Soul Mate

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Soul Mate[1]
In The Dark
Original Broadcast Date
Laura Esterman, Joe Frank
Scripted Actors, 25 minutes
Preceded by: Hawaii
Followed by: Either Or (Part 1)

"Can you believe that I had to wear my brother's hand me down jacket?"

Soul Mate is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series In The Dark. It was originally broadcast in 1994.


Woman (Laura Esterman) complains she had to wear her brother's hand-me-down jackets instead of having blazers of her own. She goes on to complain about men generally, dislikes all kinds. She explains why she's happier alone.

6:20: 'Hi, this is John. I'm not in right now. Please leave a message at the sound of the beep.' (Joe's voice, 'Funky worm' is the background music.)

6:40: She leaves a series of messages on John's answering machine. She wants to talk, becomes increasingly desperate.

9:40: She tells John she's the only one who really understands him, offers to let him live with her for free, protests how much she loves him. She says she can't go on without him.

13:10: She tells of going to a cocktail party. All the other guests were married, but their relationships were meaningless compared to her & John's.

15:30: She speculates that John's listening to her messages, that he's in bed with another woman, says she'd kill them. She threatens to stake out his home, then curses him out.

18:00: She says she's dreamed about finding a soulmate, failed until she found John, that they're soulmates for life, they'll never find another, that they can't give it up, can't live without each other.

20:30: She gets his picture out of the mirror, describes it, sets it on fire, sets her sofa on fire. She calls him frightened, selfish, closed-off. She calls him her soulmate.

Legacy Synopsis
  • A woman talks about being disappointed with men who are either wimps or jerks, preferring the company of dogs, women, and gay friends, enjoying being alone.
  • She leaves a long answering machine message combining angry accusations with a desperate party invitation.
  • The pain that accompanies the end of a relationship.
  • She burns a photo, sets her sofa on fire, threatens suicide, says, "I know you're my soul mate."


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Shared material

Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "[P]erformed by Laura Esterman, and mixed by Jerry Summers. Special thanks to Jennifer Ferro."



The mood of this is similar to her performance in Thank You, You're Beautiful. I wonder if they weren't recorded in 1 session. I can imagine a show made of them.Arthur Peabody (talk) 04:23, 1 August 2023 (PDT)