Night Visions

Season 1 Episode 7

Now He's Coming Up the Stairs

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jul 26, 2001 on FOX

Episode Recap

Michael Sears is a psychiatrist blessed and cursed with the unique ability of absorbing patients' illnesses into himself, although the personal cost is staggering: he takes on an anorexic girl's illness and has to deal with her visions of maggot-ridden food while eating. Worse, it takes him longer to purge the effects each time. Going on a vacation, Sears is besieged by a desperate mother with a catatonic boy who can only chant "Now he's coming up the stairs" after seeing his mother hit a pedestrian. The boy emerges from the coma temporarily, but Sears undergoes a series of hallucinatory relapses which eventually leaves him trapped in psychosis.