The Dead Zone

Season 3 Episode 11


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 22, 2004 on USA
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Johnny must unravel a series of future visions of himself killing a man in revenge for the death of someone close to him.

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  • What would it take to push Johnny off the edge and become the person he fears most? Maybe not as much as you think...

    This was a great set up episode for the finale and a very thought-provoking episode. In a way, it was pretty scary.

    Johnny comes just moments away from becoming his own worst nightmare. Moments away from losing it. It was an episode that essentially perfectly catches the darkness of the entire season and casts an ominous shadow on the future. Johnny discovers someone close to him may die and cause him to do something that scares the life out of him. Anthony Michael Hall's John Smith seems to excel most when the character is thrust into two conflicts. A conflict with the circumstances presented to him through his visions and a conflict against himself. This episode did a terrific job capturing those two conflicts. John L. Adams performance was amazing and continued to show how important Bruce is to Johnny. In that aspect, this episode was a sort of parallel to the season 2 episode "Zion". At times, the episode is filled with emotion (especially at the end) and will have you on the edge.

    In the end, this was one the highlights of the season and had great plot development value.moreless
Natassia Malthe

Natassia Malthe


Guest Star

Elias Toufexis

Elias Toufexis


Guest Star

Scott Bellis

Scott Bellis

Tattooed Salesman

Guest Star

Bill Mondy

Bill Mondy

Deputy Roscoe

Recurring Role

Spencer Achtymichuk

Spencer Achtymichuk

Little Johnny Bannerman

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Also as the goof above, while Tyler is giving Johnny a lap dance, he gets a vision of himself asking her about a guy in the future. She doesn't regonizes him in that vision, even though she just met him. Then again, Johnny's visions work differently in this episode, showing him the night that would have happened had he not gotten any of the visions in the first place.

    • Johnny meets with the receiving nurse in the "present", and gets a vision of talking with her in the future, where she doesn't recognize him. Shouldn't the future-self version of the nurse recognize Johnny in the future as the weird guy two hours earlier who grabbed her in the "present" that she called security on?

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Bruce walks up to Johnny as the latter is fishing)
      Bruce: So call me psychic. I mean, how else would I know that you were out here?
      Johnny: Maybe 'cause I hung a sign on my door that said "Gone Fishin'"?
      Bruce: You did? (Johnny smiles) Cute.

    • Johnny: This is crazy.
      Bruce: Of course it's crazy. "Crazy" has been a theme of our lives since the day you came out of that coma. Why should today be any different?

    • Johnny: Roscoe implied it might involve family.
      Walt: Roscoe??
      Roscoe: What?
      Walt: Oh, right, right, in the future. Right, I hear you.

    • J.J.: Mr. Lewis, you're full of it.
      Bruce: I'm a what? Did you just hear what he said?
      Johnny: (facetiously) Truth is the best defense against libel.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The motel clerk is reading a book by Richard Bachman (the cover art indicates it is Thinner). Richard Bachman was a pen name for Stephen King.