Dark Angel

Season 1 Episode 22

...And Jesus Brought A Casserole

Aired Unknown May 22, 2001 on FOX
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...And Jesus Brought A Casserole
Max escapes Manticore and Madame X's clutches with the help of Lydecker but he then knocks Max out and chains her to a hotel bed while he proceeds to get drunk. It's up to Logan to help find her.

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  • It's a perfect episode..............untill you get to the true ending.

    I deffidently loved this episode. Max and the gang have finally had enough with Manticore and are ready to settle the score once and for all. They successfully break into Manticore and plant bombs in the core and destroy the facility and all is won.

    Then came a scene where Max and Logan were just in love together. That scene really touched me, in a good way. Just seeing how they loved each other so much and how nothing can stop them from living their lives together and loving each other forever. If the episode ended with this scene I would've considered this a perfact episode. Heck, even if they ended the whole series with that magnificent scene, I would've been happy.

    Sadly, that's not how things turned out.

    That whole "ending scene" was fake.

    It turnes out that Max was shot and killed and Manticore lived on. And Logan had his heart broken at the sight of Max's death( she died in his arms). Sure, she was brought back, but it killed Zack, and Max and Logan still can't be together because of that virus that Max has that prevents her to be with Logan.

    Maybe this episode would've been better if the writers had not included the happy ending and just went straight to the real story. But nooooooooooooo....... they give us a fantastic ending, only to fool us and give us probably the worst ending I've ever witnessed.

    Way to go writers; you've successfully ruined a perfect episode with what could possibly be the worst twist ending of all time.moreless
  • Next to the pilot, this is my favorite Dark Angel episode. The writing was simply fantastic and it really set up season 2 for greatness. Well, that is until FOX decided to "tweak" the show. Thanks for nothing FOX!moreless

    If you listen to the audio commentary by Jessica Alba for this episode on the 6-disc season 1 DVD set, it becomes apparent that not only viewers were perturbed by the direction the show took in Season 2. Jessica after eluding to how great the writing was in Season 1 on a few occasions and noting that Season 1 was the real Dark Angel, she then puts it bluntly: "I'm not even going to mention anything about the 2nd season." Enough said!

    Next to the pilot episode, this is my favorite episode. The dream sequence towards the end of the episode which is of course a false ending was so great. Unfortunately, several things occurred which led to the shows demise in Season 2. Between Season 1 and Season 2, the 911 terrorist attacks occurred which affected the writing for the show. Season 1 was anti-Government, anti-establishment, maybe even anti-police & military. But this sentiment wasn't very cool immediately following 911, and this affected the writing for Season 2. Plus, "Zach" is killed off and "Brin" is killed off. Perhaps not (2) pivotal characters for the show, but they definitely added to the style of Season 1. And John Savage "Lydecker" isn't brought back for Season 2. Add all this together and you have the makings for one of the biggest disappointments in TV history - Dark Angel, Season 2.moreless
  • In Dreams

    It takes some major gahonies to pull a stunt like this. It's obvious the executives knew they'd be back for another season, but nevertheless, you need a certain kind Hattori Honzo steel to kill off your main character in a show's first season finale, only to revive said character, by offing another pivotal character. And that's before mentioning the perfect ending we get beforehand – Max and Logan FINALLY getting busy. But it's all just a dream. A twsited Joss Whedon-y dream. I loved it. LOVED IT. Seriously. Perfect mislead, twisted ending – Dark Angel at its finest and darkest.moreless
  • One of the best season finales I’ve ever seen!

    This was the perfect episode!!! Max, Zack and a more two X5 soldiers went to Manticore to destroy it and stop the creation of next X generation. They did it. But when they tried to escape, a young girl, clone of Max shot her. In the next scene she was OK, she was able to escape and then she went to party with all her friends and siblings. All was OK, but the she just woke up – she was lying on the grass and Logan was near her. She was dieing. And she died in his arms. Then the soldiers from Manticore took her. They captured Zack, also. I really loved Zack. I liked his character the whole season. He was a true man, true soldier. He wasn’t the perfect man, but was loyal and brave and strong. Zack died in this episode. He killed himself. Max was killed and she needed a hearth, but only an X5 hearth. So he just looked at her, said “Fight them, Maxie. Promise me you'll fight them. X5/599 - I've got a heart for you.” And killed himself. I cried. I’m a boy, almost a man, but I cried. It was really sad and really great scene. Now Max is alive, but she is captured. In the last scene Logan was alone on the roof. And he said he prayed she was ok. And he also said he would find her. I already bought the second season on DVD and I really want to see what’s next ^^moreless
  • max and her siblings break in to manicore

    this was a really good episode. lydecker finally turned good, tho he kinda had no choice. logan walking was great, and so was there relation ship, seeing more x5's was cool. they finally blew up the stuff and max met a clone of herself, who shot her!!! stupid clone with no brain! and poor zack who i never really liked (i do now tho) gave up his life to save her, that was so sweet and sad at the same time. and poor logans alone now, and max is stuck at manicore hopfully her 'sister' will help her, but i douht it she is so brain washed. this had no happy endings i hope they fix it in the next season.moreless
Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Max Guevara "X5-452"

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Logan Cale/Eyes Only

Alimi Ballard

Alimi Ballard

Herbal Thought (Season 1)

Richard Gunn

Richard Gunn

Calvin 'Sketchy' Theodore

Valarie Rae Miller

Valarie Rae Miller

Cynthia 'Original Cindy' McEachin (Season 1-2)

John Savage

John Savage

Colonel Donald Michael Lydecker (Season 1)

Nicole Bilderback

Nicole Bilderback


Guest Star

Robert Gossett

Robert Gossett

Col. Jim McGinnis

Guest Star

Josh Alba

Josh Alba


Guest Star

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Madame X

Recurring Role

Lisa Ann Cabasa

Lisa Ann Cabasa


Recurring Role

William Gregory Lee

William Gregory Lee


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • During Max's dream sequence, the shots of her and Original Cindy at the foosball table are re-cut from the end of the episode "Rising".

    • Logan's voiceover at the end of this episode is an almost word for word the same voiceover that Max did in the pilot. Also, both of them sat on top of the Space Needle in the scenes.

    • TRIVIA: Krit and Syl, the 7th & 8th X5s finally show up in this episode to help Max and Zack infiltrate Manticore. This also marks the most adult X5s, Max, Zack, Tinga, Brin, Krit and Syl, that have appeared in one episode.

    • TRIVIA: In this ep, it is revealed that Max closely resembles in appearance Lydecker's late wife, some of whose genes wound up in Max. In a sort of icky way, she's genetically related to him. This factoid seems to be at odds with the first time Max and Lydecker met in person, in ep 1-7, "Prodigy", wherein Lydecker shows no particular recognition of Max (indeed, it isn't until the second time he meets her, in a later episode, that he expresses realization that she must be the X5 he's been looking for in Seattle). One would think, if she resembled his late wife, that he'd be particularly curious about her, even in the highly unlikely event that he did not twig as to her identity due to the resemblance.

    • TRIVIA: Guest-star Joshua Alba (Krit) is the real-life brother of star, Jessica Alba.

    • At the very beginning of this episode when Max hits the ground while being electrocuted, the button on her pants is undone. On the DVD set Jessica Alba reveals this in the commentary.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Max: You know what really pisses me off? (Punching the X7 version of herself) When a poser bites my stilo.

    • Madame X: Listen to that. That's strong isn't it? That is the heart of a soldier. A leader. A martyr.
      Max: Turn it off
      Madame X (turning up the volume on the monitor): He was quite a man, your brother, Zack. He must've loved you very much (sound of a heart beating) to make this sacrifice.
      Max: Turn it off!
      Madame X: But isn't it comforting to know that a part of him lives on in you? And that you've both come home to us? To me?

    • Madame X: Prep her for harvesting.
      Zack: No! (Zack breaks out of his restraints, snaps a guard's neck, grabs his gun and goes after Madame X) Bring her back!
      Surgeon: Her heart's too badly damaged.
      Zack: Then transplant her.
      Surgeon: There's nothing in the donor bank.
      Zack: Then you need a donor.
      Madame X: It won't do her any good. She's an X5. She needs an X5 heart.

    • Max: Hello, my sistah. (She walks down the steps)
      Sketchy: Hey, so where do you guys know each other from?
      Max: We go way back.
      Sketchy: What, like, high school? (Max fills both Syl and Sketchy's glasses with the last of the beer)
      Syl: Uh, more like boarding school.
      Sketchy: All-girl?

    • Krit: So you broke into his house? (As Max fills up Krit's glass of beer) And you liked that?
      Logan: Well, she went for the good stuff. I could tell she had taste.
      Max: The black cat suit didn't hurt, either.

    • (After handcuffing Brin's leg and arm to the cage door)
      Max: Someday you'll thank me for this
      Brin: You have no idea what you're doing. That's us back there.
      Max: No, that's us out there! Come with me.
      Brin: Never.

    • Syl: What happens if we run into Brin in there?
      Lydecker: She'll kill you without a second thought. The sister that you knew doesn't exist anymore - she's dead.
      Max: No, she isn't - she's alive and that means that we still have a chance to get her back.

    • Max: Chow down, my grunts. Mess is on. (She sets 3 pizza boxes down on the table)

    • Lydecker (referring to his wife who was one of the models for Max's design): You have her eyes.
      Max (grabbing Lydecker by the throat): Don't you ever look at me like that again. Ever.

    • Syl: Say we can breach the perimeter and get inside the building...how are we going to get in the lab and lay the charges? This thing's a lock box.
      Max: And I've got to figure when they put out the hit on you, they probably yanked your clearance.

    • Van Soldier #1: We just got a hit. She's close.
      (He looks at the monitor)
      Van Soldier #2: Real close.
      (The back door opens up revealing Max and Krit)
      Max: Hey, boys. Looking for me?

    • Zack: This is crazy, Max. We've made it this far by staying under the radar, blending in.
      Max: Always on the run, constantly looking over your shoulder. You said it yourself. They'll never stop looking for us. They'll hunt us down one by one until we're either dead or in a cage. It's time to bring this war home.

    • (After Max pulls Lydecker out of the vehicle)
      Syl: Look what the cat dragged in.
      Max (to Lydecker): You said you needed a few perfect soldiers...well, here we are.

    • Zack: Syl, Krit, what do you got?
      Krit: Packs a punch, but I've only got 40 rounds.
      Zack: I'll track some more down. What about you, little sister?
      Syl: Russian-made RGN-3s fragmentation pattern explosion.
      Zack: Nice.

    • Madame X: That X5 is mine.
      Lydecker: You think I'm going to let you have her?
      Madame X: Well, what are you going to do? You're a dead man.

    • Zack: Fight them, Maxie. Promise me you'll fight them. X5/599. I've got a heart for you.

    • Original Cindy: Damn, that's some sibling rivalry.

    • Max: Got a bad feeling you were going to tell me . . . you were my . . .
      Lydecker: Father? I would never presume to pollute the gene pool.
      Max: I can't tell you what a relief that is for me. I mean what a cliché that'd be. Huh?

    • Zack: (to Lydecker) You so much as breathe wrong, there'll be four of us to take you out.
      Logan: Make that five.

    • Max: Is this some kind of new torture thing? Lock people up in a cheap motel and babble at them until they crack?

    • Lydecker: You got a real set of brass ones.

    • Lydecker: No maid service. No wake-up call. No mints on the pillow.
      Motel Clerk: No worries. We pride ourselves as much on our discretion as we do on our lack of amenities.

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    • Title: "...And Jesus Brought A Casserole"
      It is an oblique reference to the Last Supper, the last peaceful meal of Jesus and his Disciples before Judas betrayed him and he was crucified.