The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 16

The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross

Aired Unknown Jan 17, 1964 on CBS

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  • Not improbable, it's The Twilight Zone

    According to Marc Scott Zicree in his book The Twilight Zone Companion, "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross" is improbable for within the course of a day Leah Maitland (Gail Kobe) goes from a state of utter disgust to complete infatuation with Sal Ross (Don Gordon) after he purchases compassion from her father (Vaughn Taylor). The whole point of this episode is that Salvadore Ross has a bizarre talent that enables him to improve himself and this talent sharpens during the course of this episode. Therefore it is not implausible that he might be able to win Leah over in a mere twenty-four hours, at least no more implausible that he was able to trade his broken hand for a cold with the old man (J. Pat O'Malley) in less time. In addition, Zicree says that after Ross trades his age of twenty-six with Mr. Halpert (Douglass Dumbrille), seventy-two, for one million dollars and a luxury apartment, the actor Don Gordon does not look unconvincing as an old man, rather he looks like something out of a high-school [sic] play. Admittedly, this is true, however, inasmuch as this is only a temporary situation, as Ross does gradually buy back his youth from various young men in exchange for years off of their life spans, his flimsy appearance curiously fits. Anyway, to call the plot of "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross" improbable is to miss the whole point of the episode and series the The Twilight Zone.
  • A symbol

    Love this episode. Not wanting the prize for the prize. An enigma.