Leo Auffmann wakes up one morning, in bed next to his wife Lena, and goes to the window. He hears the world singing to him and wonders what the occasion is, and then decides that he has to pay back. Lena wakes up and wonders who they owe, and Leo dresses and goes to his garage. Inside is the detritus of his life, things he's collected over the years. He starts making up a blueprint for his plan and then places toys and knickknacks atop it. His son Saul comes in and asks what he's making, and Leo says that he's making a happiness machine. Saul puts a flower on it and Leo tells him that it's complete. ..Read the full recap
Leo Auffmann: You're not contented, delighted, joyful?
Lena Auffmann: Leo, cows are contented. Babies, old folks in second childhood are delighted. As for joyful, look how I laugh ironing your shirts.
Leo Auffmann: Next month we'll take off, get away.
Lena Auffmann: Next week you'll be asking me what makes my heart beat all night. Who knows? Or what's marriage. Don't ask. Eat, sleep, breathe, Leo.
Lena Auffmann: You should never have made quick tings go slow and stay around. And you brought faraway places to our backward where they don't belong. Where they just tell you, you'll never travel, Lena Auffmann. Paris you'll never see, Rome you'll never visit. But I always knew that, Leo, so why tell me? Make do. Make do.
Changes from the short story:
* The opening sequence in the episode, with the world coming to life, isn't in the short story.
* In the episode, Lena is afraid to enter the Happiness Machine. In the short story, Lena insists on entering so she can "know what I'm yelling about."
* In the episode, there are a number of boarders at the house who gather to watch the Machine's destruction, and there's are other family member: Grandpa Spaulding, Douglas, and Tom. They're dropped from the episode.