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The 4400: The Return

Everyone on Earth is excited about a comet passing by, but as soon as its trajectory changes to a collision course, everyone starts to panic. The comet turns out to be a giant ball of light that, after exploding, leaves behind 4400 people. They are missing persons who have been gone from a few months to 60 years, and none have aged a day. The 4400 are put in quarantine and eventually released. Some of the returnees begin to exhibit strange and uncontrollable new abilities. Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris, two Homeland Security agents, are appointed to find out what happened to the 4400.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: TFH-101
Airdate: Sunday July 11th, 2004
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) May 04, 2006
NL (RTL 7) Mar 01, 2009
AU (Eleven) Feb 24, 2014

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Andrew Airlie
As Brian Moore
Carrie Fleming
As Maia's Mother
Chilton Crane
As Susan Baldwin
Conchita Campbell
As Maia Rutledge
Craig March
As Security Guard
Genevieve Buechner
As Heidi Moore
Jason Low
As Sid Stradner
Jocelyne Loewen
As Secretary
Julius Chapple
As Young Man
Link Baker
As Air Force Officer
Lori Ann Triolo
As Linda Baldwin
Nicolas Von Zill
As Middle-Aged Man
Roger Haskett
As Maia's Father
Adrian Holmes
As Lt. Payton
Calvin Lee (1)
As Newscaster/China
Cam Cronin
As Process Server
Chris Kalhoon
As Reporter
Daryl Shuttleworth
As Announcer #1
Eileen Pedde
As Patty Griffin
Eric Breker
As Kenneth Griffin
Gabriel Patrich
As Older Man
Garwin Sanford
As Adam Kensington
Jan Bos
As Quarantine Official
Jesse Hutch
As Brad Rossi
John Destry
As Homeless Man
Karin Konoval
As Dr. Emily Sanford
Keith Gordey
As Alan Kushner
Layla Alizada
As Young Woman
Manami Hara
As Newscaster/Japan
Michael Moriarty
As Orson Bailey
Nicola Crosbie
As Announcer #2
Nimet Kanji
As Newscaster/Africa
Pamela Hart
As ACLU Lawyer
Parm Soor
As Newscaster/India
Patti Allan
As Barbara Yates
Ross Douglas
As Gregory Kensington
Sheila Paterson
As Elizabeth Bailey
Terry Chen
As Colin Chen
Main Cast
Joel Gretsch
As Tom Baldwin
Jacqueline McKenzie
As Diana Skouris
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
As Richard Tyler
Patrick Flueger
As Shawn Farrell
Conchita Campbell
As Maia Rutledge
Laura Allen
As Lily Moore
Chad Faust
As Kyle Baldwin
Peter Coyote
As Dennis Ryland
Kaj-Erik Eriksen
As Danny Farrell
Brooke Nevin
As Nikki Hudson


March 3, 1946. Maia, an eight years old blonde girl, is at a picnic with her parents in California. Bored, she asks them to let her wander the surrounding area. As she picks up some flowers, a bright light appears over her and disappears with the young child...

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Episode Notes
The Pilot was intended to be a two-part episode, but USA saw it and loved it so much that they decided to air it as a two hour movie instead.

The Pilot was shot in Vancouver B.C. from March till June 16. The weather in March was very uncooperative and at the location where the 4400 return – Buntzen lake – they had a hard time shooting the scenes because there were torrential rain for days on end, wind and hail.

This Pilot became the highest-rated and most-watched new series premiere ever on basic cable with 7.4 million viewers (5.7 household rating).

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Amanda AbizaidA Place In Time 
Billie HolidayCheek to Cheek 
IvyWorry About You 

Episode Quotes
Sid: Sir, it just changed course and accelarated again.
Skouris: A comet cannot change course.
Ryland: This one has.
Skouris: Then it's not a comet.

(Orson and Maia are watching the news network argue about them)
Maia: She doesn't like us much.
Orson: ...The feeling's mutual.

Skouris: Well, good luck, Maia.
Maia: You'll see me again.
Skouris: Yeah, next week.
Maia: Sooner than that.

Richard: The Secretary of State is colored?
Shawn: Black. I'll take your word for it.
Richard: And the National Security Advisor, too. Lord, the world sure has changed, since we've been gone. You should try and relax son. You're not going to get out of here any quicker, by wearing a groove in the floor.

Shawn: I just told you the truth! Is that what you've been thinking, this whole time? That I gave Kyle something that messed him up and then I just took off? Screw you Uncle Tommy! I just told you everything I know!

Richard: My friend, her name was Lily, too. Lily Bonham.
Lily: That's my grandmother's name.
Richard: Lily Bonham from St. Louis?
Lily: You knew my grandmother.
Richard: Is she still alive?
Lily: I'm sorry. She died before I was born.

Shawn: They're just jealous that I get to enjoy two more years of high school.

Lily: You look lonely, standing there with that ID number.
Richard: I'm supposed to be eighty-two years old, there's no one waiting for me.

Cultural References
Shawn: To the Foo Fighters?

An obvious reference to the band that was playing in concert, the Foo Fighters.

Warning: The 4400 season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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