Eleventh Hour

Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A helicopter pilot is rendered blind during a live televised traffic report. The blindness causes him to crash the helicopter.

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  • Not my favorite script.... but it was okay.

    Okay, I love the show but this was one of the few episodes that I didn't care for. Now the idea for cases of sudden blindness being linked to mercury poisioning was believable but I think when I got disappointed was that the mercury poisioning was caused by a man trying to make a point. I LOVED watching the scenes of Hood and Erica. It left you with an idea of the type of husband he was, a devoted one. I adored the introduction of Felix and the interaction he had with both Jacob and Rachel, you almost saw them loosen up a little and maybe he's exactly what they need, considering what they deal with in their line of work......moreless
  • Finally some humor..

    I enjoyed this episode. Not so much cause of the story.. well, don't get me wrong, it was ok. But mostly because it was introduced a new character, Felix Lee. I hope to seing more of him in the next episodes.

    He's a nice guy who brings sense of humor to the show, which lacks quite a lot. Hood always so serious and Rachel likewise.. even tho she smirks a little bit every now and then..

    Point is, hope with the new guy joining, we have an opportunity to see more personal facts from Hood and Rachel. Live free or die hard dudes! Just saying.. lolmoreless
  • This was an ok episode, though hard to believe at times.

    This was an ok episode, though hard to believe at times. The main thing I liked was that they introduced Felix Lee who added a bit of humour to proceedings which is often lacking in this show. The characters of Hood and Rachel are often so serious that there is often too little personal detail in the show. The main plot line was rather far fetched with the mercury dumping in the lake. On the one hand they say the lake is bigger than many countries and on the other, one man is able to dump enough mercury-laden junk in it to poison the entire lake. Maybe it doesn't take that much? Oh well.moreless
  • Fool man

    I can't believe there are people that would try to catch someone attention by murdering people. The worst is when this person is completely aware of what he's doing. Poor wife, part of her life totally destroyed because of it.

    I really enjoyed the addition of Agent Lee in this episode. Funny trainee, it helped Hood and Rachel a lot and it didn't interfere with their dynamic. The actress that played Erica did a very good job. She was so emotional at the beginning asking for her husband to come back that is was very touching. Hood is a very sensitive man. Answering Erica's question was very hard for him and his answer surprised me, because it wasn'tmoreless
Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz

Ben Finney

Guest Star

Ion Overman

Ion Overman

Debbie Baylor

Guest Star

Susan May Pratt

Susan May Pratt

Erica Gillman

Guest Star

Omar Benson Miller

Omar Benson Miller

Felix Lee

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Hood: That's liquid mercury.
      Goof: Mercury is only found in liquid form. It's one of the six elements that are liquid at room temperature and pressure. It can't be found in nature in any other state.

    • Minamata disease is a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. Its symptoms are numbness in hands and feet, muscle weakness and narrowing of the field of vision. It was first discovered in Minamata City, Japan in 1956. It was caused by the release of methyl mercury by a chemical factory. The metal accumulated in the fish and shellfish in Minamata Bay and when it was eaten by the locals it resulted in mercury poisoning. More than 1,700 people died.

    • Goof: The group dons gas masks when opening the suspect late-model refrigerator from the bottom of the lake but did nothing to isolate it when it was opened, resulting in a mercury spill on the dock.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, Dr. Hood says that the lake would soon enough cleanse itself of the mercury contamination; in fact the effects from heavy metal contamination would remain for quite some time.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Hood: Liquid mercury is classified as a hazardous material.
      Rachel: So if you want to buy this much of it without a license you...
      Hood: Just get a truck loaded with mercury from someone that takes some cash...
      Rachel: From a dealer who doesn't ask too many questions.
      Hood: Exactly.
      Felix: Ooohh, yeah, wow!

    • Ben: I did what I thought was right. When there's no fish and no forests, you'll wish you hadn't stopped me.
      Rachel: You killed someone. I'm not sorry I stopped you.

    • Hood: I don't really like fish. You know that Three Stooges movie with Curly? Swallows that fish whole and in the x-ray you can see it swimming round his ribs? Freaked me out.

    • Lee: You know, contrary to popular belief, cows do not have four stomachs. They do have four digestive compartments.
      Rachel: Girls must love you.
      Lee: I do alright.

    • Lee: Dr. Hood, you're wondering why the Director would burn you with some rookie agent at the head of a key serious case.
      Hood: Well, why would he?
      Lee: Funny you should ask. I know I don't have much field experience. And science -- not exactly M.I.T. The whole tactical training bit wasn't really my bag.
      Rachel: So what do you do?
      Lee: Recon. I'd have to say, recon. It's easy for me, because I'm real good at blending in. Like a mouse.
      Hood: A six foot six mouse.
      Lee: Exactly.

    • Lee: You know that, when you're behind the desk, the victim's just a name on the computer. Out here is different. How do you deal with people who have lost so much?
      Hood: To tell you the truth Felix, I haven't really worked that one out yet.

    • Rachel: Hood, you can tell your friends at the science community that immersive garbology sucks.

    • Erica: Can I ask you something?
      Hood: Sure, anything.
      Erica: What would you do? If it were your wife?
      Hood: If it were my wife? Um... I don't wanna... I think I'd say to hell with the science, just go with your heart.

    • Lee: Isn't mercury used in thermometers?
      Hood: Used to be, they don't use mercury anymore.
      Lee: Pretty sure as a kid, my momma put those things up places mercury definitely should not go.

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