16. "Walking Distance"
Season 1, Episode 5
Waiting for mechanics to fix his car during an impromptu road trip, Martin Sloan (Gig Young) walks a mile and a half to the literal hometown of his youth, where he reminisces about 10-cent chocolate sodas and blissful afternoons on a merry-go-round before coming face-to-face with his 11-year-old self. Martin is the original manchild: so desperate to stay in the past that he's willing to derail his future. Turns out that’s fairly easy to do when you’re within striking distance of your pre-pubescent self. "Walking Distance" is notoriously aggravating for its airy ending. There is no great twist or sense of closure, but a haunting question about the value of our memories versus our will to make the future brighter.
15. "In Praise of Pip"
Season 5, Episode 1
In another episode about going into the past to understand the future, Jack Klugman plays a bookie who’s informed that his son Pip has been killed in action in South Vietnam and regrets not being a better father. Rattled, the man accidentally murders his gangster boss before stumbling into an empty amusement park, where he hallucinates a ten-year-old version of his boy. He spends his desired lost time with Pip, teaching him how to shoot before bargaining with God to trade his life for his son’s. It’s a bittersweet portrayal of sad-sack remorse and absentee father. Klugman's character pays with his life for a brief moment of bonding. Either his life wasn’t worth much, or that afternoon with his son was worth the world.
14. "Ring-a-Ding Girl"
Season 5, Episode 13
In this story of a Hollywood starlet returning home, the famous Bunny Blake (Maggie McNamara) is portrayed as often selfish and spotlight-sucking -- a characterization that throws us off the scent of what’s really going on. Before boarding her plane to shoot a new movie in Rome, Bunny receives a ring that shows her visions -- of a nebulous future, or not -- which prompts her to stop first in her old stomping grounds on the day of their annual fair. It’s a startling episode that proves a villainous cliché, who would have 3 million Instagram followers in 2016, can be a hero.