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Alphas: Rosetta

The Alpha team closes in on Red Flag and rescues an autistic woman, Anna, with the ability to translate any language. The team tries to figure out Red Flag's plan while Gary bonds with Anna.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Monday August 01st, 2011

Director: Karen Gaviola
Writer: Zak Penn

Alternate Airdates:

CA (SPACE) Aug 01, 2011
UK (5*) Nov 08, 2011

  • Currently 8.1/10
8.1/10 (16 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Valerie Cruz
As Kathy Sullivan
Liane Balaban
As Anna

Co-Guest Stars
Jane Moffat
As Sandra Bell
Dean Armstrong
As Milos Kosar
Greg Myers
As Comm Tech
Jason Jazrawy
As Ops #1
Sean Baek
As Ops #2
Phil Morrison
As Trucker #1
Robbie Rox
As Trucker #2
Mike Tyrell
As Perlich
Main Cast
David Strathairn
As Dr. Lee Rosen
Ryan Cartwright
As Gary Bell
Warren Christie
As Cameron Hicks
Azita Ghanizada
As Rachel Pirzad
Laura Mennell
As Nina Theroux
Malik Yoba
As Bill Harken


In the kitchen, Sandra Bell prepares the water at the exact temperature that her son Gary prefers. She brings it to him as he brushes his teeth and monitors cell phone signals. Gary complains that the water is too cold and refuses to get it for himself. As Sandra goes to get the water at the right temperature, Gary finds the signal that he’s looking for...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The DoorsPeople Are StrangePerlich is Making Eggs for Milos Kosar
TV On The RadioWolf Like MeWhen The Tanker Regains Power, the Radio Turns On

Episode Quotes
Government Agent: In our briefing they said you guys were civilians.
Bill: They said that, huh?
Government Agent: SWAT?
Bill: Do I look like I don't know what I'm doing?

Government Agent: So the big guy's strong. John Woo guy's got aim. What do you do?
Nina: I can fly.
Government Agent: Really?
Nina: Yeah, laser beams shoot right out of my eyes.
Government Agent: Okay, forget I asked.

Bill: You know what I would love to see?
Cameron: Unicorns sliding down a rainbow?

Episode Goofs
Gary is supposed to send Bill the false number that Anna set up for him. However, Bill receives the real number which ends in one. Later they confirm that the decoy truck number that was supposed to be on the fax should have ended in a two.

The gas station where the truck driver stops off at is supposed to be in the Eastern U.S. However, it's a Kipling Wash & Gas franchise, which is found in Toronto where the show is filmed.

Cultural References
Nina: I guess you do too, Mr. Merlin.

Mr. Merlin is a CBS sitcom with Merlin the Wizard as a modern-day auto mechanic.

Gary: She won't let me buy a leather jacket like the one in Step Up 2: The Streets.

Step Up 2: The Streets is a 2008 street-dancing movie with a young girl who has to choose between street dancing and the Maryland School for the Arts.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Karnow (1)  |  Zak Penn
Executive ProducerGail Berman  |  Lloyd Braun  |  Zak Penn  |  Ira Steven Behr  |  Gene Stein
Co-Executive ProducerRobert Hewitt Wolfe
Supervising ProducerMichael Karnow (1)
ProducerKevin Lafferty  |  Julie Siege  |  Nick Copus
Co-ProducerPeter Chomsky
Associate ProducerBrian Moraga
Warning: Alphas season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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