Jenny and the other kids don't realize that the kindly yet magical old duffer they play with in the park is really an intergalactic fugitive hiding out till two serious men come looking for him, asking questions that test their friendship.
Magical Old Ben is a kindly gent who likes to play with the neighborhood kids, whether it's baseball or games of make-believe. Little Jenny, who must wear a brace on one leg, is particularly fond of him. With the arrival of two officious men asking questions, Ben tells Jenny he's a wanted, intergalactic man and has to leave before they catch him. He assures her that he's not a serious criminal or anything like that but wants to fix her leg problem before he goes. The men, having been thwarted, use Jenny irresponsibly as their only resource to reach their objective. Retrieving Old Ben is pretty important to them, but he and Jenny devise a way to have the last laugh. Written by
garykmcd/revised by statmanjeff
As Jenny and "Jenny" walk out the door, one of the "Jenny's" is visibly shorter than the other. See more »
You see, Jenny, my real shape, I mean, the way I really look...
Isn't this the way you really look?
Have I ever seen you the way you really look?
Gee, I bet you're icky!
[with mild affront]
There are those who found me quite attractive.
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These were certainly more innocent times. If an old man like J. Pat O'Malley started hanging around the neighborhood kids as we see him here, there would be a lot of suspicion as to his motives right now. But he's a kindly old duffer and to one child, little Susan Gordon he shows a side the others have never seen.
He's quite magical you know, like an oversized leprechaun. Gordon who has a leg brace because of infantile paralysis sees him shape shift like Odo of Deep Space Nine. Her guardian is a nasty spinster aunt played by Nancy Kulp and when two strange men start hanging around, O'Malley tells her he has to leave with them.
This Twilight Zone episode is a charming fantasy. I can't say more lest I reveal who and what O'Malley is. But Susan Gordon gets the ultimate happy ending.
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