The Outer Limits (1995) s04e22 Episode Script

Balance of Nature

1 YOU KNOW WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, BRINGING MEREDITH HOME MAY HAVE BEEN PREMATURE, IT'S OVER, DON, YOU KNOW IT, I KNOW IT, ONCOLOGY KNOWS IT, SHE HASN'T RESPONDED TO TREATMENT IN WEEKS, THE MELANOMA IS WAY TOO ADVANCED, HER LYMPH SYSTEM IS RIDDLED, HER WHOLE BODY IS UNDER ATTACK, YOU'RE NOT THINKING OF INTERVENING, SHE'S MY WIFE, SHE DESERVES WHATEVER DIGNITY I CAN GIVE HER, THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT, DON, YOU KNOW, IF ONLY THE REGRESSOR WERE FURTHER ALONG, MEREDITH MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE FIRS TO BENEFIT FROM IT, OF COURSE, WE BOTH KNOW THE PRICE TO PAY FOR STEPPING OUTSIDE THE REGS, NOAH, DAVENPOR WOULD HAVE YOUR HEAD ON A PLATTER, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND, I'D LIKE TO BE ALONE WITH MY WIFE, I'D BE LOST WITHOUT YOU, KID, I GOT NO CHOICE, I GOT TO DO THIS, IF I'M RIGHT, THIS MACHINE IS GOING TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, IF I'M WRONG, ,, GOD FORGIVE ME, INITIALIZE CELLULAR ANALYSIS, ( computer ) SCANNING AND INITIALIZING, WARNING, "PROBABILITY OF SUCCESSFUL REGRESSION AT 72%," "EXCEEDS RISK PARAMETERS," WELL, I'LL TAKE THOSE ODDS, OVERRIDE INITIALIZED, ( computer ) OVERRIDING, AND, ,,EXECUTE, REGRESSION SEQUENCE COMMENCING, REGRESSION TARGET: 17 MONTHS, PLEASE, ,, LET HER LIVE, LESIONS ARE SHRINKING, MULTIPLE INDICATIONS OF HYPO-REMISSION, CELLULAR REGRESSION SUCCESSFUL, DISENGAGE REGRESSION SEQUENCE, NOAH? HEY, HOW ARE YOU FEELING? FINE, ( sighing ) I'M SO GROGGY, DID I OVERSLEEP? IT'S AMAZING, LOOK AT YOU, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHAT'S ALL THIS EQUIPMENT? IT'S THE PROTOTYPE OF THE REGRESSOR, I BROUGHT IT HOME, REGRESSOR? HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU HOW MUCH I LOVED YOU? WARNING, WARNING, SUBJECT DESTABILIZING WHAT'S GOING ON? IT'S REVERSING, WE'RE GETTING CELLULAR BREAKDOWN, GOD, LET IT BE TRANSIENT, YOU'RE SCARING ME, STOP IT, INITIALIZE REGRESSION SEQUENCE, OH, MY SKIN! WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME? HANG ON! YOU'RE GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT, INITIALIZE THE DAMN REGRESSION SEQUENCE! HELP ME, MEREDITH!? NOOOOO! ( Control Voice ) THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR TELEVISION, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ADJUS THE PICTURE, WE ARE NOW CONTROLLING THE TRANSMISSION, WE CONTROL THE HORIZONTAL, AND THE VERTICAL, WE CAN DELUGE YOU WITH A THOUSAND CHANNELS OR EXPAND ONE SINGLE IMAGE TO CRYSTAL CLARITY, ,, AND BEYOND, WE CAN SHAPE YOUR VISION TO ANYTHING OUR IMAGINATION CAN CONCEIVE, FOR THE NEXT HOUR, WE WILL CONTROL ALL THAT YOU SEE AND HEAR, ( ) YOU ARE ABOUT TO EXPERIENCE THE AWE AND MYSTERY WHICH REACHES FROM THE DEEPEST INNER MIND TO THE OUTER LIMITS, ( Control Voice ) IT IS PERHAPS THE CENTRAL PARADOX OF OUR EXISTENCE, TO BE ALIVE IS TO BE AWARE OF OUR MORTALITY, LIFE IS BY DEFINITION A TERMINAL DISEASE, YOU NEVER THOUGH TO HIRE PROFESSIONAL MOVERS? WHY SHOULD I WHEN I HAVE FRIENDS LIKE YOU? YOU KNOW, NOT THA I HAVEN'T THOUGH ABOUT GETTING OU OF THE CITY MYSELF, BUT DID YOU HAVE TO COME THIS FAR? TAKE A LOOK AROUND, CLEAN AIR, ZERO CRIME, WHAT IS IT I'LL BE MISSING? POKER WON'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU, WHO ELSE FOLDS ACES UP? WELL, IT'S NO EXACTLY LIKE I HAD A CHOICE, THE HOSPITAL CUT OFF ALL FUNDING TO MY RESEARCH, THE REVIEW BOARD IS STILL THREATENING TO PULL MY LICENSE, HELL, IF THE D, A, HADN'T BACKED OFF ON THOSE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES, I MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN PRISON, YOU DID WHAT ANYONE WOULD HAVE, YEAH, NOAH, ,, MEREDITH WAS DYING LONG BEFORE YOUR EXPERIMENTS EVER BEGAN, IT WAS THE CANCER THAT KILLED HER, NOT YOU, NOT THE REGRESSOR, THANKS FOR THE ABSOLUTION, YOU'D HAVE MADE A GREAT PRIEST, LOOK, ALL I'M SAYING IS THA JUST BECAUSE THE REGRESSOR'S BEEN MOTH-BALLED DOESN'T MEAN THA YOU CAN'T APPLY THAT KNOWLEDGE TO OTHER RESEARCH, THE TRUTH IS I'M WORRIED ABOUT YOU, I'D HATE TO SEE YOU SINK INTO THAT HOL THAT YOU WERE IN, I'M WORRIED ABOUT YOU, IT'S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR, YOU CAN'T GO ON TORTURING YOURSELF, IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON, I'M HERE, AREN'T I? TO DO WHAT? THEY COULD USE A G, P, I COULD MAKE HOUSE CALLS, YOU'RE 50 MILES OUTSIDE THE CITY, NOT 50 YEARS BACK IN TIME, SPEAKING OF TIME, I GOT TO BE GETTING BACK, LISTEN, YOU NEED ANYTHING, YOU GIVE ME A SHOUT, HEY, JUST LOOK FOR THE SMOKE SIGNALS, ( door opening and closing ) THIS IS FOR YOU, MEREDITH, THIS IS FOR YOU, HELLO THERE, HELLO BACK, NOAH PHILLIPS, WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, I'M BARBARA MATHESON, RUMOR IS YOU'RE A DOCTOR, AH, GUILTY AS CHARGED, IF I HAD WARNING YOU WERE COMING, WE WOULD HAVE CALLED OU THE WELCOME WAGON, THE EQUIVALENT IN THE CITY IS YOUR CAR DOESN'T GE BROKEN INTO IN THE FIRST MONTH, HARDCORE URBANITE, HUH? NOT ANY MORE, MADE THE BIG LEAP TO THE COUNTRY, NEED SOME PEACE AND QUIET, YOU WON'T GET MUCH OF THA AROUND HERE, NOT WITH ALL THE ALIEN ABDUCTIONS, OH, OH! THAT'S VERY GOOD I HAVEN'T HAD A DECENT ABDUCTION IN A LONG TIME, IS IT JUST YOU, OR DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY? NO, NO, IT'S JUST ME, WE'LL GIVE YOU A PARTY SO YOU CAN MEE SOME NEIGHBORS, I'M NOT REALLY THE PARTY TYPE, I'M NOT GOOD AT GIVING THEM, I LIKE YOUR SALES PITCH, IF YOU DON' WANT A PARTY, HOW ABOUT I SURPRISE YOU? WITH WHAT? IF I TOLD YOU, IT WOULDN'T BE A SURPRISE, BARB, WHA ARE YOU UP TO? COME ON OUT, MEET OUR NEW NEIGHBOR, DR, PHILLIPS, THIS IS MY HUSBAND GREG, ( Greg ) DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING SHE TELLS YOU, THEY DON'T ROLL UP THE SIDEWALKS UNTIL 9:00, THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW, I THOUGH YOU WERE HELPING ME PACK, I'LL GET SOME THINGS TOGETHER, EXCUSE ME, DOCTOR, YEAH, SURE THING, LIFE OF A TRAVELING SALESMAN, NO SOONER LAY YOUR BUTT IN THE SACK THAN SOMEBODY STARTS BLOWING REVEILLE, THAT'S THE PRICE OF BEING NUMERO UNO, I CAN IMAGINE, SEE YA, YEAH, WELL, THE NEW NEIGHBOR SEEMS LIKE SUCH A NICE YOUNG MAN, TELL YOU WHAT, OLD HANLEY, A LOT OF THIS CONSOLIDATION STRATEGY I PUT TOGETHER IS GOING TO CHANGE I SOON BIG-TIME! I CERTAINLY HOPE SO, THANKS FOR THE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE, I KNOW HOW ANXIOUS YOU'VE BEEN ABOUT THE NEW MAN THEY BROUGHT IN, HE'S A SNOT-NOSED KID, AH, I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M WORRIED ABOUT, YOU DON'T BUILD A COMPANY AS BIG AS HANLEY'S WITHOUT HAVING GREAT RESPEC FOR EXPERIENCE, BESIDES, ,,NO PIMPLE-FACED JERK'S GOING TO DO ME OUT OF MY PROMOTION, HE'LL SING IN A HIGHER KEY WHEN I GET THROUGH WITH HIM, AH, THE COFFEE'S COLD, OH, HERE, LET ME GET YOU A FRESH CUP, YES, SIREE, I TELL YOU THAT'S GOOD, I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYBODY SAYS, BY DOCUMENTING THESE EXPERIMENTS WITH THE MODIFIED REGRESSOR, I HOPE TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT ITS DREAM OF DISCOVERING A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH CAN TRANSCEND MYTH, ,, AND BECOME A REALITY, OF COURSE I MAY ALSO BE PROVIDING THE AUTHORITIES WITH THE EVIDENCE THEY NEED TO PROSECUTE ME FOR WALKING AWAY WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT, BUT, ,,WHAT THE HELL, OKAY, GUYS, ,, LET'S MAKE HISTORY, ( machine beeping and whirring ) RUN SELF-DIAGNOSTIC, ( computer ) SYSTEM CALIBRATING, INITIALIZE REGRESSION SEQUENCE, INITIALIZING, AND, ,, EXECUTE, REGRESSION SEQUENCE COMMENCING, CELLULAR REGRESSION SUCCESSFUL, YES, ( knocking ) "WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, HOPE YOU LIKE HOMEMADE PIE," ( Greg ) CAN'T DO ANYTHING RIGHT! GEEZ! YOU CALL THIS SHIRT IRONED? LOOK AT THAT! LOOK AT THAT! I BUST MY BUTT FOR YOU, LEAST YOU COULD DO IS FIX ME A DECENT SHIRT! BEFORE YOU WORRY ABOUT THE GODDAMN NEIGHBOR! BARBARA, ARE YOU ALL RIGHT? OH, I'M FINE, ARE YOU SURE EVERYTHING'S OKAY? BUT OF COURSE, WHY WOULDN'T IT BE? WELL, IT'S JUST JUST, UM, I JUST CAME OVER TO THANK YOU FOR THE PIE, OH, DID YOU GET A CHANCE TO TRY A PIECE? NO, I'LL TRY SOME WHEN I GET BACK, ANYWAY, UM, ,,THANKS, OH, IT'S MY PLEASURE, WHO WERE YOU TALKING TO? THE NEW NEIGHBOR, ( sighing ) I CATCH YOU WHINING TO HIM, THERE'S GOING TO BE HELL TO PAY, I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING, I DON'T BELIEVE YA! STOP THIS, PLEASE, I'LL GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO WHINE ABOUT, YOU LITTLE! ( hitting her ) NOW YOU SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO? ARE YOU HAPPY? ARE YOU HAPPY?! DAMN, THE SPECIMEN'S REGRESSED CELLS HAVE ENTIRELY REVERSED, RESULTS, ,, DEVASTATINGLY LETHAL, MORNING, MORNING, HOW WAS YOUR FIRST NIGH IN THE NEW HOUSE? MUST BE THE COUNTRY AIR, SLEPT LIKE A BABY, HOW ABOUT YOU? EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT? FINE JUST FIGHTING THE NEVER-ENDING BATTLE OF THE WEEDS, ARE YOU SURE YOU DON'T NEED SOME HELP? OH, ,,NO, THANKS, I'M, ,, DONE GARDENING FOR TODAY, NO, WAIT, WAIT, BARBARA, WAIT, I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO BUY FOOD, I'M GOING INTO TOWN TODAY, WOULD YOU COME WITH ME? OH, ACTUALLY, I'VE LE QUITE A FEW CHORES BUILD UP, IT'D BE NICE HAVING SOMEONE SHOW ME AROUND, SURE YOU WOULDN' WANT TO COME FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS? COME ON, WHAT DO YOU SAY? WHAT DOES A GIRL FROM RURAL FLORIDA END UP DOING IN NEW YORK? SINGING JAZZ IN CABARETS, GET OUT OF TOWN, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I DID, BY POPULAR DEMAND, JAZZ SINGER IN NEW YORK, THAT IS VERY COOL, WELL, IF YOU CAN FAKE IT THERE, YOU CAN FAKE I ANYWHERE, I BET YOU WERE THE REAL THING, HERE, MY STAGE NAME WAS BARBARA DUMONT, I KEEP THAT PICTURE TO REMIND MYSELF OF THE POWER OF SELF-DECEPTION, WOW, SO WHAT HAPPENED? MY CAREER WASN'T EXACTLY LIGHTING UP THE GREAT WHITE WAY, THEN I MET GREG, HE SENT FLOWERS TO MY DRESSING ROOM FIVE NIGHTS IN A ROW BEFORE HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF, HE WAS CHARMING, AND I WAS EAGER TO START A FAMILY, DID YOU STAR A FAMILY? UNFORTUNATELY GREG WASN'T ABLE TO HAVE CHILDREN, HIS JOB TOOK HIM OUT WEST, I GAVE UP THE MUSIC TO BE WITH HIM, YOU MISS IT? WELL, I TRY NOT TO WALLOW IN SELF-PITY, TEMPTING AS THA MIGHT BE, DON'T GET ME WRONG, WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING THE MOS OF ALL I HAVE LEFT, I SAY DAMN THE TORPEDOES, DO YOU WAN TO TALK ABOUT IT? THE BRUISE ON YOUR FACE, OH, I JUS HAPPEN TO BE THE WORLD'S CLUMSIEST PERSON, CLUMSIEST LIAR MAYBE, THINGS HAVE BEEN VERY FRUSTRATING FOR MY HUSBAND LATELY, HE'S AFRAID OF LOSING A PROMOTION TO A MUCH YOUNGER MAN, YOU CAN'T MAKE EXCUSES FOR HIM, I'VE SEEN HOW THESE PATTERNS ESCALATE, GREG IS ALL I HAVE IN THIS WORLD, MOST OF THE TIME, HE STILL CARES, IF THIS HAPPENS AGAIN, I WON'T SIT ON MY HANDS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? I'D TALK TO HIM OR REPORT HIM, I DON'T KNOW, I'M SORRY, I DON'T MEAN TO BE PRESUMPTUOUS, NO, THAT'S OKAY, CAN I ASK YOU SOMETHING? SURE, WHY ARE YOU SO UNHAPPY? WHAT? DO I LOOK THAT UNHAPPY TO YOU? WHEN YOU GET TO BE MY AGE, YOU CAN LOOK INTO A PERSON'S EYES AND SEE RIGHT THROUGH TO THEIR SOUL, UM, ,, LESS THAN A YEAR AGO, I LOS SOMEONE THAT I LOVED VERY MUCH, YOUR WIFE? YEAH, MEREDITH CONTRACTED SKIN CANCER, IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST, I WAS DOING SOME RESEARCH AT THE TIME I WAS CONVINCED WOULD HELP HER, SO I TRIED AN EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT, UNFORTUNATELY IT DIDN'T WORK, IN FACT, ,, IT KILLED HER, OH, NO, THAT MUS HAVE BEEN TERRIBLE FOR YOU, IF I HADN'T BEEN INVOLVED IN MY WORK, I WOULD HAVE NOTICED SOONER, I COULD HAVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE, YOU CAN'T BLAME YOURSELF, BEING A DOCTOR DOESN'T MAKE YOU ALL-POWERFUL, ARE YOU STILL DOING CANCER RESEARCH? NO, IT'S NO CANCER PER SE, AT ONE POINT, I WAS SURE THAT I WAS ONTO THE VERY MECHANISM WHICH MAKES US AGE, PUT THA IN A BOTTLE, I'LL ORDER SOME MYSELF, OH! I DON'T SEE WHY, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE IN GREAT HEALTH, VERY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, OH, DOCTOR PHILLIPS, PLEASE, NOAH, ,,NOAH, HEY, HOW ABOUT A PHOTO? OH, NO, NO THANK YOU, OH, COME ON, YOU AND ME TOGETHER, DAMN THE TORPEDOES, OKAY, ,,OKAY! ALL RIGHT, THANKS, OKAY, RIGHT OVER HERE, OH, WHERE YOU BEEN? YOU HAD ME WORRIED, WE WERE DOING SOME SHOPPING, SORRY, GREG, IT WAS MY FAULT, I ASKED BARBARA ALONG, HUNGRY THINK YOU COULD PUT SOMETHING ON THE TABLE? OF COURSE EXCUSE ME, DOCTOR, I COULD TAKE YOU BOTH TO DINNER, MAKE UP FOR MY PRESUMPTUOUS BEHAVIOR, OH, NO, NO, ONE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ME AND BARB THOUGH, WE KIND OF LIKE TO KEEP TO OURSELVES, HUH? ( door closing ) ( banging ) ( computer ) SYSTEM CALIBRATING, BARBARA? WHAT ARE YOU DOING? IS THIS THE MACHINE THAT MAKES PEOPLE YOUNG? OH, BARBARA, THAT'S VERY DANGEROUS, PLEASE STEP AWAY, I'VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE, NOAH, NOTHING AT ALL, NO, WAIT! ( computer ) REGRESSION SEQUENCE COMMENCING, DISENGAGE! DISENGAGE! ACCESS DENIED, REGRESSION IN PROGRESS, CELLULAR REGRESSION SUCCESSFUL, BARBARA, DID IT WORK? COME HERE, COME HERE, OH! MY GOD! IS THAT REALLY ME? THAT'S REALLY YOU, NOAH, ,,MY YOUTH, YOU'VE GIVEN IT BACK TO ME, I'M SORRY, I HAVE NO RIGHT, YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT, WARNING, SUBJECT DESTABLIZING, WHAT IS IT? NOAH, WHAT'S HAPPENING? THE CELLS ARE BREAKING DOWN, BARBARA, NO, DON'T LOOK AT ME, BARBARA, IT'S ALL RIGHT, WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME?! OH, GOD ALMIGHTY, ( door closing ) ( clearing throat ) IN AN EFFORT TO PROLONG THE CELLULAR REJUVENATION, I'VE DECIDED TO INCREASE EXPOSURE BY RUNNING TWO EMITTERS IN TANDEM, AND I'M HOPING THAT THE STRONGER DOSE WILL GIVE THE CELLS THE STABILITY THEY NEED TO REMAIN YOUNG, RUN DIAGNOSTIC FOR EMITTER A, ( computer ) SYSTEM CALIBRATING, NOAH? BARBARA, I DIDN' HEAR YOU COME IN, OH, I'M SORRY, I'M INTERRUPTING YOUR WORK, NO, NO, NO, COME ON DOWN, I BROUGHT YOU SOMETHING, YEAH, WHAT'S THAT? IT'S MY SCRAPBOOK FROM WHEN I WAS SINGING IN CABARETS, I THOUGH YOU MIGHT ENJOY IT, YEAH, ,,OH, I LOVE IT, THAT'S A CONCER WE DID IN A COLLEGE, OH, IS THIS THE RESEARCH YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT? PHILLIP'S FOLLY LOOK IT UP IN THE MAD SCIENTIST ALMANAC, WHAT DOES IT DO? IN THEORY, YOU COULD TAKE A MALIGNANT GROWTH AND TAKE IT BACK TO THE POIN WHERE IT WAS BENIGN OR EVEN NON-EXISTENT, SO YOU HAVEN' GIVEN UP ON IT? I TRIED, SOMETHING KEP NAGGING AT ME, I DON'T THINK I'M EVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO RECONCILE MYSELF WITH WHAT HAPPENED TO MEREDITH UNTIL I CAN GET THIS DAMN THING TO WORK, NOAH, ,, MAYBE I SHOULDN'T SAY THIS, IT'S NOT MY PLACE, BUT I THINK YOU HAVE TO FACE THE TRUTH IN YOUR LIFE MUCH AS I HAVE HAD TO IN MINE, WHAT YOU DID FOR MEREDITH, YOU DID OUT OF LOVE, YOU CAN'T FAUL YOURSELF FOR THAT, WHY NOT? I HAD HER LIFE IN MY HANDS, IF ONLY WE COULD HAVE TRADED PLACES, THAT'S CRAZY! OH, THINK OF THE HOPE YOU COULD PROVIDE OTHER PEOPLE, OH, NOAH, YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR, YOU'RE VERY SWEET, YOU KNOW THAT? BARBARA, BARBARA NO, NO, JUST, JUST NO, NO, BARBARA, BARBARA, WAIT! I'M 30 YEARS OLDER THAN YOU, NOAH, ,,MORE, THAT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO ME, EVEN IF I WEREN'T MARRIED, IT WOULDN'T BE RIGHT, I'M ON THE DOWNWARD SLOPE OF MY LIFE, OH, NOAH, YOU ARE SO YOUNG, ALL THAT KISS DID WAS REMIND ME OF ALL OF THAT, LISTEN TO ME, HE DOESN'T DESERVE YOU, I NEED YOU, BARBARA, MORE THAN YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT JUST WEREN'T MEANT TO BE, THERE IS, ,,THERE'S A BALANCE OF NATURE, NOAH, YOU CAN'T TURN BACK THE CLOCK JUST BY WISHING FOR IT, NO ONE CAN, ( door closing ) GREG, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HOME? WHAT'S THE MATTER? YOU DISAPPOINTED? WELL, OF COURSE NOT, I DIDN'T EXPECT TO SEE YOU UNTIL TONIGHT, YOU'D BETTER GET USED TO IT, BECAUSE YOU'LL BE SEEING A HELL OF A LOT MORE OF ME NOW, DID SOMETHING HAPPEN AT WORK? DAMN RIGHT, YOU DIDN' GET THE PROMOTION, PROMOTION, THAT BASTARD HANLEY FIRED ME, GEEZ, ALL THOSE YEARS ON THE ROAD DOWN THE DRAIN, YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAID TO ME? "MAN YOUR AGE OUGHT TO BE PLAYING GOLF, WATCHING HIS GRANDKIDS GROW UP," HE DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE! AH, WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO DO? OH, GREG, I AM SO SORRY, DON'T GIVE ME THAT CRAP! YOU'LL FIND SOMETHING ELSE, NO ONE KNOWS THE BUYERS LIKE YOU DO, DON'T PATRONIZE ME! YOU ALWAYS THOUGHT I WAS A LOSER FROM THE BEGINNING, THAT'S NOT TRUE! WHY ARE YOU SAYING THAT? YOU THINK I CAN GET ANOTHER JOB, HUH? I'M 66 YEARS OLD, IT'S OVER! I'M DEAD! MIGHT AS WELL THROW DIRT ON ME! WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GOING? I WAS JUS GETTING YOU SOMETHING TO EAT, DON'T YOU EVER TURN YOUR BACK ON ME, WHERE WERE YOU? YOUR CAR WAS IN THE DRIVEWAY, I WAS JUST NEXT DOOR, I WAS TALKING TO DR, PHILLIPS, I TOLD YOU TO STAY AWAY FROM HIM! OH, GREG, DID YOU HURT YOURSELF? GREG, WE WERE JUST TALKING, DON'T YOU LIE TO ME! I TOLD YOU TO STAY AWAY FROM HIM! I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING! YOU'RE TRYING TO CHARM A GUY HALF YOUR AGE! THINK I'M A JOKE?! YOU'RE THE JOKE! YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, OH, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, AND BY GOD, YOU WILL! BY GOD, YOU WILL! THE BALANCE OF NATURE, I'M USING OPPOSITELY CHARGED BEAMS FROM THE TWIN EMITTERS TO SIMULTANEOUSLY IRRADIATE AN ADULT FROG AND A TADPOLE, I'M TRYING TO CREATE A LIVING EQUILIBRIUM, THAT BALANCE OF NATURE THA BARBARA WAS TALKING ABOUT, IF MY THEORY IS RIGHT, THE FROG SHOULD REGRESS, AND THE TADPOLE SHOULD AGE, WITH A CROSS-OVER EFFEC THAT SHOULD STABILIZE THE CHANGES IN BOTH ANIMALS, HERE GOES NOTHING, INITIALIZE TRANSFERENCE SEQUENCE, ( computer ) INITIALIZING, AND, ,,EXECUTE, BI-POLAR REGRESSION SEQUENCE COMMENCING, CELLULAR REGRESSION SUCCESSFUL, DISENGAGE TRANSFERENCE SEQUENCE, ( computer ) PARAMETERS STABLE, RECALIBRATING FOR POLARITY REVERSAL, ONE UNEXPECTED ANOMALY THAT POLARITY OF THE BEAMS APPARENTLY SWITCHED, DONOR STATION HAS TURNED INTO THE RECEIVING STATION AND VICE VERSA, THEY MUST GO BACK AND FORTH WITH EVERY TRANSFERENCE, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT CELLULAR REGRESSION AND PROGRESSION SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED, DIAGNOSTICS INDICATE THE MOS STABLE READINGS TO DATE, I MAY ACTUALLY HAVE PULLED THIS THING OFF, ( car starting ) BARBARA, IT'S ME! NOAH, BARBARA! RUN DIAGNOSTIC ON SUBJECT A, ( computer ) SCANNING, BARBARA, YOU'VE GOT TO DO THIS, YOUR VITAL SIGNS ARE RIGHT ON THE THRESHOLD, YOU'RE BLEEDING INTERNALLY, I'VE GOT NO TIME TO GET YOU TO A HOSPITAL, HEY, BARB, YOU, ,, WHAT THE, ,,? BARBARA? BARBARA?! BARBARA? BARBARA? ( Noah ) INITIALIZE TRANSFERENCE SEQUENCE, ( computer ) INITIALIZING, AND, ,,EXECUTE, BI-POLAR REGRESSION SEQUENCE COMMENCING, CELLULAR REGRESSION SUCCESSFUL, PARAMETERS STABLE, RECALIBRATING FOR POLARITY REVERSAL, THAT'S ME, ( Barbara sighing ) BARBARA? WHERE AM I? WHO ARE YOU? MY NAME IS DR, NOAH PHILLIPS, NOW YOU'VE JUST SURVIVED A VERY TRAUMATIC EVENT, I MUST ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS, TELL ME YOUR NAME, YOUR FIRST AND YOUR LAST NAME, BARBARA SPENCER, WHAT YEAR IS IT? IT'S 1957, OH, MY, DO I HAVE AMNESIA? WHAT HAPPENED TO ME? TELL ME! IT'S EASIER TO SHOW YOU, COME HERE, SOME KIND OF TRICK, IT HAS TO BE, NO, BARBARA, IT'S NOT, IT'S NOT 1957 ANYMORE, IT'S 1998, YOU'RE 65 YEARS OLD, AND YOU'VE BEEN MARRIED TO GREG FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS, OH, NO, THIS IS CRAZY, LOOK, I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE, BUT I WANT YOU TO STAY AWAY, WAIT, WAIT, BARBARA, WAIT, WAIT, YOU MUST KNOW THA GREG HAS A TEMPER, WHEN I FOUND YOU, HE'D BEATEN YOU SO BAD, YOU WERE ALMOST DEAD, HE WOULD NEVER HURT ME, I KNOW HIM, LOOK, ,,THIS IS A PICTURE OF YOU AND I, IT WAS TAKEN TWO DAYS AGO, THAT'S ME? YES, IS THAT WHA YOU'RE SAYING? YES, YES, YOUR SCRAPBOOK, HERE, ,,YOU THINK THA YOU AND GREG AREN'T MARRIED YET? WELL THEN, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THIS? EVEN IF I BELIEVED IT, HOW COULD THIS BE YOU? YOU SAID THIS MACHINE WAS SUPPOSED TO MAKE YOU YOUNGER, LISTEN, I FIRST USED THIS MACHINE, OH, IT WAS ALMOST A YEAR AGO ON MY WIFE, SHE WAS DYING OF CANCER, THE FIRST VERSION DIDN'T WORK, AND SHE DIED ALMOST INSTANTLY, IS THA WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME? OH, NO, NO I REALIZED, BY STRIKING A BALANCE, I COULD KEEP THE CELLS YOUNG, YOU GAVE UP YOUR YOUTH TO GIVE ME BACK MINE? IT SEEMED ONLY RIGHT, AFTER ALL, YOU WERE THE INSPIRATION THAT LED ME TO THE ANSWER, HOW DO I KNOW THIS ISN' SOME KIND OF HORRIBLE BRAINWASHING, ,, LIKE KOREA? OH, I WOULDN'T DO THAT TO YOU, BARBARA, YOU MEAN TOO MUCH TO ME, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT, NOAH, IF, ,,WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS TRUE, THEN I'VE ROBBED YOU OF HALF YOUR LIFE, IT'S NOT RIGHT, PLEASE, ,, PUT ME BACK THE WAY I WAS, WHAT? WHY? SO YOU CAN GO BACK TO BEING A BATTERED WOMAN? I'M GIVING YOU A SECOND CHANCE HERE, A CHANCE TO LIVE AGAIN, THE RIGHT WAY THIS TIME, YOU'RE TELLING ME I HAVE LIVED MY LIFE, I CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM SOMEONE ELSE, PLEASE, ,, PUT ME BACK THE WAY I WAS, PUT YOURSELF BACK THE WAY YOU WERE, IT'S MY DECISION TO MAKE, IT'S NOT YOURS, INITIATE TRANSFERENCE SEQUENCE, ARE YOU SURE YOU WAN TO GO THROUGH WITH THIS? JUST HURRY UP BEFORE I CHANGE MY MIND, AH! HOLD IT! GREG! GREG, MY GOD, IS THAT YOU? YOU DIDN'T LOOK SO GOOD WHEN YOU WERE MY AGE EITHER, YOU KNOW, GREG, PUT AWAY THE GUN, WHAT WILL YOU DO? HE'S DUMB ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU 40 YEARS OF HIS LIFE, I'LL TAKE WHAT'S LEFT, THAT COULD KILL HIM, USE ME INSTEAD, YOU'RE STILL MY WIFE, THAT HASN'T CHANGED! BUT HE SAID YOU NEARLY KILLED ME, I ONLY DID IT BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID OF LOSING YOU, DOC, GET INTO THE MACHINE, TAKE YOUR CHANCES, OR I END I RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! GREG, PLEASE LEAVE HIM ALONE! GET OUT OF THE WAY, BARBARA, WE BETTER DO WHAT HE SAYS, I'LL BE ALL RIGHT, I PROMISE, ALL RIGHT, GREG, SIT IN THAT CHAIR, ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT, ,,ALL RIGHT, WAIT A MINUTE, YOU MUST THINK I'M AN IDIOT, YOU TRYING TO KILL ME? SHE WAS SITTING IN THAT CHAIR! THE BEAMS' POLARITY SWITCHES EVERY TRANSFERENCE, SHUT UP, DOC! SIT DOWN! NOW GET THAT THING STARTED, YOU DON'T WAN TO DO THIS, START THE MACHINE, DOC, NOW! INITIATE TRANSFERENCE SEQUENCE, IT DOESN'T RECOGNIZE MY VOICE, YOU'D BETTER FIND ANOTHER WAY, DOC, DO IT RIGHT NOW! GO ON! BARBARA, HIT THE GREEN BUTTON, THE ONE THAT'S NEX TO THE FUNCTION KEYS, ( computer ) INITIALIZING, SOMETHING'S HAPPENING, I CAN FEEL IT, ( computer ) BI-POLAR REGRESSION SEQUENCE COMMENCING, WAIT! WHAT'S HAPPENING!? NO! NO! ( Noah ) BARBARA, HIT THE RED POWER BUTTON! YOU KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN! YOU'RE TRYING TO KILL ME! NOAH! NOAH, ARE YOU OKAY? WHERE AM I? WHO ARE YOU? YOU DON' RECOGNIZE ME? NO, MY NAME IS BARBARA, I FEEL SO STRANGE, YOU DON' REMEMBER ANYTHING? REMEMBER? REMEMBER WHAT? REGRESSOR, ,,? OH, ,,I JUS KILLED MEREDITH, OH, GOD, NOAH, ,, YOU'VE SURVIVED A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE, WHAT I'M ABOU TO TELL YOU IS GOING TO SOUND UNBELIEVABLE, BUT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TRUST ME, MEREDITH DIED ALMOST A YEAR AGO, ( Control Voice ) PHILOSOPHERS AND POETS CONCUR ON ONE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH LOVE WILL FIND A WAY,