Twilight Zone (2002)

Season 1 Episode 2

One Night at Mercy

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 18, 2002 on UPN
7.4
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A young doctor meets a suicide who claims to be Death incarnate. When Death insists he wants to stop his killing ways, the doctor is forced to contemplate what life would be like without death.

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  • Death is a 24-hour job...

    7.8
    The episode itself was good though perhaps not one of the best in the series. I did, however, like Jason Alexander's (George from Seinfeld) portrayal of death. Noting ominous about "Death" in this episode, just a guy doing his 9-5 job. Or 24-hour job in this case! It's an interesting realization about death. That it is necessary. Overpopulation, never-ending pain - just two of the reasons explored in this episode as to why death is necessary. Also a cool part to the story when Death remembers Dr. Jay from when he visited the hospital before, the reason why he became a doctor.moreless
  • An Episode that vaguely reflects a 1962 episode from the Twilight Zone known as \"Nothing in the Dark\".

    8.7
    It offers an alternative point of view where Mr. Death is unwilling to take lives for a day. Death is finally convinced by a doctor (Death\'s next vicitim) to ease the suffering of those dying, but not dead, yet. Where as in \"Nothing in the Dark\", the old lady does everything to stop death from taking her.

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    • Host: (opening narration) Our congratulations to Dr. Jay Ferguson who has just saved his first life. But tonight he will meet a patient who will challenge all his assumptions about living and dying in The Twilight Zone.

    • Death: But I should have known I was wasting my time. I'm not even alive.
      Dr. Ferguson: Now what makes you think you're not alive, Mister... uh, what?
      Death: I already told you. Death. You don't like that one, I answer to plenty of others. Anubis, Thanatos, Yeng-Wa, The Big Sleep, take your pick.

    • Death: It's not just my name, it's what I do.

    • Death: The mid 1300s, the Black Plague. Took out a third of Europe, went a little light on France. If that's not enough to get you depressed, I don't know what is.

    • Dr. Ferguson: If you quit, why try to commit suicide?
      Death: Because they're not just going to let me quit, are they?
      Dr. Ferguson: They?
      Death: They, they. The Celestial Choir, the Harmonies of the Unvierse. The ancient gods, the Fates or whatever you want to call "them."

    • Dr. Ferguson: How did you get out of your restraints?
      Death: Please. I took out the dinosaurs, he thinks a couple of belts are going to hold me?

    • Dr. Ferguson: All right, enough already. What--what do you want me to say? You want me to say you're Death? Okay, you're Death. Satisfied?
      Death: Great. Now you're patronizing me.

    • Dr. Ferguson: You--you've got to stay strong here.
      Death: So you think I'm doing the right thing?
      Dr. Ferguson: Hell, yes.
      Death: Could be drawbacks.
      Dr. Ferguson: What, like--like overpopulation?
      Death: Yeah, the world could get crowded.
      Dr. Ferguson: Well, we can deal with that.
      Death: I like your attitude.

    • Death: I kill flowers, too. Bet you never thought about that. It's not just people and animals. It's grass, trees, roses. Bring death to them all. The other day I saw a rose, kinda like this one. For the first time I stopped and I thought, "My god, that's... that's beautiful." and I knew I--I didn't want to kill that rose. Or anything. Or anyone. Ever again.

    • Host: (closing narration) Life and death walk side by side. They are partners in the cycle of existence. If you don't believe it just talk to Dr. Jay Ferguson now first year resident in The Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (2)

    • "Death" has been a prominent character throughout many previous versions of TZ, one of the best episodes to feature "Death" was "One For the Angels" in which Murray Hamilton as "Death" informed a sidewalk salesman (Ed Wynn) he would die at midnight. Other TZ episodes to feature "living" incarnations of Death include "Nothing in the Dark" starring a young Robert Redford, and "Stranger in a Dark Place" with Stephen McHattie in a story written by J. Michael Straczynski of Babylon 5 fame.

    • This was scheduled to be the third episode aired, but was moved to be the second of the two premiering episodes

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