At the Rock Spring School for Boys, Professor Ellis Fowler teaches poetry and literature to a group of boys and reads from the works of Housman. Some of the boys are interested, some are bored. Fowler notes it's the last class of the semester and lets them out early, but notes they have all passed and he gently berates them for being dunderheads and then offers them a Merry Christmas and good luck in their future...Read the full recap
Liam Sullivan was also in "The Silence."
Russell Horton is also in "In Praise of Pip."
Donald Pleasence was a veteran actor best known for his role in the Halloween movie series as Dr. Loomis, hell bent on capturing Michael Myers. He was only 42 at the time this episode was filmed but plays a character at least 73 years old.
Narrator: Professor Ellis Fowler, a gentle, bookish guide to the young, who is about to discover that life has certain surprises, and that the campus of the Rock Springs School for Boys lies on a direct path to another institution, commonly referred to as the Twilight Zone.
Prof. Ellis Fowler: It is rare, young men, that in 51 years of teaching I have ever encountered such a class of dunderheads. (continues more gently) But nice dunderheads... and intensely fine young men... who will make their marks, and leave their marks.
Prof. Ellis Fowler: They all come and go like ghosts. Faces, names, smiles, the funny things they said or the sad things, or the poignant ones. I gave them nothing. I gave them nothing at all. Poetry that left their minds the minute they themselves left. Aged slogans that were out of date when I taught them. quotations dear to me that were meaningless to them. I was a failure, Mrs. Landers, an abject, miserable failure. I walked from class to class an old relic, teaching by rote to unhearing ears, unwilling heads. I was an abject dismal failure--I moved nobody. I motivated nobody. I left no imprint on anybody. Now, where do you suppose I ever got the idea that I was accomplishing anything?
Narrator: Professor Ellis Fowler, teacher, who discovered rather belatedly something of his own value. A very small scholastic lesson, from the campus of the Twilight Zone.
Professor Fowler looks out the window while carolers are singing, and the scene keeps changing from glasses on, to glasses off his face.
You can hear a hollow sound when the professor wipes the snow off of a 'granite' tombstone, which is obviously a prop.