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World's End 

The discovery of human remains in the bottom of a well leads to the reinvestigation of the case of a housewife who went missing during Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds".


Roxann Dawson


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Gavin Harris




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Morris ... Lilly Rush
Danny Pino ... Scotty Valens
John Finn ... John Stillman
Jeremy Ratchford ... Nick Vera
Thom Barry ... Will Jeffries
Tracie Thoms ... Kat Miller
Bellamy Young ... Audrey Metz '38
Jonathan Scarfe ... Will Paige '38
Peter Haskell ... Will Paige '07
Chip Hormess Chip Hormess ... Robert 'Dobber' Metz '38
Len Lesser ... Elmer Gibbins '07
Julianna McCarthy Julianna McCarthy ... Penny Centavo '07
Lawrence Pressman ... Robert 'Dobber' Metz '07
Ralph Waite ... Felton Metz '07
Tuc Watkins ... Felton Metz '38


The discovery of human remains in the bottom of a well leads to the reinvestigation of the case of a housewife who went missing during Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds".

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Release Date:

4 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is not Jeremy Ratchford's first encounter with Orson Welles' Martians. Ratchford played an unnamed student in an episode of the TV series War of the Worlds (1988), a sequel to the original 1950s classic movie. See more »


When talking about the 'War of the Worlds' radio broadcast in 1938 the lieutenant says, "My wife and I heard it come over the car radio. All we could think of was to get back home to see our children before the final attack." Assuming he had married at the age of 16 and had 2 kids by the time he was 18, he would have to be 87 in the show's 2007 setting. However, he was merely reading a survivors account of the events from that night, just as Vera mentions a survivor driving all night across the country in a towel to see his fiancée. See more »


John Stillman: You two believe in Martians?
Lilly Rush: Is this the woman who disappeared in the 30s?
John Stillman: Audrey W. Metz. It was the end of the world!
Lilly Rush: My grandmother was 8. Said she had nightmares for over a year.
Scotty Valens: What the hell are you guys talking about?
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Moonlight Serenade
Written by Glenn Miller
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
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24 May 2009 | by actrssgrl2See all my reviews

It just seemed to me that some of the characters' ages were off in this episode. First off, when they discover the woman's body by the well, Lilli says something to the effect of her being gone for about 50 years, however, the crime happened closer to 70 years prior. That said, some of those characters (Will Paige, man standing next to Audrey in the soup line) would be close to 100 years old. I know it would be difficult to find actors close to that age (or apparently, apply sufficient makeup to make them look that way), but I just found the entire episode very disconcerting because of that fact. Overall, I did enjoy the episode's content, though.

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