Season 1 Episode 16

The Garden of Forking Paths

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 22, 2010 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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).