Twice in a Lifetime

Season 2 Episode 7

The Escape Artist

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2000 on Ion Television
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The Escape Artist
Stage magician Tony Tremaine is executed in the electric chair after being found guilty of the murder of his sister, Vicki. Judge Othniel says that if Tony had relied more on his girlfriend Dee Dee after the murder, he could have been freed. Tony protests, showing anger towards God.

Sent back as security guard Phil Barlow, he starts looking for the real killer among the other talents at the theatre. Soon the rivalry between Vicki and Tony's girlfriend Dee Dee is apparent. Dee Dee wants to get out of the small town while Vicki is content to stay there. Also apparent is fellow magician Jacques' infatuation with Vicki.

But in the commotion during one of Tony's tricks, the killer strikes again and Tony is again arrested. Even more angry with God, Phil has a hard time convincing his younger self to not to shut Dee Dee out.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • While no time line is given for Tony's return, he states that he spent 16 years on death row, which would put his conviction in 1984.

        Phil Barlow tells Tony (himself) that a scientist in England will invent a DNA test in about six months that can clear him. DNA profiling was first reported in England in 1985.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Phil Barlow: Who are you supposed to be?
        Mr. Smith: I'm a, (opens his case and finds a dummy inside) I'm a ventriloquist.
        Dummy: And I'm a chip off the old block.
        Phil Barlow: That's really good!
        Mr. Smith: Just what I needed, an overgrown [dummy] with an attitude. Thanks a lot, Judge.

      • (to Vicki)
        Mr. Smith: The worst thing for a great escape artist is to feel he's trapped. You love your brother, so let him go.

      • (speaking about Vicki)
        Phil Barlow: You loved her, Tony, she knew that. If you could, you would die for her. But are you brave enough to live for her?

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • DNA profiling
        The technique, also called DNA testing, DNA typing, or genetic fingerprinting, is a employed by forensic scientists to help identify individuals on the basis of their DNA profiles.

        The DNA profiling technique was first reported in 1985 by Sir Alec John Jeffreys (b.1950) at the University of Leicester in England and is now the basis of several national DNA databases.