Twilight Zone – Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up

★★★★★  May 26, 1961 Season 2 Episode 28

If you want to see where we are…HERE is a list of the episodes.

This one makes my top ten of the Twilight Zones. It has a little of everything. You get to know the characters well in this episode. The one that lightened the episode up was the great character actor Jack Elam who played Avery…listed as the “crazy man.” This episode has some great dialog and it is a “who is it?” until the very end.

A bus of 6 or is it 7 exits the bus because of an icy bridge in some far away place. There is a suspected Martian in the bunch…but who is it? Will paranoia turn everyone against each other? This episode is just as much about human nature as it is Martians.

This episode is a great one.


Barney Phillips on the third eye: They had run a wire over my head concealed in my hair and one of the property men was concealed behind me, manipulating the trigger on the wire to effectuate the rolling of the eyeball in the socket. They had done a very big makeup job. They made a cast of the eye socket. I guess they must have spent well over a day working with me fitting that device prior to the actual shooting of the show.

Every time that that particular segment is televised, without exception, the next day I’m greeted by somebody, some total stranger along the way, who says, My God, where’s the third eye?

This show was written by Rod Serling

Rod Serling’s Opening Narration: 

Wintry February night, the present. Order of events: a phone call from a frightened woman notating the arrival of an unidentified flying object, then the checkout you’ve just witnessed, with two state troopers verifying the event – but with nothing more enlightening to add beyond evidence of some tracks leading across the highway to a diner. You’ve heard of trying to find a needle in a haystack? Well, stay with us now, and you’ll be part of an investigating team whose mission is not to find that proverbial needle, no, their task is even harder. They’ve got to find a Martian in a diner, and in just a moment you’ll search with them, because you’ve just landed – in The Twilight Zone.


After an anonymous phone call about a spacecraft that crashed in a frozen wood, two police officers find evidence that the event really happened. Apparently one alien had walked away from the spot. They drive to the nearby highway Café and they find a bus with seven passengers waiting for the reopening of a snowed in bridge. However the driver says that he had only six passengers when he parked the bus. While interrogating the travelers, weird things happen in the diner, with the lights switching on and off and the turntable turning on and off.

Rod Serling’s Closing Narration:

Incident on a small island, to be believed or disbelieved. However, if a sour-faced dandy named Ross or a big, good-natured counterman who handles a spatula as if he’d been born with one in his mouth, – if either of these two entities walk onto your premises, you’d better hold their hands – all three of them – or check the color of their eyes – all three of them. The gentlemen in question might try to pull you in – to The Twilight Zone.


Rod Serling…Narrator
John Hoyt…Ross, the businessman
Jean Willes…Ethel McConnell, the dancer
Jack Elam…Avery, the crazy man
Barney Phillips…Haley, the cook
John Archer…Trooper Bill Padgett
William Kendis…Olmstead, the bus driver
Morgan Jones…Trooper Dan Perry
Gertrude Flynn…Rose Kramer, the older wife
Bill Erwin…Peter Kramer, the older husband
Jill Ellis…Connie Prince, the younger wife
Ron Kipling…George Prince, the younger husband


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23 thoughts on “Twilight Zone – Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up”

  1. I remember reading of this one when you picked the best of, about a year back. Definitely one I need to see, sounds excellent , even if theme-wise it sounds just a bit like the one with the lights going off on (Maple?) that street.

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  2. How did I miss you posting this one?? I’ve been waiting for it. To me this is one of the more harrowing episodes, knowing without question that one of these characters is an ET. Was NOT expecting that ending. Jack Elam was one heck of a screen presence. I always enjoy seeing him pop up on the screen.

    On the subject of TZ, I watched the first 2 episodes of S3 last night.

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    1. It’s one of my favorite episodes… Elam was great as the kooky guy. I didn’t see it coming either. The next one is one HUGE social statement.

      Oh yea…”Two” with Montgomery and Bronson…that is a great cast!

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  3. Fantastic episode ! Agree with the 5 stars! Right when it started I was thinking this would make a great one hour episode or a great Xfiles one. And loved the twist at the end !

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