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The Event: Us or Them

While Martinez lies at death's door, Jarvis becomes Acting President and faces dual crises: Sterling confirms his involvement in Martinez's poisoning, and Sophia threatens him if he doesn't allow the importation of her WMD into the U.S. Meanwhile, Michael and Leila try to free Simon, while Sean and Vicky try to find the courier carrying the bioweapon.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x19
Airdate: Monday May 02nd, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) May 02, 2011
UK (Channel 4) May 09, 2011
NL (RTL 5) Aug 11, 2011


Guest Stars
Roger BartRoger Bart
As Chief of Staff Richard Peel
José ZúñigaJosé Zúñiga
As Carlos Geller
Blue DeckertBlue Deckert
As General Armbruster
Sam BallSam Ball
As Aaron (as Sam Ball)
Angela GotsAngela Gots
As Alexandra
Robert PineRobert Pine
As Chief Justice
Eamonn RocheEamonn Roche
As Courier
Alexsandra KaniakAlexsandra Kaniak
As Flight Counter Attendant
Robert CicchiniRobert Cicchini
As Dr. Narducci

Co-Guest Stars
Alexandra Bokyun ChunAlexandra Bokyun Chun
As Dr. Lu
Sean CarriganSean Carrigan
As Devon
Charles HalfordCharles Halford
As Roman
Ashleigh SumnerAshleigh Sumner
As Jarvis' Secretary Eva
Michael AlbalaMichael Albala
As Doctor #1
Mark BloomMark Bloom
As Doctor #2
Peggy DunnePeggy Dunne
As Surgeon #1
Johnny KostreyJohnny Kostrey
As Male Flight Attendant
Tracy MaddoxTracy Maddox
As Nurse
Rocky McMurrayRocky McMurray
As Customs Agent
Jonathan PalmerJonathan Palmer
As Surgeon #2
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


The President’s cabinet gathers in the Oval Office to witness Jarvis being sworn in as the President of the United States...

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Episode Quotes
Sophia: Do you know what scares me the most?
Michael: No, what?
Sophia: The letting go... of who I used to be. I knew that it would be painful to follow through on Thomas’ plan, that in order to make room for our people here, to ensure their survival, I would have to… sacrifice some of my principals.
Michael: Well, you’ve taken a huge burden on your shoulders, Sophia.
Sophia: But that doesn’t make what needs to happen next any easier.

Michael: Now I have to go.
Leila: When I was a kid, I was playing with the boys across the street, and they killed a bird. I told you what happened, and you said we were the strongest and smartest things on the planet, so we had a responsibility to protect the smaller, weaker things, because if we didn’t do it, that no one else would. That it was the right thing to do. I don’t know if you remember that, but I do. And I’m looking at you, and I don’t recognize that person anymore.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorNick Wauters
Executive ProducerSteve Stark  |  Jeffrey Reiner  |  Evan Katz
Co-Executive ProducerJay Beattie  |  Nick Wauters  |  Dan Dworkin  |  David H. Goodman  |  David Schulner  |  James Wong (1)
ProducerStephen Sassen
Co-ProducerCathy M. Frank
Consulting ProducerLisa Zwerling
Associate ProducerApril Nocifora
Production DesignerStuart Blatt
EditorTodd Desrosiers
CastingKendra Patterson  |  Natalie Hart  |  Jason La Padura
Unit Production ManagerBruce Carter (2)
First Assistant DirectorRandol Perelman-Taylor
Second Assistant DirectorDouglas Carter
MusicScott Starrett
Music EditorGordon Fordyce
Music SupervisorOliver Hild
Costume DesignerJill M. Ohanneson
Key GripMarc Christie
Set DecoratorSandy Struth
Location ManagerChris Campbell (2)  |  Wes Hagan
Transportation CoordinatorGary Preece
Property MasterRoss Anderson
Construction CoordinatorTed Wilson (2)
Production Sound MixerScott D. Stolz
Script SupervisorHilary Momberger
Production CoordinatorKim Barnhart Posly
Script CoordinatorDeirdre Mangan
Assistant EditorCharissa Sanjarernsuithikul
Post Production SupervisorBettina Zachariah Treviranus  |  Tyson Hilgenberg
Re-Recording MixerElmo Ponsdomenech  |  Robert Edmondson
GafferJohn Farr
Director of PhotographyFeliks Parnell
Story EditorLeyani Diaz
Stunt CoordinatorTim Gilbert
Art DirectorLeonard Harman
Assistant Production CoordinatorJo Brake
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
Special Effects SupervisorGary D'Amico
Department Head Make-upKathy C. King
Assistant To The ProducerNathan Taylor  |  Rebecca Forwood  |  Adam DaSilva
Technical AdvisorJames D. Dever
"B" Camera OperatorVictor Macias
Final ColoristGeorge Cvjetnicanin
"C" Camera OperatorPaul Horn
Visual Effects AssistantClarinda Wong
Data Imaging TechnicianCarter DeHaven IV
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