Cast: Don Gordon, Gail Kobe, Vaughn Taylor, J. Pat O’Malley, Douglass Dumbrille, and Doug Lambert
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Production Code: 2612
Desperate to marry a bright and cultured woman named Leah Maitland (Gail Kobe), Salvadore “Sal” Ross (Don Gordon)—a dim-witted loser with violent tendencies—develops
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This effort should be commended for its valuable life message. Also praiseworthy is the acting of Don Gordon, who elicits both pity and contempt for his character of Sal.
Providing no origin story for Sal’s extraordinary ability, “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross” deserves criticism for its unexplained (albeit still
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Astute viewers may also take issue with the paradoxical twist at the end of this episode. Notably, Sal—determined to win Leah’s heart through any means necessary—purchases Mr. Maitland’s “compassion” for $100,000. If Leah’s father were truly a selfless and compassionate man, however, he would never sell his most valued attributes to a lowlife bum.
“The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross” is a well-acted, smoothly paced, and thought-provoking entry of The Twilight Zone. Nevertheless, this episode suffers from logical flaws and sci-fi/fantasy themes of an unexplored nature.
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Overall Quality: 7/10
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