Everyone at Jeff Myrtlebank's funeral service is shocked when he pushes the coffin lid open and steps out, seemingly in perfect health. Old Doc Bolton mumbles some ridiculous explanation and the people there settle down a bit. Obviously his family is happy that he's back with them and his fiancée welcomes him as he is, with no questions asked. They do notice that he's a bit different. As time goes on however, rumors begin spread and the locals decide to take action. Written by
When Jeff's fiancée, Comfort, comes to warn him about the angry group of men coming to threaten him, the line in the script is "I rode out to warn you. There's a group of men comin' out from town. They're gonna ask you to move out of the county." Instead, Sherry Jackson, the actress playing Comfort, flubs the line, and says "I rode out to warn you. There's a group of men coming out from town. They're gonna ask you to move out of the COUNTRY." Jackson apparently had been having so much trouble saying the line as written that director, Montgomery Pittman, left the mistaken word in the final cut. See more »
Jeff and Comfort are still alive today, and their only son is a United States Senator. He's noted as an uncommonly shrewd politician, and some believe he must have gotten his education - in The Twilight Zone.
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This episode starts off oddly--something that isn't too unusual for this series! The setting is the deep South and a man is about to be buried--the only problem is, he just woke up and has no intention of allowing this! As for the people in the community, they are freaked out to say the least, but they're also a very superstitious group and don't think it's right that he won't cooperate with their plans! However, the man (James Best) soon realizes that he doesn't have to put up with their prejudices and fears and sees that he can use this to his own advantage. Naturally, being "The Twilight Zone", there is a cute twist at the end that wraps it up very well.
While will readily admit that this is not among the best episodes, it is very good and holds up well over the years. A clever twist and a nice light comedic aspect of the show make this one a winner.
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