Shelter Skelter

” Shelter Skelter ” is the second segment of the thirty-third episode and the ninth episode of the second season (1986-87) of the television series The Twilight Zone .


Harry Dobbs is a family man obsessed with surviving a nuclear war , and he has even built a fallout shelter in his basement. One afternoon, his wife Sally makes plans to visit her sister in Kansas City and their two kids with her. Harry and their son are downstairs in the shelter to shoot when Sally decides to leave. Harry and Sally argue about seven-year-old to shoot. He becomes frantic when he thinks Sally might have revealed the shelter, he wants it to remain secret.

Nick, who runs Harry’s gun and ammo store, comes from that evening and talks about escalating tension in the Middle East. He was able to lead to nuclear war. They learn from the news that the President has left the White House to stay in an undisclosed rental. Harry then talks about how he wishes the bomb would come out of the world could be rid of pimps, cowards, rock stars, hair dressers and bureaucrats (ie the scum of the world according to Harry). He talks about how he was going to be a “purified” world (somehow leaving his wife and daughter). While drunk, Harry reveals the existence of his hometown to Nick and shows him the whole operation while mentioning that nobody knows about it. Harry also shows Nick the fallout shelter

Harry then turns on his communication system and raises his antenna while turning on the TV. On the news, Harry and Nick learn that World War III could be imminent. Harry was so seductive that he refused to say that Harry “cries wolf” far too often. Without warning, a massive explosion occurs and Harry runs to the shelter with Nick and shuts the door. The blast, however, destroys the antenna. Believing That a nuclear weapon HAS hit the local Air Force base and That World War III Has Begun, Harry and Nick believe They are the only ones left alive.

Six weeks later, Nick hears something moving above and Harry is overheard. Nick tries to get away from Harry goes ballistic. After ten months, the radiation has not gone down and Nick is going crazy. Harry decides to kill him but Nick leaves the shelter. After a while, Nick returns to tell Harry of what it is like outside. Everything is gone, there is no longer daylight and it is freezing outside. Harry refuses to let Nick back in he is afraid he’ll contaminate him. Sometime after Nick dies, Harry’s paranoia gets worse, and he prepares for battle in the event of outsiders attacking.

Things are quite different from what Nick and Harry believed in a nuclear attack, but the result of a Broken Arrow incident in which a bomb accidentally detonated at the local Air Force base destroying the entire town. The accident actually shocked the world from the brink of nuclear war. The blast crater has been contained under a radiation proof dome memorial – The Peace Dome – which has sealed the debris and radiation inside of it and proved to the world the folly of war. The memorial was built on top of the Dobbs’ house. The episode ends when Sally and the kids place flower on the memorial. Jason asks Sally if that’s where his daddy is buried and she says yes. And smiles, knowing he is living buried alive.