Season 1 Episode 2

White To Play

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Mark and Demetri go to Utah to investigate a lead on a suspect who might have a connection to the global blackout. Olivia sees the man from her flashforward, while her daughter Charlie is having trouble dealing with hers.

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  • Its awsome

    Good story development, Charlie having lots of trouble and we realize how difficult it will be to solve this thing. Mark is getting more scred.
  • Many interesting storylines intertwining!

    This really builds on the storylines introduced in the Pilot. I thought the scene in the Doll Factory was very suspenseful, and well done. I am really enjoying how everything is linking together.
  • Wheres the action?

    Limited action scenes take away the intensity from an episode that should have provide more momentum towards the next schedule FF event.

    Instead scenes, screenplay & dialogue mostly aim to move forwards the internal conflicts faced by each one of the main characters. There is only one plot line that is action oriented. It revolves around the clues provided by Fiennes central character, which obviously will be the breadcrumb trail throughout the series. The problem is that if the portion of action/ characterisation remains the same, there will be a real lack of appeal to continue watching this. Hopefully, this will even out and move tilt towards more action in later epsiosde. As it is - the information dump of characterisation at least keeps us moving towards the future focal point.

    The real saving grace though is the tiny portion of action scenes that open up the conspiracy element of the plot, promising more revelations of who or what is involved. The final scenes where we find out what will happen to Agent Kho is a great ending, opening another set of questions up for the next installment.

    I was expecting more though. There is a real need for more intensity and more intrigue. Like in 24 for instance.moreless
  • So Far, So Good.

    Mark and Demetri go to Utah to investigate a lead on a suspect who might have a connection to the global blackout. Olivia sees the man from her flashforward, while her daughter Charlie is having trouble dealing with hers. I really enjoyed this episode, for me I think it was better than the pilot, but I'm still going to give it a 9 out of 10. Anyway, I really enjoy the storyline and the characters, so far my favourite is Demetri, gutted he gets murdered but still. I love the way that everyone links some how. I have my own little ideas to who the "person" in the baseball stadium is and other things, I'm really excited for this new show, and next weeks episode!moreless
  • FBI keep investigation going and find more leads,even they are still very out of it.

    FBI keep investigation going and find more leads,even they are still very out of it.

    Investigation moving on,but still the leads are soo little. The Episode it self is quite will done,but sometime I think they are talking little too slow. Overall the dialogue are well done,the acting are sometime little over the top,but mostly on the "ok" level.

    The main story is very intresting and it keep you lock too the screen. Also all side-story is giving screentime to moving forward,and most of them are good(atleast none are boring).

    The best part about this episode for me is in the first 15min,AD.Stanford Wedeck and Mark Benford are talking about what happed the "Flash" moment. I won't take the fun of telling what is(if someone reading this hasn't see it yet),but I strongly suggest you DON'T EAT when watching this episode,you could kill your self bacause it was soo funny. I almost chock on my diner :D

    Over all a good episode!moreless
Sufe Bradshaw

Sufe Bradshaw

Ms. Gerber

Guest Star

Curtis Harris

Curtis Harris


Guest Star

Piper Mackenzie Harris

Piper Mackenzie Harris

Child #1

Guest Star

Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young

Agent Gough

Recurring Role

Ryan Wynott

Ryan Wynott

Dylan Simcoe

Recurring Role

Lennon Wynn

Lennon Wynn

Charlie Benford

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In the scenes where Dimitri is talking to the woman in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong skyline in the background is lit up at night - apparently the same time as where Dimitri is. This can't be as Hong Kong is 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles. If it were 8 pm in LA, it would be 11 am in HK and bright. If it were midnight in LA, it would be 3 pm in HK. The only possibility would be if it were about 5 am and just before dawn in LA, it would then be 8 pm in HK and just past dusk but the scene didn't seem to be set at those times.

    • In the first episode, when Olivia had a vision with another man, she goes to the stairs and says, "Hi, babe." Here, she remembers the same vision, but this time she says, "Hi, honey."

    • When Demetri was in the FBI office with Janis Hawk, he mentioned that he met a woman that day who didn't have a vision and five minutes after that, she was shot and killed. He was referring to Sheriff Keegan. However, earlier in the show, when Sheriff Keegan told Demetri and Mark she didn't see a vision, it was during the day where it's bright and sunny. She was only killed at night in the doll factory where it was very dark outside. It is definitely more than five minutes from the time Sheriff Keegan told them about her not having vision to the time she was killed.

    • Episode's key word: He

    • New parts of the Mosaic Collective:

      - A photograph of a doll with a burnt and melted head.
      - A chess piece (white Queen).

    • Near the end of this episode, when Mark is talking to Charlie in her bedroom, after he says "go back to sleep" and pulls the covers up, you can see he's still wearing the friendship bracelet, even though he has already burned it.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • D.Gibbons: (Before bombing up the factory) He who foresees calamity suffers them twice over.

    • Charlie: D. Gibbons is a bad man.

    • Stan: All right, I wasn't in the meeting. I was having a bowel movement.
      Mark: Sorry I asked.
      Stan: No, no, no, no. You wanted it. Now you're gonna get the blow-by-blow. Just wait. It gets better. 'Cause I was also on the can when the blackout happened. When I woke up, I didn't know what happened. I banged my head against the side of the stall. I was a little out of it. Rafalski was in the john as well.
      Mark: What?
      Stan: Son of a bitch was drowning.
      Mark: What'd you do?
      Stan: What do you think I did? I gave the poor bastard mouth-to-mouth. You speak about this, e-mail, text, fax, twitter, whatever, to anyone, I will transfer you to the ass end of the cornfield so fast, your head will spin. You understand what I'm saying?
      Mark: Yes, sir.
      Stan: Get out.
      Mark: Mouth-to-mouth?
      Stan: Get out.

    • Aaron: Look at all these people. Every one of them's dealing with the same thing we are-the future. Only difference is, most of them don't have a support group to help them cope with what they saw. Maybe it was good. Maybe it was bad. Maybe it was inexplicable. The point is, it happened to everyone, every single human being on the planet. I… I saw my daughter alive. Explain that. You can walk up to any one of these strangers and ask them What did you see? and they'd know exactly what you're talking about. When has that ever happened? We're all prophets now.

    • Demetri: She could be lying. We can't just take people at their word when they talk about what she saw.
      Mark: Did she look like she was lying?
      Demetri: No, but it's pretty convenient, her walking in here like this with the cupcakes and the snippy and the... and the pigeons.
      Mark: Could be nothing. Could be the key that unlocks everything.
      Demetri: According to your years of investigating global blackouts, right?
      Stan: Mark's right. At this point, any detail could be significant. Run a background check. (takes the cupcakes) I'm gonna log these in to, uh... evidence.

    • Olivia: I am never gonna be unfaithful to you, Mark.
      Mark: We don't know what never means anymore.

    • Markham: I want to know everything we're doing to identify this person in the stadium.
      Stan: What would be the point? I thought you didn't think this was… what was the term you used? Scheduled event?
      Markham: Are you going to brief me, or crow about this some more?
      Stan: Honestly, I don't see I can't do both for a little while.

    • Markham: I just hope we can find him before he does something worse.
      Janis: What's worse than causing worldwide devastation?
      Markham: Causing it twice.

    • Janis: (eating a cupcake) Flash forward to my ass ballooning two sizes.
      Demetri: Yeah, but you saw yourself pregnant, so your fat ass gets a pass.

    • Mark: But if these flash-forwards really are a window into the future, then we've gotta do everything we possibly can to use them to our advantage.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Place to Be (Nick Drake), Gravedigger (Dave Matthews)

    • Peyton List is credited but doesn't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: October 5, 2009 on Channel 7
      UK: October 5, 2009 on FIVE
      Norway: October 15, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: November 23, 2009 on AXN
      Finland: January 14, 2010 on Nelonen
      Germany: March 1, 2010 on ProSieben
      Latin America: March 2, 2010 on AXN
      India: October 12, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Sweden: November 6, 2009 on TV4
      Slovakia: January 3, 2011 on JOJ


    • Title reference:

      White To Play is a term used in chess when the board has been set up for a chess problem, to indicate whose move it is to start the solution of the problem. Generally, for the most common variety of problems, there is only one way to accomplish the result from the given starting point in a specified number of moves.

    • March 15th

      The mysterious caller at the end of the episode tells Demetri that he is going to be murdered on March 15th, 2010. Julius Caesar, the Emperor of Rome, was also murdered on March 15th and, in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, he was also warned of his future murder.