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An out-of-work truck driver gets a job driving in unfamiliar territory and learns to his horror that he's delivering a "cargo" of condemned souls to Hell.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x48
Airdate: Friday February 21st, 1986

Director: Paul Tucker
Story: Greg Bear
Teleplay: Alan Brennert


  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Steve Railsback
As Johnny Davis
John de Lancie
As Manager (as John DeLancie)
Barry Corbin
As Pete Siekovich

Co-Guest Stars
John D. LeMay
As Gay Man
Recurring
Ebbe Roe Smith
As Gary Frick
James Lashly
As Merle
Paul Jenkins
As Trucker #1
Brent Spiner
As Draft Dodger
Nancy Lenehan
As Woman Addict
Howard Mungo
As Employee #2
Gertrude Flynn
As Elderly Woman
David Wells (1)
As Bad Man
Pat Ast
As Fat Woman
Brian Libby
As Employee #1
Brad Fisher
As Ferret
Jimmie F. Skaggs
As Mean Looking Man
John Barlow
As Trucker #2
Virginia Lantry
As Young Girl
Lisa Cloud
As Woman #1
Main Cast
Charles Aidman
voiced Narrator

Recap

Trucker Johnny Davis is on the road and tries to pas a driver in a sport scar. The sports car driver refuses to let him pass. A group of motorcyclists come along and are forced to swerve. The truck goes off the road...

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Episode Notes
No opening voiceover.



Episode Quotes
Pete Siekovich: You don't get much rain on a road to Hell. You hear all kinds of stories... like in China and India. They got trains there; in Russia, they got tram lines. And in Mexico, it's old buses on dusty roads. Always at night.

(driving through Hell)
Pete Siekovich: By the time we get to the next truck stop, the rain'll be stopped, anyway.
Johnny Davis: Truck stop? Here?
Pete Siekovich: Wherever you got truck drivers, Johnny, you got truck stops.

Manager: Sounds to me you've been taken in by a lot of secular intellectual propaganda. I've been only in charge here for a short while. My predecessor wasn't a religious man. He thought this was a job just like any other where you could compromise every now and then. But you can't. Not when your keeping the land clean. As it says in Psalms: "The ungodly are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous." Sinners, John... the murderers, the muggers, the hustlers, the pornographers, atheists, heathens, and so-called humanists.
Johnny Davis: You mean... anyone who doesn't measure up to your standards.
Manager: Not my standards, John. The only standards that matter. Age-old inviolate standards that God-fearing people have observed for centuries.

Elderly Woman: Why are you doing this?
Johnny Davis: I'm just doing my bit, lady. I remember this story back in Sunday School about how between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, Christ spent some time in Hell, rescuing the righteous, the ones that didn't belong. "Harrowing Hell," they called it. Guess you could say I'm just following an old tradition... harrowing Hell.

(Closing Voiceover)
Narrator: Centuries ago, Hell was reached by chalk-white horses pulling shuttered coaches; by Spanish galleons borne on black sails through uncharted seas. Legend has it Leonardo da Vinci was once commissioned to build a flying machine to carry souls to Hell, but it never returned from its maiden flight. But along this particular road to Hell lies redemption for the damned as well as for drivers who have found work... in the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerPhilip DeGuere
ProducerHarvey Frand
Production DesignerWard Preston
EditorGary Blair Smith
CastingPenny Ellers  |  Joyce Robinson
Line ProducerKen Swor
Unit Production ManagerPaul Wurtzel
First Assistant DirectorMichael Green (1)
Second Assistant DirectorDawn Easterling  |  Kelly Wimberly
MusicMerl Saunders  |  Marius Constant
Music EditorRobert Takagi
Music SupervisorRobert Drasnin
Costume DesignerRobert M. Moore
HairstylistCharlotte Harvey
Key GripBob Rust
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Property MasterJim Zemansky
Production Sound MixerLowell Harris
Script SupervisorKenneth Gilbert (1)
Re-Recording MixerPhillip Seretti
Director of PhotographyFrank Beascoechea
Story EditorRockne S. O'Bannon
Post Production CoordinatorHali Paul  |  Howard Brock
Creative ConsultantJames Crocker
Sound EditorJoseph Zappala  |  Jeremy Hoenack
Costume SupervisorJudith Grant
Visual Effects CoordinatorBruno George  |  David Sosalla
Main Title ThemeMerl Saunders  |  The Grateful Dead
Chief Lighting TechnicianJack Todd
Music ConsultantBarry DeVorzon
Production ExecutivePaul Tucker
Executive Story ConsultantAlan Brennert
Post Production ExecutiveCosmas P. Bolger
Makeup ArtistCharlene Roberson
Sound DesignMickey Hart (1)
Accoustic ConsultantBetsy Cohen
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 1 episode 48 guide may contain spoilers
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