The Dead Zone

Season 6 Episode 7

Numb

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 29, 2007 on USA
8.2
out of 10
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75 votes
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Episode Summary

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Sarah must take unexpected actions to save Johnny's life after he goes into a coma.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Poor direction hobbles an interesting center installment

    6.0
    Now that the season has hit the mid-point, it seems logical for the writers to make some sort of statement regarding Johnny and Sarah. With the two of them in close proximity, given their history, the emotions are clearly running high. Up to this point, they've been keeping those emotions in check, largely due to the circumstances of Walt's death and the complexity of the family situation. It's not so much that they don't want to be together, but that they've had several reasons to keep it from happening and attempting to move on beyond their shared past.



    The previous episode was designed to remind Johnny of how important and central Sarah is to his world. This episode compliments that by forcing Sarah to consider their history and how much they still mean to each other. The induced coma, while part of the larger mystery, was the device for pushing 12 years of psychological angst to the forefront. Sarah had to contemplate life without Johnny again, and it cut her to the core, breaking down the barriers that circumstance had placed in their way.



    If both of them had come to the separate realizations without something to bridge the gap of uncertainty, the momentum for a logical return to romance wouldn't be there. Instead, the writers manage to use a fairly simple situation as a hook into a mystery that gives Nicole de Boer a chance to tackle some unfamiliar material and Johnny a chance to see things from Sarah's perspective.



    The mystery itself was not particularly compelling. It was easy enough to guess what was happening, and the eventual details did little to give the concept more weight. Instead, it was the clever use of the vision and the interaction between the characters. It was great to see Sarah take action, breaking out of the mold created for her character in previous seasons, and as already mentioned, the structure of the episode made the ending a logical and sensible consequence of the ordeal.



    All that said, it is also clearly the mid-point of a larger arc for the two characters, and as much as the relationship might be turning towards the inevitable, this feels less like a resolution and more like the calm before the storm. The happiness of this particular moment will likely be shattered, especially since Walt's legacy is still lingering in the background. It's that sense of uneasiness that makes this an interesting development. This is simply not going to last, and the sense of stability now will give Johnny something to fight for on a personal level as things get darker.



    With much of the story construction in place and the cast hitting the right notes for the characters, much of the episode's lackluster tone falls on the direction and editing. The final act especially is rushed and Johnny's immediate recovery from an induced coma and surgery is hard to reconcile. Some of the editing issues were more reminiscent of the previous two seasons than the new status quo would have suggested.moreless
  • An episode worth watching.

    10
    I personally loved this episode. I realize I might be one of the only few but I watched the first episodes of this show when it first started way back when and I remember Johnny's heartbreak when he came out of the coma. I always knew that Johnny and Sara belonged together but it seemed impossible considering the situation at that time during the show, but I did seem to feel that one day Johnny and Sara's love for each other would find it's way back. Tonight's show was for all the hopeful romantics who believe that true love last forever and somehow always finds a way again. Sara loves her husband but she always loved Johnny and almost losing him to another coma brought all her feelings to the front. It is always easy to look at things logically and think this is not right to happen but I would rather look at it emotionally and just feel what is really right.moreless
  • Interesting, but fails to captivate.

    7.1
    After last weeks excellent Johnny Smith centered offering "Switch" comes a decidedly pedestrian and average storyline with "Numb". After Johnny develops appendicitis and checks into a hospital where a Doctor is busy keeping people in comas in order to gain access to their savings and belongings. Johnny ends up in a coma and things seem bleak.



    The episode is very Sarah based, with Nicole de Boer trying to fill the role that would previously have been performed by John L. Adams as Bruce. While she is adequate in this episode, she's not great as she fails to provide much gravitis or conviction. While Cara Buono as Sheriff Turner is solid and the other bit part/guest actors are decent, the entire thing fails to hold together with any kind of strength. Even after the slight 'twist' in the tale near the end.



    Then of course, at the end of the Episode Johnny and Sarah kiss after revealing a little of how they feel. Honestly, this is a mistake, Nicole has always had better chemistry on screen with Chris Bruno (Walt) and equally Anthony as Johnny has better fitted with Kristen Dalton (Dana Bright), Sarah Wynter (Rebecca Caldwell) and Jennifer Finnigan (Alex Sinclair). As a consequence the show feels like it's taking a wrong turn, in addition it's also struggling due to a reduced cast and has no real driving impetus as Stillson/Armageddon storyline seems dead.



    Maybe it's just a small roadbump in the way towards something spectacular, but "Numb" does indeed feel like a let down after the gripping storylines of the previous four episodes.moreless
  • Interesting, but fails to captivate.

    7.4
    After last weeks excellent Johnny Smith centered offering "Switch" comes a decidedly pedestrian and average storyline with "Numb". After Johnny develops appendicitis and checks into a hospital where a Doctor is busy keeping people in comas in order to gain access to their savings and belongings. Johnny ends up in a coma and things seem bleak.



    The episode is very Sarah based, with Nicole de Boer trying to fill the role that would previously have been performed by John L. Adams as Bruce. While she is adequete in this episode, she's not great as she fails to provide much gravitis or conviction. While Cara Buono as Sheriff Turner is solid and the other bit part/guest actors are decent, the entire thing fails to hold together with any kind of strength. Even after the slight 'twist' in the tale near the end.



    Then of course, at the end of the Episode Johnny and Sarah kiss after revealing a little of how they feel. Honestly, this is a mistake, Nicole has always had better chemistry on screen with Chris Bruno (Walt) and equally Anthony as Johnny has better fitted with Kristen Dalton (Dana Bright), Sarah Wynter (Rebecca Caldwell) and Jennifer Finnigan (Alex Sinclair). As a consequence the show feels like it's taking a wrong turn, in addition it's also struggling due to a reduced cast and has no real driving impetus as Stillson/Armageddon storyline seems dead.



    Maybe it's just a small roadbump in the way towards something spectacular, but "Numb" does indeed feel like a let down after the gripping storylines of the previous four episodes.moreless
Tom Barnett

Tom Barnett

Dr. Cole

Guest Star

Angela Galuppo

Angela Galuppo

Nurse Carrie

Guest Star

Tyrone Benskin

Tyrone Benskin

Dewey Morris

Guest Star

Cara Buono

Cara Buono

Sheriff Anna Turner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The first time Dr. Cole enters Johnny's room with papers for Sarah to sign, the digital clock reads 7:00 throughout the scene. However, the second time around, it reads 7:01.

    • Johnny's doctor says that he needs an appendectomy, but during the exam, Johnny reacts when the doctor presses on the left side of his abdomen. The appendix is located on the right side.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Nurse Carrie: You must be so close.
      Sarah: Sometimes I think it doesn't matter when we met. We'd still feel like we'd known each other forever.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Dr. Cole: Lions and flowers and the sheriff.
      Sarah: Oh my!
      Paraphrasing the famous line from The Wizard of Oz (1939). The line actually spoken by Dorothy (Judy Garland) is "Lions and tigers and bears--oh my!"

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