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The Twilight Zone: Spur of the Moment

A young woman meets up with her future but older self while horseback riding, unaware of the significance until it's too late.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x21
Production Number: 2608
Airdate: Friday February 21st, 1964



  • Currently 6.3/10
6.3/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Diana HylandDiana Hyland
As Anne Henderson
Jack RaineJack Raine
As Reynolds
Marsha HuntMarsha Hunt
As Mrs. Henderson
Philip OberPhilip Ober
As Mr. Henderson
Robert HoganRobert Hogan
As Robert Blake
Roger Davis (1)Roger Davis (1)
As David Mitchell
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Anne Mitchell is eighteen years old. She is suddenly being chased on horseback by a mysterious woman, dressed in black. She escapes to her home. Anne is in love with David, but her father wants her to marry Robert. It is now twenty-five years later, Anne is an alcoholic and her husband has spent her families fortune. It is now her that is chasing her younger self to warn her to marry the right man. But the wrong man is David and not Robert. ..

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Episode Notes
Diana Hyland played the original mother in Eight is Enough, but died after season 1.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: This is the face of terror: Anne Marie Henderson, eighteen years of age, her young existence suddenly marred by a savage and wholly unanticipated pursuit by a strange, nightmarish figure of a woman in black, who has appeared as if from nowhere and now at driving gallop chases the terrified girl across the countryside, as if she means to ride her down and kill her--and then suddenly and inexplicably stops, to watch in malignant silence as her prey takes flight. Miss Henderson has no idea whatever as to the motive for this pursuit. Soon enough, she will be given the solution to this twofold mystery, but in a manner far beyond her present capacity to understand, a manner enigmatically bizarre in terms of time and space--which is to say, an answer from the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator: This is the face of terror: Anne Marie Mitchell, forty-three years of age, her desolate existence once more afflicted by the hope of altering her past mistake--a hope which is, unfortunately, doomed to disappointment. For warnings from the future to the past must be taken in the past; today may change tomorrow, but once today is gone tomorrow can only look back in sorrow that the warning was ignored. Said warning as of now stamped 'not accepted' and stored away in the dead file in the recording office of the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingPatricia Rose
MusicLud Gluskin  |  Rene Garriguenc
Set DecoratorRobert R. Benton  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Walter Holscher
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorCharles Bonniwell
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 5 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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