Unfortunately, I didn't see it last week. I was out and forgot to tape it!
I was out last night too (no I am not a party animal...we often go hang with Mike's Dad and stepmom on Friday nights...play cards and stuff), so I will be watching it sometime today.
Here is an overview of episode 1 from the website John Doe
AIR DATE: 09.20.2002
A man, unidentified, wakes up naked in a strange outcropping of trees. He only sees in black and white and is totally disoriented. The man searches his surroundings, attempting to get bearings in an impossible task.
While searching his surroundings, he slips, and is taken on a ride down a slope and off the side of a cliff, realizing that heâ€™s indeed been stranded on some strange island. Off in the distance, we see a cityscape, it could be any major port city.
The man is rescued by fisherman speaking Khmer. He doesnâ€™t realize it at first, but he also speaks the language.
He wakes. Disoriented. Questioned by paramedics. Finds himself in Seattle.
â€œDo you know what day it is?â€
â€œTuesday, September 14th, 9:13â€¦22 seconds.â€
â€œWho are you? Whatâ€™s your name?â€
At a police station, the man decides to report himself missing. He canâ€™t remember who he is. Beginning to speculate, he realizes he needs to do something to get money, find a place to stay, eat even. He looks at himself in a mirror and notices a strange scar on his chest. Itâ€™s at this point that he comes to realizeâ€¦he knows everything.
â€œAsk me a question. Itâ€™s an experiment.â€
â€œWhatâ€™s your name?â€
â€œNot that one.â€
â€œWhatâ€™s the population of Morocco?â€
â€œ30,645,305, if you like I can break it down
â€œHow many M&Mâ€™s come in a pack?â€
â€œPlain 60. Peanut 25.â€
â€œHow many dimples on a golf ball?â€
â€œWhen will I die?â€
The man canâ€™t answer. Heâ€™s not psychic. An escaped mental patient? Government experiment? Trudging through the rainy night, the man realizes, money is quickly becoming a necessity. He spots a newspaper. Horse races. The man quickly deduces through probability which picks would be best. He finds out his knack for gambling is incredible, but thereâ€™s only one sure thing in life, there are no sure things.
The man ends up breaking the bank and decides to freshen up a bit.
â€œAm I an Armani guy?â€
Needing to make himself a real person, the man finds a loophole and finds that there are 300,000 plus social security numbers issued to dead or missing persons. He picks his name: John Doe.
Making a life for himself without knowing what he likes, Doe begins finding out. He buys new clothes, buys a new car, gets a new loft and invests his money in the stock market.
Doe begins wondering what his life is supposed to mean when he happens upon a restaurant with a piano. Heâ€™s hired to play when he realizes his skill level, not knowing where he acquired it. He meets the owner, Digger who gives him the job.
While relaxing at the restaurant he notices on TV a little girl was kidnapped. The only thing, the girl is in color. Doe sees her in color. He takes this as a sign, a clue that may help him find out who he is.
Doe decides to find the detective in charge of the case and easily convinces the detective to allow him to help. Upon arriving at the crime scene, Doe finds the girl and her kidnapper hiding out in a secret room. But when he happens upon them, the man escapes with the girl in tow.
Before getting away, the man drops some change, which Doe picks up. He finds a laundry token and is able to pinpoint the man by finding the laundry machine that the token is for, then the motel where the laundry machine was located.
After searching the motel room, Doe takes apart the sink and pulls out remnants that lead him to a cove. In another twist to the mystery, Doe finds out the kidnapper is actually the girlâ€™s father who apparently faked his own death but is still dying of cancer. Doe traces the man to the cove and recovers the little girl, leaving the man to finish out his own life, alone.
Doe earns the respect of the police force and actually makes headlines in the paper for helping out the investigation. His own search however remains unsolved as the girl produced no clues as to who or what he might be.