The Dead Zone

Season 3 Episode 7

Looking Glass

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 25, 2004 on USA
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Looking Glass
Lawyer twins use Johnny to help prove his visions can be false and an invasion of privacy but Johnny believes his visions of a murder are real.

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  • Good premise, but I found it predictable

    (Warning: Major spoilers for this ep)

    I really liked the premise of this show. I liked the twins, the prank, and how it turned out. And I really liked the seamlessness of the plot - it was a very well-written episode.

    I don't know, though - maybe I just watch too much of this kind of TV. I saw most of the plot twists before they happened.

    Right after one of the twins touched Johnny, I instantly know this was going to be a set-up - that he was planning to fake a murder to set Johnny up for some reason.

    They start chasing him, see him at the top of the stairs, Johnny asks, "How did he get up there so fast," and I think, "Twins."

    Johnny learns that they teach law, and I think, "Oh, they're setting Johnny up to prove that psychic ability shouldn't be admissable in a court of law, and is a violation of people's rights, especially if it's the basis for an investigation into a crime that hasn't yet been committed."

    At the end, George barges into the interrogation room, is removed by force, we hear a gunshot, we see George lying on the floor, and I think, "He's faking it to get a confession out of Lenny."

    On the plus side, I did not see it coming that the girl was really going to be killed. I had bought into the idea that Johnny's vision was of a faked death. In a way, I almost wish it had been - then the episode could have been about Johnny's crisis of faith in his own abilities, and his notable repeated tendancy to assume the worst possible interpretation of all of his visions is the correct one.

    I also did not see it coming that it would be one of the twins who did it - it simply didn't occur to me that it could be the work of one without the other (I thought it was a copycat), because the episode had done such a wonderful job up until that point of making them completely interchangeable. And in that respect, especially, I thought this episode was really thought-provoking - it makes you question the way your own mind works.moreless
  • An amazing episode. Original and unique and one of the highlight episodes of a phenomonal third season.

    What an epsiode. Sheer brilliance. Another great episode that keeps you guessing until the very end. This episode was original and smart. This episode was written so well, I couldn't believe how well it was written! Guest stars Bryan and Denny Kirkwood give a great performance as the twins George and Lennie Todd. The idea to try to discredit Johnny as a reliable source of information and that he can be wrong hasn't been done in this series and the way that they did it was even more great.

    This episode is a joy to watch until the shocking ending. It is a shining star in a great third season and is very memorable. Another home run for the Dead Zone!moreless
Denny Kirkwood

Denny Kirkwood

Lenny Todd

Guest Star

Bryan Kirkwood

Bryan Kirkwood

George Todd

Guest Star

James Purcell

James Purcell

D.A. Schweigel

Guest Star

Bill Mondy

Bill Mondy

Deputy Roscoe

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: During Johnny's vision at the mask store, if you look close, you can see that one of the twins has a scar on his cheek.

    • Lenny's confession would never hold up in court because of the way it was obtained.

    • The twins plan is flawed. Johnny could have easily seen their hoax, it was just luck that he only saw the "murder." It's as if the twins planned which particular visions Johnny got of them, but how would they be able to do that?

    • Why does Walt put Bruce in charge of following the twins instead of a certified police officer?

    • You can see one of the Todd twins move noticeably when he's supposedly "frozen" in Johnny's vision at the mask store.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Johnny: What is this, Bruce Eye for the Psychic Guy?

    • Walt: Did you just hear a scream?
      Johnny: No.
      Walt: I'm telling you right now, you just heard a scream. Right?
      Bruce: I definitely heard a scream. Can't you hear it?
      Johnny: Okay, loud and clear.
      Walt: Yeah, that's probable cause.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Bruce: Johnny Smith gets Punk'd and we just go home?
      Punk'd refers to a 2003 MTV reality show where host Ashton Kutcher arranged for unsuspecting celebrities to be caught in strange circumstances on hidden camera.

    • Johnny: Bruce eye for the psychic guy.
      A play on the title for the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

    • The Dead Zone: Characters George and Lenny
      Steinbecks' "Of Mice and Men" is a novel following two men, George and Lennie, during the Great Depression trying to find work. Although, they were not twins or brothers for that matter, the companions and friends, George and Lennie, share some similarities to the characters used in The Dead Zone episode, "The Looking Glass." Both George characters had dreams. Both Lennie characters had dreams also, but those of which contained George right beside him. In Of Mice and Men, Lennie is mentally impaired, but is very strong, unlike the Lennie in The Dead Zone.

      In Of Mice and Men, there was a character named Candy who believed her life had been ruined by marrying Curly. To satisfy her boredom, she seems to hit on every man working at the farm George and Lennie work at. Near the end of the story she gets Lennie alone and messes with his mind by telling him that George will leave him; that he is a burden to George. Near the end, Lennie kills Candy by accident because he has no control over his strength. In the end, Lennie runs because Curly and the whole farm wants him dead and it is George who pulls the trigger.

      In The Dead Zone, Lennie kills George's girlfriend, Fernanda, because he says that she was getting in the way of their future together and that she was trying to separate them. Lennie did it so he and his brother could stay together forever. In the end, George does not want Lennie to be his brother anymore, which is almost similar to Lennie's death by George's hands in Of Mice and Men.