Now and Again

Season 1 Episode 19

There Are No Words

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 14, 2000 on CBS
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The scientific library urgently contacts Dr. Morris and asks him to come to their building. It seems that all the words have vanished from all his old papers, and now seems to be spreading to all the other books in the same section. Not long after this the same thing starts happening at the Wiseman's house, the only connection between the two is that Dr. Morris has been to both of them. Dr. Morris and Michael have to find out what is causing this 'virus' and how to stop it, before it spreads across the whole world!moreless

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  • The Best Episode Ever

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    Now and again isn't my favorite TV Show, but this is my favorite episode of any TV show. Everything about it. To a booklover the whole concept is so scary, and awesome (awesome as in awe inspiring). This is similar to a Farenheit 451 situation, no books not by laws but by technology. Now Granted there are some problems such as why can't people use pencils, crayons etc if the nanites eat ink. Also were ink sketches descipated as well - e.g., Da Vinci's Notebooks - that should have been addressed but the show would have gone over the hour. Now adays it is harder to imagine not having books, because pretty much every classic book and many others are freely available on the net thanks to project gutenberg. But it's still valid. When I rewatch the episode I still feel the anguish and pain that I felt when I first watched it. In My opinion, this episode has to be watched by every book lover.moreless
Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski

voice of Ruth Bender [uncredited]

Margaret Colin

Margaret Colin

Lisa Wiseman

Dennis Haysbert

Dennis Haysbert

Dr. Theodore Morris

Gerrit Graham

Gerrit Graham

Roger Bender

Eric Close

Eric Close

Michael Wiseman

Heather Matarazzo

Heather Matarazzo

Heather Wiseman

Joseph Lyle Taylor

Joseph Lyle Taylor

Rabblerouser

Guest Star

Doris Black

Doris Black

General Raskin

Guest Star

Joe Urla

Joe Urla

Minister

Guest Star

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    • Michael: It's cruel, you know.
      Dr. Theo: I'm sure you're right, but could you be more specific?
      Michael: The way you read in front of me, the paper, your reports. It's a little like barbecuing a steak in front of a guy who's starving, wouldn't you say?
      Dr. Theo: No.
      Michael: You bastard. You are the devil's incorrigible brother.
      Dr. Theo: Your flattery will get you nowhere.

    • Michael: Forgive me, but I'm confused. You just gave me a book. Now, in order to use this, in order to appreciate this, in order to enjoy this, doesn't that mean I'm going to have to read it? And aren't you the guy who said if you ever found out I was reading, you would make sure that I went blind or crazy or got warts on my hand?
      Dr. Theo: Well, I guess I changed my mind. I think I was wrong.
      Special Agent 1: This is scary.

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    • The whole idea of reading books aloud in groups so that books still live into the collective memory, and more generally the whole idea of a world without books, has been treated in Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451.