The Outer Limits

Season 5 Episode 20

Fathers and Sons

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 06, 1999 on Showtime
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Fathers and Sons
From the outside, the Golden Sunset looks like any other rest home, but Dr. Benton Adler's facility is different in a few unsettling ways. The residents seem to develop Alzheimer's almost overnight and after they do, they live - or are stored - in tiny chambers in a human warehouse. It's the last place you'd expect to find Joe Dell, a high-living, low-income old musician who lives with his son Hank and spends his time teaching the secrets of the blues to his grandson Ronnie. But Hank, a tightly-wound insurance salesman, is wary of his father's influence and after one fight too many, he sends his father to Golden Sunset. But Hank and Benton don't count on the power of Ronnie's love for his grandfather. With the help of Tara, a young woman who lost her grandmother to the rest home, Ronnie discovers Golden Sunset's secret - Dr. Benton has developed a technique to harvest the skills and talents of the old folks in his care. And he's selling them on the open market. Suddenly, a perfect stranger is playing Joe Dell's songs. Suddenly, Hank has a livelier libido and a renewed joie de vivre. Ronnie, determined to save Joe, heads to the rest home, armed with a gun. But even if he can rescue the old man, will there be anything recognizable left?moreless

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  • They aren't losing their minds - someone is stealing them!

    Pretty good story. Elderly people in a rest home are losing chunks of their memories. Along with memories are boing abilities - including the capability to recognize close relatives and play favorite music.

    People buying, selling, and stealing other peoples skills/talents and memories is a recurrent theme in science fiction literature. It has been done a fair number of times before.

    This episode portrayed it a little better than some. Some of the technology scenes were pretty impressive. They must have had some very good sets and props people working on the high tech scenes in this. No truly amazing special effects. They had good acting though.

    I thought the ending was well written. Overall, it was a pretty satisfying show to watch. Not as much tension and suspense as some shows have. It was a good reminder of how important it is to respect other people and look after the elderly.moreless
Bill Cobbs

Bill Cobbs

Joe "Madman" Dell

Guest Star

Tom Pickett

Tom Pickett

Security Guard

Guest Star

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Ronnie Dell

Guest Star

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