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The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 11
Written by Chris Ruppenthal
Directed by Mario Azzopardi
Original airdate 7 May 1999
Guest stars

Cary Elwes, Clare Sims, Eliza Murbach, Robert Saunders, France Nuyen, Frances Fisher, David Warner, Deni DeLory, Marnie Alton, Colin Skinner, Scott Elam, Mary Ann Skoll, Candice Connelly, Brian Linds, Danielle Ayotte

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"Ripper" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 7 May 1999, during the fifth season.



London, 1888. After Dr. Jack York's misdiagnosis ends up costing a patient's life, he has descended into absinthe addiction, and spends his evenings at a brothel. Although tempted, he ignores the women and only reads his book. On his way home one evening, he hears two women inside a warehouse. When he enters he witnesses a being of blue light ripping out of the woman's chest, and entering the other woman...

Opening narration

Even in the darkest corners of despair, there is glimmer of a light we call truth. But what if it is a light to which the rest of the world is blind?


Soon Jack discovers an alien creature that lives inside women and kills them: after a time it leaves its host body by bursting out of the chest and enters another human host which it has selected.

Jack follows this creature, trying to unveil the truth. His only lead is a green substance that the infected women cough up. But in the meantime the bodies are discovered and police are searching for a mass murderer they dubbed "The Ripper". The creature uses this to its advantage, planting further evidence that Jack is the ripper.

In the end Jack is discovered killing the alien, while still inside the body of a woman, and is because of that sentenced to a mental institute. His fiance Ellen visits him to tell him that she is leaving for America. Directly after the Inspector visits Jack to tell him that he's retiring and is going to follow Ellen to America. The Inspector calls America "the land of opportunity" and coughs up the same green substance as the infected women.

He leaves Jack alone in the asylum with the message "...Don't worry, she'll hardly feel a thing..."

Closing narration

The universe is a labyrinth so vast and mysterious that those who choose to plumb its depths may wind up lost, forever.

Cast & Crew

  • Cary Elwes as Dr. Jack York
  • Clare Sims as Lady Ellen
  • Eliza Murbach as Lady Sophie
  • Robert Saunders as Appleby
  • France Nuyen as Madame Li Yu
  • Frances Fisher as Lady Julia
  • David Warner as Inspector Harold Langford. Warner played the Ripper in Time After Time.
  • Deni DeLory as Annie Chapman
  • Marnie Alton as Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Stride
  • Colin Skinner as Worthington
  • Scott Elam as Lord Reston
  • Mary Ann Skoll as Mary Jane Kelly
  • Candice Connelly as Woman in Cream Dress
  • Brian Linds as Reporter
  • Danielle Ayotte as Newsboy

See also

External links

Season 5 of The Outer Limits (1995-2002)

Alien RadioDonorSmall FriendsThe GrellThe Other SideJoyrideThe Human OperatorsBlank SlateWhat Will The Neighbors ThinkThe ShroudRipperTribunalSummitDescentThe HavenDeja VuThe InheritorsEssence of LifeStrandedFathers and SonsStar CrossedBetter Luck Next Time

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



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