Season 1 Episode 1

The Starting Line

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The action packed drama, which follows the lives of a group of people who have joined a cross-country road race for different reasons, begins. Some have opted to join the race of their own free will, while others have been forced to join. They are all after the $32 million prize.moreless

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  • Drive, he said!

    "Drive" is a well-driven series about people who are on a spped race from sea to shinning sea. Like the line goes in "The Cannonball Run." Well the show is like "The Cannonball Run" except it's more serious than you think. I like the cars going up the highway. it's better than the characters talking. The probaby too much talk in the show and I would like it more action and less talk. I'm also glad that one of the characters leave her baby behind. It's too much of a burden for a show to handle. Remember, Speed Kills! this show is no exception.moreless
  • FANTASTIC - Best pilot episode of 2007

    This season has brought some excellent new shows, such as Heroes, Shark and Brothers & Sisters. On the evidence of its pilot episode, add Drive to that list. I just hope that Fox keep faith in it as this is a show which already has raised so many questions and seems to have endless possibilities.

    The journey on this show is clearly going to be a major part of finding out what is going on, who is behind it all and why those involved were chosen. Taking those three elements, you can see parallels with Lost, although that is not a bad thing. I am already hooked on this show and looking forward to the exploration of the charaters and their situations, not forgetting the race itself and what is going to take place in order that the "contestants" survive to the next leg.

    When you watch as much TV as I do you obviously develop favourites but it is always good to pick up a new show or format which keeps your interest going.

    I'm buckled up for the ride.moreless
  • Being a guy, I love cars, and of course, racing goes with cars. I tuned in, and I liked what I saw.

    Who doesn't love movies like Cannoball Run and RatRace? Ok, so not everybody, but I do. A tv series that is entirely one large race, but run in legs, kind of like Amazing Race? Sign me up! I like some of the actors from the premiere, specifically the firefly owner and the nerdy dad, the rest of them were new to me, and that can be a really good thing. Some fun stuff in this premiere, but not enough to really hook a person. Some are forced to race, others appear to be in it for fun. Being a racing guy, I was a bit disappointed with the lack of fantastic driving, but luckily the characters and their secrets, or pasts were enough to bring me in for the next episode.moreless
  • Good start.

    Well, they really pulled off the first episode. I thought it was going to be crap, but it turned out well. The introduction of the characters was mainly done through flashbacks, which added more to the characters, and made the show move along. Since they had to introduce all of the aspects and all of the characters they couldn't do too much with the overall stuff, but it was good. All of the racers are called to a meeting place and told the rules and are sent off to a location, a light house, and Tully meets a girl and a man trying to kill her. The lady with the baby, sorry I forgot her name, was last and was given a penatly. Overall, great start to a, hopefully, great season.moreless
  • Looks to be the hit of 2007

    I love it and with the possible exception of Heroes this is my pick of the new shows for 2007. Combining elements of Prison Break, the Amazing Race and Smith there are so many different things happening and with the plot unfolding around you - there is a sense of being part of the action. If they can maintain this pace (excuse the pun) then it is the show I will be looking forward to each week.

    The challenge of course will be how they can handle a second season a la prison break.

    Bring it on, I will be watching !moreless
Wayne Grace

Wayne Grace

Jimmy Cousins

Guest Star

Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler


Guest Star

Page Leong

Page Leong

Female Doctor

Guest Star

Brian Bloom

Brian Bloom

Allan James

Recurring Role

Dylan Baker

Dylan Baker

John Trimble

Recurring Role

Charles Martin Smith

Charles Martin Smith

Mr. Bright

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: The opening sequence shows the racers heading North on US1, leaving Key West. US1 never has two lanes heading in each direction. It is usually just one lane in each direction with a speed limit of 45. There are also many stoplights.

    • Goof: When everyone was leaving the hotel in Key West, many high-rise buildings can be seen in the scene, while there is only high-rise building on the island (the building is 6 stories).

    • Last Place Penalty: Wendy Patrakas was given a gun to eliminate Ivy Chitty.

    • Checkpoints:
      Key West Florida - Ballroom in Key West Hotel.
      Jupiter, Florida - Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

    • The list of Main Character's Cars:
      Alex Tully - 1972 Ford F-100
      Wendy Patrakas - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
      John Trimble - 1999 Ford Taurus Emma Stone
      Rob Laird - 1979 Pontiac Trans Am Kevin
      Winston Salazar - 1964 Chevrolet Impala lowrider
      Leigh Barnthouse - 2006 Land Rover LR3

    • Goof: The highway on which the first leg of the race is shot clearly has mountains visible in the background in many shots. Anyone even vaguely familiar with the state of Florida would know that Florida is an exceedingly "low" state, with a highest point of 345 feet above sea level and a mean elevation of 98 feet. In other words, there are no mountains of any kind whatsoever.

    • The "Missing" poster handed to Tully by Mr. Bright reads "Last seen on April 12, 2007," and Tully last saw Kathryn at least 7 days ago. But, this episode first aired on April 15th, 2007, only three days after the date on the poster.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Alex: Where's Kathryn?
      Mr. Bright: Kathryn?
      Alex: My wife.
      Mr. Bright: Oh, right, you're wife.. Um, couldn't tell you.
      Alex: No, you're going to tell me.
      Mr. Bright: No, actually, I'm not.

    • Mr. Bright: Mr. Tully, you're late. Not a very good way to start.
      Alex: Late for what? What is this?
      Mr. Bright: This was the orientation which you have now missed, you're feeling disoriented. It's only natural.

    • (On the phone)
      Mr. Bright: Listen closely. I'm about to make you an offer, one that could change your life, but you must follow instructions to the letter or risk losing this opportunity. You'll not have time to consider it; you will not have to think-- only to act, for action now is what is required. In the next 15 minutes, you must be in your car and on the road. You will drive to Key West, Florida. It is essential that you drive, you may not fly, you may not take a train, you must arrive in a vehicle. You're going to the Wayfarer Hotel, proceed directly to the Ponce de Leon Ballroom, only there will you find the answers you seek. The moment of decision is upon you.

    • Corinna: Corinna Wiles. And you are?
      Alex: Angry!

    • Violet: Okay, spill it.
      John: Violet, give me the phone. Now!
      Violet: No. Tell me what's going on. Are you like running from the law or something?
      John: Violet, I'm losing patience. Give me the damn phone!
      Violet: No! You know what? Tell me what is going on, tell me right now or I toss it. (Holding the phone near the window)
      John: Violet...
      Violet: I am not joking. Here it goes, I'm letting it go.
      John: It's a race! A race.

    • Narration: There are five hundred million cars worldwide. Over half in the US alone. And for as long as there have been cars, there has been the race. Secretly moving across America's roads and highways, it may be happening around you now. So the next time some jerk cuts you off on the way to work, give him some slack. They could be racing for their lives.

    • John: Change of plans. Can't stay here; too expensive. I should've planned this trip better, honey. I'm sorry.
      Violet: Dad, you were giving me a ride home from school and we ended up on the exact opposite coast from where we live. What part was ever planned?

    • Mr. Bright: If you're not on the road in the next 15 minutes, we'll know; if you contact anyone, we'll know; if you go to the police, we'll know - and you will never hear from us again.

    • Corinna: Look, there it is. We're gonna make it. It's like a beacon drawing us close.
      Alex: Lighthouses aren't supposed to draw you close. They're supposed to warn you away from rocks and danger.

    • Corinna: How do you cheat at a game that has no rules?
      Alex: I don't know! ...I missed orientation.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The lighthouse in Jupiter, Florida does indeed exist and is a local landmark, although it's not likely to be the one used in the scene.

    • The Drive theme song is Can't Stop The World by Gavin Rossdale. He wrote it specifically for the series.

    • The Jupiter Lighthouse, the first destination of the race, displays the "Minear Collection" of historical photographs. Tim Minear is co-executive producer of Drive.

    • Many people involved with Drive have also been involved with Joss Whedon projects. Tim Minear, the Executive Producer for Drive, was a Producer for Angel and Firefly. Others who were also involved with Firefly include Richard Brooks (Detective Ehrle) who played Jubal Early and Nathan Fillion (Alex Tully) who played Capt. Mal Reynolds. Nathan also played Caleb in another Whedon series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Amy Acker, who plays Kathryn Tully, also played Winifred "Fred" Burkle/Illyria in Angel.

    • Drivers begin to The Crystal Method's remix of The Door's track 'Roadhouse Blues' which was remixed for their Community Service II mix album. The competitors finish the first leg to the tune of X's "The Hungry Wolf," from the 1982 album Under The Big Black Sun.

    • This episode aired on Friday, April 13th, 2007 at 8:00PM and was part of a two hour premiere ending at 10:00PM on CTV. In the USA it aired in a two-hour episode on Sunday, April 15th, at 8pm, leading into a Monday broadcast and time slot.