The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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The Joining 

The sole survivor of a disaster on Venus reacts strangely to Earth's environment and when radiation is applied, he begins to manufacture duplicate body parts.


Brad Turner


Sam Egan (story by), Jonathan Glassner (story by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
C. Thomas Howell ... Capt. Miles Davidow
Amanda Tapping ... Cmdr. Kate Girard
Jim Byrnes ... Gary Latimer
Linda Darlow ... Dr. Thoroughgood
Jeffrey Jones ... Dr. Scott Perkins
Michael Tiernan Michael Tiernan ... Major Braithwaite
Alvin Sanders ... Chaplain


Capt. Miles Davidow is rescued from an Earth base after a resupply ship crashed on landing in the Aphrodite Highlands of Venus destroying much of the base that had been built there. Davidow survived with one other and they took refuge in the lab but with insufficient oxygen, his colleague committed suicide. Seven months after his rescue, he's back on Earth undergoing various tests and they discover that after undergoing radiation treatment he produces a body part. Fearing that he may be infected, Davidow is confined to an isolation unit until they determine he isn't a danger to the general population. Tests are inconclusive but radiation seems to trigger the growth. Faced with his possible execution, his wife Kate Girard has a different proposal. Written by garykmcd

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17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Byrnes, who plays Gary Latimer in this episode, also plays Gregory Magnus in the series "Sanctuary", the father of Dr Helen Magnus, played by Amanda Tapping, who also appears in this episode as Cmdr Kate Girard. See more »


When Amanda Tapping opens the body bag she reacts to the smell, but she's in an airtight suit. She shouldn't be able to smell anything outside the suit. See more »


[last lines]
The Control Voice: It is nature's imperative that the differences among us endure, but what if we can no longer distinguish one being from another?
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That's Me All Over
31 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A young astronaut has been through hell. He has been on a Venus project where he is the only survivor. He is rescued and brought back. He is put in quarantine and tested over and over. His tests are reasonably normal but then something really strange happens. He begins to exude body parts through his skin. They pop out like the alien in the movie of the same name. After further tests are inconclusive, he finally admits that he took on alien DNA in order to survive. The heavy carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere needed to be counteracted. By using this DNA, he was able to live much longer. He now becomes a threat. If he is contagious, beings of incredible power and violence could take over the planet. That leaves one obvious solution. He needs to be terminated. This is doubly sad because he has married his rescuer and lover in a ceremony with him inside the protective chamber. What is he possible solution? Quite an intriguing episode with very good special effects.

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