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The lone survivors of a nuclear war just happen to be a man and a woman from opposing sides.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 4802
Airdate: Friday September 15th, 1961



  • Currently 7.7/10
7.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars

Uncredited
Sharon LucasSharon Lucas
As Stunt Double
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

In an empty town overgrown by five years of plant life after mankind has been wiped out, a solitary woman in a military uniform walks the streets. Walking casually by skeletons and dead power lines, she spots a restaurant and goes inside to find food. She finds a can and tries to open it. A shadow falls across her: a man stands in the doorway, wearing a different military uniform. She throws a cleaver and other items at him and knocks him to the ground where they struggle until he knocks her unconscious. He wolfs down the food and then considers the enemy soldier. He considers a newspaper with a war headline and a bird cage with a skeleton of a canary. He sees a calender with a pin-up girl in a swim suit, and glances at the woman again. He goes outside and goes through a pile of newspapers advising citizens to evacuate the city, and a magazine showing women's war gear. He goes back into the restaurant and checks out the still-unconscious woman, and then pours a bucket of water on her. He offers her the rest of the food and tries to communicate with her, but she doesn't understand English. He notes there's no reason to fight any more and calls out to an uncaring uninhabited world. Realizing there's no way to convince her of what he says, he walks out and she gulps down the food...

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Episode Notes
Elizabeth Montgomery spoke only one word in the episode: "Precrassny", Russian for "pretty."

Elizabeth Montgomery's appearance in this episode is the 4th by someone to go on to become an original cast member on Bewitched, which would debut 3 years later. Dick York appearing in "A Penny For Your Thoughts" and "The Purple Testament", Agnes Moorehead appearing in "The Invaders", and David White appearing in "A World of Difference" and later in "I Sing the Body Electric."

Charles Bronson played stony-faced henchmen and assorted villains, as with his mute in House of Wax and later was known for the Death Wish series.

Filming location: Hal Roach Studios, Culver City. The set had fallen into disuse and was torn down two years later.



Episode Quotes
New opening for the third season: You're traveling through another dimension--a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind, a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop: The Twilight Zone.

Opening Narration
Narrator:
This is a jungle, a monument built by nature honoring disuse, commemorating a few years of nature being left to its own devices. But it's another kind of jungle, the kind that comes in the aftermath of man's battles against himself. Hardly an important battle, not a Gettysburg or a Marne or an Iwo Jima. More like one insignificant corner patch in the crazy quilt of combat. But it was enough to end the existence of this little city. It's been five years since a human being walked these streets. This is the first day of the sixth year, as man used to measure time. The time? Perhaps a hundred years from now. Or sooner. Or perhaps it's already happened two million years ago. The place? The signposts are in English so that we may read them more easily, but the place is the Twilight Zone.

Man: There's no longer any reason for us to fight. No longer any armies. Only rags of various colors that were once uniforms. Two sets of rags we wear. There's no more boundaries, governments, or noble causes. Therefore no reason to fight.

Closing Narration
Narrator:
This has been a love story about two lonely people who found each other in the Twilight Zone.



Episode Goofs
When 'Woman' enters the barbershop, her hair is wet. But when she runs out of the store and into the street because she thinks that 'Man' is chasing after her, her hair is dry.

'Woman' points a rifle at 'Man' which reveals that the gun is a prop since the end is capped.

Rod Serling actually flubbed a line in his closing narration.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
MusicVan Cleave
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 3 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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