The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)
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The Executions of Grady Finch 

Grady Finch has been convicted for murdering a convenience-store owner, though has gotten many to believe in his innocence (minus the alleged victim's son) since he wasn't at the scene of ... See full summary »


Rod Serling (created by), Ira Steven Behr (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Jeremy Sisto ... Grady Finch
Alicia Witt ... Liz
Terry Chen ... Nathan Park
Stephen E. Miller ... Warden Tobey
Larry Musser ... Lead Executioner
Robert Clarke ... Dr. Yarrow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Cernow ... Death Row Joe
Clay St. Thomas ... Prison TV Reporter
Forest Whitaker ... Himself - Host


Grady Finch has been convicted for murdering a convenience-store owner, though has gotten many to believe in his innocence (minus the alleged victim's son) since he wasn't at the scene of the crime and the one who spread the story was a drug-addict. Sentenced to die by lethal injection, he is temporarily saved when the system breaks down, and later says he heard a voice as it happened when he thought he was going to die repeating "Not yet". Though other cases make he and his lawyer Liz think he'll have another year, another execution is scheduled the following night. It fails a second time, and he again hears the voice. When a different method is used, the machines fail and he not only hears the chant but, while his face is masked, sees an image of one whom he believes is a guardian angel. Against Liz's advice, he adds to his fame by talking about his guardian angel and belief that he is being kept alive to prove higher judgment exists. He even escapes a murder attempt. But what is ... Written by

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Release Date:

7 May 2003 (Canada) See more »

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Justice Deferred
13 August 2016 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Just about to meet his maker in being convicted in the cold blooded murder of a convenience store owner-Mr. Park-in South L.A Grady Finch, Jeremy Sisto, who claimed to be innocent of Mr. Park's murder is given the needle in the San Quentin execution chambers only to have it malfunction just when the deadly chemicals were about enter his body! Given a second "chance" to be put to sleep forever the same thing happens again to the total shock of Finch as well as all those including his attorney Liz, Alicia Witt, present to witness him taking his final breath!

Dusting off the never used electric chair to finally put Finch in his grave it also short circuits leaving him alive to the astonishment to all those in the execution chamber and on short circuit and cable-at $49.99 a pop-TV watching! Finch claimed to have heard the words "Not Yet" from what he thinks his guardian angel seconds before the switch was pulled making him feel that his time to depart this world, in a pine box, is far into the future. There's also an attempt on Finch's life as he was leaving the courtroom after being given a new trial, that he was found innocent,by Mr. Park's outraged and vengeful son Nathen,Terry Chen, where his gun jammed as he was about to plug him! That was the icing on the cake for Finch that convinced everyone that he was in fact, with fate landing a hand, innocent in Mr. Park's murder!

With Finch about to be let free he boasts to a shocked Liz that he in fact did shoot Mr. Park to death and did it because he "Got in the way" of him robbing his store and had to be put down for him daring to prevent Finch from doing , robbing him, his thing. Now free as a bird and ready to make it big on the book talk show and TV circuit in being offered to host his own reality show "How I got away with Murder" justice finally stepped in like a ton of bricks and crushed all of Grady Finch's future aspirations.

***SPOILERS***Finch ended up being his own worst enemy not only being a murderer but a big mouth braggart as well. Not that what happened to him in the end of this TZ episode wouldn't have happened to him: In was already all in the cards or the script. But at least he would have died in the public's mind an innocent man. Which by him letting the cat out of the bag in him admitting or boasting about his guilt all of his supporters including Liz felt that Finch got exactly what he deserves!

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