Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Host: (opening narration) Our congratulations to Dr. Jay Ferguson who has just saved his first life. But tonight he will meet a patient who will challenge all his assumptions about living and dying in The Twilight Zone.
Death: But I should have known I was wasting my time. I'm not even alive.
Dr. Ferguson: Now what makes you think you're not alive, Mister... uh, what?
Death: I already told you. Death. You don't like that one, I answer to plenty of others. Anubis, Thanatos, Yeng-Wa, The Big Sleep, take your pick.
Death: It's not just my name, it's what I do.
Death: The mid 1300s, the Black Plague. Took out a third of Europe, went a little light on France. If that's not enough to get you depressed, I don't know what is.
Dr. Ferguson: If you quit, why try to commit suicide?
Death: Because they're not just going to let me quit, are they?
Dr. Ferguson: They?
Death: They, they. The Celestial Choir, the Harmonies of the Unvierse. The ancient gods, the Fates or whatever you want to call "them."
Dr. Ferguson: How did you get out of your restraints?
Death: Please. I took out the dinosaurs, he thinks a couple of belts are going to hold me?
Dr. Ferguson: All right, enough already. What--what do you want me to say? You want me to say you're Death? Okay, you're Death. Satisfied?
Death: Great. Now you're patronizing me.
Dr. Ferguson: You--you've got to stay strong here.
Death: So you think I'm doing the right thing?
Dr. Ferguson: Hell, yes.
Death: Could be drawbacks.
Dr. Ferguson: What, like--like overpopulation?
Death: Yeah, the world could get crowded.
Dr. Ferguson: Well, we can deal with that.
Death: I like your attitude.
"Death" has been a prominent character throughout many previous versions of TZ, one of the best episodes to feature "Death" was "One For the Angels" in which Murray Hamilton as "Death" informed a sidewalk salesman (Ed Wynn) he would die at midnight. Other TZ episodes to feature "living" incarnations of Death include "Nothing in the Dark" starring a young Robert Redford, and "Stranger in a Dark Place" with Stephen McHattie in a story written by J. Michael Straczynski of Babylon 5 fame.
This was scheduled to be the third episode aired, but was moved to be the second of the two premiering episodes
Jay's last name is mispelled "Fergurson" in Death's book at the end.