The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 9

The Trouble with Templeton

Aired Unknown Dec 09, 1960 on CBS
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Booth Templeton is an aging actor who longs for the old days when his wife was alive. Miraculously, he is given a sobering glimpse of the past he holds so dear.

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Booth grabs Laura to keep her from dancing, he accidentally destroys her flapper beads and they hang from her neck in two long strands. However, later in the episode, the beads have magically repaired themselves.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Pleased to present for your consideration Mr. Booth Templeton, serious and successful star of over thirty Broadway plays, who is not quite all right today. Yesterday and its memories is what he wants, and yesterday is what he'll get. Soon his years and his troubles will descend on him in an avalanche. In order not to be crushed, Mr. Booth Templeton will escape from his theater and his world and make his debut on another stage in another world that we call the Twilight Zone.

    • Booth: Laura, why are you so different!
      Laura: Why, that's the way I am, Booth. That's the way it is. (defensively) I mean, what did you expect?
      Barney: Yes, old chap. What did you expect?
      Booth: I-I don't know. But you were my love! Everywhere and at all times! Why, we couldn't walk a street or sit in a restaurant without everyone knowing we were in love!
      Laura: Are you finished?
      Booth: (looks at her and shakes his head) I don't like what you've become!

    • Booth: I have to talk to you, darling!
      Laura: Well?
      Booth: Laura, darling! I'm here! I don't know for how long...or even how I got here... or who put me here! But I do know for as long as I'm here, I want to have you to myself--alone!
      Laura: (rolling her eyes) Oh, Booth, don't be dull.

    • Booth: I'm not so certain that it is a glad green Earth. Oh, Laura, Laura, darling. Barney, I'm not so certain of this Earth or of anything in it right now. Oh, please, listen to me, listen to me, won't you, Laura? Laura, somethings happened. Something very strange. Please, try to understand. This isn't makeup. I've grown older, darling. In another world many, for many, many lonely years, I've had only a memory of you to live on. You too, Barney. Why you were my one and only best friend. But both of you have been only memories for a long time. And now, tonight, or today, or whatever it is and wherever I am in space or time, I have you back again. You're alive! You didn't die! Life is going on here. It's just as if you'd never died. Either of you. You do understand, don't you?

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Mr. Booth Templeton, who shared with most human beings the hunger to recapture the past moments, the ones that soften with the years. But in his case, the characters of his past blocked him out and sent him back to his own time, which is where we find him now. Mr. Booth Templeton, who had a round-trip ticket into the Twilight Zone.

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