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Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? 

Following a frantic phone call about a crashed spaceship, two policeman try and determine who among the passengers of a bus at a snowed-in roadside diner is from another world.

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Ross
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Ethel McConnell
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Avery
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Haley the Bartender
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Trooper Bill Padgett
William Kendis ...
Olmstead (as Bill Kendis)
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Rose Kramer
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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. When the passengers are released and the bus follows his travel, one passenger returns to the diner and discloses a plot of the invasion of the Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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26 May 1961 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in February 1961. See more »

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The hidden actor providing the third arm for Ross (John Hoyt) had some difficulty coordinating the coffee cup for Ross to drink from. The cup doesn't quite make it to his mouth forcing Ross to hunch over for a sip. When returning the cup back to the saucer, the hand extends its ring finger to locate the saucer. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: 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 into - The Twilight Zone.
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The Invaders
1 May 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After an anonymous phone call about a spacecraft that would have crashed in a frozen wood, two police officers find evidences that the event really happened and apparently one Martian had walked away from the spot. They drive to the nearby Hi-Way Café and they find a bus stopped and seven passengers waiting the reopening of a snowed in bridge. However the driver tells 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. When the passengers are released and the bus follows his travel, one passenger returns to the diner and discloses a plot of invasion of Earth.

"Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" is one of the best episodes of this great series. The intriguing story has ironic and witty dialogs, funny characters and situations and a surprising and totally unexpected plot point in the very end. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Marciano" ("The Martian")


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