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In John Kessel's short story about a post-apocalyptic near future, a psychiatrist (Davis) is trying to help a patient (Waterston) recover from a memory lapse.


Mark Rydell


Sam Egan (teleplay), John Kessel (short story)


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Episode cast overview:
Stephen Hawking ... Himself - Host
Sam Waterston ... Havelman
Judy Davis ... Dr. Deanna Evans
Allison Hossack Allison Hossack ... Kelly Prosky
Tom Butler ... Warren Geslow
Robert Moloney ... Pierce
Terence Kelly ... Goldstone
Garry Chalk ... General
Peter Bryant ... Dr. Gavin
McKye Kelly McKye Kelly ... Claire
Peter Hall Peter Hall ... Nick
Burkely Duffield ... Will
Camyar Chai Camyar Chai ... Mansur
Malaya Cooks Malaya Cooks ... Technician


Dr. Deanna Evans is a psychiatrist treating Robert Havelmann who suffers from memory loss. She has been treating him for a number of months but every encounter is new to the patient since he can only remember what has happened in the previous forty minutes of so. Havelmann is in his mid-sixties but in his mind he is 41 years old and the head of a electronics firm doing secret work for the Pentagon. He is convinced that he left his wife and children that morning to go to work and simply doesn't believe Evans when she tells him that those memories were from 24 years ago. Feeling that she is making little progress, Evans decides to use more aggressive tactics to loosen him memory and make him realize the tragedy for which he is responsible. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Sci-Fi







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4 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Stephen Hawking - Host: Are there events so impossible to forget that they become too painful to remember?
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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we have high expectations ....
6 August 2007 | by nsomosSee all my reviews

It is much more easy to complain about shortcomings, than it is to create quality sci-fi stories and adaptations. Various other series and movies have helped to set almost impossibly high expectations from those of us who eagerly devour all things Science-Fiction.

Ten or more years ago, I might have found this story riveting.

In all fiction, there is the need for willing suspension of disbelief. I think that for Sci-Fi, we also need to make allowances for telling of stories, and to not get bogged down in any one of several different ways. One-hour episodes are not like books or novels or even short-stories.

The fact that it could have been better, did not detract from my having enjoyed it anyway. I will eagerly watch the next episode in the hope that it will be even better than this one was.

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