There Was an Old Woman (The Twilight Zone)
|"There Was an Old Woman"|
|The New Twilight Zone episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Otta Hanus|
|Written by||Tom J. Astle|
|Original air date||December 17, 1988|
|“||Not so very long ago, before computerized toys and cathode-ray characters did our speaking and thinking for us, one of the storytellers most important tools was imagination. The imagination of an audience. That was how it used to be. Once upon a time...||”|
Hallie Parker is a disillusioned author of children's books, believing that her stories don't appeal to the "video" generation. One day, a young woman, Nancy Harris, requests the author's autograph for her son, Brian, who is sick. Hallie, apparently overcome by Nancy's request, says she would love to come to him and sign it in person. Ms. Harris is excited and deeply grateful.
When she arrives, Hallie discovers Brian to be very sick indeed, with prescription bottles and oxygen tanks at his bedside. Hallie takes her book over to show him the autograph she wrote out for him. She decides to read to him from her book. They truly enjoy their time together. Brian asks her if she will she come back and read some more, but Hallie, who is moving away to Arizona, tells him that she isn't sure.
At her new home, Hallie tries to sleep but is interrupted by sounds of laughing children. She is confronted by blowing drapes and moving rocking chairs. As people go in and out of her house, Hallie becomes more and more apprehensive about who might be moving in. Soon afterwards, Hallie discovers the book she brought to Brian. Thinking some child might have stolen it and brought it there, she calls the Harris house. She discovers that Brian has died and there is no way his book could've been there. Hallie is confused but then hears voices upstairs. She goes upstairs to find ghostly images of Brian and other deceased children. Brian wants Hallie to stay and read them stories, to comfort them. Saddened, but relieved to be useful, she vows to never leave them.
|“||There was an old woman. A page in a book. Mere phrases and words, of which no one would look. But a tale worth telling has a life of its own. Happily ever after, in the Twilight Zone.||”|
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