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The Event: To Keep Us Safe

In the aftermath of Flight 514's disappearance, Martinez demands answers from his staff and from Gloria. More is revealed of Leila's abduction and Michael's coercion. And the secret of the detainees is revealed... and the fact that some of their people are still at large.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Monday September 27th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) Sep 27, 2010
Russia Oct 08, 2010
UK (Channel 4) Oct 22, 2010
NL (RTL 5) Jun 16, 2011

Guest Stars
D.B. SweeneyD.B. Sweeney
As Carter
Heather McCombHeather McComb
As Agent Collier
Michael WhaleyMichael Whaley
As Agent Hobbes
Joseph C. PhillipsJoseph C. Phillips
As Security Guard
Scott Michael CampbellScott Michael Campbell
As Justin
Gonzalo MenendezGonzalo Menendez
As Dan Taylor
Angel DesaiAngel Desai
As Maureen Donovan
Wes RamseyWes Ramsey
As Greg Kervin
Sam HenningsSam Hennings
As General Addington
Amy SloanAmy Sloan
As Leanne Timmons

Co-Guest Stars
Mark WeilerMark Weiler
As Secret Service Agent Miller
Sayeed ShahidiSayeed Shahidi
As David Martinez
Paul BenzPaul Benz
As Local Officer
Daniel EhrlichDaniel Ehrlich
As Agent #1
Dominic FloresDominic Flores
As Deputy Hodes
Nate WittyNate Witty
As Pilot
Roy WernerRoy Werner
As Swimming Coach
Caroline RichCaroline Rich
As Nurse's Aide
Roger BridgesRoger Bridges
As Officer #1
Main Cast
Jason RitterJason Ritter
As Sean Walker
Sarah RoemerSarah Roemer
As Leila Buchanan
Laura InnesLaura Innes
As Sophia Maguire
Ian Anthony DaleIan Anthony Dale
As Simon Lee
Scott PattersonScott Patterson
As Michael Buchanan
Taylor Cole (2)Taylor Cole (2)
As Vicky Roberts
Lisa VidalLisa Vidal
As Christina Martinez
Bill SmitrovichBill Smitrovich
As Vice-President Raymond Jarvis
Zeljko IvanekZeljko Ivanek
As Blake Sterling
Blair UnderwoodBlair Underwood
As President Elias Martinez


Flight 514 appears over the Arizona desert and everyone braces as the plane comes in for a crash landing. It skids along the desert floor until it finally comes to a halt. The passengers are injured but none of them have died. A fire bursts out in the back and Sean and the air marshal get the hatch open... and they realize they're no longer in Florida. Everyone evacuates except Sean, who calls for Michael. He goes back to get the air marshal and they both get out. As they get to the ground, Michael staggers out...

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Episode Quotes
Sterling: Protecting the country involves the keeping of secrets, Mr. President. It always has, and it always will.

Martinez: When I woke up this morning, I thought I was going to be making history. Announcing to the world that humanity was not alone, that I was freeing your people to integrate and to live peacefully among us. Now, I was told many times that I was making a mistake and that I didn't know your true agenda. Apparently some even felt so strongly they thought they'd try to kill me before I could make that announcement. And as it turns out, it would have been a mistake. So I'm asking myself over and over, was I naive, or was I guilty of narcissism? Was I so intent on going down in history that I was blind to the truth? Now I'm asking myself these things--Sophia, look at me--I'm asking myself these things because I know I need to take responsibility. And I'm gonna give you a chance to do that too, to tell me your reasons, good or bad, for deceiving me.

Martinez: I'm done. The deal's off. You're going back to Inostranka. You and your people will stay there until I get the truth.
Sophia: That would be a mistake, Mr. President. My people have been waiting for 66 years. Their patience is running out.
Martinez: Is that a threat?
Sophia: You wanted the truth. I'm giving it to you.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorNick Wauters
Executive ProducerSteve Stark  |  Evan Katz  |  Jeffrey Reiner
Co-Executive ProducerJames Wong (1)  |  Jay Beattie  |  Dan Dworkin  |  David H. Goodman  |  Nick Wauters  |  David Schulner
ProducerStephen Sassen
Co-ProducerCathy M. Frank
Consulting ProducerLisa Zwerling
Associate ProducerApril Nocifora
Production DesignerStuart Blatt
CastingKendra Patterson  |  Natalie Hart  |  Jason La Padura
Unit Production ManagerBruce Carter (2)
First Assistant DirectorRandol Perelman-Taylor
Second Assistant DirectorJohn Labrucherie
MusicScott Starrett
Music EditorGordon Fordyce
Music SupervisorOliver Hild
Costume DesignerJill M. Ohanneson
Key GripMarc Christie
Set DecoratorSandy Struth
Location ManagerWes Hagan  |  Chris Campbell (2)
Transportation CoordinatorGary Preece
Property MasterRoss Anderson
Construction CoordinatorTed Wilson (2)
Production Sound MixerTim Cooney
Script SupervisorBrenda Wachel
Production CoordinatorLynnet Price
Script CoordinatorMarc Gaffen
Assistant EditorCharles Bunn
Re-Recording MixerElmo Ponsdomenech  |  Robert Edmondson
GafferJohn Farr
Director of PhotographyFeliks Parnell
Story EditorLeyani Diaz
Stunt CoordinatorTim Gilbert
Art DirectorLeonard Harman
Post Production CoordinatorTyson Hilgenberg
Costume SupervisorMichelle Pershing
Visual Effects SupervisorVictor Scalise
Main Title DesignLeigh French (2)  |  Jesse Rodriguez (3)
Production AccountantMargaret Scarpello
"A" Camera OperatorGuy Skinner
Department Head HairRaissa Patton
Sound SupervisorDaniel Colman
Visual Effects EditorClarinda Wong
Special Effects SupervisorGary D'Amico
Department Head Make-upKathy C. King
Assistant To The ProducerBrian Beal  |  Nathan Taylor  |  Rebecca Forwood  |  Adam DaSilva
Technical AdvisorJames D. Dever
"B" Camera OperatorVictor Macias
Supervising EditorRon Rosen
Final ColoristGeorge Cvjetnicanin
"C" Camera OperatorPaul Horn
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