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
First noted episode of TZ that Serling did not write, direct or produce, and thereby received only a "created by" credit. Serling either did not do anything remarkable on this episode or refused credit for something that he did do. See more »
A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved, depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow - but all of it very much a part of The Twilight Zone.
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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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