In the pilot episode of 11.22.63, Jake is shown that he can travel back to 1960 by walking in the closet in the diner. Before he takes on the task of preventing JFK's assassination, he comes and goes a couple of times. All of the times he visits the past by walking in the closet, but it isn't shown how he gets back to the present.

I haven't read the book, so I do not know if it is explained there, but do we know how he gets back to the present?

  • Wouldn't he just come out of the closet? I would think that would be easier to do now than in the 1960s.
    – RDFozz
    Aug 28, 2018 at 22:34

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Jake has to go back to the town when he first arrived 1960 and step up to the closet step. He could feel that step with his feet (even though it's invisible in 1960) so he knows where the "door" is.

This is probably why he fell the first time he tried the portal (when Al made him try the closet, he fell down).

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    They do elaborate on it in the books, including a scary episode the second time he returns where he doesn't find the steps where he expects them, and starts making plans to stay in 1960 until he hears Al's voice.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 23, 2016 at 14:20
  • @FuzzyBoots I was avoiding the book but... ಠ_ಠ
    – apollo
    Feb 23, 2016 at 14:27

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