Stephen King's The Stand

The Plague

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 5/8/94
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  • Episode Description
  • One sunny June day, a deadly virus accidentally escapes from a government-run lab, decimating the population of the world. Only a few people seems to be inmune. One of the survivors is Stu Redmond, a gas station attendant from Texas, who doesn't seem to suffer the effects of the illness. For this reason, he is kept in a center for disease control in Vermont, where doctors try to figure out why he is still alive. Others survivors include Frannie Goldsmith who lives with her dad, Nick Andros, a deaf-mute, Larry Underwood a rock musician and Lloyd Henreid who is in jail for murder. Each survivor starts having dreams about an old African American woman who warns them from danger and gives them advice, or about a scary evil man.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gary Sinise

    Stu Redman

  • Molly Ringwald

    Frannie Goldsmith

  • Jamey Sheridan

    Randall Flagg

  • Ruby Dee (I)

    Mother Abigail Freemantle

  • Miguel Ferrer

    Lloyd Henreid

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Rae: (to another caller) Hi there, you're on the air. Caller: Hey Rae, you alright? Rae: Well to tell you the truth, honey, it doesn't look very good to the kid right now. Several soldiers have just broken into they studio, they're fully armed and dressed in some kind of protective clothing, they're wearing respirators on their faces. (soldiers bust into the studio room) Soldier: Shut it down! Rae: Hey Bluto, you ever hear about a little thing called Freedom of Speeech? The Bill of Rights? Any of that ring a bell? Folks, I've just been ordered by my uninvited, facist guests to shut down, but I've refused. I think - (gunshots ring out over the radio)

    • Rae Flowers: (to a caller) You say you saw these G.I.s gunning down unarmed civilians? Soldier: Open up in the name of the United States army! Rae: Tell you what, Portsman, it looks like the Marines have landed and they don't look too happy. Fran: This is a joke right? It's got to be a joke! Mr. Goldsmith: I really don't think so.

    • Rae Flowers: There's only one topic on everyone's minds today. You can call it the superflu or by its west coast name, Captain Trips, it means the same thing either way. There've been some horror stories about the army clamping down on everything. Fran: The army?

    • Leanore: (calling in to Rae Flowers' show) Listen Rae, I just want everyone to know that there's soldiers burning bodies across the state line, also, my little girl died this morning, (crying) I guess she's with Jesus. Rae: Sorry as hell Leanore. Leanore: Rae, I think the soldiers did it, I think they made a bug that started killing people. Rae: That wouldn't be very American on them, now would it? Leanore: No, I guess not. Rae: Of course that's never stopped the real patriots among us, has it? You try to hang in there Leanore. Leanore: I'm trying, Rae, but have you ever smelled bodies on fire? Rae: Can't say that I have. Leanore It's awful, Rae.

    • Rae Flowers: (on her radio show) Be patient with me folks, as I've said, I'm running everything myself, everyone else called in sick.

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    Notes (6)

    • International Air Dates:

      Japan: October 9, 1994

      Germany: June 4, 1995

      Finland: November 3, 1995

      Portugal: May 29, 1996

      Estonia: June 26, 1996

      Netherlands: July 20, 1996

      United Kingdom: August 10, 1996

      Denmark: December 26, 1996

      Sweden: January 18, 1998

      Hungary: June 25, 2005


    • Marvel Comics released the first issue of "The Stand: Captain Trips" on September 10, 2008.

    • Stephen King gave Rospo Pallenberg, a fan of "The Stand", to write his own adaptation on the novel for Warner Brothers. However, when the script was almost finished, Warner Brothers backed out of the project.

    • In 1969, Stephen King wrote the short story "Night Surf" about a deadly epidemic and then expanded the story into the novel "The Stand".

    • Rob Lowe had been originally considered for the role of Larry Underwood, but Garris felt that having him in the more unusual role of the deaf-mute Nick Andros would better suit the production.

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    Trivia (6)

    • Goof: Larry tells his mother that his album isn't on the Hot 100 yet. However, the Hot 100 is a song chart in Billboard. The album chart is the Top 200.

    • Goof: When Ray Booth and the bullies attack Nick on the road, his hat is knocked off. When he fights back, he's wearing it again for a second.

    • Goof: The elevator doors in the CDC reveal Stu is on the second floor. However, moments later, he goes downstairs and tries to open the door to the second floor.

    • Goof: When Stu is running down the stairs in the disease control facility, just before he meets the dying doctor, you can see the shadow of the cameraman that's running after Stu on the wall ahead.

    • Goof: The length of Larry's cigarette while he is on the phone in the bar changes between shots.

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