Air date: June 3, 1960
A guardian angel grants a man a chance for a worst-day-to-best-day do over, but at a cost.
This episode provides examples of:
- The Alleged Car: The titular character drives one, a 1924 Rickenbacker that backfires constantly.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Played With. While the "improved" day is definitely not to Bevis's liking, he actually never wished for anything. Hempstead, his angel, suggested to try the day again, and arranged how everything would work then.
- Bittersweet Ending: Bevis did lose his job and his apartment, but he is quite happy and optimistic.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Bevis is an eccentric, accident prone man who loves zither music and stuffed animals and drives a 1924 Rickenbacker. He is beloved by the neighborhood children and many other locals but his idiosyncrasies mean that he has had eleven jobs in the last eleven months.
- Drowning My Sorrows: What Bevis does after being fired.
- Friend to All Living Things: Bevis. The children and his coworkers all love him.
- Guardian Angel: J. Hardy Hempstead has been the guardian angel of multiple Bevis family members since one of them, hundreds of years before, performed an unspecified heroic act that earned such an angel as a reward.
- Humiliation Conga: Bevis's bad day. He loses his job. His car crashes...while nobody's in it. He gets evicted from his apartment.
- Identical Ancestor: Mr. Hempstead shows Bevis three prior generations of Bevises (Magellan Bevis, Parnell Bevis and his uncle Gunner Lou Bevis), all of whom are likewise played by Orson Bean.
- Invisible to Normals: Guardian Angels can only be seen by whoever they protect, it seems.
- Organ Grinder: An organ grinder adds a little color to the street.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: This episode was the pilot for a sitcom that was never made.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Bevis and his angel are the only ones to remember what things were like before.
- Tuckerization: Bevis' ancestors include Magellan Bevis, a 16th Century explorer, and Parnell Bevis, a member of the British Parliament who fought for Home Rule for Ireland.
- Running Gag: Bevis seems to be the only person (or angel) in this universe to like zither music.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: What the angel promises Bevis. Of course, Bevis finds that his attempt actually made his life worse, and he is happy to see things returned to their original state.