John from Cincinnati

Season 1 Episode 4

His Visit: Day Three

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jul 01, 2007 on HBO

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  • Phenomenal episode.

    Everything about this episode was fantastic, from the writing to the story to the acting.. hell, even to the set design. Kai wakes up in her apartment to find that John is nowhere to be found. Her and Butchie stage a 'seek and find' mission with Bill to find John, who has been violently hit and then stabbed by a group of want-to-be-gangsters in a van. John is found lying in the grass by Vietnam Joe, who quickly gets his truck and tries to get John to a hospital. But a magnificent thing happens: as Vietnam Joe is telling John that he wishes he could help, John grabs one of Joe's hands and places it over his wound, and says 'You can help.' Next time we see John, his wounds are all completely healed. Vietnam Joe doesn't know what to make of the situation (he should take a number) - but seems rather convinced that it was some sort of elaborate prank.

    Dr. Smith shows up at the hotel, looking for Butchie or Shaun. He reveals that he has resigned as a Doctor because of the 'miracle' that happened to Shaun. Mitch spends an evening in a hotel with Linc's hired hand, Cass. And (gasp) we get to see Mitch levitate again! This time he is extremely high off the ground as Cass is entering the room from the bathroom. Mitch asks, 'What do you think of my levitation?' Linc is hot on Cissy's heels. He is practically doing everything he can to get Shaun 'signed' as one of his clients, including trying to break up Mitch and Cissy's marriage in the process.

    Bill, as in every episode, is fantastic, and steals every scene he is in. Here is to hoping Ed O'Neill receives the proper recognition he deserves for bringing the character of Bill to life in such a grand fashion.

    Lots of religious symbolism in this episode: of course John continuous use of the phrase 'See God (insert character name here)' has always been prevalent, but in this episode we learn John's last name is Monad, which is defined in philosophy as 'an unextended, indivisible, and indestructible entity that is the basic or ultimate constituent of the universe and a microcosm of it.' (!!!!!!!!!) Also, Linc's hotel room number is 231. Their is an allusion in this episodes summary regarding the significance of that number to the Bible. A perfect episode from a show that is getting better and better every week.
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