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Mercy [1]
The Other Side
Original Broadcast Date
January 16, 2000
Larry Block, Joe Frank
Narrative Monologue, Absurd Monologue, 58 minutes
Preceded by: Summer Notes (Remix)
Followed by: At Last

He's always hated Christmas; it's the most depressing time of the year.

Mercy, also known as Mercy Now, is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series The Other Side. It was originally broadcast on January 16, 2000.


A failed screenwriter sees his lover Margo then goes to their cottage at Big Sur with his wife, Ann, for New Year's of 1999/2000, is in a bad mood the whole time, watches a sword & sandal movie instead of the celebrations his wife wants to watch, stuffs himself at dinner, has a disagreement with his son, who visits while passing through.

35: Joe sees a beautiful young woman on the beach, then discovers she's a man.[1]

42: Joe recommends not-complaining.[2]

48:20: A woman recalls the boy she fell in love with in school at age 12.[3]

54:30: Joe says that if we think hard enough we may create meaning, understand underlying hidden meaning, encoded messages.

Legacy Synopsis

About a man who is depressed around Christmas 1999, his wife Ann and his mistress Margo. Narrator at the beach, dreaming. Woman talks about her taste in men, being a girl.



The second segment is set in a similar location as the first. I didn't notice that it was separate the first few times I listened.Arthur Peabody (talk) 23:35, 6 January 2022 (EST)


  1. aired originally in Joe Frank's America, without the music
  2. aired originally in Smile
  3. aired originally in The More I Know You