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Johnny Smith awakes from his 6 year come, after a near-fatal car accident put him there. 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. Before he even leaves the hospital, he helps save the life of a nurse's daughter after having a miraculous vision, in which he sees the young girl trapped in the middle of a raging house fire. He also helps 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.

Original Air Date: June 16, 2002


Other Information (Trivia, Fun Facts, etc):
The Bangor Stranger is probably based on Frank Dodds from the book 'The Dead Zone'. He was a cop who raped and murdered several women and one 7 year old.

Johnny's car accident was June 6, 1995 (D-Day).

Johnny and Sara make out in the car to the music "Sleepwalker". Stephen King also wrote the movie "Sleepwalkers".

6.4 million viewers tuned in for the premiere, breaking the record which the series,"Tek War" previously had as the highest rated debut of a series on USA. Also, the show has broken the best ratings record in history for a series on cable, which was previously held by "The Shield." 

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