Jesse Cardiff is a frustrated pool player. He's very good at his game but his frustration comes from the fact that no matter how well he plays or how often he wins, onlookers always conclude that he's not as good as the late, great James Howard "Fats" Brown. He says he would give anything to have had the chance to play Fats and his wish comes true when the man himself suddenly appears. They agree to a game but Fats warns his eager opponent that winning has its consequences as well. Written by
Mr. Jesse Cardiff, who became a legend by beating one, but who has found out, after his funeral, that being the best of anything carries with it a special obligation to keep on proving it. Mr. Fats Brown, on the other hand, having relinquished the champion's mantle - has gone fishing. These are the ground rules - in The Twilight Zone.
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Bears uncanny resemblance to that year's hit film The Hustler, which would be okay if it were a good rip-off. But it's not. In those days, Jonathan Winters was the funniest guy around-- a brilliant impromptu comic --but he's also a terrible actor, who brings down the whole dramatic premise of a guy playing pool to save his life. Then too, when you think about it, the terms of the wager between Klugman and Winters are implausible from the outset. In fact, the logic of the entire script makes little sense, (without giving away the ending). Did they have to rush production, is that why? Anyway, Klugman gives ace performance as local pool shark, but is wasted in an episode that is almost a total bust.
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