Posted in the blog "Postcards from the Zone," a blog focused on the Twilight Zone, the following entries were made on the page for "A Little Peace and Quiet:"
it was on chiller recently. This episode was one of the scariest. The final scene with the missle close up, was not the original final scene but done cause there were too many complaints the original was disturbing. The original ending was after she sees the missle in the sky (no close up) she walks further down and around a corner and sees a missle about 9 feet from hitting the ground. Penny then screams Nooooo and then the scene goes to black.
While this entry refers only to the 1980s version of the story, it does show that Twilight Zone producers would alter their episodes for various reasons. This original ending mirrors the original version of this story that I'm seeking.
In another entry on the same page, someone mentions an older version of this story describing exactly what I saw in terms of the ending and the look of the piece:
Although this is a good basic type Twilight Zone. I could swear I saw another version of this in black and white. I'm wondering if it was an original version ? Anyone else see another (remake) of this in black and white or older. The family does not leave the house and the show ends with the main character running out into her yard and seeing many bombs frozen in mid air.
Below this entry is another mentioning a similar older version, but with a scene that I did not recall or may have missed:
Yeah I have a difrent memory of this too but similar a boy or boys freeze time play around with people in a store sticking money in that mouths too pouting them in strange positions going outside and seeing the missile but I can't find it.
My full description of what I recall from the unidentified older version of the story is below. What I suggest is that this story in the form i describe was aired as part of an episode of Night Gallery and was then replaced with another short piece in the 1980s.
I should date these entries, but they are within days of each other.
I continue to search and found nothing via google nothing connecting Night Gallery and nuclear missiles other than links to episodes of the original Twilight Zone that are well known nuclear war-related stories but not the show I'm seeking. To aid recognition for the few who have seen this mystery episode, here is a shutterstock link showing missiles very similar to what I recall from the show I saw, except of course that the missiles were pointed toward the ground and suspended in the air:
Having re-read every plot of every episode of Night Gallery and having watched many episodes again I can say with certainty that the show I'm seeking was a Night Gallery episode and a typical example of the irony employed by that series. IMDB shows that there are episodes whose season were uncertain. Its likely that there are several lost episodes as well, with this being one of them. At the time I saw this show I'm certain that it had the Night Gallery introduction which is unmistakable. The actual story was short like many in the series. Some of these shorter stories were controversial at the time and were edited out with substitute stories, such as "Witches Feast." I had also seen that short story probably during a period of re-runs on late night TV years ago. This "contraversial" story was just a silly joke but it must have offended enough people for it to be yanked. I think the same is likely for the nuclear missile story which may have ruffled feathers back then.
I would greatly appreciate any Night Gallery enthusiasts checking their notes for any lost or pulled stories. Thank you.
At this point in time I have to accept that I cannot accept the given answer because while correct in story, it is not the screen version of the story I'm seeking. Please see the posts in this blog entry:
There are others aside from myself who have commented in You Tube comments, blogs and elsewhere that they had also seen a different version of the story "A Little Peace and Quiet" which is an earlier version likely from the late 1960s to mid 70's. It may have been B&W or muted color. Its not one of the episodes of the original Twilight zone and its also not in the Night Gallery series (though of all places that's where I expected to find it).
In the version I and others saw, the mood and feel are from the period mentioned above and with a muted color or B&W aesthetic. The housewife was much more representative of the nagging housewife of the 70's sitcoms and wore a bathrobe and curlers during most of the show. She was hostile to her husband and there were no small children around. It was very different from 80's era TV commercial characters and look. At some point she remarked to her husband that she was going outside. The house was much darker and drearier than in the 80's version. She wandered a bit in the evening darkness with no one around until she saw pointed tube-like missiles just above ground level. They a dark military gray and suspended maybe 7-15ft in the air. Upon seeing this the housewife panicked and screamed.
In my question regarding the ending sequence of Gargoyles I have doubts about my recollection but not in this case. Maybe a little concerted detective work will uncover this mystery episode. Thank you.
This one should be a lot easier to ID than my inquiry about a movie or show featuring robotic termite-like creatures with some similarity to Zanti Misfits (please see that post if you have even the vaguest recollection of it).
For this inquiry, here is what I recall:
A typical housewife (in curlers and a bathrobe) inhabits an earth whereupon every living and non-living thing is suddenly frozen in time except for her. WWIII had begun before the time freeze and the first fusillade of nuclear missiles is suspended just above ground level. She wanders outside of her house in the evening and sees the missiles suspended in space and milliseconds from unleashing their destruction.
I believe this is the final scene of the show and the extreme dilemma with which the housewife is burdened. What led up to this scenario is now hazy for me, though I believe she has the ability to unfreeze time, but will have to devise a miraculous plan to stop the missiles less than a moment before she unfreezes the rest of the planet. I think that the intended irony of the story is that she, being a typical housewife of the time (1960s-early 70s), doesn't have the slightest clue as to how to prevent the missiles from falling.
I recall she was arguing with someone (maybe her husband), dismissing him and his thoughts as trivial. This was likely to reinforce the irony of her dilemma.
I'm less certain about this detail, but she might have a limited period of time to devise a solution.
At this point I need to add that there must be an earlier and/or alternative ending to this particular story or episode. More than a few people aside from myself have specifically recalled an ending with multiple missiles in very close proximity to ground level. We also recall a darker and earlier style of filmography and more direct story line. Here is a link to a blog reflecting this reality:
I (and others) urge anyone with a similar recollection to weigh in with any comments or leads to help identify this earlier version. It was also mentioned that the ending of the 80s TZ version was changed to something less disturbing based on audience reaction (see above blog). The older version which had an even darker feel to it may have been removed from circulation completely. It was not among the Night Gallery stories nor can I find it anywhere else.