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"Cavender is Coming"
Cavender is Coming
Series:The Twilight Zone (Original Series)
Episode:Season 3, Episode 101 (S03E36)
First Aired:May 25, 1962
Teleplay:
Story:Rod Serling
Director:Christian Nyby
Music:Horst Jankowski's "A Walk in the Black Forest"
Guest Stars:Carol Burnett, Jesse White, Howard Smith, John Fielder, Sandra Gould, Donna Douglas
Lead Character:Carol Burnett as Agnes Grep
Previous Episode:I Sing the Body Electric
Next Episode:The Changing of the Guard

"Cavender is Coming" is an episode of the The Twilight Zone.

Episode Details

Opening Narration

"Submitted for your approval: the case of one Miss Agnes Grep, put on Earth with two left feet, an overabundance of thumbs and a propensity for falling down manholes. In a moment she will up to her jaw in miracles, wrought by apprentice angel Harmon Cavender, intent on winning his wings. And, though, it's a fact that both of them should have stood in bed, they will tempt all the fates by moving into the cold, gray dawn of the Twilight Zone."

Episode Summary

"Agnes Grep, unemployed and behind on her rent, gets help from Cavender, her guardian angel, who has to make Agnes happier in twenty-four hours to earn his wings. At one point, Cavender tries to change the bus Agnes is riding on into a convertible with a chauffeur, however he goofed twice, so they decided to get back to the bus, causing the bus driver to resign. Cavender provides riches and friends, a luxurious apartment and an active social life, but while it is a dazzling run, Agnes realizes she is happier with her normal life, despite all its shortcomings. Cavender reluctantly restores everything to the way it was and returns to Heaven. To his surprise, he earns Polk the Head Angel's approval upon seeing Agnes' happiness. However, the Head Angel determines that, before Cavender can earn his wings, he must help "other deserving subjects down there", and those will be his assignments for future evaluation. "In a strange way", the Head Angel muses, "I feel sorry for them..."." [2]

Closing Narration

"A word to the wise now to any and all who might suddenly feel the presence of a cigar-smoking helpmate who takes bankbooks out of thin air. If you're suddenly aware of any such celestial aids, it means that you're under the beneficent care of one Harmon Cavender, guardian angel. And this message from the Twilight Zone: lotsa luck!"

Cast

Production Companies

Distributors

  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1959) (USA) (TV) (original airing)

Memorable Quotes

Main article: List of memorable quotes from the first series

See Also

Character Pages:

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