The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 36

The Bewitchin' Pool

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Aired Unknown Jun 19, 1964 on CBS
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  • I Love This! I Love This! And I Have Never Seen A Single Episode of This Show Until Now!!!!!!!

    10
    This episode, which was the final episode of the entire series, features two kids (one played by Mary Badham of To Kill a Mockingbird fame) who live in a family featuring two nagging parents who can't stand their own children, as they blame them for all the arguments in their marriage. It becomes bad enough that the children discover a fantasy world where children live happy lives in a gingerbread house owned by a sweet old lady... right underneath their swimming pool. The question is, is this what they want or should they go back to where they were raised at? Questions are answered, in The Twilight Show.



    As I said in the opening, I had never seen an episode of The Twilight Zone before. Boy have I been missing out! This was one of the most brilliant and original shows I've seen in my life! Rod Sterling's introduction and narration captured me in the mood, performances are brilliant, especially Mary Badham, though her voiced was dubbed in some places, the whole ideas here of children escaping to wonderful happy lands are highly original, and it's so thought-provoking and wonderful you just don't want it to end. Even more surprising was that this episode was written by Earl Hamner, best known for creating The Waltons. He does a wonderful job here.



    I'm glad I finally watched an episode of The Twilight Zone and I'm excited about watching future episodes!moreless
  • Is Mary Badham's voice dubed for part of the episode?

    8.0
    Just wandering around HULU I decided to hit up TZ and watch the final episode. I'd seen it before but never knowing it was the final episode. Watching it, I couldn't help but notice that Sport, the character played by Mary Badham ("Scout" from the film "To Kill a Mockingbird"), sounded A LOT like June Foray, the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel (among others). Once they went to the other location, her voice is noticeably higher and sounds more like a little girl. Did she possibly have some problems with her voice when they shot the home scenes that would have required some voice looping?



    Over all, great episode to go out on.moreless
  • great episode i thought

    9.0
    love earl hammer but not sure he's right for twilight zone. As for the goof about the swimsuit versus tee the reason is they just recycled the earlier footage fo the first time they came into that scene if you look it's almost a direct reaplay except they cut before the boy helps the girl out of the water and hands htem towels
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    10
    I LOVE it.
  • Two children escape their life with battling parents

    4.5
    I was watching this on a Twilight Zone marathon. This one aired right after "A Stop at Willoughby". Both are about escaping into a fantasy world to flee a stressful reality. "A Stop at Willoughby" had depth and flair and an ending to make your heart stop.



    This episode suffers in comparison, having two kids who want to escape to a wonderful place with a homey, grandmotherly figure, who still has them do chores — not the perfect kid's fantasy.



    Still it's better than living with the caricature of bitter parents who don't seem to give a fig about ANYONE, especially their children. These one dimensional parents would be embarassing in lesser shows, but are downright appalling in such a well written show as TZ.



    I was going crazy listening to the girl. I just knew that was June Foray's voice, who did Rocky the Flying Squirrel. She has such an unusual voice. Well, too much of an accent and background noise meant the girl actress had to be dubbed, but, ohmigawd, as much as I love June's voice, it was the wrong one to use.



    It was distracting to the nth degree and added to an already weak episode.



    There are plenty of wonderful TZ eppys to watch. Avoid this one.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Sport and Jeb jump in the pool in the last scene, Sport is wearing a shirt. When she comes up in Aunt T's land, she is wearing a swim suit.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: A swimming pool not unlike any other pool, a structure built of tile and cement and money, a backyard toy for the affluent, wet entertainment for the well-to-do. But to Jeb and Sport Sharewood, this pool holds mysteries not dreamed of by the building contractor, not guaranteed in any sales brochure. For this pool has a secret exit that leads to a never-neverland, a place designed for junior citizens who need a long voyage away from reality, into the bottomless regions of the Twilight Zone.

    • Gloria: I told you to go find your brother, not play in the pool.
      Sport: That's where he was.
      Gloria: You remember what I told you about people who lie.
      Sport: Yes, they go to hell and get burnt up.

    • Jeb: Why do we have to have chores?
      Aunt T: All children need chores to appreciate labor and the joy of honest work.

    • Jeb: You mean all children have a door at the bottom of the pool?
      Aunt T: Oh no, not all children come down here through the pool. Some come down chimneys, or you open the door and there they are. Or sometimes they're on a street corner, or other times on a doorstep, like Whitt there.

    • Aunt T: You sure are solemn children, don't you ever laugh?
      Sport: What's there to laugh about?
      Aunt T: I'm funny, you could laugh at me.
      Whitt: You're not funny, you're nice.
      Aunt T: How about a riddle? Does anybody know a riddle?
      Whitt: I do. What do you call someone who crosses the ocean twice and doesn't take a bath either way?
      Aunt T: What?
      Whitt: A dirty double crosser! (everybody laughs)

    • (Last Scene of the Series - Aunt T's House)
      Gloria:(voice over) Oh children, please come back.
      Sport: Huh?
      Aunt T: What is it dear?
      Sport: I thought I heard something. (Laughs) May I please have another piece of cake, Aunt T?

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: A brief epilogue for concerned parents. Of course, there isn't any such place as the gingerbread house of Aunt T, and we grownups know there's no door at the bottom of a swimming pool that leads to a secret place. But who can say how real the fantasy world of lonely children can become? For Jeb and Sport Sharewood, the need for love turned fantasy into reality; they found a secret place--in the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In the outdoor scenes, Mary Badham's voice was overdubbed by June Foray (who was the voice of Rocky the Squirrel) due to Badham's heavy southern accent combined with a high backlot noise level.

    • The script is included in The Twilight Zone Scripts of Earl Hamner by Earl Hamner and Tony Albarella.

    • In the book of Earl Hamner TZ scripts, the script for this episode contains a different beginning (instead of showing part of the ending, as it does today).

    • The two main child characters in To Kill A Mockingbird were Jem and Scout (Mary Badham). In this episode, they're Jeb and Sport (Badham).

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