The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 21

Kick the Can

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Aired Unknown Feb 09, 1962 on CBS

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    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Sunnyvale Rest, a home for the aged, a dying place, and a common children's game called kick the can that will shortly become a refuge for a man who knows he will die in this world if he doesn't escape into the Twilight Zone.

    • Charles: It's the grass, Ben. Children can't resist going where the grass is.

    • Charles: Maybe the Fountain of Youth isn't a fountain at all. Maybe it's a way of looking at things. A way of thinking.

    • Charles: Summer, grass, run, jump, youth! Wake up! Wake up, oh this is your last chance. I can't play Kick the Can alone...

    • Charles: Ben, help me! There is magic in the world, I know there is. When I fell in love with Mary, kissed her for the first time, that was magic. When my boy was born, that was magic. Friendship is a magic thing. Maybe I"m right, Ben. Maybe Kick the Can is the greatest magic of all.

    • Charles: Ben, you're afraid. You're afraid of a new idea. You're afraid to look silly. You're afraid to make a mistake. You decided that you were an old man and that has made you old.
      Ben: I am old and so are you, Charles, and that's a fact.

    • Charles: You believed in magic then...
      Ben: Me? Magic?
      Charles: Yes you did. When we walked on different sides of a street lamp you'd say "bread and butter" and when your baby teeth came out, you'd put them under the pillow for the tooth fairy. Yeah, you believed in magic. What happened, Ben?

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Sunnyvale Rest, a dying place for ancient people who have forgotten the fragile magic of youth. A dying place for those who have forgotten that childhood, maturity and old age are curiously intertwined and not separate. A dying place for those who have grown too stiff in their thinking to visit the Twilight Zone.

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