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Title:
Absolute Zero
Plot:
A young woman returns to her home town only to miss her mother's funeral by just a few hours. She is most disturbed when she finds out her mother's grave has been robbed. She and a young doctor set out to find out who and why.
Episode:
0542
Air Dates:
First Run - October 28, 1976
Repeat - February 5, 1977
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3 Responses to Episode 0542


This was an excellent episode. The creep factor was turned up high from beginning to end. The only downside is that the story is not a totally original. As I listened, I did know what was going to happen. EG was right on the mark as usual.

Some real howlers in this one. Dr. Ferguson makes the following speech: "I examined the woman who had no pulse, who had ceased to aspirate, who reacted to no reflex test and who on thorough osculation had not the slightest sign of a heartbeat." To aspirate is to draw fluid by suction from a vessel or cavity. How does anyone cease to aspirate? I assume he meant she had ceased to breathe, or respire. Osculation is the act of kissing. I assume he meant auscultation, which is the term for listening to the internal sounds of the body, usually using a stethoscope. Ian Martin should have had a medical professional vet his script. It made me laugh out loud. Killed the dramatic mood there.

Jerry, after working as an EMT for 7 years I can tell you that we used the term "aspirate" to signify the breathing of the patient. It is used in the medical world for the same purpose. I don't ever remember the term "auscultation" being used either in the field or in the er. Just an FYI. This is a good story to listen to late at night with a good thunder storm and no lights.

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