In the early 1960's, small-time bookie Max Phillips (Jack Klugman) hates his life. His only pride is his son, Pip, then serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam. When a young bettor uses... See full summary »
In the early 1960's, small-time bookie Max Phillips (Jack Klugman) hates his life. His only pride is his son, Pip, then serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam. When a young bettor uses company funds to bet with Max, then loses everything, Max returns his money, angering Max's bosses. Written by
Tom Waits favorite The Twilight Zone, his favorite show, partly because Klugman's close resemblance to his own father. See more »
Very little comment here, save for this small aside: that the ties of flesh are deep and strong, that the capacity to love is a vital, rich and all-consuming function of the human animal, and that you can find nobility and sacrifice and love wherever you may seek it out: down the block, in the heart, or in the Twilight Zone.
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A splendid, much more succinct, and meaningful variation on the 'golng back' Zones. At the heart of this story is a message that the most important and rewarding role in life is as a parent. Something that can become all too apparent too late. For Max Phillips (Jack Klugman) his son Pip is the only redeeming part of his life. When he hears that Pip is near death in an army hospital in Vietnam Max quickly turns against his squalid life of working for a despicable bookie. This scene is played wonderfully well by Klugman. It is a portrait of a man waking up and being true to himself at last. But is he too late where it really matters ? Rod Serling was serving overseas in WW2 when he lost his father. I don't know how much that may have been an emotional spur for this truly fine story of love between a father and son. This is undeniably written from the heart, and for me it ranks among the best three of all ventures into The Twilight Zone.
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