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The Twilight Zone: Homecoming

A father returns from the war for a reunion, albeit briefly, with his son.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x41
Production Number: 142
Airdate: Wednesday May 07th, 2003

Guest Stars
Gil BellowsGil Bellows
As Rob Malone
Rebecca JenkinsRebecca Jenkins
As Mrs. Malone
Penn BadgleyPenn Badgley
As Trace Malone

Co-Guest Stars
Dalias BlakeDalias Blake
As Beckett
Main Cast


Trace Malone is brought home by the police, who explain to his mother that Trace “borrowed” a neighbor’s car. His mom is worried about his recent record of truancy, bad grades, and now petty crime. Trace is angry that his father, a military officer, is never there. The doorbell rings and Trace’s mother goes to the door. An officer informs her that her husband Robert has been reported missing in northern Iran. A stunned Mrs. Malone says that their anniversary in a week...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The CommitmentsTry a Little Tendernessas the Malones dance
Pete YornAll of Meas Rob and his platoon walk away

Episode Quotes
(Opening Narration)
Host: Sometimes we forget that the casualties of war can extend beyond the battlefield. A teenager about to unconditionally surrender to a life of bitterness and failure, will become the beneficiary of a very special rescue mission, led by a force of one, in the Twilight Zone.

Jace Malone: (to his mom and dad) You guys don't dance.
Rob Malone: Hey, if it weren't for dancing, you wouldn't be here.

(Closing Narration)
Host: Who's the real hero of this story? A father or a troubled son? So, who is the real hero of this story? There's no need to choose. Because there's room for both in the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerJohn Watson  |  Pen Densham  |  Ira Steven Behr
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Peter Kousakis
Supervising ProducerMichael Angeli
ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker  |  Kay Reindl  |  Erin Maher
Co-ProducerPatrice Allen  |  Anne Tabor
Consulting ProducerAshley Edward Miller  |  Forest Whitaker  |  Zack Stentz  |  James Crocker  |  Frederick Rappaport
Production DesignerRicardo Spinacé
EditorSondra Watanabe
CastingHolly Powell  |  Liz Melcher  |  Bette Chadwick  |  Candice Elzinga  |  Martina Smyth  |  Lisa Ratke  |  Helen Diament
First Assistant DirectorTom Braidwood
MusicMark Snow  |  Marius Constant  |  Jonathan Davis (1)
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Music SupervisorMichelle Kuznetsky Silverman
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Key GripDavid J. Dawson
Camera OperatorNeil Seale
Set DecoratorMark Lane
Location ManagerMichael C. Young  |  Bill Burns (1)
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Construction CoordinatorRoss Walshe
Production Sound MixerMichael Williamson (3)
Script SupervisorHelga Ungurait
Production CoordinatorSusan Crawford  |  Jennifer Metcalf
Script CoordinatorKurt A. Langenhahn
Assistant EditorDana Shockley  |  Tom Demauri
Post Production SupervisorAdam Mann  |  Ruth Hawryluk  |  Nancy Valle
Supervising Sound EditorMark Kamps
Re-Recording MixerGary Montgomery  |  Craig M. Otte
GafferJeffrey Pentecost
OtherMatt Gore (Visual Effects Supervisor)  |  Simon Lacey (Visual Effects Supervisor)
Director of PhotographyRick Maguire
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Art DirectorBrentan Harron
Post Production CoordinatorStephanie Thompson
Production ManagementPatrice Allen
Key Makeup ArtistYvonne Weber
Production AccountantDebera Barager
Post Production EditorGary McFarland
Key HairstylistDanna Rutherford
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJayne Bieber
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