Rocky Valentine is a small-time hood who has been on the wrong side of the law for most of his life. After robbing a pawn shop, he is gunned down by the police and awakens to be met by Mr. Pip, who describes himself as a guide to his new surroundings. Rocky can't quite believe where he's ended up as he can have anything he desires. He's living in a beautiful apartment, never loses at the casino and is always surrounded by beautiful women. What good deed could he have done in life to deserve this. After a month or so however the shine of having anything and everything wears off. Written by
When Rocky kicks the women out and slams the door the entire wall shakes. Then when he is trying to open the door, you can see the wall and door frame moving along with the door. See more »
Henry Francis 'Rocky' Valentine:
If I gotta stay here another day, I'm gonna go nuts! Look, look. I don't belong in heaven - see? I wanna go to the other place.
Heaven? Whatever gave you the idea you were in Heaven, Mr. Valentine? This *is* the other place!
[laughs malevolently as Valentine tries to get out of the room, to no avail]
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After the dreadful disappointment of the previous episode "The Big Tall Wish", it was seriously a relief to notice that this is another good old-fashioned TZ episode with all the familiar but nevertheless fantastic ingredients. Within seconds, you're able to tell that things will not end very well for our protagonist Rocky Valentine, and that the mysterious Mr. Pip is a lot more than just the overly polite and chubby fella that he pretends to be, but that's exactly what we've come to expect from "The Twilight Zone". We want cynical humor, sardonic characters, mounting tension and bizarrely grotesque twists Guess what, the massively underrated director John Brahm and the even more gifted writer Charles Beaumont have foreseen all these trademarks and more in "A Nice Place to Visit". Small time crook Rocky Valentine gets shot in the back whilst running from the police. When he wakes up in a luxurious mansion, with a jolly fat man by his side who instantaneously grants ALL his eccentric wishes, Rocky soon realizes that he died and ended up in paradise. Of course Rocky wonders why a thug like him deserves such a heavenly treatment, but he doesn't care even if it's a mistake and greedily enjoys the overload of lewd women, gambling profits and expensive cars. But, wait a minute, does Paradise really means getting everything you want without the slightest form of effort or challenge in return? "A Nice Place to Visit" which is a brilliant title if you come to think of it is a very enjoyable episode with good dialogues and impeccable performances from both lead actors. You just can't wait for Mr. Pip's character to transform from the obedient servant to the diabolical henchman that he somehow must be. Normally I would rate this episode a solid 7 out of 10, but since it's such a major improvement over the previous one, I'm giving it an 8. What the hell, I can do that!
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