On Mars, the Assignor meets with military commander Ettil Vyre, who assures him that he hasn't changed his mind. Ettil refuses to go with them on their invasion on Earth, insisting it's ill-conceived and fated for disaster. The Assignor takes him out for execution, but brings his wife Tylla and his son out to witness his execution. Ettil reluctantly agrees to lead the invasion and embraces his family...Read the full recap
Based on the short story "The Concrete Mixer" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories (April 1949).
Filming location: Edmonton, Alberta
The Assignor: What's this?
Ettil Vyre: It's called "hot dog."
The Assignor: How do you know?
Ettil Vyre: I used to read banned literature.
Ettil Vyre: I'm not sure. But something's going to happen to us.
The Assignor: You've got a plan. Something evil and terrible?
Ettil Vyre: Look, all I know is they're going to do something to us.
The Assignor: Let them fire their mystic facts, Vyre, facts.
Ettil Vyre: But they're I sincere. I feel as if we're in a big acid vat, melting away.
The Assignor: Thanks for the science. All right, we'll kill every one of them.
Ettil Vyre: How can you kill people who give you flowers? And call you pal, and buddy? Do you know what "hail, fellow, well met" means?
Ettil Vyre: We have been dropped like a shovel full of seeds into a large concrete mixer. Nothing of us will survive. We will be destroyed not by the gun, but by the glad hand.
Changes from the short story:
* In the short story, Ettil's father also accuses his son of cowardice.
* In the short story, Ettil explains why the Earthmen are unbeatable to the assignor. In the episode, he explains to his wife.
* Perhaps thankfully, a scene from the story where the Martians throw up after eating too much hot dog, lemonade, popcorn, and pastrami, and believe that they've been poisoned, is omitted.
* In the story, Ettil writes a letter to his wife explaining his plight on Earth. In the episode, he sends a telepathic message.
* The Assignor's death is added for the episode, somewhat weakening the ending since Ettil dies the same way.