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Torchwood: The Blood Line

After discovering that Jack's blood is the key to stopping the Blessing, the two Torchwood teams launch simultaneously assaults on the facilities at Buenos Aires and Shanghai. However, a mole within the CIA threatens both operations.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x10
Airdate: Thursday September 15th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

US (starz) Sep 09, 2011 (Premiere!)
CA (SPACE) Sep 10, 2011
AU (Eleven) Oct 06, 2014

Special Guest Stars
Lauren AmbroseLauren Ambrose
As Jilly Kitzinger

Guest Stars
Candace BrownCandace Brown
As Sarah
Sharon MorganSharon Morgan
As Mary Cooper
William ThomasWilliam Thomas
As Geraint Cooper
Marina BenedictMarina Benedict
As Charlotte Wills
Paul James (1)Paul James (1)
As Noah Vickers
John de LancieJohn de Lancie
As Allen Shapiro
Tom PriceTom Price
As PC Andy
Teddy SearsTeddy Sears
As Blue Eyed Man
Frances FisherFrances Fisher
As Mother Colasanto
Benito MartinezBenito Martinez
As Captain Santos (Captain Frederico Santos)
Chris ButlerChris Butler
As The Cousin

Co-Guest Stars
Veronica DiazVeronica Diaz
As Female Soldier
Noemi del RioNoemi del Rio
As Sandra Morales
Fernando FernandezFernando Fernandez
As Young Male Soldier
Cici LauCici Lau
As Chinese Woman
Laura WaddellLaura Waddell
As Cat One Nurse
Main Cast
John BarrowmanJohn Barrowman
As Captain Jack Harkness
Eve MylesEve Myles
As Gwen Cooper
Mekhi PhiferMekhi Phifer
As Rex Matheson
Alexa HavinsAlexa Havins
As Esther Drummond
Kai OwenKai Owen
As Rhys Williams
Bill PullmanBill Pullman
As Oswald Danes


In Shanghai, Gwen prepares her gun, remembers her father, and realizes that today is the day that she kills him...

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Episode Quotes
Gwen: When I was about 5 or 6, my dad came home from work early. And I knew there was something wrong, I could hear voices from the kitchen. So I looked through the door and I could see him crying. Turned out money'd gone missing from work and he got the blame. So I went to get all my pocket money and I put it in his hand. Must have been about two pound fifty. He looked at me and said it wasn't about the money. He said "I can't stand anyone thinking I'm not an honest man," and I've always remembered that. Always. Because that was the first time in my life anybody had spoken to me like an adult. And then we went to the back garden and we played until dark. So that's my dad. Geraint Wynn Cooper, the nicest man in the world. And today's the day that I kill him.

Oswald: Who are you?
Jack: Captain Jack Harkness.
Oswald: No. I spent a long time in prison. And I know the smile of a man who's done terrible things. And your friends. I've been watching them. Sometime they like you, sometimes they love you... and sometimes once or twice, fluttering away in those tiny little gaps, they fear you.
Jack: I'm from the future.
Oswald: Well, now.
Jack: I come from the future.
Oswald: Then you must know. Do we make it through this day?
Jack: The future can change. it's being written right now. One thing I do know. I've seen the stars. I have seen the universe. I have seen the human race become vast and magnificent and endless. And I wish you could see it, Oswald. I wish you could see that, too. Because then you'd know how small you've made your life.

Gwen: It's me. Still alive.
Rhys: You'd better be or there'll be trouble. Anwen says hello.
Gwen: No she doesn't. She's tiny, she hasn't a clue.
Rhys: It's okay.
Gwen: Sorry.

Mother Colasanto: It is said that it reflects your own self back at you. What can you see?
Gwen: Enough guilt to last me a lifetime. But that's okay, I'm a working mother, I don't need the Blessing to tell me that.

Gwen: But you ruined the world out there.
Mother Colasanto: The Miracle shocked the economy, the economy collapsed. We tear down in order to rebuild. Now it's almost within sight. A new world.
Gwen: Yeah, with no room for the poor or the weak or the ones who don't fit in.
Mother Colasanto: It's the way the world works now, we're just making it official.

Mother Colasanto: You'll both die, gentlemen. You'll both kill yourselves. You'll die in a pit in Shanghai. Is that what you want?
Jack: I think I've lived long enough.

Gwen: But Rex, we've got to do this. And I'm gonna to tell you why. Because I'm standing here and I'm staring at Oswald Danes. And he chose when that girl lived and he chose when that girl died. And no one should have that power. Not the rich, not the mad, not anyone.
Oswald: You're choosing now.
Gwen: Yeah, you watch me.
Oswald: You'll kill Jack and Rex and that girl Esther--all of your Torchwood team. You'll kill them all.
Gwen: Yeah. Yeah.
Oswald: You are magnificent!

Gwen: And that's what I did. In a pit in old Shanghai I brought death back to the world. They said it was like a breath, a breath that went around the whole wide world. The last breath. And then no more. We said goodbye to them then--the dads and the moms, the sick and the old, the friends and the neighbors... and the people we once met. And the people whose names we never knew. We said goodbye to them all on the day that death came back.

Oswald: Oh, soon I'll see her!
Mother Colasanto: You won't see anybody, Danes, you're going to Hell, Danes!
Oswald: That's where they go. All the bad little girls, they run straight to Hell. And I'm following!

Jack: Lucky she got a full service. There's ten funerals every hour these days. Catching up with the backlog.
Rhys: Well, that'll make us all feel better.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRussell T. Davies
Executive ProducerJane Tranter  |  Russell T. Davies  |  Julie Gardner
Co-Executive ProducerVlad Wolynetz  |  Jane Espenson
ProducerKelly A. Manners
Associate ProducerSkip Schoolnik
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorMark J. Goldman
CastingJohn Levey  |  Melanie Burgess
Unit Production ManagerRobert D. Nellans
First Assistant DirectorJefferson Kibbee
Second Assistant DirectorMatt Buckler
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerShawna Trpcic
Key GripIsaac Chee
Camera OperatorBrian Bernstein
Set DesignerArthur Chadwick
Set DecoratorNatalie Pope
Location ManagerBrad Bemis
Transportation CoordinatorHeath Culp
Property MasterEric Bates
Construction CoordinatorChris Forster
Production Sound MixerJulian Howarth
Script SupervisorAnne Melville
Assistant EditorMatt Woolley
Post Production SupervisorPeter Tassler
Supervising Sound EditorWalter Newman  |  Ken Young (1)
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
Director of PhotographyChristopher Faloona
Key Makeup ArtistTodd McIntosh
Visual Effects SupervisorMichael D. Leone
Production AccountantVince Robinette
Chief Lighting TechnicianDon Mosley
ScoreMurray Gold
Key HairstylistSusan Boyd (1)
Post Production AssistantKris Saintsing
Production ExecutiveShelley Stevens
Special Effects Make-upHoward Berger  |  Greg Nicotero
Science AdvisorJohn Sotos
First Assistant AccountantBethany Andriuzzo
Assistant ComposerStu Kennedy
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