The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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The Once and Future King/A Saucer of Loneliness 

"The Once and Future King": Elvis impersonator Gary Pitkin finds himself transported back to Elvis' time after a car accident. "A Saucer of Loneliness": Shy, lonely Margaret receives a private message from a flying saucer.


John D. Hancock (as John Hancock), Jim McBride


Rod Serling (created by), George R.R. Martin (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Yagher ... Gary Pitkin / Elvis Presley (segment "The Once and Future King")
Lisa Jane Persky ... Sandra (segment "The Once and Future King")
Red West ... Mr. Harris (segment "The Once and Future King")
Paul Eiding ... Sam Phillips (segment "The Once and Future King")
Banks Harper Banks Harper ... Marion Keisker (segment "The Once and Future King")
Brian Hatton ... Bill (segment "The Once and Future King")
Mitch Carter ... Scotty (segment "The Once and Future King")
Cynthia Sanders ... Waitress (segment "The Once and Future King")
Nancy Throckmorton Nancy Throckmorton ... Barmaid (segment "The Once and Future King")
Shelley Duvall ... Margaret (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Richard Libertini ... Beach Man (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Nan Martin ... Margaret's Mother (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Edith Diaz Edith Diaz ... Religious Woman (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Andrew Masset ... Margaret's Date (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Mari Gorman ... Jill (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")


"The Once and Future King": Elvis impersonator Gary Pitkin finds himself transported back to Elvis' time after a car accident. "A Saucer of Loneliness": Shy, lonely Margaret receives a private message from a flying saucer.

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Lisa Jane Persky (Sandra) later played Marion Keisker in Quantum Leap: Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954 (1993), another time travel episode in which a time traveller takes the place of Elvis Presley as he records his first hit single "That's All Right" at Sun Records on July 5, 1954. See more »


In "The Once and Future King", Gary Pitkin picks up a copy of "The Commercial Appeal" and sees that the date is Monday July 3, 1954, which was actually a Saturday. See more »


Narrator (voice): Message found in a bottle, sender unknown. Still alive... or long dead... the last of his species... or a traveler marooned on alien shores. Perhaps in the end, all that matters is this: that even to loneliness there is an end, and for those who are lonely enough long enough. A message cast adrift on the darkest beaches... of The Twilight Zone.
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Go back in time to see and become the King! Only cruel fate proves it's better to stay yourself.
4 May 2011 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "TZ" episode I believe the season opener for season 2 titled "The Once and Future King" is an interesting one that's entertaining and it proves a good lesson it's better to stay yourself.

Set in the then present day mid 80's a young and struggling Elvis impersonator gets the break of his life as thru another dimension he's all of a sudden transported to the past in 1954 Memphis. And you guessed it he meets the young up and coming Elvis. And this was before the real Elvis would become famous a then truck driver.

And this dream come true encounter transforms them both as only fate many times will play a cruel role. It's good to see the want to be Elvis become famous as when he fills the shoes of the real intended one after a tragic incident. Only aside from the fame and fortune it's discovered with success comes a price like things of guilt and regret it's filled with a lonely feel in the end. As really history should not have been changed as some things were meant to stay the same.(Note look for real life Elvis bodyguard Red West in a cameo) This episode proves a point it's better to stay who you are as despite success it can be filled with sorrow and sadness.

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27 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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