Meet Roger Shackleforth. A nice guy (if a bit nebbishy), who finds himself hopelessly in love with Leila, a top-shelf beauty who rebuffs him at every turn. In real life, he'd eventually get the hint and find someone in his own league. But this isn't real life. It's The Twilight Zone. And here, even the lovelorn can find help.
Help in this case comes in the form of Professor A. Daemon, who sells him a sure-fire love potion for a measly buck. Will the potion work? And if it does, will the hapless Roger be happy with the results?
"The Chaser," scripted by Robert Presnell Jr. from a short story by John Henry Collier, is essentially a romantic comedy (even in its darker moments, it never feels less than buoyant). It's a light, simple story with a twist, something of a trifle when lined up next to Zone heavyweights like "Eye of the Beholder" or "The Obsolete Man," but it works well enough. The direction by Douglas Heyes isn't quite as elaborate as some of his other efforts, save for the massive bookcase that occupies the Professor's office. Heyes speculated some years later that this set alone probably doubled the episode's budget.
Next week: Jack Klugman stars in his first Twilight Zone episode (he'll do a total of four over the show's five year run). He's a down and out trumpet player who's at the end of his rope. It's an amazing episode, not to be missed.