The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 22

Long Distance Call

Aired Unknown Mar 31, 1961 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A young boy find he can communicate with his dead grandmother through a toy phone.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Creepy Creepers

    I did not find that this episode was predictable. I honestly did not know if the boy was going to live or die. It seemed like he was not in the pond very long at all. This was one of my favorite episodes.
  • always awesome !

    this one was better than i thought hahaha cool concept just a risky subject haha i give an 8!
  • A boy is able to talk with his recently deceased grandmother.

    I found the plot of this episode predictable but the acting and writing were great. I was especially captivated by the ending and the fathers plea for his son's life. I found the mother's role to be one dimensional but I guess that was required for the story to work. As this is my first review ton I wanted to ask if any one else has an opinion on the "definitive collection" of the Twilight Zone? There are a small percentage of episodes that look like they are a recording of a tv screen, they look bad compared to the rest. Was there ever an explanation for this discrepancy?

  • Billy Mumy plays a kid who says he's talking to his dead Grandmother from a toy telephone.

    Decent episode, very preditable though. A lot is giving away when the Grandmother died and Rod Serling's introduction about life and death. Of course we get the feeling we will be hearing from Grandmother again and we do.

    Billy Bayles (Billy Mumy) claims he can talk to her on his toy phone. Everyone thinks he's traumatized until the mom hears the Grandmother. Then Billy in his rage when mother tries to stop his conversation falls into the pond and appears to be dying. The twist at the end with the Dad talking on the phone asking his mom to give him Billy back was predictable but still well executed.

    One of those happy endings for the show.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: As must be obvious, this is a house hovered over by Mr. Death, that omnipresent player to the third and final act of every life. And it's been said, and probably rightfully so, that what follows this life is one of the unfathomable mysteries, an area of darkness which we the living reserve for the dead - or so it is said. For in a moment, a child will try to cross that bridge which separates light and shadow, and of course he must take the only known route, that indistinct highway through the region we call the Twilight Zone.

    • Billy: (on the phone) Hurray for Peter Pan! That was a great story Grandma. Can I have a chocolate ice cream bar?
      Sylvia: Billy, who're you talking to? (takes the phone from him and listens)
      Billy: You broke my phone! (runs out)
      Sylvia: Chris!
      Chris: (running in) What is it?
      Sylvia: It was her! I heard her breathing!

    • Grandma: Who are you?
      Chris: It's me, Chris, your son.
      Grandma: No, I have no son. My son was taken away from me by another lady. (to Billy) You are my son now.

    • Shirley: This is Mr. Peterson.
      Mr. Peterson: I've been sitting here shaking for 20 minutes because of what happened with your son.
      Chris: Well what did happen with Billy?
      Mr. Peterson: He ran out in front of my car, it's a good thing I'm a careful driver. You should talk to him about playing out in the street.
      Chris: Billy never plays out in the street.
      Shirley: He never played out in the street, that's why I didn't think anything of it when he went out to play.
      Mr. Peterson: When I asked him why he would do a thing like that, run out into busy traffic in front of an oncoming car, he said because somebody told him to do it.
      Shirley: I would never tell Billy to do anything like that, I swear.
      Chris: Who has he talked to this afternoon?
      Shirley: Nobody, he's been up in his room all day playing on that toy telephone.

    • Billy: (on the phone) Is it cold where you are? Can I come visit?
      Sylvia: Who're you talking to, Billy?
      Billy: Grandma, she wants me to come where she is. Can I go?

    • Chris: (on the phone) You said Billy gave you life, Mom. At his third birthday party, you picked him up and hugged him and said he gave you life. He's only five years old, Mom. He doesn't know anything about school, or girlfriends, or wearing long pants. You said he gave you life, if you love him, give him back.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow, but all of it very much a part of the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This is one of six episodes originally shot on videotape, then transferred to sixteen-millimeter film for broadcast. This was done as a cost-cutting measure.