White Light Fever

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"White Light Fever"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 6
Directed by Tibor Takács
Written by David Kemper
Production code 6
Original air date 21 April 1995
Guest actors

William Hickey as Harlan Hawkes
Bruce Davison as Dr. "Mac" McEnerney
Sonja Smits as Anne Crain
Michelle Beaudoin as Jessie Wells
Benjamin Ratner as Walker

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"White Light Fever" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It was first broadcast on 21 April 1995 during the first season.


The ruthless billionaire, Harlan Hawkes, is one hundred and two years old — and terrified of dying. For the last eight years he has funded a research project to develop an artificial replacement for his own failing heart.

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Harlan Hawkes' (William Hickey) heart fails again and he sees himself moving down a tunnel of light. His personal physician, Dr. McEnerney (Bruce Davison), rushes to the scene and resuscitates him just in time. A mysterious blue energy appears near Hawkes' body and moves into the electrical systems of the room. Although Hawkes is still alive, his heart is badly damaged — and the artificial heart being developed by McEnerney will not be ready in time. Hawkes threatens to pull funding from the artificial heart project unless he is moved to the front of the queue for the next available donor heart.

This puts Dr. McEnerney in a difficult moral situation. Losing funding for the artificial heart project could mean the loss of a system that could save thousands of lives. To keep the funding he must give priority to a ruthless, cold elderly man who has already had a full life. The situation is even more difficult because the future sister-in-law of his friend, Dr. Anne Crain (Sonja Smits), is only eighteen and needs a heart transplant. She will not survive beyond a couple of weeks.

The blue energy release during Hawkes' last resuscitation begins to try to kill Hawkes. McEnerney realises that keeping Hawkes alive beyond his time has serious consequences and refuses Hawkes' request to be given priority.

Both of the prospective heart recipients; Hawkes and the young girl die. Hawkes sees the girl inside the tunnel of light, and realises that their future paths are very different. The girl comments that it is so warm and that she had expected it to be the other way around. She goes to Heaven while he descends into the cold depths of Hell.

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