Eli Stone

Season 1 Episode 12

Waiting for That Day

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Apr 13, 2008 on ABC
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Eli has a vision of traveling in a car when all of a sudden an earthquake hits the Golden Gate Bridge. Eli tries to warn people but nobody believes him until he meets Daniel Foote, a scientist that predicts the earthquake. Eli and Daniel try everything they can to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge by suing San Francisco only for Marci Klein to oppose them.moreless

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  • Amazing Abstract Expressionism

    Does anyone have any info. RE: the Art shown In the background, throughout the series of Eli Stone?

    I have been searching, nothing ever in the credits or anywhere online, unless I missed it...

  • Eli works hard to make people believe in an earthquake he saw in one of his visions.

    Eli Stone's espisodes are getting more and more emotional as Eli approaches the day of his surgery. It was very emotional to watch his great effort of making people believe him and Foote's earthquake forecast and, besides that, the stress of dealing with his living will and the possibility he might die during surgery. I can't imagine myself coping with all this without losing it, especially with one of my bosses trying to get me fired! Jonny Lee Miller did a great job in this episode. One complaint, though. I can't find any reason whatsoever why Maggie would help Marci against Eli! Even though Maggie thinks her feeling's for Eli are not mutual, I think she was very ungrateful as a friend!moreless
  • The little boy who cried wolf... with a little help from his friends.

    I felt as if this episode was merely a fan appeaser. Which does NOT mean I did not like it. (I am, after all, a fan. I was appeased.) For once, Eli is right. After another earthquake denoting vision (this time with dates and locations) Eli brings his visions, his beliefs, and his warning to the one place he can do any good; the courtroom. On the subplot, we find Jordan Wethersby being challenged for his position in the firm. When it comes down to his career against Eli's case, Wethersby actually sides with Eli. This counts for a lot, to me. Of course, Wethersby gets the pay of in the end. The reason I labeled this "Alternate Reality" is not because the show actually had a major earthquake in San Francisco, but because they had it destroy the Golden Gate Bridge. It just seems like such a cliché for movies and shows. Oh well. I guess I can forgive them. :Pmoreless
  • Up until now I had my doubts about this show, altough I liked it I wasn't sure if it was one of my favorites or not... until now.

    On Episode 8 (Praying for time) there was a big discussion about an earthquake that may or may not hit San Francisco, thus the big rush to evacuate all the people from the development that was supposed to be the location of the center of that so called earthquake. I wanted so bad to have that earthquake shown so people would start to believe Eli, but that didn't happen.

    This is the episode I was hoping for, from the emotional dilemma about Eli's surgery and all the risks he would have to take, to the desperation about trying to save thousands of people, this episode was full of emotions. The character of Matt Dowd was so meh to me, I didn't hate him nor root for him, but on this episode I really liked him, on the scene with him and Eli you could see the compassion and empathy Matt was feeling for Eli, and the last scene with Taylor and Patty, it was very emotional. One thing though, through out the whole episode I was thinking 'they better show an earthquake because if at the end nothing happens I swear I won't see this show anymore'... and they did!!! Finally the big sign from God that Eli is a prophet!!!

    I really hope this show gets another season!!! please! oh please!!moreless
  • This show has potential to be great and this episode exemplifies that.

    Eli Stone is ambitious in many ways. It attempts to tackle tremendous themes of faith and hope and God and love. It also attempts to remain light hearted and humorous. It also attempts to be unique and somewhat quirky. To a lesser extent, it attempts to understand the legal process in the setting of a courtroom drama. This episode stands for what this show can really become. It also puts the series in an interesting predicament. Eli's visions are now validated. For the last few episodes, Eli's faith has become a backbone of the show. His own personal faith in himself and his visions has been put to the test and through his experience with his father, he was re-affirmed. Few self-doubts lingered by the start of this episode. By the end of the episode, few doubts from anyone might linger. When a show relies on the "is he or isn't he" or "are they or aren't they" premise, an element of mystique is lost when those questions are answered. In the X-files, the first five seasons questioned whether Mulder was truly crazy and at many times, there were serious doubts as to whether there were ever any aliens at all. On Lost, the reveals keep coming but the one that springs to mind was Locke's paralysis. Until "Tallahassee" the audience was left to question the nature of Locke's pre-island paralysis (psycho-somatic, faked, etc.). So now that Eli has joined these shows in taking a huge risk and answering a big question, it is in an interesting position. It seems Eli will go through with the brain surgery. This may be the best possible answer by the writers to this predicament. Undoubtedly, this will take the show in new directions and I look forward to what they have in store as a season finale this Thursday!moreless
John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Daniel Foote

Guest Star

Molly Hagan

Molly Hagan

Moira Foote

Guest Star

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin

Judge Gaitin

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Eli tells his colleagues that the 22nd floor is probably not the safest place to be during an earthquake. However, the exterior shot of Wethersby, Posner & Klein shows a building only ten stories tall (seven in the east wing).

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Jordan: Ms. Klein's problem with Mr. Stone isn't that he is eccentric, it's that he applies his considerable talents to underdogs and individuals, instead of conglomerates and CEOs. He reminds us that in business there is still room for humanity, that capitalism without mercy is tantamount to evil--he reminds us of the best parts of ourselves. Yes, I have protected Eli Stone, because I believe this firm needs Eli Stone; I believe that every firm, every company, everyone...needs an Eli Stone. And by your vote you'll say whether or not you agree. If you don't, then this place has become something I don't want my name on anyway.

    • Marci: I've tallied the partners' vote, and, well... Jordan, there's no easy way to say this.
      Jordan: I think you just did, Marci.
      Marci: But, for the record, it is the decision of the partnership that Jordan Weathersby be removed from his post as managing partner - effective immediately. Truly, Jordan, I'm sorry.
      Jordan: I'm not. I can live with the partners decision. I hope they can.
      (an earthquake interrupts the meeting for 20-30 seconds, shattering windows and bringing down ceiling beams)
      Jordan: Marci... I'd like a revote.

    • Patti: Eli, you draft your will yet?
      Eli: I left you all my George Michael CDs. I figured that was appropriate.

    • Matt: I take it from the look of surprise on your face that you're unaccustomed to dealing with men as capable as the Dowd. (Eli knocks) Funny, we were just talking about you.
      Eli: Hey, do you have a second?
      Taylor: Uhh, I've got sixty of them.
      Eli: I was asking... the Dowd.

    • Chen: Dude, I solved your problem.
      Eli: Sorry, you're going to have to tell me which one.

    • Eli: By this you mean your plan to get people to believe me by relying on someone nobody believes.
      Chen: Eli, he predicted the earthquake from your vision.
      Eli: He also predicted five other earthquakes that never happened.
      Chen: Obviously he's gotten the kinks of his prediction system worked out.
      Eli: That's not obvious. That's the exact opposite of obvious.

    • Eli: I need this to be ironclad. I need it to be drafted without sympathy or sentiment.
      Matt: I am fairly unsympathetic.
      Eli: That's what I'm counting on. We're gonna put your utter lack of humanity to good use.

    • Eli: I've heard rumblings...
      Jordan: And did you hear them from a tall female associate who has my eyes?

    • Eli: It's not even noon and I've already made my end-of-life decision. What have you done today?

    • Taylor: Eli and I used to tell each other all the time.
      Matt: Well, don't put me in that position. However, I can think of several positions you could put me in.
      Taylor: It's almost hard to believe you'd botch the one evening you had to prove you're not all pig.

    • Eli: I believe you!
      Foote: Only because you're cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!

    • Eli: If I wasn't right, how would I know that?
      Maggie: Well, I must have told you. Then it was "Maggeroni-and-Cheese." Then it was just "Maggeroni." Then it was just "Macaroni."
      Eli: No, you didn't tell me. I'd remember being that bored.

    • Taylor: (to Matt) Look, I recognize it's probably been a while since you managed to go on date without a woman who did it professionally but generally you're expected to pay attention to the woman you're with.

    • Eli: It's kind of like to be or not to be...
      Matt: kind of...
      Eli: ...except for the I'll already be brain-dead part.
      Matt: There is that. If it's any consolation, I already think of you as brain dead.

    • Dr. Rajapaska: It looks like we're all set.
      Eli: To take out the aneurysm.
      Dr. Rajapaska: I thought we were removing your gall bladder. A little joke.

    • Dr. Rajapaska: Your pre-op exam looks promising.
      Eli: Well, I studied very hard. A joke.

    • Dr. Rajapaksa: You seem nervous.
      Eli: Why would I be nervous? It's not like we're talking about going into my skull with sharp instruments with a high likelihood that I'll lose the ability to speak. That's if I don't lose the ability to, ya know, live.

    • Eli: The one person in the entire city who believes us, just happens to be the mayor. (chuckles) Talk about dumb luck.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "The One You Knew" by Joshua Radin

    • Injoke: John Billingsley (Daniel Foote) played a character named Egan Foote on the short lived ABC show The Nine. He had a similar appearance and demeanor and same last name on both ABC shows.

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: August 10, 2008 on AXN
      Germany: October 15, 2008 on Pro7
      Australia: January 13, 2009 on Seven
      Norway: January 28, 2009, on Tv2
      The Netherlands: February 9, 2009 on Net 5


    • Patti: No, the mayor of Munchkinland!
      This is the second reference in this episode to The Wizard of Oz. Munchkinland is at the beginning of the yellow brick road, where the Munchkins reside.

    • Foote: That's because you're cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!
      Referencing the slogan for the chocolate cereal from General Mills. The mascot is Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, who inevitably goes "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs" when he sees or smells the cereal.

    • Jordan: I assume the Wicked Witch to whom you're referring is one of this firm's founding partner?
      This and the subsequent line about a bucket of water are references to the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, and the Wicked Witch of the West played by Margaret Hamilton.

    • Eli: As if one fake earthquake hallucination wasn't enough, now I'm getting one directed by Michael Bay.
      Referencing the big-budget director specializing in remakes (rather then sequels, as Eli says a little later), known for making huge spectacular movies such as Armageddon, Transformers, and Pearl Harbor filled with action and explosions.

    • Patti: This better be good, Dowd, I'm missing Oprah. Dr. Oz is on.
      Referencing the daytime talk show Oprah, hosted by Oprah Winfrey since 1986, which was featuring Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and author who appears regularly on Oprah's show.

    • Eli: I wanted to make sure that I don't get Terry Schiavo'd.
      Theresa Schiavo was a woman who spent 15 years in a vegetative state after collapsing in 1990. Schiavo's case drew international attention when her husband embarked on a seven year legal battle to remove her feeding tube, which her parents opposed.

    • Episode's Title
      This episode's title is the name of a song by George Michael, which appeared on the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.