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Brimstone: Pilot

Ezekiel Stone returns to Earth after fifteen years and must track down the first escaped soul: a demented priest who believes that killing children and “sending them to Heaven” is the only way to bring about the Apocalypse.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 196646
Airdate: Friday October 23rd, 1998

Special Guest Stars
John GloverJohn Glover
As The Devil

Guest Stars
Albert HallAlbert Hall
As Father Horn
Currie GrahamCurrie Graham
As Det. William Kane
Maria RicossaMaria Ricossa
As The Curator
Peter WoodwardPeter Woodward
As Father Edward Salinas
Michael HarneyMichael Harney
As Det. Charlie Hirsch

Co-Guest Stars
Gene MackGene Mack
As Tibbetts
Jack Duffy (2)Jack Duffy (2)
As Irwin Dollinger
Brian MirandaBrian Miranda
As Christopher
Kristin BoothKristin Booth
As The Teacher
Lindsey ConnellLindsey Connell
As Desk Clerk
Jean DaigleJean Daigle
As Tourist
Genevieve LangloisGenevieve Langlois
As Rosalyn Stone
Adrian GriffinAdrian Griffin
As Sketch Artist
Austin Di IulioAustin Di Iulio
As Altar Boy #1
Brandon BoneBrandon Bone
As Altar Boy #2
Jesse CairnsJesse Cairns
As Altar Boy #3
Main Cast
Peter HortonPeter Horton
As Ezekiel Stone


Ezekiel Stone wakes up on a subway train in New York City. Going up top, he takes in the sights like a tourist, then goes to a church and enters the confessional booth. Stone starts to talk to the priest, saying that he killed a man. Fifteen years ago he was a cop whose wife was raped, and Stone tracked down the rapist and killed him, making it look like a drug overdose. Stone explains that two months later a thief gunned him down, and he went to Hell for the sin of murder. However, six weeks ago 113 inmates escaped from Hell, and the Devil has sent Stone to track them down...

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Episode Notes
As this is the pilot episode, the series is set in New York but will subsequently relocate Stone to Los Angeles. Rosalyn is played by a different actress then for the rest of the series. And John Glover is listed as a special guest star since at the time of the pilot they were unaware he would become popular enough they would end up contracting him as a regular.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of horror writer Mark Patrick Carducci.

Episode Quotes
Kane: You know, you go to Hell for stuff like that.
Ezekiel: I’ve already been there.

Desk Clerk: Where have you been?
Ezekiel: Out of the country?
Desk Clerk: Whereabouts?
Ezekiel: Down under.
Desk Clerk: Huh. There you go. The elevator’s busted but you’re only on the third floor.
Ezekiel: As long as I’m going up.

Ezekiel: He was stronger than me, faster. He even burned a hole through a chain-link fence!
The Devil: Well, after all, he was my guest for nearly a century. You were with me what, fifteen years? The longer you are in Hell, the more it becomes a part of you, literally. Some of those that escaped have been mine since the dawn of time, and have the powers to prove it.
Ezekiel: Terrific, nice odds.

The Devil: God’s universe doesn’t work like the American legal system. You do something, you pay for it.
Ezekiel: That is all I was doing. Trying to make the bastard pay.
The Devil: Yes, yes, that’s what I like to hear. The indomitable spirit and righteous indignation of the human spirit. I’ve heard it a billion times, defending a billion atrocities, and it’s still music to my ears.
Ezekiel: Listen, pal, you need me as much as I need you. You may be all-powerful down below but up here you’re just another corporate big shot who’s trying to cover his ass. If you can’t police your own, nobody is ever going to be afraid of you again.

The Devil: They think they’ll beat the Devil. They’re wrong, Ezekiel. Nobody beats me.

Ezekiel: Brightest light you’ve ever seen. Think you’re going to Heaven and you wake up somewhere else.
Father Horn: How do you know that?
Ezekiel: I knew someone who was shot in the face.
Father Horn: Did he survive?
Ezekiel: No.

Kane: Tell me what you know about this case.
Ezekiel: You wouldn’t believe me if I did.
Kane: What makes you so sure?
Ezekiel: Because you seem like an intelligent man.
Kane: You know what? Maybe I’m not as bright as I look, try me.

Ezekiel: I'm very, uh, flattered, but I'm married.
Museum Lady: Well, that's too bad.
Ezekiel: (aside) Not to mention dead.

Hirsch: I’m Old Testament. You go your way, I go Yawheh.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEthan Reiff  |  Cyrus Voris
Main Title ThemePeter Gabriel
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