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What's bullshit, Mr. Quaid? That you're having a paranoid episode triggered by acute neuro-chemical trauma? Or that you're really an invincible secret agent from Mars who's the victim of an interplanetary conspiracy to make him think he's a lowly construction worker? Stop punishing yourself, Doug.
~ Dr. Edgemar trying to convince Quaid to listen to him.
Dr. Edgemar is a minor antagonist in Total Recall. He is a doctor working for a company named Rekall that offers memory ego trips, but turns out to be in league with Vilos Cohaagen of the Mars Federation as part of the Mars Colony Security Force's plot to wipe out the resistance and maintain Cohaagen's power over the colonies.
He was portrayed by the late Roy Brocksmith.
As part of his company's offer for customers, Dr. Edgemar has built in a machine that can bring in memory ego trips. Needless to say, things get out of hand when a construction worker Douglas Quaid paid a visit to Rekall in Earth and nearly got his memory capped, resulting him to be chased down by men (led by Richter and Helm) wanting to kill him. Getting to the bottom of this, Quaid soon learns that he was once a Mars secret agent named Carl Hauser doing Cohaagen's dirty work in taking down the resistance, as Cohaagen plans to destroy an alien reactor that can produce a breathable atmosphere in Mars in order to maintain his abusive monopoly of selling oxygen.
Heading back to Mars after killing off Harry and his men, Quaid uncovers more clues about his past and Cohaagen's plot. But while taking refuge in a hotel, Quaid receives an unexpected visit from Edgemar, who tries to explain that the chases he endure are all part of a secret agent memory implant gone wrong, thus he is dreaming. Quaid doesn't buy it, but Edgemar convinces to think about it by bringing in Lori, the very same woman who tried to kill Quaid on Earth.
Edgemar then tries to convince Quaid to swallow a red pill that will send him back to reality, but still having his suspicions, Quaid aims his gun at Edgemar's head, stating that it wouldn't matter if Edgemar dies in his dream. Edgemar then tries to talk Quaid out of shooting by warning him of the possibilities that his actions would result, such as being lobotomized back on Earth or having fantasies about alien civilizations.
Though Quaid is convinced by this and attempts to swallow the red pill, he spots Edgemar sweating in fear. Realizing now that this is no dream and that Edgemar was working for Cohaagen all the time, Quaid angrily kills Edgemar by shooting him in the head and spits out the red pill, much to Lori's shock. Lori would later meet the same fate while attempting to detain Quaid, much to the anger of Richter (who happens to be Lori's husband).