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The Twilight Zone: Long Distance Call

A toy telephone is the only remaining link between a young boy and his recently deceased grandmother.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x22
Production Number: 173-3667
Airdate: Friday March 31st, 1961


Chris Bayles brings his grandmother downstairs for his son's birthday. Billy races to greet his grandmother, and they gather for him to blow out his birthday cake. Billy makes his wish and whispers it to his grandmother. She then says that Billy has given her a new life but she doesn't have much longer to live. Chris and his wife Sylvia are uncomfortable with her discussing death so obviously. They open Billy's presents and Grandma Bayles gives Billy her present: a toy telephone. She assures him that he can call and talk to her any time that he wants. She gets short of breath and Chris escorts her upstairs. Dr. Unger comes to check on Grandma Bayles and confirms that she doesn't have long to live. Chris wants to see her and Billy insists on going along. They go to Grandma Bayles' room and she recognizes Billy but not Chris. She insists that her son was taken away and Billy is her son now. She says that she wishes Billy could go away with her, then fades away. Sylvia gets Billy out of the room while Chris holds her hand as she dies...

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