The Dead Zone

Season 4 Episode 12

A Very Dead Zone Christmas

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 04, 2005 on USA
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Episode Summary

Johnny prepares for a Christmas celebration and has to deal with a visit by Alex, an amnesiac Santa, three young brothers without a family, and... turducken.

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  • Get in the Zone for Christmas.

    I really liked the overall theme of the episode. I always enjoy a holiday episode from any show, but The Dead Zone put a spin on it. We did not just get the usual help someone have a great Christmas. We had Johnny and the gang helping of all people…Santa.

    I thought Johnny said it best when he said that no one can share his experiences but Alex, and how true that is. His family can be there for him but they cannot ever “walk a mile in his shoes.”

    With Alex not having a place to go, the Santa who does not know who he is, the three boys left with no one…and the turducken, no stone was left unturned.

    A great holiday episode with great holiday spirit!

  • Johnny and the gang prepare to spend Christmas together, but first they must solve two mysteries: one involving a homeless Santa with a bad memory, another involving three homeless boys.

    This was an exceptionally disappointing episode; it seems that it was intended to be more lighthearted than a usual episode of the series, but sadly, it was not done well at all. Alex returns, and suddenly she and Johnny are an item. As much as I enjoy her character and like to see Johnny happy, it was too fast and unrealistic. Walt, Sarah, and J.J. are featured but given only a few lines; Bruce is relegated to the kitchen to prepare the Turduckey, while everyone else barely helps out. Reverend Purdy swoops in at the last minute to deliver the three homeless boys' father via helicopter (oh, gee, a Christmas good deed. Woo hoo). And the potentially menacing Santa Claus ends up being a forgetful old actor. I'm hoping this "very special Christmas episode" is NOT indicative of the kind of episodes we can expect when the new season premieres.moreless
  • Johnny prepares for a Christmas celebration and has to deal with a visit by Alex, an amnesiac Santa and three young brothers without a family

    Typical schmatzy christmas show...which is why it was good. I remember a time when every show would do a christmas episode and I always looked forward to them. I thought that at times it was a little too misleading and then at the last minute everything came together a bit too easily, but still an enjoyable watch.
  • a bit sappy, but it is a Christmas special so what can you expect...

    This episode was pretty good for a Christmas special. [as far as Christmas episodes go] It's just too bad that Jennifer Finnigan has her own show, she should be a regular on The Dead Zone.

    First, they got rid of the great Kristen Dalton [Dana] for no good reason early in the show's run. Then Sarah Wynter [Rebecca] was okay in season 3, but wasn't supposed to be a permanent character anyway.

    If they don't bring Kristen Dalton back, they should try to work a deal to keep Jennifer Finnigan if possible. Johnny needs a steady girlfriend and she's great.moreless
  • Corny, Cheesy, Campy....and I loved it.

    Bottom line, if you like lighthearted, corny Christmas episodes, you'll love this episode. if you don' won't. This was not t.v. at its finest by any means. It was a vast departure from what we usually get from The Dead Zone but that is (I expect) exactly how they intended it.

    There will be those who will turn up their noses at an episode of this sort, saying it is too cliche and simple, but I don't mind at all. If every episode of Dead Zone became campy and silly like this one, well, I would turn away from the show. But there's just something about Christmas that makes me actually WANT to see cornball episdoes like this one. Do I want to see every episode end with a heartwarming snowball fight among rescued orphans with Christmas carols being sang in the background? No way. But tonight, when I watched this particular episode, I did.

    Way to go Anthony Michael Hall, for setting aside the usual format and going for something that those of us with a cheesy, corny, campy sentimental streak can enjoy!moreless
Jennifer Finnigan

Jennifer Finnigan

Alex Sinclair

Guest Star

Jacqueline Ann Steuart

Jacqueline Ann Steuart

Starlet Actress

Guest Star

Sean Rogerson

Sean Rogerson

Smalltime Drug Dealer

Guest Star

Bill Mondy

Bill Mondy

Deputy Roscoe

Recurring Role

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Rev. Gene Purdy

Recurring Role

Spencer Achtymichuk

Spencer Achtymichuk

Little Johnny Bannerman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Alex: Let's face it - around Christmas, a lot of us are feeling pretty lousy.
      Johnny: And on that happy note...

    • Alex: It's not so much Christmas that bothers me, but what it represents. You know, the stress and turmoil, the anxiety and the shopping frenzy. I mean, God forbid, we shoot for a little "Peace on Earth, goodwill to men."
      Johnny: You're right. We'd all be a lot better off if we just forgot about all he commercialization and looked for a little more inner peace.
      Alex: Yeah.
      Johnny: Damn, I gotta go.
      Alex: Go where?
      Johnny: To the toy store. If I don't get that new hot video game, my son is going to be devastated.
      Alex: What happened to forgetting commercialization and searching for inner peace?
      Johnny: Are you crazy – we're talking about Christmas in America.
      Bruce: Next thing you'll be telling me there's no such thing as Santa Claus
      Alex: You mean the fictional character created by New York City merchants at the turn of the century to encourage people to buy material goods?
      Bruce: (depressed) I can't hear this.

    • Bruce: What the hell is that?
      Johnny: Ah, I knew you were wondering. That, my man, is a turducken.
      Bruce: A turducken. Is that one of those chicken inside a duck inside a turkey things?
      Johnny: That's the one.
      Bruce: It's kinda freaky-looking, man. It's kind like, oh, Colonel Sanders meets Frankenstein type things.

    • Johnny: (to Sara) Why didn't I marry you? Oh right – I was in a coma.

    • Alex: Why do you think Santa would be carrying a .38 revolver?
      Johnny: I don't know. Maybe he's from a bad part of the North Pole.

  • NOTES (2)