FlashForward

Season 1 Episode 7

The Gift

1
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2009 on ABC
7.9
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Mark, Demetri, Gough and MI6 agent Fiona Banks investigate a Blue Hand club. A surprise visit sends Aaron back to square one about his late daughter. Demetri finally tells the truth to Zoey. Nicole volunteers at the hospital and decides to help Bryce with his flashforward.

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  • Great Episode

    8.0
    In this episode someone finally challenges their Flashforward, and changes what their future could be. I was wondering all along why someone didn't do that - Like the guy earlier in the series who was going to be a customs clerk, who could have been busted for drug - why didn't Dem arrest him and change the future? Anyway still happy with the series, and looking forward to the next episode.moreless
  • I hate the music clips!

    4.5
    Flashforward is a good tv show with good actors and a good screenplay.I don't know why the need of making a music clip in every episode!This is kinda cliche and make me loose interest in this tv series. I realized the makers of the show think this creates a empathy with the viewers, with me its the opposite effect.It's not a sunday morning family show!Takes out the seriety of the situation described in the series. Hope they stop it.It seems like the producers are trying to lower the rating to All viewers...no blood, no cursing, no sex content...a show for the kids...not for me then.moreless
  • The best Episode since the Show Begins.

    10
    This episode have a very good story and the final scene is the best scene of all it had a Desperate Housewives and Grey´s Style. I think that if the next episodes are like this the show are going to be an excellent show in the future. I hope this show survives the critics. I hope that in the future at the final of the episodes they put a reflexion scene. And other thing the soundtrack becomes better than the other episode. One thing that i saw in this episode is that they finally put a sad piano theme perfect for the final scenes.moreless
  • Wow! Much more like it!

    9.5
    This was absolutely superb!



    The ending completely took my breath away! And I was genuinely sad, because I really liked Al! The scene at the end was the most dramatic and realist of all the ones so far!



    I really liked the whole "blue-hands" concept of the show, it just seemed so freaky and well shot/directed. I have no idea where its all going, but its interesting none the less.



    Bryce and Nicole seem to have a bond going, but I am not to sure if I am interested enough in their story. The guy who lost his daughter also shows really good emotion in this again- he is quite a strong actor in this show! And Demetri and Zoey talk to each other about the truth- their chemistry isn't 100% but it is better than most of the couples in the show.



    Olivia darting around Lloyd is getting a bit tiring- I think I find her tiring as a character, to be perfectly honest.



    Overall, however, the ending of the episode was so poignantly done- I really didn't expect it, and its such a good plot device as it leaves us wondering if the future can be changed. Brilliant.moreless
  • Great ending, very interesting turn.

    8.8
    As the last ten minutes started unfolding, all I could think was "Wow." At first, I thought that the writers would sell us short and completely ruin the moment they had been building up to the entire episode, but nope; they surprised me and left me impressed. This was the best episode since the first couple and it appears Flashforward is finally hitting its stride (knock on wood, I wouldn't want to jinx it at all).



    Where the last episode left off, Benford, Noh and Gough continue to look into the Blue Hand club, something that has been hinted at but avoided for quite awhile now. However, with Gough's flashforward beginning to come true, with the Rutherford case and all, they find it important to find out as much as possible about this Blue Hand. And sure enough, we get some eerie hints at what it is. The Blue Hand scenes were handled very well and actually gave me chills on occasion. For a show that has been tiptoeing around all kinds of intense stuff and taking the foot off of the gas pedal just when things seem to be getting interesting, it did a good job on actually giving us some minor answers, or at least moving things in the right direction.



    With V starting up now, and Lost coming back in a few months, Flashforward was in danger of being left behind in the dust. I was starting to lose a little bit of faith in it, especially after the last couple of episodes, but I'm intrigued once again. Let's see if the show can pick up the pace.moreless
Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Zoey Andata

Guest Star

Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Fiona Banks

Guest Star

Myron-Harvey Natwick

Myron-Harvey Natwick

Romanchak

Guest Star

Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Tracy Stark

Recurring Role

Lennon Wynn

Lennon Wynn

Charlie Benford

Recurring Role

Ryan Wynott

Ryan Wynott

Dylan Simcoe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Ian Rutherford's passport shows his nationality as "Scottish." There is no such passport nationality. Scotland, like England and Wales and Northern Ireland, is a country, not a nation. The nation is Britain, and the nationality British.

    • When Demetri was visiting the "AlreadyGhosts" page, the URL he had was "http://www.alreadygone.com" rather than the correct "http://www.alreadyghosts.com".

    • Opening image: fingers holding a bullet with the words "Not today" marked on it.

    • Fiona Banks was referred to as "our liaison at New Scotland Yard" in "No More Good Days". However, in this episode, she is referred to as Fiona Banks, MI6.

    • Episode's key word: Die

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Reynaud: Fine. Throw me in prison. I don't care. It's all mapped out! Don't you understand? The script for this conversation has already been written. Whatever you've all seen is gonna happen.
      Al: What if you're wrong? What if April 29th comes and goes, and you're still alive? What then?
      Reynaud: You can run and you can hide, but you can't escape what's coming. No one can.

    • Demetri: (to Mark) Raynaud was right. It's happening, every single day. There's no way out. There's nothing you, I or anyone can do to escape what's coming.

    • Demetri: (voice-over reading Gough's letter) Dear Celia, I don't know your last name and I don't know where you live. But I know you have two young boys. Twins I believe. And I know you didn't have a flash forward. I understand how terrifying that is and how powerless you must be feeling. I want you to know that you are not alone and that your situation is not as hopeless as you think. Our paths were meant to cross. I didn't know how I didn't know when. But things have changed now. Things are no longer going to unfold as I had feared. My gift to you is release from that dread... from the feeling that you are no longer in control. We will never meet. I will never know you. So live your life. Live everyday and know that the future is unwritten; make the most of it.

    • Zoey: E-mailing your other girlfriends?
      Demetri: No, we, uh, broke up. This is just porn.
      Zoey: Oh, Okay.

    • Mark: Things have changed for everybody. It's a new world.
      Demetri: Yeah? I miss the old one then.
      Gough: Really? The one where you used to crash on my couch playing Madden till 4:00 a.m.?
      Demetri: Don't you mean futon, and don't you mean kicking your ass until 4:00 a.m.?
      Gough: What?
      Demetri: What? I said it.
      Gough: No, you didn't kick anything. You were... you were cheating. That's what you were doing.
      Demetri: Hey, man, what you call cheating, I call finding a way to change the game, my friend.

    • Stan: Why do a copy machine salesman, a librarian and a Scottish longshoreman all decide to get together to shoot themselves?
      Fiona: Because print is dead?
      Stan: Gough, say hello to your vision. You all know Fiona Banks. MI6, fresh off the plane from London.
      Fiona: Nice to meet you again... for the first time.

    • Gough: (reads text from website) "The Blue Hand. No limits. No fear. A place where ghosts can gather to embrace the inevitable."
      Stan: You've got to be kidding me. A death club?
      Mark: Like a book club. With bullets.

    • Demetri: Is that a cardigan?
      Gough: What? I was going for Average Joe.
      Mark: Back off, Dem. That jacket? Ridiculous.
      Demetri: Says the FBI agent in a police t-shirt. Good going.

    • Raynaud: I had a vision, a bottomless pit of darkness and indifference. Infinite in its nothingness, as if I never existed at all and I never would again.

    • Gough: Heading out?
      Fiona: Yes, back to my luxury suite.
      Gough: They still putting agents up at those crappy hotels by the airport?
      Fiona: Now you're just rubbing it in.

    • (After Al pulls the trigger)
      Mark: You got a death wish? You could have been killed.
      Al: (reads bullet from pistol) Not today.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Christine Woods is credited but doesn't appear. Dominic Monaghan and Ryan Wynott appear briefly but have no dialogue.

    • In the beginning of the episode a Web address, alreadyghosts.com is given. The web link forwards to the show's abc website.

    • Music: I Will Not Forget (Skold), Hiding Place (APM)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: November 9, 2009 on Five
      Australia: November 9, 2009 on Channel 7
      Norway: November 19, 2009 on TV2
      Sweden: December 11, 2009 on TV4
      Czech Republic: January 11, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: February 18, 2010 on Nelonen
      Latin America: April 6, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: April 12, 2010 on ProSieben
      India: October 19, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: January 17, 2011 on JOJ

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Generation Kill
      In the Humvee scene, they are calling Godfather: the call-sign of Lt. Col. Ferrando, USMC 1st Recon Battalion commander from the miniseries Generation Kill. They also refer to themselves as Hitman Victor - Hitman was the call-sign for Bravo company of the 1st Recon Battalion in Generation Kill.

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