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The Twilight Zone: The Lineman

A man gains the power to hear people's thoughts after a freak lightning storm, which he uses for his own personal greed.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: 101A/B
Airdate: Wednesday October 23rd, 2002
Special Runtime: 60 Minutes

Director: Jonathan Frakes
Writer: Pen Densham

Guest Stars
Jeremy PivenJeremy Piven
As Tyler Andrew Ward
Olivia dOlivia d'Abo
As Shannon
Vincent LarescaVincent Laresca
As Buddy
Zeljko IvanekZeljko Ivanek
As ER Chief

Co-Guest Stars
Grace ChenGrace Chen
As Angela
Julie FitzgeraldJulie Fitzgerald
As Nurse
Michael LuckermanMichael Luckerman
As Sleazy Lawyer
Anita OrtegaAnita Ortega
As Hispanic Woman
Darren FlamDarren Flam
As Paramedic
Blue DeckertBlue Deckert
As Older Lineman
Main Cast


A lineman, Shannon, is out in a storm and discovers where a break in the line has occurred. While she calls it in, bespectacled lineman Tyler Andrew Ward and his partner, Buddy, are nearby waiting in their truck. Buddy points out how attractive their foreman is and Tyler says that she doesn’t date guys like him. Shannon comes over to tell them they’ve got 4,000 phones out, and Tyler reminds her that the manual says to wait until a half-hour after the storm is over. She assures them that the radar says that it’s just showers and asks Tyler if he’s scared, and he assures her he isn’t...

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Episode Notes
This episode was intended to be the series premiere, but was bumped back by the network.

This is the series' only one-hour episode, and aired as such on its premiere and in most syndication packages.

Episode Quotes
(Opening Narration)
Host: Tyler Andrew Ward, a telephone linemen and charter member in the fraternity of lonely dreamers. Tyler is about to test what he wishes for to the breaking point and beyond. You might say what you're about to see is impossible. Probably in most places, but not here in The Twilight Zone.

Buddy: Maybe--maybe it's that white light stuff. You see any dead relatives?
Tyler Andrew Ward: Now it's coming back to me. Your grandma Ellie begged me to send her little Buddy to join her.
Buddy: She did?

Buddy: Most guys have a picture of Christina Aguilera, bro.
Tyler Andrew Ward: First you get the car, then you get the Aguilera.

Sleazy Lawyer: Any reasonable jury would concede that you've been severely wronged.
Buddy: Does "severely wronged", does it--you know, have an exchange rate in dollars?

Shannon: You've made all this money in just a couple of weeks?
Tyler Andrew Ward: Brokers and car dealers are the same creatures inside. Now they can't lie to me. Makes investing very honest and very profitable.

Shannon: I think you have a real gift, and I think if you found a good way to use it, you might...
Tyler Andrew Ward: Reveal myself. Do you know what they would do if they found out about me? It would be mythic. The small people rise up and destroy those they fear.
Shannon: Why would they fear someone who could determine the truth in courts? Help research mental disorders? You might even be able to reach people in comas.
Tyler Andrew Ward: You prepared a speech.

Shannon: You're so stupid, and selfish, and I've caused all this and I'm sorry.
Tyler Andrew Ward: I can change things. I now have the power to do anything!
Shannon: Except to make you who you used to be.

(Closing Narration)
Host: Be careful what you wish for. They say the drives of the human primate are to breathe, eat, find shelter, and mate. But what part of the psyche is it that never learns when it's had enough? Insurance companies say lightning strikes are acts of God. Hey, maybe He or She has nothing to do with it. Maybe they are just doorways into The Twilight Zone.

Cultural References
Tyler: Yeah, for some kind of Frankenstein.

Frankenstein is the doctor, and the commonly accepted name for the monster, in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

Episode References
Although this episode was bumped back, it includes an Evergreen Cemetery. "Evergreen" is the title of the episode that was eventually chosen to premiere the series, even though it was produced after this episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerJohn Watson  |  Mark Stern  |  Pen Densham
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Peter Kousakis
Associate ProducerAnne Tabor  |  Walton Dornisch
Production DesignerCraig Stearns
EditorBenjamin A. Weissman
CastingHolly Powell  |  Liz Melcher
Unit Production ManagerAnthony Santa Croce
First Assistant DirectorLouis Race
MusicMark Snow  |  Marius Constant  |  Jonathan Davis (1)
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Costume DesignerMary Jane Fort
Key GripRichard Fezzey
Camera OperatorJerry G. Callaway
Set DecoratorBrana Rosenfeld
Location ManagerMichael Paolillo
Property MasterPaul Breuninger
Construction CoordinatorPeter Josephs
Production Sound MixerForrest Williams
Script SupervisorJudi Brown (1)
Production CoordinatorAshley Aitken
Assistant EditorDana Shockley
Post Production SupervisorRuth Hawryluk  |  Adam Mann
Supervising Sound EditorMark Kamps
Re-Recording MixerCraig M. Otte  |  Gary Montgomery
GafferJohn F. Sprague
Director of PhotographyWilliam Wages  |  Rick Maguire
Stunt CoordinatorRick Avery
Production SupervisorKimberly Dickens
Art DirectorRandy Moore
Post Production CoordinatorStephanie Thompson
Key Makeup ArtistZoltan Elek
Visual Effects SupervisorRobert Habros
Production AccountantDebera Barager  |  Rachel Prentiss
Post Production EditorGary McFarland
Casting AssociateHelen Diament
Visual Effects ProducerMatt Gore
Key HairstylistKaren Asano-Myers
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJayne Bieber
Special Effects CoordinatorLarry Floritto
Key Second Assistant DirectorRuth A. Redfern
Extras Casting DirectorJoseph Hicks
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