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When the townspeople relentlessly mock the local mortician and he meekly swallows their insults, they're unaware that he gets revenge on them after they die.

Episode Info


Episode number: 6x4
Airdate: Wednesday August 19th, 1992

Director: Peter Sharp
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


Guest Stars
Michael J. PollardMichael J. Pollard
As Mr. A. Benedict
Henry BeckmanHenry Beckman
As Mr. Merriwell Blythe

Co-Guest Stars
Peter Rowley (1)Peter Rowley (1)
As Mr. Flinger
Recurring
Jocelyn BrodeurJocelyn Brodeur
As Mrs. McNamara
Recurring
John SumnerJohn Sumner
As Mr. Stuyvesant
Lee Grant (2)Lee Grant (2)
As Mrs. Rogers
Lynne SkinnerLynne Skinner
As Mrs. Shellmund
Johnny Crews (1)Johnny Crews (1)
As Mr. Wren
Steve ClearySteve Cleary
As Edmund Worth
Casey AnstissCasey Anstiss
As Small Boy
Christopher BrodeurChristopher Brodeur
As Skateboarding Boy
Main Cast

Recap

In a small town, the church bell rings thirteen times as the undertaker, Mr. Benedict rings it and then leaves. A small boy is riding past and asks if he owns the mortuary across the street. Benedict explains that he owns the graveyard and compliments the boy, and then breaks off as a hearse pulls up to his mortuary. He has the men take the deceased, Mr. Merriwell Blythe, inside and tells the deliverymen that there have been several deaths of upstanding citizens recently, and they are all kept there. Once they leave, however, Benedict turns on the "do not enter" light, increases the refrigeration, and laughs tauntingly as he goes...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Handler" by Ray Bradbury. It was first published in Weird Tales (January 1947).



Episode Quotes
Mr. A. Benedict: Mr. Wren. Most beloved of all the races of the world. So proud of your skin. How you pride your paleness. Pure, superior. You said you hated all minorities. Well I'm a minority. A minority of inferiors. Mice.



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* Mrs. Shellmund's fate is much more graphic in the story: her skull is opened and frosting is inserted.
* Benedict engineers Edmund Worth's death in the episode by calling the husband of the woman he's cheating on.
* Merriwell Blythe is described as the only person in town who didn't insult Benedict, which makes his final fate much more ironic.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Don Reynolds
ProducerChris Bailey (3)  |  Mary Kahn
Production DesignerRon Highfield
EditorChris Gurr
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Marianne Willison  |  Darlene Kaplan
Line ProducerJanine Dickens
First Assistant DirectorGeorge Lyle
Second Assistant DirectorPhee Phanshell
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerNgila Dickson
Make-upTrish Cohen
Key GripKevin Donovan
Camera OperatorPeter McCaffrey
Location ManagerLisa Kissin
Production CoordinatorJane Lindsay
Assistant EditorRob Jayne
Post Production SupervisorJohannes Konigstorfer  |  John Harcourt
GafferIan Beale
Director of PhotographyMatt Bowkett
Production SecretaryLynn Hargreaves
Art DirectorJennifer Ward
Post Production CoordinatorJane Crust  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Sound RecordistGraham Morris (2)
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Miln
Boom OperatorMyk Farmer
Production AccountantSally Campbell
Sound SupervisorJohn McKay (3)
Best BoyMark Smith (3)
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Unit ManagerPeta Sinclair
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
Assistant To The ProducerNikki Walker
ContinuityRowena Yalland
Focus PullerSimon Roelants
HairTrish Cohen
ComposerChris Dedrick
Construction ManagerPhil Chitty
Wardrobe SupervisorGavin McLean
Still PhotographerKen George
 
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