Mysterious Ways

NBC (ended 2002)
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  • Declan Dunn has a fascination with mystical phenomena that began when he was buried under an avalanche and given up for dead. After he miraculously survived, he committed his life to investigating miracles and the absolute proof of their existence. Declan is proof that miracles happen. But how do they occur? How could an eleven-year-old child survive drowning in a freezing lake? How could a blind mother locate and rescue her unconscious baby from a flaming inferno? How is it that two seemingly identical twins are not related at all? Now a professor of Anthropology at a leading Oregon university, Declan has the training, support staff and the opportunity to study the uncanny, inexplicable phenomena people call "miracles". With the help of Peggy, a skeptical psychiatrist, and Miranda, a research student, the three embark on a quest to explain what science cannot. ....................................................................... Mysterious Ways' alternate production title was "One Clear Moment". Mysterious Ways premiered on NBC on July 24, 2000, then moved to PAX on August 22, 2000 and was shown exclusively on PAX beginning with the 2nd episode.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 22

    Something Fishy

    Aired 5/14/02

  • S 2 : Ep 21


    Aired 5/7/02

  • S 2 : Ep 20


    Aired 4/30/02

  • S 2 : Ep 19

    A Man of God

    Aired 3/26/02

  • S 2 : Ep 18

    Friends in Need

    Aired 3/19/02

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rae Dawn Chong

    Peggy Fowler

  • Adrian Pasdar

    Declan Dunn

  • Alisen Down

    Miranda Feigelsteen

  • Barry Corbin

    Professor Rudy Sullivan

  • Tabitha St. Germain

    Dr. Kensington

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (82)

    • Declan: I don't know why bad things happen, Peggy. Or good things, for that matter. Reasons aren't always clear, but there's always reasons. Peggy: What you do; it's...weird. Declan: I know. But you still wanna know, don't you?

    • Dean: Another extra curricular project on the Univerity's dime? Declan: No, no, I can explain this. (Pause) Declan: Actually, Miranda might be able to explain this one a little better. Dean: Will it interest me? Miranda: Probably not. Dean: Then don't explain it. Just assure me it won't keep you from doing your real job. Declan: Rest assured. (Dean leaves) Declan: Nice job. Miranda: Shut up!

    • Declan: What happened to you, Peggy? Peggy: I don't have time for this, Declan. Declan: Come on, make time. Peggy: Two years ago, my husband was brought to this hospital. He was broadsided by a driver going fifty miles an hour. He was in pretty bad shape. He lapsed into a coma, there was nothing we could do but wait. So our church rallied around us; we prayed day and night. My faith was strong. And I knew...I knew that he would be healed. A week later, he woke up, just like that. The doctors were amazed. We were ecstatic. He improved steadily for three days, and on the fourth day, in the middle of the night, he died. It was so cruel. So, you keep looking to see if miracles are real. I already know my answer.

    • (Declan knocks on Peggy's open office door) Declan: You mind if I... Peggy: Come in. Declan (Under his breath): What a dump. Peggy: Excuse me? Declan: I, I said what a nice office you've got. I really like what you've done with the space.

    • Declan: A few years back I was deep powder skiing in Telluride, it was just awesome. Beautiful. The most beautiful day of my life. Right up until the avalanche hit. I mean I heard it coming, but there wasn't anything I could do. One minute I'm Jean-Claude Killy, and the next I'm trapped in a block of ice. I thought I was gone. I mean nobody knew where I was and I was out in the middle of nowhere. But then there's this kid. He's on a snowmobile. He's tooling around, having a grand old time, and all of a sudden his snow mobile just conks out. No reason, just had it tuned up - plenty of gas, but now nothing, won't even turn over. But he's got a radio. So he calls for help. While he's waiting for help to arrive, the wind kinda kicked up, so, he reaches for this shovel that he conveniently has in his pack and starts digging a windbreak in the snow. About two feet into the dig, he hit me in the jaw. Peggy: Wow! Declan: Ow! Peggy: Ow. Declan: The ski patrol came, and dug me up. Peggy: That's amazing. Declan: Yeah. This kid, he gets back on his snow mobile, and tries to fire it up one more time, just to see, and guess what? Peggy: It started. Declan: Fired right up. Peggy: Oh that's amazing. Declan: Yeah. But you see, the real miracle for me, was how my life changed after the accident. I never really thought about too many things before that.

    • Peggy: So, you're trying to prove that these miracles are real? Or not real? Declan: No, real, through a process of elimination. Find every possible explanation until none are left. Peggy: And how many of these miracles have you investigated? Declan: 63...but only 6 remain unexplained. Peggy: Unexplained? Declan: Mmm. Peggy: They're actual miracles? Declan: I'd like to think so. I'm always looking for that smoking gun though, that one piece of evidence that's totally indisputable. Peggy: Why? Declan: Why? That's what people want, isn't it? People like you, am I right?

    • Peggy: I'm perplexed by you. Declan: Get in line. Peggy: You investigate, what did you call it? Umm... Declan & Peggy (Simultaneously): Miraculous Phenomena.

    • Peggy: I wanted to apologize about earlier. Declan: Oh yeah? Peggy: I'm not usually so, um... Declan: Hostile? Peggy: I was going to use the word passionate.

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode stars real-life husband and wife Max Martini and Kim Restell, and also reunites Kim with Jerry Wasserman, who played her employer / lover in "Madison".

    • Sarah Brown, who plays Emma Shepard, is best known for her role as Carly Roberts on General Hospital.

    • This episode actually had it's first broadcast on Australia's Ten Network on January 30, 2002.

    • This episode actually had it's first broadcast on Australia's Ten Network on February 6, 2002.

    Trivia (8)

    • Alisen Down was listed as a guest star in this episode.

    • Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks sang "Amazing Grace" in this episode.

    • Hill Harper makes an uncredited appearance in this episode. He is not credited for the episode as he appears only in a photograph - Hill is shown in Peggy's photo album as her late husband.

    • If the organ donor was 19 when he died and would have turned 21 while they were all in Alaska, he would have been 16 when he donated the blood that Miranda received (she said her appendix was removed 5 years ago). You can't donate blood that young. Also, there's no way Miranda's parents would have had his name, unless it was a direct donation, which is clearly not the case.

    • Ana Pasdar, who played Nina Dunn, is the real-life sister of Adrian Pasdar.

    • Camille Martinez played a beautiful death in this episode and the director, Milon Cheylov, said that she is one of the best and easiest actresses to work with.

    • Bob: Many people believed that Christ died at 29, when he was crucified. Actually, the common belief is that Jesus Christ was 33 when he was crucified. Of course, this is simply the most accurate guess, which cannot be accurately proven.

    • This episode is similar to a children's book called CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, which is about food being the weather of the town.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Declan: One minute I'm Jean-Claude Killy, and the next I'm trapped in a block of ice. Jean-Claude Killy is a French skiier born in 1943 who won 3 gold medals at the 1968 Winter Olympics (for Slalom, Grand Slalom and Downhill).

    • Declan (Talking to a student at a college party where dance music is playing in the background): What is this? Grass Roots? I'm only kidding, I know my music. The Grass Roots were an American rock and roll band who released songs between 1965 and 1975.

    • Declan: ...and there was this thing on the ceiling. It said "abandon hope". Ring a bell? Peggy: Dante's Inferno - The Gates of Hell. The Divine Comedy, often referred to as Dante's Inferno is a poem written by Italian poet Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, and is considered one of the greatest works of world literature. In it, the central character, Dante, passes through the gate of hell, on which is inscribed the phrase "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate", or "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here".

    • Rudy: A wolf. Declan: You saw a wolf? Rudy: Not a wolf Declan, the wolf. The big bad wolf. You know, hat, suspenders, snout, like in the story. The story that Rudy is referring to is the Disney classic Three Little Pigs which was first released in 1933. The story has since influenced many other childrens stories.

    • Declan: What if they found out he was planning to turn their home into a strip mall? And they got together, and decided to whack him. The music playing in the background of the episode during this quote is The Lion Sleeps Tonight. This song was used in the 1994 movie The Lion King, in which the storyline was that a young lion was forced to leave his kingdom by his evil uncle, but later returned to the kingdom to overthrow his uncle and regain the kingdom for the animals. This is similar to Declan's theory of the animals trying to keep control of the forest by killing Mike.

    • Music Reference: The episode title of One of Us is a reference to the song of the same name sung by Joan Osborne.

    • Music that plays when Rosa dies: Alison Krauss - I Can Let Go Now

    • Bob: Stock market crashed - October 29. On October 29, 1929, the American Stock Market crashed dramatically, causing widespread economic consequences. Some historians and economists regard the crash as the beginning of The Great Depression, which spread all over the world, and lasted until the start of World War II.

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  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • I adore this show and it was ahead of its time.

    By Cheryl999, Feb 09, 2008

  • Good show, it's like a light-hearted X'Files.

    By bookwormyay342, Jan 17, 2008

  • I love this show, I love its ideas, I love its characters, I love this show! It just sort of absorbs me and I can't stop watching it until its suspensful and surprising ending!

    By soapie13, Jan 07, 2008

  • Interesting show with unique pretext. Too bad it got killed by NBC.

    By FatAlaskan, Oct 16, 2007

  • I really enjoy this series and record it every day, Declan is a bit slow but nice and considerate, Miranda is brilliant and very supportive, Peggy is so not necessary can we please remove her role. The story line is great.

    By pearce10081957, Oct 12, 2007