The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 17

The Fever

Aired Unknown Jan 29, 1960 on CBS

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  • Practical, pontificating Franklin turns into a raving lunatic and compulsive gambler with one tug of a slot machine.

    This episode will keep you waiting for something interesting to happen and then leave you madly disappointed, kind of like Franklin's slot machine. Boorish Franklin rains all over his wife's parade after she wins a trip to Las Vegas, scolding and upbraiding her for them having to be there in the first place. He derides her for wanting to play even one nickel, and she submits to his penny-pinching admonishing immediately. The moment she acquiesces, Franklin proves himself the hypocrite by agreeing to play a machine at the behest of a drunken stranger. Franklin plays one time, wins a few bucks, and is hooked from that moment on.
    Nothing else of consequence happens in this episode, except for when Franklin sees the slot machine coming towards him and begins backing away - conveniently, into a window that is behind him. As I saw him moving towards the window, my thought was, "Oh, no. Not again!" Sure enough, even though he merely backs into the window with no more force than required by leaning on it, the whole thing breaks and he goes flying through it. The end of Franklin, and the end of a sadly forgettable TZ episode.