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After witnessing his father's suicide a year early, a boy moves with his mother and new stepfather to Palm Springs. Having developed both drug and attitude problems since the suicide, his parents think its time for a change of sceniery. Once there, he quickly learns the ins and outs of small town life from his next door neighbor. But when he finds a mysterious girl running in the sprinklers on the golf course behind his home he learns that not everything is as it seems. Meanwhile, two neighbors fight over property lines, as one's daughter develops a crush on the new boy.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Wednesday May 30th, 2007


Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) May 30, 2007
UK (sky 1) Oct 04, 2007
NL (RTL 5) Jun 07, 2009

  • Currently 7.3/10
7.3/10 (6 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
Amber HeardAmber Heard
As Greta Matthews
Recurring
D.W. MoffettD.W. Moffett
As Bob Hardy
Recurring
Ellary PorterfieldEllary Porterfield
As Liza Witter
Recurring
Gail OGail O'Grady
As Karen Hardy
Recurring
Michael Cassidy (1)Michael Cassidy (1)
As Cliff Wiatt
Recurring
Sharon LawrenceSharon Lawrence
As Tess Wiatt
Recurring
Taylor HandleyTaylor Handley
As Johnny Miller
Recurring

Guest Stars
Dana DavisDana Davis
As Michelle
Recurring
Leslie JordanLeslie Jordan
As Jesse Jo
Recurring
Tessa ThompsonTessa Thompson
As Nikki Barnes
Recurring
Valerie CruzValerie Cruz
As Maria Nolan
Recurring
Cheryl WhiteCheryl White
As Helen Witter
Chris Johnson (1)Chris Johnson (1)
As Property Line Worker
Kevin KilnerKevin Kilner
As George Witter
Lamont ThompsonLamont Thompson
As Wally Meadows
Nicole BilderbackNicole Bilderback
As Blair Meadows
Tim DeKayTim DeKay
As Mr. Miller
Main Cast
Michael Cassidy (1)Michael Cassidy (1)
As Cliff Wiatt
Taylor HandleyTaylor Handley
As Johnny Miller
Amber HeardAmber Heard
As Greta Matthews
Sharon LawrenceSharon Lawrence
As Tess Wiatt
D.W. MoffettD.W. Moffett
As Bob Hardy
Gail OGail O'Grady
As Karen Hardy
Ellary PorterfieldEllary Porterfield
As Liza Witter
Episode Notes
This is the third new series to premiere on The CW, the first being the short-lived Runaway and the second being the reality series Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll.

The series was originally called Palm Springs, but the name was changed after The CW picked up the show.

This episode was filmed on location in Palm Springs. But due to high production costs, subsequent episodes were filmed in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ratings: 1.82 million viewers

Cast members Taylor Handley (Johnny Miller), Michael Cassidy (Cliff Wiatt), and Amber Heard (Greta) all have guest starred on FOX's The OC. Handley guest starred as Oliver Trask during season 1, Cassidy guest starred as Zach Stephens during season 2, and Heard guest starred in "The Mallpisode" as a salesgirl.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Just a Ride 
Ashlee SimpsonLove 
Ben LeeCatch My Disease 
ColdplayDon't Panic 
Damien RiceThe Blowers DaughterEnding sequence
Frank SinatraAin't That A Kick In The Head 
Frank SinatraSummer Wind 
Jack Johnson (1)Good People 
She Wants RevengeTear You Apart 
Snow PatrolIt's Beginning To Get Me 
Teddy GeigerPossibilities 


Episode Quotes
Johnny's Father: Damn numbers. You're too good at math.
Johnny: Somebody's drunk.
Johnny's Father: Come on! You don't need that math crap. You don't want to be stuck doing numbers your whole life -- it's bad on the stomach. Don't be that smart.
Johnny: I'll dumb it down.
Johnny's Father: Exactly. You dumb it down.

Cliff: Palm Springs isn't the most happening place.
Johnny: Oh yeah, I picked up on that.
Cliff: Good, it gets better when school starts. It's just summer is gonna suck around here with all this heat. It makes people crazy. What grade are you in?
Johnny: Tenth.
Cliff: I'm in eleventh.
Johnny: Yeah, I should be but I'm in tenth.

Nina: Hi Helen, what's all this?
Helen: It appears the property line, that we thought was the property line, isn't really the property line!
Nina: Really?
Helen: I was shocked too.

Helen: I'm overly protective of our little community. It only takes one wrong element.
Blair: (to Karen) I'm the mayor's wife. She can't touch me.
Helen: Yes you are his third wife. (to Karen) I'm waiting for the fourth.



Warning: Hidden Palms season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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