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FlashForward: Playing Cards with Coyote

The discovery of a lead to the tattooed assassin Mark saw in his FlashForward causes Mark to cut short his romantic getaway with Olivia. When Lloyd expresses the determination to go public, Simon challenges him to settle the matter over a game of poker. Aaron confronts his daughter Tracy regarding the details of her accident and disappearance, and Janis returns to FBI duty but, after Al's action and her own shooting, debates whether she should continue working or not.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Thursday November 12th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 5) Nov 16, 2009
NL (Veronica) Jul 22, 2010

  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (31 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Genevieve Cortese
As Tracy
Mark Famiglietti
As Mike Willingham
Ricky Jay
As Three-Star Leader
Dominic Rains
As Kahmir Dejan
Elizabeth Rodriguez
As Ingrid Alvarez
Julio Oscar Mechoso
As Det. Rick Malchiodi

Co-Guest Stars
Ryan Wynott
As Dylan
Kent Shocknek
As Hansen
Phillip Palmer
As Campbell
Erika Ringor
As Harriet
Creagen Dow
As Billy
Cory Blevins
As Neil Parofsky
Bo Kane
As High Roller
Sam Ingraffia
As Dealer
Main Cast
Joseph Fiennes
As Mark Benford
John Cho
As Demetri Noh
Jack Davenport
As Lloyd Simcoe
Zachary Knighton
As Bryce Varley
Peyton List
As Nicole Kirby
Brian F. O'Byrne
As Aaron Stark
Courtney B. Vance
As Stan Wedeck
Sonya Walger
As Olivia Benford
Christine Woods
As Janis Hawk
Dominic Monaghan
As Simon Campos


Celia gets the letter from Gough explaining how he saved her life...

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Episode Notes
Aaron: Hell, I even had your grave exhumed two months ago because I was convinced you were alive.

Establishing that we are now ahead of "real time" in terms of the story.

Aaron: Listen to me, Trace -- four months from now, I'm going to be sitting by your side, in Afghanistan. You saw it, and I saw it.

Aaron has indicated here that Tracy's vision dovetailed with his own, though this hadn't been expressed elsewhere so far on screen.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Pearl JamUnthought KnownOpening montage

Episode Quotes
Stan: If Al's death proved anything, it's that our choices still matter, now more than ever.

Simon: You dropped off the radar, Lloyd. Without so much as a phone call. I've had to check myself into the hospital to have my bruised ego x-rayed.

Lloyd: You want to wager the fate of millions of people on the outcome of a... poker game?
Simon: The Gods did it all the time. Dice, Chess. Whatever took their fancy. They loved tinkering with the lives of mere mortals.
Lloyd: We're not gods, Simon.
Simon: Twenty million deaths on our shoulders. Isn't that what you said? If that doesn't qualify us for godhood, tell me... what does?

Lloyd: You always do this.
Simon: What's that?
Lloyd: Use intellectual argument to defend your behavior.
Simon: What?
Lloyd: Okay, so you sleep with Cabrini's wife, and you call it electromagnetism. You fire your assistant and blame Darwin
Simon: Shut up, Lloyd.
Lloyd: And now you've upended the entire world, and you hide behind deterministic rhetoric.

Three-Star Leader: After the first atom bomb test, you know what a colleague of Oppenheimer said? "What a foul and awesome display." He then added, "Now we are all sons of bitches."

Episode Goofs
Aaron: Listen to me, Trace, four months from now, I'm going to be sitting by your side...
Aaron: That's not gonna happen. Five months from now [referring to his FF], he's alive.

So is April 29th four months from now, or five?

Cultural References
Aaron: I know this sounds like something out of a Baldacci novel or something...

David Baldacci is a noted American author with a number of best selling novels, including the novel Absolute Power, made into a 1997 film starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman.

Episode References
Aaron: Hell, I even had your grave exhumed two months ago because I was convinced you were alive.

A reference to events in episode 01x03 - 137 Sekunden, when Aaron exhumed the her body to have DNA tests confirm it was her.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBrannon Braga  |  David S. Goyer
Executive ProducerBrannon Braga  |  David S. Goyer  |  Jessika Borsiczsky  |  Ralph M. Vicinanza  |  Vince Gerardis  |  Marc Guggenheim
Co-Executive ProducerLisa Zwerling
ProducerMark Ovitz
Co-ProducerSamantha Thomas  |  Cleve Landsberg  |  Cathy M. Frank  |  Seth Hoffman  |  Jeff Betancourt
Consulting ProducerNicole Yorkin  |  Dawn Prestwich
Production DesignerStephen Storer
EditorConrad Smart
CastingWendy O'Brien
Unit Production ManagerCleve Landsberg
First Assistant DirectorMichael Zimbrich
Second Assistant DirectorAnthony J. Nahar
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorDavid Klotz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMari-an Ceo
Key GripChuck Crivier
Camera OperatorBob Gorelick  |  Steph Collins
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 EditorJacqueline Bisbano
Post Production SupervisorSandra Nebel
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerTom Dahl  |  Mark D. Fleming
Director of PhotographyJeff Jur
Stunt CoordinatorDanny Weselis
Art DirectorMark Zuelzke
Based On The Works OfRobert J. Sawyer
Executive Story EditorQuinton Peeples  |  Barbara Nance  |  Scott M. Gimple
ConsultantRobert J. Sawyer
Costume SupervisorRobyn Williams
Visual Effects SupervisorKevin Blank
Production AccountantJanet Latham
Chief Lighting TechnicianBrett Laumann
Department Head HairDennis Parker (2)
Special Effects SupervisorSteve Galich
Department Head Make-upAngela Nogaro
Production AssociateIsabella Hyams
Production StaffNikki Meehan  |  Zuzanna Cernik  |  Kelly Roe  |  Maureen Dunn  |  Katie Greisiger  |  Powell Weaver
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