FOX (ended 1999)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Mourning After

    Aired 2/12/99

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    It's a Helluva Life

    Aired 2/5/99

  • S 1 : Ep 11


    Aired 1/29/99

  • S 1 : Ep 10


    Aired 1/15/99

  • S 1 : Ep 9


    Aired 1/8/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Glover

    The Devil

  • Peter Horton

    Ezekiel Stone

  • Lori Petty


  • MarĂ­a Costa


  • Amy Beth Reece


  • show Description
  • I was a cop. My wife was raped, I caught the guy who did it, and I killed him. Two months later I died, and went to Hell. 113 of the most vile creature escaped. The high concept of this story is that Detective Ezekial Stone was sent to Hell for the murder of his wife's rapist. He spends 15 years in Hell, until 113 souls managed to escape. The Devil needs someone to send them back to Hell, but can't do much on the physical plane. So he sends Ezekial after them, with the promise that if Stone recovers all 113, he'll win permanent freedom from Hell. And if he fails, he's damned for good. All of the escapees as well as Stone are supernaturally indestructible, except they can inflict pain on each other. The only way to send someone back to Hell is to destroy their eyes, the "windows of the soul." Worse, some of the escapees spent centuries, if not millennia, in Hell and have developed great power - little of which Stone, a relatively recent prisoner, has himself. Each week, with a little help (and the occasional hindrance) from the Devil, Stone typically tracks down another of the escapees and sends them back to Hell. He is tattoed with the names of each one, and when he sends them back the appropriate tattoo burns itself off. Meanwhile, Stone's ex-wife still believes him dead, but Stone can't resist checking in on her from time to time. This series only ran 13 episodes on Fox, but has a devoted cult following and is rerun from time to time on the SciFi Channel.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (67)

    • Ezekiel: Time to give the Devil his due.

    • Ezekiel: I was a cop. I was good at my job. I was married. I had a good life. When my wife was raped, we, uh, caught the guy who did it, but he got off. I tracked him down, and I killed him.
      Father Salinas: This is a terrible, terrible sin, my son.
      Ezekiel: Two months later, I, I cornered this petty thief who had a gun. He opened up on me. I took five bullets to the face and neck...and I died. And because I had killed a man in cold blood, I went to Hell. You okay in there, Father? You know, it's funny but even the most maximum security penitentiaries, from time to time, inmates will escape. It happened on Devil's Island, it happened at Alcatraz. Six weeks ago, it happened in Hell. One hundred and thirteen of the most vile creatures whoever walked the earth escaped. And now they're back.
      Father Salinas: But the Prince of Lies, the master of Hell, surely having his subjects back on Earth spreading chaos and destruction, all this would bring a smile to his face.
      Ezekiel: Ohh no, Father. You of all people know that even the devil has to answer to a higher power. He screwed up, and now he needs someone to fix things. Track down those creatures and... send them back to Hell.
      Father Salinas: Why are you telling me this, this ridiculous story?
      Ezekiel: Oh come on, Father. I think you know why.

    • Stone: I'm very, uh, flattered, but I'm married.
      Museum Lady: Well, that's too bad.
      Stone: Not to mention dead.

    • Kane: Tell me what you know about this case.
      Ezekiel: You wouldn't believe me if I did?
      Kane: What makes you so sure?
      Ezekiel: Because you seem like an intelligent man.
      Kane: You know what, maybe I'm not as bright as I look. Try me.

    • Ezekiel: Brightest light you've ever seen. Think you're going to Heaven and you wake up somewhere else.
      Father Horn: How do you know that?
      Ezekiel: I knew someone who was shot in the face.
      Father Horn: Did he survive?
      Ezekiel: No.

    • The Devil: You know they planned this for centuries? Totally unprecedented. Oh, there've been a few over the millennia who slipped through the cracks. Isolated incidents. Never anything like this. They think they'll beat the devil. They're wrong, Ezekiel. Nobody beats me. Ezekiel: What are you doing here? The Devil: Well, your first day on the job, you drop the ball, I'm thinking maybe I picked the wrong guy. Ezekiel: Yeah. Maybe you did. He was stronger than me, faster. He even burned a hole through a chain-link fence! The Devil: Well, after all, he was my guest for nearly a century. You been with me what, fifteen years? The longer you're in Hell, the more it becomes a part of you, literally. Some of those that escaped have been mine since the dawn of time, and have the powers to prove it. Ezekiel: Terrific. Nice odds.

    • Stone: (to the Devil) Listen, pal. You need me as much as I need you. You may be all-powerful down below, but up here you're just another corporate big shot who's trying to cover his ass. Now if you can't police your own, no one is ever gonna be afraid of you again.

    • The Devil: Remember, Mr. Stone. Gilbert Jax was a rapist, not a murderer. He didn't kill your wife. You had no right to kill him. God's universe doesn't work like the American legal system. You do something, you pay for it. Ezekiel: That is all I was doing. I was trying to make the bastard pay. The Devil: Yes, yes, now that's what I like to hear. The indomitable spirit and righteous indignation of the human species. I've heard it a million times defending a billion atrocities, and it's still music to my ears.

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode is dedicated to the memory of Mark Patrick Carducci, who worked on several horror movies and wrote the Plan 9 From Outer Space Companion.

    • John Glover is listed as Special Guest Star, as at the time they were filming the pilot they didn't anticipate him becoming a regular.

    • This original pilot episode was filmed considerably before the series was picked up. Thus it is set in New York City (the rest of the episodes are in L.A.), while Rosalyn Stone and Gilbert Jax are played by different actors than the ones who would be cast as the same characters in later episodes.

    • Fox didn't air the episodes in production order, so the opening scene with Stone getting his coat fixed refers back to damage done to it in the episode "Poem," which actually aired later on.

    • Richard Brooks went on to play the opposite side of the fence, so to speak, a year later: he played Henry MacNeil, an agent for God, on G vs. E.

    Trivia (1)

    • Stone pays $62.50 per night at the hotel in NYC, cash up front, but when he died, he had only $36.27 on him. It's later specifically established that $36.27 is therefore what he wakes up with each morning. So, how did he pay for the hotel in NYC?

    Allusions (3)

    • Ezekiel: Do you remember the Reggie Bar?

      The candy bar that Ezekiel searches for and eventually enjoys at the end of the episode was named after professional baseball player Reggie Jackson. The Reggie Bar was introduced in 1978 when Reggie began playing for the Yankees.

    • Martin Benedict: Erect no gravestone to his memory. This line comes from the poem The Sonnets to Orpheus by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

    • Ezekiel: Lighting a candle Catholic tradition that possibly stems from older religions. By tradition, to light a candle for the dead is to show respect.

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • Cop Kills wife's rapist comes back from hell to kill 113 evil demons escaped from hell to redeem himself for a second chance. Great acting and story line.

    By 1116carole, Aug 25, 2009

  • Brimstone: Smokin' (Sorry-I couldn't resist)

    By koberfan, Jun 25, 2007

  • Smart choise.

    By da_dunker, Apr 30, 2007

  • A dark and wonderous show with lots of supernatural elements. Plus the Devil himself!

    By sistersun, Mar 17, 2007

  • A good show ahead of it's time.

    By mightyjbowski, Feb 25, 2007

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