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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



Guest Stars
Barry SullivanBarry Sullivan
As Jordan Braddock
Recurring
Carol LynleyCarol Lynley
As Sylvia Cartwright
Recurring
Claudia BryarClaudia Bryar
As Nurse #1
Garry WalbergGarry Walberg
As Detective
Jessica WalterJessica Walter
As Janet Braddock
Joseph BernardJoseph Bernard
As Mechanic
Lillian AdamsLillian Adams
As Nurse #2
Mimi DillardMimi Dillard
As Nurse #3
Ralph BellamyRalph Bellamy
As Dr. Matt Pearce
Vincent BeckVincent 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.



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