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Cavender Is Coming

"Cavender is Coming"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 36
Directed by Christian Nyby
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Horst Jankowski's A Walk in the Black Forest
Production code 4827
Original air date May 25, 1962
Guest actors

"Cavender is Coming" is episode 101 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on May 25, 1962 on CBS.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Quotations 3
    • Opening narration 3.1
    • Closing narration 3.2
  • Episode notes 4


Agnes Grep is unemployed and behind on her rent. She is visited by Harmon Cavender, her guardian angel who has to make Agnes happier in 24 hours to "earn his wings" (in other words, become a fully vested angel).

At one point, Cavender tries to change the bus in which Agnes is riding into a convertible with a chauffeur. However, Cavender makes errors twice, so they decide 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 Head Angel Polk's approval when he sees Agnes's 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. Polk muses, "In a strange way, I feel sorry for them..."



Opening narration

Closing narration

Episode notes

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 U.S. on Sci Fi Channel and ME-TV 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

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