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Recap / The Twilight Zone S 2 E 57 The Prime Mover

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Rod Serling: Portrait of a man who thinks and thereby gets things done. Mr. Jimbo Cobb might be called a prime mover, a talent which has to be seen to be believed. In just a moment, he'll show his friends, and you, how he keeps both feet on the ground, and his head in the Twilight Zone.

Air date: March 24, 1961

A gambler enlists his telekinetic friend to help him change the results of various gambling games to be in his favor.


The Prime Troper:

  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Ace bosses the much larger and nicer Jimbo around so that he will use his telekinesis to help Ace's gambling. However, Jimbo eventually fakes the loss of his power so that Ace loses and moves on from his Greed.
  • Fixing the Game: Getting your telekinetic buddy to make you win at dice and roulette and craps by telekinesis surely counts.
  • Mind over Matter: Jimbo has possessed the power of telekinesis all of his life. When he was young, he assumed that everyone had this ability. He stopped using his ability as it frequently got him into trouble in school and gave him headaches. He is forced to reveal it when a car turns over outside of the Happy Daze Café, which they own, and there is no other way to save the people inside.
  • Mundane Utility: Ace employs Jimbo's telekinesis to help him win at gambling.
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  • Stock Footage: The car turning over is footage from the 1958 film Thunder Road.
  • Tuckerization: Big Phil Nolan is named after the writer William F. Nolan, a friend of the screenwriter Charles Beaumont.

Rod Serling: Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it. When that happens, the talent becomes a curse. Jimbo Cobb knew, right from the beginning, but before Ace Larsen learned that simple truth, he had to take a short trip - through the Twilight Zone.

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