The Twilight Zone, season 1, episode 19: The Purple Testament. Aired February 12, 1960.
Toward the end of World War 2 in the Pacific, a lieutenant (William Reynolds) is tormented by the newfound ability to foresee which of his fellow soldiers are going to be killed. Darrin Stevens from Bewitched--I mean Dick York, his fellow officer, tries to get him to have his head examined, but that will have to wait until after the next battle, if there is an after.
As he's done a few times in this first season, Serling exorcises a few of his personal WW2 demons (he was wounded a bunch of times and his daughter said he had PTSD). "Picture a man, tormented by his past, who uses a popular TV show to work through his issues..." Another solid episode.
Richard Bare, who lived to age 101, had five wives, and directed almost the entire run of Green Acres, is behind the camera. In addition to Darrin Stevens from Bewitched, this episode also features Sam Peckinpah regular Warren Oates and film director Paul Mazursky. And we end with Shakespeare quotes in two straight episodes! Now we're cooking.
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