Season 4 Episode 8

The Ex-Files

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 27, 2010 on Syfy
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Just as Carter and Allison seem to get everything right, people from their pasts appear to complicate things. Elsewhere, GD's new project perks the interest of Beverly Barlowe.

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  • Nathan Stark!

    That guy was awesome in this series and I was very sad to see him go in season 3. And honestly, there are only a few reasons why I gave this episode such a high score; because, in actuality, there was plenty about this episode that I didn't like.

    I don't like - scratch that. hate - where they're going with Alison and Carter. I think that relationship is very irritating. Part of this may or may not stem from my disgust for Alison all together, but still. I just don't buy it! It's so dull. I was into the idea in season 1 but to me that spark died back then!

    I loved that Nathan Stark was back but I hate the way they incorporated him into the episode. As if Alison wouldn't be totally affected by the thought of Nathan being back, even if he's just a hallucination. She was completely unmoved, numb to the idea as if Nathan didn't just die only a freakin' YEAR ago... on their wedding day!! Moving on.

    I did really like the ending with Zane and Jo, though. That scene was awesome when it turned out to be the real Zane! :O Oops!

    Also, I really liked how Beverly returned. I didn't think I'd see her again! So those last two items were the only thing that saved this episode for me. Still, I'm loving this season so far despite the fact that things have changed so drastically.moreless
  • BSG reference

    Other than the "long legged blonde in a red dress" quote, I think when James Callis first sees the hallucination of Beverly's dad in his army uniform (forgot his name) he says "hey doc!" This could be a reference to Battlestar Galactica. I could be wrong though.

    Other than that, great episode. I was not a fan of a lot of the third season (especially the last two episodes) but so far season 4 is pretty awesome. I'm glad I didn't give up watching this show.moreless
Debrah Farentino

Debrah Farentino

Beverly Barlowe

Recurring Role

Jordan Hinson

Jordan Hinson

Zoe Carter

Recurring Role

Jaime Ray Newman

Jaime Ray Newman

Tess Fontana

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the end of the episode, when Dr Grant is being shown the rebuilt Bridge Device, the video screen over his left shoulder is displaying the Windows Error Box that asks if the user wants to send an error report to Microsoft.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Allison: The MRI scans are normal, but our EEG show increased gamma wave activity.
      Nathan: (to Carter) You notice how your brain's significantly smaller?
      (Carter groans.)
      Allison: Nathan's here, isn't he?
      Carter: Yeah! Yeah. Tess?
      Tess: Men are pigs!
      Allison: Yeah.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom – October 12, 2010 on Syfy
      Sweden – December 4, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic – October 22, 2011 on Prima COOL


    • (Henry's shop has nearly shaken apart.)
      Henry: That was a little too close to home.
      Carter: Yeah. "What's the frequency, Kenneth?"
      Carter references the 1994 R.E.M. song from the album Monster, the title of which was influenced by an attack on CBS news anchor Dan Rather.

    • Nathan Stark: (looking into a mirror) Nope, not a vampire.
      A tongue in cheek reference to HBO's True Blood, in which Ed Quinn played the vampire Stan for three episodes in season two.

    • Allison: What about you? You were at the barbecue. You haven't said a word about who you're seeing...
      Trevor Grant: Tall, leggy blonde. Slinky red dress.
      Allison: Old girlfriend?
      This is yet another very thinly veiled (if veiled at all) reference to the show Battlestar Galactica in which James Callis played the character of Gaius Baltar. The "tall, leggy blonde in a red dress" not only was his girlfriend, Number Six, but she was a sort of hallucination throughout that series.