The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Healer/Children's Zoo/Kentucky Rye 

"Healer": Small-time crook Jackie Thompson finds that a rock possesses special abilities. "Children's Zoo": An invitation to a unique zoo offers a girl a solution to her bickering parents. ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Thompson (segment "Healer")
Harry Faulk (segment "Healer")
Joe Rubello (segment "Healer")
Duende (segment "Healer") (as Joaquin Martinez)
Adam Ferris ...
Deaf Boy (segment "Healer")
Joy Pankin ...
Deaf Boy's Mother (segment "Healer")
Ed Levey ...
1st Neighbor (segment "Healer")
Black Woman (segment "Healer")
Anthony S. Johnson ...
Guard (segment "Healer") (as Anthony Johnson)
Lauren Levinson ...
Amanda's Mom (segment "Healer") (as Lauren Levian)
Sheila Cunningham (segment "Children's Zoo")
Steven Keats ...
Martin Cunningham (segment "Children's Zoo")
Debbie Cunningham (segment "Children's Zoo")
Melody (segment "Children's Zoo")
Al Alu ...
Caged Man #4 (segment "Children's Zoo")


"Healer": Small-time crook Jackie Thompson finds that a rock possesses special abilities. "Children's Zoo": An invitation to a unique zoo offers a girl a solution to her bickering parents. "Kentucky Rye": Drunk driver Bob Spindler finds himself in an unusual bar after an accident. Written by A. Nonymous

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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the segment "Kentucky Rye", the music that plays when Jeffrey DeMunn goes on a drinking binge is the same music that plays in the Episode 1 segment "A Little Peace and Quiet" when Melinda Dillon cooks breakfast. See more »


[first lines]
Bob Spindler: [singing] "Some guys have all the luck. Some guys have all the pain. Some guys get all the breaks...Some g..." duh duh duh duhhh...Some guys, some ME!
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References The Twilight Zone: The Bewitchin' Pool (1964) See more »

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A stone healer that needed caring/disgruntled parents prison/a bar of eternal life guilt.
10 October 2007 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This "Twilight Zone" episode the third in the 1985-86 season on CBS was overall a pretty good one with the first and third segments the best while the second one was just a treat. So one by one I will give my take.

The first segment titled "Healer" features a young drifter and criminal type of a man(Eric Bogosian) who upon his latest break in of a city museum gallery of fine collection of stone and art makes a score. When he comes away with a magical Mayan stone he soon finds it's powers can bring back the dead and heal the sick. When bringing back his friend(Vincent Gardenia) from death the two then use the stone for profit and power. They run a religious healing service in which they heal the sick with the power of the stone, while all along posing like it's an act of god. The money and greed soon corrupts as the message this episode brings is greed and power can bring you down especially when you don't have any caring or good manner. Also it was neat to see how this episode showed how corrupt and money hungry that religion ties became. The episode takes a twist in the end showing that this stone must be in the hands of a good healer of caring that eventually greed and money backfires and spoils the soul. Overall pretty good segment.

The second segment is short and quick "Children's Zoo" has an innocent little girl who's caught between two raging and angry parents(Lorna Luft, and Steven Keats) all she wants is a trip to the zoo. Only this turns out to be a most unusual zoo. It's really a prison or home type for disgruntled parents! A place that kids can trade them in for a new set of parents! Neat story and concept from director Robert Downey Sr. also Wes Craven has a cameo.

The last and maybe best segment "Kentucky Rye" involves a salesman(Jeffrey DeMunn) who after getting a raise becomes to drunk and happy and one night has a fatal crash that kills a passenger, yet he survives. Upon awakening he ends up at the end of the road in a most strange bar called "Kentucky Rye" and the bar has a fatal and cruel guilty connection awaiting for him. It's just like living a life of eternal guilt inside a deserted bar! Really a great episode one of the seasons best.

Good episode made really good by the final segment "Kentucky Rye".

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