Today, April 1, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia present a doozy of a Season 6 episode.
Having run dry on their original ideas, Rod Serling and Richard Matheson teamed up and created "Smorgasbord," in which the race of Kanamits (first introduced in "To Serve Man"), led by actor Richard Kiel, journey to a primitive planet to capture a giant woman, once again portrayed by Agnes Moorehead. To achieve success, over 1000 Kanamit marines are sent in, with enough rope to circle the Statue of Liberty seven times.
Ben Gazzara made his only TZ appearance as Fred Davis, a tiny U.S. astronaut who is the only survivor of "The Invaders." When the Kanamits, in a scene right out of Gulliver's Travels, finally tie Agnes down and break out their tiny forks and knives, it is Davis' classic line that ends the episode: "It's a smorgasbord!" Many people who watched this episode back in 1965 had to run to their dictionaries to find out what the word meant.
Long before he achieved immortality with the Star Wars series, George Lucas was recruited to direct his only television episode. However, since he was only 20, he used the more polished pseudonym "Herman Melville." You won't find this credit on his IMDb page.
So on this memorable day, in which we all play April Fools tricks on each other, I give you this mishmash to make of what you will, because as Rod Serling has taught me over the years: Your imagination is only limited by how wild and crazy you want to get – especially if your feet are planted firmly in The Twilight Zone.