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A man is trapped inside a mysterious cube.


Jim Henson


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Schaal ... The Man in the Cube
Hugh Webster Hugh Webster ... Arnie
Rex Sevenoaks ... Manager
Jack Van Evera ... Prisoner
Jon Granik Jon Granik ... Straight Man / Sergeant (as Jon Granic)
Guy Sanvido Guy Sanvido ... Comic Fritz
Eliza Creighton Eliza Creighton ... Seductress
Don Crawford Don Crawford ... Black Militant
William Osler ... Scientist
Jerry Nelson ... Monk
Sandra Scott Sandra Scott ... Decorator
Claude Rae Claude Rae ... Dr. Conners
Don McGill Don McGill ... Professor
Ralph Endersby Ralph Endersby ... Guitarist
Trudy Young Trudy Young ... Liza 1


A man awakens inside a white cube, covered in a four-by-four grid. He has no memory of how he got there and there seems no way out. But as time passes, panels open temporarily to admit an intruder or onlooker. They pop back through their panels but bar the man from going through, pointing out "this is MY door; you'll have to find YOUR door." The intruders vary from individuals to a child on a tricycle and and a rock band. More and more people start to come into the cube, filling it up and this developes into a sort of cocktail party. A rock band comes through sometime during all of this, singing The Cube's theme song, "You'll never get out, you'll never get out, you'll never get out till you die." At one point the man sees himself, a double, and has a dialog with himself about how he has to find HIS way out. Is the man a prisoner? An inmate? Someone on a voluntary retreat? The stories change with each new visitor. Eventually, just as he succumbs to despair, a square panel clicks open.... Written by David E. Martin and friends

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When the man in the cube watches the ending of his story on TV, the program has a Joe Raposo director's credit. Raposo was a friend of and frequent collaborator with writer/director Jim Henson. See more »


Professor: [clears throat] Excuse me, I know this is, well, a bad time but I just wanted to congratulate you and shake your hand.
The Man in the Cube: Oh? On what?
Professor: Well, as I interpret what you're doing here, this is all a very complex discussion of, eh, Reality versus Illusion. The perfect subject for the television medium!
The Man in the Cube: What do you mean, television?
Professor: Well, this is a television play.
The Man in the Cube: [scoffs] What?
Professor: Oh, you don't believe that?
The Man in the Cube: Of course not!
Professor: I should have thought you'd want to. After all, there's only one other possible explanation.
The Man in the Cube: ...
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I Sawr It I Sawr It!
5 December 2005 | by oz-64See all my reviews

Like so many others here, I too saw it, when it was first run, as a teenager - WOW. And yes, I too can't get it out of my head, and just today learned that it was Jim Henson!!! The man WAS a genius!!! And, like the rest of you - I want a copy!!! Just to prove to my friends that I'm not as crazy as you think I am.

I remember the band playing "You'll never get out.. You'll never get out... you'll never get out of the cube.."

Towards the ending, when he's shown the casket... and given the gun... oh man.. that scene is vivid in my mind right now, 30+ years later after having seen it that one time, in', as we used to say, living color.

But really.. isn't life all just strawberry jam?

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23 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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Henson Associates (HA) See more »
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