Season 1 Episode 16

The Fittest

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 08, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Russell and Tom team together to try to catch a pregnant Christina and Derek, who are armed and dangerous and on the run. While searching Russell and Tom find a group of migrant workers. Mariel confides in Jesse and Rose about what happened to her. An unconscious Kira is in the hospital after her encounter with the orange being. Larkin searches for more answers about Paxton and his real reason for being in the area during the hurricane.moreless

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  • Another great episode.

    the action is in high gear, we're really treated with a very good plotline. the tension is rising with this episode. in this episode, we explore the characters of christina again. she's pregnant and might be giving birth soon. russel and tom hunts down christina and stevie through the woods. they find some illegal immigrants hiding within the everglades, some of them have changed into hybrids. christina is really losing it on this one, the acting is superb, we see teens making irrational decisions that messes the world around them. The writers made another great episode, I'm looking forward to the next episode.moreless
  • finally we are looking a good storie plot

    this is by far the best episode i have seen from this siries. In this episode we strsat to see what are the intnetion of the invaders. I hope that the writers and directors speed up the info so we do not get borard like i did in the begening of this series. Also this show is in need of sdome guest actors to fill with intrige like the x-files did when they were on the air.moreless
  • A slower episode than usual which feels long and drawn out. But it does reveal more about key aspects of the plot.

    This episode is good but to me feels as though it was stretched a little too thinly over the 45 minutes.

    The storyline was revealing not only to us but to the key characters as Mariel expains to her family exactly what happened to her on the night of the hurricane.

    It is the reaction to this by Jesse which was one of the frustrations of the episode for me. His childish sulking seems to be his only reaction upon finding out something he wasn't aware ofand felt he should have been told sooner. Your Mother's been permanently changed by aliens get over yourself!

    Another annoyance was the Christina/Derek situation. Although it revealed more about what the hybrids have actually done to their victims, with the implantation of the eggs and the glowing lights, the way it was done with these characters was just stupid. Both of them believing it was a baby was tiresome and the simpering of Derek when Christina wanted to kill it was equally tiresome.

    The only right move she's has made so far is that of shooting Derek right at the end.

    One redeeming factor of the episode was when Szura's identity was revealed. It was quite shocking given that he'd already appeared in the episode under another alias. But what was more shocking is that it's Paul Raines from season four of 24 back from the dead. Spooky!moreless
  • Great episode to get back into things.

    This series is getting more interesting that's for sure. I did't expect Christina to shoot her man.I know that Derek seemed to be in her way at times but that wasn't expected. That thing in her is really starting to make me wonder.I keep thinking that maybe she is going to give birth to something like what Russel found in that alligator in an earlier episode. Oh yeah and why wasn't Kira affected by the orange light, she was abducted or so it seemed unless I am missing something.Then there are the kids that seemed to take the news better than any children I know would have when Mariel had her moment with them. I am glad to see the show again ABC needs to keep it on weekly and it might just be a more popular choice if it can be counted on. It really seems like it is going somewheremoreless
  • The Pregnancy

    Obviously, this pregnancy is really important to understanding of the 'aliens'. Although, apparently no one wants to call them that. I'll be interested to see what happens with Muriel's 'ovary'. I cannot wait to find out what the ultrasound reveals on Christina.

    I absolutely love this show, and this episode was sooo good. Obviously, Derek cared about Christina, she doesn't seem to care about anything or anyone however. It was pretty cool to see that the 'baby' was obviously protecting itself within her. I can't wait to see what happens when it's born.

    Again, great great episode from these writers, job well done!!!moreless
Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll


Guest Star

Jesus Mayorga

Jesus Mayorga


Guest Star

Frank Merino

Frank Merino

hybrid migrant

Guest Star

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss


Recurring Role

James Frain

James Frain

Andrew Dennison/Eli Szura

Recurring Role

Michael Mitchell

Michael Mitchell

Derek Culie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tom: Hey Russ, uh, you relying on some old Indian, tracker, broken-twig thing here, or do you actually know where you're going?

    • Mariel: Well, I am not an alien!
      Jesse: Then what are you? Because we've known you've been different for a long time. We just want to know what you are.
      Rose: Not a butterfly.

    • Russell: Are you any closer to finding Szura?
      Healey (while injecting insulin): No, but if I die before it happens, you'll kill him for me. Won't you?
      Russell: I'm sorry, Healey.
      Healey: Alonzo.
      Russell: Excuse me?
      Healey: My real name's Alonzo. I figure if I can trust you with my life, I can trust you with my real name.
      Russell: You mind if I still call you Healey?

    • (to Russell)
      Underlay: You think we're descended from the three guys sitting in the cave sharing their buffalo? We're descended from the fourth guy that says, "hey, why don't I pick up this club and smack these other losers round the head and have the whole buffalo to myself?" That's our ancestor, that's survival. Survival is what it's all about!

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      The Netherlands: September 29, 2008 on Veronica

    • Dave is wearing a shirt that reads "Simmon's Bar" and "London, Paris, Rome, Homestead." Simmon's Bar & Package is a real bar in Homestead, FL. It is a local "Mom & Pop" neighborhood bar. It was established in 1948 and remains Homestead's oldest bar. It features Elvis Presley memorabilia, a Rowe jukebox and the Simmon's Book Exchange. It is one of the featured filming locations listed on the official FilMiami website.