Crossing Jordan

Season 4 Episode 8

Fire from the Sky

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2004 on NBC
9.2
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Jordan receives a late night call from Devan asking her to cover her shift. A plane crash has occurred and the staff soon learns one of their own was on that flight.

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  • A plane crashes and they discover that Devan was on it.

    10
    It was meant to me to see this episode today. I was having lunch and I turned the TV on, Crossing Jordan was on and I though, I can't see this before the others and I changed channel...



    About an hour later I was watching the episode, it was the second one on my list...



    I confess I thought that she might be alive, she might appear somewhere. I guess that's not going to happen.



    I liked Devan, she had a lot of Jordan in her, the wanting to know why, putting herself in danger situations... And I felt sad for her when she called Jordan to cover the shift, Jordan was mean and she didn't deserved it. Devan thought of Jordan as a friend, she told her mother all about her...

    The thing you know about a person when she is gone...



    And Woody, they were starting to have something and now it is gone.

    This was a sad episode, the lost of someone you see, talk and get to know everyday is always painful...moreless
  • In this episode, Jordan covers for Devan in the graveyard shift at the morgue. A deadly plane crash occurs. They discover it won’t be a regular night to remember when it’s unveiled that the morgues own Devan Maguire was a victim of the crash.moreless

    10
    Wow! This was one of my favourite episodes of Crossing Jordan ever. I don’t even know where to begin to say how much I loved this episode. I didn’t even realize until halfway through the episode that I was crying, and the tears kept coming right until the end.



    I think it was the little things in this episode that made it so sad (aside from the fact that an amazing character is taken off the show). The way Woody brought Devan’s favourite food for her, and was still carrying it when he found she was gone, I think that’s when I really started crying. As much as I want Jordan and Woody to be together (I really, really do) I liked Devan and Woody, and the way they went together. The phone conversation between Devan and Jordan at the beginning of the episode just set the mood for me. I get so into the episodes of this show, and when Jordan and Garrett put the pieces together in the cell phone scene, (as I said before) that’s the part of the episode the tears started rolling for me. Then, there was the poem at the end of the episode read by Garrett, and when Woody tossed the flowers into the pit. That was so heart moving for me! I loved the way everyone working around the whole scene sort of stopped for a moment, and the whole world came to a pause, then the reality sunk back in, and everyone went back to work.



    I can’t believe Devan is gone. At first, I didn’t really have much of an opinion about her. But, as her time in the show went on, I loved the dimension she added to the show. I will truly miss her presence at the morgue, and she will be a character that is never forgotten.

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  • A personal review of the Episode Fire From the Sky. For more CJ reviews visit my web site (www.crossingjordanencyclopedia.com)

    10
    There have been a lot of comings and goings in the morgue. Some have left us baffled (I’m still wondering what happened to Peter), others have left sad, but a little relieved (Elaine), but I don’t think any have touched us as much as Devan’s passing. I know many didn’t like her (though I didn’t share the same feelings—since the day we met her I’ve always been a fan of Devan’s) but a sadder death I don’t think there could have been. Despite Devan’s sometimes annoying presence, the morgue staff was heart broken at the news of her death.



    Woody: Poor Woody. He received the manifest with the passengers on it. He’s looking it over and he recognizes a name—Devan Maguire. Probably not a moment he wants to remember, but definitely one he’ll never forget.



    He tried to hold it together. He did a pretty decent job until the end. Of course he had the case of the missing boy to help occupy his attention, which was probably a blessing in disguise. The scene with the young sick boy was heart stopping. They both needed each other. They were both grieving over losing someone and able to share that misery with each other. I don’t think Woody will share his grief with anyone else, nor will he let anyone in to comfort him. So his moment with the boy was truly precious. Woody’s human. He can grieve and he can cry.



    The end was beautiful. After Garret read the poem Woody took and moment then tosses a bouquet of flowers in the pit—his good bye to Devan.



    Jordan: Jordan starts the episode off relaxing, getting ready to enjoy her evening off when she gets a call from Devan. She and Devan have a bit of an argument and they hang up frustrated with each other.



    Jordan drags herself into the morgue—only to walk into the calm before the storm. When she calls Devan’s cell and Garret picks up it hits her what has happened. She feels so guilty over her last conversation with Devan. She’s not a mean person—but she feels like it.



    Jordan take responsibility for contacting Devan’s mother. It’s a bittersweet scene between them. Devan mother tells Jordan how much Devan loved working in the morgue and how much she talked of Jordan and about what a great friend Jordan was. I think this news had to have helped Jordan come to terms with her relationship with Devan.



    Nigel, Bug, Lily and Sydney: They all deal with the death of Devan differently. Nigel and Bug do everything they can at the site. Even when there’s nothing left to find they’re still looking. Sydney remembers how Devan teased him—it’s not so annoying to him now as it once was. He starts to get testy and snap at Jordan as the episode goes on and it sinks in what a sad tragedy this was.



    Lily dealt with all the grieving family members in her typical self confident way. She took charge and was caring at the same time. She has become (in many ways) the backbone of the morgue staff. She’s always the one to keep everyone in check. She’s there to console when needed, comfort when called for, speak out when others won’t.



    Garret: He remains strong. He’s just as affected, but he knows that the others will follow his example. They have a job to do and the time for grieving will come later.



    The poem he read for Devan at the end was a true Garret moment. He helped put words to Devan’s death and gave Nigel, Bug and Woody some closure, and at the same time told (without telling) that he was there for them and he was grieving just as much as they were.



    Devan—a pushy, driven, but good hearted lady—we’ll never forget you. You’re short stay at the Boston morgue had a profound effect on everyone. You’ll rest in our memories. Good bye Devan Maguire.

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  • One of the saddest episodes by far.

    9.3
    I feel that they could have explained a little more about what exactly happened in the beginning of the episode - maybe i missed it, but I still want to know why Devon was in DC.



    All in all it was a good but very sad episode. Devon was a good character and while I think Jordan and Woody should be together, it would have been nice to see Woody in a relationship.moreless
  • This was a sad one but thats whats going to happen I mean just cause its a tv show there not perfect lifes lol so well i loved it

    9.5
    First off all we finaly see that Devin did like Jordan but to tell you all the truth i didnt like the character much but thats cause im a shipper for Jordan/Woody but i mean its good that they braught some one in that actualy payed atintion in that way that Jordan wouldnt with Woody. But she did bring somthing to the show so she was a good character. I like the way they took Woodys mind simi off her death with finding that little boy it was excelent how that was done in the show. And as for Jordan talking to Devins mother that was great. Im glad Jordan found out how much Devin thaught of her. But in the end after Garret said that peace for the ones that were not found i wish Jordan would have been some one to confort him i thaught it would have been appropriate but thats all I have to say.moreless
Ravi Kapoor

Ravi Kapoor

Dr. Mahesh "Bug" Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh

Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine

Dr. Nigel Townsend

Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Woody Hoyt

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Garret Macy

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn

Lily Lebowski

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby

Carla Moran

Guest Star

Christine Ebersole

Christine Ebersole

Mrs. Maguire

Guest Star

Kasha Kropinski

Kasha Kropinski

Kimmy Moran

Guest Star

Jennifer Finnigan

Jennifer Finnigan

Devan Maguire

Recurring Role

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Sidney

Recurring Role

Emy Coligado

Emy Coligado

Emy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Dr. Macy reads a poem at the site where Devan's plane crashed)
      Garret: As I stand on the mountaintop, as the great bird approaches. She is small in my sight, but grows larger on approach until I am blessed with the full sight of her graceful wings, proud countenance and good company. All too quickly, she grows small again on the horizon and disappears from view. And I call out, "Look, there. She's gone." But there are other mountaintops beyond me. And at the precise moment when I note the great bird's departure form my view, I know there are new eyes taking up the sight of her. And fresh voices calling out, "Here she comes!"

    • Kyle: Why are you crying?
      Woody: I lost someone on the plane too.
      Kyle: And they died?
      (Woody nods head)

    • Garret: Okay call Devan on her cell and get right back to me
      Jordan: Okay (one of the phones that was found in the plane crash rings and Garret picks up)
      Garret: Hello?
      Jordan: Garret? I-I just called Devan's cell...

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • A Parable of Immortality by Henry Van Dyke

      The poem read by Dr. Macy is based on A Parable of Immortality by Henry Van Dyke. The original is about a ship.

      I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, "There she goes!"

      Gone where? Gone from my sight ... that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There she goes! there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

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