Dark Angel

Season 2 Episode 11

The Berrisford Agenda

Aired Unknown Jan 18, 2002 on FOX
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The Berrisford Agenda
While being haunted by music from the past, Alec must revisit one of his Manticore missions that went bad and resulted in the loss of his one true love. Max attempts to put the pieces of Alec's past together and upon discovery of the truth sets out to help him as best she can.moreless

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  • a look into Alec\'s past it shows the softer side of him and hey any episode dedicated to the fittest guy on da show deserves a good review lol 10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    a look into Alec\'s past it shows the softer side of him and hey any episode dedicated to the fittest guy on da show deserves a good review lol


    rite da storyline lol

    alec used to do under cover missions n in 1 of dem he was some one called Simon who was a piano teacher for the daughter of a man named robert Berrisford. he fell for the daughter and then he was tolf to kill them by putting a bomb under the car. he revealed all to the girl- rachel n she managed to save her father but not herself- she\'s in a coma. Alec has 2 deliver a package 2 the house n thats wen robert see him n lures him back later 2 kill him. max stops him. Alec just wants 2 b alone n get on with things.moreless
  • alec meets painful memorys from the past

    great episode. to start with the dinner at joshua's was halarious, logan was just to funny when he was there. other than that part this episode was all about alec, and it was just so sad and sweet at the same time. poor alec didnt even know how much he liked her and then she died. he was really cute when he was sad though, but i have to say i was glad when we saw his little smirk at the end. hopefully he will find some one else like her, and i wish that her dad would see that he really did care for his daughter and that he wasent evil any more, but i can understand why he hates alec so much, he does have a really good reason. im glad we got to see more of alecs past.moreless
  • On the DVD commentary, the writer and producer for this episode admit that this episode came about as a way to develop Alec's character beyond the shallow, self-absorbed guy we had been used to seeing in the previous episodes.moreless

    I admit that this episode is well-written. It is probably one of the better written episodes in season 2. However, the way that the story plays out I found less interesting to watch. I liked it. It was good. I just wasn't overly impressed by the production of this episode. Interestingly, if you listen to the DVD commentary on the season 2 DVD (2006 release) there is commentary from both the writer and producer of this episode. In that commentary it is interesting to note that they don't seem to be on the same page on a few occasions. When commenting on one scene, one of them says "Max and Alec really connected here." And the other one of them interrupts and says "No! They don't connect at all." Granted the show had aired 5 years earlier from the release date of the DVD, but still it is perhaps a glance into why the show was later canceled at the end of the season (budget reasons not withstanding). Even in a strong episode such as this, the writer and producer still aren't on the same page.moreless
  • A hilarous opening couple of scenes but works its way into a deeper and more complex finale. Finally a chance to learn more about Alec.

    This is one of my favourite episodes from the second season of Dark Angel. I absolutely adore the dialogue between all of the characters at the dinner party scene at Joshua's house. The conversation between Logan and Joshua made me laugh out loud, and I loved Kevin Durand's (Joshua) comic timing - absolute genius. It provided a welcome light-hearted introduction to this episode which is deceiving as to the main content, which is altogether darker and more serious.

    It is the first episode where the audience gets the chance to learn a little more about Alec's past, and it is extremely well executed. There are a lot of flashback sequences detailing his undercover mission into the Berrisford's home, and, although I'm not usually a fan of such sequences, it really added to the storyline in this case. We got to see an entirely different side to Alec, a softer and more caring side, which helped to deepen his character and make the audience empathic towards him. Overall, a well written and brilliantly executed episode which familiarised the audience to the characters. Excellent story, excellent acting.moreless
  • This Episode showed Alec's past & who he was before Max. It shows his 1st real relationship with someone & how he fought to keep it. Resulting in him almost being exactitude & that he's not always a smart-Alec. He really did care for Rachel & their love.moreless

    This was such a well done episode! You really got to see into Alecs past, and find out a little more about him. It was very sweet, especially when he kissed her in the pool. He looked like a lost little boy! [they did not sleep together] So cute! And I like how it showed him trying to save Rachel at the end. And it was really sad that he wanted to die because he though he killed her. That was sweet! I think Jensen did an extremely good job in this episode! I also loved how in slowly revealed what happened to Alec with Rachel; it really showed how she changed him for the better.

    This was a very good episode, and it is one of my Fav. It really showed the real Alec in this. Behind all his talking and smart alec ways.moreless
Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Max Guevara "X5-452"

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Logan Cale/Eyes Only

Richard Gunn

Richard Gunn

Calvin 'Sketchy' Theodore

Valarie Rae Miller

Valarie Rae Miller

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

J.C. MacKenzie

J.C. MacKenzie

Reagan 'Normal' Ronald

Kevin Durand

Kevin Durand

Joshua (Season 2)

Meghan Ory

Meghan Ory

Rachel Berrisford

Guest Star

Michael Kopsa

Michael Kopsa

Robert Berrisford

Guest Star

Micah Gardener

Micah Gardener

Simon Lehane

Guest Star

Fulvio Cecere

Fulvio Cecere

Agent Sandoval

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Throughout the first scene at Jam Pony, Alec is wearing a low-necked t-shirt. Any time the back of his neck is turned to the camera (however briefly), his barcode is not there.

    • TRIVIA: "Etude in E" by Chopin is the song that Alec plays from memory at Joshua's, and the song that also haunts him later in the episode.

    • When Alec failed his mission, he's brought back to Manticore to be conditioned to forget it. Since he had Rachel's locket in his hand at the time, it is highly unlikely that he had the chance to hide it, or to have kept it during the conditioning. Still, the locket is in his pocket a few hours after he and Max went to the Berrisford's to deliver a package.

    • When Rachel's headstone is shown, her birthdate is 1/15/2002 & her date of death is 10/21/2020. This means she was 18. The events leading to her being in a coma purportedly took place 2 years before, which means she was 16. During the show, they explicitly state she was 17. The wording could be vague, but it's more likely a goof.

    • When Max and Alec stop their bikes at the gate of the house they're delivering a package to, you can see the back of Alec's neck very clearly and his barcode is missing.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Original Cindy: Marina and Little Suki are having an old-fashioned throw-down.
      Sketchy: Yeah, Normal's back there trying to break it up.
      Max: Good luck. Either one of those girls can kick his skinny little ass on their own, not to mention a tag team.

    • Max: You think they encouraged dating within your unit at Manticore? They didn't.
      Logan: Aside from the whole breeding partner thing.
      Max: Oh, totally different situation. And also, may I add, disgusting.

    • Lab Coat (about Alec playing piano): He's picked it up even quicker than we'd hoped.
      Agent: When did you start the lessons?
      Lab Coat: Yesterday.

    • Joshua: You all right?
      Alec: Yeah. Yeah, I'm always all right.

    • Normal: Let's go people! These packages aren't going to sprout little feet and walk home by themselves!

    • Alec (to comatose Rachel): I should have tried harder, Rachel. I should have fought them. I didn't understand. I didn't understand how much I loved you.

    • Logan (about Alec): He's going to be going through a rough time. Might want to look out for him the next few days.
      Max: He doesn't want me looking out for him. He wants to be left alone, pretend like it never happened. He's so cut off.
      Logan: Sounds like this girl I used to know.

    • Joshua: Nice...nice weather we're having.
      Logan: And not a lot of rain, which is unusual this time of year.
      Joshua: Virus bitch going down? Max and Logan gettin' busy?
      Logan (laughing): Well, we're...you know, we're looking for a...we're...we're hoping.
      Original Cindy: No sex or politics at the dinner table, boo.

    • Original Cindy (watching the brooding Alec at the bar): What's up with your boy?
      Max: He's not my boy... and I don't know.
      Original Cindy: Never seen him like this - anguished and all Heathcliff-like. No wonder the straight women fall for the tortured types.

    • Joshua (doing painting, different colors representing Alec): Alec only outsmarts Alec. He doesn't know himself. Look - outside, lots of pretty colors, tricks and treats - inside, darkness, confusion... Alec.
      Max: What's he all dark and confused about?
      Joshua: Manticore.

    • Max (on the way to Joshua's for dinner): Just, you know, remember to act natural.
      Logan: As opposed to the unnatural way I normally act?
      Max: You know what I mean, just don't stare.
      Logan: Oh, okay, don't stare at the genetically engineered part-man, part-dog guy.

    • Alec: You can't understand; you weren't there. You ran. You and your little rugrat brothers and sisters. You think life was rough when we were ten? A little schooling, a little brainwashing, some maneuvers outside? You think that was tough? Take it from me. Later on, it got a whole lot worse. But you did what you had to do. Then you tried to forget. And when you couldn't forget, they had ways of making you not care.
      Max: I'm sorry.
      Alec: I don't want your pity. I want your absence.

    • Second Agent: Under the impression there's a romantic interest on her part? ... Do you think she likes you?

    • Original Cindy: Men. Dogs. No difference. (bites into a hot dog)

    • Logan: Ah, the latest adventures of Alec, the lovable X-5 rogue. I can hardly wait.

    • Logan: Hey, cut Bessie a little slack. Considering the number of times she's been shot up and put back together, I'm lucky she even runs at all.

    • Max: Give 'em a chance. From the looks of this place, it probably takes ten minutes just to get from the kitchen to the front door.

    • Normal: The gentler sex sure can pack a wallop when she has a mind to.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Original Cindy: Never seen him like this - anguished and all Heathcliff-like. No wonder the straight women fall for the tortured types.

      This is a reference Emily Bronte's novel "Wuthering Heights", about Heathcliff and Catherine's tragic and all-encompassing love. Heathcliff's passion for Catherine is so dark and sinister that he becomes hellbent on destroying the happiness of all people around him.

    • The jazzy piece that Rachel (Alex's music student) starts playing is called "Linus and Lucy". It was used for the titles and as background for many of the early Peanuts primetime specials starting in the 60s, like A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was originally performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, as was all the music for those early specials.