finally sees the good in his situation and learns he has all the time in the world to read all the books he wants, it's snatched right under him the moment his glasses break.



Catalyst: During lunch one day, Bemis hides in the bank vault, enjoying his time alone while he eats and reads. He picks up the newspaper to read the headline proclaiming the dangers of the H-Bomb. Seconds later, a blast shakes the building.


Midpoint: After accepting the fact that he is the lone survivor, Bemis sits and has a meal. He is momentarily content that he has enough food to last him for a lifetime. It seems that he finally has what he wants: time to be alone in a world where not everyone is against him.


Henry Bemis is a bank teller who loves to read books. However, he gets in trouble for reading on his breaks at work and condemned by his wife at home when he attempts to read in his free time. Upon finding himself to be the lone survivor of a nuclear attack, Henry Bemis soon finds he has time enough to read any book he wants, only fate has other plans for him.


In L.A. visiting her father, Buffy now demands an explanation for Angel having went to her town and followed her behind her back. Angel, though he apologizes for the way he handled things, remains convinced he did the right thing.They conclude that they should stick to the plan: keep their distance time enough so they forget. As Buffy turns to leave, a sword-wielding warrior demon crashes in through the window and knocks Angel to the floor. Buffy disarms the demon and engages it hand to hand, allowing Angel to retrieve the sword and plunge it into the demon's abdomen. The demon escapes back through the smashed window. Finding themselves in uncomfortable proximity, Buffy and Angel sort themselves out and prepare to give chase.


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