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A bed-ridden young boy's only two friends are his teacher... and the dog that will do anything to make sure the boy has human company.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x3
Airdate: Saturday February 13th, 1988

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Helen ShaverHelen Shaver
As Miss Haight
Helen ShaverHelen Shaver
As Miss Haight
Keram Malicki-SanchezKeram Malicki-Sanchez
As Martin (Martin Bailey)
Keram Malicki-SanchezKeram Malicki-Sanchez
As Martin (Martin Bailey)

Co-Guest Stars
Neil MunroNeil Munro
As Father
Neil MunroNeil Munro
As Father
Eric HebertEric Hebert
As Big Boy
Eric HebertEric Hebert
As Big Boy
Stuart KennyStuart Kenny
As Neighbour (Mr. Tarkin)
As Dog
Main Cast


A young boy, Martin, is trapped in bed with an illness and dreams of playing outside with his dog, Dog. He goes to the window and watches as Dog runs home and up to Martin's room. The boy combs through his dog's hair and removes all the leaves and branches caught in it, viewing each one as a relic of Dog's travels. Martin's mother comes in and warns that Dog is always digging, and dug a hole in their neighbor Mr. Tarkin's garden. She considers all the things that Dog has brought home are junk, but Martin insists that it's the only way he can experience anything of the outside world. He shows his mother a tag he's made that asks anyone finding it to follow Dog home and keep Martin company. He insists that Dog can do anything and sends it out to fetch...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Emissary" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Bradbury's collection Dark Carnival (1947).

Changes from the short story:

* Miss Haight's role is much expanded in the episode.
* The episode's ending, despite the subject matter, is much more upbeat and affirming than the short story.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerLarry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Co-Executive ProducerStephane Sperry
ProducerSeaton McLean
EditorGeorge Appleby
Line ProducerJonathan Goodwill
First Assistant DirectorNeil Huhta
Second Assistant DirectorWalter Gasparovic
GripRob Cochrane  |  Bob O'Connor (2)
Key GripStretch Pamplin
Set DecoratorBill Lee (6)
Location ManagerEd Moody
Property MasterRobert Bartman
Script SupervisorNancy Eagles
Production CoordinatorTherese Paquette
Assistant EditorJay Houpt
Re-Recording MixerJack Herren
GafferIra Cohen
Director of PhotographyBrian R. R. Hebb
Production SecretaryHeather Ross
Post Production CoordinatorSusan Gerofsky
Production ManagerLen D'agostino
Sound EditorMichael O'farrell
Third Assistant DirectorStephen Janisch
Boom OperatorMoshe Saadon
Production AccountantJim Sternberg
Extras CastingRose Lewis
Best BoyEd Mikolic
Second Assistant EditorBrett C. Sullivan
Assistant Art DirectorTerry Simon  |  Terry Wareham
Wardrobe MistressNada Healey
Second Camera AssistantTerry Gallie
1st Camera AssistantPhilippe Champion
Assistant Set DecoratorSusan Worts  |  Sheryl Thompson
Wardrobe DesignerMaya Mani
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