Harlan is selfish, rich and very old. A private team of top doctors care for him 24/7. He'll do anything to cheat death. His doctor is working on a treatment that might make Harlan immortal but Death intervenes to keep the balance.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. 'Mac' McEnerney
Sonja Smits ...
Dr. Anne Crain
Harlan Hawkes
Dr. Silcase
Jessie Wells
Dean Barrett ...
Electrician (as Benjamin Ratner)
Yvonne Campeau ...
Nurse Thomas
Christine Lippa ...
Nurse Hendricks
Medical Technician (as Jason Anthony Griffith)


Harlan Hawkes is a very rich but very ill man who needs a heart transplant. He had a transplant two years ago and his doctor, Mac McEnerney isn't sure the review board would approve another. Hawkes has invested heavily in McEnerney's research and development of an exocardial frame, a mechanical device wrapped around the heart, and now expects his payback. Hawkes is ruthless and only cares only about himself, using his money to keep himself alive for as long as possible. Hawkes has cheated death more than once and there is a power at work seemingly intent on terminating him. When Mac is presented with a young woman, 18 year-old Jessie Wells, who would benefit from the new technology he comes under pressure from his colleague Dr. Anne Crain - Jessie is her future sister-in-law - to give her the new device. He refuses but comes to a decision about Hawkes. Written by garykmcd

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21 April 1995 (USA)  »

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Ethical quandaries: Quanitity vs quality of life
17 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harlan Hawkes (the always recognizable, always enjoyable late great William Hickey) is an obscenely old man who's so afraid of death that he keeps a highly trained medical team on call around the clock in order to cheat death as long as possible, to the detriment and neglect of all of the other hospital's patients. Over the course of the 44 minutes, you'll be privy to his deepest, darkest secrets. I found this episode to be very enjoyable, thanks, in no small part, to the quality of acting b y Hickey and Bruce Davidson (the doctor who's most involved in his case). All of the others involved give serviceable to kinda poor acting jobs. But those two carry this. Also it doesn't hurt that i find the theme of attempting to cheat death usually always fascinating.

My Grade: B+

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