Amazing Stories: Season 1, Episode 18

Dorothy and Ben (2 Mar. 1986)

TV Episode  |  PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
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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 ...
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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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One of the better ones.
23 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Dorothy and Ben" is a very emotionally charged episode of "Amazing Stories"--and it's one of the better shows in the series. While it's not perfect, it is quite enjoyable and worth seeing.

When the show begins, an old man, Ben, awakens from an almost 40 year coma! Oddly, he doesn't awaken gradually nor is he a physical mess (his body would have degraded badly after 40 years of lying in bed). But it's a magical episode...so suspend disbelief! Anyway, soon Ben starts hearing a little girl in the hospital and goes looking for her. It turns out he can hear Dorothy--which is odd, as Dorothy is currently in a coma herself! Her parents at first think Ben in a nut but he knows so much about Dorothy's life that they know he somehow is in touch with her. What's next? See this one and find out yourself.

Overall, apart from Ben being way too healthy and happy following 40 years in a coma, the show is exceptional. However, have a Kleenex handy--you might just need it.


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