Crutching Teacher, Hidden Psychic
Johnny's holding a press conference, explaining about what happened with the fire at the nurse's house. A reporter asks, "What happened to the little girl?" It seems like this is the sort of thing a television reporter would probably already know, this being the sort of town where a big house fire probably makes the local news. Johnny says he understands she's fine. The same reporter asks hesitantly if he would call this a psychic experience. Johnny says no, and that he's never had such an experience before. The reporter asks for a demonstration. Johnny's confused. The reporter asks for any predictions, such as whether Greg Stillson is going to unseat Senator Proctor. Johnny has no idea who the reporter is talking about. Hello? Dude's been in a coma for five years. Cut him some slack already. Johnny turns to Weizak for some guidance. Weizak tries to cut the conference short, at which point the reporters all start clamouring. The same reporter keeps pushing for a prediction about the election; Johnny insists he doesn't even know who the reporter is talking about. He replies that Johnny didn't know anything about the nurse, either. Johnny says, "That was different." Everyone looks vaguely mystified. Johnny finally explains that he touched her hand. So you just know this reporter is going to go over to Johnny and ask him to touch his hand, which he does. He sits down next to Johnny and asks, "Is my house on fire, Johnny?" I'm really hating the stupid smugness of this reporter. Weizak offers to break it up. Johnny says it's okay. He asks the reporter if he wants to know if he's going to die. The reporter kind of nods. Johnny points out the obvious, namely that we're all going to die, and that what the reporter really wants to know is whether he'll die tomorrow. Johnny starts to whisper, even before he takes the reporter's hand, "You want to know why your sister killed herself." The reporter kind of wants to back out now, but Johnny won't let go of his hand. The reporter says he won't talk about that, and they struggle a bit, before the reporter wrests his hand away and says, "Let go, you fucking freak!" We see Johnny's parents watching this at home on the television, with great concern. His mother says, "Leave him alone." On TV, Weizak breaks up the press conference. Johnny's mother rips off her glasses and stands up, saying, "You're hurting him!" Then she falls to her knees, making sounds like a choking bird. Her husband looks concerned.
Johnny and Weizak arrive at the hospital where Mrs. Smith has been admitted. Johnny arrives at her bedside; she looks like she's been dipped in flour. She's delirious; she tells him to leave his boots outside and not track snow all over the house. He says he won't track snow inside. She says he's a good boy. Johnny takes her hand and kisses it; she wheezes out a last fluttery breath and dies.