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
This episode was set "in the 1920s" and according to Doc Bolton (Edgar Buchanan), Jeff Myetlebank (James Best) died from Influenza. The 1918-20 "Spanish Flu" outbreak of Influenza killed 50-100 million people worldwide (3%-5% of the world's population). Throughout the 1920s outbreaks of Influenza continued to kill thousands of people across America each year, so a death from Influenza would be something both feared and not unusual. See more »
When Doc Bolton is eating a pickle at the general store, the amount of pickle eaten changes from scene to scene. 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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'I'm getting' sick and tired of the way everyone's treatin' me like a vampire'.
Writer-director Montgomery Pittman wrote three TZ stories, all for series three and all fairly good ('Two' and 'The Grave' being the others), and all dealing with something beyond death or destruction. Pittman was a very short time away from death from cancer when he made this entry about a young country man who sits up in his coffin at his own funeral service.
Jeff Myrtlebank (James Best) is a much liked but undistinguished member of an unsophisticated community that starts jumping to a bizarre conclusion over his resurrection and character transformation. Odd things are happening around Jeff. Clearly an allegory addressing superstition, prejudices, and ignorance, this is a timeless, gentle tale well told.
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