Stephen King's The Stand

Season 1 Episode 1

The Plague

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM May 08, 1994 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Larry tells his mother that his album isn't on the Hot 100 yet. However, the Hot 100 is a song chart in Billboard. The album chart is the Top 200.

    • Goof: When Ray Booth and the bullies attack Nick on the road, his hat is knocked off. When he fights back, he's wearing it again for a second.

    • Goof: The elevator doors in the CDC reveal Stu is on the second floor. However, moments later, he goes downstairs and tries to open the door to the second floor.

    • Goof: When Stu is running down the stairs in the disease control facility, just before he meets the dying doctor, you can see the shadow of the cameraman that's running after Stu on the wall ahead.

    • Goof: The length of Larry's cigarette while he is on the phone in the bar changes between shots.

    • Goof: When Stu Redman leaves the disease control room in Vermont, the camera and cameraman are reflected in the glass of the door.

  • Quotes

    • Rae: (to another caller) Hi there, you're on the air.
      Caller: Hey Rae, you alright?
      Rae: Well to tell you the truth, honey, it doesn't look very good to the kid right now. Several soldiers have just broken into they studio, they're fully armed and dressed in some kind of protective clothing, they're wearing respirators on their faces.
      (soldiers bust into the studio room)
      Soldier: Shut it down!
      Rae: Hey Bluto, you ever hear about a little thing called Freedom of Speeech? The Bill of Rights? Any of that ring a bell? Folks, I've just been ordered by my uninvited, facist guests to shut down, but I've refused. I think - (gunshots ring out over the radio)

    • Rae Flowers: (to a caller) You say you saw these G.I.s gunning down unarmed civilians?
      Soldier: Open up in the name of the United States army!
      Rae: Tell you what, Portsman, it looks like the Marines have landed and they don't look too happy.
      Fran: This is a joke right? It's got to be a joke!
      Mr. Goldsmith: I really don't think so.

    • Rae Flowers: There's only one topic on everyone's minds today. You can call it the superflu or by its west coast name, Captain Trips, it means the same thing either way. There've been some horror stories about the army clamping down on everything.
      Fran: The army?

    • Leanore: (calling in to Rae Flowers' show) Listen Rae, I just want everyone to know that there's soldiers burning bodies across the state line, also, my little girl died this morning, (crying) I guess she's with Jesus.
      Rae: Sorry as hell Leanore.
      Leanore: Rae, I think the soldiers did it, I think they made a bug that started killing people.
      Rae: That wouldn't be very American on them, now would it?
      Leanore: No, I guess not.
      Rae: Of course that's never stopped the real patriots among us, has it? You try to hang in there Leanore.
      Leanore: I'm trying, Rae, but have you ever smelled bodies on fire?
      Rae: Can't say that I have.
      Leanore It's awful, Rae.

    • Rae Flowers: (on her radio show) Be patient with me folks, as I've said, I'm running everything myself, everyone else called in sick.

    • Mr. Goldsmith: It's time for Rae Flowers.
      Fran: Oh no, not that sarcastic little woman.
      Mr. Goldsmith: Well I like her.

    • Nick: I can hear, I can talk!
      Mother Abigail: I know, Nick, praise God!
      Nick: How'd you know my name?
      Mother Abigail: Come to me in a dream I reckon.
      Nick: Is this a dream?
      Mother Abigail: Well mayhab it is and mayhab it ain't.
      Nick: Who are you, ma'am?
      Mother Abigail: Abigail Freemantle, folks around these parts just call me Mother Abigail.

    • (An isolation-suited Dr. Dietz enters Stu's room with a small animal cage)
      Dr. Dietz: I'd like you to meet a friend of mine. Meet Geraldo.
      Stu Redman: Geraldo, huh?
      Dr. Dietz: Um-hmm. Now, the virus your fellow townspeople contracted passes easily from human to guinea pig and vice-versa, presumably. But Geraldo has been breathing your air, via convector, for the last three days. And Geraldo is fine and frisky, as you see. I'd call that rather comforting, wouldn't you?
      Stu Redman: I see you're not taking any chances.
      Dr. Dietz: That's not in my contract. However, it does appear there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, Mr. Redman. Or, may I call you Stu?
      Stu Redman: Just don't call me Geraldo.

    • (to Major Jalbert while looking at the images of the virus outbreak)
      General Starkey: Look at that. It killed them in a hurry down there. Telemetry reports suggest that even the ones that managed to get their respirators and gas masks on died within 12 minutes after exposure. The rest were gone in less than five. Do you believe that?

    • Mother Abigail Freemantle: I'm 106 years old and I still makes my own bread.

    • Sheriff Baker: (to Nick after being hit by bullies) When I was a boy, we killed ourselves a mountain lion up in the hills, gutted it and dragged it back to town. What was left of that creature was the sorriest sight I ever seen. You the second sorriest boy.

    • Larry Underwood: Listen, I'm gonna try and get the, uh the afternoon flight back, so you put on your sexiest number, I'm gonna take ya out to dinner, then I'll take ya out dancing then maybe I'll just take ya.

    • (Larry Underwood walks along a New York City street. In the background, a very tall, robed man slowly approaches, ringing a bell.)
      The Monster Shouter: Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead! Bring out your-
      [Suddenly the man lunges at Larry, grabbing his shirt and talking straight into his face.]
      The Monster Shouter: He's coming for you, Larry. The Man With No Face!

    • Stu Redman: Country don't mean dumb.

  • Notes

    • International Air Dates:

      Japan: October 9, 1994

      Germany: June 4, 1995

      Finland: November 3, 1995

      Portugal: May 29, 1996

      Estonia: June 26, 1996

      Netherlands: July 20, 1996

      United Kingdom: August 10, 1996

      Denmark: December 26, 1996

      Sweden: January 18, 1998

      Hungary: June 25, 2005


    • Marvel Comics released the first issue of "The Stand: Captain Trips" on September 10, 2008.

    • Stephen King gave Rospo Pallenberg, a fan of "The Stand", to write his own adaptation on the novel for Warner Brothers. However, when the script was almost finished, Warner Brothers backed out of the project.

    • In 1969, Stephen King wrote the short story "Night Surf" about a deadly epidemic and then expanded the story into the novel "The Stand".

    • Rob Lowe had been originally considered for the role of Larry Underwood, but Garris felt that having him in the more unusual role of the deaf-mute Nick Andros would better suit the production.

    • Music:
      "Baby can U dig your man" by Al Kooper

  • Allusions