The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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In Praise of Pip 

A wearied bookie, learning of his grown soldier son Pip dying in South Vietnam, gets to spend one last delightful hour with a ten-year-old version of him at an amusement park.

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Max Phillips
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Mrs. Feeny
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In the early 1960s, small-time bookie Max Phillips (Jack Klugman) hates his life. His only pride is his son, Pip, who is serving the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam. When a young man uses company funds to place a bet with Max, the man loses the wager. Max then returns his money, which angers Max's bosses. Written by David Stevens

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27 September 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in October 1963. See more »

Goofs

When Jack Klugman receives a phone call from his landlady, he has a cigarette in his left hand. It's still there as he hangs up the phone, but after a cut to another camera angle, the cigarette is gone. See more »

Quotes

Max Phillips: Who's your best buddy, Pip?
Young Pip: You, Pop. You're my best buddy.
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Featured in Not Fade Away (2012) See more »

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Truly ahead of its time
3 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1963, the year of the first broadcast of this episode, I was a junior in college in the ROTC program and within a year would be requested to indicate my first assignment. As another said, Vietnam did not really exist in the minds of the American public to any degree and to me was just another name on a sheet of places to be stationed. Although I have seen this episode a number of times, I had never seen the beginning when the name of the country is flashed on the screen. What a shock that was even though I found out that it was not Serling's idea to use that country but rather Laos. Good story and performances but I can say that my father would not be able to relate to Klugman. To him it was duty, honor, and country and you did what you had to do.


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