Flora and Franklin Gibbs head off to Las Vegas for a two-night all expense paid vacation won by Flora in a contest. Franklin has agreed to go with her but he is unimpressed with the place, especially the casino looking down on all of those poor fools, as he calls them, playing slot machines. He severely admonishes Flora when she puts a nickel in a slot machine, accusing her of throwing away her money. When a drunken gambler gives him a dollar and insists that he play the machine, Franklin wins and there begins his descent into madness. Written by
The ending credits introduce the theme music later used in the second through fourth seasons of the show (though this was the only point in the first season where it was used in place of the traditional theme music). See more »
Although told at the beginning of the story that he has unlimited credit, Franklin is chided for writing multiple checks for gambling money, incurring a large debt. Why would he need to write checks if he had unlimited credit? See more »
Mr. Franklin Gibbs, visitor to Las Vegas, who lost his money, his reason, and finally his life to an inanimate metal machine variously described as a one-armed bandit, a slot machine, or, in Mr. Franklin Gibbs' words, a monster with a will all its own. For our purposes, we'll stick with the latter definition - because we're in the Twilight Zone.
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This is a mediocre episode of The Twilight Zone. The story is simple: A couple wins a trip to Las Vegas where the husband becomes a gambling addict. The biggest problem with "The Fever" is just how unlikeable and unsympathetic the characters are. Neither the acting nor the writing help the situation much; the husband is a know-it-all jerk while the wife is mousy and annoying. Without a character to identify with, the viewer cannot share the husbands experience with addiction or the wife's horror at watching her family's saving being gambled away. The gimmick in this episode is that the slot machine can say the husbands name, beckoning him to the machine. Overall, a forgettable episode that I awarded only a mark of 5.7.
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