Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
(Opening Narration) Narrator: The home of Mr. Gregory West, one of America's most noted playwrights. The office of Mr. Gregory West. Mr. Gregory West - shy, quiet, and at the moment very happy. Mary - warm, affectionate...And the final ingredient - Mrs. Gregory West.
Gregory: You've got to believe me, Victoria. People in my plays do come alive. I've seen them, I've talked to them, I've even shaken hands with them.
Victoria: You even made love to them, remember?
Gregory: Yes… I mean no!
Rod Serling: We hope you enjoyed tonight's romantic story on The Twilight Zone. At the same time, we want you to realize that it was, of course, purely fictional. In real life, such ridiculous nonsense...
Gregory West: Rod you shouldn't! I mean, you shouldn't say things as "nonsense" and "ridiculous." (Gregory throws a piece of tape labeled "Rod Serling" into the fireplace.)
Rod Serling: Well that's the way it goes. (Rod disappears)
(Closing Narration) Narrator: Leaving Mr. Gregory West, still shy, quiet, very happy - and apparently in complete control of the Twilight Zone.
This episode marks the series' first on-camera appearance of Rod Serling.
The episode in syndication, at least on the SciFi Channel as of 2001, cuts the sequence where West creates an elephant to stop Victoria from leaving. The cut is abrupt and quite noticeable. According to The Twilight Zone Companion they went to great lengths to get an elephant. The MeTV Network repeats include the footage.
In the final scene, as Serling begins to make his ending voiceover narration, the character actually starts to interact with him.