Eleventh Hour

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 09, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Dr. Jacob Hood and Rachel Young investigate the discovery of several discarded fetuses.

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  • Fair episode

    For the "Pilot" episode it was fair but somehow as a regular episode it could have been better. A bit annoying is Marley's acting who is a bit artificial and behaves like a Robocop or Terminator woman. I hope in the next episodes it'll change or otherwise I understand why the show was cancelled.
  • A great start with solid performances and even a bit of originality.

    I didn't expect too much from Eleventh Hour, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this pilot. I've always been a sucker for soft SF that could very well be real. And this episode more than delivered. Some 'scientific' explanations were a bit too simple but that's something you can overlook.

    The lead character came across as a very intruiging man with a lot of quirks - but he's still a sympathetic person. Also there was nothing resembling filler: every scene contributed to the main plot and the entire thing was fast-paced. That is something I desire of a procedural, because those tend to become quite tedious quickly. But Eleventh Hour gave us no time to doubt why we were spending an hour of our time watching this show. A great start altogether.moreless
  • I liked it

    When I first saw the two main characters on screen, I thought to myself: "Oh no.. what's that? Bones? Or maybe more like Fringe?" The typical smart one followed by a blunt and hardass FBI agent.

    But the show itself showed a lot of promise. To me at least, it can evolve to a fine installment with great stories and interesting characters.

    I assume little by little we'll know more about Hood's past and the FBI lady will get to smile and laugh a bit more, I hope. lol

    Anyways, for a pilot, I liked it a lot. I could say it was one of the best shows I've watched recently, topped only by The Beast.

  • I thought this was a pretty good way to start a new series..

    I had been wanting to see this show from the first promo I saw. I was finally able to see it, most of it anyways because the video froze on me. But as I saw 90% of the pilot episode, I liked what I saw. So I did what I'm sure most other people do.. they surf the net to find out more about it. I was not so suprised to see that Eleventh Hour was taken, yet again, from a tv show from England. I in general don't have any issues with taking movies or shows from other countries and putting a new spin on it or what not. However, on this very site I checked out the original Eleventh Hour, from 2006, and was shocked to find out that nearly all of the quotes listed were in the remake as well. Worse, they were word for word as well. The first two episodes of the original are found in this one too. Same title and concept. I don't understand why the writers couldn't come up with their own ideas for this show. Having said that, I will most likely try to at least see the rest of the series, in hopes they will be able to make it their own.moreless
  • Good and promising

    It was not that bad, but the show needs a lot more, definitely.

    It had suspense and even when the topic is a little bit used these days, it wasn't boring, at least not to me.

    I thought the lead actors are strong and I guess they can get better with time. I see Shelton's character as a strong woman who would eventually show her softer and weaker side.

    I like most of the series of Jerry Bruckheimer and this isn't the exception. I think this show needs better writing and more effects (like the kind we're used to) but this was good to be the pilot.moreless
Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe

Philip Gifford

Guest Star

Kate Nelligan

Kate Nelligan


Guest Star

Marc Blucas

Marc Blucas

Detective McNeill

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • It is revealed that Dr. Hood's wife has been dead for two years.

    • It is revealed that Agent Young has been working as Dr. Hood's handler for more than two months.

    • Goof: When Kelly stands up, her pregnant belly is still higher up as it was when she was sitting down. When she grabs her belly, it's obvious that the actress is actually thin.

    • Goof: While Rachel was filling out paperwork in the bar, she wasn't wearing glasses, but she put them on to read when Hood asked her to look through old newspaper's while they were in the library. If she needs glasses for reading, she also needs them for writing.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Hood (shows Mr. Gifford one of the fetuses): Behold... your son. Not even if he'd survived the genetic mutation, even if he'd been perfect in every sense, this would've never been the boy you knew. This would've been some other... different child. Gabriel is not the product of his DNA. He's the sum of every day you spent with him. Every meal his mother cooked for him. Every story you read him. Every ball you threw for him to catch. I'm sorry you had to find out this way, but Gabriel's soul is so much more than just his constituent chemical parts.

    • Mr. Gifford: When my son died my life was over!
      Hood: It's called grief. It's natural.
      Mr. Gifford: I want him back.
      Hood: What you're doing is only making your pain intolerable!
      Mr. Gifford: What could be worse than my son dying?
      Hood: Your son dying over and over again.

    • Mr. Gifford: You ever lost a child? How can you possibly know what I'm going through?
      Hood: Two years ago my wife died. I nursed her 'til her last breath. Every day I looked for some ... little sign, that helped me to believe she might get better. There isn't a day that passes when I don't wish she was back.

    • Rachel: We shouldn't be doing this. It's a blind risk factor for you, based on what? A hunch?
      Hood: Once upon a time, gravity was just a hunch.

    • Rachel: You don't know if this girl is involved with Geppetto and you want to go and bang on some billionaire's door in the middle of the night with no real justification? (Hood nods in agreement) Don't push me Hood. I won't let you wear me down like you did the others before me. I've never failed in any assignment and I don't intend to start now. (hands him the key card) Settled. If you need me I'll be right down the hall.

    • Rachel: Why does the name Geppetto sound so familiar?
      Hood: You mean apart from being Pinocchio's dad?
      Rachel: Right. (pauses) You know, I never understood that story. An old wood carver wants a son so baldy that he makes one of his own? Get a wife, why don't you? Weird.
      Hood: Rachel...
      Rachel: Mmhh.
      Hood: You're brilliant.
      Rachel: I know. (Hood stands up and leaves). Why? Why am I brilliant?

    • McNeil: He looks like he can handle himself. What does he need you for?
      Rachel: Dr. Hood is a high priority asset. He's a brilliant biophysicist but he spends most of his time in his mind, so I have to watch his back.

    • Hood: I need you to help me save a life, but it could mean your job.
      McNeil (looks at child): Would I be doing this in the name of science or the law?
      Hood: How about in the name of good?

    • (Rachel races into hotel bar wearing a robe with her gun pointed)
      Hood: Oh crap. (pulling panic button from pocket) I must have sat on it.
      (Rachel rolls her eyes)

    • Rachel (checking to see if Hood knows his cover name): What is your cover name?
      Hood: Mr. Smith.
      Rachel: Jones.
      Hood: Mr. Jones.

    • Hood: Look for families who've lost a son.
      Rachel: What makes you think we'll find it here?
      Hood: Whoever fronts Geppetto has got to be wealthy. (Hood and Rachel exchange a smile) Cloning's a very expensive business. The poor die in silence. The rich die in public. That's the way it's always been, so keep looking.
      Rachel: For what, small ads under human cloning?

    • Rachel (leaving vet's office): That was a waste of time.
      Hood: In science, a negative result is just as important as a positive one.

    • Rachel (to Hood after he steps in front of a moving car): What was that?
      Hood What?
      Rachel (angrily waving arms): That! With the arms!
      Hood (out of breath holding up a card): I got the license plate.
      Rachel (exasperated): Why do I bother?

    • Will (regarding the cloned fetuses): Praise God for choosing me to give them a decent burial.
      Rachel: It's a shame he didn't choose you to tell the cops instead.

    • Hood: Hello Will.
      Will: Do I know you?
      Hood (holds up a crucifix on a chain): We need to have a talk.
      Will: The cops never charged me. Who the hell are you?
      Hood: By nature, a deeply sensitive person, but she's not.
      Will: Get lost.
      Rachel (after punching Will in the stomach): Sugar rush.

    • Rachel (explains why she's assigned to Hood): You see, he's got this annoying habit of telling the truth and the truth hurts a lot of people's pockets. (glances in Hood's direction) And no I'm not free for dinner.
      (McNeil gives her a questioning look)
      Rachel: It's in the eyes, Detective McNeil.

    • Rachel: (After someone asked to buy her a drink) Before you disturb me, you should know I'm filling out this paperwork because I shot at a man today.
      Patron: Why?
      Rachel: Because he disturbed me.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Broadcast Dates:
      United Kingdom - Wednesday, April 08, 2009 on Living at 9:00 pm
      Poland - Tuesday, June 02, 2009 on TVN at 9:45 pm
      Germany - Saturday, September 19, 2009 on kabel eins at 9:15 pm
      Finland - Friday, January 29, 2010 on MTV3 at 9:00 pm
      Slovakia - Sunday, March 07, 2010 on Markiza at 10:30 pm

    • Music Consultants:
      Hit The Ground Running
      Film Processing:
      Post Production Services:
      The Post Group

    • CBS officially ordered the show to series on May 12, 2008.


    • Geppetto is an allusion to the book entitled The Adventures of Pinocchio, which was written in 1883 by Italian writer, Carlo Collodi. Geppetto wanted a son so badly that he created one out of wood.