On Thanksgiving morning, Audrey, as a toddler, pushed a nine-year-old Johnny down the stairs.
At the funeral, where he brought with him an antique copy of Peter Pan, after the prayer, Johnny loudly said "Amen!"
Sylvia later revealed to Audrey why she believed her to be responsible for Johnny's disability in a bitter speech that obviously upset Audrey greatly. However, Dr. Jacoby insisted that Johnny's condition was self-induced: a retreat to childhood as a result of an unknown emotional trauma.
A few days later, he let out a war cry and fired a suction-cup arrow at a buffalo target.
On a day twenty-five years later, Johnny was running around his home unsupervised, slamming doors behind him, as his mother Sylvia yelled "Mary, what are you doing?" Johnny ran head first into a wall and broke several framed pictures, including one of the falls by the Great Northern Hotel. A flash of electricity occurred during the collision, possibly from a crashing lamp. He lay on the ground, unconscious and bleeding profusely, until Sylvia found him.
After the incident, Johnny was outfitted with a protective helmet and mouthpiece and restrained to a kitchen chair, while a disfigured teddy bear repeatedly issued the greeting "Hello Johnny, how are you today?" One morning, Johnny helplessly watched, screaming, as Richard attacked and robbed Sylvia at their home. He fell over in his chair while attempting to free himself.