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The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 1

In Praise of Pip

Aired Unknown Sep 27, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

An alcoholic bookie regrets that he wasn't a better father to his son, Pip, critically wounded in South Vietnam. A visit to an amusement park gives them both a second chance.

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  • They don't makes shows like this anymore.

    Most 'Twilight Zone' episodes that I remember fondly are suspenseful and ironic, ending with a twist that makes you hate the darker side of humanity... but 'In Praise of Pip' isn't like that. Nor is it sappy. Just a beautiful, thoughtful episode that you can watch as many times as 'To Serve Mankind' or 'Eye of the Beholder', etc. and still it always affects you. Jack Klugman is so perfect in this role, that you love, hate, and sympasize with him all at the same time. People have written stories and songs on the subject of parental neglect but to its benefit, 'Pip' went a step further. Depicting not only a father "not being there" for his son but also the love he wishes he could have expressed and his self-hate for having missed so many oppurtunities.

    I'm glad that 'The Twilight Zone' was so flexible that it understood that a 'twist ending' can be as simple as showing the 'good' in every human being.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Max: That's the way of the world, Georgy. The rich get richer and the long shots lose so what's to do?

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Very little comment here, save for this small aside: that the ties of flesh are deep and strong, that the capacity to love is a vital, rich and all-consuming function of the human animal, and that you can find nobility and sacrifice and love wherever you may seek it out; down the block, in the heart, or in the Twilight Zone.

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Submitted for your approval, one Max Phillips, a slightly-the-worse-for-wear maker of book, whose life has been as drab and undistinguished as a bundle of dirty clothes. And, though it's very late in his day, he has an errant wish that the rest of his life might be sent out to a laundry to come back shiny and clean, this to be a gift of love to a son named Pip. Mr. Max Phillips, Homo Sapiens, who is soon to discover that man is not as wise as he thinks--said lesson to be learned in the Twilight Zone.

    • Max: Pip is dying. My kid is dying. In a place called South Vietnam. There isn't supposed to be a war going on there, but my son is dying. It's to laugh. I swear it's to laugh.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is probably the first mention on network television of US casualties from fighting in Southeast Asia. Originally the script called for the country to be Laos, but Serling changed it to Vietnam when a research firm pointed out the civil war going on in that country in which American troops were present but not fighting.

    • The introduction for the fifth season episodes is the same as the fourth: "You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension--a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into The Twilight Zone."

    • Filmed at Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica during two consecutive nights when the park was vacant.

    • Included on volume 14 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.