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Ninety Lives


Suspicious of his motives, a brother does a background check on a supposed amnesia victim that his waitress sister has taken a fancy to.



Air Dates

  • First Run - August 29, 1979
  • Repeat - December 14, 1979





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11 Responses to Episode 1008

Episode seemed to be building to something interesting, then the ending left me feeling flat. Err, not my fave. I thought that the mystery guy was going to move from one body to he next, something like that. I figured he didn't know who he was because the two guys who accosted him on the street killed him, then he came back to life. Ah well! Thanks for posting it!


Mickey I think Sam Dann needed your input ! Your idea for a better plot line is right on. Story is flat but the performers are worth a listen. Terri Keane as a blue collar is really terrific and amazing Fred Gwynne as Muldoon is really fun. Inside joke there as Fred's character on tv's CAR 54 was FRANCIS Muldoon. The cast saves this one for me!

Paul Liberti


Stephen Worrell

Russell Horton is uncredited here but plays the mysterious stranger with amnesia. Listen for him in the opening scene where he plays his own attacker with Fred Gwynne. He has one line - "what for?"

Paul Liberti

would liked to have seen the waitress get her man too. gray actors i can picture that diner


Good story and audio quality, shame EG's closing summation gets cut at the end though

John p

These type of amnesia stories always make me wonder. The amnesia victim can't remember anything before they 'woke up'. They can't remember their name, where they live, or any family or friends. Yet they still can speak perfect college English. This guys knows perfectly what the names of trees are, what a city is, what money is, and even knows that the thing wrong with him is called amnesia, and not athlete's foot, for example. Proof that rote school learning is ingrained forever.


D.C.:And yet, I believe, this is exactly what occurs to people. The can retain all their skills, but not remember people or events. Here is an excerpt from an article: "The type of memory that has been lost can also be differentiated. There are two main divisions; declarative memory and nondeclarative memory. Declarative memories are those you show you learned by telling people. They’re a narrative. Say you lose all memories for specific events, or episodes, in your life; you can’t remember going to school, learning to play basketball, your first kiss, your first job, all that autobiographical knowledge. You’ve lost your episodic memory. In this specific case, since those things happened before the injury, you have retrograde episodic memory loss. You can have anterograde episodic memory impairments too, if you can’t make new autobiographical memories. There’s also semantic memory, which means general knowledge about the world. Think of it as more like trivia. What’s the capital of Rhode Island? What’s two plus two? Those sorts of things are considered semantic. Both semantic and episodic memories are considered to be declarative. Nondeclarative memories are things you show you learned by actually doing: Procedural memories. Procedures are skills that you perform. I show you I know how to ride a bike by actually riding a bike. No amount of semantic knowledge is going to convince you otherwise. I can tell you how bikes are ridden until I’m blue in the face, but you won’t necessarily believe me until I get on one and start pedaling. Note that we’ve uncoupled the skill (riding) from the semantic (describing how bikes are ridden) and the episodic (when you learned to ride). Your fall down the stairs may take away the memory for an event (e.g. when your dad taught you to ride a bike), but leave intact the skill of actually riding a bike. You may have absolutely no idea that you know how to do it! As you can guess, this is difficult for an amnesiac to cope with, but it gives rise to those tantalizing moments in movies when the character suddenly remembers they can beat up several prison guards or sing an opera."

jim shane

Tonight’s episode was “Ninety Lives” starring Fred Gwynne. He plays a short order cook in a greasy Spoon diner and ironically, his character’s name is...Muldoon. I didn’t notice any character in it named Tooty.


I loved watching Care 54 Where Are You! On Nick @ Nite in the 80s


I think Fred Gwynne was in 82 episodes. He was quoted as saying: "Voice work is the kindest thing that can happen to an old actor." (Though wasn't he a judge in "My cousin Vinny", long after the last RMT episode - think it was Mr. Gwynne's final role before he passed.)


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