Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 24

Big Surprise

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 1971 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Host: Our painting reminds us that there's a strange fascination with digging holes along side ancient oaks. You give the average man a shovel and an "X" on a map and the fantasies come thick and fast. Pirate gold, hidden Confederate treasure and sometimes the unexpected, and sometimes the unwelcome. Hence the title, Big Surprise.

    • Hawkins: You know where Miller's Field is? You know where that big oak tree is? Go over to that tree and face the steeple of the church, you understand? Walk ten paces, dig down four feet... and there you'll find a great big surprise!

  • Notes

    • In syndication, combined and airs first before "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture" and "Quoth the Raven".

    • The syndicated version uses randomly-inserted shots of birds gathering, from The Birds (1963), to pad out the episode. It also changes the ending, adding some wavering effects and footage from earlier in the episode, to end the episode by making it appear that the last half of the episode is Chris merely imagining what will happen if he takes up Hawkins' offer.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Big Surprise" (also called "What Was in the Box") by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (April 1959).

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