There Was an Old Woman (The Twilight Zone)

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"There Was an Old Woman"
The New Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 48
Directed by Otta Hanus
Written by Tom J. Astle
Original air date December 17, 1988
Guest appearance(s)

Colleen Dewhurst: Hallie Parker
Zachary Bennett: Brian
Maria Ricossa: Nancy Harris

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List of The Twilight Zone (1985 TV series) episodes

"There Was an Old Woman" is the forty-eighth episode and the thirteenth episode of the third season (1988–89) of the television series The Twilight Zone.

Opening narration[edit]


Hallie Parker is a disillusioned author of children's books, believing that her stories don't appeal to the "video" generation. Aside from writing, she is passionate in reading children her stories in the local library. However, since new forms of entertainment is the new trend, her audience has dwindled down. 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. Mrs. 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 home, Hallie tries to sleep but is interrupted by sounds of laughing children. She is confronted by blowing drapes and moving rocking chairs. When her real estate agent drops by with a young couple looking to buy her house, she shows signs that she really doesn't want to leave, but doesn't have any reason to stay either. During the tour, strange signs that children have been in her such as a baseball breaking her window and a roller-skates found at her stairs. 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 as his parents had the book buried with him at the funeral that day. 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. Initially shocked, but relieved to be useful and happy to find a reason to stay, she vows to never leave them.

Closing narration[edit]

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