One Night at Mercy

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (10)

  • 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.

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Notes (2)

  • "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

Trivia (1)

  • Jay's last name is mispelled "Fergurson" in Death's book at the end.