The Outer Limits (1995) s05e05 Episode Script

The Other Side

1 [E.
machine beeping.]
[man screams.]
(fireman) Get back.
Get back! (woman) Oh, my god! (man) I don't know, it just rolled over.
(medic) B.
is 100 over 45 and falling.
Pupils are fixed and dilated.
Let's get a drip on him, stat.
[machine continues beeping.]
My God.
I'm alive.
Is anybody there? God, no! (Adam) No! No reaction.
Let's try upping the Dosage.
His brain is so damaged, it's hard to tell.
Node number 2, hit him.
Try stimulating the node structure deeper in the cortex.
Node number 2.
I'm locked.
(Neal) I don't get it.
Look at those Spikes.
There should be some sort of physical manifestation.
Elevated heart rate, a little rapid eye movement.
This doesn't make sense.
Maybe it's just bounce and nothing more.
No, no, no, no, something's gotta be going on inside his head.
Has to be.
I just wish to god I knew what it was.
Help! Oh, god! Help! Somebody help me! [screams.]
No! (male narrator) There is nothing wrong with your television.
Do not attempt to adjust 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.
(narrator) For all our medical advances, the human brain remains vast and largely uncharted.
What revelations lie ahead for those who would explore this undiscovered country? And what unknown dangers will they encounter on their journey? I keep goin' back to the animal trials.
The results were so definitive.
All of their brains, no matter how damaged, attempted to reroute neurological function around the damaged area.
You're gonna have to be patient, Neal.
Human brains are vastly more complicated.
Human brains more complicated.
You know, I I gotta write that down, Vince.
You're a you're a genius.
You know what I mean.
I still say go heavier on the stimulus.
You could up the dosage by a 3rd and still keep it biosafe.
Of Course were gonna up the dosage, but that's not the problem.
Maybe we're stimulating the wrong area.
Yeah, that's it.
What? I keep putting off telling you, but I've decided to take that assistant teaching post at Hopkins.
Now? When We're this close? Close? [chuckles.]
Look, I'm gonna be 30 in 2 years.
I've gotta start marking some territory for myself or I'm going nowhere.
Meaning here? Is that where you think we are? Nowhere? That's not what I'm saying, Neal.
Don't take it personally.
Says the lab rat abandoning ship.
You know, this might just be a job to you but it's my whole Life's work.
I take it very personally.
You know, maybe that's the problem.
[woman announcing on P.
That's game.
And you owe me 50 bucks.
Like hell.
We're playing again.
No, Neal.
I'm so tired of beating you.
50 bucks, double or Nothing.
Look, I've got work to do, you've got work to do.
Is that the sound of forfeiture I hear? Huh? Forfeit, my Butt.
What's this really about? Are we havin' a bad day or is this something worse? What's bad about it.
The sun is shining.
The birds are singing.
And my assistant just bailed on me.
I'll give you that point if you want it.
And to top it off, I haven't won a game off you in 2 years.
About the latter, I can do nothing.
You suck.
As to the former, actually, I'm the one that told Vince to apply for that job.
You what? Do you know what you've done to me? What I've done to you? Let me see.
I've remained your friend while everyone else ran screaming from the room.
I've kept funding your research when my own board threatened to fire me for throwing away money.
I mean, besides that.
I'll find you a new assistant.
I'm working on it.
But We're gonna need results.
Or is that part of the problem? Of course I'm getting results I just need more data, Marty.
I told you that from the getgo.
And I told you it wouldn't be easy.
Brain-damaged people don't grow on trees.
You just get 'em for me, I promise I'll deliver the results.
Ok, I'll try.
You try Harder.
Hey, where you goin'? I want my money back.
Come on.
Oh, you're so exhausting.
All right.
Let's go.
[birds cawing.]
(Neal) Janice? [birds chirping.]
What are you doing out of your lab? You get time off for good behavior? W-what're you doin here? I thought you moved across town.
I moved back.
So when's the next book comin'? Have you been checking up on me? Ever since I've known you, you've been talkin' about that.
I just took a guess well, unless something really strange happens, it should be out in a few weeks.
I hate to admit it but, uh, there's quite a bit of you in the design of the research.
I'll send you the abstracts if you like.
Don't bother.
I already read 'em.
Ok, ok, so I've been checkin' up on you.
They were great, by the way.
No one can touch what you've done with cognitive therapies.
My esteemed colleagues, here at last is incontrovertible Proof.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Oh, fond.
Let's not go crazy here.
The truth is you were the best research partner I ever had.
That's what I miss most about you.
Your romantic side.
As I recall, you were the one who suggested we spend our 1st anniversary sectioning rat brains.
You didn't find that romantic? It worked for me.
So, what now? Well, I'm weighing a few offers, but, I don't know, nothing that I'm in love with.
Seeing that you're not busy at the moment what? I could really use your help.
(Neal) With your permission, we'd like to hook your daughter up.
I'm sorry, but, uh, I still don't understand how your machine is going to help our daughter.
There's an extensive body of evidence that the brain, when injured, seeks to rewire Itself around whatever part that is damaged.
(Janice) For instance, if a person suffers a head injury.
And becomes blind, they often gain improved hearing and other senses.
So while the brain can't restore the lost function, there's a kind of compensation.
(Neal) And in your daughter's case the aneurysm she suffered destroyed a portion of her brain tissue near the thalamus.
I think it is possible to forge synaptic pathways around this damaged area.
Our machine, a neural intracortex stimulation array, we call it nisa, is designed to stimulate the brain so it will build these New neural pathways.
Well, maybe it could somehow wake her up? I wish I could tell you that it would.
To be honest, you probably won't notice any change in your daughter.
We're just trying to determine whether we can stimulate this this rewiring within Lisa's brain.
And, of course, the more people like your daughter that we can bring into the program, the faster we can find answers.
So really, you're just poking and prodding.
We're gonna have to think about it (Mr.
Dobkins) you have to understand something.
To us, Lisa's still alive she's not just a pin cushion.
[woman announcing on P.
And mrs.
Dobkins, can I share something with you? When I was 8 years old, my mother was involved in an accident.
For the next 5 years of her life, until she died, she lay in a hospital bed just like your daughter.
Medical science had given up on her.
I used to read her the funny papers.
She was real big on blondie and dagwood.
But I couldn't help thinking, every time I sat by her and looked into her eyes, that she was inside somewhere, trying to get out.
We just didn't know how to do it.
And the fact is, we still don't.
But if we don't try to find them, if we don't do anything except sit here and watch, they'll just stay there, inside their own heads, forever.
machlne beeping.]
I gotta say, Neal, I'm impressed.
You actually developed some people skills.
I think of it more as desperation, but, hey, whatever works.
I'm upping the current 30 percent from previous Levels.
[keys clacking.]
(Janice) Why not go 50? It's up to you.
No, 50's Good.
Let's move the locus up just a little higher starting stimulation.
There it is again, that spiking.
It's just like Adam's.
I wanna try something.
(Neal) Keep an eye on the monitors.
Just tell me what you see.
Neal? Yeah? Their levels practically Match.
(Neal) Practically? They match exactly.
(woman) Lisa! Lisa, what's wrong? [woman screaming.]
Is Is anybody there? (Adam) Who are you? I'm Lisa.
How did you get here? I don't know.
I don't even know Where here is.
Neither do I.
Be careful, it's deep right there.
Do you have a name? Adam.
Where does that door lead? I don't know, it's locked.
Are you sure? Yeah, I'm positive.
Oh, my God.
Do you know what's on the other side? I I think I do.
What's happening to me? What? Lisa.
(Lisa) Adam? Lisa, please.
Don't go, Lisa.
This is absolutely amazing.
Did you see his readings? They were practically identical.
[Adam exhales.]
What did he say? I think he said "Lisa.
" (Marty) So this patient, he said the girl's name? He didn't say anything.
The fact that his lips were moving is amazing.
It could have been a random autonomic response.
He suffered massive head trauma in a car accident.
It's amazing he ever lived.
Did he look at her? He hasn't moved.
His pupils are totally dilated.
For all intents and purposes, he's still a 100 percent vegetative.
And she just came onto the ward, so how does he know her name? Well, that's the million-dollar question.
Do you suppose he could have heard it? It'd be a pretty neat trick.
Cognizance in a guy who is essentially brain dead.
Here's a record of it.
(Marty) So all this activity here (Janice) That's Adam.
Now compare Lisa's output to Adam's.
So what does it mean? I think somehow We stumbled upon something.
I don't know what it is.
But I've never seen anything like it.
Most likely it's a pattern of stimulus and Response.
That doesn't answer the question of how Adam knew Lisa's name.
Neal he said it, I heard him.
Listen to me, there's there's something bigger going on here, ok? I mean, their brainwave activity synched up like like they were communicating.
Maybe that's how he knew her name.
Somehow she told him.
2 comatose patients communicating? Is my skepticism showing? The whole event is so anomalous.
It'd be a mistake to go jumping to any conclusions.
You see, that's the other thing.
This whole particular type of Brainwave activity is highly Unusual.
Bottom line is, Marty, we need to see.
If it's repeatable, which means we need more subjects.
More subject equals more data equals better results.
What do you want me to do? Put an ad in the paper? Boy Genius seeks BRAIN-damaged individuals for experiments and fun times.
If it'll work, do it.
How do you explain that, huh? He's disconnected from Nisa yet his brainwave activity still Continues.
His brain is building new Pathways.
It's working.
Let's hook him up again.
I know more than anyone what this means to you, Neal.
Well, then humor me.
You wanna push yourself, that's one thing.
Don't push them, it's not fair.
Don't push them, what're you talking about? The way you're going about this research, it's more vendetta than science.
I'm not lookin for my mother, if that's what you mean.
She's gone.
I accept that.
Then what are you looking for, Neal? Why are you doing this? Look, take a break.
Let's grab you some dinner.
I'm not hungry.
You may not think they're communicating, but I do.
I wanna watch them talk again.
You haven't eaten all day.
You really think the quality of your work improves the more you abuse yourself? God, I hope so.
Ok, ok, 10 minutes, and I'm yours.
[keys clacking.]
[engine whirring.]
Adam? (Adam) I'm in here.
Lisa, are you there? (Lisa) Oh my god! Isn't it wonderful? That's the dance Studio my father Built for me in our house.
It's exactly the way I remember it.
He built it for me when I was 5.
And this! [laughing.]
This is the dance space at the metropolitan ballet.
I joined the company when I was 13.
How did you know before that everything was gonna be here? I don't know.
You know what I think? I think you knew it would be here because you wanted it to be here.
You you created it.
You weren't afraid of this place like I was at first.
Are you still afraid? No.
Actually, I'm kinda startin' to like it.
This this I've never seen before.
I have.
It's my garden, right down to the crack in the glass above the gladiolas.
Bird hit it.
[both laughing.]
You wanna go in? Yeah.
Good thing you weren't hungry.
Is it as hard as it looks, being right all the time? Harder, especially where you're concerned.
Do you get some kind of bizarre pleasure out of driving me crazy? I don't think of it as bizarre.
Look, if you have your doubts about where the nisa research is going, I'll understand.
If you wanna walk away? What is this pathological need of yours to send me packing? Send you packing? What are you talking about? Why do you think I left before? Why do you think our relationship ended? 'cause, I assume, you were unhappy.
So you do live in a vacuum.
How's the weather in there? I didn't want you to go.
And you didn't want me to stay, either.
Or is my memory a little faulty? Look, I don't know why we're talking about this.
Listen, I'm happy to be working together again, but you but what? Don't contradict you? Don't don't tell you when I think that you're wrong? Look, you've got 2 Books under your belt, ok? You get teaching offers from places that won't even return my phone calls.
And though Marty is my friend, he's so results-oriented it's driving me crazy, ok? So I apologize if my career Angst is cranked up to 11.
You wanna help your career? Then stop chasing conclusions that your results don't support.
And stop alienating people that are trying to help you.
You're beautiful when you're infuriating, you know that? [beeping.]
They gotta be in there.
They gotta be in there somewhere.
I remember thinking I was gonna die.
The ambulance ride.
The emergency room.
The faces.
I could hear the paramedics workin on me, tryin to get my heart started, they were saying, "He's not gonna make it.
" and then everything kind of goes fuzzy from there.
I remember being scared, feeling helpless.
And the sound of dripping.
All I remember is a headache.
It started in the morning, and by the time I got to rehearsal, I almost couldn't see straight.
One of the first things you learn as a dancer is how to work through pain.
What were you rehearsin'? Giselle.
I'm sorry, I, uh, I don't know much about ballet.
It's about a beautiful girl who dies, and comes back as a ghost.
It's good casting so far.
I bet you were great.
It would've been my debut [audience cheering.]
after all those years in corps de ballet, there I was, 3 days before the opening.
Rehearsal was going well.
I had just done a grace haut de chat.
I was heading offstage, and then, Nothing.
So, you never got to do it? Well, you can dance it for me right now.
I'd really love it if you did.
[telephone dialing.]
[telephone ringing.]
(Janice) Yeah? Hi Jan, it's me.
I'm sorry to call so late.
Can I ask you a hypothetical? Ask me a what? What time is it? How much fentenol would be toxic? Fentenol? Not a whole lot.
5 C.
S could knock you for a pretty good loop.
Why are you asking me this? How much would slow a person's brain function down to say minimal levels? Have you lost your mind? You could say I'm trying to find it.
So 10 C.
S will do the trick, right? Neal, you could end up killing Yourself.
Neal, no! Neal? Neal? Neal, talk to me.
Neal? Neal? Neal! Lisa, you know who he is? I I don't think so.
Do you? Who are you? [Neal screams.]
machine beeping.]
(Janice) Neal? Neal, talk to me.
What did you do? Me? What did I do? Janice, I saw them.
Adam and Lisa.
I saw them together.
Just take it easy.
I'm calling e.
No, I'm fine.
I'm fine.
You just took your body to the edge of never never land.
Fine is the last thing you are.
I'm telling you, I saw them together.
They were in a garden and they were kissing.
[keys clacking.]
Hi, can you get me the emergency room please? Just look at these 3 readouts before you do that.
Tell me what you see.
(Neal) There's Lisa, there's Adam, and there's me.
They match exactly.
All it means is that your brain experienced the same stimulus response effect as theirs.
Jan, I am telling you the truth! These 2 people are cognizant.
They're alive somewhere, in some some other dimension, I don't know where this place is but it exists and somehow it's nisa That's doin' it.
(Marty) Well, that's interesting.
And then yesterday we discovered that Adam and Lisa maintain the exact same levels, the exact same wave patterns, even when disconnected from Nisa.
Wherever that place is, they're there and they're stayin' there.
I gotta tell you people, I'm not real comfortable with Where this is going.
I'll be honest, Marty, I'm a little uncertain Myself.
Emperically I see brain function where it didn't used to be.
Now I'm not saying that it couldn't be some form of higher consciousness I'm talking about his behavior.
I know I took a big risk but I promise you the results will be worth it.
You're missing the point.
The results are worth nothing if we all lose our jobs while you get them.
Do you hear me? Yeah, I hear you.
I've kept my part of the bargain.
I've found you more subjects.
Now I'll expect you to keep up your end.
Marty, listen to me (Marty) No, no, you listen to me the Wolf is at the door.
Now I think I can massage this little irregularity and keep the board from turning nasty.
But they're gonna want satisfaction, A.
Or I'm gonna have to cut Bait.
Am I clear? I'm sorry, Jan, I can't go backwards.
He doesn't want you to go backwards, Neal.
He wants you to give him results.
machine beeping.]
Start up computer Protocol.
(Janice) Starting protocol.
Start at 45 Percent.
Starting at 45.
Achieving Stimulation.
(man) Gimme your wallet.
Where where am I? You're not where you were, if that's any help.
The brain waves are in Sync.
Do you have any idea how you got here? I'll say this much.
It is the damnedest thing.
I haven't walked in 20 years.
I don't see how it's possible.
Warner, in this place, anything is possible.
Come on, I'll show you my greenhouse.
I can see it just fine from here, thank you.
What do you love most about life? Uh, working in my restaurant, I guess.
What's that got to do with anything? Haven't you ever wished you could move around it a little easier? Come on.
Come on.
Atta boy.
There you go.
Oh, my god! [all laughing.]
What about him? Doesn't he want to join the party? (Janice) Let's up the amperage just a little bit More.
Look at that.
Can you believe it? They're even better than New.
[thunder rumbling.]
What the hell is that? Looks like we got more company.
Just because you perceived these people doesn't mean that they were actually there.
Are dreams real? Your perceptions could have been completely drug induced.
How do you explain the brainwave activity? How do you explain the fact that the 3 of us were synching up like that? Where is this taking place? How can 3 people share a common psychological state? There's a swedish study.
It cited 2, 3, 4 people at a time sharing telepathic communication with virtually the identical E.
Readings that look a lot like the ones We're getting.
Maybe nisa is stimulating the same part of the brain.
Look, you've already shown that more of the brain survived than we thought, and that's worth Knowing.
Why not stop there? Whip these results into publishable shape and move on.
Because our real findings are way bigger.
What nisa has revealed about these people are that they are alive.
They are alive.
Nothing in the hard data suggests Anything like that.
Neal, who these patients are, their personalities, that's all gone.
If you met them, you wouldn't say that.
Met them? Neal, will you listen to yourself? Neal, what are you thinking? I've been back and forth between here and there.
I existed there physically.
They saw me.
I can be their guide.
I'm not gonna let you do this.
Lisa's parents asked if I could bring her back.
Forget it.
Jan, it's imperative that I try.
What have I got to lose? Nothing, except for maybe your life.
Roger, what's your problem, man? My problem? What's your problem? Uh, you.
I mean your negativity.
It's killin' my plants.
And look what it did to my souffle.
This was gonna be lunch.
Your cooking stinks.
Roger, this is serious.
We have to talk about it.
Get outta my way.
What're you gonna do tough guy, you gonna knock her out? Y'all act like you wanna be here.
Well, not me.
I have a life.
A good life.
And I'd much rather be there than in this ridiculous place.
Hell, what am I talkin' to you for? You're all figments of my imagination.
Why can't you just accept what's happened to you? Roger, answer her.
You wanna piece of me, punk? I'm down with it.
I can get you to a comatose state With 5 C.
8 Worked last time.
And there's still enough fentenol in your system from then if you consider the residual effect of the last 2 doses.
I gotta be sure I get there.
All right.
In 7 minutes I want you to amp up 10 percent.
I'm giving you 5 C.
S and that's the end of it argue with me and I'll give you 50.
You want, fine, I'll give, but I want a little quid pro quo here.
If this doesn't work and you wake up, you gotta promise me to walk away.
That's askin' a lot.
There's no point in bringing you back if you lose yourself.
Come back.
It's him again.
I wonder who he is.
You all right? Oh, I-I'm fine.
I'm Neal.
I'm I'm the one that got you here.
Got us where? Where exactly is this place? I'm I'm not sure exactly.
Physically you're in a hospital.
In in a research ward.
You all have varying degrees of severe brain Injury.
Another lunatic.
You're all part of an experiment I'm conducting.
I I I know it sounds absurd, but I've come to help move you across the divide that separates our world from this one.
I've come to take you all home.
Home as in home? (Lisa) We could see our parents again? I can see my wife.
Will I still be able to walk? I don't know.
What about the feelings We've had here.
I mean, will we be able to take them with us? I wish I could tell you for sure.
Physically I don't know what's gonna happen to you.
Some of you have been comatose for quite a while, but but the fact that you're here, the fact that you The fact that we all created this place means our brains accomplished something truly miraculous.
Miraculous would be waking up from this place.
Well, that's what I'm gonna try to help make happen.
[thunder rumbling.]
We'd have to go back through the tunnel.
I don't know if I wanna leave.
It'll be ok, Adam.
We'll help each other.
Just think how much better our lives will be back there for having experienced this place, and everything and everyone in it.
All right.
Now I'm not gonna lie to you.
This could be dangerous.
But the tunnel is how you got in here.
Neurally and physically, and I'm I'm willing to bet if I can get you through the door at the end of that hallway, 1 at a time, I can get you back to a state of waking consciousness.
I'll take my chances.
10 seconds there.
Beats another minute here, hands down.
All right, Roger.
You first.
Hold tight! [grunting.]
Roger! Something's wrong! Just a couple more steps.
[Roger groans.]
[keys clacking.]
No! [groans.]
Something's really, really wrong.
Roger, no! I'm not gonna make it.
Leave me.
Like hell! [gasps.]
Are you ok? Roger! [gasps.]
He made it! [E.
machlne beeping.]
[machine continues beeping.]
I've got a code blue in ward 3.
2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Damn it! 10, 1, 2, 3, 4.
15! Marty, I brought the man out of a vegetative state.
Are you telling me that counts for nothing? You killed him in the process.
Read the damn autopsy Report.
He had a congenital heart defect.
A defect exacerbated by the physical stress of whatever the hell it is you did to him.
Bottom line is I got him here, I got him back.
The only bottom line that matters to me is that Roger's family is holding you responsible for what happened.
And me, and my research program.
And this whole friggin' hospital! Roger's family signed the papers.
They understood there might be risks.
You are the last person I wanna hear from.
You were supposed to keep him in line.
I wasn't there to baby-sit him.
I was there to assist him, there's a difference, Marty.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, "keep him in line"? W-What the hell is goin on here? You wanted an assistant.
I got you 1.
You don't think it was a coincidence that you bumped into each other? Tell me he's makin this up, Jan.
Neal, it's not what you think.
I was asked to talk to you and if I felt there was any way I could genuinely help you And conveniently there was.
Any other dirty little secrets? Only 1.
Your privileges at this institution have been permanently suspended.
Marty, are you crazy? I've gotta go back in! The rest of those people are trying to get out and I gotta to help 'em! You got near those people and I will see that your license is revoked.
If you'd just listen to me, Neal, I'll explain everything.
Why don't you start with the part where you were spying on me for that son of a bitch? If I'd been spying on you, do you think any of this would've happened? He would've shut you down weeks ago.
I guess you're not much of a spy then, huh? When Marty first called, I turned him down flat.
I thought it was a reprehensible idea.
But then I started to think about it.
And the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to work with you again, in spite of Everything.
Work, hell! I wanted to be with you again.
Because something in me really hates the fact that I gave up on us.
That I let you Goad me into walking away.
That's real Sweet.
Too bad the feelings aren't mutual.
What would you know about feelings? Maybe That's what you should go looking For.
Neal? Neal, stop! What have you done? I've got to go back inside and get them.
You go in again, I can't guarantee you'll ever come back.
That's why you said those things, isn't it? I'm sorry.
When I come back, you can yell at me then.
You're damn right I'm gonna yell at you.
Did you really think you could get away that easily? I love you.
I always have, if you wanna know the truth.
I love you, too, you son of a bitch.
(Adam) What're you doing here? We thought you weren't coming back.
I told you I'd come back.
(Adam) What happened? Where'd you go? There's no time! I'll get you out of here.
Grab onto me.
I've got you! God, I hope so! Adam, do it! Grab onto Lisa! [screams.]
Hold tight! (Lisa) Neal, are you all right? I'm fine.
I'm fine.
Go! (Adam) You're not gonna make it, are you? I don't know.
Don't worry about me.
I'll see you on the other side.
It's been 12 hours and he's still comatose.
He's not gonna make it [woman announcing on P.
He should've been here to see this.
(Warner) He did it.
He brought us back just like he said he would.
I don't understand.
If they all made it back, why didn't Neal? He went too far.
Maybe he'll find another way out.
Or whatever else he's looking for.
This place is so cool.
It's just filled with possibilities.
I'll bet there's another way out of here.
(narrator) Our greatest achievements do more than heal the sick and give strength to the weak.
They also lead us from the darkness to a place of hope and light.