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Quotes (153)

  • Ryan: I'd like to speak to her.
    Jennifer: About what?
    Ryan: I'd like to know how she's doing.
    Jennifer: Perhaps later when we're not trying to find a serial killer.

  • Michael: I can handle dead people. You kill a dog, I go crazy. (Ryan stares) I got this little terrier mix. Forget it.

  • Ryan: You deserve more. I belong in your past. I work better in people's pasts, I always have.

  • Ryan: Where is she?
    Carroll: You know, the human eye is connected by seven muscles. I removed each one individually. You know how hard that is to do?

  • Ryan: So what's my sequel about, Joe? Everyone outside is anxious to know.
    Carroll: Umm. Well, it's going to be a collaboration. We're going to write this together, Ryan. You know, my first book was... clearly too avant garde. Lost in literati pretense. Now my new story... will play to a much wider audience. Even Poe whored himself out eventually.

  • Ryan: If this book ends with anything other than your death, you'd better plan on a rewrite.

  • Ryan: Where's Mason?
    Debra: She's on her way back to Quantico. Apparently she put a former agent alone in a room with Joe Carroll, let him break three of his fingers. Turns out that's a no-no.
    Ryan: Three, huh?

  • Mike: Good news, no dead puppies. Bad news... I think it's time to use that word nobody wants to use.
    Debra: So, we have a cult.

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Notes (98)

  • Music: Sweet Dreams (Marilyn Manson)

  • International Airdates:
    Canada: January 21, 2013 on CTV
    UK: January 22, 2013 on Sky ATLANTIC
    Finland: March 7, 2013 on MTV3

  • Jeananne Goossen and Maggie Grace are no longer credited as series regulars. Annie Parisse now receives credit as a series regular.

  • Music: Chance (in the House of Flies) (Deftones), Angel (cover by Sepultura)

  • International Airdates:
    Canada: January 28, 2013 on CTV
    UK: January 29, 2013 on Sky ATLANTIC
    Finland: March 14, 2013 on MTV3
    Australia: April 10, 2013 on Nine

  • Music: Theme From Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not) (Joel Scarbury), The Killing Moon (Echo & The Bunnymen), Cover My Face (Miranda Sex Garden)

  • International Airdates:
    Canada: February 4, 2013 on CTV
    UK: February 5, 2013 on Sky ATLANTIC
    Finland: March 21, 2013 on Sub

  • Music: Sugar (Garbage), Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)

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Trivia (7)

  • When Ryan leaves the car, he is heading towards the lighthouse. When the camera changes its angle, there is a cameraman in the back seat who is trying to duck and hide behind the seats.

  • Emma uses the alias "Denise," Jacob uses the alias "Will Wilson," and Paul uses the alias "Billy."

  • Trivia: Mike's middle name is Emerson.

  • Trivia: Roderick's real name of Tim Nelson is revealed here.

  • At the dam after Lily and Mark run off, Max calls for an ambulance. The camera cuts to Mike, then back to Max and she's putting her cell phone in her pocket. Then it cuts to Mike again, and when it cuts back to Max she's still making the call.

  • The coordinates (41.5042;73.9656) from the encrypted file leads to a mountain in Kazakhstan. However it is more likely that it is 41.5042;-73.9656, then it ends up in Beacon NY

  • Trivia: Theo's birth name is Terrence Jackson, and Penny's is Sophia.

Allusions (6)

  • Debra: Uh, she's a Pisces, favorite movie is The Notebook...
    Referencing the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks, where a young man returns from the battlefields of World War II and falls in love from with the daughter of a wealthy family. It was made into a movie in 2004.

  • Mitchell: That was a Fight Club reference.
    Referencing the 1996 novel Fight Club and the 1999 movie adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Norton is is the unnamed protagonist who bonds with a soap salesman, Tyler Durden (Pitt), and forms a fight club that gives disenfranchised men a chance to exercise their frustrations by beating on each other.

  • Max: You've got to stop playing Dirty Harry, Ryan, and go to the FBI.
    Referencing police detective Harold Francis "Dirty Harry" Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood in five movies from 1971 to 1988. The character is a cop who refuses to play by the rules, constantly challenges his superiors, disregards orders, and ultimately believes in justice rather than the letter of the law.

  • Strauss: But I feel safe here in your Fortress of Solitude.
    Referencing Superman's secret headquarters, first seen in Action Comics #241 (June 1958). This secret Arctic base in the side of a mountain contains Superman's labs, computers, Kryptonian artifacts, an alien zoo, and trophies of his various adventures. The term itself has its origins in the Doc Savage novels of the 30s and 40s, where Clark "Doc" Savage would retire from the world from time to time to his secret Arctic Fortress of Solitude where he would do research for the betterment of all mankind.

  • Corey: Last thing we want is to end up in someone's basement, putting lotion in the basket.
    Referencing Buffalo Bill in Thomas Harris' 1988 novel The Silence of the Lamb. The serial killer abducts overweight women, skins them, and uses the remains to create a "woman suit" for himself. He lowers lotion in a basket down into the pit where he keeps them so that they can use it to keep their skin soft.

  • Gary: Like that--like that dude from The Matrix.
    Referencing the movie The Matrix (1999). The Matrix is a virtual reality created by sentient computers to keep mankind happy and satisfied... and unaware that they are hooked into giant energy batteries to power the machines. Neo is one prisoner who is prophesied to be the savior of humanity.