Dark Angel

Season 1 Episode 20

Hit A Sista Back

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Aired Unknown May 08, 2001 on FOX
9.0
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Hit A Sista Back
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When fellow X5 escapee Tinga returns to town to save the family she left behind, Max, with the help of Zack, once again places herself in danger to battle Manticore, Lydecker, newly turned X5 Brin, and an increasingly power-hungry Madame X. When Tinga gives up her freedom to ensure her child's safety, she is taken to a secret government lab. Amid the double crossing, we learn Lydecker is no longer in the loop with the real Manticore higher-ups. This means Max is in more danger that she could possible imagine.moreless

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  • Motherhood

    7.5
    It's a solid episode, but it certainly could have been better. I wasn't quite feeling the emotion of Tinga's plight. It's an interesting angle to have one of the X5s a mother, but crucial moments where we're meant to feel for these new characters are far too melodramatic for my liking. The acting, too, was a little off.



    It was great to see so many X5s in action – Max, Tinga, Brynn and Zack are all present and accounted for. All have been in previous episodes, so there's a great sense of these super-heroes coming together to fight the big bad. Of course, there's no big blow out. Max's confrontation with Brynn is curiously handled. Brynn won the fight (if you can call it that), but it would have been better had these two femme fatales really had at it, with Max taking the majority of the blows. Instead, we get a few kicks and Max is down. Was she just thrown off by fighting her sister? The entire scene should have sizzled, but it kind of faded out. Max was told that if they'd meed again, Brynn would take her in. Hopefully their next fight will showcase both X5s true potential.



    What really works in this episode's favour is how menacing Manticore comes across. Lydecker is left in the dark, and a result, they were able to capture Tinga. I loved that scene where Tinga thinks Brynn was coming to her aid, when in fact, she was simply taking orders from someone higher. Now Tinga is in a much more critical position that one could have imaged…worse than Manticore…as with the running theme of Tinga's fairytale, there's no happy ending to this episode…none whatsoever. I liked that.



    Overall, it's a slow start to an episode that escalates into something rather huge.moreless
  • tinga wants to save her family and max helps

    9.5
    this was a good episode but i found it to be really sad. tinga haveing a family was suprising and it really sucked that they found out about it. i hadd thought that they would live happily ever after but lydecker just had to put that stuff in her kid and then he is double crossed, which sucks cuz even though lydecker was evil you could tell that in his own twisted way he cares about his kids and this new lady dosent and is more evil than him. the little boy was extreamly smart, zack also cam,e back in htis one and i still dont like the way he acts. also logans money problem was only memtioned once and so far it seems to be affecting him very little.moreless
Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Max Guevara "X5-452"

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Logan Cale/Eyes Only

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

Brin

Guest Star

Sebastian Spence

Sebastian Spence

Charlie Smith

Guest Star

Lorena Gale

Lorena Gale

Teacher

Guest Star

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Madam X

Recurring Role

William Gregory Lee

William Gregory Lee

Zack

Recurring Role

Lisa Ann Cabasa

Lisa Ann Cabasa

Penny Smith/Tinga

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • TRIVIA: Lydecker reveals 3 of the X5s short numbers that Manticore calls them: X5656 (Tinga), X5452 (Max) and X5734 (Brin).

    • TRIVIA: It's revealed that Tinga, going by the name of Penny Smith, has a husband named Charlie and a son named Case, and she had been missing since February 25, 2020.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Brin snaps the back guard's neck and knocks the driver out)
      Tinga: I knew you couldn't be one of them.
      Brin: Shut up. (Brin punches Tinga in the forehead)

    • Brin: You're not the mission. Go. (Max gets up) You saved my life once - now we're even. The next time I see you, little sister - I'm bringing you home.

    • Brin: You shouldn't have come here, Max.
      Max: What did they do to you?
      Brin: Made me better.
      Max: They brainwashed you.
      Brin: They made me remember what I am.

    • Max (to Tinga): Honey, when you and me take out 20 trained operatives without breaking a sweat. I think he's gonna come real on his own... (she gets up & puts her arm around Tinga) ...that there's something special about you.

    • Tinga: That's a lot of manpower, Max.
      Max: Good thing we're a lot of girlpower.

    • Lydecker: Case, what's the number on my card? (Lydecker pulls out a badge card and hold it in front of Case for about 2 seconds and then pulls it back)
      Case: 4128009087694573. Can I have another lollipop?

    • Lydecker: He's showing signs of accelerated motor control, as well as heightened spatial recognition and advanced logical thinking.

    • Max: Look, I know how this is going to sound but your wife isn't who you think she is and her name isn't Penny. It's Tinga.

    • Max: Morning.
      Original Cindy: Good Morning. (she turns around)
      Max: What the hell are you doing?
      Original Cindy: Exfoliating...deep-cleaning pores, sloughing off dead skin cells and clarifying areas of hyperpigmentation.
      Max: All before 9 a.m.?
      Original Cindy: You should give it a try, girl. Your face could use a little freshening.
      Max: What's wrong with my face?
      Original Cindy: Nothing, except it's all clogged up and tired and dull.

    • Lydecker: This isn't as big a tragedy as you think it is.
      Max: Whatever you have to tell yourself.

    • Zack: If she's smart, she'll tell him to take the kid and go. Otherwise, they're going to wind up sharing a suite back at Manticore.
      Max: You're a real family values guys, aren't you?

    • Zack: Is this an invite only, or can anyone crash?

    • Max: We got guys stationed at the east and west exits, the lobby and the roof. From 0900 to 1700, two more posing as repairmen in the apartment across the street.
      Tinga: What, the old plumber gag? I thought that went out with J. Edgar Hoover.
      Max: Man loves the classics.

    • Madame X: Hello, Mr. Smith, your wife's a genetically engineered soldier escaped from a secret government lab and you're in terrible danger.

    • Madame X: Mix of X5 and human DNA has almost exclusively resulted in offspring of spectacular mediocrity.

    • Tinga: If you're talking about Zack... forget it. I left his ass in snowy Canada.

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Madame X: I wanted a hat trick.

      This is a reference to the game of hockey, where if a player scores 3 goals in the same game, he is credited with a 'hat trick'. Madame X, while trying to secure X5's Tinga and Max, gave an order to get Tinga's son Case as well. She ended up losing Case and Max in the aftermath, while she got Tinga double-crossing Lydecker and making him believe she escaped.

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