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A man who claims to be dead is befriended by a manicurist.


Episode Info


Episode number: 6x10
Airdate: Saturday September 26th, 1992

Director: Costa Botes
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


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Guest Stars
Frank WhittenFrank Whitten
As John "Odd" Martin
Recurring
Louise FletcherLouise Fletcher
As Miss Weldon

Co-Guest Stars
Ross DuncanRoss Duncan
As Mr. Simpson
Gilbert GoldieGilbert Goldie
As Mr. Gilpatrick
Peter McCauleyPeter McCauley
As Sheriff
David TaylorDavid Taylor
As Radney Bellows
Irene DrakeIrene Drake
As Mrs. Bellows
Alistair DouglasAlistair Douglas
As Customer
Peter Morgan (2)Peter Morgan (2)
As Rev. Polk
David TelfordDavid Telford
As Henry Scott

Uncredited
Dean ODean O'Gorman
As Charlie Bellows
Main Cast

Recap

Miss Weldon, a manicurist, is taking the bus into a new town when it stops abruptly to avoid hitting a man on the street. The man, Odd, simply stares at the bus as it continues on to the bus station. As Miss Weldon gets off, she notices Odd laying down next to the curb. The townspeople look on and think that the sheriff should get him out of town. Miss Weldon goes to the barber and reminds the owner, Mr. Simpson, that he hired her as a manicurist. He directs her to the boarding house as Mr. Simpson explains to his customer that she's an old maid whose mother recently died. ..

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Dead Man" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Weird Tales (July 1945).



Episode Quotes
Miss Weldon: Drowning's a terrible thing.
Odd Martin: I know. I've been drowned.

Boy: Sometimes I see you walk by my house, not going anyplace.
Odd Martin: No place to go. I try thinking some place to go. Hard to think. Sometimes I almost know where to go. Then I forget. Once I thought go to a doctor, have him declare me once and for all dead. But somehow I never got there.
Boy: If you want, I'll take you.
Odd Martin: No, I'm tired but I'll wait. I'm curious to see what happens next. But I know I'm dead. Late nights I lay listening in my room, but no heartbeat in my ears, nor in my chest, nor in my wrists. Nothing in me but heart and mind. Maybe I'm still walking because I died young. Only 28 and not married. Always wanted to marry, never did. But sometimes there's something makes me stir. I think it's the wind. It brings all these great perfumes. Or the sight of a lady's just now curled hair, and or the sight of her tiny shoes on the sidewalk.



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* The sequence of Mrs. Weldon arriving in town isn't found in the story.
* In the short story, Charlie watches from his window and sees Mrs. Weldon and Odd enter the cemetery. In the episode, he accompanies them there and pronounces them man and wife to make it "official."



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Don Reynolds
ProducerMary Kahn  |  Chris Bailey (3)
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  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Assistant EditorRob Jayne
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt  |  Johannes Konigstorfer
GafferIan Beale
Director of PhotographyMatt Bowkett
Production SecretaryLynn Hargreaves
Art DirectorJennifer Ward
Post Production CoordinatorPaul Winestock
Sound RecordistGraham Morris (2)
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Miln
Boom OperatorMyk Farmer
Production AccountantSally Campbell
Sound SupervisorJohn McKay (3)
Wardrobe AssistantJanis MacEwan  |  Geraldine Stevens
Best BoySiggy Spath, Jr.
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 PullerFred Renata
HairTrish Cohen
ComposerChris Dedrick
Construction ManagerPhil Chitty
Still PhotographerGeoff Short  |  Ken George
 
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