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Torchwood: The Categories of Life

While Gwen and Rhys try to rescue Geraint Cooper, the Los Angeles Torchwood team infiltrates an overflow camp to discover what PhiCorp really has planned. Meanwhile, Oswald Dane's popularity wavers and Jack asks him to make a choice.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x5
Airdate: Thursday August 11th, 2011

Director: Guy Ferland
Writer: Jane Espenson

Alternate Airdates:

US (starz) Aug 05, 2011 (Premiere!)
CA (SPACE) Aug 06, 2011
AU (Eleven) Sep 01, 2014

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (4 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Lauren Ambrose
As Jilly Kitzinger
Arlene Tur
As Dr. Vera Juarez

Guest Stars
William Thomas
As Geraint Cooper
Sharon Morgan
As Mary Cooper
Tom Price
As PC Andy
Fred Koehler
As Ralph (Ralph Coltrane)
Teddy Sears
As Blue Eyed Man
Marc Vann
As Colin Maloney

Co-Guest Stars
Teresa Garza
As Spanish Newscaster
Brendan Hughes (1)
As Pidgeon
Liz Jenkins
As Rachel
Masami Kosaka
As Japanese Newscaster
Randa Walker
As Candice
Brad Bell
As Nurse Chris
Charles Carpenter
As News Reporter
Jonathan Dane
As Handsome Man
Joelle Elizabeth Jacoby
As Excited Teenager
Ria Jones
As Pushy Woman
Eve Mauro
As Maria Candido
Francine Morgan
As Stressed Woman
Stuart Nurse
As Thomason
Tracy Pfau
As Pale Woman
Vito Viscuso
As Angry Man
Main Cast
John Barrowman
As Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles
As Gwen Cooper
Mekhi Phifer
As Rex Matheson
Alexa Havins
As Esther Drummond
Kai Owen
As Rhys Williams
Bill Pullman
As Oswald Danes


At the city hall in Washington, DC, Vera arrives for a meeting of the medical panels. An aide tells her that all of the panels are done and their reports have gone to the President. She tells Vera that the “categories” have been finalized and the legislation can begin. Vera has no idea what she means, and the aide explains that there are now categories of life. There are three categories and they become official at midnight that night...

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Episode Quotes
Gwen: Yvonne Pallister.
Rhys: Yes indeed, madam. I'm your driver. Might I ask, is there any luggage to pick up?
Gwen: No. The only thing you'll be picking up is me.
Rhys: That'll be a pleasure.
Gwen: I don't think I like the tone of your voice.
Rhys: And what are you going to do about it?
Gwen: Many things. (kisses him)

Gwen: Who's with Anwen?
Rhys: No one. I left her with petrol and a cigarette lighter.

PC Andy: It might be chaos but at least it works.
Gwen: Andy, don't be so thick.
PC Andy: Well, it's nice to have you back.

Gwen: I need to move a patient. It's urgent.
Guard: Then you really need to speak to one of the care workers over there. They can tell you how to process your claim.
Gwen: It's not a claim. I haven't bumped my car. We're talking about my father.

Gwen: Bloody categories. All the things I fought with Torchwood and what stops me? Red tape.
Rhys: We'll find another way, Gwen.
Gwen: Yes, and I'll tell you what it is. We're gonna break in here, we're going to find my father, and we're going to get him out. Tonight.

Vera: So this name, Torchwood. You're like investigators?
Jack: More like freedom fighters.
Vera: That makes you sound like terrorists.

Rex: Look, Torchwood's gone, okay? It's just a name these days. Just kind of works as a codeword to connect us, that's all.
Vera: So am I Torchwood now?
Jack: Welcome aboard.
Vera: Not sure if that's good or bad.

Jack: All I get is a kiss?
Esther: You look after yourself. You're unique. You're Category Jack. So don't you go getting into trouble.

Colin Maloney: Ah, look at you. You're thin as a twig. Bet you'd snap easily.
Vera: I'm getting there, yeah.

Colin Maloney: This is my first tour but I think we might get some important people wanting to visit, you know?
Dr. Vera Juarez: Hmm.
Colin Maloney: I've got a line on Hilary I'm feeling really good about.
Dr. Vera Juarez: Hilary Clinton?
Colin Maloney: Nah, Hilary Duff.

Episode Goofs
From the moment Rex turns his camera on, while he walks through the container, goes outside, scouts the perimeter, and returns to one of the containers, the time on his camera display never changes. It always says 54 minutes of charge and one hour and 23 minutes of film remaining.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRussell T. Davies
Executive ProducerJulie Gardner  |  Russell T. Davies  |  Jane Tranter
Co-Executive ProducerVlad Wolynetz  |  Jane Espenson
ProducerKelly A. Manners  |  Brian Minchin
Associate ProducerSkip Schoolnik
Production DesignerGregory Melton  |  Edward Thomas
EditorSara Mineo  |  Padraic McKinley
CastingJohn Levey  |  Melanie Burgess
Line ProducerDebbi Slater
Unit Production ManagerRobert D. Nellans
First Assistant DirectorW. Scott Wolf  |  George Walker
Second Assistant DirectorCarla Bowen
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerShawna Trpcic
GripJohn Robinson (3)  |  Clive Baldwin
Key GripIsaac Chee
Camera OperatorJeff Greeley
Set DesignerArthur Chadwick
Set DecoratorNatalie Pope
Location ManagerBrad Bemis  |  Gareth Skelding
Transportation CoordinatorHeath Culp
Property MasterEric Bates
Construction CoordinatorChris Forster
Production Sound MixerJulian Howarth
Script SupervisorAnne Melville
Production CoordinatorSam Baker
Assistant EditorYoshie Ishiguro
Post Production SupervisorKenneth Requa
Supervising Sound EditorWalter Newman  |  Ken Young (1)
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
Director of PhotographyChristopher Faloona  |  Nathaniel Goodman
Stunt CoordinatorLee Sheward
Sound RecordistGareth Meirion Thomas
Key Makeup ArtistTodd McIntosh
Visual Effects SupervisorMichael D. Leone
Production AccountantVince Robinette  |  Sarah Hulls
Chief Lighting TechnicianDon Mosley
ScoreMurray Gold
Key HairstylistSusan Boyd (1)
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)  |  Shelley Stevens
Unit ManagerPaul Davies (3)
Assistant Costume DesignerLindsay Bonaccorsi
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Special Effects Make-upGregory Nicotero  |  Howard Berger
Make-up DesignerClaire Pritchard
Science AdvisorJohn Sotos
Assistant ComposerStu Kennedy
Warning: Torchwood season 4 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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