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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

Guest Stars
Andrew AirlieAndrew Airlie
As Brian Moore
Chilton CraneChilton Crane
As Susan Baldwin
Craig MarchCraig March
As Security Guard
Jason LowJason Low
As Sid Stradner
Lori Ann TrioloLori Ann Triolo
As Linda Baldwin
Conchita CampbellConchita Campbell
As Maia Rutledge
Genevieve BuechnerGenevieve Buechner
As Heidi Moore
Roger HaskettRoger Haskett
As Maia's Father
Carrie FlemingCarrie Fleming
As Maia's Mother
Link BakerLink Baker
As Air Force Officer
Jocelyne LoewenJocelyne Loewen
As Secretary
Nicolas Von ZillNicolas Von Zill
As Middle-Aged Man
Julius ChappleJulius Chapple
As Young Man
Sheila PatersonSheila Paterson
As Elizabeth Bailey
Terry ChenTerry Chen
As Colin Chen
Layla AlizadaLayla Alizada
As Young Woman
Michael MoriartyMichael Moriarty
As Orson Bailey
Manami HaraManami Hara
As Newscaster/Japan
Nimet KanjiNimet Kanji
As Newscaster/Africa
Calvin Lee (1)Calvin Lee (1)
As Newscaster/China
Chris KalhoonChris Kalhoon
As Reporter
Daryl ShuttleworthDaryl Shuttleworth
As Announcer #1
Eric BrekerEric Breker
As Kenneth Griffin
Garwin SanfordGarwin Sanford
As Adam Kensington
Jesse HutchJesse Hutch
As Brad Rossi
John DestryJohn Destry
As Homeless Man
Jan BosJan Bos
As Quarantine Official
Karin KonovalKarin Konoval
As Dr. Emily Sanford
Ross DouglasRoss Douglas
As Gregory Kensington
Eileen PeddeEileen Pedde
As Patty Griffin
Adrian HolmesAdrian Holmes
As Lt. Payton
Keith GordeyKeith Gordey
As Alan Kushner
Pamela HartPamela Hart
As ACLU Lawyer
Patti AllanPatti Allan
As Barbara Yates
Cam CroninCam Cronin
As Process Server
Gabriel PatrichGabriel Patrich
As Older Man
Parm SoorParm Soor
As Newscaster/India
Nicola CrosbieNicola Crosbie
As Announcer #2
Main Cast
Joel GretschJoel Gretsch
As Tom Baldwin
Jacqueline McKenzieJacqueline McKenzie
As Diana Skouris
Mahershalalhashbaz AliMahershalalhashbaz Ali
As Richard Tyler
Patrick FluegerPatrick Flueger
As Shawn Farrell
Conchita CampbellConchita Campbell
As Maia Rutledge
Laura AllenLaura Allen
As Lily Moore
Chad FaustChad Faust
As Kyle Baldwin
Peter CoyotePeter Coyote
As Dennis Ryland
Kaj-Erik EriksenKaj-Erik Eriksen
As Danny Farrell
Brooke NevinBrooke 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.

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