Twilight Zone – The Passersby

★★★★  October 6, 1961 Season 3 Episode 1

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I’ve always liked this episode. It takes place at the end of the Civil War. James Gregory plays the Sergeant and he would later appear on Barney Miller. Joanne Linville played Lavinia Godwin later appeared as a Romulan commander on Star Trek. Godwin is a lonely widowed southern woman watching the soldiers come home. 

The Sergeant comes wandering by and just wants some water from Godwin. He spends some time with her and he finds out something that he didn’t expect. Again the acting is very good in this and there is not only a twist but a cameo at the very end.

From IMDB: Another Twilight Zone featuring multiple actors from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). James Gregory portrayed Dr. Tristan Adams in Season One’s Star Trek: The Original Series: Dagger of the Mind (1966). Joanne Linville was the Romulan Commander in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Enterprise Incident (1968) and Rex Holman played Morgan Earp in Star Trek: The Original Series: Spectre of the Gun (1968), both from Season Three. In addition, Rex Holman later appeared in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) as J’onn.

This show was written by Rod Serling

Rod Serling’s Opening Narration: 

As the episode starts, a group of Civil War soldiers are walking down a road as Rod Serling narrates:

This road is the afterwards of the Civil War. It began at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and ended at a place called Appomattox. It’s littered with the residue of broken battles and shattered dreams.

After a brief opening dialogue between the Sergeant and Lavinia Godwin, Rod Serling resumes:

In just a moment, you will enter a strange province that knows neither North nor South, a place we call—The Twilight Zone.


In April 1865, at the end of the American Civil War, a Confederate Sergeant with other wounded Union and Confederate soldiers, stops to ask the Lavinia Godwin for some water. He asks to rest for a while and they talk about the damages of war as she now lives in her destroyed mansion.

Rod Serling’s Closing Narration:

Incident on a dirt road during the month of April, the year 1865. As we’ve already pointed out, it’s a road that won’t be found on a map, but it’s one of many that lead in and out of the Twilight Zone.


Rod Serling…Narrator / Self – Host (uncredited)
James Gregory…The Sergeant
Joanne Linville…Lavinia Godwin
Warren Kemmerling…Jud Godwin
Rex Holman…Charlie Constable
David Garcia…Union Lieutenant
Austin Green…Abraham Lincoln
Jamie Farr…oldier (uncredited)


Author: Badfinger (Max)

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14 thoughts on “Twilight Zone – The Passersby”

  1. Good episode with a neat twist at the end. I might have given it 3.5 stars. I knew I recognized the Sargent but couldn’t place him – Barney Miller! And I love the cameo at the end – they really did a good job – looked just like him! Ok maybe half a star for that so agree 4 stars!

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    1. Oh I love Barney Miller…I’m in the middle of watching it now…in the 6th season. One of not the best written sitcoms ever.
      Yea this one was hard to judge. I like the twist but it’s a bit obvious.

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    1. I’ve seen him in Star Trek, Bonanza, Gunsmoke and some other things….oh and Rawhide. He has a western type face that made him perfect for those.


      1. He had a big part in *The Manchurian Candidate* (the original with Sinatra, not the remake), though not as big as Angela Lansbury, who played his wife. That’s a movie to see, if you never have. He also played a German general on *Hogan’s Heroes* (Season 2, Episode 1) and Roddy McDowall’s uncle on an episode of *Columbo*.

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      2. I’ll have to check those out. Before I started to watch the westerns a few years ago… I knew him from Barney Miller. It’s odd to think of him on Star Trek. He did a lot in his career.

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  2. This one wasn’t meant to be creepy I don’t think, but that house gave me the creeps. It never showed what was inside. The hobbling James Gregory did a good job playing the wounded soldier. The cameo at the end was the best part in my opinion. Very neat so many later appeared in Star Trek.

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