Season 1 Episode 2

Out of the Past

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mick faces an unpleasant part of his past when he learns a convicted murderer with some confidential information is being released from prison. It seems that the killer is threatening to reveal Mick's undead identity.

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  • Shows exactly where this show is heading.

    I thought the pilot was alright, but this episode really showed where this show is heading. The storyline was good, well thought out, with a clever villian and an ending that left you wanting more. :)

    Character development continued nicely in this episode, revealing more about both Beth and Mick's characters. Mick is obviously very protective of Beth and women in general, as illustrated by this episode. He also has a bit of a temper, which becomes more and more obvious. His vulnerable side shows at the end of the episode, not wanting Beth to see him in his vampire state, obviously ashamed. Amazing acting from McLoughlin there, as I just wanted to rush into the screen and hug him.

    Beth was marvellous in this episode too.Still a little unsure on Mick, but she can't stop thinking about him. The tension is slowly building between these two. This one also showed that Beth is willing to put her career on the line to help a friend, by harbouring Mick in her house, and willing to defy her boyfriend. She also puts herself in danger to save Mick.

    The ending was cleverly done by the writers. Beth finding out Mick is a vampire? She is shocked and confused, he is vulnerable and scared. Good relationship builder. Literally dying for next weeks episode now. :D

    Only complaint is the car scenes. It's a little too obvious that a green screen is behind the actors, making them look like they've been pasted into the scene as an afterthought.

    This show is going places! ;)moreless
  • Here comes the adversary.

    Ah ... this is an episode with a lot of teeth. I do love the viciousness of Lee Jay in contrast to the sweetness and empathy of the book author. In addition, I like the way the writers tied in all he characters. How Beth was friends with the author and how Mick had a past altercation with Lee Jay. Obviously this was done for simplicity, as there would be no reason for Mick to work with Beth again without the connections. Again we see obvious tensions between Mick and Beth with certainly spices up the show. In addition, Beth's significant other Josh is introduced to us and he's an additional complex character. The shows shaping up real nice. Double Thumbs Up.moreless
  • If at first you don't succeed...

    In this episode, we see what Mick was like before he swore off biting his food. Young and arrogant, he was more involved in Josef's world, attending parties and drinking blood from the women who offered themselves to him. Someone threatening his client? Simply rough him up a bit, add a few threats...problem solved.

    A well-written episode that shows how Mick has changed over the years. We see his arrogant side and his vulnerable side, and Alex O'Loughlin plays both very well. There is excellent interaction between Mick and Beth, and we see Beth's struggle to trust Mick.

    The final scene between Mick and Beth was quite powerful. One wonders how many takes it took to get it just right. In one sentence Alex manages to convey fear, dismay, defeat, disgust and soul-baring honesty. Dismay that Beth has seen Mick as a vampire; fear of what she might think; defeated in the attempts to keep his secret. Underlying all of the emotions, you can hear the disgust that he has for himself and what he is.moreless
  • Out of the past shows what happens when a vampire doesn't get the job done the first time!

    In out of the past Mick St.John is confronted by Lee jay Spaulding, a murderer he helped put away. Mick had revealed himself to Lee Jay with the intent to kill him, for having murdered Mick's client, Lee Jays wife. When Mick doesn't get the chance to kill him, Lee Jay is put away for 25yrs. Unknown to Mick Lee Jay spends his 25yrs plotting a revange against Mick. Armed with the knowledge of what Mick is, he sets out to frame him for assaulting him. Now wanted for attacking Lee Jay, Mick must clear his name, with the help of Beth, and a reluctant Josh. The last scene of this episode is my favorite part. Mick's true identity is discovered by Beth. in an ending that makes me cry every time!moreless
  • Atlast, now she knows who he is. A very revealing episode, full of suspence.

    I really enjoyed the suspense in this episode as it was a very personal thing that had been told in the criminals eyes to everyone and believed by them. I love this series so much and its great how they do the flashbacks. I have always loved a movie of tv show episode with flashbakcs. I think it gives it a great storyline to stick to and helps with the structure of the episode. My favouirte parts in this episode were, of course, the flashbacks, in other words his thoughts. And i also loved the bit when he was almost killed by the criminal and saved by the woman whom he saved when she was little. The next episode should be a good one and it will be interesting to see whether she sticks by his side now she knows or goes her seperate way.

    Great episode. Keep up the good work.moreless
Jose Acevedo

Jose Acevedo

Joseph's Assistant

Guest Star

Kevin T. McCarthy

Kevin T. McCarthy

Reporter #2

Guest Star

Hal Williams

Hal Williams

Detective Bobby Desmond

Guest Star

Jordan Belfi

Jordan Belfi

Josh Lindsey

Recurring Role

Tami Roman

Tami Roman

Maureen 'Mo' Williams

Recurring Role

Brian J. White

Brian J. White

Lieutenant Carl Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Mick is "wanted" after Lee Jay shoots himself, he rings Beth's doorbell several times. This is the only episode anyone rings her doorbell -- everyone knocks in later episodes. Also, there is no apartment number on Beth's door or the door across the hall until the 5th episode.

    • Goof
      When Mick is shot with the silver buckshot he is first shot in the shoulder however when he falls you can clearly see gunshot wounds on his back. They disappear in the next scene when he is struggling to get back to his feet.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • (Mick drinks blood.)
      Beth: I keep dreaming about you. Tell me why.
      Mick: Please don't look at me.
      Beth: (seeing Mick's vampiric state) Oh my God. What are you?
      Mick: I'm a vampire.

    • Beth: What did he mean, "I know what you are"? Mick, what did he mean?
      Mick: I don't know.
      Beth: I don't believe you.
      Mick: How about we get Julia first?
      Beth: How about you finally answer a question without evading or disappearing?
      Mick: Hour's almost up.
      Beth: Like that.
      Mick: We all have secrets, Beth, and that's not evading.

    • Beth: Why did you run? Why didn't you stay there and tell the police what happened?
      Mick: (thinking) Because I'm a vampire. Because I'm a vampire. Because I'm ... there's no good way to say it. (finally out loud) I guess I panicked.

    • Josef: You absolutely gotta waste this guy.
      Mick: It's not that simple.
      Josef: Yeah it is ... and what if he decides to go all Van Helsing and come after you?

    • Josef: Look, humans don't properly know how to deal with their bad guys. What else is new? You want to take matters into your own hands. Come on I got a few hours to kill.

    • Mick: (voice over; about Beth) Holding her in my arms it almost seems like it could work between us, but monsters don't get happily ever after.

    • Josh: (To Beth about Mick) You know since you met that guy, screwed up is starting to seem normal.

    • Mick: Lee Jay knows what I am.
      Josef: Wow, you really did mess up.

    • Mick: (to Beth after she saved him by shooting Lee Jay) I thought I told you to stay in the car.

    • Lee Jay: I gotta admit that part of me wonders what it would be like ... to live forever ... powerful.
      Mick: The last thing this world needs is an eternal you.

    • Lee Jay: (while shooting at Mick) Silver buckshot. I had to special order it. Now correct me if I'm wrong but, uh, silver's like poison to you. The only thing more deadly to a vampire is (picks up a flamethrower) ... fire.

    • Beth: You tried to warn me Julia was in danger.
      Mick: Yeah, well, none of us want to believe that there's monsters like Lee Jay right around us.
      Beth: You did.

    • Mick: (voiceover) I know I said my image couldn't be captured but that was back in the days of silver emulsion and film. Digital has changed all that.

    • Josef: A prison is not the vampire's friend.
      Mick: No. No.
      Josef: But look at the positive side. You know, in 25 years, you could probably get a book deal.

    • Mick: You might have all these people fooled but I know what you are.
      Lee Jay: Oh, what am I?
      Mick: You're not gonna get away with it this time.
      Lee Jay: Oh, I know, I know. They say they've gotten tough on crime. They always say that.
      Mick: No. I meant, you're not gonna be hurting any more women. I won't let you.
      Lee Jay: You know, it's funny because I know what you are ... vampire.
      You've probably killed more people than I, haven't you?

    • Josef: Oh, is it your friend … the blond? I'd like to meet her someday. (Mick looks frightened at him) What? I'm just saying.

    • Mick: Never underestimate the stupidity of what humans will do.
      Josef: Hey, cut 'em some slack. I believe you used to be one before you became a vampire.

    • Beth: Do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with a gift that says "Thanks for saving me from a psycho serial killer"?

    • Beth: Why does the girl always have to wait in the car?

    • Mick: (voiceover) When you live forever, it's disappointing how little humans change. Technology, though, it always gets better. If I hadn't become a vampire, I would have missed out on the Internet, TiVo, World of Warcraft, and GPS.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Near the end, when the police arrive at the warehouse, shots from the unaired Pilot episode can be seen.

    • Although Shannyn Sossamon (Coraline) is credited and appears in previously-aired sequences as part of Beth's dream, she does not otherwise appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: December 19th, 2007 on Channel 10/10HD
      UK: February 26th, 2008, on Living TV
      Denmark: April 12th, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: June 1st, 2008 on TV3
      Germany: June 23rd, 2008 on ProSieben
      The Netherlands: October 19th, 2008 on Net 5
      Norway: December 13th, 2008 on TV3
      Poland: January 9th, 2009 on TVP1
      Turkey: July 7th, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Finland: May 28th, 2010 on Sub

    • David Greenwalt, who wrote this episode, co-created the TV series Angel, which was also about a vampire private investigator.

    • Featured Music:
      "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran (during the party with Josef and Mick)
      "Forever And Ever Amen" by 8mm (at the end of the episode)


    • TiVo:
      TiVo is a brand name for a digital video recorder (DVR). Releasing their first recorder in 1999, their product has popularized the DVR market which has been overtaking the VCR for recording purposes.

    • Josef: What if he decides to go all Van Helsing and come after you?

      Van Helsing is a fictional character created by Bram Stoker in Dracula. He is a doctor but he's more famous as a vampire hunter.
      This character appears in several movies about Dracula.
      Also, Van Helsing was a 2004 movie that starred Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale.

    • World of Warcraft:

      WoW is an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) - an online fantasy game where players create their own characters and undertake quests and missions to gain experience points and increase their character's level. The online element allows players from all over the world to interact with and team up with each other, and millions of people play this game each day. WoW was created by Blizzard Entertainment.