Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction

Season 2 Episode 3

Episode 09

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 1998 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (After "Summer Camp")
      Jonathon Frakes: How could Anthony have been asleep in his bunk and outside in the woods at the same time? And if he was in his bunk the whole time, then who saved Marty and Darren from the wolf? Did Marty and Darren, in their terror, only imagine Anthony was there? But, what about the detail of the chocolate chip cookies, could they have imagined that too? Is this a story of a person being in two places at once… or is it just another tale when we tell around the fire at summer camp? (Takes a bite out of one of the cookies)

    • (Before "Summer Camp")
      Jonathon Frakes: For most of us, summer camp invokes sweet thoughts of fresh air, fun in the sun and mischief after dark. But for some children, summer camp recalls more bitter feelings, memories of isolation, homesickness and the taunts of their peers. All Anthony Shaw wanted to do was have a happy, carefree summer away… everyone knew he was different, they were about to find out he was special.

    • (After "The Prescription")
      Jonathon Frakes: Who was watching over Spencewick Pharmacy that day? Was that fated prescription simply misplaced? If so, how did it end up back on the board? Did Everett's grandson find it and put it back himself, to embarrassed to tell his grandfather what really happened? But then, how did it disappear in the first place? Maybe there was some angelic spirit watching over the pharmacy? Does this strange story of a prescription go down easy… or do you find it hard to swallow?

    • (Before "The Prescription")
      Jonathon Frakes: For those of us who grew up in another generation, the corner drug store was a magical place. You gave the man behind the counter an illegible note from your doctor and he would fill tiny bottles with pills and potions that had the power to make you feel better. And perhaps most magical of all, the man knew you by name. Everett Spencer was a throwback to that earlier time, when the pharmacy profession was a personal one. But now the modern era is starting to close in on him, like… like a virus. And he has no prescription to fight it off…

    • (After "The Getaway")
      Jonathon Frakes: (Holding the newspaper shown at end of the segment) Let's look at the paper again, another accident the same day involving six school children. Was the woman that Mrs. James encountered that day only the spirit of Diane Lerner? Did she truly become one of the spirits of the woods? Did she join the ghosts of the children who died in the bus tragedy? Or was our witness, Mrs. James, a bit overexcited? Maybe she imagined that Diane disappeared. Could it be that Diane was disappointed with her paradise and slipped out without telling Mrs. James? But what then are we to make of the newspaper article? Is the truth easy to spot here… or is it difficult to tell the forests from the trees?

    • (Before "The Getaway")
      Jonathon Frakes: How many reports have you watched and read about the dangers of stress? Stressful, aren't they? Fighting stress has become a major industry; squeeze this, rub this, listen to this. All designed to help you unwind and reduce a condition that has been blamed for everything from high blood pressure to hiccups. Diane Lerner was feeling the major symptoms of stress in her life, she was determined to shake off its effects and find a place where she can relax and enjoy the world again. But is there such a place? Diane is about to find out…

    • (After "The Chalkboard")
      Jonathon Frakes: Could the story be true? Could the sounds of a man in distress really be communicated through the chalkboard? Or did the students just imagine the board was transmitting those sounds? Were the sounds actually coming from the vents around the building? But then, the janitor's vocal cords were in no shape to make any sounds in the first place. To figure out whether this story is fact or fiction isn't an easy exercise, but that's your assignment.

    • (Before "The Chalkboard")
      Jonathon Frakes: Is there a more annoying sound than the screech of chalk against chalkboard? We all remember teachers, who despite years of classroom experience, couldn't stop from making that sound and students who would make the sound just to annoy the rest of the class. But there is something highly unusual about the chalkboard in our story tonight; the sounds it admits are far more intense than the usual annoying squeaks. In fact, they are sounds that seem to come from the depths of Hell itself…

    • (After "The Wall")
      Jonathon Frakes: What's the true explanation here? Was the handprint on the wall really a message from an innocent man or was it an illusion caused by some defect in workmanship found in the wall itself? If so, why did it reappear after the wall was plastered over? And what about the strange death of Craig Hoffman, if it was a heart attack, why did his neck show signs of strangulation? Did he accidentally strangle himself as he was trying to gasp for air? Or was it some retribution from beyond? Is this story true, or are the handprints of a writer all over it?

    • (Before "The Wall")
      Jonathon Frakes: Innocent until proven guilty, our entire system of criminal justice is based upon that premise. Yet in their zeal to see the guilty convicted, some are too willing to deny others that presumption. Craig Hoffman was that kind of cop, his philosophy was "If you're brought in, you must have done something wrong". Hoffman was determined to get a confession for every crime that passed his desk, no matter how many crimes he had to commit in the process...

    • Simms: Kiss me.

      Cop: Okay. But first, pucker up.

      Cop starts tearing Simms apart so bad, that cop outside room starts twitching hearing the beating. He finally marches in to stop this.

      Hall Cop: That's enough!

      Simms is all bloody.

      Hall Cop: He needs a doctor.

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