When a deadly virus escapes from a government research facility, few prove to be immune to its effects. With symptoms similar to the flu, those who come into contact with it quickly die. One survivor is Stu Redmond, a gas station attendant from Texas, who suffers no ill effects whatsoever. Kept in a medical research facility in Vermont, doctors try to determine why he is still alive. Others that also survive include Frannie Goldsmith who lives with her dad; Nick Andros, a deaf-mute; a rock musician, Larry Underwood; and Lloyd Henreid, in jail for murder. Survivors begin to have dreams, either about an old Afican-American woman, Mother Abigail, or a much scarier evil man.
Did You Know?
Though he doesn't appear physically in this episode and remained uncredited, Jeff Goldblum
had a vocal role as the New York city radio announcer. See more
When trying to convince Nick to leave Shoyo with him, Dr. Soames refers to Sheriff Baker as "Joe". Later in the episode, however, he refers to him as "John." (While the series' cast listing doesn't officially specify the sheriff's first name, in King's book, it is John.) See more
[Stu is lazily listening to the old men chatter at Hap's gas station when he sees a car driving crazily toward them in the night
Hap. Hap! Shut off the pumps!
[Campion's car smashes into the gas pumps
In some TV network versions, 'The Plague' opens with a different text on a black screen of a passage from the Bible. 'Revelations 6:8; When the Lamb broke open the fourth seal, I looked and there was a pale-colored horse. It's rider's name was Death and the horse's name was Hades. They were given authority over one fourth of the earth to kill by means of war, famine, disease and wild animals.' See more
Blu-Ray edition deletes ending credits of all the episodes except from the last one. See more
References Cries & Whispers
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult See more