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Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 30, 2010 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Haven is stricken by a mysterious plague when animals and plants alike are destroyed by exposure to hydrochloric acid with no discernible source.

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  • Amazing episode|

    I just love these first episodes. how little did we know of how things woould be ?
  • Apples and sweet corn in April?!?

    I couldn't get past the fact that this episode was clearly shot in spring, either late March or early April, and yet farmers were harvesting apples and sweet corn and all kinds of other out of season crops. Multiple shots showed forsythias and other early spring flowers blooming, there's no pretending this episode takes place in late summer. If any of the producers knew coastal Maine at all they would have shown fiddleheads, spring onions, maybe new potatoes... Don't make local organic food a plot point without doing some research first.moreless
  • It can be so bad?

    Really!? It can be so bad? I have no idea what is going on with me because it can be nothing wrong with the show since it is still running. The story is a complete rubbish! It does not add up or maybe I didn't quite get it (which is less possible). I promised myself to watch it till the end of this season in hope to make it worth something. Sincerely I doubt it is going to change but the hope dies last...moreless
  • Still not meeting expectations

    This season continues to be a bit of a slow burn, and I'm not sure that's going to work out very well for the show or the audience unless things start to pick up the pace. I like the premise, and it's clear that they are building up a status quo that could eventually turn very dark on a dime, but this focus on the "curse of the week" is turning into a curse of its own.

    The spectre of "The Troubles" is still hanging over everyone's head as each new case unfolds, but unlike the second episode, where it seemed to be taking a more prominent place in the story, it's mere window dressing here. The focus was on fleshing out the character of Duke, but even that didn't seem to be in the spotlight enough. And given that Duke's character traits are clearly going to be an important part of the cast chemistry, they needed to drive home his Han Solo-esque nature.

    The central mystery was nice enough, despite how disgusting the rotten food angle was. (Seriously, the exploding cow stomach was a bit much!) But here is where I have an issue with the structure of the show. All of the consequences of the fallout at Second Chances were explored from the perspective of the main and guest characters, even though it was supposed to have affected dozens around the town.

    In other words, unlike "Butterfly", where Reverend Driscoll and his bigotry was reflective of a segment of the community at large, there was no voice for the community itself in this episode. In fact, there are no strong recurring characters that serve as the connective tissue to the general population. Instead, we are left to assume that the masses are represented by the family members and friends that bear the brunt of the sudden emergence of these "curses". And that's not really enough to carry the show.

    What the show needs to do is build a quirky supporting cast that can serve as the expository voice for the community, providing the necessary insight into how these recent events are changing the sentiment of the town as a whole. In other words, it's all about placing these bizarre cases in the context of what it means to Haven. Without that touchstone and perspective, these events happen in relative isolation, and the audience is left wondering why they are supposed to care.moreless
  • 1/10, my first time ever!

    I cannot belive it. For the first time in my life I have seen such a bad episode. This show has had little logic to it, but this episode just sets the world record of zero logic. I wonder if script writers really think we have hay instead of our brains. If food goes bad selectively, if birds and cows die, what do yo do first? You look for a reason like a disease, poison, fangus, etc. You analyse samples, you consult and ask expers for advise. What do our law enforcers do? What questions do they ask? How do all Haven inhabitants react to such extraordinary events? As if it were all ordinary events. OK you need to clean things, pump off you r stomach and wash mouth. but otherwise the inhabitants find the events perfectly normal.

    I could make a mile-long nonsens list for this episode.

    At first I could not believe what I saw in this episode. Obviously the show producers thought I was stupid. Then I started laughing at the ridiculous events. The dialogue between agent Parker and Duke got me asleep and then I woke up in disbelief that I had actually watched the whole of this...

    I am not going to watch this show again. If we all stop watching it, perhaps producers stop believing that they can stuff anything into tv programmes. I feel as if my viewer's rights to see a decent show have just been violated. Let us all protest.moreless
Sebastian Pigott

Sebastian Pigott

Geoff McShaw

Guest Star

Amy Reitsma

Amy Reitsma


Guest Star

Margaret Legere

Margaret Legere

Katarina Hall

Guest Star

Richard Donat

Richard Donat

Vince Teagues

Recurring Role

John Dunsworth

John Dunsworth

David Teagues

Recurring Role

Mary-Colin Chisholm

Mary-Colin Chisholm

Eleanor Carr

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Duke: You look nice.
      Audrey: Wait. What's that supposed to mean?
      Duke: It means you look nice.
      Audrey: And yet somehow it doesn't sound like a compliment.

    • Duke: I don't talk to cops. Even cops that I like. Which, technically, you would be the only one. So congratulations. But nonetheless, I still don't talk.
      Audrey: That was almost a compliment. Heavy on the "almost."
      Duke: I'll be more careful next time.

    • Nathan: Trouble at the Farmer's Market. You're here. Cause and effect?
      Audrey: Funny.

    • Audrey: What's this stuff?
      Nathan: Want to be a local. Helps to look like one.
      Audrey: Thanks, Nathan. That's, that's really sweet. I thought I just had to squint a lot and leave out half my words.
      Nathan: (squinting) Be a start.

    • Nathan: They're reopening with a menu featuring only local ingredients.
      Audrey: You can cook pine trees?

    • Audrey: I can't believe you guys are giving me fashion advice.
      David: She should have come to us sooner.
      Vince: A lot sooner.

    • Audrey: You're staring again.
      David: But in a good way this time. (thinks about it) It sounded creepy even to me.

    • Audrey: I have a theory.
      Nathan: Surprise.
      Audrey: You're not going to like it.
      Nathan: Surprise again.

    • Duke: It's nice to see another side of Officer Agent Parker.
      Audrey: I'm pretty sure you saw every single side of me the day we met. When you fished me out of the water.
      Duke: It's a shame you're a cop.
      Audrey: Now why is that?
      Duke: I don't usually socialize with cops.
      Audrey: Did it ever occur to you that that might be their choice?
      Duke: No.

    • Audrey: You know, I was thinking about... how there are two different Havens. There's the one that's right beneath the surface, and there's the one right underneath that.
      Nathan: Sounds like every town.
      Audrey: It's definitely not like every town. But you, Nathan, you live in both Havens and I think that we're going to find that very useful.
      Nathan: Might be.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: October 27, 2010 on Universal Channel
      UK: October 28, 2010 on Syfy
      Latin America: November 5, 2010 on SyFy Channel
      Finland: November 15, 2012 on YLE TV2

    • Nicholas Campbell is credited but doesn't appear. Richard Donat, John Dunsworth, and Mary Colin Chisholm appear but aren't credited.


    • Audrey: I've seen this movie. It doesn't end well.
      Referencing Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds (1963), based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. In the movie, the coastal town of Bedoga Bay is stricken by a plague of homicidal birds that turn against mankind.