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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Jack Klugman plays an eager but nervous pool player named Jessie, who is desperate to puncture a hole in the legend of deceased pool player "Fats" Brown(played by Jonathan Winters) whom he is convinced he could beat. Jessie will get his chance when Fats hears his call, and comes down from his personal heaven to take up his challenge, though Jessie will literally have to play the game of his life if he expects to win, which he is warned may come at a high price... Two-man play in essence works quite well indeed, with a pair of believable performances, and a genuine pool hall feel, though this may leave non-sports fans a bit cold.
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