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The Ray Bradbury Theater: By the Numbers

A man witnesses a hotel pool manager, an ex-soldier, ruthlessly berate his son. Years later, the man meets the now-adult boy and learns the truth about what really happened.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x5
Airdate: Friday September 11th, 1992

Director: Wayne Tourell
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Ray SharkeyRay Sharkey
As Father / Sgt. Cress
Geordie JohnsonGeordie Johnson
As Douglas

Co-Guest Stars
Erik ThomsonErik Thomson
As Young Man
Bruce TegartBruce Tegart
As Hotel Waiter
Nii HammondNii Hammond
As Train Waiter
Main Cast


At the side of a hotel pool, a father gives his young son drill instructions...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "By the Numbers!" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Playboy (July 1984)

Episode Quotes
Father: I ran a clean, tight shop, with total authority. Dissidents, out. Bodily. I possess a black belt in judo, boxing, and rifle marksmanship certificates. Shake my hand and I'll break your wrist. Sneeze, and I'll crack your nose. One word, and your dental surgeon'll need two years just to reshape your smile.

Sid: Some day that boy will murder that SOB.
Douglas: As a Hemingway character once said, "Wouldn't it be nice to think so?"

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerDon Reynolds
ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Chris Bailey (3)  |  Mary Kahn
Production DesignerRon Highfield
EditorPatrick Monaghan
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Marianne Willison  |  Darlene Kaplan
Line ProducerJanine Dickens
First Assistant DirectorJessica Hobbs
Second Assistant DirectorPhee Phanshell
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerNgila Dickson
Make-upTrish Cohen
Key GripKevin Donovan
Camera OperatorRichard Bluck
Location ManagerLisa Kissin
Production CoordinatorJane Lindsay
Assistant EditorChristine Monaghan
Post Production SupervisorJohannes Konigstorfer  |  John Harcourt
GafferIan Beale
Director of PhotographyAllen Guilford
Production SecretaryLynn Hargreaves
Art DirectorMike Becroft
Post Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio
Sound RecordistGraham Morris (2)
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Miln
Boom OperatorMyk Farmer
Production AccountantSally Campbell
Sound SupervisorJohn McKay (3)
Wardrobe AssistantEmily Carter
Best BoyMark Smith (3)
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Unit ManagerRobin Allen
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
Assistant To The ProducerNikki Walker
ContinuityRowena Yalland
Focus PullerFred Renata
HairTrish Cohen
ComposerChris Dedrick
Construction ManagerPhil Chitty
Wardrobe SupervisorGavin McLean
Still PhotographerKen George
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