The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 57

Grace Note

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 04, 1986 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grace Note
An aspiring opera singer gets an inspiring glimpse of her future, courtesy of a dying wish by her youngest sister.

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  • Opera singer visits her future which is great.

    Yawn, this has to be the worse Twilight Zone episode ever. I think I actually felt like turning off the TV. The story is so out of emotion, it is so out of spirit, it is so slow and there is nothing to make you wait for the ending.

    A singer who gets a chance to view her own future which is great, I mean, who could ever want to see that a person's future is going to be great? We want to see people with troubled futures, this was just too happy, although her own daughter was dying, it doesn't make up for all the happy moments she is going to have in the future.

    A total lackluster.moreless
  • I have been looking for this episode for quite a while. Best piece of music.

    Thank you Twilight Zone for helping me with this extra appreciation.

    I had never heard the Opera 'La Traviata' before this episode. The Aria (Simpre Libera) that Rosemarie hears has become my favorite female Aria. Violeta is a lovely opera character. I love the allusion of Opera in our TV shows.

    Music in the TV shows are very important to me.
  • A classic three hankie episode

    Another episode designed to tug at the heartstrings. This was the flip side of second season episode, "Time and Teresa Golowitz." Whereas that episode had an older character going back to his youth to change for the better, this has a younger character changed by her future. Still, both episodes are well done. This also had a good, stirring score, in addition to Verdi's opera.

    Nice performances all around, including real-life opera star Julia Migenes as Rosemarie and young Sydney Penny as Mary. If there's one weak spot, it was that some of the lesser characters were thinly written stereotypes, including Rosemarie's mother, the cab driver and the adult Dorothy.

    It's a pity that the episode wasn't filmed in NYC, substituting a West Coast auditorium for the grandeur of the real Met and using close shots of a generic fountain in place of the instantly recognizable plaza of Lincoln Center. Plus the always unconvincing "New York" back lot street. But this detracts little from the episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Rosemarie was confused about the location of the Metropolitan Opera House because the Met would not move to Lincoln Center until September of that year, although she did know it existed because other sections of the center opened before the Met.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Rosemarie, oldest of five children. Always responsible, always dependable. Times and dreams sacrificed to family and duty. Soon to receive a gift of time offered by one who can least afford it. A first, fleeting glimpse into the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: To live life fully, one should hear the melody the world makes. Pity those who stumble through their years without ever hearing the song. The greatest gift we can bestow on those we love is to help them hear it. One life ends, another begins, but the song of life fills the universe even into the last, highest, darkened balcony row in the Twilight Zone.

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