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Alphas: Cause & Effect

An Alpha escapes the Compound en route to special treatment, and goes after Rosen, the man he believes had him locked up. Meanwhile, Rosen copes with his new DoD liaison and has second thoughts about his team's involvement with the government.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Monday July 18th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

CA (SPACE) Jul 18, 2011
UK (5*) Oct 25, 2011

Guest Stars
Valerie CruzValerie Cruz
As Kathy Sullivan
Mahershalalhashbaz AliMahershalalhashbaz Ali
As Nathan Cley
Will McCormackWill McCormack
As Marcus Ayers

Co-Guest Stars
Scott YamamuraScott Yamamura
As DOD Agent
Kathleen GatiKathleen Gati
As Zahra Pirzad
Raoul BhanejaRaoul Bhaneja
As Dr. Vijal Singh
Deborah OdellDeborah Odell
As Bonita
Caden DouglasCaden Douglas
As Waiter
Ricky SethiRicky Sethi
As DOD Guard #2
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


An ambulance drives away from Binghamton, NY, and holds a single prisoner, Marcus Ayers. Marcus slips a quarter into his mouth and carefully observes and calculates every variable of the ambulance, the agents guarding him, and the surrounding cars. He then takes the coin and flips it toward an IV stand. He knocks it into a drawer, opening the door and dropping an oxygen tank onto his guard. The tank sprays gas into the driver’s face, he goes out of control, and slams into several cars. A loose pipe on a truck shoots through the windshield, shatters Marcus’ handcuffs, and breaks open the rear door of the ambulance. Marcus casually gets out, picks up his coin, and goes to call in the accident at a nearby pay phone...

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Episode Quotes
Marcus Ayers: It's a simple game. Sixty-four squares, thirty-two pieces. Given any position on the board, there are only a few logical moves. Understand that, and the game becomes predictable.
Rosen: Well, you're, you're not taking the human factor into account. People don't always make the perfect move.
Marcus Ayers: They do, though. For them. It's... their perfect move.
Rosen: Well, now we're getting to the heart of what we've been working on. You believe that everything that happens in your life has intent. That there are no accidents or no mistakes. Life isn't like that, Marcus. It's... sometimes it's a flip of the coin.
Marcus Ayers: The universe isn't random. things happen because people want them to. It's just moves, and forced moves.

Rosen: I'm calling people like you "Alphas."
Marcus Ayers: Alpha. Acceleration. The first variable. I like that.

Marcus Ayers: We're 50 meters up. It takes a little over three seconds to fall that far. That means a body would hit bottom going something like 70 miles an hour.
Rosen: If you're trying to scare me, Marcus, you're doing an excellent job of it.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Karnow (1)  |  Zak Penn
Executive ProducerGail Berman  |  Gene Stein  |  Ira Steven Behr  |  Zak Penn  |  Lloyd Braun
Co-Executive ProducerRobert Hewitt Wolfe
Supervising ProducerMichael Karnow (1)
ProducerNick Copus  |  Julie Siege  |  Kevin Lafferty
Associate ProducerBrian Moraga
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