Max: That's the way of the world, Georgy. The rich get richer and the long shots lose so what's to do?
Narrator: Very little comment here, save for this small aside: that the ties of flesh are deep and strong, that the capacity to love is a vital, rich and all-consuming function of the human animal, and that you can find nobility and sacrifice and love wherever you may seek it out; down the block, in the heart, or in the Twilight Zone.
Narrator: Submitted for your approval, one Max Phillips, a slightly-the-worse-for-wear maker of book, whose life has been as drab and undistinguished as a bundle of dirty clothes. And, though it's very late in his day, he has an errant wish that the rest of his life might be sent out to a laundry to come back shiny and clean, this to be a gift of love to a son named Pip. Mr. Max Phillips, Homo Sapiens, who is soon to discover that man is not as wise as he thinks--said lesson to be learned in the Twilight Zone.
Max: Pip is dying. My kid is dying. In a place called South Vietnam. There isn't supposed to be a war going on there, but my son is dying. It's to laugh. I swear it's to laugh.
This is probably the first mention on network television of US casualties from fighting in Southeast Asia. Originally the script called for the country to be Laos, but Serling changed it to Vietnam when a research firm pointed out the civil war going on in that country in which American troops were present but not fighting.
The introduction for the fifth season episodes is the same as the fourth: "You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension--a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into The Twilight Zone."
Filmed at Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica during two consecutive nights when the park was vacant.
Included on volume 14 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.