Twilight Zone First Season

"You're about to meet a hypochondriac. Witness Mr. Walter Bedeker, age forty-four, afraid of the following: death, disease, other people, germs, draft and everything else. He has one interest in life, and that's Walter Bedeker. One preoccupation: the life and well-being of Walter Bedeker. One abiding concern about society: that if Walter Bedeker should die, how will it survive without him?"

Walter Bedeker makes a deal with a Mr. Cadwallader: Immortality in exchange for his soul. An escape clause is provided, however; if Bedeker ever tires of life, he need only summon Mr. Cadwallader. Bedeker soon realizes nothing can harm him, but nothing excites him either. He jumps in front of subways, trains and buses, drinks poisons, all without anything harming him. He decides to jump off his apartment building. His wife, trying to stop him, falls instead. He seizes the opportunity to experience the electric chair, and confesses to his wife's murder. The judge however sentences him to life imprisonment without chance for parole. Cadwallader appears and releases him from imprisonment, in the form of a fatal heart attack.

"There's a saying, 'Every man is put on Earth condemned to die, time and method of execution unknown.' Perhaps it is as it should be. Case in point: Walter Bedeker, lately deceased, a little man with such a yen to live. Beaten by the Devil, by his own boredom - and by the scheme of things in this, the Twilight Zone."

Notes and corrected narrations courtesy of Twilight Zone Cafe Moderator, Matt Vandermast (aka "James B.W. Bevis")


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