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The Balance of Nature 

Dr. Noah Phillips develops a cellular rejuvenation machine that he uses to cure his wife's cancer. However, she dies shortly thereafter. Moving to a small town, he continues to work on it and finds himself attracted to a much older woman.


Steve Johnson


Derek Lowe


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Episode credited cast:
Maurice Godin ... Dr. Noah Phillips
Harve Presnell ... Greg Matheson
Lisa Maris ... Meredith Phillips
Fiona Loewi ... Young Barbara Matheson
Andrew Airlie ... Don
Barbara Rush ... Barbara Matheson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Conway ... Control Voice (voice)


Dr. Noah Phillips' wife Meredith is dying of cancer. She's not responded to any of the traditional treatments and Noah, himself a medical research scientist, uses an experimental technique meant to regress cells. His hopes are dashed when, after a seemingly successful initial treatment, Meredith quickly reverts to her previous condition and dies. His research funding is cut off but he avoids manslaughter charges over her death. He relocates to a small town 50 miles away and and befriends his new neighbor, Barbara Matheson whose husband Greg is a brute. Noah is still working on his regressor technology, experimenting on small animals such as frogs. As he grows closer to Barbara, he wants to help her but realizes that the balance of nature cannot be disrupted. Written by garykmcd

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Per the title, the balance of nature refers to the theory that biological systems are usually in a stable equilibrium and a small change in some particular parameter will be corrected by some negative feedback that will bring the parameter back to its original "point of balance" with the rest of the system. See more »


Some of the units in Dr. Phillips' basement are television servicing gear, one being a B&K Sweep Marker generator for color TV alignment, and not medical equipment. See more »

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Too Many Variables in the Whole Process
13 June 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A young doctor has been doing research on cell regeneration. Such a breakthrough would allow people to get younger and would cure many cellular diseases. It starts with an effort to save his wife who is suffering from a horrible form of cancer. The process works at first and then immediately regresses. She dies and he withdraws, with his equipment, to a remote location in a small town. There he meets a woman, thirty years his senior, living in an abusive situation. They develop a friendship but that friendship leads to more abuse from her vicious, unhappy husband who blames the world and her for all his issues. One day he beats her so violently, she is near death. The young doctor needs to act. He treats her with the machine, adding a new element he has just discovered. The reason for my hesitancy is that there are so many scientific maneuverings that are terribly far fetched, even for science fiction. When it was over, my response was, "Oh, really?"

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4 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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