What You Need
The Twilight Zone Season 1

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Appropriately telecast December 25, 1959, this Twilight Zone episode focuses on a most unusual Santa Claus, in the form of shabby sidewalk peddler Pedott (Ernest Truex). Entering a shabby corner bar, Pedott provides the customer with trivial items which turn out to be exactly what they need to improve their lives. Impressed by this, hoodlum Fred Renard Steve Cochran purchases a pair of scissors which later, amazingly, save his life. Becoming greedy, Fred browbeats Pedott into giving him even more beneficial items -- with disastrous results for one of the two men. "What You Need" was scripted by Rod Serling from a short story by Lewis Padgett.