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Alphas: Pilot

A grocery store clerk receives a mysterious call that puts him into a trance and sends him to a rooftop to shoot a Federal witness... through an air vent a block away. The government calls in Dr. Leigh Rosen and his team of "Alphas," people with special neurological abilities, to locate the killer.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday July 11th, 2011
Special Runtime: 90 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

CA (SPACE) Jul 11, 2011
UK (5*) Oct 18, 2011

Guest Stars
Callum Keith RennieCallum Keith Rennie
As Don Wilson
Jeff SeymourJeff Seymour
As The Ghost
Joe PingueJoe Pingue
As Quinn

Co-Guest Stars
Jane MoffatJane Moffat
As Sandra Bell
Daniel KashDaniel Kash
As Rachel's Dad
Rachael CrawfordRachael Crawford
As Jeannie Harken
Miranda EdwardsMiranda Edwards
As Female FBI Agent
Scott EdgecombeScott Edgecombe
As Corner Store Clerk
Matt BoisMatt Bois
As Hotel Manager
Saad SiddiquiSaad Siddiqui
As Government Agent
Louise NicolLouise Nicol
As Elderly Woman
Glen CrossGlen Cross
As Prisoner (Keeler)
Jimi ShlagJimi Shlag
As Detective
Sam MosesSam Moses
As Tailor (Sam)
Lee OliveiraLee Oliveira
As Hotel Security Guard
Linlyn LueLinlyn Lue
As Mom With Stroller
Cassia Xuan Avy CookCassia Xuan Avy Cook
As Infant Girl in Stroller
Adam ParkerAdam Parker
As Tyler Hicks
Amanda LewisAmanda Lewis
As Patti Hicks
Lee Jay GladmanLee Jay Gladman
As Agent Persky
May ChartersMay Charters
As Woman at Store

Patti CookPatti Cook
As Pedestrian
Seuran FranksSeuran Franks
As Pedestrian
Main Cast
David StrathairnDavid Strathairn
As Dr. Lee Rosen
Ryan CartwrightRyan Cartwright
As Gary Bell
Warren ChristieWarren Christie
As Cameron Hicks
Azita GhanizadaAzita Ghanizada
As Rachel Pirzad
Laura MennellLaura Mennell
As Nina Theroux
Malik YobaMalik Yoba
As Bill Harken


Cameron Hicks is working at a grocery store when he gets a text message with an address. A high-pitched tone plays in the background. A woman asks him for directions and then casually says that it’s time to kill. Cameron goes into the back and his boss makes casual conversation, and then says that it’s time to kill and Cameron should pull the trigger...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
David BowieThe Jean GenieSong Begins When the Needle Drops on the Record
Pop LeviPolice $ignNina Being Pulled Over by the Cop
T. Rex20th Century BoyDr. Rosen Swimming in His Pool

Episode Quotes
Rosen: Well, hello, Don. Just come right in, please.
Don Wilson: You eating grass again?
Rosen: Well, it's Asian Pennywort. It increases the blood flow and oxygen to the brain. It's quite an eye-opener. Want a bite?
Don Wilson: I don't eat shrubs.

Rosen: I understand, but my group...
Don Wilson: Has deniability, Rosen. It doesn't technically exist. So you do this for me and don't bust my balls.
Rosen: So refreshingly candid.

Jeannie Harken: I love you.
Bill: (to his wife) I feel sorry for you, woman.

Gary: I'm putting my lunch in the refrigerator.
Nina: Hi, Gary.
Bill: Hi, Gary.
Gary: Good morning. My mother doesn't want me to eat fast food so I have to eat what she makes me.
Bill: Got it.
Gary: And that's why my name is on it. Don't eat what's inside my bag.
Bill: So, what you're saying is I can eat your sandwich.
Gary: No, don't. That's my name.
Bill: No, I changed my name to Gary.
Nina: Bill...
Bill: I'm joking. It's a joke.

Rachel: I don't even think I'd know how to walk in those.
Nina: I've got a closet full of these. I'll hook you up.
Gary: Hook me up.
Rachel: Are you serious?
Nina: You want some, um, stilettos, Gary?
Gary: Yeah, hook me up.

Gary: Football, British. Golf, Miniature.
Bill: Does he ever stop?
Gary: Hey, you shut up.
Rosen: Gary, what did we talk about?
Gary: He started it.
Rosen: And how do we end it...?
Gary: I stop.

Rosen: So hostile. You weren’t breast-fed, were you?

Rosen: Now, you were saying? Residue, citrus rind...
Rachel: Oh.
Rosen: And nicotine.
Rachel: And an enzyme found only in Caucasians of Northern European ancestry.
Rosen: So, our assassin is, what, a jittery orange-eater from Norway?

Nina: Something's wrong here. A deadly assassin working in a grocery store. A hot, deadly assassin, but why would he...?
Bill: You're an absolute mess, woman. Have you no shame?
Nina: What? I like the blue-collar look.
Bill: And the...
Nina: And the bad-boy thing.
Bill: Sure.

Don Wilson: Another donut shop.
Rosen: Since they've opened, I've had to add another 20 laps to my swim.
Don Wilson: Half of these places are just a front.
Rosen: We need to talk about the shooter.
Don Wilson: One on every corner. More donuts than could possibly be consumed. You know, 40% of all small businesses are owned by foreign nationals.
Rosen: You know that's simply not true.
Don Wilson: Eh, it could be. You don't know.

Don Wilson: Have you ever heard of the Ghost files? No, don't answer that. Of course not.
Rosen: What Ghost files?
Don Wilson: I never asked you that.
Rosen: No, I'm asking you.
Don Wilson: What?
Rosen: What? Why do I feel I'm in a Beckett play when I talk to you?
Don Wilson: I don't know who that is, okay?

Rosen: You could have told me about this before. "I swear on my mother's grave."
Don Wilson: She's cremated.

Cultural References
Bill: I'm rehearsing for Jeopardy.

Bill is referring to the popular game show where contestants must answer in the form of a question.

Episode References
According to Nina's on-screen file, her commands only last for up to 10 minutes.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Karnow (1)  |  Zak Penn
Executive ProducerGail Berman  |  Lloyd Braun  |  Zak Penn  |  Gene Stein  |  Jack Bender
Supervising ProducerMichael Karnow (1)
ProducerKevin Lafferty
Co-ProducerPeter Chomsky
Associate ProducerMichael Chamoy
Production DesignerDan Davis
EditorLisa Lassek
CastingGillian O'Neill  |  Jeanie Bacharach
Unit Production ManagerVictoria Harding
First Assistant DirectorAlan Goluboff
Second Assistant DirectorKen Smith (2)
MusicEdward Rogers
Music EditorBen Zales
Costume DesignerRoland Sanchez
Key GripWayne Goodchild
Set DecoratorClive Thomasson
Location ManagerMalcolm McCulloch
Property MasterTory Bellingham
Construction CoordinatorPhillip Tellez
Production Sound MixerKelly Wright
Script SupervisorLisa Marie Burling
Production CoordinatorAdrian Sheepers
Assistant EditorCatherine Haight  |  Morgan Gross
Re-Recording MixerKevin Valentine  |  Larry Benjamin
GafferSean Osadzuk
Director of PhotographyRodney Charters
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Stoneham, Jr.
Art DirectorMarion Pon
Assistant Production CoordinatorEffy Papadopoulos
Post Production CoordinatorRyan Kennedy (4)
Third Assistant DirectorGreg Edmonds
Key Makeup ArtistElizabeth Gruszka
Production AccountantDan Horvat
Transportation CaptainPaul Marshall (3)
"A" Camera OperatorTony Guerin
Sound SupervisorRichard Taylor
Key HairstylistVincent Sullivan
Special Effects SupervisorConnie Brink
ColoristMike Most
"B" Camera OperatorMichael Fylyshtan
Wardrobe SupervisorNadia 'sunny' Sorge
Assistant Location ManagerScott Alexander (3)  |  Baynu Misir
Canadian CastingRobin D. Cook
"A" Camera First AssistantCiaran Copeland
"B" Camera First AssistantBrad Crosbie
Data Management TechnicianDaniel Rosenberg
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