Bionic Woman

Season 1 Episode 5

The Education of Jaime Sommers

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 24, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jaime's new mission requires her to attend college posing as a British transfer student in order to investigate a professor suspected of illegal activities. However, her task becomes complicated when she falls for the teacher's assistant, who is also a suspect.

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  • Still not pushing the envelope

    I think that its beginning to come clear why this show was cancelled. It just doesnt hold together as well as other shows in its class. Qualitywise its still missing something even if Michelle Ryan is actually better than I expected. The storyline in this episode is good enough, but putting it on a campus? The setting just doesnt excite and even though the final scene is worth the watch, the setup isnt that original and it certainly may not get you in the mood to sit and watch it to that point.

    Overall I think that current version of this show leads a lot to be desired but I will continue watching unless they have an episode not worthy of my time.moreless
  • I loved it!

    Jaime poses as a British student at a college in order to investigate illegal activity from the professor. She ends up falling for his assistant, who is also suspected. Nathan seems jealous of their relationship. There is a chip that controls people and they need to stop the rotation of the chip. It turns out that the assistant actually works for the CIA and is also trying to find out who has it. Pope helps out on the mission. Jaime and them successfully achieve the mission. Her and the assistant guy kiss.

    This episode was great! I liked all the action at the crime scene! Jaime's accent was cool and was also Michelle's real accent! This episode gets a 9.0 from me!moreless
  • Jamine get an Education in butt kicking!

    Michelle Ryan is the real reason why I'm watching "The Bionic Woman." I love both her and the show. this episode is one reason why I'll watch. Jamine goes to college undercover to investigate the illegal activities of the professor and falls for the assassiant. I like her roommate. i hoe she can come back someday. I think the series is inproving due to part with the relationshikp between her and her sister. It's improving from week to week. this past weekend, I took part in the voting for the People's choice Awards. I almost voted for "the Bionic Woman" for best new series, but I like "Pushing daises" better, so my vote went to them. But "Bionic woman " came in a close second to my heart.moreless
  • I'm done w/ this show!

    Evil muslims killing US soldiers... that's original...NOT.

    So TIRED of that plotline.

    Obviously the horrific writing isn't going to improve.

    Plotlines like this super fake college showdown isn't advancing the plot of what the company is or what's wrong with the bionics.

    All we find out is that Jaime is now working for the equivalent of BLACKWATER and as the homophobe Isiah Washington's character tells her "there's no rules no beaurocracy". Gee, she must be so proud to work for an organization that thinks it's above the law. Maybe Cheney or Rove is secretly running it...

    I just can't take anymore... there's better things I can do with my time (or at least better scifi shows).moreless
  • The first episode where it finally feels like we're getting somewhere.

    The series finally seems to be getting a footing. While it was a pretty simple story that really wouldn't have been out of place on any other spy show, they did it well and kept focus while building on what they've already done. They really didn't do anything with her domestic situation, but that's probably for the best until the writers figure that mess out. Sure, some questions remain, like why they spend all that money to see and hear everything she does and didn't bother implanting something where they communicate without using a cell phone. Or that she can bend steel but can't seem to win a fight with a mere mortal without quite a struggle. At least here everything seemed organic and they've developed a cute little romantic interest (because Antonio sure wasn't going to fill that role) that they can play with down the line to bring in a female audience. As for Antonio, he really seems to be finding a good spot on the show. He's doing that whole "tough and ready" thing and still bringing a certain humanity to it. I really didn't think that Isiah Washington would work out on this show but I've been pleasantly surprised in the recent episodes. Hopefully they can keep moving forward and keep building to something instead of going in every direction at once.moreless
Jordan Bridges

Jordan Bridges

Tom Hastings

Guest Star

Kenneth Welsh

Kenneth Welsh

Dr. Howard Samuels

Guest Star

Valerie Tian

Valerie Tian


Guest Star

Isaiah Washington

Isaiah Washington

Antonio Pope

Recurring Role

Kevin Rankin

Kevin Rankin


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Tom is on the other side of a glass door when Jaime is fabricating an explanation to Professor Samuels for breaking into his office, so he couldn't possibly have heard the details she gave him, and wouldn't have been able to back up her story.

    • Goof: Jamie says she wanted to be an Irish literature major at Harvard. Irish literature is merely a single course at Harvard, not a major.

    • This is the first episode in which Jaime's streaming optical interface is shown to be able to transmit audio information as well.

    • Goof: When the neurotransmitter is being demonstrated by having the subject juggle, they also prove its ability to reduce pain response by burning the subject's hand with a blowtorch. Though the neurotransmitter could have the ability to reduce pain, it should not have the ability to actually stop his skin from burning, but for some reason it does and there is no skin damage.

    • The line "How's your British accent?" is an in-joke. Michelle Ryan is British.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Nathan: (to Jaime) So typical of this place - they spend $50 million on you, then won't spring for a Bluetooth.

    • Jaime: This is an insane amount of information to process this quickly.
      Nathan: You just have to pull up that Harvard part of your brain.
      Jaime: The part that never went to Harvard is much bigger. Besides, I was gonna major in Irish Literature.
      Nathan: Well, then, you dodged the bullet when you didn't go because you'd have ended up a hundred grand in debt and still a bartender.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Isaiah Washington is billed as a Special Guest Star.

    • Featured Music:
      "Recoil" by Ani Difranco (during the closing scene)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 7th, 2007 on Network 7
      Denmark: February 4th, 2008 on TV3
      New Zealand: February 24th, 2008 on TV3
      India: March 11th, 2008 on Star World
      Sweden: April 4th, 2008 on TV6
      UK: April 8th, 2008 on ITV2
      The Netherlands: July 31st, 2008 on RTL5
      Germany: March 31st, 2010 on RTL II
      Slovakia: August 25th, 2012 on DAJTO

    • Michelle Ryan, who is from the U.K. in real life, gets to drop her "American accent" for the first time in the series.


    • Nathan: He had you Manchurian Candidated!
      The Manchurian Candidate is a novel (1959), which has been adapted into a film twice (in 1962 and in 2004). It is about a son of a prominent political family who has been brainwashed into becoming an unwilling assassin for the Communist Party.

    • Title
      The title is a reference to the show The Education of Max Bickford, which is about the college professor named Max Bickford. As an additional relation, Katee Sackhoff (Sarah Corvus) plays Nell Bickford, the daughter of the title character.

    • Bionic Can Opener:
      Jaime: So I'm a glorified fax machine?
      Nathan: Come on, don't sell yourself short. You can also open cans.
      This is a reference to the original Bionic Woman series, where Jaime uses her bionic arm's fingernail for a utilitarian purpose to cut open a can's top. Calling a bionic person "a glorified can opener" is also a common event in similar stories.

    • Jaime: I feel like Felicity.
      That refers to an American TV series called Felicity. It is about a girl who threw all her plans for the future away for a boy she didn't even know.