The Outer Limits

Season 5 Episode 1

Alien Radio (a.k.a. Dead Air)

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 22, 1999 on Showtime
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Alien Radio (a.k.a. Dead Air)
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Stan Harbinger is a top-rated talk show host with a flair for the outrageous and a reputation as a skeptic's skeptic. Assisted by his producer Trudy (Cynthia Nixon), Stan takes special delight in shooting down callers who claim to have alien encounters, especially people like Eldon DeVries (Alan Zinyk), who believes his body has been taken over by aliens. However, when Eldon commits suicide by setting himself on fire in front of Stan, things begin to go wrong for him. A plan to syndicate the show is threatened by protests from UFO believers, angry at Stan's role in Eldon's death. Stan's skepticism is challenged when he notices that other people have the same distinctive triple heartbeat he heard coming from Eldon just before he died. Close to the edge, Stan finally loses it after Darcy Kipling (Leslie Hope), a woman he picked up in a bar, turns out to be a Believer and sets him up with a phony tape. He assaults Darcy's fellow Believer, Moses Saxon (Alex Diakun), and is consequently thrown off the air. Although out of work and living out of his car, these are the least of his problems. Everywhere he goes, Stan hears that strange triple heartbeat and sees glimpses of the aliens. Every beat and every glimpse shakes the foundation of his disbelief.moreless

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