Eli Stone

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 31, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Eli Stone has premonitions that make him question his role in life. Eli seeks help from his brother Nathan about the visions who then uncovers something wrong with Eli. Eli then turns to Dr. Chen for alternative solutions to his problems.

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  • There's potential here...

    I definitely see potential in this series. Eli's first vision, of George Michael singing "Faith" was perfect. Because that's what this show reminds me of: faith. Namely, that while there's almost always going to be some POSSIBLE explanation for a vision, or a miracle, or any other supernatural occurrence (in this case, Eli has a Brain aneurysm), while there is almost never a way to 100% prove that such occurrences are, indeed, supernatural, sometimes, as the man said, "you gotta have faith". I'm going to be watching this show with keen interest to see how things develop. I hope it goes well, but hey, I've got faith.moreless
  • The show may have a similar concept to earlier shows but for me it was a fresh take on the concept. The concept of a lawyer that has bizarre visions and uses them to help thosemoreless

    The show may have a similar concept to earlier shows but for me it was a fresh take on the concept. The concept of a lawyer that has bizarre visions and uses them to help those he encounters. In Eli Stones case these vision make him pick the most needy and deserving client for his legal services. I like the fact that Eli is hinted to having a divine power behind his abilities which is clocked in eastern mythology but sadly the smallest hint of God is too much for some. For me personally after all the promos of George Michael on a table signing. I thought this show was going to be more comedy driven but thankfully it's not. The comedic elements are mixed in with high doses of drama. Good show I think it'll be fun with even Loretta Divine a tv show familiar face adding to the comedy and giving Eli a mother hen to keep him in check.moreless
  • This is a fresh new show.

    Johnny Lee Miller does a fantastic job in this role. His assistant Patti is hilarious with her one-liners and diatribes. I am really enamoured with this show. The characters are fun and quirky. The cases that are brought to Eli are intersting. The cast does a really fantastic job of keeping the pacing quick and the writers are keeping everything witty and funny. I'm really looking forward to seeing how things progress with our headcase Eli. I question though, if he has an inoperable brain aneurysm, how long can the show go on for? I hope it goes on for a while. I think this is one of the best new pilots in the last couple of years. Excellent show!!!moreless
  • A very interesting concept, with an even better explanation. I look forward to more episodes.

    This show has a premise I really like, a guy has visions that help him figure out what he has to do in life. In a way it's like "Touched by an Angel" but with the angel always helping the same person. However, unlike "Pushing Up Daisies" or "Journeyman" we get a very rational, plausible explanation for what's going on. There's no mystery to solve or "it just happened" one day. He has an anyurism that gives him visions. Visions that tell him what to do "have faith", what to do with his father's ashes, who the lady was he helping. And as he follows them, good things happen. The genre is old but the twist is nice.

    I like Eli, he is a likable person. I appreciate the fact that he's not fighting his gift. The "I deny my give" schitck is even more tired and I'm glad they didn't use it. To me that's just bad writing and poor planning. I prefer to see the embrace, even if he screws it up. His secretary is funny and makes for a good partner. We'll have to see what happens with his girlfriend, whether or not she sticks around. His boss, a vet in law shows, is a good choice and should provide some fun moments. However, I think the real gem is "Dr. Chen". When he dropped his accent and explained everything I thought that was very well done. His explanation of the visions was well done as well, basically telling there are 2 levels, the physical and the divine. The physical gave you the ability but it's the divine that's shaping them. And what he does with them is still his choice. I look forward to seeing more.moreless
  • I was enthusiastic. A little disappointed. Not bad. Kinda funny. Most good parts were shown in the commercials.

    I was so very excited about this series. Excited that it seemed to be a somewhat original idea. Excited that Loretta Devine would be in it - and not just guest starring. Not so much excited, as I was intrigued that George Michael would play a small part. Because of the recent over run of Reruns, due to the writers strike, I was hungry - okay starving for something that I haven't seen before. I must say I was a bit disappointed. It seemed that all the good parts were shown in the trailors and the commercials. I knew what was going to happen, not one surprise - except for the fact that I didn't know I would not like Eli's fiance much. But obviously she is there to fill a certain criteria - ie: we aren't supposed to like her much. As far as the storyline goes, predictable but good. It was not all that original or realistic. But I didn't tune in for realism. The controversy surrounding the plot was silly - a television show is not going to influence me in one way or another on getting my children vaccinated. But, with that controversy came more publicity. So I can imagine that didn't hurt the ratings one bit. The things that were put up as "fate" on this episode, seemed just a bit too clumsily coincidental. Especially the whole girl he loses his virginity to - he doesn't recognize her.

    The jokes were funny - but only in a short giggle kinda way. One funny part that I wasn't expecting was when Eli goes to Beth's house after he realized who she was and asks if her son is his. She says "Yes, he is. I was pregnant for 8 years." Priceless! My favorite character for laughs is Dr. Chen, played wonderfully by James Saito. He has been around a long time in this business, and I hope we get to see him in a more regular way now.

    The character of Eli Stone played by Johnny Lee Miller is definetely a likeable one. But could Johnny ever play an unlikeable one? He is so darn cute. However, his crossover from yuppie to prophet was quick and hard to believe. Eli is awkward, and falls down a lot, embarrasses himself - and that is always a crowd pleasing quality for a character. I hope there is a little more depth to this character. The chemisty between Eli and Taylor is basically nonexistent, I hope that is not just because I have an aversion to tall blonde types....

    The flashbacks and dream sequences are entertaining. And Tom Cavanaugh as Eli's deceased father is a huge plus. Too bad he is dead, I love Tom Cavanaugh! It will be good to see more of Matt Letscher too.moreless
Matt Letscher

Matt Letscher

Nathan Stone

Guest Star

Pamela Reed

Pamela Reed

Lenore Stone

Guest Star

John Prosky

John Prosky

Alan Cook

Guest Star

Jodi Long

Jodi Long

Judge Marcia Phelps

Recurring Role

Tom Amandes

Tom Amandes

Martin Posner

Recurring Role

Thomas Cavanagh

Thomas Cavanagh

Jeremy Stone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Beth: We're going to lose, aren't we?
      Eli: I'm sorry if telling you repeatedly that we had no chance of winning got your hopes up.

    • Taylor: I don't know if I can do this, Eli. I mean, the visions, the odd behavior, I could take all that, but the idea of losing you at any moment?
      Eli: Are you breaking up with me? Because I was just diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and that would be really bad timing on your part.

    • Lenore: So, his father and I went outside to find Eli naked covered in feathers and chocolate syrup.
      Eli: Thanks, Mom. (to Nathan) And thank you, too.
      Nathan: Come on, I was ten. Just be glad I couldn't find tar.

    • Eli: (Referring to the George Michaels' song that only he can hear) It's coming from the living room.
      Taylor: I'm glad something's coming.

    • Dr. Chen: (in Chinese accent) You always show up, no appointment! Dr. Chen not Jiffy Lube! Come back Friday.
      Eli: I went to the doctor, the real kind. You wouldn't, uh, happen to have any needles for an inoperable brain aneurysm I inherited from my alcoholic father who I wrongly hated for 20 years?
      Dr. Chen: (Chinese accent completely gone) Oh wow, that totally blows, bro.

    • (Eli is getting acupuncture to help with his visions)
      Eli: There was a voice this time. Pretty sure it was my dead father.
      Dr. Chen: Hm. Dead parent. Different needle.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates
      Venezuela: April 22, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Denmark: May 17, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Czech Republic: May 25, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: June 25, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Germany: August 6, 2008 on Pro7
      The Netherlands: November 24, 2008 on Net 5
      Australia: December 2, 2008 on Channel 7

    • The episode attracted much controversy by presenting the legally compelling theory that autism is caused by a mercury-based preservative. The theory has been scientifically shown to be false and has led to decreased vaccination rates in the U.S. The American Academy of Pediatrics asked ABC to cancel the episode or present a disclaimer. The network instead put a card at the end claiming everything that occurred was fictional and referring viewers to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's autism page for more information.

    • Featured Music:
      "Knock Yourself Out" by Jon Brion
      "Good Monsters" by Jars of Clay
      "Faith" by George Michael
      "Over and Done With" by The Proclaimers
      "Never Die" by Geoff Martyn
      "Faith" by The Boy Least Likely To (acoustic cover)
      "Moonshine" by Jupiter and Teardrop
      "Something To Believe In" by Aqualung
      "Flyin" by Emerson Hart


    • Nathan: If you build it, he will come.

      Referencing the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner. He plays a farmer who hears a mysterious, heavenly voice telling him: "If you build it, he will come." He turns one of his cornfields into a baseball diamond. After a while "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and other ghostly players, banned from baseball for their part in throwing the 1919 World Series, show up to play.