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FlashForward: The Garden of Forking Paths

Frost engineers the captive Demetri's death using Mark's stolen gun, while Mark and the other agents try to find their friend before time runs out on March 15. Meanwhile, Zoey inadvertently engineers Alda Herzog's escape, while Vreede and Olivia learn more about the dead homeless man.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x17
Airdate: Thursday April 22nd, 2010


Alternate Airdates:

CA (Super Channel 3) Apr 22, 2010
UK (Channel 5) Apr 26, 2010
NL (Veronica) Aug 26, 2010

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (38 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Michael Massee
As Dyson Frost
Recurring
Barry Shabaka Henley
As Agent Vreede
Recurring
Rachel Roberts (1)
As Alda Hertzog
Recurring
Neil Jackson
As Lucas Hellinger
Recurring
Rizwan Manji
As Maneesh Sandhar
Recurring
James Callis
As Gabriel McDow
Recurring
Gabrielle Union
As Zoey Andata
Recurring
Geoffrey Owens
As Dr. Julian Ebbing
Norma Maldonado
As Judge Sandoz

Co-Guest Stars
Lennon Wynn
As Charlie Benford
Recurring
Lawrence Mandley
As Kent Nelson (as Lawrence A. Mandley)
Recurring
Jonathan Levit (1)
As Dewey
Recurring
Main Cast
Joseph Fiennes
As Mark Benford
John Cho
As Demetri Noh
Zachary Knighton
As Bryce Varley
Courtney B. Vance
As Stan Wedeck
Sonya Walger
As Olivia Benford
Christine Woods
As Janis Hawk

Recap

It's March 15, 2010, and Demetri wakes up strapped into a chair, with a laser sight pointed at his chest. Mark's gun is mounted on a stand and pointing directly at him, and one interior wall of the building he's in is covered with timeline permutations...

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Episode Quotes
Lucas Hellinger: That's astounding. It's hard to imagine that you're able to fit that much microcircuitry into such a small space.
Dyson Frost: Well, I'm brilliant, right?

Alda Hertzog: I just have to ask--what's with all the dominoes?
Dyson Frost: This is my garden... and the white ones chart the path of my escape.
Alda Hertzog: That makes no sense at all.
Dyson Frost: It does if you live in my head.

Dyson Frost: The point is, once we've glimpsed it, the future wants to happen. It gains weight. It's like atmospheric pressure bearing down. And if we want to escape that pressure, we have to do something drastic.



Episode Goofs
Dyson tells Mark to turn right at the 31 road marker. However, Mark turns left.




Cultural References
"The Garden of Forking Paths" is the name of a famous short story written by Argentinian deceased author Jorge Luis Borges. Its original name is "El jardín de los senderos que se bifurcan".



Analysis
Who is the mole working for?

In the previous episode, it was seemingly established that the second mole in the FBI stole Mark's gun. And that mole is working for Frost's "associates." But here we see that Frost has the gun, and his associates want him dead. So if the associates and their agent stole the gun, how did Frost get it? Alternately, how did Frost steal the gun from the evidence room on his own? Either the mole didn't steal the gun and Frost somehow did, or there's some kind of secret power play going on. Presumably this will be clarified in future, but it's confusing now.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorBrannon Braga  |  David S. Goyer
Executive ProducerVince Gerardis  |  Ralph M. Vicinanza  |  Jessika Borsiczsky  |  David S. Goyer  |  Brannon Braga
Co-Executive ProducerByron Balasco  |  Lisa Zwerling  |  Timothy J. Lea
ProducerMark Ovitz
Co-ProducerSamantha Thomas  |  Seth Hoffman  |  Jeff Betancourt  |  Paul Rabwin  |  Cleve Landsberg
Consulting ProducerDawn Prestwich  |  Nicole Yorkin
Production DesignerStephen Storer
EditorJulius Ramsay
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
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 EditorNathan Gunn
Post Production SupervisorSandra Nebel
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerMark D. Fleming  |  Tom Dahl
Director of PhotographyNelson Cragg
Story EditorIan Goldberg
Stunt CoordinatorDanny Weselis
Art DirectorMark Zuelzke
Based On The Works OfRobert J. Sawyer
Executive Story EditorScott M. Gimple  |  Quinton Peeples  |  Barbara Nance
ConsultantRobert J. Sawyer
Costume SupervisorCarol Kunz
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 StaffDebbie Ezer  |  Kelly Roe  |  Zuzanna Cernik  |  Katie Greisiger  |  Maureen Dunn  |  Kristen Vincent
 
Warning: FlashForward season 1 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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