The Dead Zone

Cold Hard Truth

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 6/27/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Johnny comes to the aid of shock jock Jack Jericho after the latter is severely beaten by angry listeners. Johnny, a frequent victim of Jack's rantings, is concerned that the radio host's self-destructive behavior may lead to his death. Meanwhile, Johnny attempts to help Walt and Sarah with J.J., who is having problems at school and at home.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anthony Michael Hall

    Johnny Smith

  • John L. Adams

    Bruce Lewis

  • Chris Bruno

    Sheriff Walter "Walt" Bannerman

  • Nicole de Boer

    Sarah Bannerman

  • Michael Taylor

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Les Coll

    By lescollins2, Mar 11, 2013

  • A heart warming episode.

    By farscapefanuk, Oct 05, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Jack: You tell me that you have satellite and high-def, and I will take back every bad thing I have ever said about you. Johnny: Satellite, no HD. Jack: You're a moron and a hoax, man.

    • Jack: Sheriff Bannerman can't seem to solve a case without calling in his human Oiuja board Johnny Smith. You know, pretty soon when you dial 911 around here, you're gonna get the Psychic Friends Network.

    • Intern: If he falls asleep and there's swelling, there's a chance that he could end up in a coma. Jack: Coma? You mean I could wake up with psychic powers? (grabs the Intern's arm) I see a malpractice suit in your future.

    • Johnny: If you jump, who's gonna tell us the cold, hard truth? Think of your fans--if you do this, they won't have anyone to hate.

    • Johnny: So this is your secret place, huh? I've got one, too. JJ: You do? Johnny: Yep. JJ: Is it on your roof? Johnny: Now, if I told you, it wouldn't be a secret, would it?

    Notes (3)

    • "Cold Hard Truth" was the first episode produced for the third season.

    • Michael Richards was originally slated to play Jack Jericho, but he had to pass on the role due to personal family reasons.

    • This episode marks Anthony Michael Hall's directorial debut on the series.

    Allusions (2)

    • Jack:'re gonna get the Psychic Friends Network. This was a popular (and often ridiculed) pay telephone service of the late 1990s where callers were offered psychic advice. Dionne Warwick hosted many television commercials for the service.

    • Jericho: I refuse to belong to any club that would have me as a member.
      Paraphrasing a famous quote from Groucho Marx

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