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"5D" is the fifth episode of VR.5 that aired on March 31, 1995. This episode guide is from the VR.5 FAQ and was originally written by the authors of the FAQ.

Episode Information
Title 5D
Season 1
Episode 5
Airdate March 31, 1995
Written by   John Sacret Young, Thania St. John
Directed by   D.J. Caruso
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Sydney gets a new contact, Oliver Sampson, who pushes her into pursuing Boothe. She conducts her own investigation into what has happened to the body of Dr. Morgan, and discovers that he has been cryogenically preserved. She also discovers her father's blueprint for an organic/molecular computer.

Cast and Crew[]

Main Cast[]

  • Lori Singer (Sydney Bloom)
  • Michael Easton (Duncan)
  • Will Patton (Dr. Frank Morgan)
  • Anthony Head (Oliver Sampson)

Guest Stars[]

  • Louise Fletcher (Nora Bloom)
  • David McCallum (Dr. Joseph Bloom)
  • Kimberly Cullum (Young Samantha Bloom)
  • Kaci Williams (Young Sydney Bloom)
  • Dan O'Herlihy (Dr. Alloysius Hunnicut)
  • George DelHoyo (Jackson Boothe)
  • Matthew Koruba (Young Duncan)
  • Jim Holmes (Unknown)
  • Keith Mills (Unknown)


Written by: John Sacret Young & Thania St. John
Directed by: D.J. Caruso

VR.5 was created by: Adam Cherry, Geoffrey Hemwall, Michael Katleman, Jeannine Renshaw, and Thania St. John

Executive Producer: John Sacret Young
Co-executive Producer: Thania St. John
Co-executive Producer: Eric Blakeney (2,3,5,6,8)
Supervising Producer: Michael Katleman
Producer: Naomi Janzen (2-10)
Producer: Jack Clements (2-10)
Producer: Mel Efros (1)
Co-producer: Geoffrey Hemwall


  • Sydney's hardware isn't unique--it can be smashed and replaced.
  • Joseph Bloom taught Sydney, Samantha, and Duncan "brain games"--a possible mental preparation for VR.
  • Samantha and Sydney may have had fundamentally different weltanschauungen (world views)--Sam saw Buddha as a god, Syd saw him as a man.
  • In general, Samantha seems to have been more aggressive than Sydney.


  • While in VR.5 with her mother, Sydney sees herself, Samantha, Duncan, and Nora all wearing VR headsets.
  • The Other (i.e. the person who is brought into VR) can become consciously aware of information obtained subconsciously in VR.5 --this may be a result of multiple contacts.
  • Sydney hears her father's voice while in VR.5 with her mother ("Nora, tell her, tell her now!").
  • The Committee's charter is something like "the unrestricted pursuit of knowledge for the betterment of Man--alternative solutions to social problems".


The following contains SPOILERS.

  1. Why does Sydney have so much baseball equipment (bat, ball, glove) on hand--she's such a loner, and baseball is a team sport: when (if ever) did she play?
    • (Speculation by Lisa Cunningham): If she grew up with Duncan, he would include her in neighbourhood games.
  2. Why was Dr. Morgan preserved? Who did it?
    • SPOILER: (Speculation by William A. Wood): The Splinter Faction (TSF) within The Committee is probably responsible, but why is still a mystery.