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Century City/A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose

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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose
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Season 1, Episode 4
Airdate March 30, 2004
Written by Ellie Herman
Directed by Ron Lagomarsino
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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose is the fourth episode of the first season of Century City, and the fourth episode overall.

Special Guest Star: Kevin J. O'Connor (Henry Krell)

Guest Stars: Alan Blumenfeld (Duke La Pointe), Matt Battaglia (Adam Portnoff), Kathleen Wilhoite (Laura), Freda Foh Shen (Judge Levinson), Shannon Walker Williams (Voxy), Bree Turner (Eva), Anne Gee Byrd (Dr. Karic), Michael Keenan (Judge)

With: Russel Hornsby (Mr. Skobel), Jessica Hecht (Rose Krell)

Co-Stars: Alitzah (Pattie), Meghan Markle (Natasha), Amanda Dickson (Pretty Young Woman), Elena Praskin (Jogger), Marie Wong (Banker), Terri Marsteiner (Evil Librarian), David Wolfson (Assistant in the Back), Bobbie Norman (Laura's Mother)


Plot Overview

  • Case A: A man who was severely mentally retared was given an experimental neural implant that allowed him to function in society. When the implant is to be removed because of potentially fatal side effects, he fights for his right to keep his mind, even if it might kill him
  • Case B: A young woman is sued by her one-night-stand for inflicting emotional distress, because she has a penis. No transsexuality is involved, it is a purely decorative attachment.


  • Not As Farfetched: In some species of mammals, e.g. spotted hyenas and squirrel monkeys, the females have pseudo-penises for purposes such as dominance display.

Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Flowers for Algernon: In Daniel Keyes' novellette "Flowers for Algernon" (1959, later expanded into a novel and also adapted for the screen), Charlie, a mentally retarded janitor, takes part in an experimental intelligence-enhancing treatment. He becomes a genius, but the procedure does not prove to be permanent and Charlie experiences his intelligence fading away again.

Memorable Moments


  • Lukas: My client's penis is purely for decorative purposes.
  • Tom: You know, we could be looking at a worldwide penis devalution.
  • Eva: There's a guy in West Covina who just got a tail and nobody thinks he's a monkey.


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