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Unnatural Selection 

Howard and Joanne Sharp are expecting a baby and are considering the possibility of black-market genetic enhancement which will result in a perfect baby or a 1 in 10,000 of creating a monster. But what do their neighbors keep in the basement?


Joseph L. Scanlan


Eric Morris (as Eric A. Morris)

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Episode cast overview:
Alan Ruck ... Howard Sharp
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Joanne Sharp
Mary Beth Rubens ... Fran Blake (as Mary Elizabeth Rubens)
Harrison Coe Harrison Coe ... John Arkelian (as Harrison Robert Coe)
Andrew Wheeler ... Tony Blake
Ryan Slater Ryan Slater ... Timmy Blake
Pat Bermel ... Dr. Reid
Roger Barnes ... Tyler
Catherine Swing Catherine Swing ... Nurse
Sean Campbell ... Police Officer
Mitchell Kosterman ... Police Officer
Candice Connelly Candice Connelly ... Mother
Desiree Nicholson Desiree Nicholson ... Little Girl


Joanne and Howard Sharpe want to have the perfect baby. Not only healthy but also to have above average intelligence and good looks. They hire John Arkelian to genetically engineer that perfect child for them. The procedure is not foolproof however and mutant children are known to exist. They doctor strongly advises against the illegal procedure telling them What they are about to do however is illegal and carries a five year prison sentence. Their friends and neighbors the Blakes lost a child recently and they agree not to tell them what they're planning. The Blakes have a secret however. Written by garykmcd

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19 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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Per the title, natural selection is the process where inheritable traits that make it more likely for an organism to survive long enough to reproduce become more common over successive generations of a population, one of the key principles Charles Darwin set out his theory of evolution in 1859. See more »

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We're Not Good Enough
27 March 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is an interesting comment on our society. It's about a culture that puts so much stock in beauty and intelligence, that parents are willing to risk jail time to achieve this for their children. We are already guilty of much of this, sacrificing ourselves so our kids can have braces, dermatology, and even implants. The young couple is pregnant and they contact a man who can pretty much guarantee that their child will have the good looks and the smarts to compete in an ever more competitive world. He even points out how plain and simple they are to clinch the deal (in reality they are quite an attractive couple). The problem is that this procedure is illegal because occasionally in rare cases a child is born grotesque and violent. The subplot is a set of neighbors, formerly close friends of the principle couple, who sound like they are having full scale battles. The wife is seen with scars and contusions and it is suspected that the husband is beating her. While you can see the conclusion a mile away, it makes a comment on what we have become as a culture.

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