Father and Son Game
|"Father and Son Game"|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Randy Bradshaw|
|Written by||Jeremy Bertrand Finch
|Original air date||April 15, 1989|
|“||Don't be deceived by the youthful appearance of our subject, Darius Stephens. He abused his body for seventy-nine years. Now he's walking on his own bought-and-paid-for two feet, down a path he hopes will lead him to a new life.||”|
The story opens in a health care facility's rehabilitation area. A young man dressed in white with a bandage on his head walks on a treadmill. He has been affected by a traumatic brain surgery.
In his room, the young man is discussed by his wife Anita and his son Michael with his doctor. They talk about a seventy-nine-year-old man who is now in a computerized robotic body. While the wife is elated, Michael is very cynical and very suspicious. He thinks that his father is no longer alive having died when they replaced his original brain with a prototype implant. As the doctor leaves, the old man, revealed to be named Darius, enters the room in the middle of Michael and Anita's argument over him and his company. Michael leaves frustrated after Darius announces that he is coming back to work.
Indeed, Darius does attempt to go back to work, but Michael interrupts his day with a lawsuit claiming that Darius is not really Darius Stephens. He claims that once his brain died in his body Darius was gone forever and this robot is not truly Michael's father. While in a discussion with his lawyer Darius starts stuttering and repeating certain words. Afterward, Anita enters while Darius is working double time and notices the stuttering and repeating. She attempts to get him to leave the business for rest.
The court case begins and its effect is apparent on Darius. Anita and his lawyer continue their attempts to get him to slow down, but he refuses so Anita tries to help. After she falls asleep, he wakes her and his stuttering and repeating gets worse. He starts acting strange, then begins talking in the voice of a computer going through a diagnostic and begs for the doctor. Darius gets back at the doctor and Michael visits. He and Anita get into an argument and Darius starts having trouble. The doctors says that they lost him and Michael smiles and assumes he won.
Anita goes to Darius' office and finds an envelope that states that it is to be opened by her upon his death. Inside is a computer disc. She puts it into the computer and an image of Darius comes up and speaks to her. They discuss how Darius is still alive in the disc and that she must be his arms and legs now. She listens intently as he tells her what to do for him to prove that he is alive in order to regain control of the company.
|“||Darius Stephens, the product of a new generation of medical miracles that began with false teeth, expanded into prosthetic limbs, and reached near-godhood in plastic surgery and mechanical hearts. As we continue to second-guess and improve upon nature, we are reminded that there is more to being alive than mere flesh and blood...in the Twilight Zone.||”|