prime mover

prime mover

prime mover: see energy, sources of.
For the physical term, see Prime mover. For the theological term, see cosmological argument.

"The Prime Mover" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

The term "prime mover" originates in the works of Aristotle, referring to "the being outside the universe." Later, St. Thomas Aquinas, when he reconciled the views of the ancient Greeks and the Roman Catholic Church, capitalized the term as a reference to God.

Opening narration

Portrait of a man who thinks and thereby gets things done. Mr. Jimbo Cobb might be called a prime mover, a talent which has to be seen to be believed. In just a moment, he'll show his friends and you how he keeps both feet on the ground and his head in the Twilight Zone.


Ace Larsen discovers his partner, Jimbo Cobb, has telekinetic powers after a car crashes outside their café. Ace plans to use those powers to win big in Vegas, and he takes his girlfriend Kitty with them. Ace wins many jackpots, but Kitty is repulsed and leaves, so he picks up a cigarette girl and bets the pile in a game of craps, just when Jimbo's telekinesis "runs out," so he claims. They go home and a saddened Ace asks Kitty if she will marry him if his quarter flip ends with "heads." Much to his surprise, the coin does end up landing on heads and Kitty accepts his proposal. Jimbo drops his broom, and quietly picks it up again telekinetically.

Closing narration

Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it. When that happens, the talent becomes a curse. Jimbo Cobb knew, right from the beginning. But before Ace Larsen learned that simple truth, he had to take a short trip through the Twilight Zone.

Preview for Next Week's Story

Next week, Mr. Charles Beaumont and Mr. William Idelson deliver a story on your doorstep with the title "Long Distance Call." It's uniquely a flesh-and-fantasy tale involving a small boy, a toy telephone and the incredible faith of a child. I hope you're around next week at the usual time - which, depending on where you are, varies - and in the usual place - the one that never varies - the uncharted regions of The Twilight Zone.


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1593931360
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0970331090

External links

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