Wax Lion
Episode 1 of 13 within Season One. Item 1 of 13 overall.
Production number 1AHM79.
Bryan Fuller - Writer
Todd Holland - Writer
Todd Holland - Director
77 votes

Jaye Tyler is a smart young woman who's having some trouble finding direction in her life. Beautiful and well-educated, she lives in an unlikely place: a trailer park near her parents' home in Niagara Falls. She spends her days as a sales assistant in a gift shop for tourists that overlooks the Falls. But it's here that her life takes a strange turn, when the animal-shaped figurines on the store's shelves spontaneously begin talking and giving her cryptic advice.

In this episode, a wax lion instructs Jaye to not give one rude tourist her proper change. From this single event, Jaye sets off a chain reaction that leads her to attempt to set up her sister Sharon on a date (we learn that Sharon has a secret) and helps a scorned package deliveryman find love. Jaye is left wondering if she's insane or gifted in her ability to hear the voices of fate through her stuffed muses.

original airdate-March 12, 2004       rating--4.3 million


songs--Theme song- "I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls" by Andy Partridge

  1. "Hello, Ma Baby" by Ida Emerson & Joseph E. Howard
  2. "Peace in the Water" by Robynn Ragland



Not Jewel: When Heidi appears in Eric's brief history, she is not played by Jewel Staite as she is in the rest of the series. Instead, she's played by Corry Karpf in both this episode and the unaired pilot. Producers figured that Karpf looked enough like Staite that they didn't need to reshoot the scene with the recast actress.

Cut Foreshadowing: The "dirty kids eating Spaghetti-Os out of the can" were worked into several different episodes, but they never appeared due to problems like weather preventing the shoot from taking place.


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alternative title

Also known as - The Maid in the Mist

regional titles

wax Lion
Wax Lion
Wax Lion
Wax Lion
céir Lion
cera Leone
cera León