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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': As must be obvious, this is a house hovered over by Mr. Death, an omnipresent player to the third and final act of every life. And it's been said, and probably rightfully so, that what follows this life is one of the unfathomable mysteries, an area of darkness which we, the living, reserve for the dead--or so it is said. For in a moment, a child will try to cross that bridge which separates light and shadow, and, of course, he must take the only known route, that indistinct highway through the region we call The Twilight Zone.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': As must be obvious, this is a house hovered over by Mr. Death, an omnipresent player to the third and final act of every life. And it's been said, and probably rightfully so, that what follows this life is one of the unfathomable mysteries, an area of darkness which we, the living, reserve for the dead--or so it is said. For in a moment, a child will try to cross that bridge which separates light and shadow, and, of course, he must take the only known route, that indistinct highway through the region we call The the Twilight Zone.
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Air date: March 31, 1961


* HeelFaceTurn: At her son's urging, Grandma eventually lets Billy live.
* IHaveNoSon: Grandma Bayles has never forgiven her son Chris for getting married.

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* HeelFaceTurn: At her son's son Chris' urging, Grandma eventually lets Billy live.
* IHaveNoSon: Grandma Bayles has never forgiven her son Chris for getting married.marrying Sylvia and leaving her.

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* BottleEpisode: This episode takes place entirely in and around the Bayles house.


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* NoNameGiven: Grandma Bayles' first name is never revealed.


* AdultFear: that another person could have so much influence over your child that they could convince them to hurt themselves.
* [[DotingGrandparent Doting Grandmother]]: a very dark example.

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* AdultFear: that That another person could have so much influence over your child that they could convince them to hurt themselves.
* [[DotingGrandparent Doting Grandmother]]: a DotingGrandparent: A very dark example.


* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Grandma Bayles' BackStory is that two of her children died and she doesn't get along with her surviving son Chris, which is why she dotes on Billy so much.

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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Grandma Bayles' BackStory is that two of her children died and she doesn't get along with her surviving son Chris, [[FreudianExcuse which is why she dotes on Billy so much.much]].


[[caption-width-right:350: [[YouLookFamiliar "No, I'm not the kid from 'It's A Good Life."]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: [[YouLookFamiliar "No, I'm not the kid from 'It's A Good Life."]]]]
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[[caption-width-right:350: [[YouLookFamiliar "No, I'm not the kid from 'It's A Good Life."]]]]


* AdultFear: that another person could have so much influence over your child that s/he could convince him/her to hurt him- or herself.

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* AdultFear: that another person could have so much influence over your child that s/he they could convince him/her them to hurt him- or herself.themselves.



* PunnyName: A very clever one. The doctor's name is R. Unger which looks like "rongeur" which a surgical tool

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* PunnyName: A very clever one. The doctor's name is R. Unger which looks like "rongeur" which is a surgical tooltool.

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* PunnyName: A very clever one. The doctor's name is R. Unger which looks like "rongeur" which a surgical tool

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* HeelFaceTurn: At her son's urging, Grandma eventually lets Billy live.


* IHaveNoSon; Grandma Bayles has never forgiven her son for getting married.

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* IHaveNoSon; IHaveNoSon: Grandma Bayles has never forgiven her son Chris for getting married.


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Billy and his grandmother are very close, and so he is sad when she dies. Then, however, he begins to say that Grandma called him on his toy telephone and wants him to visit. At first, the parents ignore this as the ramblings of a child, but events will soon force them to see that the truth is far more sinister.

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Billy Bayles (Billy Mumy) and his grandmother (Lili Darvas) are very close, and so he is sad when she dies. Then, however, he begins to say that Grandma called him on his toy telephone and wants him to visit. At first, the parents ignore this as the ramblings of a child, but events will soon force them to see that the truth is far more sinister.

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sinister. It seems that Grandma is lonely in the following tropes:afterlife, and she using the telephone to talk Billy into joining her. Billy attempts to kill himself several times; when he tries to drown himself in the family's fish pond and is on the verge of death, his father Chris (Phillip Abbott) grabs the phone and begs Grandma to let Billy grow up and experience life... which she does. To his parents' relief, Billy recovers completely.

->'''Rod Serling''': A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved, depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow--but all of it very much a part of The Twilight Zone.

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* PhoneCallFromTheDead

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* PhoneCallFromTheDeadIHaveNoSon; Grandma Bayles has never forgiven her son for getting married.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Grandma Bayles' BackStory is that two of her children died and she doesn't get along with her surviving son Chris, which is why she dotes on Billy so much.
* PhoneCallFromTheDead: For extra creepiness, we only hear Billy's side of the conversations.



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->'''Rod Serling''': A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved, depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow--but all of it very much a part of The Twilight Zone.

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->'''Rod Serling''': A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved, depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow--but all of it very much a part of The Twilight Zone.
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->'''Creator/RodSerling'''As must be obvious, this is a house hovered over by Mr. Death, an omnipresent player to the third and final act of every life. And it's been said, and probably rightfully so, that what follows this life is one of the unfathomable mysteries, an area of darkness which we, the living, reserve for the dead--or so it is said. For in a moment, a child will try to cross that bridge which separates light and shadow, and, of course, he must take the only known route, that indistinct highway through the region we call The Twilight Zone.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling'''As ->'''Creator/RodSerling''': As must be obvious, this is a house hovered over by Mr. Death, an omnipresent player to the third and final act of every life. And it's been said, and probably rightfully so, that what follows this life is one of the unfathomable mysteries, an area of darkness which we, the living, reserve for the dead--or so it is said. For in a moment, a child will try to cross that bridge which separates light and shadow, and, of course, he must take the only known route, that indistinct highway through the region we call The Twilight Zone.


->'''Creator/RodSerling'''As must be obvious, this is a house hovered over by Mr. Death, an omnipresent player to the third and final act of every life. And it's been said, and probably rightfully so, that what follows this life is one of the unfathomable mysteries, an area of darkness which we, the living, reserve for the dead--or so it is said. For in a moment, a child will try to cross that bridge which separates light and shadow, and, of course, he must take the only known route, that indistinct highway through the region we call The Twilight Zone.



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* TogetherInDeath: Grandma urges Billy to kill himself so that they can be together again.

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* TogetherInDeath: Grandma urges Billy to kill himself so that they can be together again.again.
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->'''Rod Serling''': A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved, depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow--but all of it very much a part of The Twilight Zone.


* [[DotingParent Doting Grandmother]]: a very dark example.

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* [[DotingParent [[DotingGrandparent Doting Grandmother]]: a very dark example.

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