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About JOHN FROM CINCINNATI & Episode Guide

About JOHN FROM CINCINNATI & Episode Guide

John From Cincinnati Aired From June 10, 2007 - August 12 2007 On HBO

Created by David Milch (HBO's 'Deadwood'), and "surf-noir" novelist Kem Nunn, "John From Cincinnati" jumps the border between everyday reality and the humanity that exists beyond it.

Just north of the border, in a tired coastal town, live three generations of the Yosts, surfing royalty turned society misfits. The Yosts' reign and reputation, once defined in the curl of a perfect wave, have been eroded by years of bad luck, addiction and hubris. But just as things are looking like they can't get worse, a stranger named John arrives – and the Yosts' banal existence is lifted into something profound, miraculous and, possibly, universal.

Set in Imperial Beach, California, the last great surf-break before Tijuana, where the U.S. meets Mexico, and water meets land, John From Cincinnati tells the story of the Yosts, a family of surfers whose awesome athletic talents have seemed for generations to come with a curse attached. The gifts of 13-year-old Shaun rival those of Butchie, his addict-derelict father, and his now-ascetically-withdrawn grandfather Mitch, both of whom defined the sport in their heydays. In shaping Shaun's career, his grandmother Cissy strives to achieve a commercial and athletic success that will compensate for the frustrations and failures of her life with her husband and son.

Into this world, where even simple joy has been turned into a commodity, steps a mysterious stranger named John. Soon after, things begin to happen to the Yosts, and those whose lives they touch, that test the boundaries of past and present, the mundane and the miraculous, the natural world and what lies beyond it.

Austin Nichols : John Monad
Rebecca De Mornay : Cissy Yost
Greyson Fletcher : Shaun Yost
Willie Garson : Meyer Dickstein
Bruce Greenwood : Mitch Yost
Luis Guzman : Ramon Gaviota
Keala Kennelly : Kai
Ed O'Neill : Bill Jacks
Luke Perry : Linc Stark
Brian Van Holt : Butchie Yost
Matt Winston : Barry Cunningham

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Episode Guide

Episode 1: His Visit: Day One
We meet Mitch Yost once a legendary surfer, but now a lonely figure. He has a son Butchie who used to be extraordinary surfer, but now a drug addict junkie, and a 13-year-old grandson Shaun, who may be the next big surfer. As Mitch rinses off by his station wagon; he levitates, and thinks he's having a hallucination. A stranger named John arrives at the Snug Harbor Motel; police arrest Cissy for getting snippy with a megastore employee; Shaun and Bill take a detour on the way to a surfing event.

Episode 2: His Visit: Day Two
Linc tries to infiltrate the Yost inner circle; Barry has a change of heart about the fate of the motel; Shaun has unexpected results when he takes part in a surfing competition; a greasy drug dealer named Steady Freddy arrives to harass Butchie, but changes his tune when bad news arrives, and John claims he's from Cincinnati.

Episode 3: His Visit: Day Two Continued
Dr. Smith believes a paranormal phenomenon has occurred within the Yost family; Kai takes John to her trailer; and Cass comforts Mitch, unaware of her connection to Linc.

Episode 4: His Visit: Day Three
John gets roughed up by some thugs; Kai connects with Butchie; Vietnam Joe brings Dr. Smith a new patient; and Shaun's adult-film-star mother Tina arrives in Imperial Beach.

Episode 5: His Visit: Day Four
Bill gets a strange mandate from Zippy; and Tina lets the Yost family know that she is back in town.

Episode 6: His Visit: Day Five
Butchie puts together a reunion between Shaun and Tina; and John helps Bill and Cissy face their pasts.

Episode 7: His Visit: Day Six
Linc's authority at Stinkweed is threatened; Ramon oversees a new construction project at the motel; and Palaka receives medical attention from Dr. Smith.

Episode 8: His Visit: Day Seven
The locals in Imperial Beach worry about Shaun after a cryptic warning from John.

Episode 9: His Visit: Day Eight
Mitch seeks helps south of the border; Cissy organizes a search party to find Shaun; Bill loses a trusted source of information; and Palaka's gift ends up with an unintended recipient.

Episode 10: His Visit: Day Nine
In the first-season finale, Butchie and Kai have a joyous revelation; and Imperial Beach plays host to Stinkweed's makeshift parade.