Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 29

The Jeopardy Room (17 Apr. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" The Jeopardy Room (original title)

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A defector is trapped in a hotel room and given 3 hours to find a hidden bomb.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Major Ivan Kuchenko
John Van Dreelen ...
Commissar Vassiloff (as John vanDreelen)
Bob Kelljan ...
Boris - Vassiloff's Assistant (as Robert Kelljan)


A defector is trapped in a hotel room and given 3 hours to find a hidden bomb.

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17 April 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of four episodes that, notably, contains no science fiction or fantasy elements. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Major Ivan Kuchenko, on his way west, on his way to freedom, a freedom bought and paid for by a most stunning ingenuity. And exit one Commissar Vassiloff, who forgot that there are two sides to an argument - and two parties on the line. This has been the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Payback (1999) See more »

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ironic fun
12 August 2010 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

Yes, as another reviewer said this episode reeks of Cold War stereotypes. But if that bothers you, just mentally replace the Soviet nationalities of the characters with a defecting al Qaeda terrorist or Taliban operative or whatever you like because this episode isn't about communism vs capitalism. It's about the ironic (and highly satisfying) comeuppance of an overconfident sadist with a huge ego at the hands of someone he hugely underestimates.

And in that sense it's a classic Twilight Zone plot. Most episodes are morality tales that depict a fundamentally good but unlucky character getting a second chance or an evil character finally getting his due. The only real differences in this one is that there's one of each type of character and they each earn their rewards by their own acts and wits, not through alien intervention or some inexplicable supernatural occurrence.

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