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Carnivale: Milfay

After a young man named Ben Hawkins buries his mother on the grounds of his family's repossessed farm, he's taken in by a traveling carnival on its way to a stint on the outskirts of yet another impoverished Dust Bowl town. Ben's shackles and strange spiritual powers worry a blind mystic named Lodz, but the carnival's day-to-day manager, the diminutive Samson, insists that Ben remain. The decision irks head-rigger Jones, who senses there's chemistry between Ben and Sofie, a tarot-card reader whom Jones fancies. Meanwhile, in Mintern, California, an evangelical preacher named Brother Justin receives a "sign from God" that leaves him shattered and amazed - and awakened to the possibilities of his own mysterious powers. Back at the carnival, Ben debates whether or not he should remain with this bunch of "freaks" - but an unforeseen inspiration keeps him in the fold.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday September 14th, 2003

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Jun 27, 2011

  • Currently 9.6/10
9.6/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Michael MasseeMichael Massee
As Russian Soldier
Amanda AdayAmanda Aday
As Dora Mae Dreifuss
John SavageJohn Savage
As Henry Scudder

Co-Guest Stars
Don SwayzeDon Swayze
As Tattooed Man

K CallanK Callan
As Eleanor (Eleanor McGill)
Frank CollisonFrank Collison
As Jasper
Gigi De LeonGigi De Leon
As Prostitute
Ted RooneyTed Rooney
As Flasher
Jenna BoydJenna Boyd
As Maddy Crane
E.J. CallahanE.J. Callahan
As Lean Man
Joshua HartoJoshua Harto
As Junior
Lucinda JenneyLucinda Jenney
As Flora Hawkins
Jack McGeeJack McGee
As Bulldozer Driver
Bobby PrestonBobby Preston
As Tommy Crane
Brett RickabyBrett Rickaby
As Talker
Joe UngerJoe Unger
As Red

Blake ShieldsBlake Shields
As Osgood
Rachelle RoderickRachelle Roderick
As Woman at Carnivale
Helen Slayton-HughesHelen Slayton-Hughes
As Scripture Reading Woman
Jane Adams (2)Jane Adams (2)
As Mother of the Dead Infant
Kara GreenKara Green
As Farmer
Storm AscherStorm Ascher
As Poor Girl
Main Cast
Patrick Bauchau
As Professor Lodz
Clancy Brown
As Brother Justin Crowe
Tim DeKay
As Clayton Jones
Clea DuVall
As Sofie
Cynthia Ettinger
As Rita Sue Dreifuss
John Fleck
As Gecko
Carla Gallo
As Libby Dreifuss
Toby Huss
As Stumpy Dreifuss
Amy Madigan
As Iris Crowe
Diane Salinger
As Apollonia
Nick Stahl
As Ben Hawkins
Karyne Steben
As Alexandria
Sarah Steben
As Caladonia
Brian Turk
As Gabriel
Warning: Carnivale season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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