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The Twilight Zone: Cavender is Coming

A luckless apprentice angel has one last chance to win his wings, by helping Agnes Grep, an inept and clumsy soul.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x36
Production Number: 4827
Airdate: Friday May 25th, 1962

Director: Christian Nyby
Writer: Rod Serling

Special Guest Stars
Carol BurnettCarol Burnett
As Agnes Grep

Guest Stars
Jesse WhiteJesse White
As Harmen Cavender

Co-Guest Stars
Howard SmithHoward Smith
As Polk
Sandra GouldSandra Gould
As Woman
Donna DouglasDonna Douglas
As Woman #3
Albert CarrierAlbert Carrier
As Frenchman
Danny KulickDanny Kulick
As Child
Jack YoungerJack Younger
As Truck Driver
William OWilliam O'Connell
As Field Rep

Adrienne MardenAdrienne Marden
As Woman
John FiedlerJohn Fiedler
As Field Rep
Norma ShattueNorma Shattue
As Little Girl
Pitt HerbertPitt Herbert
As Field Rep
Roy N. SicknerRoy N. Sickner
As Bus Driver
Stan Jones (1)Stan Jones (1)
As Field Rep
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


New movie attendant Agnes Grep is at the theater working when her boss Mr. Stout summons the employees for inspection... and knocks Agnes flat. Meanwhile, up in Heaven, two angel field reps summon Harmon Cavender, an apprentice angel who has failed to win his wings. The head angel, Polk, give him one more chance and direct his attention to Agnes. Cavender is told to assist her for 24 hours and if he helps her, they'll reopen his case...

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Episode Notes
Carol Burnett will later be a well known comedian and have her own self titled TV show.

Donna Douglas was also in "The Eye of the Beholder." She is best known for her role as Elly Mae Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies.

Howard Smith is also in "A Stop at Willoughby."

Jesse White was also in "Once Upon a Time."

John Fiedler was also seen in "Night of the Meek."

Sandra Gould is also in "What's in the Box."

This is the only Twilight Zone episode with a laugh track added. It is removed from the Definitive Edition release.

This episode served as a pilot for an unmade series.

Stout refers to one of the attendants as "Burnett," although not Carol Burnett (who is playing Agnes).

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Small message of reassurance to that horizontal young lady: don't despair, help is en route. It's coming in an odd form from a very distant planet, but it's nonetheless coming...Submitted for your approval, the case of one Miss Agnes Grep, put on Earth with two left feet, an overabundance of thumbs and a propensity for falling down manholes. In a moment she will be up to he jaw in miracles, wrought by apprentice angel Harmon Cavender, intent on winning his wings. And, though it's a fact that both of them should have stood in bed, they will tempt all fates by moving into the cold, gray dawn of the Twilight Zone.

Polk: Apprentice angel Cavender, it has come to our attention that you are the only angel of your class not to have won your wings. It is further occurred to our attention that you are a clod.

Bus Driver: When the supervisor, comes to claim the bus, tell him I've resigned. (jumps out the window)

Agnes Grep: Oh, a mansion. And how do I pay for this mansion?
Cavender: My dear Miss Grep, there are all sorts of ways.
Agnes Grep: I am not that kind of girl!
Cavender: Yes, I have no doubt.

Polk: What is that?
Cavender: She's "bowling." She goes bowling every Thursday night.
Polk: Are you supposed to leave your finger in the ball after it starts down the lane?
Cavender: No, sir, I don't think she's quite got the hang of it yet.

Closing Narration
A word to the wise now to any and all who might suddenly feel the presence of a cigar-smoking helpmate who takes bankbooks out of thin air. If you're suddenly aware of any such celestial aids, it means you're under the beneficial care of one Harmon Cavender, guardian angel. And this message from the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
CastingRobert Walker, Jr.
Set DecoratorKeogh Gleason
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorMerrill Pye  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
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