The Prime Mover
|"The Prime Mover"|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Richard L. Bare|
|Written by||Charles Beaumont (based on an uncredited and unpublished story by George Clayton Johnson)|
|Original air date||March 24, 1961|
|List of Twilight Zone episodes|
Small-time gambler Ace Larsen discovers that his partner, Jimbo Cobb, has telekinetic powers after a car overturns outside their café and Jimbo moves the car without touching it. Ace plans to use Jimbo's powers to win big in Las Vegas, and he takes his girlfriend Kitty with them. Ace wins many jackpots, disregarding Jimbo's headaches from the use of his powers and his growing moral concerns over what they are doing. Kitty is repulsed and leaves, so Ace uses his newly acquired cash to lure the attention of the casino's cigarette girl and bets the pile in a game of craps, just as Jimbo's powers "run out". The loss awakens Ace to the reality of what he has become, and he and Jimbo have a good laugh over their misfortune. The three return home convinced that Jimbo's powers are permanently gone. Back at the café, Ace asks Kitty to marry him just as Jimbo drops his broom. She flips a coin, and Ace calls "heads". Kitty doesn't show Ace the coin or tell him the result of the coin toss; Kitty simply accepts his proposal. As they embrace, Jimbo picks up the broom ... telekinetically.
- List of The Twilight Zone episodes
- In "The Runaway", an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 3), Toph duplicates Jimbo's trick of telekinetically manipulating dice and other gambling instruments. She even uses the same gesture -- head tipped sideways -- as Ebsen uses in this episode.
- DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
- Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0