The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 1

A Stitch in Time (14 Jan. 1996)

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At least 17 men have been executed in the last two decades without a clear motive, with the same gun, and Special Agent Jaimie Pratt has to find how some of those murders were carried out when the gun had not yet been made.



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Episode complete credited cast:
FBI Agent Corey Lonn
Brian Arnold ...
Jerome Horowitz (as Samuel Khouth)
Warren (as Adrian Hughes)
Mugger (as William McDonald)
Brent Sheppard ...
F.B.I. Agent #1 (as Brent JD Sheppard)
Rob Morton ...
F.B.I. Agent #2
Robert Beck
Sharon Alexander ...
Angry Woman (as Sharon Holownia-Alexander)
Mar Andersons ...


FBI Special Agent Jamie Pratt is working on a case involving a serial killer. They've found series of murders - some as far back as 30 years ago - where the victims were all killed with the same gun. They seem to have one victim per year over those 30 years and the murders are spread across the country. They can find no connection between the victims however. They get a break when recently declassified information shows that the gun used in all the murders was manufactured only a few years before and issued to a Dr. Theresa Givens at the National Security Agency. It makes no sense and no one can figure out how a recent gun could have been used in a murder 30 years ago. Givens left the NSA six months ago after her project was canceled and is now a university professor. Finding out the nature of that canceled project will give them the answers they seek. Written by garykmcd

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fbi | time machine | time travel | See All (3) »



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Did You Know?


The device that Dr. Givens uses to open the time travel portal is actually a decibel meter. See more »


When Dr. Givens is entering data to return to Feb 18, 1988, the display reads "ACTIVATE SPACIAL COORDINATES", but it should be "SPATIAL". See more »


Dr. Theresa Givens: No one should outlive their dreams.
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Featured in The Outer Limits: Better Luck Next Time (1999) See more »

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My favourite episode
9 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I like the time travel stories generally and this is one of the best. There is a scientist, and a cop, and multiple trips back in time all resulting in a new present day situation upon return. The best part about time travel stories in my view is not going back to see the past, but going back in time to change the past in order to change the present. This episode does a wonderful job at illustrating the effects and side effects of doing this.

I won't discuss any plot details, but if you like this sort of story you will be glad you watched it.

The acting by both Amanda Plummer and Michelle Forbes is excellent! Andrew Airlie is superb as well. Watch the incredible eye contact between Plummer and Forbes meeting in a scene near the end communicating a combination of discovery and understanding.

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