The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 36

Cavender is Coming

Aired Unknown May 25, 1962 on CBS
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Cavender, an angel trying to win his wings, tries to help down-on-her-luck Agnes, who has just been fired.

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Small message of reassurance to that horizontal young lady: don't despair, help is en route. It's coming in an odd form from a very distant planet, but it's nonetheless coming...Submitted for your approval, the case of one Miss Agnes Grep, put on Earth with two left feet, an overabundance of thumbs and a propensity for falling down manholes. In a moment she will be up to he jaw in miracles, wrought by apprentice angel Harmon Cavender, intent on winning his wings. And, though it's a fact that both of them should have stood in bed, they will tempt all fates by moving into the cold, gray dawn of the Twilight Zone.

    • Polk: Apprentice angel Cavender, it has come to our attention that you are the only angel of your class not to have won your wings. It is further occurred to our attention that you are a clod.

    • Agnes: Oh, a mansion. And how do I pay for this mansion?
      Cavender: My dear Miss Grep, there are all sorts of ways.
      Agnes: I am not that kind of girl!
      Cavender: Yes, I have no doubt.

    • Polk: What is that?
      Cavender: She's "bowling." She goes bowling every Thursday night.
      Polk: Are you supposed to leave your finger in the ball after it starts down the lane?
      Cavender: No, sir, I don't think she's quite got the hang of it yet.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: A word to the wise now to any and all who might suddenly feel the presence of a cigar-smoking helpmate who takes bankbooks out of thin air. If you're suddenly aware of any such celestial aids, it means you're under the beneficial care of one Harmon Cavender, guardian angel. And this message from the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (2)

    • One of the attendant's names is "Burnett," an in-joke reference to Carol Burnett.

    • This episode was originally intended to sell CBS a weekly version of the format originally proposed in "Mr. Bevis", only from the guardian angel's point-of-view. If a series had been produced, it would have focused on Harmon Cavender's attempts to help other "mortals in distress", with equally disastrous results before the inevitable "happy ending". A laugh track was featured in the original telecast (on CBS' suggestion) and subsequent syndicated prints, but recent editions on home video and cable eliminated it.