Lara: Here's my thing... This is a tough time of year for me. Angels are everywhere.
Frank: I know. I've been seeing them myself.
Lara: Yeah, cute, cuddly, flapping their wings, blowing their little horns all over place ... You know that wings on angels are something that the early church took from the Egyptian gods because people liked it?
Frank: So these drawings are not true depictions?
Lara: Well, it's not what I see, but from them, I get the same feeling when 'he' appears. And that's how it all started when I was a kid -- I just sort of felt them. I felt a presence around me. And then one day, a man came over to our house; he was just an out-of-town business associate of my father's. They were talking in the living room... and there he was. Standing... well, not standing... behind this man, in an intense, beautiful light. I was overwhelmed with this horrible sensation. And I went to my mom and I told her that that man was going to die today. My mom got so mad at me for saying such a thing... but he did. He had a coronary in his hotel room that afternoon.
Frank: And you've seen and felt them ever since.
Lara: Yeah, but I didn't talk about it much until Peter Watts approached me about the Millennium Group. See, I figured everyone saw them. But I got very clued in when my mother took me to see Father Esposito, who angrily insisted if I kept "seeing things", that I'd have to become a nun... which was a very noble calling, but... is a serious setback in a boy's interest in you. I don't know how you can prepare her, Frank. You're right: they won't just go away. And for me, it only gets more intense as I get older. He only appears to warn me of imminent danger, or to point me into the direction of evil's presence. When he appears, all my senses are heightened: everything is clear and uncluttered in my mind, and my heart... I feel like nothing can stand in my way ... But I would've done anything, anything, not to have this in my life. But Frank, look: at least she's got a father who understands, and that... that will really help her. And if there's anything I can do, ever, anytime...
Frank: Thank you.
Lara: But there is one thing. In the Bible... and to me... there are messengers. This was brought to your attention, and you said you'd seen angels all day. So my immediate concern isn't for Jordan, but for you."
Catherine: Your 'gift' gave you a nervous breakdown. This 'gift' makes you see horrible images. It's turned you away from your family, from your daughter. It's turned you toward the Millennium Group. Frank, you never even consider that this gift that you have could be lying to you, because you don't see yourself withdrawing from your family, behind your ability. If this is happening to you, what is it going to do when it happens to Jordan? I want
her to have a choice... I want her to have a childhood free from this. I want her to know that she has someplace to turn, other than within herself, like...
Frank: Like me. Right? It is what it is. There is nothing we can do to fix it.
Catherine: I know that things are changing for us. Time's running out. Frank, I want you to be happy. But Jordan is my first priority: her safety and her well-being. And I won't let anything jeopardize that.
Simon: Legend has it that ghosts walk in church yards on Christmas Eve. Well, actually, I misspoke myself. They're not ghosts, they're fetches... souls of those destined to die in the coming year... making their way to church in search of those who will be their companions. Of course, it usually happens at midnight.
Frank: Who are you?
Simon: Let those blessed with a special perception who might not have to wait until nightfall.
Frank: Why would that concern me?
Simon: There's no telling whose face you might see. Why put off 'til tomorrow what should be done today? It is, after all, the midnight of the century.
Frank: Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night. Whatever happened to Miracle on 34th Street?
Roedecker: Well, it ain't your father's Christmas! Nothing will put you in the mood for Christmas than a serial-killing Santa!
Frank: This is not a serial killer: he is a spree killer.
Roedecker: The sexual repression and signature make him an organized serial killer.
Frank: The triggering stressor would be that they forced him to wear that Santa Claus outfit... it's ludicrous.
Roedecker: It says 'Serial Killer' on the box.
Frank: It's the thought that counts, thank you.
Peter: Wouldn't it be wonderful if in life, you could pick the speed in which you were going to experience time? I would have it take forever for these kids to grow up... I don't care if they didn't like it. I'd have autumn go much slower; winter a little faster... And the time that I was experiencing regret... I'd have go slower actually, so I could fix and leave the situation without regret. I'd like to know how much time I have left.
Frank: That's part of the fun of it, Peter.
Peter: You know that for almost the entire history of Western civilization, this month has been a holy time? The
Druids, winter solstice, Hanukkah... the Romans converted Saturnalia into Christmas. Imagine that: Christ wasn't even born on this day, maybe not even 1,997 years ago. So no one knows for sure when the millennium really begins and ends. Or how much time is left.
Frank: Not even the Group?
Peter: It's midnight of the century.
Lara: Will there be a dawn?
Peter: We're working to assure there will be. Possible futures exist, like branches on a tree. Most of us only see the path we're on, but some people... the gifted ones... see those branches.
Frank: Made any plans with your family?
Lara: No. You?
Frank: Yeah, I've gotta go to my daughter's pageant... she's playing an angel.
Lara: Too many angels this time of year.
We see Frank's father for the first time in this episode.
Features the song "The Nutcracker Suite: Arabian Dance" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Lara: Oh, great. Another angel just got its wings.
This is a reference to a saying popularized in It's a Wonderful Life (1946): "every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings".