John Doe

Mind Games

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 11/8/02
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  • Episode Description
  • A young boy, Wesley, and his mother approach John Doe, claiming that sperm bank records indicate that John is the boy's father. John is pulled into a mystery as he tries to track down the list of donors and finds two of them dead, their brains removed.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jayne Brook

    Lt. Jamie Avery

  • John Marshall Jones

    Frank Hayes

  • William Forsythe


  • Dominic Purcell

    John Doe

  • Sprague Grayden

    Karen Kawalski

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Wesley: Isn't John Doe the name they give to unidentified people? What are you, like, a spy or something? John: Ha. I'm not a spy. Wesley: Well, then, what's your real name? John: That is my real name. Wesley: So, your parents are Mr. and Mrs. Doe, and they named you John? John: Something like that.

    • Frank: Don't you know anything about kids? John: Yeah, the average ten-year old male grows 54 point... Frank: Oh man...

    • Karen: Excuse you – did you just smell me? Elvis Braithwaite: Emperor penguins use their sense of smell to determine their mates? Karen: Neat. (moves away)

    • John: I know everything about fatherhood. But nothing about being a dad. Frank: Now that is the smartest thing I've ever heard you say.

    • Lt. Avery: It's never a simple gunshot wound with you, is it, Doe?

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    Notes (3)

    • Music: 1) "Bus Stop" - Arlo, 2) "Don't Ask Me" - OK Go, 3) "You're Here To Stay" - Unknown

    • A short scene in this episode is just a re-used scene from the second episode "Blood Lines", when John is in the sperm bank and he gets the fingerprint, it shows a close up of the fingerprint, and this closeup is actually the same closeup of the fingerprint John got at the start of "Blood Lines".

    • a.k.a. "About a Boy"

    Trivia (9)

    • John says the killer is methodical, but he doesn't kill in any discernible pattern. The fifth donor (Dan Perry) was killed first, then the fourth donor, then the sixth donor (Zeke Pepperfield). If he was working backward from his own position as #7, it should have been Pepperfield, then Perry, then the fourth donor.

    • John sees in shades of grey, which is only one type of total color blindness called cerebral achromatopsia and caused by brain injury, due to once having had memories of colour. The other is monochromatic vision, congenital achromatopsia, and John should not have referenced the number of achromatopes when wondering who his parents were. (lysdexia, RL Doe apparently)

    • John mistakenly identifies the blue and black Harley as a 2002 "Intruder. Also, "805 c.c." is incorrect - it should read as 80.5 Cubic Inches, or approximately 1300 Cubic Centimeters.

    • So...what happened to the last donor, William Sullivan? They never determine who he is is, or take any steps in this episode to determine that's who John really is. We're not even clearly told if he's still alive or if Sherman killed him. Hopefully they'll follow up on this.

    • When Frank and John analyze the killer's apartment they figure out the killer is going back to Vitrochoice where it all began. Frank says, "The source?" and John says, "Vitrochoice, the donor bank." Then they look at the evidence for a bit, and then John figures out again that he's going back to Vitrochance where it all began.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Frank: Oh great. So we got the Cy Sperling of Sperm? Not just the founder, he's also a client? Cy Sperling was the president of "Hair Club for Men." His catch phrase was: "And, by the way, I'm not only the Hair Club president, but I'm also a client."

    • Frank: Looks like Little Man Tate is still following you around. Refers to a movie about a single parent bringing up a boy genius of a son, Fred.

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