Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)
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Alien Abductions 

Penn and Teller and crew visit a UFO convention and attend a therapy session for alien abductees.
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Episode credited cast:
Penn Jillette ... Self - Host
Teller ... Self - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Earlene Carr Earlene Carr ... Self - Abduction Victim
Bill Cone Bill Cone ... Self - Clinical Psychologist
Anthony C. Ferrante ... Self - Editor-in-Chief, Cinescape Magazine
David Icke ... Self - Author
Victoria Jack Victoria Jack ... Self - Director, Bay Area UFO Expo
Barbara Lamb Barbara Lamb ... Self - Psychotherapist
Roger Leir ... Self - Abduction Researcher
Glenn Pfeffer Glenn Pfeffer ... Self - Orthopedic Surgeon
Shurlene Wallace Shurlene Wallace ... Self - Abduction Victim
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Penn and Teller and crew visit a UFO convention and attend a therapy session for alien abductees. They find mostly sincere people, and a couple of insincere jokesters, at the convention. They theorize the ones seeking therapy are getting exactly the kind they don't need. The debunkers debunk alien implants and the idea that Bush senior and Bush junior are reptilian aliens. Meanwhile, Penn blames alien abduction for being late to the taping; and Teller makes out with an alien baby. Written by J. Spurlin

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7 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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Penn Jillette: There's no evidence that these people had any unusual experiences. They're just like all the rest of us with dreams and fantasies. We all need a little attention. That shrink is a scumbag bitch taking money from lonely, sad people in exchange for bullshit, but the abductees are just people who pathologically need a little attention like... well, like us. You want to stop all this alien bullshit? Just pay attention to the people around you. Say hi. Humans are desperate for human contact. Let's ...
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References Men in Black (1997) See more »

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Okay overview of another scam.
13 September 2017 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I don't understand people who think they've been abducted, or rather want people to think they've been abducted by little green men from outer space. Ever since I saw my first pseudo-science documentary on TV when I was a kid the whole thing just seemed far out there and kind of creepy. But it also didn't make sense, and as a kid I couldn't tell you why.

And that's really the only short shrift I can offer about this episode of Penn and Teller's TV series, and that is only the most cursory explanation is offered as to not only the psychological reasons of why this issue is nonsense. I think exploring the whole scam was warranted, but probably meant for another show for another time.

I said I didn't understand these people who just make up stories about being molested by aliens, but the truth is, on a more fundamental level, I guess I do understand them. We all like to make up stories at some point. We tell our kids about Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, you friend or husband comes home with fish stories ("You shoulda seen da one that got away!"), and a few of us have bent the truth here and there in our everyday lives ... trying to get out of a speeding ticket ... explaining why you were late to work ... stuff like that.

But these people? I'm glad Penn and Teller did this episode, but it's like with all other BS material, it doesn't deserve any more attention than it's gotten (and I guess that's part of the underlying format of Penn and Teller's premise for the show), but at times you need to expose just a bit more to help ram the point home.

Either way it's an interesting watch. It'll kill half an hour if you have nothing better to do.


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