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"Caught in the Act"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 17
Written by Grant Rosenberg
Directed by Mario Azzopardi
Production no. 17
Original airdate 1 July, 1995
Guest stars

Alyssa Milano, Stephen Fanning, Jason London, Saul Rubinek, Sarah Strange, Kavan Smith, Larry Musser, Tammy Isbell, Veena Sood as Dr. Katzman

Episode chronology
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"The Voyage Home" "The Message"
List of The Outer Limits episodes

"Caught in the Act" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 1 July, 1995 during the first season.



A strange object crashes through the roof of a chaste college student and is absorbed into her body.

Opening narration

Humankind has long tried to tame the forces of nature, to harness their power for our needs. But what if the very needs that drive us are the greatest power of all? Will we be able to control ourselves?


Being madly in love with Hannah (Alyssa Milano), her groom Jay (Jason London) respects her chaste request and waits until marriage to make love. But once at night, while Hannah sleeps, a strange mysterious violet glowing object falls into her room. The alien object envelops her and embedding itself into her body. Now Hannah is possessed, and her body craves sex.

And to feed the alien within her body, she must now prey upon willing males who morph into her body under the guise of having sex.

Closing Narration

The urge to hunt and kill — the need to mate and multiply — these are our most primitive human drives. But they pale in comparison to the most powerful human drive of all... the need for love.



  • The characters of Dr. Stephen Ledbetter and Dr. Andy Groenig also appear in The New Breed episode.
  • When The Outer Limits was aired in the UK, this episode was used as a pilot.

External links

Season 1 of The Outer Limits (1995-2002)

The Sandkings — Part 1The Sandkings — Part 2Valerie 23Blood BrothersSecond SoulWhite Light FeverThe ChoiceVirtual FutureLiving HellCorner of the EyeUnder the BedDark MattersThe ConversionQuality of MercyThe New BreedThe Voyage HomeCaught in the ActThe MessageI, RobotIf These Walls Could TalkBirthrightThe Voice of Reason

List of The Outer Limits episodes: Original Series (1963-1965)The New Series (1995-2002)



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