The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 27

One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 06, 1985 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: He had to go back. It was that simple. Back to the place where his anger had first taken root. Back to find the turning point which had set him on the road to success... and lonliness. Because here, in this small Ohio town, lived the shadows of the boy he used to be, and the man he could have become. Gus Rosenthal, is returning home... to the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: It's rather bittersweet how we spend so much time trying to justify ourselves to shadows of those who are long gone. And even if they were alive, would they remember? Would they recall what they had said or done that made you spend the rest of your life proving yourself? And if you could go back, wouldn't you learn that you were always the master of your fate? [Adult Gus learns that Jack became a cabbie.] And if you learn that great truth, wouldn't it free you of a useless burden? Dead cargo... from the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • This story is partially based on the life of Harlan Ellison. Jack Wheeldon was the real name of a boy who tormented him.

    • Thematically the episode deals with many of the same issues and themes as the original Twilight Zone episode "Walking Distance".

    • The episode is based on the short story "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty", by Harlan Ellison. The story was first published in the anthology Orbit 8 (1970).

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