Tooth and Consequences

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"Tooth and Consequences"
The Twilight Zone episode
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Scene from Tooth and Consequences
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 16c
Directed by Robert Downey
Written byHaskell Barkin
Production code47
Original air dateJanuary 31, 1986
Guest appearance(s)

Kenneth Mars: Tooth Fairy
David Birney: Dr. Myron Mandel
Martin Azarow: Man
Nat Bernstein: Hobo
Oliver Clark: Dr. Walter Pinkham
Mina Kolb: Mrs. Taylor
Teresa Ganzel: Lydia Bixby
Jack Lindine: Hobo #2
Mitzi McCall: Middle-Aged Woman
Ermal Williamson: Mr. Frank
Peggy Pope: Mrs. Schulman
Jane Ralston: Receptionist
Ron Ross: Hobo #3
Harry Stephens: Eating Hobo


Episode chronology
"To See the Invisible Man"
"Welcome to Winfield"
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Dentist Myron Mandel has problems with self-esteem. He even feels the necessity to discuss it with office neighbor Walter Pinkham who is a psychiatrist. Mandel states that it feels like his patients shrink from his touch but the psychiatrist shoos him out of his office after attempting to convince him to let it go. Upon returning to his own office, Mandel tells his receptionist to send home the waiting patients, and he claims he is sick. The receptionist has had enough of his self-loathing and quits her job. Mandel goes out and dismisses his patients and says that he's going to do missionary work with Eskimos. In reality, however, he makes the decision to commit suicide.

As he tries to hang himself, a patient named Lydia comes to the office looking for a hairbrush that she lost the day before. Mandel gets the nerve to ask her out but she rejects him. After Lydia leaves, he again tries to hang himself but the light fixture breaks. He is caught by a burly man who identifies himself as the tooth fairy. When the tooth fairy asks Mandel if he can do anything for him, he wishes that Lydia would fall madly in love with him and that all of his patients would like him. His wish is granted, and yet it does not turn out as he had hoped. He becomes tired and overworked and Lydia constantly wants to make love. Mandel decides to run away from his new life and boards a freight train. On the train are a group of hobos who identify themselves as ex-dentists. They tell him that with them not around the tooth fairy gets more business.

Tooth fairy European early childhood fantasy figure, who visits children while they sleep, collects lost baby teeth, and recompenses with a small payment

The Tooth Fairy is a fantasy figure of early childhood in Western and Western-influenced cultures. The folklore states that when children lose one of their baby teeth, they should place it underneath their pillow or on their bedside table and the Tooth Fairy will visit while they sleep, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.

Closing narration

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