John Doe

Manifest Destiny

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 12/6/02
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  • Episode Description
  • John boards a flight for London but discovers a murder-mystery in mid-air while getting to know a pretty fellow passenger and neurologist.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dominic Purcell

    John Doe

  • Sprague Grayden

    Karen Kawalski

  • Timothy J. Lea

  • Leslie Libman

  • Michael P. Northey

    Comb Over

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Manifest Destiny, a perfect 10

    By BevinChu, Jan 02, 2013

  • John takes a plane flight to London and finds himself in a life or death situation where his abilities help save the day.

    By walrus_8463, Feb 02, 2007


    By Bstern0675, Jun 20, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • John: Engine thrust: 52,200 pounds. The Wright Brothers' first flight could've been performed entirely within this cabin. Rachel: Oh, I didn't realize my seat came with a tour guide. John: Sorry. Claustrophobia. It's starting to kick in. Rachel: First time on a plane? John: Yes. No. Uh, hard to say.

    • Karen: (to John) Don't be gone too long, okay? I mean, I know you're looking for home... but maybe it's right here.

    • (John panicky starts rattling off facts) No-Nonsense Flight Attendant: Excuse me? John: Mental exercise – I do to take my mind off my problem. No-Nonsense Flight Attendant: Not working very well, is it?

    • Rachel: You're telling me you can fly a plane and cook? John: You don't know the half of it. Rachel: I get the feeling I don't know any of it.

    • John: I just flew a 767. When we get back to London, drinks are on me. Damn!

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    Notes (3)

    • Music: Ryan Adams - "Desire" (final scene)

    • A couple of times they refer to the PDA light as a "firefly" - yeah, they're talking about the light fireflies give off, but maybe a shout-out to John Doe's neighboring show as well?

    • None of the regulars besides Dominic Purcell and Sprague Grayden appear, and Grayden only briefly.

    Trivia (9)

    • The airplane shots are mostly wrong: When the plane is supposed to take off, you see the bumpers as a plane touches down and later the flaps are actually set for a landing, too. During the flight there are shots of a 747 and a DC-10. And John says he's just flown a 767!

    • An airplane flight crew wouldn't position the containers the way there were positioned in the cargo hold. They would either fill up the space or bunch them together, not leave them scattered. Having containers move like they did during the flight is very dangerous for weight and balance.

    • How the heck did the killer take out Russian weight-lifter Pavel? Especially when John specifically told Pavel to guard Rachel? The killer's not exactly what you'd call a prime physical specimen.

    • At least a couple of times John says he is heading "back" to London. But...he's never been there, and the plane is heading toward London.

    • If the pilot was overcome from carbon monoxide poisoning, shouldn't everyone in the cockpit be wearing oxygen masks to avoid the same problem? Or can the scrubbers clean the air supply after 60 seconds of being powered up again?

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