What It Seems
Episode 2 of 13 within Season One. Item 2 of 80 overall.
Production number 1002.
Michael Piller - Story
Shawn Piller - Story
Michael Piller - Teleplay
Robert Lieberman - Director
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Johnny, certain that nurse Allison will be the Bangor Strangler's next victim, enlists the help of his physical therapist and new friend Bruce to try and stop the murder. He also clashes with Penobscot County Sheriff Walt Bannerman, who is uncomfortable with Johnny's sudden appearance in his life.

Nevertheless, Walt pays Johnny's powers some heed by letting him touch a piece of evidence. Johnny has a vision in which he enters the mind of the serial killer and, to his horror, learns what it feels like to kill. Allison eventually turns up very much alive, having been out of town for a couple of days, and Johnny becomes a laughing stock.

However, Bruce, in his infinite Zen wisdom, helps Johnny see what really happened: Allison actually managed to elude the killer - but the killer eventually chose another victim. Johnny winds up leading the police to the body, touches it, and sees who the killer is. In a climactic showdown, Johnny saves Walt's life, and the killer commits suicide. After what he's seen, Walt no longer doubts Johnny's powers.

Meanwhile, Johnny feels guilty that his visions caused a young woman's life to be cut short, and feels even worse as Bangor Daily News reporter Dana Bright hounds him for a quote.

original airdate--June 23,2002

network: USA

music--theme song "New Year's Prayer" by Jeff Buckley


"I had the perfect life. Until I was in a coma for six years. And then I woke up and found my fiancée married to another man. My son doesn't know who I am. Everything has changed. Including me. One touch and I can see things. Things that happened. Things that will happen. You should see what I see." 


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