Johnny Smith has been leading an idyllic small-town life. Employed as a science teacher, Johnny takes great pleasure in showing his young students the wonders of the natural world. He is also newly engaged to Sarah, a fellow teacher he's known since childhood, and is a good son to his widowed mother, who lives nearby. Johnny's life is nearly perfect... until a near-fatal car crash that leaves him in a deep coma. Six years later, Johnny finally regains consciousness and discovers that the life he once knew is gone. His mother has passed away, and Sarah has gone on to marry someone else - and the child she and her husband, the local sheriff, are now raising is Johnny's son. But Johnny himself is also not the same person he once was: he now finds himself in possession of amazing psychic powers which allow him to see into the lives of anyone he touches. Before he even leaves the hospital, he helps save the life of a nurse's daughter after having a miraculous vision, in which he sees the young girl trapped in the middle of a raging house fire. Now, as Johnny attempts to reacquaint himself with a life he has been away from for six long years, he must also begin a quest to come to terms with his new abilities - abilities that may turn out to be both a blessing and a curse. Helping Johnny make a fresh start are his physical trainer Bruce, who also becomes a close friend; his mother's minister, Gene Purdy, who sets up a trust fund for Johnny but may not be looking out for Johnny's best interests; and Sarah, who must find a way to make Johnny a part of her life again without risking her relationship with her husband and son. Based on characters from the novel, "The Dead Zone" by Stephen King.
Trivia: Johnny's car accident was June 6, 1995 (D-Day).
Trivia: It is revealed later in the season that Johnny Smith awoke from his coma on September 1, 2001--exactly 6 years, 2 months and 27 days after his car crash.
At 8:34 as Johnny exits the room, the reflection of the room, visible in the TV, are wrong. It shows Johnny's face, when it should reflect the back of his head.
At 37:08, when Johnny said "I'm not going to Atlantic City". The camera used to film him from the side is very visible outside his window.
The song playing while Johnny is playing the Wheel of Fortune is Do It Again by Steely Dan.
When Johnny comes to see Walt, Walt doesn't recognize him until he tells him who he is. But, we see in future episodes that Walt already saw Johnny with Sarah at the hospital while he was in a coma.
At 12:32 when Todd lifts his face guard, the glove on his right hand is off. Yet, a second later it is suddenly on his hand.
When Johnny got up from his chair at the hospital to hear the doctor's findings, he did not use his cane to get up. Every other time that he got up in this episode, he relied on his cane to assist him to his feet.