Season 1 Episode 5

Gimme Some Truth

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 22, 2009 on ABC
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Mark is questioned about his flashforward during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Janis ponders on how the future will make an impact on her current romantic relationship. Meanwhile, Olivia gets a tip about Mark's flashforward.

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  • Washington Intrigue

    This episode shifts the focus to Washington, and shows use the wheeling and dealing most of us suspect is happening in the city. Overall I thought it was well done. Some things require a suspense of disbelief, but the same goes for most Sci-fi fiction. Overall i think the series is excellent to this point.
  • this show is NOT Lost and its not gonna be..

    ... stop comparing guys, Lost is one of it's kind show, but this one is different, FF is a unique show present a unique idea not necessarily a sci-fi i mean it could happen, right? we don't know those genius scientists of ours are doing right now. Ok now for the epi:

    this episode for me it was good, for a sixth episode in a brand new show. it was about agent Hawk's personal life. It's hard for a female to be in a male world already, so how also about being gay and above it all she's going to have a kid, let me tell you, I'm a female and i work with the government (not FBI though) and it's really hard that you have always to prove yourself, so presenting her character like that made me really liking the show. the close hearing that was held, it good acted despite what others said, i liked when Wedeck got out in the middle of it, he's really a good actor, and yes i was surprised when i knew the the person he was playing basket ball is actually HE PRESIDENT, that was well presented.

    and when Wedeck went blackmailing the president (older posts said that once he's his friend the second he's blackmailing him) welcome to the politics word. however i didn't like how they 'dodge the bullet' in the car blowing scene, that was a bit over.

    overall, the show is good, its definitely not Lost, having Abrams in common don't make them the same!! right?moreless
  • Sadly they secure funding, so the crap FBI dialogue and terrible acting will continue, at least until the end of Season 1

    This episode came damn close to making me switch off for good. There's the terrible scene with Wedeck playing basketball with someone he calls "Dave", just so the writers can have fun when "Dave" turns out to be the President. Wedeck then goes on to Blackmail the President in the Oval Office, even though there doesn't appear to be any need to do so, "Dave" seems like he would have helped. There's a scene in the restaurant which is both gut churningly badly written and acted while at the same time completely unnecessary.

    In the finale, for a second it looked like all the leading characters had been killed, and I was dissapointed when they survived.

    Fiennes acting is getting worse, somehow.moreless
  • Much better

    For a show that is supposed to be a drama, previous episodes have failed to deliver. There have been the odd scene to cagoal us into believing that the pace of the show will heighten, but the screenplay remains to focused on characterisation. At least not enough of it imparted through action or intrigue. This episode though makes a better stab of being dramatic. The opening scene if for nothing else does this very well. The change in plot dynamic to a "political" one as you will see, have seen or read, adds some more. Furthermore, the character subplots continue in their slow, almost lethagic crawl to the date of the FF event. As in previous episodes these scenes are really, really over done. There is too much emphasis for me. I expect that most viewers will know that these subplots are there to explore and show the possible human reactions to a future where fate seems to be overriding free will and the change that this affects in people, but really imvho the screenplay should show more of the investigation. As it is this episode still fails to "really" draw us into the conspiracy. The show will continue to fail until it changes to incorporate more of the villians and what they are doing. At least the dialogue is edging towards being better.

    As for the shootout it was okay. Though it would seem a little flat compared to something like 24. The scenes of political meandering involving Wedeck brought some more bite to proceedings, especially as he goes up against the President and the Senator. Though the final scene with the President was a little too ambiguous. Was he authorising the attempted hit on the team, or effecting the funding to the team - or both!?

    Perhaps the best scene though is Janis left in the street clutching the bullet wound at her side. A gripping enough cliffhanger - same though that the build up is still pretty much flat.

    On the whole the episode is moving in the right direction. Though its still painfully slow. There is enough though to keep you wanting to watch.moreless
  • The Senate Intell CMTE holds a hearing to decide where to allot funding to inquires into The Event. The study of the crow die-off in Somalia bears fruit. Stan uses a major marker to get support. Olivia finds a fact about Mark's FF that he kept from her.moreless

    The best episode to date. Full of political intrigue, personal revelations and a good old fashioned shoot out, leaving one FBI Agent seriously wounded (nice twist on that character turning out to be gay considering her flashforward revealed that she would be having a baby before too long). Clearly the Mosaic project and the subsequent investigation by FBI Special Agent Mark Benford and his team have begun to make certain people uncomfortable. Though who they are and why they are upset with Benfords's unit enough to try and kill half a dozen FBI agents not to mention a FBI Assistent Director will have to wait for future episodes. Lucky for us veiwers that ABC has recently decided to keep Flashforward on air during the fall's tradional cancellation choping block the networks use to make room for their Jan mid-season replacements line-up. My only serious concern is that ABC might try and turn Flashforward into another Lost. The temptaion to do so must be great considering what a smash hit Lost has turned out to be. If Flashforward becomes the show that doles out tiny peices of story every week, never satisfying the veiwer, I'm afraid I'll be saying adios to yet another great ABC show. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for this one.moreless
Nilson De Macena

Nilson De Macena

Tae Kwon Do Instructor

Guest Star

Christopher Mack

Christopher Mack

Little Boy with Reene

Guest Star

Mieko Hillman

Mieko Hillman

Renee Garrigos

Guest Star

Barry Shabaka Henley

Barry Shabaka Henley

Agent Vreede

Recurring Role

Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young

Agent Gough

Recurring Role

Amy Rosoff

Amy Rosoff

Marcie Turoff

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • At the start of the polygraph interview, in the close up of the fingers, the contacts for the galvanic skin response measurement are placed incorrectly. These should be placed in contact with the skin.

    • The reporter's question noting there have been three weeks since the blackouts gives a timeline to reference for when The Event occurred. This being the fifth episode means we are slightly behind in real time.

    • The Senate hearings were conducted behind closed doors and there were no cameras in the room. However, a later scene in the episode shows images of Clemente during the hearing.

    • Episode's key word: Be

    • Wedeck refers to Senator Clemente as "Joyce". However, during the hearing, the Senator's nameplate says "Sen. Jane Clemente, Chairman". Towards the end the news broadcast also uses the name "Joyce".

    • As Wedeck says "I'm gonna have to call you back" to his wife, while Senator Clemente stands before him, it's clear that the sentence was added in editing as it doesn't match his lip movements. The same is seen with Agent Hawk as she joins her date in the gallery.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • President Segovia: The blackout gives me a chance to pay you back. Director of Homeland Security, member of my Cabinet.
      Stan: I'm pretty sure Clemente will block my appointment.
      President Segovia: Clemente has got bigger fish to fry. Think about it. There's no rush.

    • Interviewer: Demetri Fortis Noh
      Demetri: What do you want me for? I didn't see anything. I told you that in my affidavit, man.
      Interviewer: Doesn't mean you were telling the truth when you gave it...

    • (After fixing the security system)
      Aaron: Ok, all I need is a new code.
      Olivia: 0312. Wedding anniversary.
      Aaron: You sure you don't want to pick something Mark will remember?

    • The President: You know what I liked about having you around, Stan? You weren't just.. comfortable in the mud. You enjoyed being there.

    • Stan: Joyce.
      Senator Clemente: Senator, actually.
      Stan: Has anyone ever told you you're a sore loser, Joyce?
      Senator: Look who's talking. You're the one who got put out to pasture. Speaking of which, how do you sleep at night? Knowing what you did with that woman? Does your wife know? If I could've proved what you did six years ago, I would be sitting behind the desk in the oval office right now.
      Stan: Well, if it makes you feel any better, I doubt you would have gotten a second term.
      Senator: (moving closely) If you sit by the river long enough, you'll see the bodies of your enemies float by.
      Stan: Sun Tzu.
      Senator: Get ready to float, Stanford.
      Stan: You want to go after me, you give it your best shot, but Mosa...
      Senator: (interrupting) ...is a joke! Not everyone's visions are going to come true.
      Stan: Most people don't agree.
      Senator: Most people didn't see what I did. I saw myself as President in six months. Now, as impossible as that may be... It's a nice thought... isn't it?
      (She walks away, Mark walks over)
      Stan: How much of that did you hear?
      Mark: Enough to know that I don't want to be the guy in Joyce Clemente's gun sights.
      Stan: No. You don't.

    • Stan: And said what? There's a perfectly good explanation why you're having trouble remembering something that the rest of us have lasered into our brains? See, this is my own damned fault... Clemente is just asking you questions I should have asked weeks ago but I didn't. Because, I trusted you. I went along with this whole 'Mosaic' thing because I believed in you, Mark.
      Mark: And I've gotten you results.
      Stan: That's not an answer. (They glare at each other) Now Clemente may be a total bitch but she's right about one thing. Your story's got more holes than a kitchen sponge. Why can't you remember everything?!?
      Mark: Because I was loaded, okay!?!
      (Stunned silence follows)
      Mark: What was I supposed to say, Stan? I've been sober seven years and I have zero intention of ever taking another drink again... but I can't change what I saw.
      Stan: I puhhh... I put my entire career on the line, based on your Flash Forward, and now you're telling me... you were impaired when you had it?

    • Janis: (to Maya while having a meal) Thank you. This is, like, the sixth course. What are you, a food critic or something?
      Maya: Chef, actually. This is my restaurant. Well, the one where I work.
      Janis: Wow!
      Maya: Your being FBI, I'm guessing you're not...
      Janis: Oh, out? No. (chuckles) I work for the Federal Government and they're not too big on trusting gays with guns.
      Maya: Who knows? Maybe six months from now we'll all be more enlightened. In my flashforward I'm here in the restaurant, but I have a wedding band on my finger. (Janis laughs gently) That was way too much information, especially for a first date.
      Janis: No. No, no, no. Maybe it's a sign of how well this is going.
      Maya: Help me change the subject. What did you see in your flashforward?
      Janis: Well, I was on the International Space Station having a 3-way with Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.
      Maya: Really? Actually, did I say I was in the restaurant?
      Janis: Mm-hmm.
      Maya: I meant I was on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Angelina Jolie was the game show host.
      Janis: Ohhh. You slut.
      Maya: Yeah, Angie just asked me the million dollar question. I went to phone a friend... you. But you didn't answer. So my millionaire moment was gone.
      Janis: Well, I don't buy that.
      Maya: What, that Angelina Jolie would be a game show host?
      Janis: No, that I would ever let you down like that. (reaches out to Maya and they share a lingering kiss)

    • Mark: I saw two men. Both wearing masks. Both carrying Kalashnikovs.
      Jim: Did you recognize the men?
      Mark: I did mention they were wearing masks, right?

    • Vreede: Senate meetings, I understand. What I don't get is dragging us down here early in the morning like this. If you ask me, this whole thing is one big Chinese fire drill.
      Demetri: Hey!
      Vreede: Is that inappropriate for the workplace?
      Demetri: Oh, no, no, that's cool. I know how you old people are.

    • Stan: Where's Benford?
      Demetri: Back at the hotel. He said photo ops make him constipated.
      Stan: Tell him to get in line.
      Vreede: I wish my fifth-grade teacher could see me now. Always said I would either end up dead or in prison.
      Demetri: There's still time, my friend. Still time.

    • Janis: You know, I'm not totally useless, Maya. I can break down a Sig Sauer in, like, 12 seconds.
      Maya: I'm impressed. I don't even know what a Sig Sauer is.

    • Aaron: How's it going in DC?
      Mark: Well, they don't think I'm a traitor.
      Aaron: Those lie detectors can be fooled, right?

    • Demetri: I got five months to live. I think that entitles me to blow off a little steam.

    • Vreede: Well, that Clemente is a hard ass.
      Demetri: Yeah, but you know, when you hear it laid out like that, it does sound questionable. It sounds like we consulted the Psychic Network for clues or something.
      Mark: Oh, thanks for the support.
      Demetri: I'm not saying I think that necessarily, it just... it sounds totally nuts. Dead birds, D. Gibbons, doll heads.
      Vreede: China. That's starting to sound pretty good right about now.
      Mark: So it was a mistake to mention the doll heads, is what you're saying?
      Demetri: Yeah.

    • Mark Benford: I hate karaoke.

    • President Segovia: This is Congress masturbating to the sound of its own voice.

    • Aaron: If you can't trust Mark, who can you trust?

    • Aaron: Mark is an alcoholic, Olivia. He doesn't need a reason to drink. He drinks because he drinks.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton, and Peyton List are credited but don't appear. Gina Torres is uncredited and only heard in dialogue as her character Felicia talks to Stan on the phone, before Clemente interrupts him.

    • Music: Can You Find Me Love (Harrison & The Majestic Kind), Arabesque No. 1 in E Minor (APM), A Story (Sugarplum Fairies), Wait In Line (The Estate), Sister Christian (Night Ranger), Like A Rolling Stone (The Rolling Stones)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: October 26, 2009 on Five
      Australia: October 26, 2009 on Channel 7
      Norway: November 5, 2009 on TV2
      Sweden: November 27, 2009 on TV4
      Czech Republic: December 14, 2009 on AXN
      Finland: February 4, 2010 on Nelonen
      Germany: March 22, 2010 on ProSieben
      India: October 15, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: January 10, 2011 on JOJ


    • Senator Clemente: If you sit by the river long enough, you'll see the bodies of your enemies float by.
      Stan: Sun Tzu.
      Senator Clemente: Get ready to float, Stanford.

      Sun Tzu is the author of "The Art of War", a book about different military strategies.

    • Title reference: Give Me Some Truth is a song by John Lennon.