Mouth McGarry is the manager of the Hoboken Zephyrs professional baseball team. They are perennial losers and are already so far back in the standings that they have no chance of winning the pennant. McGarry is approached by Dr. Stillman who has a solution for him, Casey, who seems to be an ideal pitcher, the best McGarry has ever seen. The catch is that Casey is a robot. McGarry is eager to win and decides to use Casey without telling anyone. When his ruse is discovered, Dr. Stillman agrees to give Casey a heart to make him more human. The results aren't quite what McGarry had hoped for. Written by
Paul Douglas, who had drinking habits, was originally cast to play McGarry but onstage began to look red and read raspingly, and it wasn't until his coronary-related death days after the episode was completed that it was realized he had been suffering poor health rather than reaction to drink. Because the episode was supposed to be a comedy, Rod Serling was reluctant to let it be broadcast with Douglas' impending death essentially captured on film. When CBS refused to pay for the episode to be re-shot, Serling personally underwrote the $27,000 it cost to have Jack Warden brought in to replace Douglas and to have some scenes re-done with Warden in place of Douglas. See more »
In the final shot, taken from the upper deck of the Zephyrs' ballpark, mountains are visible on the horizon. There are no mountains near Hoboken, New Jersey, home of the Zephyrs. See more »
Once upon a time, there was a major league baseball team called the Hoboken Zephyrs, who, during the last year of their existence, wound up in last place and shortly thererafter wound up in oblivion. There's a rumor, unsubstantiated, of course, that a manager named McGarry took them to the West Coast and wound up with several pennants and a couple of world championships. This team had a pitching staff that made history. Of course, none of them smiled very much, but it happens...
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This is an episode of "The Twilight Zone" that is well worth seeing, but I'll freely admit that the show is far from one of the better ones of the first season. Part of this is because there really is nothing other-worldly or "twilight zoney" about this one--just a somewhat humorous and very slight show from start to finish.
The show is about Casey. We are expected to believe that this guy is an ultra-realistic robot who can pitch amazingly well and no one can detect that he's NOT a robot until late in the season. And, when they do, his creator comes up with a way to get around this--but it leads to further complications.
Overall, this certainly won't make you love the series but at least it is entertaining. Nuff said.
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