Season 1 Episode 6

Patient Zero

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 10, 2014 on CBS
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Patient Zero

Gabriel and Riley are sent to find a "patient zero" who has been spreading around a deadly disease. They must work quickly without contracting the virus themselves.

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  • Another average episode

    Another average episode. Interesting story, the best story yet, but there is no way they would have let a multi million dollar prototype 'asset' go touching people with killer virus' and so this spoiled what may have been a good episode.
  • Brilliant!

    Intelligene is beoming more and more solid and conitinues to deliver every single episode every week. So this time we have a deadly virus on the loose and the only way to stop is to find patient zero who just happens to be a guy on death row.

    The storyline was interetsing and there were certainly more than one villains to atch and that in itself made the storyline multi-faceted and brilliant.

    Really enjoying this show now - keep it up!moreless
  • Better & Better

    For those who doubted Strand : She stood up strong in this one. I liked how Gabe and Riley collaborated on their separate intelligences and came up with a solution.

    It's funny how in the pilot they went from open hostility to mutual respect within that one; and now in episode 6, they're flirting over a breakfast call? Not too fast, writers, please.

    There's so much criticism about sameness, replication, and, stupidity in network TV. When a show like this one or Revolution comes along, why not embrace it for being the groundbreaking effort that it is? Why nitpick over the flaws. Just enjoy it for what it is. It's Sci-Fi, people. Let your mind go a little, OK?moreless
  • Surprisingly Good!

    Well, I must admit this was a surprise! Congratulation to the writer (and creator) Michael Seitzman: Best episode to date! Even Marg Helgenberger gave a much better stance to her character. No tremble in the voice, she looked straight and felt confident when she spoke. Maybe it was nervousness or insecurity from staring in a new show (even professionals feel that at times), I don't know, but she really has improved and felt like someone in command this time.

    I was happy to see that they addressed the "Dr. Cassidy mess". Like, "We may act as if nothing happened but we have not forgotten that you've built another chip illegally". They can even address the odd "early retirement" by (maybe) having another agency (FBI, CIA,DoD, private military contractor) who bribed him to develop another chip... We'll see.

    I was also glad that they addressed the limitation of the technology: Computers can process tons of datas at enormous speed but they can not process datas that they don't have. Even the most powerful computer in the world cannot render a face which hasn't been caught on camera.

    Lets not forget that the chip doesn't give Gabriel any super powers. The people of "24", both "NCIS", "Hawaii Five-O", "Person of Interest", "The Blacklist", and other shows which uses the information grid, can solve as, if not more, complicated cases without anyone having a chip in one's brain. The only advantage that Gabriel has is that he doesn't need a smart-phone or computer to access it, and the fact that he can render a scene in 3D from the datas the chip has gathered and walk through it. Which is super cool by itself. In this episode, they also have introduced the fact that he can also control mini-drones which may open the door to some interesting support devices. Maybe the writers are also planning to have Gabriel's brain to change in the future, in some way, through its interaction with the chip. Here again, well see.

    Finally, I was also glad that they mentioned why Gabriel volunteered to have the implant. Though the innocent flirting between Gabriel and Riley is kinda cute, I hope that they won't push the envelop too far too fast. Lets not forget that even after not seeing his wife for 6 years Gabriel was still madly in love with her. It would be a shame if they'd killed this thread too soon.

    All in all, I now think this show has a chance to survive. "Criminal Minds" is in its 9th season, "NCIS" in its 11th and "CSI" in its 14th which goes to show that, with good writing, even a strictly procedural series can last.moreless
  • Last week I noted: VIEWERS Must suspend reality AND Throw away reality.

    I've finally stopped applying reality based notions and ideas and I am enjoying this show more and more. Forget about how likely it is for a government agency to do this or that - or employ this or that asset. There's no need to figure all that happens into the context of the real world. Accept the fantasy aspect and go with what the characters are telling us without looking for anything deeper (or plausibility) and this becomes a truly enjoyable show. If the viewer can accept that there's a guy with a genetic mutation that allows a computer chip to be implanted in his brain and give him super powers with access to every sort of app imaginable and even those that aren't imaginable - and he works for a government agency that uses him and has a cute lady guarding his life against horrible villians using tech invented by some guy who illegally replicated the tech... and blah blah blah... see what I mean? Just enjoy the action and adventure. And good looking male and female characters.moreless
Josh Holloway

Josh Holloway

Gabriel Vaughn

Meghan Ory

Meghan Ory

Riley Neal

Michael Rady

Michael Rady

Chris Jameson

Marg Helgenberger

Marg Helgenberger

Director Lillian Strand

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy

PJ Byrne

PJ Byrne

Nelson Cassidy

Nick Searcy

Nick Searcy

General Carter

Guest Star

Ronnie Gene Blevins

Ronnie Gene Blevins

Luther Vick

Guest Star

Carrie Coon

Carrie Coon

Luanne Vick

Guest Star

Tomas Arana

Tomas Arana

Adam Weatherly

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When looking at the body through the window of the farmhouse, the body clearly changes position between the time Riley looks at it and when Gabriel arrives to look as well.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Bryce: You know, any futurist will tell you that the world doesn't advance by the cacophony of voices but evolves only through a singular vision. One man -- Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates...

    • General Carter: You have no idea what you're doing.
      Lillian: You used a human being as a Guinea pig. No matter what his crime--
      General Carter: Human being? Luther Vick killed two police officers. In return, the court took away his life and gave it to the state. We are the state.
      Lillian: You're just as bad as the murderer you used.
      General Carter: If we can make an anti-virus out of Luther's blood, we'll be ready when a weapon like this virus comes across our borders. We both know it's on the way. The monsters are at the gate, Lillian.
      Lillian: Looks to me like the monsters are right here.

    • Riley: No viable threats in the area, and I checked the car for tampering.
      Gabriel: You need a hobby.
      Riley: I have one, thank you. Dim mak, pressure points, martial arts. With one hand, I can bring you to your knees. (Gabriel stares at her) You're disgusting.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Riley: "Any longer and I was gonna knock the door down."

      Gabriel: "You'd have to huff and puff."

      May refer to the fact that Meghan Ory played Red Riding Hood/Wolf on Once Upon A Time