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Alphas: A Short Time In Paradise

An Alpha uses his abilities to form a cult and takes control of Nina and Cameron. Meanwhile, Rachel tries to get her father to seek treatment for his incipient cancer.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Monday August 29th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

CA (SPACE) Aug 29, 2011
UK (5*) Dec 06, 2011

Guest Stars
Daniel KashDaniel Kash
As Rachel's Dad
Garret DillahuntGarret Dillahunt
As Jonas Englin

Co-Guest Stars
Kathleen GatiKathleen Gati
As Zahra Pirzad
Neil GirvanNeil Girvan
As Pastor
Ethan HektorEthan Hektor
As Young Jonas
Maria NahriMaria Nahri
As Sari PIrzad
Shiva NegarShiva Negar
As Guest #1
Monika MoraMonika Mora
As Guest #2
Shaun ShettyShaun Shetty
As Follower #1
Andrew McLeanAndrew McLean
As Follower #2
Christina EvanoffChristina Evanoff
As Congregation Member #1
Patrick Rodney BarnesPatrick Rodney Barnes
As Congregation Member #2 (as P. Rodney Barnes)
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


In Tennessee in 1980, people gather in a church and sing. A young boy, Jonas Englin, tries to pull over a can of gasoline. His father, the preacher, goes back and helps the boy, assuring him that they’ll be in love together. The preacher ignites the gas and turns to Jonas, who has retreated out the door. The preacher calls to him to stay as the church members scream in agony...

Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
FanfarloCometsThe Fire Begins to Spread in the Church (Present)
Kasbah RockersBedaoui Door Bell (Tronix Mix)At the Wedding
(Unknown artist)Rock of AgesThe Congregation is Singing in Church (1980)

Episode Quotes
(Gary using a foot massager)
Nina: Uh, Gary, you're supposed to take your shoes off.
Gary: No, no, I like it this way. It's all buzzy. Do you have one where I can lie down?
Nina: No.
Gary: Get one. Give it to me.

Rachel: And remember, we've only been dating for two weeks.
Gary: Yeah, Rachel, I memorized the cover story. I'm a professional government agent.
Rachel: Yes, I know, Gary. Just please don't say that to anyone else, okay?

Gary: Rachel, did you get me the hummus? You promised me the leftover hummus.
Rachel: Bottom shelf, Gary.
Gary: Oh, ah. I like hummus. 'Cause it's all one color, and it's soft.

Gary: Rachel, uh... I always say what's on my mind. And you should learn from me. Yeah. You have to go, and you have to tell your father the truth. And then you have to keep telling him. You have to keep telling him the truth until he pays attention. Just like I do with Bill. Or like this, like I'm doing it with you now. Rachel, come on.You gotta--you gotta go and you got to tell him. And I wont stop talking to you until you do. Okay?

Episode Goofs
When the flashback begins and Young Jonas is pouring the gasoline, it's daylight. In 1-2 minutes, it becomes night.

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)
ProducerNick Copus  |  Julie Siege  |  Kevin Lafferty
Co-ProducerPaul M. Leonard
Consulting ProducerBradley Thompson  |  David Weddle
Associate ProducerBrian Moraga  |  John Ganem
Production DesignerIngrid Jurek
EditorSteve Polivka
CastingGillian O'Neill  |  Jeanie Bacharach
Unit Production ManagerVictoria Harding
First Assistant DirectorDavid McLeod (2)
Second Assistant DirectorSean Watson
MusicEdward Rogers
Music EditorBen Zales
Costume DesignerSusie Coulthard
Key GripJeffrey Orr
Set DecoratorNigel Hutchins
Location ManagerMalcolm McCulloch
Property MasterChristopher Geggie
Construction CoordinatorRoss Fraser (2)
Production Sound MixerDoug Johnston
Script SupervisorMarta Borowski
Production CoordinatorJackie Alexander
Script CoordinatorLaura Seaton  |  Monica Mitchell
Assistant EditorGeorge Pilkinton
Post Production SupervisorNick Mueller
Re-Recording MixerLarry Benjamin  |  Joel Catalan
GafferFast Eddy Mikolic
Director of PhotographyDavid Perrault
Story EditorJordan Rosenberg
Stunt CoordinatorJamie Jones
Art DirectorMark Steel (2)
Assistant Production CoordinatorAaron Horton
Post Production CoordinatorMichael Freeman (2)
Third Assistant DirectorColleen Harding
Key Makeup ArtistTim Mogg
Main Title ThemePeter Luke Adams  |  Erik Kertes
Visual Effects SupervisorBob Munroe
Production AccountantKaren De Montbrun
Transportation CaptainEvan Siegel
"A" Camera OperatorFrank Polyak
Sound SupervisorRobert Webber (3)
Key HairstylistDiana Ladyshewsky
ColoristScott Garrow
Assistant To The Executive ProducerHannah Rosner
Special Effects CoordinatorJohn Laforet
Assistant To The Co-executive ProducerDrago Sumonja
Key CostumerSharon McDonell
"B" Camera OperatorKeith Murphy
Still PhotographerSheri Lynn Behr
Assistant Location ManagerKeith Park
Canadian CastingRobin D. Cook
"B" Camera First AssistantYvonne Collins
"A" Camera 1st AssistantShane Baker
Data Management TechnicianDaniel Rosenberg
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