Scheduled for November 15, 1997; aired scatteringly February 8, 1998
This episode was originally scheduled to run directly after Night Terrors, making it the third-run in the series. It was the first to be put "on hiatus" (network's polite term for cancelled). However, even if it had run "on time", it appears it would have been completely out of sequence with the rest of the episodes! Important events happen in Eye which are not even mentioned in "later" eps (as NBC had scheduled them). The German DVD appears to have gotten the sequence right: Eye is in fact the fifth episode, not the third. The guest-stars: Daphne Ashbrook, Robert Wisden, Peter Wilds, Lorena Gale, and for the last time, Michael Watson as Steve.
An affluent woman dreams that her husband is trying to kill her. Kate and Ben go into the woman's dreams and find several clues the entire team follows in the real world. They eventually meet up with a man who is also dreaming that his gay lover is trying to kill him. Providing an eerie parallel to all this is Gail's coma-bound predictions that Nathan will very soon meet his own demise, in a park. Three pairs of lovers, each with one partner seemingly in death's shadow.
At the end, it's revealed that both the rich lady and the gay man are organ transplant recipients. The organs they each recieved came from the same donor-- a woman who was murdered. Turns out that the dreams are trying to lead the recipients to solve her murder, and to arrest her killer.
At the conclusion of the case, when all seems well, the team is walking outside near a park. Steve, pumped by the success of the case, and of their increasing control over the dream technology, runs out into the road-- and is struck head-on by a car.
The team, joyful only minutes before, is now horrified by what appears to be Gail's prediction coming true-- only instead of Nathan dying, it's Steve. Nathan looks up from the body and catches sight of a man walking away from the scene... who disappears into thin air. End of episode.
......Well. I'll admit, Steve wasn't my favorite member of the team-- I personally found him kind of annoying at times; but geez. It's now clear why Michael Watson was relegated to guest-star billing all through the show's run-- Steve wasn't long for this world. Questions: why did Gail single Nathan out as the soon-to-be accident victim? Who is the ghostly figure walking away from the accident? Is it an eerie doppleganger of Nathan? Or, more likely, is this the ghost of his dead partner McCaig, somehow still influencing events in the world of the living?
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