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FlashForward: A561984

Against Stan's orders, Mark and Demetri travel to Hong Kong in search of the woman claiming to have details regarding Demitri's murder. Lloyd forces Simon to hold a press conference, where Lloyd and his group acknowledge the possibility of their being responsible for The Event. The resulting fury puts both Lloyd and Simon in danger. Lloyd is concerned for the safety of Dylan, and Simon goes to the FBI for both protection and information, insisting that his group is not responsible. Meanwhile, Zoey realizes that her flashforward did not mean what she thought it meant.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x10
Airdate: Thursday December 03rd, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

AU (CHANNEL [v] HITS) Nov 30, 2009
UK (Channel 5) Nov 30, 2009
CZ (AXN) Mar 15, 2010
NL (Veronica) Jul 29, 2010

  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (37 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Shohreh Aghdashloo
As Nhadra Udaya
Michael Massee
As Man
John Prosky
As Mr. Dunkirk
James Frain
As Gordon Myhill
Elizabeth Sung
As Saayo Noh
Marc Menchaca
As Wheeler
Mel Rodriguez
As Oscar Obregon
Karl Herlinger (2)
As Quarry
Michael Ealy
As Marshall Vogel
Gabrielle Union
As Zoey Andata
Ivar Brogger
As Paul Becker

Co-Guest Stars
Ryan Wynott
As Dylan
Kent Shocknek
As Hansen
Phillip Palmer
As Campbell
Scott Kelly Galbreath
As Correspondent #1
Ken Rudulph
As Correspondent #3
Elise Robertson
As Outraged Woman
Leslie Ishii
As Priest #1
John O'Brien
As Priest #2
Suzanne Rico
As Correspondent #2
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


In an office in Hong Kong, Demetri's mystery woman is watching A Christmas Carol. Taped to her window are a series of clippings, notes, and photos, similar to Mark's Mosaic board. A photo of Demetri is presented with the note A561984 fastened beneath it. ..

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Episode Notes
Title: As revealed in the ep, the title is the serial number of Mark's gun.

Again, in this ep, the events in the show are slightly ahead of real time, as the events are implied to be much closer to Christmas than the air date in the USA or Australia, probably the week of or before Christmas.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
John LennonHappy Xmas (War Is Over)When Mark And Demetri are in the airport returning

Episode Quotes
Marshall Vogel: This is a sovereign territory of Communist China, that ours believe was responsible for the Blackout.
Demetri: I take it you're here to offer your help, is what you're saying.
Marshall Vogel: Go home, is what I'm saying.

Simon: You know they're going to crucify us?
Lloyd: What's a little mob to-do between friends?

Simon: I do not believe we caused the Blackout.
Stan: Well, you probably shouldn't have stood up in front of a crowd of reporters and said you did.

Stan: How about this? You come back tomorrow, I'll have something to show you, we make some progress. I'll see what I can do about an official role.
Simon: Because I do like you, Assistant Director Wedeck, I will accept your disingenuous offer.

Mark: The, uh, woman we're looking for, she has information we need. It's a matter of life and death.
Samad: I'm so sorry. I can't help you with that.
Mark: You have it backwards. If you can't help, you will be sorry.

Stan: We've given these to our top-level analysts. They haven't been able to tell us anything useful about them...
Simon: Well, it's a good thing I'm smarter than they are.

Simon: Hmmm. A techie, chess-playing, social misfit physicist. Well, that should narrow it down.

Nhadra Udaya: You shouldn't have come here.
Demetri: You called me, remember.
Nhadra Udaya: That was a mistake, clearly. You being here now, you've set things in motion that will end very badly for you.
Mark: Can we just skip all over the other histrionic action movie cliches, because I'm way too jetlagged to deal with any of that right now.

Janis: Do you remember that whole "not giving up thing" we were talking about earlier?
Bryce: Um-hum.
Janis: If I were to start trying now, what exactly should I be doing?
Bryce: First of all, this is for a pre-natal vitamin...
Janis: That's all great. I need something a little more basic. I'm actually going to be doing this alone. And the whole penis thing is kind of a problem for me, 'cause I don't like them.
Bryce: You're gay.
Janis: I'm super gay.
Bryce: Super gay.
Janis: Yeah.

Cultural References
Simon: I'm not going to let you drag me down into your spiral of shame just because you're playing Mr. Mom.

Simon is referencing the title character in the 1983 movie Mr. Mom, played by Michael Keaton. Jack loses his job while his wife, who had been a stay-at-home mom, Caroline, finds professional work. At the beginning, he has no idea how to handle the household chores efficiently, and the term "Mr. Mom" has come to mean anyone who is dealing with the demands of being a male stay-at-home parent.

Demetri: You know, the Batman TV show. She always played Catwoman.

The late Eartha Kitt was the third actress to play Catwoman during the course of the 60s Batman series. Julie Newmar originated the role for the first two years of the series, and Lee Meriwether took on the role for the feature movie in 1966. Kitt portrayed Catwoman for the series' third season. Despite Demetris' claim, Newmar, along with Michelle Pfeiffer from the second Tim Burton Batman movie, are the ones totally associated with the role. Kitt did have a deep, gravelly voice similar to his caller, however.

Lloyd: Have you heard of the 'Many Worlds Interpretation'?
Olivia: No.
Lloyd: It was coined by a physicist called Hugh Everett in the fifties.

"Many Worlds" is a real concept in physics, and was indeed first advanced by Hugh Everett in his 1957 Princeton PhD Thesis. The wikipedia article is better suited to explain it, however, though somewhat technical.

Lloyd is wrong in terminology, however -- the concept was advanced by Everett, but the term "Many Worlds" was coined by Bruce DeWitt later in the 60s and 70s as DeWitt promoted the theory and brought it into the mainstream.

It is, as suggested by the episode, a mainstream interpretation of the implications of quantum mechanics. It's a bit technical, but the base idea is that all the different possibilities of the universe that occur -- every chance event's alternatives -- actually DOES occur and we only perceive one of the options. From that come a lot of sub-variants, but the base idea is that, for the Schrödinger's Cat paradox, both events DO occur -- the cat BOTH lives AND dies -- but we simply don't know which universe we're viewing until we actually open the box and look. The viewer's act of viewing establishes the perceived result of the "dice roll". But, instead of it making those variations "not" happen (referred to as "waveform collapse"), all it does is connect your "current perception" to one of the outcomes. The other outcomes still occur, just not on your "timeline".

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-ProducerJeff Betancourt  |  Seth Hoffman  |  Cathy M. Frank  |  Samantha Thomas  |  Cleve Landsberg
Consulting ProducerDawn Prestwich  |  Nicole Yorkin
Production DesignerStephen Storer
EditorJulius Ramsay  |  Gabriel Wrye
CastingWendy O'Brien
Unit Production ManagerCleve Landsberg
First Assistant DirectorTodd Amateau
Second Assistant DirectorAnthony J. Nahar
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorDavid Klotz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMari-an Ceo
Camera OperatorSteph Collins  |  Bob Gorelick
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 MixerTom Dahl  |  Mark D. Fleming
Director of PhotographyNelson Cragg
Stunt CoordinatorDanny Weselis
Art DirectorMark Zuelzke
Based On The Works OfRobert J. Sawyer
Executive Story EditorBarbara Nance  |  Quinton Peeples  |  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 StaffZuzanna Cernik  |  Debbie Ezer  |  Maureen Dunn  |  Katie Greisiger  |  Kelly Roe  |  Glynis Lynn
Warning: FlashForward season 1 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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