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FlashForward: White To Play

As people recover from the blackout, the FBI team assembles the Mosiac website, Demetri and Mark follow a future-clue leading them to the town of Pigeon, Utah, and Olivia meets her mystery future-lover at the hospital.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Thursday October 01st, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

AU ([v] HITS) Oct 05, 2009
UK (Channel 5) Oct 05, 2009
NL (Veronica) Jul 01, 2010

Guest Stars
Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo
As Nhadra Udaya
Lee Thompson YoungLee Thompson Young
As Agent Gough
Michael MasseeMichael Massee
As Man
Alan RuckAlan Ruck
As Tomasi
Lynn WhitfieldLynn Whitfield
As Anastasia Markham
Marina BlackMarina Black
As Sheriff Keegan
Lisa DarrLisa Darr
As Principal Byrne
Stephnie WeirStephnie Weir
As Didi Gibbons

Co-Guest Stars
Lennon WynnLennon Wynn
As Charlie
Ryan WynottRyan Wynott
As Dylan
Marquessa MorelandMarquessa Moreland
As Sonographer
Curtis HarrisCurtis Harris
As Zack
Robbie TuckerRobbie Tucker
As Child #5
Sufe BradshawSufe Bradshaw
As Ms. Gerber
Lucky DavisLucky Davis
As Child #2
Taylor GeareTaylor Geare
As Child #3
Tiffany ShinnTiffany Shinn
As Child #4
Main Cast
Joseph FiennesJoseph Fiennes
As Mark Benford
John ChoJohn Cho
As Demetri Noh
Jack DavenportJack Davenport
As Lloyd Simcoe
Zachary KnightonZachary Knighton
As Bryce Varley
Brian F. OBrian F. O'Byrne
As Aaron Stark
Courtney B. VanceCourtney B. Vance
As Stan Wedeck
Sonya WalgerSonya Walger
As Olivia Benford
Christine WoodsChristine Woods
As Janis Hawk


Charlie is at her school as the other children play "blackout," where they pretend they've all gone asleep. Charlie is the only one who refuses to play. They all stand up and talk about their visions, but Charlie refuses to say what she saw. One boy picks on her and rips the head off of her stuffed animal. She runs away from the teacher and out into the streets where she comes to soldiers manning a barricade as helicopters pass overhead...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Nick DrakePlace to BeMark at his board, Lloyd at the hospital

Episode Quotes
Aaron: Look at all these people. Every one of them's dealing with the same thing we are—the future. Only difference is, most of them don't have a support group to help them cope with what they saw. Maybe it was good. Maybe it was bad. Maybe it was inexplicable. The point is, it happened to everyone, every single human being on the planet. I… I saw my daughter alive. Explain that. You can walk up to any one of these strangers and ask them "What did you see?" and they'd know exactly what you're talking about. When has that ever happened. We're all prophets now.

Mark: But if these flash-forwards really are a window into the future, then we've gotta do everything we possibly can to use them to our advantage.

Demetri: She could be lying. We can't just take people at their word when they talk about what she saw.
Mark: Did she look like she was lying?
Demetri: No, but it's pretty convenient, her walking in here like this with the cupcakes and the snippy and the... and the pigeons.
Mark: Could be nothing. Could be the key that unlocks everything.
Demetri: According to your years of investigating global blackouts, right?
Stan: Mark's right. At this point, any detail could be significant. Run a background check. (grabs the cupcakes) I'm gonna log these in to, uh. evidence.

Stan: All right, I wasn't in the meeting. I was having a bowel movement.
Mark: Sorry I asked.
Stan: No, no, no, no. You wanted it. Now you're gonna get the blow-by-blow. Just wait. It gets better. 'Cause I was also on the can when the blackout happened. When I woke up, I didn't know what happened. I banged my head against the side of the stall. I was a little out of it. Rafalski was in the john as well.
Mark: What?
Stan: Son of a bitch was drowning.
Mark: What'd you do?
Stan: What do you think I did? I gave the poor bastard mouth-to-mouth. You speak about this, e-mail, text, fax, twitter, whatever, to anyone, I will transfer you to the ass end of the cornfield so fast, your head will spin. You understand what I'm saying?
Mark: Yes, sir.
Stan: Get out.
Mark: Mouth-to-mouth?
Stan: Get out.

Anastasia Markham: I want to know everything we're doing to identify this person in the stadium.
Stan: What would be the point? I thought you didn’t think this was… what was the term you used? "Scheduled event"?
Anastasia Markham: Are you going to brief me, or crow about this some more?
Stan: Honestly, I don't see I can't do both for a little while.

(about Suspect Zero)
Anastasia Markham: I just hope we can find him before he does something worse.
Janis: What's worse than causing worldwide devastation?
Anastasia Markham: Causing it twice.

(eating cupcakes)
Janis: Flash-forward to my ass ballooning two sizes.
Demetri: Yeah, but you saw yourself pregnant, so your fat ass gets a pass.

Episode Goofs
Demetri tells Janis that five minutes after Keegan told him about her lack of a vision, she was shot dead. She told him when he first arrived and it was daytime, but she's shot at night after a long surveillance stakeout.

Cultural References
Title: White To Play

White To Play is a very common chess term, used when a chess board has been set up for a chess problem, to indicate whose move it is to start the solution of the problem. Contrast with Black To Play, the only alternative. Usually along with the problem are instructions to accomplish, such as "White to play and mate in two moves" or the like. Generally for the most common variety of problem, a directmate, traditionally from the White position, there should be only one manner to accomplish the result from the given starting point in the specified number of moves, and all response moves should be forced by the color whose play it is upon the alternative color, though there are variations, such as "helpmate" which involve the "assistance" of the opposition.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBrannon Braga  |  David S. Goyer
Executive ProducerMarc Guggenheim  |  Vince Gerardis  |  Ralph M. Vicinanza  |  Jessika Borsiczsky  |  David S. Goyer  |  Brannon Braga
Co-Executive ProducerLisa Zwerling
ProducerMark Ovitz
Co-ProducerCathy M. Frank  |  Seth Hoffman  |  Jeff Betancourt  |  Cleve Landsberg  |  Samantha Thomas
Consulting ProducerDawn Prestwich  |  Nicole Yorkin
Production DesignerStephen Storer
EditorJeff Betancourt
CastingWendy O'Brien
Unit Production ManagerCleve Landsberg
First Assistant DirectorCraig A. Pinckes
Second Assistant DirectorAnthony J. Nahar
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorDavid Klotz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMari-an Ceo
Key GripChuck Crivier
Camera OperatorBob Gorelick  |  Randy Nolen
Set DecoratorJennifer M. Gentile
Location ManagerMichelle Latham
Transportation CoordinatorJ. Smith
Property MasterChristopher Amy
Construction CoordinatorJeff Goyer
Production Sound MixerGeoffrey Patterson (2)
Script SupervisorRebecca Poulos
Production CoordinatorJamie Stern
Assistant EditorNathan Gunn
Post Production SupervisorSandra Nebel
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerMark D. Fleming  |  Tom Dahl
Director of PhotographyNelson Cragg
Stunt CoordinatorDanny Weselis
Art DirectorRon Yates
Based On The Works OfRobert J. Sawyer
Executive Story EditorScott M. Gimple  |  Quinton Peeples  |  Barbara Nance
ConsultantRobert J. Sawyer
Costume SupervisorRobyn Williams
Visual Effects SupervisorKevin Blank
Production AccountantJanet Latham
Chief Lighting TechnicianBrett Laumann
Department Head HairDennis Parker (2)
Department Head Make-upAngela Nogaro
Production AssociateIsabella Hyams
Production StaffKatie Greisiger  |  Zuzanna Cernik  |  Lindsey Allen  |  Maureen Dunn
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