Musings in the Dark: My Twilight Zone Tribute: S1E28


My Twilight Zone Tribute: S1E28

 “A Nice Place to Visit” 

Henry “Rocky” Valentine is a two-bit criminal who is shot by police after robbing a pawn shop.  When he wakes up, he is greeted by Pip, an older man dressed in white.  Pip tells Rocky that he is there to grant all of his wishes and desires.  Rocky doesn’t believe Pip and demands some cash up front, which Pip produces immediately.  Then Pip leads Rocky to a lavish apartment filled with all of the things Rocky likes.  

Rocky is, understandably, mistrustful of Pip because he can’t believe that Pip is there to do what he said he would do--which is to grant all of Rocky’s wishes.  When this is made clear, Rocky starts asking for all kinds of things, such as a million dollars and a glamorous woman that he (hilariously) calls “doll.”  He’s happy about this, so Rocky concludes that he is dead, Pip is an angel and he is in Heaven.  So he begins to enjoy himself by going to a casino and winning every game he plays.  He’s surrounded by beautiful “dolls” and he is happy.  But Rocky soon gets bored with getting everything he wants.  There’s no stakes, no challenge, and he quickly becomes miserable.  The “dolls” do everything he tells them to and lets him win every game they play.  He decides that Heaven is not for him and asks Pip to take him to the “other place.”  Pip laughs malevolently and informs Rocky that “this is the other place.”

First time I saw this ep, I damn near fell out of my seat laughing.  Hell is indeed repetition.  Which makes my idea of it 10:30 a.m. Monday morning on the customer service floor of Equifax, processing credit reports.  *shudders*


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