The Dead Zone (2002–2007)
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The Man Who Never Was 

Isolating himself from a demanding public, Johnny gets visions of himself disappearing after making contact with something belonging to an elderly shut-in, Jeffrey Grissom, brought in by ... See full summary »


James Head


Michael Piller (creator), Shawn Piller (creator) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Michael Hall ... Johnny Smith
Nicole de Boer ... Sarah Bracknell Bannerman
Chris Bruno ... Sheriff Walt Bannerman
John L. Adams ... Bruce Lewis
Kristen Dalton ... Dana Bright
Rachel Hayward ... Alma / Rosemary
Veronika Hadrava ... Mrs. June Stade
Adam J. Harrington ... Bill Stade (as Adam Harrington)
Suleka Mathew ... Dr. Janet Gibson
Robert Culp ... Jeffrey Grissom
Zak Santiago ... Raul (as Zak Santiago Alam)
David Thomson David Thomson ... Historical Society Curator
Deryl Hayes ... Grocery Store Manager
Chelan McKenzie Chelan McKenzie ... Alma #2
Amanda Wood Amanda Wood ... French Singer


Isolating himself from a demanding public, Johnny gets visions of himself disappearing after making contact with something belonging to an elderly shut-in, Jeffrey Grissom, brought in by his delivery man. Johnny briefly visits him and Grissom talks about wondering where his old home was. When Johnny returns the next day with information, Grissom, and any trace of him, have completely disappeared. Johnny is determined to follow up when he gets a vision of people removing Grissom and the new family moving in. Johnny gets visions of people going through his own home as well. Unable to convince, Walt, Bruce, or even Sarah about his suspicions, Johnny strikes out on his own and gets close enough to the people following him to get a vision of Grissom in a new home and visits him there. Grissom reveals he is a retired spy kept buried by the U.S. government due to valuable knowledge in his head. The government agents show up to threaten Johnny and make him "vanish" as well. Written by Anonymous

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Robert Culp plays a former Cold War era spy. During the 1960s, he was known for playing the lead role in I Spy (1965). See more »


Bill Stade: He was here this morning and he tried to grab my wife.
Johnny Smith: I didn't try to grab her. I tried to touch her. There's a big difference.
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References The X-Files (1993) See more »


Winter Snow
Words and Music by Ruth Roberts and Bill Katz
Performed by Coco Love Alcorn, Patric Caird (as Pat Caird), Chris Gestrin, David Robbins (as Dave Robbins),
Miles Hill
Produced by Shawn Pierce
Courtesy of Michael Brent Publications Inc.
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Johnny's psychic powers lead him to the aid of an apparently senile Cold War era spy who seems to be disappearing.
12 May 2006 | by jonbogdanoveSee all my reviews

This may be my favorite episode in this often under-rated, excellent series. Writer David Benz's tribute to an era of cool, post-war macho leading men epitomized by guest star Robert Culp, is affectionate without being geeky or unduly nostalgic. The chemistry between Culp and Anthony Michael Hall is as good as that between Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott (Culp's and Bill Cosby's roles in there ground-breaking '60's series, "I Spy"). One can't escape the feeling that Michael's characterization of Johnny Smith is somehow a descendant of Culp's portrayal of Kelly. Both actors share a similar stylized intensity that makes them compelling in any role. Together, they are terrific. The episode leaves you wishing there could be a sequel or reprise that exploits their dynamic more fully.

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9 March 2003 (Canada) See more »

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