The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 20

A Game of Pool

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 31, 1989 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A Game of Pool
A pool champion has defeated everyone. Except for the long dead legend, Fats Brown.

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  • low self-esteem pool player loses against "himself".

    A great series finale for this new installment of the Twilight Zone. Thinks I liked: The acting was above average, starting by the Latino dude who reminded me of myself a couple of years ago. This person’s personal philosophy is "Everybody is better than me but I am going to show them one day" That is a very stupid way to waste your life; seriously, this person needs some spirituality to change that low self-esteem. In the other hand we have a player who is full of confidence in himself, who wins the game because can trust in himself, while the other player is so nervous and worried about failing that he can't score the last shot and loses his life/soul. The ambience is very nice too; a shady and lonesome bar gives us the impression that there is nobody else out there.moreless
  • The Alternate Ending to a classic episode.

    Jesse Carter, actor Esai Morales, does a fine job of recapturing the original image of the up and coming pool player, originally acted by Jack Klugman. Fats Brown does a decent job of recapturing a pool legend in this remake.

    Everything in the original episode is also in this new remake with a few new trick shots here and there, except for the ending.

    The ending is very different from the original in that Jesse Carter does not win this life or death struggle. Fats Brown gives the loser Jesse Carter a stern lesson and goads him to try harder and hopefully he will get to rematch Fats Brown again at a later time. Looking at the original's ending and the remake's ending, I believe that Jesse Carter actually won his life back by losing rather than winning. If you've seen the original 60's episode and its ending, you will understand.

    I've heard rumors about this episode where Jesse Carter gets swallowed up alive and sent to hell but the only hell that I can see is the one he makes for himself.moreless

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Jesse Cardiff, Pool Shark - the best on Randall Street. Who will soon learn that trying to be the best of anything carries its own special risk, in or out of the Twilight Zone.

    • Jesse: This is impossible!
      Fats Brown: Nothing's impossible. Jus' some things are less likely than others, that's all.

    • Jesse: You tricked me!
      Fats Brown: No. You just had to be tested under pressure, that's all. Any man can be a marksman if the target doesn't shoot back.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime; and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time, on the earth, as we know it, and in the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is a partial remake of the original Twilight Zone episode "A Game of Pool". The altered ending where Jesse loses is based on the original script that author George Clayton Johnson penned for the original series.