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The Dead Zone: Wheel of Fortune

Johnny Smith had the perfect small-town life. He loved his job as a high school science teacher almost as much as he loved his widowed mother Vera and his fiancée Sarah. But his life was put on hold for six years after a nearly fatal car crash. The crash caused him to slip into a coma and when he finally awakens from it, he finds that everything in his life has changed. He also discovers that he has developed a psychic ability to see into the lives of others. Johnny must learn to adapt to his drastically changed life after being asleep for six years, while also learning to use his new psychic abilities.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1001
Airdate: Sunday June 16th, 2002

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Nine Network) Dec 02, 2002

Guest Stars
Alvin SandersAlvin Sanders
As Principal Pelson
Anna HaganAnna Hagan
As Vera Smith
David Ogden StiersDavid Ogden Stiers
As Rev. Gene Purdy
Dominic LouisDominic Louis
As Johnny Bannerman Jr.
Emily HolmesEmily Holmes
As Allison Connover
Gina ChiarelliGina Chiarelli
As Nurse Elaine MacGowan
Michael RogersMichael Rogers
As Frank Dodd
Michael St. John SmithMichael St. John Smith
As Mike Kennedy
Rick TaeRick Tae
As Dr. Tran
Bryce HodgsonBryce Hodgson
As Player #1
Campbell LaneCampbell Lane
As Barker #2
Diane Ha (1)Diane Ha (1)
As Older Mother Tran
Donald FongDonald Fong
As Uncle Tran
Ed ChowEd Chow
As Younger Uncle Tran
John HainsworthJohn Hainsworth
As Barker #1
Justin StillwellJustin Stillwell
As Boy Student
Kenya Jo KennedyKenya Jo Kennedy
As Child in Bedroom (Molly)
Liliane Lee (1)Liliane Lee (1)
As Mother Tran
Mercedes De La ZerdaMercedes De La Zerda
As Girl Student #2
Nicholas LeeNicholas Lee
As 3 year old Dr. Tran
Nicole LaPlacaNicole LaPlaca
As Girl Student #1
Victoria BillingsleyVictoria Billingsley
As 6 year old Sarah
Main Cast
Anthony Michael HallAnthony Michael Hall
As Johnny Smith
Episode Notes
Nicole de Boer (Sarah Bannerman) previously starred as Ezri Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which was also co-created by Michael Piller, from 1998 to 1999. In both series, her character was part of a love triangle.

The first season finale "Destiny" reveals that Johnny came out of his coma on September 1, 2001.

Episode Quotes
Dr. Tran: ...your brain has found a new way to work. It's taking a detour around the damage and tapping into a region of the brain that humans don't normally use to handle sensory perception. In anyone else, this part of the brain might be considered a dead zone. In your brain, the dead zone is suddenly very much alive.

Episode Goofs
Continuity: Johnny's hairstyle changes back and forth several times because of re-shoots that were done a year after the initial filming

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