Rosswell G. Flemington owns a model ship company and loves everything nautical. That's not his problem however: he likes everything to be loud. He speaks at the top of his lungs, bellowing commands to his staff. He plays his phonograph records - his favorites include the sound of jets flying off the deck of the USS Hornet - as loud as possible, something that leads his wife to leave him. He's not prepared for what happens to him in the Twilight Zone however. Written by
Flemington implies that Lord Admiral Nelson lost an arm and an eye at Trafalgar. This was the battle where Nelson lost his life, he had already lost the arm and eye many years earlier. See more »
This is Roswell G. Flemington, two hundred and seventeen pounds of gristle, lung tissue and sound decibels. He is, as you have perceived, a noisy man, one of a breed who substitutes volume for substance, sound for significance, and shouting to cover up the readily apparent phenomenon that he is nothing more than an overweight and aging perennial Sea Scout whose noise-making is in inverse ratio to his competence and his character. But soon our would-be admiral of the fleet ...
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The premise of this episode--obnoxious person gets a special, custom-built comeuppance--had been done time and again on The Twilight Zone, so as the series began to wind down I can imagine Mr. Serling thinking, "Well, it worked before, let's try it again." John McGiver is fun in a one-note way, as were his wife, the psychiatrist and the guy with the squeaky shoes. The dialog has some nice flourishes, set decoration is first-rate, and the episode was handsomely shot and moves briskly, but it's for completists only. My overall impression is a feeling that Mr. Serling was awakened one night by a neighbor's loud party and thought, "I'll get even with those jerks--in the Twilight Zone."
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