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Between Two Mirrors


A woman loses all sense of time when her husband falls into a deep coma following a terrible train accident. When the man finally awakens, he shares her problem.



Air Dates

  • First Run - November 2, 1981
  • Repeat - January 7, 1982





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10 Responses to Episode 1256

E.G. Marshall introduces this episode this way: " Today's tale takes you into the fourth dimension. Into the realm of a world in which the past, present and future are one and time moves forward and backward in unexpected ways." This is truly odd episode that involves a pair of lovers whom time and death cannot keep apart. Genre: Fantasy

Irving M.

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Although the story at times confused me, I would rate it as superior largely due the emotional tug of the relationship between husband and wife. I listened to CBSRMT as a kid and, unlike many tv shows and movies from my childhood, it holds up very well. If anything, I like CBSRMT more than ever.


Well, that was certainly interesting, if not totally clear in its intent. The idea I get is this: that the brain-dead husband is lost in the wrong time-world(s), as is his wife (intermittently), until she frees him/them by having his life-support machines disconnected. At that point they are reunited in yet another world. If I recall correctly, the Karen Ann Quinlan (sp?) case was very much in the news around this time, so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that CBSRMT did an episode which is partly an argument for legal euthanasia. But this story somehow never quite pulled me in completely, and somewhere in Act 2 I started to become impatient with it--like a lot of CBSRMTs, I had the feeling it would have worked better in two acts than it does in three. We simply get far more memories of the husband, mysterious phone calls, and scenes of time-displacement than we need. "Between Two Mirrors" strikes me as an honorable if overlong attempt at an ambiguous, allusive sort of tale (and one with a bit more cliched romance than I care for).


E.G. Marshall introduces this episode this way: " Today's tale takes you into the fourth dimension. Into the realm of a world in which the past, present and future are one and time moves forward and backward in unexpected ways." This is truly odd episode that involves a pair of lovers whom time and death cannot keep apart. I give the writer credit for trying to pull off a fairly complicated weaving together of different stories and possible timelines. I was intrigued with the premise and it kept me going for awhile, though I was hoping for a more satisfactory ending.


This show is a good example of something RMT did very well, a cross between a real-life drama and something weird (unearthly) going on. Kind of a twilight zone thing as opposed to a pure horror story or a crime drama. Years ago I worked with a woman whose husband was in a freak accident and was on life support with no real brain activity. Obviously it is very difficult to deal with and sometimes she was in denial and talking about their plans for the evening, things like that. I didn't know her well, I just mention it because things like this could easily take on an unearthly dimension. The show made a good transition from the weird time-distortions to the decision Judy was going to have to make. When I listened to this show the first time, several months ago, I missed the significance of the lead-in to act 1 entirely, where James pays little attention to the emergency vehicles. I just thought, along with E.G.'s life-is-good narration, that James was a snob or something. Another enjoyable show.

Jimmy N.

i really enjoyed this episode. i thought the way the emotional strain on the wife was performed was classic RMT, a great job. while the ending was not as strong as i was hoping for, the story itself carried me through and i was touched by the sentiment. in some weird way, i always kind of wish something like this would happen to me. i guess it's the fantasy of it, moving in and out of reality/dimension. but, i'm also sure the terror of such an event would be a bit more extreme than just my romantic desire! 

Ace V.

This is an example for me of how varied the CRMT were. I didn't particularly enjoy this episode. I kept waiting for something to happen. For me, it never did. The mixing of real and imaginary didn't work for me because I couldn't tell what the story thought was real and imaginary. I guess this story was also just to lovey-dovey for me. With the advancement of modern medicine the medical side of this story will be with us for a long time though.


James Horton is alive only because one machine breathes for him and another circulates his blood. Dr. Rollins gently urges Judy Horton to permit her husband to die, but she’s not so sure he’s dead; she gets phone calls from Jim every night.


Wow, this brings back those days. We were making such advances in medicine, science and technology. But, we didn't always know how to deal with the advances emotionally or spiritually or psychologically. There were cases like Karen Ann Quinlan (excuse me if I didn't get that name quite right - it's been 40 or 50 years). I remember there being some cases of people coming out of comas after many years as if nothing was long. I think the Karen Quinlan was two parties (was it a husband verses the parents). One wanted to disconnect the life-preserving machines, the other wanted to keep it going. It got into the courts. And, we as a society were trying to grapple with all of it. We really didn't know what to do or what was right. This episode balanced the sides without being preachy on either side (at least I thought so) Yeah - it was confusing - but that made it feel like the turmoil the parties felt at the time. (Well, parties probably still feel that way when they are put into this situation, but it's not as public a decision as it was then).

jim shane

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