John from Cincinnati

HBO (ended 2007)
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  • From the creator of Deadwood comes this new "surf noir" drama about a dysfunctional Southern California family galvanized by the sudden arrival of two strangers: a man out for revenge and a boy looking for surfing lessons. In Imperial Beach, California, the dysfunctional Yost family intersects with two new arrivals to the community: a dim-but-wealthy surfing enthusiast and man spurned by the Yosts years ago.

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 10

    His Visit: Day Nine

    Aired 8/12/07

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    His Visit: Day Eight

    Aired 8/5/07

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    His Visit: Day Seven

    Aired 7/29/07

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    His Visit: Day Six

    Aired 7/22/07

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    His Visit: Day Five

    Aired 7/15/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Luis Guzman

    Ramon Gaviota

  • Willie Garson

    Meyer Dickstein

  • Bruce Greenwood

    Mitch Yost

  • Luke Perry

    Linc Stark

  • Jim Beaver

    Vietnam Joe

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (162)

    • John: Some things I know, some things I don't. Vietnam Joe: I'll drop you off at Butchie's. He may know where Mitch is, get you your health insurance. Then I'm gonna roll a fucking fattie!

    • (Mitch has told Cissy that he believes he has a brain tumor as a result of his levitation) Cissy: Why would you think you got brain cancer? Mitch: I was hallucinating. Cissy: You been getting high? Mitch: No, it wasn't a hallucination. It's not like acid.

    • Vietnam Joe: Tell me something you know. John: The end is near. Vietnam Joe: Feel that way half the time myself.

    • Cissy: (To Security Guard, referring to Gary) This guy made a pass at me. Gary: I am a diabetic! I did no such thing.

    • (Bill and Shaun are riding together in Bill's truck. Bill is being passed on the road by drivers) Bill: (To the 1st car that passes him) Up your ass! (To the 2nd) Up your nose with a rubber hose. (To the 3rd) Fuck you! (Bill turns to Shaun) Bill: Excuse me, I lost my temper.

    • (Linc and John are watching Mitch surf) Linc: You know Mitch Yost? John: Mitch Yost should get back in the game. (Linc follows John as they approach Mitch) Linc: Couple of fun ones, eh Mitch? John: You should get back in the game Mitch Yost. Mitch: (To John) You should mind your own business. Mitch: (To Linc) Go fuck yourself.

    • (Mitch steps on a syringe in the sand) Mitch: God damn it. A syringe. Maybe it's one of Butchiee's. Linc: What's happened with Butchiee is one of the biggest mistakes of my life. Mitch: Yeah, well, now he's proven to the world he can fuck up just fine without a sponsor.

    • John: The end is near. Linc: Amen my brother. (Linc turns and sees a group of people walking) Linc: These illegals act like it's just another day at the beach.

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    Notes (33)

    • This episode's running time is 57 minutes.

    • In reality, Rebecca De Mornay (Cissy) is only 10 years older than her on-screen son Brian Van Holt (Butchie). Also, Bruce Greenwood (Mitch), his on-screen father, is only 13 years older than him.

    • The closing song fo this episode is called 'Sun Rise Light Flies' by 'Kasabian'

    • This episode was available to view on about a day after its premiere date, June 10, 2007.

    • David Milch met Greyson on set and thought he could be perfect for the role, as he is an excellent skateboarder and understands the world. As a bonus, he turned out to be a very good little actor.

    • The trailer for the series premiere is set to The Perfect Ending by Harriet Street.

    • The surfing sequences are by well-respected surfers Brock Little, Keala Kennelly, Dan Malloy, John-John Florence, Shane Beschen, and Herbie Fletcher.

    • This episode began filming in October, 2006.

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    Trivia (13)

    • John always seems to have exactly what people want in his pockets: (1). Vietnam Joe wants $50 to give John a ride to see Butchie, he empties his pockets and $50 falls out. (2). Butchie asks for his $2300 back, and John pulls exactly $2300 from his pocket. (3). Butchie either thinks John is stupid or rich for giving him the $2300 back, he asks John for ID, he empties his pockets and a Platinum Card comes out, showing Butchie his name, and also making Butchie think he is rich as it is a Platinum Card. (4). Butchie needs to make a phone call, but doesnt have his phone, he asks John if he has a Phone and he pulls one out of his pocket.

    • Imperial Beach receives $750 for each day of filming.

    • For the preview for this episode, it shows a mysterious surfer floating in the air.

    • In the opening sequence, you can see illegals coming across the border while the action goes on in the foreground.

    • It was filmed in Imperial Beach.

    • Cass drives a Black 1961 Porsche 356 Speedster Convertible, the same car that Luke Perry drove in Beverly Hills 90210.

    • In the episode 'His Visit: Day One' while at the motel John says: "Room 24 shall give up its dead, and the dead shall be forgiven" And in 'His Visit: Day Two' Barry decides to enter room 24 and he claims he saw a ghost. John may have been giving Barry a cryptic warning about this room, but Barry may not have realised what John said.

    • Bill says 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph' when his bird Zippy brings Shaun back to life in the hospital, exactly the same thing he said in 'His Visit: Day One' when it seems Shaun brings Zippy back to life.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Bill: Up your nose with a rubber hose! 'Up your nose with a rubber hose!' is the 'famous comeback' phrase used quite often by Vinnie Barbarino (John Travolta ) throughout the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, which aired from 1975 to 1979.

    • Linc's Hotel Room Number is 231. In The King James Version of the Bible, perhaps the most recognizable verse is Psalm 23:1, which states: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23 in its entirety is as follows: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

    • Linc and Tina both mention Babe Ruth Babe Ruth was a professional baseball player from 1914 to 1935. Born February 6th, 1895, his birth name was George Herman Ruth, Jr. - but he was more commonly referred to as The Babe, The Great Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, or The Home Run King. In 1999, The Sporting News named Babe the Greatest Baseball Player of All-Time.

  • Fan Reviews (36)
  • John from Cincinatti was a series that had potential.

    By LRoddiNY6812, Oct 07, 2007

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    By SaveJFC, Aug 16, 2007

  • A very wordy show that confuses but entertains

    By AegisAtreyu, Jan 19, 2009

  • Drama about a dysfunctional Southern California family galvanized by the sudden arrival of two strangers. In Imperial Beach, California, the dysfunctional Yost family intersects with two new arrivals to the community.

    By KAF17, Sep 14, 2008

  • I really love the show but the last episode of the season didn't make much sense to me at all.

    By Zorrozag, Aug 13, 2007