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What Are Friends For?/Aqua Vita 

What Are Friends For?: Alex Mattingly wonders whether his son Jeff's new friend Mike is real or imaginary. Aqua Vita: Television newscaster Christie Copperfield discovers a fountain of youth in the form of bottled water and takes a liking to it, but then the price rises.

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Rod Serling (created by), J. Michael Straczynski | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Skerritt ... Alex Mattingly (segment "What Are Friends For?")
Fred Savage ... Jeff Mattingly (segment "What Are Friends For?")
Lukas Haas ... Mike (segment "What Are Friends For?")
Joy Claussen Joy Claussen ... Allyson Conrad (segment "What Are Friends For?")
Michael Ennis Michael Ennis ... Ross Conrad (segment "What Are Friends For?")
Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Tim Conrad (segment "What Are Friends For?")
Johnny Green Johnny Green ... Larry Conrad (segment "What Are Friends For?")
Jennifer Roach Jennifer Roach ... Cindy Conrad (segment "What Are Friends For?")
David Selbert David Selbert ... Doctor (segment "What Are Friends For?") (as David Selberg)
Mimi Kennedy ... Christie Copperfield (segment "Aqua Vita")
Joseph Hacker ... Marc (segment "Aqua Vita")
Amanda Horan Kennedy ... Shauna Allen (segment "Aqua Vita") (as Barbara Horan)
Christopher McDonald ... Delivery Man (segment "Aqua Vita")
Martin Doyle ... News Editor (segment "Aqua Vita")
Bob Delegall Bob Delegall ... Sales Manager (segment "Aqua Vita")
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What Are Friends For?: Alex Mattingly wonders whether his son Jeff's new friend Mike is real or imaginary. Aqua Vita: Television newscaster Christie Copperfield discovers a fountain of youth in the form of bottled water and takes a liking to it, but then the price rises.

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UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1986 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Christine "Christie" Copperfield was born in 1946. See more »

Quotes

Christie Copperfield: You're just saying that to make me feel better... Say some more, dummy.
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »

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Excellent episode good theme. Beauty is a price, happiness lies inside age and understanding!
8 May 2011 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "TZ" episode from season 2 has to be one of the better ones as it's theme of beauty and growing old is something that is a fact of life. And the fact that it involves a female newscaster is all the more relevant. As you know by watching FOX News or HLN or even your own local news you see it all the time all female anchors and newscasters are beautiful they have the look! It's a fact to be on the news a pretty female face brings super ratings! And this "TZ" episode titled "Aqua Vita" was clearly ahead of it's time as it dealt with the beauty theme in a moral way that taught a lesson.

Christie Copperfield is a California newscaster who's just turned the big 40 and as with the birthday she starts to worry about not only losing her looks, but her job also. As viewers start to see the beauty fade the ratings for the station decline! Only Christie discovers from a co worker a potion a strange special type of water rightfully titled "Aqua Vita". And upon drinking this water it will make you grow younger and get back your looks! As with any product must be a catch that's the price of the water goes thru the roof, and as with most products they don't warn you of the side effects.

It's clear Christie's growing old can't be stopped! It's a fact of life that she and every other beauty queen that's a newscaster must live with when you grow old, you go off the air as is so true with the real networks. Yet not all is lost she learns thru growing old with her love that beauty is at a price, and happiness is found inside not on the outside when one looks at your beauty look. Overall great episode that teaches a good lesson and it's themes are so true, an episode that was a little ahead in it's time of showing the theme of beauty queen female newscasters. Yet most important it shows when beauty goes away one can be happy and content inside with a loved one.


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