No Ordinary Family

Season 1 Episode 13

No Ordinary Detention

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Thugs invade the police station during an Internal Affair investigation into a rogue cop, and Jim has to choose whether to risk revealing his powers to stop them. Meanwhile, HR VP Victoria Morrow begins snooping around the Global Tech labs and gets close to Stephanie's secret.

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  • This series is getting from bad to worse. The writers should give more credit to the viewers' intelligence. If it continues down this road I expect this series will be cancelled soon, 'cos many like me, are just not going to continue watching.moreless

    For super heroes, the father and mother sure do some really STUPID things!!! That's even more surprising, given that the mother is some genius scientist. The father runs around bashing up bad guys in broad daylight, without a mask. Then he trembles when Internal Security starts an inquiry in his vigilante acts. Come on, even Clark Kent wears glasses just to hide his Superman identity. The father is bald and big build - he stands out in a crowd. What? He can't afford to buy a balaclava mask to wear on his missions? The mother discovers who the real Katie is and turns her back on the imposter to get her head bashed in? While her super power is speed, can't say she has quick reflexes or thinks fast on her feet.

    And while they parents do not allow the children to reveal their super powers, they both can't seem to wait to reveal their 'secret" to everyone else at the first opportunity. The parents actions irk me so much that I'm very likely to stop watching/supporting this series if the writers continue to treat us like the idiots they've portrayed these super heroes to be.moreless
  • Keeps getting better.

    I had doubts about this show in the beginning. The script was very cheesy and overused. But its been getting better. This is the best episode until now. I have yet to watch the later ones. I hope it keeps getting better.

    This episode was quite fun to watch. The parallels they created with Die Hard, Breakfast Club and Resident Evil was really amusing; and it was done in such a calculated way that I would not be surprised if they were planning it from couple of episodes back. Well done!

    This show is evolving into a more serious show. I hope it keeps on this path and becomes one of the best ones on TV right now.moreless
  • I wasn't thrilled with this episode - it was just o.k. - I also wondered why the lady from Warehouse 13 was guest starring - is she going to abandon ship?moreless

    Anyway - I watch this show from time to time because I am a fan of Josh Stewart, who appears on the program in the recurring role of Josh. We all know by now that Josh has powers similar to the Powells, but that he was the spy for Dr. Powell's boss. I liked the relationship that developed between Josh and Katie - but I feel it has become totally unrealistic. In this episode, for example, Josh is visibly ill (he had stopped taking the injections necessary to keep his powers up and was going through withdrawal). He refused to see a doctor, which was weird, but Katie, once again, didn't catch on that there was something really strange about her boyfriend. He does finally come clean at the end of the program - so maybe things will get interesting in later shows and I'll continue to tune in.moreless
Andrew Rothenberg

Andrew Rothenberg

Austin Davies

Guest Star

Katrina Begin

Katrina Begin

Bailey Browning

Guest Star

Adam Dunnells

Adam Dunnells


Guest Star

Rebecca Mader

Rebecca Mader

Victoria Morrow

Recurring Role

Jason Antoon

Jason Antoon

Mr. Litchfield

Recurring Role

Luke Kleintank

Luke Kleintank

Chris Minor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • JJ: I'm meeting Natalie for an early-morning cram session.
      Daphne: And that's not an euphemism. They're actually studying.

    • Stephanie: Hello?
      Katie: Hi, it's me--Katie. Although I didn't need to say "It's me," because I said my name right afterwards.

    • George: Oh, I get it. But in order to get them alone, you need a man on the inside.
      Jim: Oh, no, it's too dangerous.
      George: Hey, Bruce Willis would've never gotten out of there alive if he didn't have that black dude helping him. Jim, let me be your black dude.

    • Litchfield: And keep your eyes on your homework at all time.
      Natalie: But what if I've already completed my homework?
      Litchfield: Then you can work on the Latin translation for "not my problem."

    • JJ: Four months ago, I was flunking out of school, and I thought I knew exactly how my life was gonna turn out. Then one day, everything changed. And I realized... like seeing something miraculous for the first time... I knew that anything is possible.

    • Katie: I don't even know what you can do.
      The Watcher: What I can do doesn't matter. What matters is what I want to do. And that's be with you.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Injoke: Convicts Quesada and Waid are named after famous real-life comic book talent: Joe Quesada is the Chief Creative Officer at Marvel Comics, while Mark Waid is a writer who has worked on such series as The Flash (which Katie mentions), Superman: Birthright, JLA, Captain America and many more.

    • Stephen Collins is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: We Won't Run (Sarah Blasko)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: January 18, 2011 on CTV
      UK: March 29, 2011 on Watch
      Slovakia: July 20, 2011 on JOJ
      Sweden: January 7, 2012 on Kanal 5


    • Jim: You guys remember Die Hard?
      There are several references to the 1988 movie starring Bruce Willis as NY police detective John McClane who is usually in the wrong place at the wrong time when criminals cook up some major operation. Allusions include:

      - Hans is Hans Gruber, the villain of the movie.
      - The "black dude" is a limo driver, Argyle, who is trapped in the parking garage for much of the movie.
      - In the original and three sequels as of this episode's premiere, McClane always says "Yippee-ki-yay," just as Jim does.
      - McClane spends much of his time in the movie crawling through conveniently large air vents, just as Jim does.

    • George: Look, man, I had a venti latte before you guys went all "Black Hawk" down there.
      Referencing the 1999 book by Mark Bowden chronicling the attempt by American forces to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid in Mogadishu. A key event in the military action was the downing of a UH-60 Black Hawk. The book was turned into a movie in 2001.

    • Bailey: Wow, you guys are like Ocean 11--minus the hot guys, nice suits, and anything remotely interesting.
      Referencing the group of 11 World War II veterans assembled in the 1960 movie Ocean's 11. The movie was remade in 2001 as Ocean's Eleven, where the "eleven" were con artists, acrobats, and electrical experts. Danny Ocean is the leader in both movies. In each, the team plots to rob several casinos simultaneously.