Cavender Is Coming
|"Cavender is Coming"|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Christian Nyby|
|Written by||Rod Serling|
|Featured music||Horst Jankowski's A Walk in the Black Forest|
|Original air date||May 25, 1962|
|List of Twilight Zone episodes|
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...".
This episode was originally broadcast with a laugh track — the only Twilight Zone episode to feature one — because this episode was intended as a backdoor pilot for a regular comedy series featuring the Cavender character. The version included in The Twilight Zone - The Complete Definitive Collection DVD set has the laugh track removed. Reruns airing in the US on Sci Fi Channel as well as on the ME-TV network also have the laugh track removed.
The essential premise of this episode is exactly the same as the first-season Twilight Zone episode "Mr. Bevis". Both episodes are comedies about well-meaning guardian angels who try to help kind-hearted, but hapless human beings by magically giving them everything they think they desire -- only to discover the humans are happier with the way life had been previously. Both episodes were written by Rod Serling.
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