Alien Nation (1989)

Season 1 Episode 1

Alien Nation

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 18, 1989 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Tenctonese/Newcomers excessively blink when they have colds.

    • The slang names for the humans are "Terts" and for the Tenctonese are "Slags".

    • Tenctonese Names:

      Cathy is Jelana
      Buck is Finiksa
      Albert is Linsamonteno

    • When Cathy and Matt are in the warehouse looking at the stolen body, the first line spoken by Matt Sikes is not delivered by Gary Graham but Kenneth Johnson, during the editing process.

    • Matt Sikes seems to be periodically limping throughout the pilot episode. This is because Gary Graham sprained his ankle the day before they began filming the pilot and they choose to ignore it and not write it into the show.

    • Roger Aaron Brown, appears as William Tuggles in footage from Alien Nation, the theatrical release.

    • The Francisco's live at 11331 Venetia Street in Lake View Terrace.

  • Quotes

    • Matt: (After telling George off for paying his debt) You're a funny guy, George.
      George: Do you really think so? I've been trying to improve my sense of humor.
      Matt: No, no, no, no. What I meant was--
      George: Humor is the hardest thing to translate though. I -- I did hear a new joke, though.
      Matt: (Clearing his throat) Oh, yeah?
      George: Yes, sir. A man came up to me and asked, "Which way is it to Carnegie Hall?" and I said, "practice." (Laughs) It's a funny joke. (Laughs again) Do you understand?
      Matt: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
      George: Practice
      Matt: It's close, George. It's real close. You know, it might be a smidge more effective if you said: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"
      George: Oh?
      Matt: Trust me.
      Matt and George: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
      Matt: (Pats George on the shoulder) That's it. Keep workin' it. You'll be ready to take it on the road real soon.

    • Matt: Sorry, I called you a Slag.
      George: Sorry, about the manure line.
      Matt: Speaking of manure, where do you want to eat lunch?
      George: Beats the hell out of me….Actually there is this little place on the east side, I've been meaning to try. It serves a really nice rug tail sloth.
      Matt: Yeah…(Laughs)… That's good George.

    • Matt: Well, Mr. Purist, you have the right to remain silent, you choose to give up the right everything you say….
      George: (Interrupting) Anything, anything you say can..
      Matt: Anything. Anything you..Thanks..say..

    • (Susan leaves the office at Emily's school and enters the restroom and a black woman comes in a minute later)
      Woman: Can I talk to you a minute? I was just thinking what it used to be with three kinds of restrooms.
      Susan: Three?
      Woman: Men's, Women's and Colored
      Susan: Really.
      Woman: I lived to seen it, but things do change, they really do change, if you want them to badly enough. I remember this old black woman, Ms. Jane Pittman, she used to pass this particular water fountain everyday, a white folks fountain. You know what she did one day? She walked right up to it and took a drink. (Laughs) But lordly all hell broke loose, when she did, 'a nigger took a drink out of a white fountain, a nigger done this, a nigger done that'. One became mayor of Los Angles; one became mayor of Atlanta, Atlanta; one ran for president and one will be president some day. But it is hard to take that first drink, it takes a lot of courage to be like Miss Jane.
      Susan: At least they weren't afraid she would turn into an insect.
      Woman: Oh Honey, I can show you people today that still think that black people have rabbit blood and Jewish people have horns. But you don't look like no cockroach to me. Take a drink.

    • Matt: (To George) You're from another damn galaxy and you're telling me how to play the ponies. (Chuckles as he walks away)

    • George: I would think that you could catch more honey with a pound of vinger than a pound of flies.

    • Cathy: Do you think any one was here?
      Matt: He would have been a real professional.
      Cathy: Do you smoke cigars?
      Cathy: Then somebody was here.
      Matt: Oh yeah, seasoned professionals always puffs away on a cigar while he's searching an apartment.
      Cathy: Smokers get it in their clothes, they don't ever realize it.
      Matt: And you can smell it, even after they're gone?
      Cathy: Yup! Not much hair, but I got a great nose.

    • Cathy: Down at the medical center where I work, everyone is treated with respect. Human or Newcomer, it doesn't matter, you're valued for what is in your head, not the shape of it.

    • Female Purist: (over megaphone) Yes I'm a Purist, and I'm proud of it. These damn Slags were bred to be slaves, so let them be slaves. (Crowd cheering) They breed like rabbits, only four months instead of nine. Pretty soon there won't be any room for the rest of us. (Crowd cheering) We don't need any more damned aliens! (Crowd cheering and booing) We shouldn't give them the right to vote. We shouldn't let them into our schools. This has always been a good school. We gotta keep it that way. (pointing Emily) We don't want her kind here!
      Male Protestor: But she's got a right to go to school.
      Female Purist: There are schools in Slagtown.
      Male Protestor: She doesn't live there anymore.
      Female Purist: Let her move back.
      Matt: (Fires his gun and continues to wave it) Why stop at running them back to Slagtown? Why don't we just kill them?(Fire two more shots into the air) Teach them a lesson, keep them in their place, keep America pure. (Crowd cheers) We don't need to paint little stars on them to recognize their kind, do we? They'll be easy to round up, they stand out even better than the Japs, we threw into the concentration camps back in 1942. (Crowd quiets) This will be a piece of cake, if enough of us get together, it will almost seem legal, won't it? Put little pointy sheets on our head and hang a few slags, huh. (Matt walks up to Emily) Let's start with this little one right here.(He reaches toward Emily and winks at her, she goes with him) Just because she is an American citizen that doesn't mean she is a human being, does it? So, what if she is a little brighter than some of our kids, we can beat that out of her, discourage her enough she will give up. So what, if she might have come up with a cure for cancer some day; She's not civilized like us. So why don't we just put a gun to her head and end it right her. (Matt offers his guns to the crowd) Come on, pull the trigger…….take it…..Come on. How about you Ms. Purist? I know you want to pull the trigger. Get over here, come on down. What do I have to do it myself? (He takes the safety off and cocks the gun)
      Jill's Mother: No, we don't want her dead. We just want her back where she belongs.
      Matt: (Lowers gun and puts safety on) SHE BELONGS HERE!
      (Matt walks Emily up to the doors where school officials are standing)
      Matt: Aren't you ashamed of yourselves?(To an older black man) Aren't you?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Named Newcomers in this Episode:

      Albert Einstein was a German theoretical physicist from the late 1800's and early 1900's. He is known for his Physics and his Theory of Relativity.

      Amos 'n' Andy was a radio/TV show that began in the 1920's and ran through the 1950's. The show followed the adventures of Amos Jones and Andy Brown looking for a better life in the big city.

      Mort Dakota is a play on words for the state North Dakota.