Life: Season 2, Episode 3

The Business of Miracles (I) (6 Oct. 2008)

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Crews and Reese investigate the apparent murder of Dr. Auerbach, a cancer researcher who is found frozen solid in his laboratory. The immediate focus of their investigation is Betsy, the ... See full summary »

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Jennifer Conover (as Jennifer Siebel)
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Betsy Bournes
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Jill Abraham
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James Brenford
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Crews and Reese investigate the apparent murder of Dr. Auerbach, a cancer researcher who is found frozen solid in his laboratory. The immediate focus of their investigation is Betsy, the head of an animal rights group who sent threatening letters to the man. Their suspicion grows when they learn she may have had another reason for wanting the man dead. In the ongoing investigation into his own false conviction, Charlie has Rachel Seybolt safely tucked away in a hospital but she refuses to speak. Dani also accuses her father of sending an innocent man to prison. Charlie agrees to act as a reference for Ted who is line for a teaching position. Written by garykmcd

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In the opening scene they find Dr. Auerbach "frozen solid" and we are told it is due to his breathing liquid nitrogen. If the Dr. had inhaled liquid nitrogen it would have immediately frozen his lungs, therefore preventing it from traveling throughout his body in order to freeze the rest of it, not to mention that if it had begun to enter his blood stream via the lungs it would have frozen the blood and traveled no further. However if someone had submersed him in liquid nitrogen it would have had the general effect shown; but he would have quickly begun to thaw had he not been maintained in a below 32 degrees Fahrenheit temperature space. Since nothing else in the room is frozen, nor do we see the standard reactions to cold, i.e. visible breath, then the temperature in the lab must be well above 32 degrees Fahrenheit and so Dr. Auerbach should not appear to be "frozen". See more »

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[last lines]
Jennifer Conover: [slaps him] You asked my husband permission to have sex with me?
Charlie Crews: It was the honest thing to do.
Jennifer Conover: It was the stupid thing to do! When things like that happen, you pretend it didn't and you go on. You don't talk about it with the husband of the woman who you want to have sex with in the back of a car.
Charlie Crews: Do we want to pretend it never happened?
Jennifer Conover: That would be the civilized thing to do.
Charlie Crews: Do we want to be civilized?
Jennifer Conover: [scoffs and walks away]
Charlie Crews: Did you guys hear that? She was here, right? You saw ...
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Insult to intelligence
25 February 2009 | by (Colombia) – See all my reviews

Although I am a LIFE fan, I must point out that this episode is crowded with absurd facts that insult the viewer's intelligence. For one thing, the writer expects us to believe that a person can freeze to death by inhaling liquid nitrogen. In the first place, oxygen and nitrogen dewars have gas phase outlets; if the mask were to be hooked to a liquid outlet, the liquid squirt would probably produce a frostbite burn before being inhaled. If cryogenic liquid were actually inhaled (in this case, it would be irrelevant if it were oxygen or nitrogen, since their temperatures are similar: there would be no use in changing the dewars) the first breath would seriously burn the airways, but it would never deep-freeze the victim. To deep freeze a person with liquid nitrogen, it would be necessary to immerse it in liquid or very cold gas (as in a freezing tunnel); the result would be that the person would freeze as a frozen steak. In no case would this produce the brittleness that is showed in the episode... can you make a frozen steak crumble by touching it with a pen? It was sad to see Crews and Dani wallowing in such a stupid plot!


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