Season 1, Ep 18, Aired 4/28/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Someone is killing people and draining their spinal cord fluid. Olivia, Peter, and Walter go to great lengths to stop the deaths, which are happening more and more frequently.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joshua Jackson

    Peter Bishop

  • Jefferson Mays

    Nicholas Boone

  • Lance Reddick

    Phillip Broyles

  • Trieste Dunn

    Valerie Boone

  • Kirk Acevedo

    Charlie Francis

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  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • Midnight

    By arkanitoo, Jul 16, 2012

  • The Plot Thickens

    By dreamgoat, Jan 26, 2012

  • Another great episode.

    By thefanof, Apr 30, 2009

  • Ok but nothing compared to last week.

    By efc91, Apr 30, 2009

  • A little more than a typical monster of the week episode.

    By D0NNER, May 01, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Walter: (examining a corpse) You know what this reminds me of, Peter? Peter: Nope, but I'm gonna guess it's something unbelievably disgusting. Walter: Shrimp cocktail. You see, the shrimp must be deveined by putting a shallow cut down the back to expose the vein. Which in fact, is not a vein at all, but the crustacean's intestinal track. Peter: Great, thanks for that. Another foodstuff I can cross off the menu for life.

    • Peter: Hey, are you okay? Olivia: Why? Peter: Well, you were awfully quiet on the car ride over here and you just don't seem your normal, chipper self at a bloody, gruesome crime scene. Olivia: Oh, I'm sorry, I'm, umm... it's home stuff. Peter: Well, I know from home stuff. I live with a guy inspecting a severed spine.

    • Peter: You're suggesting that someone chewed his spine out? Walter: Yes. But with a jaw strength well in excess of that of a normal human being. Peter: Great. Well, maybe we're looking for Dracula. Walter: Ha ha! Finally, son; you're opening your mind to new possibilities. But no, there are no vampires, sadly. But it'll be something exciting, I'm sure.

    • Walter: The C-1 cervical vertebra is connected to the C-2 cervical vertebra. The C-2 cervical vertebra is attached to the C-3... Peter: That... Walter, that's enough. Astrid: When you finally meet a nice girl, I would avoid bringing her home for as long as possible.

    • Astrid: The killer took the victim's spinal fluid? Why would they do that? Walter: Where would the fun be if we already knew all there is to know?

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    Notes (3)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: May 10, 2009 on Sky1
      Norway: May 24, 2009, on TVN
      Finland: June 1, 2009 on MTV3
      Germany: July 27, 2009 on ProSieben
      Belgium: July 30, 2009 on RTBF2
      Sweden: July 30, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Latin America: August 11, 2009 on WB
      France: August 12, 2009 on TF1
      Poland: January 21, 2010 on TVN
      Slovakia: February 14, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: April 9, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Music: Bela Lugosi's Dead (Bauhaus), Tear You Apart (She Wants Revenge), Closer to You (Daniel Ash), Candy Darling (Daniel Ash), Discipline (Nine Inch Nails), Burning Up (Ladytron), Once You Say (Nitzer Ebb)

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.

    Trivia (6)

    • When Walter examines the early victims, he says the bite marks are definitely human. But in attack mode, Mrs. Boone's teeth are anything but human-looking.

    • If you insert a needle into a person's spinal cord at the cervical (neck) section that would render the person tetraplegic. The antidote should have been injected at the lumbar area.

    • The second dead man picture Olivia showed Dr. Nicholas Boone during his interrogation, after his capture, is from a dead victim she only discovered way later in the episode.

    • Trivia: The news broadcast at the beginning has a text crawl stating "Mysterious fire breaks out downtown." This is a clue toward the next episode, "The Road Not Taken."

    • Trivia: The glyph for this episode is EIGHT.

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