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The Immortal: The Immortal

Billionaire Jordan Braddock is given blood after a plane crash. The blood came from an employee in Braddock's vast empire, a test car driver by the name of Ben Richards. Because the old man recovers and grows younger, the doctor performs tests on Ben's blood and discovers that Ben is immune from all diseases, and even from aging. "You're practically immortal," the doctor tells Ben. As the effects of Ben's blood begin to wear off and Braddock begins to age and grow ill again, he realizes that he must keep Ben nearby as a personal fountain of youth, so he devises a plot to kidnap the test driver and fake his death so no one will look for him.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x0
Airdate: Tuesday September 30th, 1969
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm
Special Runtime: 90 Minutes

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Guest Stars
Barry Sullivan
As Jordan Braddock
Carol Lynley
As Sylvia Cartwright
Claudia Bryar
As Nurse #1
Garry Walberg
As Detective
Jessica Walter
As Janet Braddock
Joseph Bernard
As Mechanic
Lillian Adams
As Nurse #2
Mimi Dillard
As Nurse #3
Ralph Bellamy
As Dr. Matt Pearce
Vincent Beck
As Locke
Episode Quotes
(Discussing Jordan Braddock's impending death)
Dr. Pearce: How much will you inherit?
Janet: $25 million. And I'm worth all of it!

Episode Goofs
Dr. Matt Pearce: You can give blood 20 times a year.

The American Red Cross allows people to give blood every 56 days, or approximately seven times a year, not 20.

Ben: I have a brother somewhere, but I've never seen him.

Throughout the rest of the series, it is established that Ben and his brother Jason grew up in an orphanage together. The episode "The Return" is centered around Ben returning to see the man who gave refuge to Ben and Jason when they ran away from the orphanage.

Cultural References
Ben: One transfusion from me, and viola! Two thousand year old man, meet the 2,000-year-old woman.

"The 2,000 Year Old Man" is Mel Brooks' and Carl Reiner's classic comedy skit, first performed in 1960. The spoken word comedy album was nominated for a Grammy.

Warning: The Immortal season 1 episode 0 guide may contain spoilers
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