The Dead Zoneupdate
1: Unaired Pilot
The unaired pilot is an earlier version of the first two episodes of the series, "Wheel of Fortune," and "What It Seems." The main differences are that several scenes were re-filmed, and two actors (Reverend Purdy and Dana Bright) were later re-cast. See the episode review for more information.
2: Behind the Scenes: Genesis
3: Behind the Scenes: Writing
4: Behind the Scenes: Music
5: Behind the Scenes: Special Effects
6: Behind the Scenes: Guest Stars
Sunday, June 16th, 2002
1: Wheel of Fortune (1)
Johnny Smith was leading an idyllic small-town life: working as a high school science teacher, engaged to the love of his life, Sarah, and being a devoted son to his widowed mother, Vera, who lives nearby. But after a near-fatal car accident puts him in a deep coma, Johnny awakens six years later to find everything has changed: Sarah is now is married to someone else, local sheriff Walt Bannerman; the child they are raising is actually Johnny's son and knows nothing about his real father; and Johnny's mother Vera has passed away, leaving Johnny's finances under the thumb of Reverend Purdy, an influential religious leader who is also his mother's former lover. But, most importantly, Johnny himself has changed: he now finds himself with the gift (or curse) of second sight. Through visions he sees with a simple touch, he becomes responsible for saving a nurse's little girl from a fire, helping his Vietnamese doctor reunite with the mother he thought was killed during the fall of Saigon, and now must prevent a local serial killer from striking again. Now Johnny is faced with the daunting task of coming to grips with his new powers - and navigating his way through his new life.
Sunday, June 23rd, 2002
2: What It Seems (2)
With the help of his new friend Bruce, Johhny attempts to stop the Bangor Strangler from claiming another victim.
Sunday, June 30th, 2002
3: Quality of Life
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.
Sunday, July 7th, 2002
Johnny becomes involved in helping an elderly patient find a long-lost love.
Sunday, July 14th, 2002
5: Unreasonable Doubt
Johnny is summoned to jury duty on a murder trial. Johnny starts to get visions which lead him to believe the accused is innocent. He is the only not-guilty vote
Sunday, July 21st, 2002
6: 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.
Sunday, July 28th, 2002
7: Enemy Mind
While helping to track down a runaway, Jill, who is involved with drugs, Johnny is exposed to a drug that causes him to start getting weird (weirder than usual) visions. He insists on trying to find Jill, despite the concerns of Bruce and Sarah. Confusing matters further is that Jill's boyfriend is in trouble with his supplier. The boyfriend gets killed and Jill and Johnny go on the run. In the final showdown, Johnny manages to fight past his hallucinations and knock the drug dealer off a high ledge, while Jill is reunited with her mother.
Sunday, August 4th, 2002
Johnny ends up in a fantasy world (or vision?) when he wakes up one day to find himself married to Sarah and the father of her two children.
Sunday, August 11th, 2002
9: The Siege
Conrad Hurley, a disgruntled electrician fired by the town council, goes into the bank with a shotgun and a revolver, tries to rob it, and takes everyone present (including Sara) hostage. Waiting outside for Sara, Johnny gets a vision of a future massacre and goes in to try to alter the future he perceives. Guided by his visions and scrambling wildly to adapt to the altering futures he keeps seeing in which he dies, Sara dies, Conrad dies, and/or everyone dies each time he changes something, Johnny soon becomes Conrad's unlikely ally. Finally Johnny manages to earn Conrad's trust and manage to talk him into releasing the hostages and giving himself up.
Sunday, August 18th, 2002
10: Here There Be Monsters
Johnny and Bruce drive into the small town of Hobb's Landing where Johnny gets a vision of himself being burned at the stake. He goes to the police and has a vision of the murder of a local girl. The police hold him on charges of witchcraft and he is sent to trial.
Sunday, August 25th, 2002
11: Dinner with Dana
A jealous ex-lover stalks Dana as her affair with Johnny heats up.
Sunday, September 8th, 2002
While travelling out in the wilderness Johnny is plagued by visions of a meteor hitting a mountain and people vanishing. To find out which mountain it is he goes out into the wilderness and injures his leg. Taking refuge in a cave, Johnny picks up a fragment and has a vision of an Indian shaman in the past...who can see Johnny as well.
Sunday, September 15th, 2002
In the past Johnny Smith as a child and Greg Stilson, the son of a Bible salesman, briefly meet and Johnny has a future vision of danger. In the present Johnny has a vision of a restaurant graduation party tragedy and warns his employer, the father of a student. Stilson, now a Senatorial candidate being backed by Rev. Purdy, comes to town after the tragedy and Johnny gets visions of catastrophe in Stilson's wake. Johnny and Sara get together while in flashback we see how Stilson has been a total bastard all of his life, and that Johnny came out of his coma just as Stilson was sworn in as state representative. When they meet at a rally Johnny shakes Stilson's hand and sees him as the source of catastrophe - Washington D.C. devastated by a nuclear holocaust.
Sunday, January 5th, 2003
1: Valley of the Shadow
The season premiere finds Johnny still shaken by his Armageddon visions and growing increasingly obsessed with Stillson, whom he's secretly investigating. But another mystery draws him back into the public eye: a test of Johnny's powers by an adversary who is as obsessed with him as Johnny is with Stillson.
Sunday, January 12th, 2003
2: Descent (1)
As Walt begins to wonder what's between Johnny and his wife Sara, a group of teenagers disappear into an abandoned copper mine that was owned by Johnny's grandfather. Walt brings Johnny in to help with the rescue and Smith soon begins to get visions not only of the teens but of the miners who died in an incident in 1949 brought on by his grandfather's actions. The ghost miners seem to be striking back at Johnny and Walt is seriously injured. The teens are rescued but Johnny gets a vision of Walt's funeral as he is taken away in the ambulance. (To be continued)
Sunday, January 19th, 2003
3: Ascent (2)
Johnny uses his powers to reach into Walt's comatose mind and lead him back to consciousness.
Sunday, February 2nd, 2003
4: The Outsider
Johnny must stop the release of a new anti-wrinkle cream based on his vision of it causing birth defects in the future.
Sunday, February 9th, 2003
Johnny must stop a series of bad future visions based on the blood donations he receives from six different donors.
Sunday, February 16th, 2003
After learning Stillson's congressional rival, a long-time incumbent is a war veteran with a dark secret. Johnny ponders whether the truth is more important than Stillson's defeat.
Sunday, February 23rd, 2003
Johnny is kidnapped by three women who take him to a haunted house - each has their own reasons. Penny is romantically obsessed with Johnny and wants to have his baby, Maddy plans on making a "Blair Witch" style Internet event and sell it to Rev. Purdy, and Anita is seemingly obsessed with the mystery of the family who was killed there. While Dana and Sara reluctantly go through the piles of "fan mail" that Johnny receives, Johnny himself unravels the mystery through his visions, and discovers that the young son Nicholas who survived is responsible...and that Anita is that boy, dressed as a woman. With the women's help the police arrive just in time as Anita/Nicholas goes berserk. Johnny manages to restrain her long enough to save his life and Anita is taken away.
Sunday, March 2nd, 2003
8: Cabin Pressure
Johnny and Rev. Purdy are traveling on a plane when Johnny gets a vision of the plane crashing and eventually determines that the pilot will put the plane into a dive as the engine explodes. He manages to convince the air marshal he's telling the truth but he sees the same vision of destruction compliments of the co-pilot and realizes both men are trying to save the plane. Using his gift Johnny determines the wings are covered with ice due to an instrument malfunction. When the co-pilot is injured Johnny is forced to take his seat and direct the pilot with his visions to take the proper steps to save the plane.
Sunday, March 9th, 2003
9: The Man Who Never Was
Isolating himself from a demanding public, Johnny gets visions of himself disappearing after making contact with something belonging to a shut-in, Jeffrey Grissom, brought in by his delivery man. Johnny briefly visits him and Grissom talks about wondering where his old home was, then Johnny returns the next day with information to find out Grissom and any trace of him have completely disappeared. Johnny is determined to follow up when he gets a vision of people removing Grissom and the new family moving in. Johnny gets visions of people going through his own home as well and gets close enough to the people following him to get a vision of Grissom in a new home and visits him there. Grissom reveals he is a retired spy kept buried by the U.S. government due to valuable knowledge in his head. The government show up to threaten Johnny and make him "vanish" as well but Johnny trumps them by calling in Dana and the media and having them all follow him and Grissom to his old home . . . where he disappears, escaping his government keepers.
Sunday, March 16th, 2003
10: Dead Men Tell Tales
Johnny becomes involved with the mob when his visions lead him to help a mobster whom he sees being gunned down.
Sunday, March 30th, 2003
11: Playing God
A wild old high school friend, Jason, comes to see Johnny seeking a vision of the future as he will be dying of a heart condition. Johnny sees him receiving a successful heart transplant and gives him the good news, but later gets a vision of Jason's sister Kate being killed in a driving accident and becoming the donor. Johnny later gets a vision of the other driver's license plate while Jason takes a turn for the worse, then sees a vision of him and Kate arguing which leads to her going out and getting in the accident. Johnny soon realizes even if he saves Kate and gets Jason a heart through Purdy's connections, someone else who would have received the heart will die. Johnny tracks down the drunk driver, Patrick Hanchin, and confronts him, but sees that even if Johnny stops him from killing Kate, he'll hit a school bus. Trapped in a web of fate where anything he does will make things worse, Johnny ends up provoking a fight with Kate and she dies and Jason lives, as he foresaw . . . but Jason learns from the experience.
Sunday, April 6th, 2003
Johnny goes the funeral of Bruce's father and somehow gives Bruce visions of what Bruce's life would have been like if he had never met Johnny.
Sunday, July 6th, 2003
13: The Storm
In the aftermath of Kate's death, Johnny's friends stage an intervention to shake him out of his guilt, but as Bruce drives him to Purdy's lakeside resort, he senses a storm is brewing. Now Johnny is forced to try to come to terms with his destiny in order to save the people he loves.
Sunday, July 13th, 2003
Johnny is troubled by a disturbing vision of a sudden viral epidemic that cuts a swath through the children of his town.
Sunday, July 20th, 2003
15: Deja Voodoo
Johnny is forced into a series of changing visions to help a young woman he's romantically attracted to.
Sunday, July 27th, 2003
16: The Hunt
Johnny is recruited to help the CIA track down Osama Bin Laden.
Sunday, August 3rd, 2003
17: The Mountain
Johnny, Walt, Sarah, and JJ get involved in a search for $2 million on a missing plane.
Sunday, August 10th, 2003
18: The Combination
Johnny tries to prevent a boxer from dying in the ring.
Sunday, August 17th, 2003
Johnny tries to determine who the mysterious hooded man in his visions are and aid him in the present, while determining more about what the future holds for him personally.
Sunday, June 6th, 2004
1: Finding Rachel (1)
Johnny attempts to piece together his visions to fill in the large gap of missing time in his memory in order to figure out what happened to one of Stillson's campaign volunteers who mysteriously disappeared while she was with him.
Sunday, June 13th, 2004
2: Finding Rachel (2)
Arrested for the murder of Rachel Caldwell, Johnny seeks the assistance of her sister, a reluctant Rebecca--who believes that he is guilty--and his friends to prove his innocence and help figure out what really happened to her.
Sunday, June 20th, 2004
While following a missing person's case of an eleven year old named Katie Mercer, Johnny's visions of the girl intercede with visions of the night of his crash 9 years ago. He struggles with the help of Rebecca to relive and endure the night of his accident so that he could figure out where Katie is located as the intensity of the physical and emotional pain of his visions start to wear him down. As Johnny sorts out this strange intertwining of the past and present, he is led to the mysterious person that saved his life.
Sunday, June 27th, 2004
4: Cold Hard Truth
When shock jock Jack Jericho who spews venomous attacks on the airwaves gets a concussion from being beaten by a group of bikers he offended, the most unlikely person comes to his aid. Johnny who is the target of Jack's many radio bashings becomes concerned that the radio host's self-destructive behavior is leading him down a path that would end in his death. In the midst of all this, Johnny attempts to help Walt and Sarah with J.J. who is having problems at school and at home.
Sunday, July 4th, 2004
5: Total Awareness
Johnny is stalked both by a woman who has killed three other psychics, and a mysterious security organization working for the government.
Sunday, July 18th, 2004
6: No Questions Asked
Walt's past comes back to haunt him; Johnny helps Walt deal with his problems but Walt specifies there can be "no questions asked."
Sunday, July 25th, 2004
7: Looking Glass
Lawyer twins use Johnny to help prove his visions can be false and an invasion of privacy but Johnny believes his visions of a murder are real.
Sunday, August 1st, 2004
8: Speak Now
Johnny has a vision of himself interrupting a wedding, and becomes involved to determine why the marriage should or shouldn't be stopped, while dealing with the repercussions of Sarah's decision to abandon him and marry Walt.
Sunday, August 8th, 2004
9: Cycle of Violence
While at the school Johnny gets a vision of a student going on a shooting spree and must find out who it is before it's too late.
Sunday, August 15th, 2004
A series of wild and domestic animal attacks lie at the heart of a mystery that Johnny must solve before the entire town is destroyed.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
Johnny must unravel a series of future visions of himself killing a man in revenge for the death of someone close to him.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
12: Tipping Point (1)
The continuing strain of visions takes its toll on Johnny while he and Rebecca try to bring Stillson to justice for Rachel's murder, and Reverend Purdy confesses his sins.
Sunday, June 12th, 2005
1: Broken Circle (2)
Johnny is forced to try and save Greg Stillson...by stopping Rachel Caldwell from making a fatal mistake, even though it may cause nuclear armageddon.
Sunday, June 19th, 2005
2: The Collector
When a friend of Sara's goes missing, Johnny becomes involved trying to find her twisted abductor...before he kills the missing woman.
Sunday, June 26th, 2005
3: Double Vision
Johnny runs into an attractive psychic as they both try to find and stop a sniper.
Sunday, July 10th, 2005
4: Still Life
A painter's daughter and model has disappeared and Johnny tries to help locate her, but is swept into a web of obsession and hidden secrets.
Sunday, July 17th, 2005
5: Heroes & Demons
An autistic boy makes his way to Johnny to "ask" him to help clear his father - a cop on death row for the murder of an undercover cop.
Sunday, July 24th, 2005
6: The Last Goodbye
Johnny gets a vision of a rock star who is believed to have died...but Johnny realizes he's still alive.
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
7: Grains of Sand
When an immigrant woman dies, Johnny is determined to take care of her baby and reunite it with the father.
Sunday, August 7th, 2005
Johnny must help a former student, now a researcher for a plastics company, with a future of destruction setting off the doomsday of Johnny's visions.
Sunday, August 14th, 2005
9: Babble On
Johnny has been getting visions of his dead father, who is apparently trying to warn him of some coming disaster.
Sunday, August 21st, 2005
10: Coming Home
Johnny gets a vision of death concerning Sara's father, who is apparently being stalked by a "Shadow Man" who is preying on an old folks' community home.
Sunday, August 28th, 2005
When Stillson's girlfriend disappears, he must reluctantly turn to Johnny Smith for help in locating her.
Sunday, December 4th, 2005
12: A Very Dead Zone Christmas
Johnny prepares for a Christmas celebration and has to deal with a visit by Alex, an amnesiac Santa, three young brothers without a family, and... turducken.
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
1: Forbidden Fruit
Johnny vows to find a way to stop Miranda from marrying Greg Stillson...before she ends up being killed. Meanwhile the mysterious Janus further insinuates himself into Stillson's and Purdy's lives.
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
2: Independence Day
Johnny has a vision of a dead Bruce in a multi-car accident on the highway, but finds that his every effort to stop it only makes things worse.
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
Johnny is trapped in his house with J.J. and another neighborhood teen by vicious killers, and discovers a family secret while trying to keep one step ahead of the intruders.
Sunday, July 9th, 2006
4: Articles of Faith
Johnny helps in the investigation of a hate-crime commited by the son of a neo-Nazi, but soon has reason to believe the boy's confession may be false.
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
5: The Inside Man
Johnny ends up taking the place of the inside man in a museum robbery to stop the crime and prevent several deaths, but soon finds he may have to help them escape to prevent innocent people from being killed.
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
6: Lotto Fever
Johnny must deal with an angry man who got winning Lotto tickets from Johnny after meeting him... but is now frustrated with all the problems the money brought with it.
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
After Johnny is attacked, he begins to experience visions of his attacker's life and the life of one of the attacker's victims.
Sunday, August 6th, 2006
To save a child, Johnny infiltrates a compound belonging to a cult, but soon finds that the place is loaded with explosives and must stop a confrontation between the cult leader and the FBI before the entire place goes up.
Sunday, August 13th, 2006
A woman claiming to be Purdy's lost-long daughter arrives in Cleaves Mills. Johnny has a vision of the woman causing harm to Purdy, who ignores Johnny's warning. While investigating the woman, Johnny learns of Purdy's secret past.
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
10: Into the Heart of Darkness
The Collector returns, seeking his revenge on Johnny. Now Johnny must race against time to save a newly pregnant Sara from his grasp.
Sunday, August 27th, 2006
11: The Hunting Party
Johnny tries to thwart the assassination of the Vice President and protect the man that Janus' secret conspiracy has set up to take the blame, but it soon becomes clear that Janus has his own plans to assure Stillson's ascension to the White House.
Sunday, June 17th, 2007
Johnny views visions of his friends in danger at a festival. He believes he has averted the disaster, but a fire later claims two people changing Johnny's life and the world's fate.
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
Johnny investigates a psychiatrist after a vision shows her being shot, he uncovers several patients who would like her dead.
Sunday, July 1st, 2007
Johnny gets a vision of disaster on a private space mission and is forced to work with Stillson to save the crew.
Sunday, July 8th, 2007
4: Big Top
Johnny visits an "Alice in Wonderland"-themed circus and becomes part of a ten year old murder. Johnny later realizes that J.J. may have inherited a part of his psychic powers.
Sunday, July 15th, 2007
Johnny has a vision of a man who has been buried alive. Johnny, with the help of Turner, rushes to locate the man.
Sunday, July 22nd, 2007
Johnny is taking a train trip when he has a vision of someone throwing a woman from the train. Johnny goes to help and becomes romantically involved with her, but soon suspects that she's a fraud.
Sunday, July 29th, 2007
Sarah must take unexpected actions to save Johnny's life after he goes into a coma.
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
Johnny must turn to a friend of Sarah's for help when he gets a vision of an imminent bus station bombing.
Sunday, August 12th, 2007
Johnny becomes involved in a murder case involving a young woman and demonic possession, where everything isn't as it seems.
Sunday, August 19th, 2007
While on a trip to visit Bruce, Johnny views a racehorse being stolen in a vision. He also realizes that he may have lost the chance to reunite with Sarah and J.J. thanks to Stilson's efforts.
Sunday, August 26th, 2007
Johnny goes to the aid of his psychic friend, but soon finds he's the one who needs help. Meanwhile, Sarah moves out of Johnny's house and goes to Stillson, who reveals information that sheds light on the events leading up to Walt's death.
Sunday, September 9th, 2007
While further investigating Walt's death, Johnny determines a link between him and his successor, Anna Turner.
Sunday, September 16th, 2007
In the sixth season finale, visions of Walt lead Johnny to an amazing discovery about his father Herb, and secrets from the past are exposed.