Season 1 Episode 16

The Garden of Forking Paths

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 22, 2010 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

While Mark and the other agents search for the missing Demetri, Zoey learns the price she'll have to pay to save him. Meanwhile, Olivia discovers who sent her the text message about Mark's drinking.

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  • Mark saves the day!

    This is probably one of the best episodes so far in the series. It was edge of the seat stuff. I thought Mark was great in this episode, and Demitiri also. The escape from the courtroom was the only thing I had problems with, another of those "Oh! come on!" moments. But you know that aside i thought it was great entertainment and I can't wait for the next episode.
  • Damn good episode!!!

    The BEST episode ever of the FlashForward..... Bravo just bravo.... I'm really glad that they saved demetri but WTF was the episode ending? what was this "The End" thing? There are a very few show lovers but after episodes like this, how can they not like it? because it's so good, so well-written and so Perfect all in all... I'm really prior to seeing season 2 and i really hope that ABC will update it.... and yes they have a theme... they already have a theme "2016... The END" ! So once again... 10 out of 10! I hope they'll go on this waymoreless
  • This episode shows us just how amazing this show is, and just why is dhould not have been canceled!

    This was perhaps myu favorite episode of this show ever. It certainly ranks up in my Top Three, and I highly enjoyed it!

    I thought the whole episode was full of unexpected twitsts, and that is why it was so great! I was impatient for March the 15th to come, and it finally did, with a blast!

    I loved this episode so much, and it shows us just why this show should not have been CANCELLED!!! What an episode! I have been hoping for this, and I am hoping for more amazing episodes before the show's ending.

    Overall, absolutely amazing! I would highly recommend this episode and this show! Fantastic episode!moreless

    With an episode like this I think FlashForward deserves to be dubbed the companion series to Lost. It was very Lost-esque in it's science-y, make-you-think kind of vibe and it totally worked throughout the episode. For once in my life I'm starting to like Mark Bentford as a main character. I used to think he was going for the action-hero kind of guy with his eyebrows always being raised and his half-sneers, which I completely hated. But he seems to have picked up more of like a Nicolas Cage cookiness in the last few episodes. I don't mean Nicolas Cage - National Treasure, Bankok Dangerous, Knowing ...I mean Nicolas Cage - Bad Lietenant, Leaving Las Vegas, Face-Off ...where he plays a pretty straight-laced role with hints of total insanity. Great job, Fiennes!

    Ya, so enough comparisons --but I thought this episode was easily better than most episodes of Lost's final season thus far. I feel like a jerk for bashing this show so much before it took those few months off. It really has taken a turn and become less about that one lame flashforward future (which they had beat to death as a plot device) and switched to all sorts of catastrophes that are in occurence. I'm not sure if they hired new writers, or what but it's working! "The Garden of Forking Paths" was the coolest interlacing, domino chart and I was screaming at the television when the sprinklers destroyed the entire thing. It was a great teaser for what the show has in store for us over the next 6 years...I believe it said THE END was coming in 2016. It almost sounded like that was there way of setting an end date for the show. They will either save the world or it will be destroyed. That would make six seasons, right? Lost? Anyway, GREAT EPISODE! If any of you out there are/were like me and despised this show, I strongly suggest giving it another shot at your heart. It really has become incredible. And, if you're also contemplating watching V again/for the first time, I suggest you paint your bedroom a nice sky blue colour and watch it dry for an hour instead.moreless
  • A very good episode with a rather disappointing ending.

    (Warning: There are a few spoilers)

    First off, let me say that this show has certainly grown a lot since it first hit the air. When it first debuted it was admittedly slow. That is now gone. This episode was much faster, almost frenetic. The creators have really learned how to weave together a compelling, intriguing, thrilling storyline. The tension in the episode was great, it had great momentum and good suspense for the most part. Overall, it was a lot of fun to watch.

    However, there is one thing that this show hasn't learned yet. That is that in order to really be a great show you have to, repeat HAVE TO, take chances, take risks. Simply put, this show does not. It plays it safe way WAY to often. This was apparent in this episode in Demetri's storyline. The problem is, we all knew there was really no way that they could/would kill of Demetri, so the instant that Mark burst into the building Demetri was being held in, the episode lost all of its suspense. Any hope of Demetri's death was now completely gone. Now don't get me wrong, I didn't really want to see Demetri die, but if you are going to set up the storyline that way, he simply had to. Otherwise you have this episode which was so good, only to be undermined by an unfortunate predictability. I think the show would probably have been better off finding another character to run with Demetri's storyline, one they were willing to actually kill off/do justice to. I did like the idea of using Demetri, but again you have to be willing to really run with the storyline and to face the consequences, those being that in order to be original, to keep the show unique and interesting you're just going to have to kill Demetri off, otherwise you just get too predictable.

    Having said all that, I still rate this episode very high. The first 40 minutes were excellent, and the end was handled well, I would have just liked to see a different outcome, one that would have surprised us more. The thing with the board at the end was great too.moreless
Neil Jackson

Neil Jackson

Lucas Hellinger

Guest Star

Geoffrey Owens

Geoffrey Owens

Dr. Julian Ebbing

Guest Star

Norma Maldonado

Norma Maldonado

Judge Sandoz

Guest Star

Barry Shabaka Henley

Barry Shabaka Henley

Agent Vreede

Recurring Role

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Zoey Andata

Recurring Role

Lennon Wynn

Lennon Wynn


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Dyson Frost instructs Mark to drive north on Route 57 into Antelope Valley, but California route 57 is a freeway running south out of Santa Ana north to Anaheim. This is nowhere near Antelope Valley.

    • Episode's title image: Mark in silhouette, running through steam tunnels.

    • The driving directions that Dyson Frost gives Mark are incorrect. Frost says to turn right at an unmarked dirt road at mile marker 31, but Mark makes a left turn instead.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Demetri: You're insane.
      Dyson Frost: Most oracles are, you know? They--they see the future, and the knowledge ends up destroying them.

    • Lucas Hellinger: That's astounding. It's hard to imagine that you're able to fit that much microcircuitry into such a small space.
      Dyson Frost: Well, I'm brilliant, right?

    • Alda Hertzog: I just have to ask--what's with all the dominoes?
      Dyson Frost: This is my garden... and the white ones chart the path of my escape.
      Alda Hertzog: That makes no sense at all.
      Dyson Frost: It does if you live in my head.

    • Dyson Frost: The point is, once we've glimpsed it, the future wants to happen. It gains weight. It's like atmospheric pressure bearing down. And if we want to escape that pressure, we have to do something drastic.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Jack Davenport, Peyton List, Bryan F. O'Byrne, and Dominic Monaghan are credited but don't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 22, 2010 on ATV
      UK: April 26, 2010 on FIVE
      Finland: May 6, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: May 10, 2010 on AXN
      Sweden: May 23, 2010 on TV400
      Norway: June 17, 2010 on TV2
      India: November 2, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: February 21, 2011 on JOJ


    • Title:
      Referencing Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges's 1941 short story, in which characters discuss a fictional manuscript describing every possible decision and outcome for its central character.

    • Vreede: What, like a Rain Man sort of thing?
      Referencing the 1988 movie starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, with Tom Cruise as Charlie Babbit discovering the brother he never had, savant Raymond (Rain Man).