Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 16

On Thursday We Leave for Home (2 May 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" On Thursday We Leave for Home (original title)

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Space colonists from Pilgrim I, Earth's first spaceship to colonize the outer regions, have spent 30 years in their new home. It's a lonely barren place and they are waiting for a ship from... See full summary »

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Space colonists from Pilgrim I, Earth's first spaceship to colonize the outer regions, have spent 30 years in their new home. It's a lonely barren place and they are waiting for a ship from to arrive to transport them home. Some of the colonists are at their wits end and another one, the 9th in six months, commits suicide. They are led by William Benteen, who they call Captain, a tough no-nonsense type who does his best to keep the together. They rejoice when the ship arrives and are given three days to prepare for their departure. As the day approaches however, Benteen assumes the community will stay together on Earth. When he realizes that most in the community will go their own way once they get home, he decides they should stay. When the group decides otherwise, Benteen is left with only one option. Written by garykmcd

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Captain Benteen tells one boy about the magnificent beauty of clouds as he had never seen one. At the end, however, we see a sky filled with white, fluffy clouds. See more »

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Captain Benteen: [addressing colonists who are no longer there] Well, my friends - any business to transact today? No business?
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Captain Benteen: Jo-Jo. Jo-Jo. Nothing from you today? Don't you want me to tell you about the Earth, Jo-Jo? Don't you want to hear about the rivers and the seas, the blue skies in the night? The stars and the moon? Don't you want to hear about all those things today?
[outside, the Galaxy 6 begins blasting off]
Captain Benteen: There's color on the Earth, Jo-Jo. The change of the seasons. The wind. The wind ...
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James Whitmore stars as Captain Benteen, who has held together the physical and mental well-being of his people, who are stranded Earth colonists stuck on a barren, hot planet that proved most unsuitable for colonization, but it took 30 years for a rescue ship to arrive. When it does, the people rejoice, but Benteen becomes alarmed when he realizes that the community he has led will break up on return to Earth, and this causes him to devise a misguided plan to stop this, one that will prove most costly to him indeed... Well-written and acted episode makes good use of its time, with a believable premise and performances all leading to a most (self-created) tragic end.


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