Jul 3, 2019
Amazing Stories “Life on Death Row” (part 2 of 2)
After the break, Hector is bringing the warden into the infirmary, excitedly describing what Swayze just did. And the warden is played by an actor who is, by far, the biggest name associated with this episode: James T. Callahan. Who is James T. Callahan, you ask? For four seasons, Callahan masterfully played the role of grandfather Walter Powell on the watershed Scott Baio series Charles in Charge. Now there’s a guy who deserves his own theme month.
Hector tells the warden about how he’s had “shrapnel” is his leg for years, and somehow, one touch from Swayze fixed it. And after going back and watching the earlier scenes, I can confirm that Hector’s character did indeed walk with a limp, but it was barely noticeable.
The warden is skeptical, so Hector goes over to another prisoner in the infirmary, a guy with crippling arthritis. The guy even shows off his cramped-up fingers to prove that, yes, he does have arthritis. Hector wants Swayze to come over and heal the guy, but an angry Swayze refuses to “put on a show” for the warden, and he just wants to go back to his cell and wait for his “time” tomorrow.
Hector says Swayze needs to do this, if for no other reason than to help his fellow prisoner. Arthritis Guy then proceeds to put on a big melodramatic suffering act, begging Swayze for help. So Patrick relents, and grabs the guy’s hands, and another light show happens, and a golden glow fills the room.
To no one’s surprise, Arthritis Guy is healed. He maniacally and repeatedly screams, “I got new haaands!” while making gestures that suggest he’s thrilled to get back to playing the clarinet soon.