Second Thoughts (The Outer Limits)

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"Second Thoughts"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 2
Directed by Mario Azzopardi
Written by Sam Egan
Production code 46
Original air date 19 January 1997
Guest actors

Howie Mandel as Karl Durand,
Jennifer Rubin as Rose,
Dean Balkwill as Willy,
Jerry Wasserman as William Talbot,
Terry David Mulligan as Det. Landers
Gordon Tipple as Detective #1

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"Second Thoughts" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 19 January 1997, during the third season.


Karl Durand is a man in his 30's, but with the mind of a child. Dr. Jacob Valerian discovers a method for transferring memories and experiences into another person's brain. As his last dying act he transfers his own memories into Karl's brain.

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Karl begins to have flashes of skill and talent from absorbing the doctor's memories. When he accidentally kills another man, he uses the device to transfer the man's memories into his own brain. However this causes Karl to exhibit multiple personality and schizoid behavior. Meanwhile he tries to date a woman he's secretly loved for years, with no success, and is forced to kill and "absorb" the detective investigating the death of the man Karl accidentally killed.

Finally he absorbs the mind of an artist whom the woman he loves is going to marry. He hopes that this new personality will help him to finally get her to love him. Unfortunately the artist was temperamental and suicidal. The ending sequence shows Karl kneeling on the floor going crazy with a gun pointed to his head. The final scene shows a photo of Rose, with Karl apparently committing suicide off-camera.

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