Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction

Season 2 Episode 1

Episode 07

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Unknown on FOX



  • Trivia

    • The stories in this episode which claimed to be based on 'fact' are: The Plane; The Gun; and The Portrait.

      The Pass and The Caller were 'works of pure fiction'.

  • Quotes

    • (After "The Pass")
      Jonathan Frakes: Had Eddie remained in his hospital room instead of snooping around the morgue, he might still be alive today. His father would have had a chance to gently and lovingly tell him of his brother's death. Instead, the way he came upon his twin brother's body so unexpectedly proved to be too much for his fragile heart to handle. And all because he went to the morgue, a place he didn't belong. Did the fates conspire to bring a curious boy and the body of his identical twin together at the same time... or are we conspiring to mislead you?

    • (Before "The Pass")
      Jonathan Frakes: An all access pass is a precious commodity because it takes you wherever you want to go, everybody wants one. Yet they're only issued to a precious few. People who will pay thousands of dollars for such passes at sports events, rock concerts, press conferences. At a hospital, it takes on a different meaning. Only the most qualified, professional personnel can be allowed to have one, the rest of us can only guess what life and death mysteries are hidden within the corridors of a medical center. But with the help of this pass... two young men are about to find out.

    • (After "The Portrait")
      Jonathan Frakes: Did William Corzine really have the power to end the lives of his subjects? Or were their death a logical extension of their extremely fragile states of health? If so, then how do you explain the death of Michelle Taylor, a young woman in the prime of her life? Of course, she was despondent over a lost love and deep depression has been known to contribute to the demise of an otherwise healthy individual. And what of William's final gesture? Did he really take his own life by painting his self-portrait or had the gruesome circumstances of his life become too much for his heart to bear? Could this story of an artist be inspired by actual events, or is this a tale of artful deception?

    • (After "The Caller")
      Jonathan Frakes: Who was the voice on the phone? Was it really the spirit of the dead son that Kincaid had abandoned years before? Something unusual was going on because at exactly 10:25, lightning knocked out the utility lines outside the studio. Phone company records show that no calls at all were made from that point on. Yet that was the exact moment that the mysterious calls from Robbie Griffin started to come in. By the way, that was the last time that Kincaid ever appeared on the radio, a curious twist because his show, that night, received its highest ratings of all time. Is this story of a radio talk show host haunted by his past based upon fact? It's your call.

    • (Before "The Caller")
      Jonathan Frakes: (Using a microphone like a radio host) This is Jonathan Frakes and you're the next caller. (Turns it off and takes off the headphones) If it is true that the pen is mightier than the sword, what then do we say about the microphone? Talk show radio hosts use this instrument to reach millions with thoughts and opinions designed to provoke, amuse, influence and shock all in the name of what they call "good radio". And despite the appearance of a democratic exchange between a talk show host and his listeners, it is the host who holds the balance of power. With the flip of a switch, he can cut off any annoyance. But what happens when that balance of power becomes unbalanced? When the microphone becomes the instrument of a living nightmare? Is it still good radio?

    • (Before "The Portrait")
      Jonathan Frakes: What mysteries lie within the frame of a portrait? Why do the eyes of a painting often seem to follow us as we walk across a room? The fact is once someone takes our portrait, a curious phenomenon takes place, there's a silent understanding that the painting itself will outlive both its subject and its artist. Painter Willaim Corzine understood the power of the portrait far more than most men. For him, it was a power that would eventually pose the question: Does art imitate life... or death?

    • (After "The Gun")
      Jonathan Frakes: The son who comes home from college in the middle of the night finds he's forgotten his key and decides to let himself in through a patio door. Ironically, a genuine intruder had already broken into the house too. How do you explain that this gun would not shoot the son, yet moments later it fires and hits the intruder? Could it be that this gun had a special safety feature? One that only permitted it to fire a true enemy? Or is this a gun that is only fired by a writer's imagination?

    • (Before "The Gun")
      Jonathan Frakes: The lock box, a good idea if you're one of the 70 million in the United States who keeps a gun in your home. Which ever side of the gun issue you happen to fall on, nobody wants to see innocent people harmed. Tom North kept his gun in a box like this for years along with bullets, registration papers and a manual. He raised two children through college with no incident, box was locked tight and stored out of harm's way. The time has come now to bring out the weapon again, to help guard his house from unseen enemies. This then is the story of a gun, a premonition of terrifying proportions and the deadliest enemy of all... fear.

    • (After "The Plane")
      Jonathan Frakes: How could a plane fly itself? Did Michael leave his engine running with controls on automatic pilot? If so, how did those pilot wings suddenly appear in the cockpit? Wings that Michael had misplaced years ago. Were they suddenly jarred loose from some crevice of the plane from the crash? Or is the explanation more mystical? Maybe Michael's father's spirit did take the controls to save his son from harm. Your challenge is to decide: Did this story really happen... or is it a flight of fantasy?

    • (Before the segment "The Plane")
      Jonathan Frakes: The airplane pilot has been a fixture in the panorama of American heroes ever since the Wright Brothers. And no matter how sophisticated the latest computer flight technology becomes, its the image of one individual using brains, skills and guts to conquer the skies that appeals to the adventurer in all of us. Michael Raider's father was such a man, he was once his son's hero, his mentor, his protector. And his son grew up to share his father's passion for adventure. And nothing he ever did would prepare Michael for the strangest adventure of all...

    • (From THE GUN)
      Husband: This gun only kills bad people.

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