Twilight Zone (2002)

Season 1 Episode 22

Gabe's Story

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 11, 2002 on UPN
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Gabe's Story

A deliveryman discovers that everything bad in his life is scripted by the mysterious Writer.

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  • Good story, but they could have used a better ending.

    The story was an interesting concept. It's about a man who finds out that he does not have as much control over his life as he thought he did. I personally thought that that it was good that he was able to regain control of his destiny. But, I feel that it could have ended better.

    In the original Twilight Zone, the underlying commonality between episodes was the ironic ending (i.e. the guy who finally had time to read but broke his glasses). This ending was not ironic, in fact it was actually optomistic. Here's what they should have done.

    Titus (I forget his character's name), gains control of his life and goes home to plan his future. But then, before he can tell his wife the good news, she shoots and kills him in a fit of rage. The irony being that Titus was in control of his own future, but his wife wasn't.

    Now that, would have been a true Twilight Zone ending.moreless
  • Who really determines a person's destiny?

    Gabe O'Brien has a pretty jinxed life. One day, after hitting his head in a car accident, he finds that he can see and hear things he couldn't. Gabe's wife hates how Gabe dosen't take responsibility in his life. A man in orange kills Gabe's grass and is surprised that Gabe can see him. Later that night, Gabe and a coworker plan to rob a man's house to get money. Then, the man in the orange suit shows up again and lets the air out of the van tires. The man reveals that Gabe's "story" is written this way. So, Gabe demands that he take him to see his writer. They arrive at headquarters: a tall building that reaches up infinitely into the sky. Gabe goes and sees his writer, Roxanne. Apparently, everyone in the world has a writer which determines what they will do. Roxanne gets annoyed when Gabe tells her that he wants to take responsibility for his own life and make his own choices. She calls upper management and Gabe pleas his case. He is given permission to live his own life and Roxanne now only has to write 5,999 life stories. Back at home, Gabe and his buddy decide to start their own business. Gabe reassures his wife and tells her he will do better. This episode is a great role for Christopher Titus. It also shows how a person should take more responsibility in their life.moreless

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    • Host: (opening narration) William Shakespeare once wrote that the fault lies not in our stars but in ourselves. However, Gabe O'Brien, a man who just can't get a break, is about to learn the fault may actually lie somewhere else.

    • Gabe: Luke, if I'm going to do this there can't be any screw-ups.
      Luke: It's a piece of cake.
      Gabe: "A piece of cake." "Cookies and milk." Something tells me I'm going to end up on bread and water.

    • Jumpsuit Guy: You're gonna finish the robbery, you and Luke will get caught by the cops and go to jail and there's nothing you can do about it.
      Gabe: Why?
      Jumpsuit Guy: Because that's how it's been written.
      Gabe: Written? By who?
      Jumpsuit Guy: By the Writer.
      Gabe: Writer? What Writer?
      Jumpsuit Guy: The one who writes your life. Who else?

    • Gabe: Is, uh, God in there?
      Jumpsuit Guy: God? No. God works out of his home.

    • Host: (closing narration) Shakespeare observed that all the world's a stage, its men and women merely players. But Gabe O'Brien proved that sometimes you can grab the pen from the poet and write your own story. A lesson learned in The Twilight Zone.

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