Amazing Stories: Season 1, Episode 18

Dorothy and Ben (2 Mar. 1986)

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It is shocking enough when old Ben Dumfy emerges like Rip Van Winkle from a 40-year coma, but his special mental communication with Dorothy, a comatose 7-year-old, leads to an even greater ... See full summary »

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Ben Dumfy
Lane Smith ...
Dr. Caruso
Louis Giambalvo ...
Dr. Templeton
Kathleen Lloyd ...
Samantha
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Merle
Natalie Gregory ...
Dorothy
Rick Andosca ...
Haller
Alice Sachs ...
Dr. Fredericks (as Alice H. Sachs)
Judi M. Durand ...
Dr. #1 (as Judith Durand)
Lynn Kuratomi ...
Nurse #2
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It is shocking enough when old Ben Dumfy emerges like Rip Van Winkle from a 40-year coma, but his special mental communication with Dorothy, a comatose 7-year-old, leads to an even greater miracle. Written by Anonymous

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Ben asks what day it is; when told it's Sunday, he complains that he's missed "Fibber McGee and Molly" and wants to know if Fibber "got the hearse back." The doctor states that Ben has been unconscious for forty years. On March 5, 1946 an episode of "Fibber McGee" was broadcast in which Fibber's car was stolen. However, in 1946 March 5th fell on a Tuesday, so from Ben's point of view he's been unconscious for five days (believing it to be March 10th.) If the episode took place roughly when broadcast (March 2, 1986, which was a Sunday), then Ben has been comatose for 39 years and 362 days. See more »

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This is a sweet story of a man who has been in a coma for forty years. After the obvious confusion and disorientation, he is able to explore the hospital. It is obvious that he is a kind man who especially loves children. He makes the kids laugh when he peers through the ward window. Eventually he is drawn to a private room where a little girl is with her family. She is also in a coma and it turns out he can actually hear her. Despite initial resentment, they come to realize that he can really make contact. The arrogant chief of the unit wants none of this, but they now insist on his continuing the contact. Eventually, there is a crisis where she finds herself at a crossroads between life and death and he begins to try to persuade her to choose life. The conclusion involves the decision she makes and his role in this. This is certainly one of the better of the Amazing Stories series.


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