Hyder Simpson brings in wood for his wife Rachel and insists that his dog Rip come in with him, because the dog once saved his life. They sit down to supper and Hyder says he and Rip plan to go coon hunting. Rachel warns him not too, saying that she's saw several bad omens. Hyder disregards her warning and heads out that night. Rip goes after a coon and follows it into a lake with Hyder in hot pursuit. Rip doesn't come up and Hyder leaps in to safe his beloved dog...Read the full recap
The writer, Earl Hammer Jr., is the same man who created The Waltons.
Jeanette Nolan was also in "Jess-Belle."
Narrator: An old man and a hound dog named Rip, off for an evening's pleasure in quest of raccoon. Usually, these evenings end with one tired old man, one battle-scarred hound dog and one or more extremely dead raccoons, but as you may suspect that will not be the case tonight. These hunters won't be coming home from the hill. They're headed for the backwoods of the Twilight Zone.
Hyder: Then I take your name to St. Peter?
Gatekeeper: I keep the gate, and that's a fact.
Messenger: You see, Mr. Simpson, a man...well, he'll walk right into Hell with both eyes open. But even the Devil can't fool a dog!
Messenger: I'm just a regular angel here.
Hyder: Where's your wings, son?
Messenger: Well, shucks I don't use them half the time. I appreciate walking myself.
Narrator: Travelers to unknown regions would be well-advised to take along the family dog. He could just save you from entering the wrong gate. At least, it happened that way once--in a mountainous area of the Twilight Zone.