"Street scene: Summer. The present. Man on the sidewalk named Lew Bookman, age sixtyish. Occupation: pitchman. Lew Bookman, a fixture of the summer, a rather minor component to a hot July, a nondescript, commonplace little man whose life is a treadmill built out of sidewalks. And in just a moment, Lew Bookman will have to concern himself with survival--because as of three o'clock this hot July afternoon he'll be stalked by Mr. Death"."
Lew Bookman, a sidewalk salesman, is informed by Mr. Death that he is to die at midnight. Bookman convinces Death to allow him to live until he has had a chance to do his masterpiece, the Big Pitch - "one for the angels." Death arranges for a truck to hit Maggie, a neighborhood child, to take Lew's place. Death has to be in Maggie's room at midnight to claim her. Bookman saves Maggie by making a pitch so enthralling that Death misses his deadline. Having made his pitch, Lew leaves with Mr. Death."Lewis J. Bookman, age sixtyish. Occupation: pitchman. Formerly a fixture of the summer, formerly a rather minor component to a hot July. But, throughout his life, a man beloved by the children, and therefore a most important man. Couldn't happen, you say? Probably not in most places, but it did happen--in the Twilight Zone."
Notes: First opening monologue to contain the phrase "in just a moment," which appears 25 times in TZ intros, more than any other four-word phrase that doesn't include "Twilight Zone." (Also see notes for "A Most Unusual Camera" intro.) In contrast, the more famous, and distinctive, "Submitted for your approval" occurs only three times. "In a moment" also occurs many times.