The Twilight Zone Season 1, Episode 9: Blue Scorpion explained

"The Blue Scorpion" -- Pictured (l-r): Darcy Laurie as Lt. Bludworth; Chris O'Dowd as Jeffrey Storck of the CBS All Access series THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Photo Cr: Robert Falconer/CBS © 2018 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.
"The Blue Scorpion" -- Pictured (l-r): Darcy Laurie as Lt. Bludworth; Chris O'Dowd as Jeffrey Storck of the CBS All Access series THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Photo Cr: Robert Falconer/CBS © 2018 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved. /
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Chris O’Dowd stars in the penultimate episode of The Twilight Zone. Jeff discovers a legendary pistol that has the potential to change his life.

Tragic circumstances will continue so long as material objects are more valuable than the lives of human beings. “Blue Scorpion,” the latest episode of The Twilight Zone, explores the legend of a mythic gun.

Jeff, played by Chris O’Dowd, discovers the body of his father in his living room. The only clues left behind by his dad, Otis, are a gun with the blue scorpion emblem on its grip and a note stating, “I love him more than you.”

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Baffled by his father’s sudden suicide, Jeff becomes obsessed with the strange gun left behind. Otis was a known hippie and had an aversion to weapons, so the pistol is an odd finding for more reason than one. To add to the strangeness of the circumstances, Jeff notices his name etched into a bullet.

From the moment he spots this, he sees the name Jeff everywhere he goes. People named their dogs Jeff, and guys have the name Jeff on their jerseys, his wife’s divorce attorney is named Jeff, as is the guy at the local gun store.

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“The Blue Scorpion” — Pictured (l-r): Chris O’Dowd as Jeffrey Storck; Amy Landecker as Anne Storck of the CBS All Access series THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Photo Cr: Robert Falconer/CBS © 2018 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved. /

Upon further investigation, Jeff learns the gun is part of a legend. The ghost of the man said to have created the pistol visits Jeff. He asks Jeff to leave a light on because the blue scorpion fears the dark.

Spooked by the spectral encounter, Jeff attempts to get rid of the gun once and for all. But first, he wants to shoot it once to get rid of the Jeff bullet. The second he fires it, everything changes. Suddenly Jeff finds himself fascinated by the blue scorpion and the gun seems as endeared to him as an inanimate object can be.

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“The Blue Scorpion” — Pictured: Amy Landecker as Anne Storck of the CBS All Access series THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Photo Cr: Robert Falconer/CBS © 2018 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved. /

It saves his life during an attempted burglary. It goes off without Jeff having had touched it. Guess what the would-be thief’s name was? Yep, it’s Jeff!

Once the bullet is gone, Jeff disposes of the gun into a lake. A young boy named Kyle finds it, and like both owners before him, he finds a bullet with his name inscribed.

Like the other episodes this season, “Blue Scorpion” does feel like a cautionary tale. It’s a poignant commentary on American gun culture, and the obsessive nature weapons can create. The amount of power one has and feels while holding a gun is an intoxicating thing, capable of overwhelming seduction.

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When you look at the degree of gun violence in our country, it’s impossible not to wonder why people don’t see a correlation between their availability and the loss of human life.

Jeff does get a happy ending, one of the first in the season, but at the cost of what? He had to lose his father to get to where he ends up.

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