Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Here's the TV.com description of "The Shelter", a third season episode of 'The Twilight Zone':

When a nuclear attack appears imminent, several suburban friends and neighbors fight over control of a single bomb shelter.

(I could have printed the full summary, but the whole point of 'The Twilight Zone' is the twist you never see coming. I will say this - "The Shelter" was one of the more realistic episodes....)

Dr. Bill Stockton and his family lived in a suburb of New York City, within a forty mile radius from the Big Apple. And since his small town wasn't named in the episode, I think we're free to give it a name; give it a theoretical link to another TV show which took place within a forty mile radius of NYC.
That's why I'm declaring the Stocktons, the Harlowes, the Hendersons, and the Weisses to be all living in Dunn's River, Connecticut. You may know the town as the location for most of the action on 'Soap' over thirty years ago.
This is where the Tates live.....
And the Campbells live here.

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say that this home owned by Dr. Stockton and his family is just a few blocks over from the Campbells, closer them perhaps than to the Tates.

My reason for the hometown of the Stocktons is that it had to be close enough to Manhattan for all the restaurants visited by the characters in 'Soap'.
Best of all, it may be a small town, but still big enough that nobody ever had to mention Bill Stockton or Marty Weiss or Jerry Harlowe. And they weren't about to go around bragging about that dark night back in 1961, so there's no reason for the Tates and the Campbells to know about it or discuss it.....

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