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Cast
Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane, Michael Ironside, Robert A. Silverman, Lee Broker, Mavor Moore, Adam Ludwig, Fred Doederlein
Released
1981
Jennifer O'Neill | Ephemerol
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Cameron Vale restrained in a hospital bed.

A speaker addresses the audience: "... the scanning experience is a painful one, sometimes resulting in... other symptoms of a similar nature."
The speaker’s head explodes. (0:10)

A man tells Dr. Gatineau, referring to Darryl Revok, "Give him a shot of Ephemerol."
Dr. Gatineau injects himself instead. (0:14)

A man shoots himself in the head with a pistol. (0:17)

Executive Braedon Keller tells the others, "We do not trade in fantasy and pipe dreams."
Referring to scanners: ”You can’t get two of them to sit in the same room together without going berserk.” (0:18)

Dr. Ruth asks Vale, "With all those other voices in your head, how can you hear your own voice? How can you develop a self, a personality?"
Dr. Ruth answers: ”... a derangement of the synapses which we call telepathy.”
”I’m a psychopharmacist by trade...”
”The injection we gave you...”
”The drug is called Ephemerol. It’s a scan suppressant.” (0:22)

Title on video "CRANE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE"
Revok answers Lillian, ”I drilled a hole in my head.” (0:25)

Dr. Ruth answers Vale, "As you were, without Ephemerol..."
Referring to Revok: ”At the age of 22, he was extremely self-destructive.”
Referring to other scanners: ”He has... asked them to join him in an insane crusade.” (0:28)

Keller tells Revok, referring to Vale, "... he’s nothing to worry about." (0:31)

Dr. Ruth tells Vale, "Welcome to our little psychic gymnasium."
”Mr. Tautz has kindly consented to be your psychic sparring partner... can control his alpha wave rhythm... It is the direct linking of two nervous systems separated by space... Don’t worry about him...” (0:31)

Dr. Ruth tells Vale, "... these photographs were taken in a prison for the criminally insane." (0:34)

Vale tells artist Benjamin Pierce, "It’s the voices in my head. They’re driving me crazy."
Pierce: ”My art keeps me sane. My art. Sane.” (0:41)

Off camera, Vale injects himself. (0:46)

Vale: "Scan together, and our minds begin to flow into... one mind, one nervous system, one soul..."
Group: ”... lose your self to the group self...” (0:49)

Two men with shotguns strike a scanner on the head, rendering him unconscious. (0:50)

Scanner Kim Obrist tells Vale, referring to Revok, "We were the dream, and he’s the nightmare." (0:56)

Vale sees computer screen: "NUMBER DELIVERY EPHEMEROL" (1:00)

Male voice: "I’m afraid I’m going to have to give you both an injection of Ephemerol." (1:04)

Dr. Ruth tells Vale, "Don’t worry."
Vale: ”Do you know of a drug laboratory called Biocarbon Amalgamate?”
”It manufactures Ephemerol for Darryl Revok.”
”The production of Ephemerol is computerized.”
Dr. Ruth: ”Ephemerol has been sent out?”
”But you do have a nervous system, and so does a computer...” (1:06)

Keller tells a computer technician, "Vale’s nervous system and the computer’s nervous system are joined together." (1:19)

Vale: "It’s about this drug, Dr. Frane. I understand you’ve been prescribing it to some patients." (1:26)

Vale tells Obrist, "The doctors on the computer list are giving Ephemerol to their pregnant patients."
”Ephemerol. Ephemerol is creating new scanners.” (1:27)

Revok tells Vale, referring to Ruth, "You shouldn’t mourn the good doctor’s death."
Magazine advertisement: ”EPHEMEROL”
”The product was a drug, a tranquilizer called Ephemerol... the drug failed, because it had a side effect on the unborn children, an invisible side effect.”
”The man who invented Ephemerol was very excited by this weird mutation it caused...”
”Now I said that the side effects of Ephemerol were invisible... He had given a prototype of Ephemerol to his pregnant wife, our mother... the only thing that would calm them down was his drug, Ephemerol...”
”... not like Obrist and her band of cripples.”
Vale strikes Revok on the head with a stone sculpture. (1:29)

Reference in Tommy Boy