Episode 66 – Two
Good old Rod Serling informs us in the intro that the deserted and damaged town we are looking at is the state of society 5 years after a calamitous war. Into that town wanders a young woman in a military uniform who wanders about looking into the windows of the shops. After checking out a dress in a department store window, she spies a restaurant. Hurrying across the street, she enters the kitchen and rummages around for food. Before she can finish opening the one remaining can on the shelves a man appears in the doorway wearing a different uniform.
The two tussle and eventually the man knocks the woman unconscious. He turns back to the food and opens what we learn is a can of chicken. (Side note: I found this to be so distracting I’m still talking about it with people. I mean it’s fucking chicken! In a can!)
(For those of you who wondered what Charles Bronson looks like eating canned chicken, you’re motherfucking welcome.)
Anyway, after some thought the man decides he wants companionship more than canned chicken and rouses the woman and declares there is no reason for them to fight any more. She is wary of him, and they don’t speak the same language, but follows him around anyway.
As they wander the city, they stumble across a movie theater, instead of romance, they end up both diving for guns found on the bodies of long-dead soldiers. After a brief stand-off the man shoulders his weapon and continues on with the woman following.
As they pass the store with the dress in the window she was admiring earlier, the woman says the word for “pretty” in Russian. Understanding her meaning if not her word, the man removes the dress from the mannequin and gives it to her. The woman follows his exhortations to change in a nearby building while the man waits outside.
Unfortunately, the building is a recruitment center for the army the man was enlisted in. The woman surveys the propaganda on the walls and finds her anger with her old enemy renewed. She bursts out of the door and fires a couple of shots at the man as he sits unprepared on the curb across the street. His face singed but otherwise unharmed, the man decides to leave rather than engage the woman in combat.
The next day the man is seen getting dressed in a suit of civilian attire and carrying a couple of jars of preserved peaches. He spies the woman across the street hiding behind a truck and tells her to take her war to someone else. She rounds the truck and is wearing the dress he got for her, he tosses her a jar of peaches and she smiles. They walk off side by side.
This was a surprisingly straightforward romance episode. Really not much else to say except how surprised I was that Charles Bronson used to be attractive. Definitely worth a watch.