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Recap / The Twilight Zone S 1 E 32 A Passage For Trumpet

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Rod Serling: Joey Crown, musician with an odd, intense face, whose life is a quest for impossible things like flowers in concrete or like trying to pluck a note of music out of the air and put it under glass to treasure...Joey Crown, musician with an odd, intense face, who, in a moment, will try to leave the Earth and discover the middle ground - the place we call the Twilight Zone.

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.

Rod Serling: Joey Crown, who makes music, and who discovered something about life; that it can be rich and rewarding and full of beauty, just like the music he played, if a person would only pause to look and to listen. Joey Crown, who got his the Twilight Zone.


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?
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  • 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.
  • Tuckerization:
    • 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."

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