Air date: May 20, 1960
A trumpet player named Joey Crown (Jack Klugman) finds himself in a world where everything is moving, but no one notices him except for another musician.
A Passage For Tropes:
- An Aesop: Don't throw your life away so quickly. Things may seem bad now, but they get better in due time.
- The Alcoholic: Joey's alcoholism has ruined his once promising career as a jazz trumpeter.
- Despair Event Horizon: With no job prospects in store, Joey sells off his beloved trumpet to a pawn shop. This is what prompts him to commit suicide.
- Driven to Suicide: Joey deliberately steps off a curb in front of a truck after he sells his trumpet. This starts the plot rolling.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After returning to life and buying back his trumpet, Joey meets a nice woman who admires his talent, and they start a relationship. After nothing but rejection and lost opportunities, things are starting to look up for Joey Crown.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: The Archangel Gabriel is a real slick cat who blows a mean horn. Can you dig it, Daddy-o?
- Missing Reflection: Joey discovers that he does not have a reflection when he looks into the mirror at the cinema. It is later revealed that this is because he is a state of limbo.
- Purgatory and Limbo: After the drunken Joey steps off the curb, he is hit by a truck and enters a limbo state between life and death.
- The Reveal: Joey isn't dead: he's actually surrounded by dead people. Also, the other musician he meets, Gabe, is really the Archangel Gabriel.
- The Houghton & Co Truck Company is a reference to the series' producer Buck Houghton.
- Nan is named after Rod Serling's daughter Ann, whose nickname was Nan.
- Wham Line: The other trumpet player says "Call me Gabe. Short for Gabriel."