Billy Bayles loves his Grandma Bayles and likes the present she's given him, a toy telephone which she says will allow them to communicate forever. Grandma Bayles is ill however and soon dies but Billy claims he can speak to her on their special telephone. When he tells his parents that she wants him to join her, wherever she's gone to, they pay no mind. When he throws himself in front of their neighbor's car however, it all gets deadly serious. Written by
"Billy" played by Bill Mumy has made 3 appearances in The Twilight Zone. This is his first appearance. See more »
As must be obvious, this is a house hovered over by Mr. Death, an omnipresent player to the third and final act of every life. And it's been said, and probably rightfully so, that what follows this life is one of the unfathomable mysteries, an area of darkness which we, the living, reserve for the dead - or so it is said. For in a moment, a child will try to cross that bridge which separates light and shadow, and, of course, he must take the only known route, that indistinct ...
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A narrow minded, dying grandmother attends the birthday party of her five year old grandson. She is obsessive and rather rude to her own son. We find out later why this is. She also resents her daughter in law for taking the son away. After the party she has a heart attack and soon dies. The present she has give her grandson is a toy telephone. She tells him that he can call her on it anytime he wishes. Of course, this being a Twilight Zone episode, he begins to talk to her from the grave. Not only that, she wants the little boy to join her. The parents are frightened and bewildered with these circumstances. The nice thing about this story is the human element which works very well.
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