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
Commissar Vassiloff (as John vanDreelen)
Bob Kelljan ...
Boris - Vassiloff's Assistant (as Robert Kelljan)


After spending twelve years in a Soviet prison, Major Ivan Kuchenko has fled his homeland and is now in transit in a third country hoping to soon leave and seek asylum in the USA. He is not alone however as Comissar Vassiloff, his torturer during his imprisonment, has caught up with him. Vassilof could easily kill him - he has an assassin with him, Boris - but he decides to give him a chance to walk away. He's placed a bomb in Kuchenko's room and he give the Major 3 hours to find and disarm it. Kuchenko proves himself to be a worthy adversary. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 April 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

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


After Ivan knocks out the window, you can hear the camera operator stepping on the broken glass as they move for a closer shot. 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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