No Ordinary Family

Season 1 Episode 5

No Ordinary Quake

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2010 on ABC
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Jim comes across someone else with powers, but isn't using them for the greater good. Meanwhile, Stephanie and Katie pursue the secret of Volson's research, Daphne telepathically learns a startling secret about a classmate, and JJ continues to try and hide his secret.

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  • Horrible Implications due to tv-morallizing tripe

    I angrily gave up on No Ordinary Family after this ep; the ending with him quitting b/c it's "cheating" was such horrible and offensive tv-moralizing tripe; it's no more "cheating" than the other players' being big and strong is "cheating" people have different skills and abilities using them is not "cheating"! Considering the way an individual's brain works as "cheating" is discriminatory (esp under the ADA). if they had him stop b/c it's too dangerous . his getting tackled/ko'd so easily) when he IS so small and weak vs the other players, that'd have been realistic ethics; it's not fair, but that's life etc. [If the telepath had been reading the other team's minds we could call that cheating since doing the same thing through mundane means IS cheating]

    Aside from that this show bored me till I gave up; last good live action superhero tv show was Wonder Woman (and maybe original Bionic Woman, if that counts as "superhero") imho.

    This show like Heroes tried to be all "mysterious" about some shadowy evil organization and their efforts to control/enhance super-powered people. And then we get to watch all that "mystery" go nowhere, until maybe the season finale. That's what's really boring imho [NCIS has actual mystery, shows like Lost, Heroes, etc try to be "mysterious" and are just frustratingly decompressed w/often unsatisfying payoffs, at least to me.moreless
  • It's nice to see JJ's secret FINALLY out.

    Tonight was a decent enough episode of No Ordinary Family. I was still left frustrated that the show seems unable to focus on one clear-cut genre in a given episode, but whatever: the episode gave us some forward momentum in the Powell's family life, as well as GlobalTech, the place Stephanie works. And it's always nice to see more people with super-powers being introduced to the show.

    After an earthquake interrupts the Powell's while shopping, George does some research and is able to help, with Stephanie and Jim's help, prove that a woman was behind the earthquake. More research helps prove to Jim that the girl has the power to create supersonic waves that shake the earth and are able to push people around. As the episode progresses, we learn that this girl, named Rebecca, has some sort of connection to Stephanie's boss, who we all know is involved with these powers somehow.

    On the family front, Jim continues lying to Stephanie, while Daphne confronts a moral dilemna. She reads the mind of a teacher and a student and believes that they're sleeping together. She spends most of the episode struggling to figure out what to do. Meanwhile, Stephanie FINALLY begins to suspect that JJ may have powers, and things become blatantly obvious after he solves one of Katie's impossibly confusing algorithms in a few seconds.

    There were plenty of developments in this episode, and while we're still no closer to discovering what's going on with Stephanie's boss or the guy they call "The Watcher" on Wikipedia (the guy with telekinesis). However, the show is building very slowly and deliberately, and I'm excited to see where we go from here. But the show really needs to work, in the mean time, on some better writing. This show could be firing on all cylinders right now, but the writing is so forced and rushed that it misses so many opportunities for exciting moments or possibilities.

    But overall, this was a good episode of the show. It's also nice to know that the show's been picked up for a full season. This gives the show a chance to work on developing some sort of story and moving towards a definite end.moreless
Rachel Miner

Rachel Miner

Rebecca Jessup

Guest Star

Max Greenfield

Max Greenfield

Mr. Robbins

Guest Star

James Earl

James Earl


Guest Star

Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

The Watcher

Recurring Role

Guillermo Díaz

Guillermo Díaz

Detective Cordero

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • George: At least that's what my sources tell me.
      Jim: You have sources?
      George: What, you can have superpowers and I can't have sources?

    • Stephanie: I think JJ has abilities, too.
      Katie: JJ? Oh, my God! That's fantastic. What does he have? Don't tell me. Invisibility. No! Flying. I knew it made no sense that none of you were airborne. I mean, that's like, the first thing your mind goes to.
      Stephanie: No, Katie! Katie, he can't fly. In fact, he''s not even admitting that he has powers, which is why he's coming in to be tested.
      Katie: So he's trying to maintain his secret identity. Most superheroes don't reveal their alter egos to their families.
      Stephanie: I'm his mother, Katie.
      Katie: Interesting tidbit--most heroes don't have mothers. Most of them are dead or away on their home planet or something like that.

    • Daphne: Mom, with these powers, what do I do if I should accidentally overhear something that I shouldn't?
      Stephanie: Well, if it involves your father, me, or whatever I was thinking when he got out of the shower the other day...
      Daphne: Ew. Gross!

    • George: First a teleporter, now a human earthquake. Why do bad guys get all the cool powers?
      Jim: My powers are cool.
      George: She must be hardcore, too. 'Cause you're supposed to be more powerful than a train.
      Jim: It's a locomotive. And I think you're confusing me with someone else.

    • Kenny: What am I gonna do? My life is over. We used protection and everything.
      JJ: It's not that bad. It's gonna be okay. Condoms are only effective 98% of the time. If women are fertile 37 to 42 percent of the time, application of standard deviation actually raises your odds of pregnancy to...
      Kenny: JJ...
      JJ: Yeah, buddy?
      Kenny: Stop trying to make me feel better, man.

    • Stephanie: Why didn't you tell me there were others like us out there?
      Jim: It seemed like a lot to process, and I didn't want you to worry any more than you already do.
      Stephanie: I'm a scientist, Jim. I can handle the fact that the world is filled with strange and inexplicable things.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Katie: Complicated? Inception made more sense.
      Referencing the 2010 movie by Christopher Nolan, which features a team of experts at the art of "inception": planting concepts, ideas, and emotions into other people's heads by entering their minds, so that they can extract information. The movie features multiple levels of reality and existence within a victim's mindscape.

    • Daphne: I just wanted a job, not to get stuck in some afterschool special.
      Afterschool Specials were programs that aired in the late afternoon throughout the 1980s and were geared at children around the pre-teen age. They intended to teach the children moral lessons and covered topics such as drugs, alcohol, and sex.