The Dead Zone

Season 1 Episode 3

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 30, 2002 on USA
8.6
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Johnny returns to his old school as a substitute teacher and as a hockey coach. During practice, Johnny has a vision inside a player's heart that indicates he may have a serious heart condition. However, there is no medical evidence to support him. Johnny's vision of Todd, and his previous publicity, cause an outcry by the parents who demand that Johnny be fired.moreless

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  • Exactly why i watch this series. It's educative.

    8.4
    Fine example of the show and still staying true to Itself. Johnny tries to make a living as a substitute teacher and a hockey coach as he has visons of a player who has a heart condition but seems like the player will die in the future.

    Meanwhile, due to Johnny's recent "publicity", everybody in the school from parents to teachers try to get him fired for being a wacko! But i also think human being can be so ungratefulmoreless
  • So far so good.

    8.1
    It looks like all those words of praise this show has been getting throughout the years are justified. What a wonderful episode. The story of a man trying to pick his life up where he left it, not backing down despite the waves of outsiders weary of him. Of the hundreds of people not believing the things he is experiencing firsthand. I am in no way like Smith. I would've backed down, abused my powers in a casino, and gotten filthy rich. I wouldn't have saved lives unless it would benfit me in financial or emotional ways. I would've let that kid die on the ice. He didn't. It's so touching to see everything fall into place at the end of an episode. To see everyone suddenly believing the guy. And tomorrow, when everyone has forgotten the life he saved (and the chance of going to Princeton he ruined), they're all going to go back to the Smith-hating mob they used to be.moreless
  • Why I watch the show!

    7.0
    Fine example of the show and still staying true to

    Itself. Johnny tries to make a living as a substitute teacher and a hockey coach as he has visons of a player who has a heart condition but seems like the player will die in the future.

    Meanwhile, due to Johnny's recent "publicity", everybody in the school from parents to teachers try to get him fired for being a wacko!
Chris Masterson

Chris Masterson

Todd Paley

Guest Star

Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders

Principal Pelson

Guest Star

Michael Puttonen

Michael Puttonen

Coach Foley

Guest Star

Anna Hagan

Anna Hagan

Vera Smith

Recurring Role

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Rev. Gene Purdy

Recurring Role

Kristen Dalton

Kristen Dalton

Dana Bright

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At 12:32 when Todd lifts his face guard, the glove on his right hand is off. Yet, a second later it is suddenly on his hand.

    • When Johnny got up from his chair at the hospital to hear the doctor's findings, he did not use his cane to get up. Every other time that he got up in this episode, he relied on his cane to assist him to his feet.

    • When Todd (the student/hockey star) handed Johnny his hockey stick after he scored the winning goal with it, the tape at the top revealed that the stick was obviously not used. (The white tape was far too clean to have been used.)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Johnny: Listen Dave, it's really nice of you to have me in today. I mean, I really missed this place. But, if this is going to be difficult for you, I mean I understand...
      Pelsen: Difficult? What are you talking about?
      Johnny: Well, some people might think I'm odd after everything that's happened, you know?
      Pelsen: You are odd. You were always odd. Who else would lead a-a rescue mission on a frog farm to save them from dissection?
      Johnny: Listen, that was an unfortunate accident during a field trip. The whole school board overreacted on that one. You know that.

    • Sarah: That girl reporter was at the school today.
      Walt: What reporter?
      Sarah: You know, what's her name? Redhead with the big....
      Walt: Dana Bright?
      Sarah: How did you know what I was going to say?
      Walt: You said redhead with the big....
      Sarah: I didn't even say what was big about her, and you said Dana Bright.
      Walt: Girl reporter, redhead, the big...I'm a trained investigator.

    • Johnny: What are you doing here?
      Dana: I can't resist a human interest story. You and I need to be friends, Johnny. Reporters like me are going to be part of your life now.
      Johnny: Only, for fifteen minutes. Isn't that how it works?
      Dana: You're good for at least twenty, if my hunch is right.

    • (to his class)
      Johnny: It's just plain Smith. But you can call me John, or you can call me Johnny, or if you're more comfortable, Mr Smith, or even hey you, anything but Smitty.

    • (Johnny is staring at a tree)
      Sarah: Brings back memories.
      Johnny: Morning
      Sarah: We spent a few hours under that tree.
      Johnny: We spent a few years under that tree - that was our tree. They should be paying us rent.

    • Johnny: Give me the keys, I want to drive...come on.
      Bruce: My Cruiser?
      Johnny: Time to get back on the horse.
      Bruce: Get your own horse! Nothing personal, but I get nervous when other people drive my car, especially those who've been in a coma since their last time behind the wheel.

    • Dana: How much is Vera Smith's estate worth these days?
      Reverend Purdy: You're far too cynical for such a beautiful woman.

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