Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Season 1 Episode 5

The Road Virus Heads North

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jul 26, 2006 on TNT



  • Trivia

    • Just before Richard turns the volume up on the car stereo at the start of the episode, we can see it says "No discs loaded" yet he is listening to music. If he was listening to the radio, it should show the station.

    • When Richard tumbles down the steps, for a brief second you can see there are a few Stephen King novels scattered on the floor, obviously self-referencing the author within his own series. Two of the visible titles are Pet Sematary and The Tommyknockers.

  • Quotes

    • (talking to the painting)
      Richard: You hear the Road Virus? Aunt Trudy wants you to go for a swim.
      Aunt Trudy: No. Sink!

    • (Richard is receiving a medical exam)
      Doctor: Are you comfy, Richard?
      Richard: No, I'm wealthy. My caboose has landed its own reality show. Let me know if you find my dignity up there.

  • Notes

    • "The Road Virus Heads North" is from King's collection of short stories, Everything's Eventual (2002).

  • Allusions

    • Aunt Trudy: Get busy livin'.
      In the Shawshank Redemption, a movie based on a Stephen King short story, Red (played by Morgan Freeman) said many times "get busy livin', or get busy dyin'"

    • Richard Kinnell says that he still has two hours to drive to Derry. Derry is the fictional setting for Stephen King's "It".

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