The Dead Zone

Season 1 Episode 6

The House

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 21, 2002 on USA
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Episode Summary

The House
Johnny moves into his new house and starts having visions of a tub filled with blood. He also sees visions of his dead mother, and comes to believe that Rev. Purdy killed his mother. The facts seem to suggest that Purdy did indeed engage in a cover-up concerning the death of Johnny's mother. In a final confrontation Johnny touches Purdy and gains a vision of Purdy finding Johnny's mother dead by suicide. Realizing what the death of a child can drive a parent to do, he goes to the aid of a local neighbor girl whose brother died on a military mission and whose mother is preparing to kill herself.moreless

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  • Keeps getting better and better!

    I love this television show. It's not packed full of action, it doesn't keep you on the edge of your seat. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, so to speak. One of the main developments that make this so interesting is contrast between what he uses his powers for. He refuses to help outsiders when all he can do is give them bad news, but when it comes to himself he zealously pursues his goals. The six missing years in his life are like a missing life on its own. He is now slowly starting to figure out what happened during the time he spent playing sleeping beauty. The good, the bad, and the bad which after careful consideration turns out to be good. It hurts me to see how people can still be so sceptic about John's behaviour, when the miracles he performs are ever so clear.moreless
  • This show is taking a nice turn

    This was a great episode, the writers tried to keep the story very simple. Johnny begins to have visions involving his mother and he begins to wonder if there was more to her death and the only person who seems to know what happened in the reverent. Johnny found out that his mother actually killed herself, because she though Johnny would never wake up. It was quite a dark episode but intresting. The side stroy also fitted in nicely with the main story, another mother looses her son in an acident and she is going to kill herself, Johnny must try and persuade her that life goes on. This was a well written episode and i hope to see more like this in the future.moreless
  • Johnny investigates the alleged death of his mom by heart attack and finds a coverup.

    Great episode. Johnn investigates the cause of death for his mom as the house he moves in gives him creepy visions of a bloddy bathtub. His first suspect is Reverend Purdy who covers up the death by saying it was a heart attack.

    A lot of tension between the characters here. Johnny never liked Purdy and with this coverup we see a further wedge into their relationship. Johnny also investigates the whereabouts of a soldier for a woman named Ms. Davis. He finds him dead and sees her suicide in the future.

    He helps Davis not to do that and finds the real sad truth about his mother's death. A decent episode. A lot of character buildup and we see Johnny close the chapter on part of his family here.

Stephanie Wyder

Stephanie Wyder

Lindsay Davis

Guest Star

Anita Adams

Anita Adams

31 year old Vera Smith

Guest Star

Noah Beggs

Noah Beggs

Young Herbert Smith

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, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The Elvis costume that Johnny's father had on during the Halloween party was circa 1968. If the writers are continuing to follow the chronology that they set up in the pilot where Johnny and Sarah are born in 1970; then how was Herb Smith able to acquire that type of Elvis cosutme in 1969? Did costume designers begin manufacturing duplicates of Elvis's current outfit at that time for the public? Maybe Vera helped Herb make one of his own.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Johnny: I come into this house now and see Elvis.
      Bruce: A lot of people see Elvis.

    • Johnny: Some talent, huh? Lindsay was right - I should go on the Psychic Channel and make money. "Hi, your brother's dead that will be thirty dollars - Visa or Mastercard?"

    • Dana: Where are we going?
      Johnny: I'm going to the coroner's office.
      Dana: You've never been to the coroner's office before, have you?
      Johnny: How did you know?
      Dana: Because it's in the other direction.

    • Johnny: Something happened in that house Walt. I'm being assaulted with...I don't know what it is, psychic debris...
      Walt: Psychic debris? Good, because for a moment there I was afraid you were seeing ghosts.
      Johnny: I wouldn't call them ghosts. Although I really don't know how to explain Elvis and Marilyn.

    • Johnny: What if my mom was about to change her will, cut off his money? So he kills her, gets the whole estate and...
      Walt: "What if"' doesn't count for much in the criminal justice system. And, so far, I don't see any evidence, which is not unusual for you, I might add.
      Johnny: Maybe, they covered it up?
      Walt: Oh, it's a '"they"' now, a conspiracy?

    • Walt: Come on, please, you can't do this to me, Reverend Purdy is... is a Reverend for God's sakes.
      Johnny: I saw blood on his hands in my mother's bathroom.
      Walt: Well, maybe, he cut himself shaving in the morning? Not to suggest he slept over...

    • Lindsay: You ever thought about going on the psychic channel? You could make a lot of money...
      Johnny: You don't happen to know a guy named, Bruce, do you?

    • Lindsey: Why don't you let me go, you know, for old time's sake?
      Johnny: Sorry it doesn't work that way. You get old and mean and busting kids is one of the few pleasures you have in life.

    • (Johnny and Sarah are watching JJ's soccer game)
      Sarah: Mrs Stanton is giving us the eye again.
      Johnny: Which one is she?
      Sarah: Prune-face with the fat kid. I don't think she approves of me being here with you.
      Johnny: Married woman without her husband, it is New England, after all.
      Sarah: I feel the scarlet letter on my bosom.

    • Purdy: God has spoken to me about Johnny, Dana.
      Dana: Really - e-mail or burning bush?

    • Purdy: I just want Johnny to be happy. Loving another man's wife will lead to nothing but trouble.
      Dana: As the Bible points out over, and over, and over again.
      Purdy: I'm happy to hear that you're still reading it.

    • Dana: He's keeping a low profile, stays home a lot.
      Purdy: Is he seeing anyone?
      Dana: One date. If you ask me, I think he still has an eye for the Sheriff's wife.
      Purdy: Oh, we don't know that. We need to find Johnny a good God-fearing woman.

    • (Johnny is being spied upon by the neighborhood kids)
      Bruce: Maybe you should talk to their parents.
      Johnny: The parents are more afraid of me than the kids are - people walk their dogs on the other side of the street.
      Bruce: That's good news for your lawn, man - it's all about how you look at it.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Johnny: Since when did I turn into Boo Radley?
      A reference to the reclusive character from Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Radley was subject to many rumors about his life and the local children were afraid of him, but drawn to him as well.

    • Scarlet Letter
      The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850 by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is one of America's classic novels. The book is set in Puritan New England in the 17th century, and tells the story of Hester Prynne, who commited adultery and refuses to name the father of her child. Throughout the book she struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity for herself and child.