After Life: When a father and husband comes back from the dead, at his own funeral, he has trouble adjusting to life again.



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Episode credited cast:
Kaitlin Doyle
Natalie Doyle
Terence Kelly ...
Pastor James
Dr. Martina Tyler
Michael Doyle
Himself - Host
Eric Schneider ...
Mr. Rupert


Michael Doyle is a recently deceased family man, who died from massive heart attack. His wife Natalie and especially daughter Kaitlin are deeply saddened by his passing. During his funeral ceremony the most bizarre thing happens - Michael miraculously comes back to life and opens his casket. He is immediately taken to hospital, where doctor confirms that he is indeed alive and well and that the coroner had probably made an oversight when he declared him dead. His wife and daughter are ecstatic to hear this, but Michael is quite confused. When they return home, both Natalie and Kaitlin believe that their lives will now go back to normal, but Michael starts showing signs of severe depression, nihilism and even suicidal tendencies. He claims that when he died, he went to some sort of paradise, where he felt indescribable peace and tranquility. He is still high on that feeling and simply can not adopt to the real world anymore, since when compared to this paradise, the real world looks ...

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2 August 2001 (Canada)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A very haunting episode of Night Visions
10 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't get to see many Night Visions episodes but After Life with Randy Quaid playing Michael Doyle who lying in state, miraculously comes alive at his own funeral.

Night Visions was haunting and in-depth because of the dreams Michael had about a castle and princess, and the disturbing obsession Michael has about this much to the chagrin of his wife and daughter.

The ending is haunting, being the culmination of Michael's obsession, and then the twist which I never saw coming - Twilight Zonesque like in a way. The ending was somewhat analogous to A Stop at Willoughby.

The twist explains all, and makes you feel sorry for Michael Doyle and the opportunities lost.

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