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"The Shroud"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 10
Written by Scott Peters
Directed by Stuart Gillard
Original airdate 30 April 1999
Guest stars

David Ogden Stiers, Samantha Mathis, Robert Wisden, Sara Botsford, Nathaniel DeVeaux and John Innes

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"The Shroud" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 30 April 1999, during the fifth season.



A married couple seeks help with conceiving a child. Behind the scenes some scientists plan to use the woman to clone the human nature of Jesus Christ.

Opening narration

Man's empirical pursuit of science has often been at odd with his need for religious faith. But what happens when these two beliefs collide?



A couple Marie Wells (Samantha Mathis) and her husband Justin (Robert Wisden) have trouble conceiving a child on their own so they turn to the use of vitro fertilization to implant an embryo in Marie's uterus. However, behind the scenes some scientists plan to use the woman to clone the Jesus Christ using DNA from the Shroud of Turin. As the child grows in Marie's womb, strange occurrence seem to herald the birth of the special child.

Closing narration

In Man's unending pursuit of salvation, the distractions of his science or his religion may be the very thing keeping him from his creator.


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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