The Dead Zone

Season 2 Episode 16

The Hunt

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 27, 2003 on USA
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The Hunt
Johnny is recruited to help the CIA track down Osama Bin Laden.

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  • Always wondered how it would be if there were psychics in the army.

    Good episode - a nice break before the action of the finalle. The characters of the other psychics were a little under developed, but I guess they saved the time for the battle shots.

    The bit with the paintings was a bit odd - if Johnny was able to draw his visions, why didn't he do it before? Well - maybe he didn't have anything to draw on, but still, too convinient imo. The bit with the closed door was a bit off too.

    A little note - on the fragment of the bomb Johnny is given to "warm up" we can see the number 74. There is a theory that claims the most powerful number is 47, and that it appears everywhere in various shapes. It appears a lot in Star Trek Next Generation (on purpose). Looks like someone has dragged it here too.moreless
  • The last 15 minutes of this episode was excellent but the begaining was a little confusing.

    Wow, I was kind of confused at the beginning when this episode starts but then I got to see what happened, it was such controversial issue talking 9/11 things and to actually have an episode dedicated to this was defiantly interesting. I like the fact that they didn’t use the words ‘Osma Bin Larden’ instead they refer to him as the target, it kind of obvious they would use someone with Jonny’s powers.

    Most of this episode was him drawing pictures but last 15 minutes of the episode was the best, I mean Jonny giving intel about place to raid for the solders, I love the way he help them defeat the people that were firing on them, they would been dead without Jonny’s guidance. It felt like I watching a war film and I was excited to see jonny in action it was thrilling seeing him tell them where enemy were firing. In the end bad guys lose but it kind of western propaganda of why the troops are in Iraq even though it wasn’t set there events of bush sending the troops in, does really help the situation. Despite how much I liked the episode I thought they shouldn’t tackled this subject on sci-fi show. This is just my opinion on it.

  • I thought this was a very strange episode one which we fans are not used too.

    Prehaps this episode was too adventurous because the episode definaly lost the plot in the middle. The genral idea for the episode was ok, but much of the episode got confussing and poorly explained. I do think though that the ending to this episode saved it from being a total disater. This episode explored the idea of the military and government using Johnnys gift for their own benifits, which ensure national security. The writers did try to explore Johnny's gift a little more in this episode then normal. And i still do not understand where Johnny found this new ability to draw artist quality pictures whiles accessing his Dead Zone. Overall i thought that this episode could have been better, one of the weaker episodes of the series.moreless
  • The only episode that was patriotically(in the Patriot Act sense of the word) painful to watch.

    His character took an unexpected turn. Until now, he has been a universally moral, save the world type guy who knows right from wrong, even if it goes against the government. In this episode he becomes a tool for real-life government propaganda, losing his moral conscience and sense of justice. He did not really seem like the type that would allow his powers to be used as a weapons targeting system. It is the USA network, so it is not overly surprising to see immoral propaganda being slipped into an otherwise objective character. Luckily, it was just the one episode with the tripe content. That is forgiveable.moreless
Terra MacLeod

Terra MacLeod

Agent Harriet Stone

Guest Star

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Colonel Burt Halsey

Guest Star

Alex Zahara

Alex Zahara

Major Reg Granowitz

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • If they're so big on security and not letting the psychics talk to each other, why do they let Johnny take his sketches back to the psychics' quarters?

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (about writing tools)
      Johnny: What are these for?
      Stone: Some remote viewers find drawing helps focus their impressions.
      Johnny: But I'm not much of an artist. I try drawing a horse and it winds up looking like a beagle.
      Stone: Then don't focus on it. Let a different part of your mind take over, almost as if you're doodling.
      Johnny: Doodling with my dead zone.

    • Johnny: (his reason for departing the CIA remote viewers' project) Well, it's not about the training, it's just about having the right kind of temperament for this kind of work. A wise philosopher once said, "a man's got to know his limitations."
      Sylvia: Which philosopher was that?
      Johnny: That'd be Clint Eastwood, in "Magnum Force." Actually maybe that was "Sudden Impact."

    • (reading a cup saying 'When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro')
      Johnny: So, who's the Hunter Thompson fan?

    • Narrator: Following the events of 9/11, the United States Government has been using all available means to track down the perpetrators of this crime against the American people. This story, while fiction, is based on facts provided by sources close to the investigation. The U.S. Government will neither confirm nor deny that similar events have actually occurred.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Note also that Colonel Halsey refers to the "Grissom affair."

    • Although everyone is credited, none of the regular cast besides Hall appear, although David Ogden Stiers does the voiceover at the beginning and John L. Adams is briefly heard on Johnny's answering machine.

    • Due to USA Network concerns, Osama bin Laden is never mentioned by name on-screen.

    • This episode aired in Latin America on channel AXN on Wednesday: June 11, 2003. During the episode there was a shot of the U.S.S. Enterprise, probably an inside joke. The show aired again at 2 a.m. and at 2 p.m. the following day, with another repeat on Sunday at 5 p.m.

    • The episode was originally entitled "The Hunt for Osama."

    • It makes some sense that this episode was originally supposed to air after "The Man Who Never Was", because the main character of that episode, Jeffrey Grissom, said to Johnny, "Did you know that the government uses psychics?" In "The Hunt", that is the topic of the episode.

    • Originally scheduled to air March 30, 2003. This episode seems to have been taken off the Season 2 schedule because of the war with Iraq.


    • Harriet: Our 'cone of silence'.
      Running gag piece of espionage equipment in the Get Smart series - Max and someone (usually the Chief) would get under it and it would keep either of them from hearing the other.