Paradise (The Outer Limits)

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The Outer Limits episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 17
Directed byMario Azzopardi
Written byJonathan Walker & Chris Dickie
Production code39
Original air date16 June 1996
Guest appearance(s)

Mel Harris as Dr. Christina Markham
Geraint Wyn Davies as Sheriff Grady Markham
Maxine Miller as Helen
Sebastian Spence as Young Gerry
Heather Hanson as Young Helen
Harold Gould as Gerry
April Telek as Lucy
Corrie Clark as Sylvia

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"Paradise" is an episode of The Outer Limits television series. It first aired on 16 June 1996, during the second season.


Dr. Christina Markham and Sheriff Grady Markham have to investigate a spate of strange incidents involving young and apparently healthy women suddenly growing old and dying.

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The deputy gets picked up by a young woman named Lucy in a bar. After intercourse she starts to cry and tells him that something didn't work. Suddenly she grows old and dies.

The next day Dr. Christina Markham, the wife of the Sheriff Grady Markham, does the autopsy on the already heavily decomposed body. Besides Alzheimer's and several kinds of cancer, a strange anomaly in the uterus is found. Shortly afterwards a second female body is found similarly decomposed and is identified as a local woman who was over 70 years old. Both bodies show the same anomaly and both contain traces of semen.

While Christina is visiting her mother Helen (who has Alzheimer's) in a care center, she hears her and another old woman talking about 'going into the light' soon. The other woman, the mother of the deputy, disappears from the center and visits her son as a young woman. She leaves and also has intercourse with a stranger. Afterwards she returns to her son, tells him that 'it' didn't work, grows old and dies shortly afterwards.

In the night, Helen runs away from the care center together with Gerry, her late husband's brother and thus Christina's uncle. She leads him to a meadow where she looks for a stone which is quickly found. The stone starts to produce a beam of light which rejuvenates both of them. After they confess their love to each other, they have intercourse in the Markham house. Meanwhile, Grady and Christina figure out that the three dead women, along with Helen, were arrested together 50 years ago for trespassing at the place where the second body was found. A search is ordered for Helen and Gerry, who have gone missing from the care center; they are later found in the Markham family home. Gerry has returned to his normal, old age, but still looks healthy enough, while Helen is still young but now in an advanced state of pregnancy.

Helen explains that she and her three friends encountered a female alien when they were young. The alien told them that her species was dying and the four women allowed her to plant four alien eggs in their bodies so that the alien species has a chance to survive. Because the eggs need 50 years to mature, the stone was left behind to rejuvenate the women long enough to conceive and deliver the child. Helen states that she was successful while the other three failed, because she and Gerrry love each other. When Helen is finished with her story, Grady, Christina, and Gerry become terrified after knowing that the unborn child is half-alien and what it might do to their world. She gives birth to a human-looking baby-girl with the help of her daughter, and later reverts to her true age. Unlike her friends, Helen remains alive and seems to be healed from Alzheimer's - a gift from the alien for the delivery of the baby. Knowing that she and Gerry would not live long because of being elderly, Helen entrusts their half-human child to Christina and Grady. The couple were unable to have children due to Christina is infertile, and they have bonded with the newborn after she was born. They are gratefully accept and are happy of finally having their own baby, with Helen and Gerry co-parenting.

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