Told by their parents that they are getting a divorce, Sport and Jeb Sharewood now have to decide who they are going to live with. They decide they would rather live with Aunt T, the woman they've met by traveling through a portal at the bottom of their swimming pool. At the other end is an idyllic world where children play and there are few adults. Aunt T is a kindly old woman but Sport is far more reluctant than Jeb to accept her invitation to stay with them.Written by
Earl Hamner, who wrote the script for this episode, said that he disliked the characterization of "Aunt T." as played by actress Georgia Simmons. He stated that there were women whom he characterized as "earth mothers," citing actress Patricia Neal as an example of the kind of portrayal he had envisioned for the role, and said that instead he found "Aunt T." as depicted in the episode "too cute." Patricia Neal would go on to create the role of Olivia Walton in the pilot, "The Homecoming," of Hamner's long-running series, "The Waltons." See more »
In the second scene with Aunt T, Jeb silently mouths Sport's lines as she recites them. See more »
A brief epilogue for concerned parents. Of course, there isn't any such place as the gingerbread house of Aunt T, and we grownups know there's no door at the bottom of a swimming pool that leads to a secret place. But who can say how real the fantasy world of lonely children can become? For Jeb and Sport Sharewood, the need for love turned fantasy into reality; they found a secret place - in the Twilight Zone.
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This was the last episode in the series, and I have to believe it was only aired because of some contractual obligation. This should have never been released to the public. It is so flawed on so many levels. It totally lacks continuity, the opening scene containing footage that is repeated later in the episode. I also understand that the overdubbing of Mary Badham's exterior dialog by June Foray was due to background noise, but it should have caused the entire episode to be scrapped. And let's not forget the hideous dialog and acting, especially from the shrewish mother. It's kind of shocking that Earl Hamner went on to be successful with The Waltons after having written this horrible piece of crap. Every year during the Twilight Zone marathon I watch this miserable train wreck and wonder how it ever got released.
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