The Twilight Zone

The Jeopardy Room

Season 5, Ep 29, Aired 4/17/64
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  • Episode Description
  • Trying to defect, Major Ivan Kuchenko is trapped inside a hotel room with Commissar Vassiloff, a hitman, and Boris, his assistant, in the room across the street. Vassiloff has planted a bomb in the room and Ivan must find it within three hours or be blown to bits.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Landau

    Major Ivan Kuchenko

  • John Van Dreelen

    Commisar Vassiloff

  • Rod Serling

    Narrator/Host

  • Richard Donner

  • William Froug

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • entertaining

    By noman, Aug 22, 2014

  • it was good but not great

    By damonster0004, Oct 19, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: The cast of characters: a cat and a mouse. This is the latter, the intended victim who may or may not know that he is to die, be it by butchery or ballet. His name is Major Ivan Kuchenko. He has, if events go according to certain plans, perhaps three or four more hours of living. But an ignorance shared by both himself and his executioner is of the fact that both of them have taken a first step into the Twilight Zone.

    • Boris: Tell me when.
      Vassiloff: A good death is the death of art. A bad one is the death of a butcher. You, Boris, are a butcher. I am an artist.

    • Vassiloff: Well, it's quite a place you have here. Who occupied it before you? A rat? Kuchenko: I had no luxury of choices. Vassiloff: No, indeed, you have not. In that respect you are a very poor man, Major.

    • (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.

    Trivia (2)

    • This is one of the few TZ episodes with no supernatural or "otherworldly" elements.

    • How does Martin Landau's character know that the bad guy would be the one to answer the phone?

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