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Awake: Pilot

After a car accident, Detective Michael Britten discovers that he is living one life where his wife Hannah survived and he has a rookie partner named Vega, and dreaming another life where his son Rex lived instead and Michael works with his long-time partner, Bird. However, Michael isn't sure if he isn't dreaming his life with Hannah. Each day he alternates waking up in one reality or the other, and tries to cope with what may be his insanity.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1ATR79
Airdate: Thursday March 01st, 2012

Director: David Slade
Writer: Kyle Killen

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) May 04, 2012
AU (ten) Jun 02, 2014
NZ (FOUR) Jul 31, 2014

  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (18 Votes cast)

Trailer


 
Flash
Co-Guest Stars
Jay SealsJay Seals
As Tech
Recurring
Emil BeheshtiEmil Beheshti
As Mr. Weaver
Melvin AbstonMelvin Abston
As Officer #1
Cherise CharlesCherise Charles
As Young Baker Girl
Jim KlockJim Klock
As Uniformed Officer
Main Cast
Jason IsaacsJason Isaacs
As Detective Michael Britten
Laura AllenLaura Allen
As Hannah Britten
Steve Harris (1)Steve Harris (1)
As Detective Isaiah “Bird” Freeman
Dylan MinnetteDylan Minnette
As Rex Britten
B.D. WongB.D. Wong
As Dr. John Lee
Wilmer ValderramaWilmer Valderrama
As Detective Efrem Vega
Cherry JonesCherry Jones
As Dr. Judith Evans

Recap

A SUV goes off a cliff. Detective Michael Britten is at the wheel, and tries to hold onto his wife Hannah and son Rex. Once the SUV comes to rest, Michael wakes up and realizes that he’s alive, but one of his family is dead...

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Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Cat PowerMaybe NotMichael and Hannah at the restaurant


Episode Quotes
Bird: You see this coffee maker? $600. My ex-wife, she wanted one of these. I told her she wanted a $600 coffee maker, she should not have married a police. Eventually, we agreed on that.

Jones: Well I can assure you, Detective Britten, that this is not a dream. What?
Michael: That’s exactly what the other shrink said.

Vega: Well, then… why are we here?
Michael: I had a dream about it. Or I’m having a dream.
Vega: What?
Michael: Nothing.

Bird: You want to tell me how you knew he had red hair?
Michael: A hunch.
Bird: Been a cop for 20 years. I only see hunches on TV.

Michael: The thing is, doctor… yes, I still see my wife and my son. And I’ve also watched both of them lowered into the ground. And when you see a loved one buried… you have one thought, over and over and over again, and that’s that you would do anything--anything—to get them back. So if you’re telling me that the price of seeing them, feeling them, of having them in my life, is my sanity? It’s a price I will happily pay. Now, I’ll come and see you, and talk to you as long as they make me. But trust me, when it comes to letting one of them go... I have no desire to ever make progress.



Cultural References
Michael: I like the one with the, uh, deranged chef.

Chef Gordon Ramsay is the "demented chef" and host of the U.S. version of the reality contestant show Hell's Kitchen.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorKyle Killen
Executive ProducerKyle Killen  |  Howard Gordon  |  David Slade
ProducerMichael J. Klick  |  Keith Redmon  |  Jason Isaacs
Associate ProducerValerie Joseph
Production DesignerPatti Podesta
EditorPaul Trejo  |  Jordan Goldman
CastingRick Millikan
Unit Production ManagerAlan Brent Connell
First Assistant DirectorNicole Burke
Music EditorLee Scott (3)
Music SupervisorBrian Reitzell
Costume DesignerJennifer Johnson (3)
Key GripGeoff Knoller
Camera OperatorEric Roizman  |  Mark E. Moore
Set DecoratorCloudia Rebar
Location ManagerLarry Pearson
Transportation CoordinatorJoey Soriano
Property MasterCourtney Jackson (2)
Construction CoordinatorPhil Stone
Production Sound MixerRobert Eber
Script SupervisorFaye Brenner
Production CoordinatorBrenda Pulos
Assistant EditorLynne M. Whitlock  |  Ann Parish
Post Production SupervisorKymberly Pereira
Supervising Sound EditorWilliam Dotson
Re-Recording MixerMike Olman  |  Ken Kobett
Director of PhotographyJo Willems
Art DirectorChristopher Tandon
Main Title ThemeReinhold Heil  |  Johnny Klimek
Production AccountantRussell Steele
Chief Lighting TechnicianWalter Bithell
ScoreBrian Reitzell  |  Johnny Klimek  |  Reinhold Heil
Department Head HairDavid Fields
Casting AssociateEddie Jaszek  |  Christine Ciraolo
Department Head Make-upDee Mansano
Music ConsultantMichelle Kuznetsky Silverman
 
Warning: Awake season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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