Story by J. D. Matteis
Directed by Philip DeGuere
Original Airdate - July 17, 1987
Linda Kelsey - Valerie Richman
James Whitmore, Jr. - Ira Richman
Dennis Patrick - Marvin Weingrod



A long married couple find themselves tired of their lives, and wishing for their youth.  They find what they think they want, yet it's not what they have now.  Do they go back to the past or keep the present?



What to say about the last new Twilight Zone segment?  I think it's better than the first segment of this hour, "Song of the Younger World," but that's not saying much.  The story has an interesting arc…if you could go back to your past, would it be as great as you remember it?  I can say with certainty that while I sometimes would like to go back and fix all the errors from my youth, I'm not sure I'd want to be like I was when I was young.  I was probably incredibly silly and completely clueless.  That's not to say I'm not like that now, but I have at least learned a few things and am not quite so clueless.  This episode follows the same idea. Ira wants to go off with the young Valerie, and Valerie wants to go off with the young Ira, but they both find out that youthful idealism doesn't mix with their current life, and they find their young selves clueless and silly.

James Whitmore Jr. and Linda Kelsey, both TV veterans, are great in their respective roles.  They also do a good job at being their young selves, Kelsey more so than Whitmore. Oddly, Whitmore is better as his older self than Kelsey. But in the end it's a tough sell.  I wish I could say the series went out on a higher note, but the production team had been so beaten down by the network, and decimated because of the cancellation, that they probably didn't have the resources or time. 

The third season that followed this was awful.  Bottom of the barrel awful.  Not a thrill or emotion in any of it. I remember hoping that it would continue on as it had, since at the time I didn't know the story behind the changes, but it did not.  I quickly lot interest and stopped watching that first episode.  I've seen them all since, and only "The Cold Equations" has any steel to it.  The production values are terrible, but the script is adequate.  A sad end to a good series, for which I daily blame CBS.