Outer Limits Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

Season 1 episode guide revision date: February 22, 2000

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See the guide introduction for notes about the series. Air dates are the first showing in the U.S. on Showtime.

1. Sandkings - March 26, 1995

     A scientist has his project on Martain life scuttled by the
     Government after one of the alien critters almost escapes. Unwilling
     to abandon his research, he smuggles a sample of Martian sand
     containing eggs out of the lab and incubates them. What hatches
     is intelligent, fast - and hungry.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Beau Bridges               {Dr. Simon Kress}
         Helen Shaver               {Cathy Kress}
         Dylan Bridges              {Josh Kress}
         Kim Coates                 {Dave Stockley}
     Special Guest Appearance by
         Lloyd Bridges              {Col. Kress}
     Based on the Novella by         George R.R. Martin
     Teleplay by                     Melinda Snodgrass
     Directed by                     Stuart Gillard
         Patricia Harras             Debbie
         Nathaniel Deveaux           Security Captain
         Deryl Hayes                 Policeman
         Mark Saunders               Lab Assistant
         J.B. Bivens                 Mover
         David Cameron               Technician #1
     Special Vocal Effects by        Frank Welker
     Notes: This episode featured three generations of Bridges - Lloyd,
            son Beau, and grandson Dylan who made his professional acting
            debut. One scene in the episode had over 200 live scorpions.
            This was the fourth episode filmed. This episode has been
            released on video in the U.S.

2. Valerie 23 - March 31, 1995

     A lonely scientist agrees to test a "companion robot" programmed
     with human emotions, but the experiment goes awry when the robot
     experiences a dark human emotion - jealousy.
    [viewer warnings]               [MV AL N AC]
    [Guest Starring]
         William Sadler             {Frank Hellner}
         Sofia Shinas               {Valerie}
         Tom Butler                 {Charlie Rogers}
     and Nancy Allen              as Rachel Rose
     Written by                      Jonathan Glassner
     Directed by                     Timothy Bond
         Paula Shaw                  Executive
         Bruce Harwood               Technician
     Notes: The original title of this episode was "Prototype".

3. Blood Brothers - April 7, 1995

     Two brothers employed at a pharmaceutical company - one a scientist,
     the other a businessman - discover a vaccine with potentially
     miraculous properties.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Charles Martin Smith       {Spencer Deighton}
         Kate Vernon                {Tricia Lange}
         George Touliatos           {Darrow}
         Thomas Cavanagh            {Carl Toman}
     and Martin Kemp              as Michael Deighton
     Written by                      Brad Wright
     Directed by                     Tibor Takacs
         Colleen Winton           as Patricia Fowler

4. The Second Soul - April 14, 1995

     A historic first encounter between aliens and humans take a bizarre
     twist when the beings request human corpses to use as host bodies
     for their own dying people.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         D.W. Moffett               {James Heatherton}
         Rae Dawn Chong             {Karen Heatherton}
         Richard Grove              {Kadmis}
     and Mykelti Williamson       as Dr. Michael Alders
     Written by                      Alan Brennert
     Directed by                     Paul Lynch
         Garry Davey
         Kent Gallie                 Jeffrey Littman
         Madison Graie               Nancy
         Julian Christopher          David Aftergood
         Debbie Podowski             Tali MacGregor
         Fulvio Cecere               Det. Richard Jacobs
         Barry Levy                  Vila
         Yvonne Campeau              Jaru
         Alex Diakun                 Minister
         Victoria S. Maxwell         First Protester
         Michael-Dax Belanger        Second Protester

5. White Light Fever - April 21, 1995

     An aging billionaire thinks his funding of life-extension research
     has paid off when he receives an experimental artificial heart -
     but the results are not what he bargained for.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Bruce Davison              {Dr. Mac McEnerney}
         Sonja Smits                {Anne Crain}
     and William Hickey           as Harlan Hawkes
     Written by                      David Kemper
     Directed by                     Tibor Takacs
         Jerry Wasserman          as Dr. Silcase
         Michelle Beaudoin           Jessie Wells
         Dean Barrett                Stephen
         Benjamin Ratner             Electrician
         Yvonne Campeau              Nurse Thomas
         Christine Lippa             Nurse Hendricks
         Jason Anthony Griffith      Medical Technician

6. The Choice - April 28, 1995

     An eight-year-old girl exhibits telekinetic abilities, attracting the
     attention of her mysterious nanny - and a Government agent following
     the nanny.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Thora Birch                {Aggie Travis}
         Megan Porter Follows       {Karen Ross}
         Page Fletcher              {Joe Travis}
         Sandra Nelson              {Leslie Travis}
         Matthew Walker             {Terry Walsh}
     and Frances Sternhagen       as Jean Anderson
     Written by                      Ann Lewis Hamilton
     Directed by                     Mark Sobel
         P. Lynn Johnson             Mrs. Hagen
         Andrew Johnson              Mr. Hagen
         Rebecca Toolan              Mrs. Whelan
         Dianna Stevan               Ruth
         Tracy Waterhouse            Debra
         Codie Wilbee                Clark Howell
     Notes: This was the first episode filmed starting in the fall of 1994
            at the Bridge Studios in Vancouver.

7. Virtual Future - May 5, 1995

     A college student's key discoveries in virtual reality and artificial
     intelligence unlock the secrets of time travel - but attract the
     attention of an unscrupulous businessman.
    [viewer warnings]               [MV AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Josh Brolin                {Jack Pierce}
         Kelly Rowan                {Isobel Pierce}
         Bruce French
     and David Warner             as Bill Trenton
     Written by                      Shawn Alex Thompson
     Directed by                     Joseph L. Scanlan
         Joanna Piros                T.V. Interviewer
         Mitch Kosterman             F.B.I. Agent
         Dee Jay Jackson             Guard
         Jennifer McDonell           Young Woman

8. Living Hell - May 12, 1995

     A drifter who was shot by a street punk is saved by an experimental
     computer chip - which also links him to the mind of a serial killer.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Elizabeth Pena             {Dr. Jennifer Martinez}
         Stephen Shellen            {Wayne Haas}
         Don S. Davis               {Detective Wilson}
     and Sam Robards              as Ben Kohler
     Story by                        Pen Densham & Melinda Snodgrass
     Teleplay by                     Melinda Snodgrass
     Directed by                     Graeme Campbell
         Walter Marsh                Dr. Lambert
         Phillip Mackenzie           Detective Dofner
         Doug Abrahams               Foreman
         Lesley Ewen                 Nurse Sally Scofield
         Scott Owen                  Gunman
         Kymberly Sheppard           Woman in Bath
         Michelle Grana              Woman in Woods

9. Corner of the Eye - May 19, 1995

     An ailing priest believes the appartitions he sees are due to a brain
     tumor, but his doctor assures him they are real.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Len Cariou                 {Father Anton Jonascu}
         Justin Louis               {Father Royce}
     and Chris Sarandon           as Dr. Pallas
     Written by                      David Schow
     Directed by                     Stuart Gillard
         Bill Croft                  Officer Fletcher
         Callum Keith Rennie         Carlito
         Tamsin Kelsey               Victorine
         Tamara Stanners             T.V. Reporter
         Paul Raskin                 Morgue Attendant
         Vanessa Morley              Miranda
         Terry Arrowsmith            Fletcher (Demon)
         Kymberly Sheppard           Victorine (Demon)
         Andrew McIlroy              Pallas (Demon)
     Notes: David Schow is co-author of "The Outer Limits Companion" book.

10. Under the Bed - May 26, 1995

     When a little boy mysteriously disappears, his sister claims a
     monster abducted him.
    [viewer warnings]               [MV AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Timothy Busfield           {Dr. Jon Hoffman}
         Barbara Williams           {Caitlin Doyle}
         Laura Bruneau              {Sharon Rosman}
         Colleen Rennison           {Jillian Rosman}
     and Henry Beckman
     Written by                      Lawrence Meyers
     Directed by                     Rene Bonniere
         Joel Palmer                 Andrew Rosman
         Jan Burrell                 Elizabeth Doyle
         Frank Cassini               Miguel Enriquez
         Wm. MacDonald               Gary Rosman
         Dave Hurtubise              Bernie
         David Myrlea                Boogeyman
         Randall Wong                Ming
         Jo Bates                    French Mother

11. Dark Matters - June 2, 1995

     The crew of a spaceship is stranded in a region in space where there
     are no planets or stars, only wrecked ships inhabited by ghosts.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL AC]
    [Guest Starring]
         Annette O'Toole            {Lydia Manning}
         Michael Dolan              {Rob Anderson}
         Allison Hossack            {Erin Whitley}
         David Cubitt               {Kevin Stein}
         Blu Mankuma
     and John Heard               as Paul Stein
     Written by                      Alan Brennert
     Directed by                     Paul Lynch
         Jesse Moss                  Jason
         Gregory Smith               Young Paul
         Shane Meier                 Young Kevin

12. The Conversion - June 9, 1995

     An ex-con murders three people at a Christmas party and flees into
     the mountains, where he encounters a stranger who claims to know
     the future.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL AC]
    [Guest Starring]
         John Savage                {Lucas}
         Beau Starr
     Special Appearance by
         Rebecca De Mornay          {Woman}
     and Frank Whaley             as Henry Marshall
     Based on the Short Story "Two Strangers"
         by                          Richard B. Lewis
     Teleplay by                     Brad Wright
     Directed by                     Rebecca De Mornay
         Kerry Sandomirsky           Mary
         Roger R. Cross              Bartender
         Tom Butler                  Mr. Evans
         Kamilyn Kaneko              Receptionist
         Ric Reid                    Coroner
         Ken Tremblett               Businessman
         Brent Chapman               Officer
         Michael Cram                Father
         Nichole Spinola             Daughter
         William B. Davis            Ed
         Angela Gann                 Ed's Wife

13. Quality of Mercy - June 16, 1995

     When a soldier is captured by the aliens he is battling, he's placed
     in a cell with a woman who's being transformed into one of them.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL BN AC]
    [Guest Starring]
         Robert Patrick             {Skokes}
         Nikki de Boer              {Bree}
     Written by                      Brad Wright
     Directed by                     Brad Turner
         Mark McCracken              Jailer

14. Caught In the Act - June 23, 1995

     A woman's encounter with an alien creature makes her lust for men.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL N AC]
    [Guest Starring]
         Jason London               {Jay}
         Saul Rubinek               {Professor Hugaro}
         Garry Chalk
     and Alyssa Milano            as Hannah Valesic
     Written by                      Rob Forsyth
     Directed by                     Mark Sobel
         Stephen Fanning             Karl
         Kavan Smith                 Quarterback
         Fred Henderson              John
         Sarah Strange               Lisa
         Shaun Johnston              Cop
         Garry Davey                 Doctor
         Larry Musser                Clerk

15. The Voyage Home - June 30, 1995

     An astronaut must decide whether to let his ship return to Earth
     after an alien causes the deaths of his shipmates - and then assumes
     their shapes - on a mission returning from Mars.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL AC]
    [Guest Starring]
         Jay O. Sanders             {Ed Barkley}
         Matt Craven                {Alan Wells}
     and Michael Dorn             as Pete Claridge
     Written by                      Grant Rosenberg
     Directed by                     Tibor Takacs
         Akiko Morison               Megan Halliwell
         Dominique Durosier          Laura Claridge
         Maxine Guess                Jenny Claridge

16. The New Breed - July 9, 1995

     A scientist who's trying to find a way to repair damaged cells
     develops robots of microscopic size - with which a lab assistant
     secretly injects himself in hopes of curing his cancer.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL N]
    [Guest Starring]
         Richard Thomas             {Dr. Stephen Ledbetter}
         Peter Outerbridge          {Dr. Andy Groenig}
         Tammy Isbell               {Judy Hudson}
     Written by                      Grant Rosenberg
     Directed by                     Mario Azzopardi
         L. Harvey Gold              Dr. Merritt
         Veena Sood                  Dr. Katzman

17. The Message - July 16, 1995

     Even after receiving an experimental implant, a deaf woman is still
     unable to hear conversation - although she does begin to hear
     whispering voices.
    [viewer warnings]               [MV AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Marlee Matlin              {Jennifer Winter}
         Robert Wisden              {Sam Winter}
     and Larry Drake              as Robert {Vitale}
     Written by                      Brad Wright
     Directed by                     Joseph L. Scanlan
         Ken Camroux                 Dr. Madison
         Kevin McNulty               Dr. Leiberman

18. I Robot - July 23, 1995

     After a robot kills its creator, do you put it in the scrapheap -
     or put it on trial? Dr. Charles Link has been murdered, and the
     prime suspect is a "synthetic human" called Adam. Because he "has
     been [like] a brother" to the scientist's daughter, she contacts
     lawyer Thurman Cutler to save him from being disassembled. Cutler's
     strategy hinges on proving Adam's humanity and earning him a trial.
     During the investigation, evidence comes to light that could ruin
     Cutler's career - and show Adam's humanity beyond a doubt.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL AC]
    [Guest Starring]
         Cyndy Preston              {Mina Link}
         Barbara Tyson
         Nathaniel DeVeaux
     and Leonard Nimoy            as Thurman Cutler
     Based on the Short Story by     Eando Binder
     Written by                      Alison Lea Bingeman
     Directed by                     Adam Nimoy
         Ken Kramer                  Judge Clancy
         Ken Schneider               Detective Barclay
         Robert Clothier             Dr. Linstrop
         J.B. Bivens                 Security Guard
         Robert Moloney              Lab Technician
         Don Mackay                  Dr. Linn
         John Novak                  Voice of Adam
     Notes: This episode was the first one adapted from the original series.
            It was directed by Leonard Nimoy's son Adam who has previously
            directed two "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episodes.
            Leonard Nimoy was in the original episode but in a different
            part. Though not listed in the credits, Jake McKinnon played
            the robot.

19. If These Walls Could Talk - July 30, 1995

     A skeptical researcher investigates a haunted house where a woman's
     son has supposedly disappeared.
    [viewer warnings]               [MV AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Dwight Schultz             {Levi Mitchell}
         Alberta Watson             {Linda Tillman}
         Tom McBeath
     Written by                      Manny Coto
     Directed by                     Tibor Takacs
         Molly Parker                Jennifer
         Ryan Reynolds               Derek Tillman
         Elisabeth Rosen             Nadia Torrance
         Frank C. Turner             Luther
         Robert Lewis                Gould
         Garvin Cross                Officer #1
         Gary Jones                  T.V. Host

20. Birthright - August 13, 1995

     After suffering a head injury, a U.S. senator finds himself pursued
     by mysterious agents, and begins to suspect he may not be who he
     thinks he is.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Perry King                 {Senator Richard Adams}
         Mimi Kuzyk                 {Dr. Leslie McKenna}
         John Novak
         Ken Ryan
         Garvin Cross
     Written by                      Michael Berlin and Eric Estrin
     Directed by                     William Fruet
         David Neale                 Evan Branch
         Jan D'Arcy                  Martha Adams
         Scott Swanson               Kyle Haller
         Catherine Lough             Reporter

21. The Voice of Reason - August 20, 1995

     A global conspiracy is uncovered by an Air Force pilot, but a secret
     Government committee remains skeptical - or unwilling to admit - that
     it is possible.
    [viewer warnings]               [V AL]
    [Guest Starring]
         Gordon Clapp               {Randall Strong}
         Lochlyn Munro
         Don S. Davis
     and Daniel J. Travanti       as Thornwell
     Written by                      Brad Wright
     Excerpts by                     Manny Coto, Eric Estrin &
                                     Michael Berlin, Rob Forsyth,
                                     Grant Rosenberg, David Schow, and
                                     Melinda Snodgrass
     Directed by                     Neill Fearnley
         Kate Robbins                Perry
         Gillian Barber              Fisk
         D. Neil Mark                Guard
         David Birznieks             Horner
     Notes: This episode has excerpts from Sandkings, The Voyage Home,
            Caught In the Act, If These Walls Could Talk, The New Breed,
            Corner of the Eye, and Birthright.

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