Season 1 Episode 2

Family Tree

Aired Unknown Oct 10, 1992 on
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Episode Summary

Richie tries to track down his parents and runs afoul of a female crime boss, and Duncan comes to his help while pondering his own life among the MacLeods.

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  • Duncan helps Richie serve for his dad Jack Ryan and finds a comman instead.

    A decent episode albeit a little predictable. Richie , Dunca's new friend wants to find his roots. He learns that his real mother is dead but that his real father might be alive.

    Meanwhile a conman Joe Scanlon gets himself in trouble with his boss who then tries to blackmail into erasing a gambling loss. The man poses as Richie's father so he can steal Tessa's artifacts. As mentioned pretty predicable however we do learn more about Duncan's own genealogy here and how he was outcasted by his own parents. There's a revelation there yet to be finalized so there was a parallel between Richie's problem and Duncan's past.

  • Richie meets a guy, who has gambling debts, who says he is his long lost father. Mac and Richie help him out of his problem while revealing the truth.

    OFF the heels of a great first episode...The SECOND episode is waaay too soon for a filler episode. The flashback was god to help understand McCloud's 1st death, but the story was so predictable I thought I was watching a 70's NBC sitcom. This eposode was phoned in and deserved better.

    Good to see Peter Deluise since his 21 Jump Street days...
  • While there is some good character development for Duncan and Richie this is only a good episode at best.

    Family Tree is one of the few episodes in season one that does not have an “Immortal of the week.” Which dominated so many of the first season episodes. In this episode we learn more about the character of Richie Ryan, the former foster child that MacLeod and Tessa have taken in. We see through flashbacks that the quest that Richie is on to find his birth parents parallels in some ways the journey that Duncan went through when he first found out that he was an immortal. Richie was shuffled from one foster home to another, while Duncan was declared an outcast and driven from his home. Leaving both Richie and Duncan to wonder ‘where do I come from.’ Richie believes that he has found his birth father but things may not be what they seem.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • During the conversation between Duncan and Richie, about the candy store, Duncan asks "What part of town was this in?". When he asks this we can see a milk bottle in front of him with the top on. We see the bottle a few seconds later with the top off, although no-one has removed it.

    • When Richie and Duncan are having the conversation about the candy store, Richie goes to the fridge for a nearly full jug of juice. When he comes back to the table, he pours two small glasses. When we next see the jug, it is nearly empty, even though he didn't pour that amount of juice.

    • When Duncan first enters Mrs. Gustavson's bar, bright lights suddenly shine on her and Clinch as he opens the outside doors. The problem is, the doors are clear glass, not wood or anything that would block daylight in the first place.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Joe: Hey, if this is about that guy last night, he was just on a roll.
      Mrs. Gustafson: Fifty thousand dollars of the house's money is more than a roll, Joe. It's a friggin' avalanche.

    • Duncan: Why remember that? What was so special about the candy store?
      Richie: One day, Mom...uh, Emily, was chatting with Mr. Stubbs, and suddenly she put her hand to her forehead and said something like "I feel funny", and then she just fell to the floor and didn't move. I thought she was playing a game, so I'm, like, pushing her and laughing, and then the ambulance came and, lots of people running around and they took her away. Mr. Stubbs picked me up in the air and says "Well lad, what're they going to do with you?" That's why I remember Mr Stubbs's candy store.

    • (coming back to life in front of his family)
      Duncan: It...It is a miracle!
      Ian MacLeod: No. It is the work of the demon master of the world below.
      Duncan: Father.
      Ian MacLeod: No! You're no bairn of mine! You're not my son! You're not my son!

    • Richie: You never found out who your real parents were?
      Duncan: No. But after a couple of hundred years...you get over it. One day so will you.

    • Duncan: You know, there's a proverb in Northern India. If you go hunting tigers, be sure you're prepared to find one.

    • Duncan: My father couldn't grasp what had happened.
      Richie: Who could? Man, he must have freaked. I mean, there you were all of a sudden on your feet again. A zombie in a kilt.

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