Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction

Season 2 Episode 4

Episode 10

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 1998 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (After "The Lady in a Black Dress")
      Jonathan Frakes: Did Anne really see her late Aunt Lillian in the dress shop or was it an elusive woman who resembled her? Was her conscience freed at the end because of death itself? Or was she actually being comforted by her aunt, coming back to visit her at a time of need? And why did Anne Ross see her aunt before the accident occurred? Did Aunt Lillian's spirit somehow know what the fates had in store? Do you think this tale of the woman in the black gown is real? Or have we just taken a lie and dressed it up as truth?

    • (Before "The Lady in a Black Dress")
      Jonathan Frakes: The conscience is a meddling companion. It tries to tell us how to behave and when we don't listen it haunts us with guilt. For many, the weight of a guilty conscience is a burden that can never be put down. Such is the case of Anne Ross. When her favorite aunt passed away, she couldn't get there in time. It's something Anne can't forget... and something her conscience won't forgive.

    • (After "Ghost Visitor")
      Jonathan Frakes: An ironic twist has occurred here. The boss who wasn't afraid of ghosts was done in by his own fear. And yet the instrument of that fear was a flesh and blood human being. Or was this office really haunted by the spirit of a dead man seeking truth? How do you explain the unusual activity taking place there all night? Could all those activites be caused by drafts and mechanical malfunctions? Is this spooky tale of an office at night based on fact? Or is it the result of a writer's imagination working overtime?

    • (Before "Ghost Visitor")
      Jonathan Frakes: Not all stories of the supernatural take place in haunted houses. Some happen in more mundane surroundings: a train, a park, an office building. In fact, if you've ever stayed late in an empty office, you know the eerie feeling of a strange silence than descends when everyone has gone home. It's the time of night when your imagination can play tricks on you. Donald T. Blanchard is about to experience terror in his office... but is it really only his imagination?

    • (After "Dead Friday")
      Jonathan Frakes: What was Miranda experiencing that night? Was she really seeing images on that tape? Did somebody place those images there by taping over the rental copy? Yet the tape cassette was empty... Was Miranda projecting her own clairvoyent thoughts in the screen? Then why was it that only she could see the images? And if she was only imagining them, then how could her imaginings have come true? Should we place this disturbing tale of the video doom in the reality department? Or does it belong in the section marked "fantasy"?

    • (Before "Dead Friday")
      Jonathon Frakes: The video business has become big business. Where once we saw out favorite movie two or three times, it's not unusual for today's video generation to watch their favorite films twenty, thirty, even hundreds of times. And the watching of a video has become more than just a personal experience for many; it's a social occasion, chance for group excitement, laughter, even horror. Jodie Griffith has rented some for a big date. It's Friday the 13th so she's made sure the videos are scary, but what these video's are about to show… will scare her beyond her wildest nightmares. (Turns on the TV, starting the segment)

    • (After "The Escape")
      Jonathon Frakes: Could this story have really happened? Can a man really be that unlucky? Or were the fates protecting society against a man that would have undoubtedly committed new crimes against it in the future? Is this story of simultaneous success and failure inspired by a real event… or is this just escapist entertainment?

    • (Before "The Escape")
      Jonathon Frakes: When poet Richard Loveless wrote "Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars of cage", he seemed to capture the spirit of the man in our next story. You see, Gus McGrath is a spirit that can't be locked up, but he has a behavior pattern that has left society no choice but to put his body behind bars. But as McGrath spends his time in jail, something is stirring inside him. His spirit is telling him that it's time to move on… the trick will be getting his body to follow.

    • (After "The Wrestler")
      Jonathon Frakes: So what really happened in the ring? Was Dirk Simmons really wrestling a dead man? Could his own adrenaline have been pumping so hard that he didn't realize that he was getting no resistance from his opponent? Certainly didn't look that way to the crowd, perhaps the doctor was mistaken about the time of death. Maybe Moammar really did die only moments before the doctor examined him, then again, maybe Moammar was so determined to win that his inner spirit kept fighting after his heart stopped beating. Was this story fact or fiction? That's a problem we leave you to wrestle with.

    • (Before "The Wrestler")
      Jonathon Frakes: This story involves a wrestler who has one wish: he wants to go out a winner. But then again, what else would a loser wish for?

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