Crutching Teacher, Hidden Psychic
Johnny's elderly parents naturally seem relieved to see him awake. His mother announces that it was a miracle. Johnny says he was lucky; gesturing with his arm, he indicates, "Not a scratch." His mother kisses his hand and says, "The Lord has delivered ya from your trance." The doctor interjects, "Remember what we discussed, Mrs. Smith, please." Johnny wants to know what she's talking about. The doctor explains that he's been in a coma. Johnny naturally wants to know for how long. His father jumps in to say, "We're just glad to have you back, son. That's all that matters." Johnny grabs his dad's coat lapel and says, "How long?" His mother tells him "Five years." She is one of the youngest-looking old ladies I've ever seen on TV. Oh, good Lord: I just checked the IMDB to look up the actor playing his mom, and it's Jackie Burroughs. ["In MBTV terms, she was most recently spotted playing a clairvoyant old lady on Smallville." -- Wing Chun] I thought she looked familiar. Assuming this was filmed no later than 1982, she could not have been more than forty-three at the time of filming. She's four years older than Walken, and she's playing his mother. So annoying. Also, Cancer Man (William B. Davis) is supposed to be playing an ambulance driver in this flick somewhere (his first film credit), but I couldn't find him. Anyway, Johnny's still trying to take in the news of his five-year coma, and asks, "What about Sarah?" His father looks grave. His mother advises, "Cast her from your thoughts, Johnny. She's turned her back on you." Well, come on...five years? It's not like she vamoosed after three weeks. His mother explains that Sarah (formerly known as Brooke) is married to someone else now. Johnny covers his face with his arms and turns away to cry. He's got a new hairdo, layered and puffily blow-dried. Apparently someone gave him the 'do while he was in the coma, probably while he was actually lying down.