No Ordinary Family

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 2010 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • While Tate Donovan was credited as having a starring role in this episode, his character, Mitch McCutcheon, was only on screen for a matter of moments.

  • Quotes

    • Katie: (to Stephanie) Thanks to your increased metabolic rate, your life is like a never-ending spin class. So despite the need for massive caloric intake, you're gonna be a size zero for the rest of your life. (sighs) I hate you.

    • George: I'm no expert in marriage, as my first two wives will attest.

    • JJ: I don't know why you guys can't just go without me and Photoshop me in later.

    • Lindsay: Yeah, I'm really glad that you survived the accident. Those memorial assemblies are super depressing.
      Daphne: Oh, I know. I remember the one we had for your virginity. What was it, two years ago?

    • George: Most of them can fly.
      Jim: I can't fly.
      George: I remember when you couldn't catch bullets, either.
      Jim: I can't fly.
      George: Just take a running jump. Look, get a head of steam, right -- and you just think like something that can fly. Swoosh.
      Jim: That's easy for you to say, but if this doesn't work, I'm roadkill.
      George: From the guy that begged me to shoot him the other day.

    • Jim: The problems we face may no longer be ordinary. But then again... neither are we.

    • Stephanie: (to Jim) You were extraordinary before you could ever catch a bullet.

    • Daphne: It's not fair! I can't be a virgin AND a freak!

    • Stephanie: How did I do?
      Katie: You were doing a mile every six seconds!
      Stephanie: Huh. I thought I was faster than that.

    • Jim: Okay. Let's do this.
      George: I can't believe I'm gonna kill you.
      Jim: You're not gonna kill me, George. You're just gonna shoot me.

    • Stephanie: (voiceover) But I had to share my new abilities with someone. A peer. Someone who had the scientific capacity to understand what was happening to me.
      Stephanie: Can I talk to confidence?
      Katie: Oh my God, you're firing me! Are you firing me?
      Stephanie: (voiceover) Admittedly, I might have chosen better.

    • (as Jim pulls out a gun from his bag)
      George: I think you're stepping over the line, here. Where did you get that?
      Jim: Precinct supply closet. Surprisingly poor lock.
      George: What do you need that for?
      Jim: I don't. You do. I need you to shoot me.

    • Jim: When was the last time we did something as a family? Yellowstone. Three years ago.
      JJ: We all got poison ivy.
      Jim: There's no poison ivy in Brazil, kid. (Jim turns to Stephanie) Right?

    • Jim: Day after day, facing people you know you just can't help. How do you do it?
      Yvonne: By not asking myself that question.

    • (when it seems apparent that their plane will crash)
      Jim: Listen! Listen! We're gonna be all right. I promise. Have I ever lied to you before?
      (Daphne nods) About anything this important?
      Daphne: Yeah!

    • Jim: Every story has a beginning. But ours doesn't start the way you might think.

    • JJ: This is unbelievable. My whole family gets dipped in some super-water and all I wet.

    • Stephanie: Dr. King.
      Dr. King: Stephanie. I've been looking for you.
      Stephanie: Oh, sorry, I had to step out for a second.
      Dr. King: No need to be defensive. I'm not that much of a taskmaster, am I? (pauses for a moment) Don't answer that. At least, not honestly.

    • Daphne: We go on vacations to reconnect. Why would we want to connect in the first place?

    • (as their plane flies through an intense storm)
      Stephanie: Who are you texting now?
      Daphne: God!

    • Jim: Hey! This storm really came out of nowhere, huh?
      Mitch: Don't worry. I've flown through much worse.
      Jim: Oh, yeah? When?
      Mitch: Actually, I was just trying to make you feel better. This is about as bad as I've ever been up in.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 28, 2010 on CTV
      Latin America: November 2, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Sweden: January 02, 2011 on Kanal 5
      UK: January 11, 2011 on Watch
      Australia: May 2, 2011 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: June 27, 2011 on JOJ

    • Music: An der schönen blauen Donau [a.k.a. The Blue Danube] (Johann Strauss), Shut Up and Let Me Go (The Ting Tings), Dilly (Band of Horses)

  • Allusions

    • Katie: Oh, Kitty Pryde. Yeah, she's my favorite X-Man. X-Woman, technically.

      Referencing a teenage Marvel superhero and mutant, Kitty Pryde, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. She has the power to phase through solid objects and disrupt electrical circuitry. As can be seen on Katie's figurine, Kitty is accompanied by a small alien dragon-like creature, Lockheed, which breathes fire and is highly intelligent.

    • Minor character: Chad Claremont

      Comic book writer Chris Claremont is a major figure in the industry, credited with turning the X-Men into a major success in the late 70s and 80s. He created Kitty Pryde (see above). Executive producer Marc Guggenheim, himself a comic book writer, often slips the names of famous comic writers and artists into his works.

    • Jim: Hey, George, I'm on top of the Simonson Building, heading north.

      There is no Simonson Building in San Francisco. However, Walt Simonson is a comic book artist who has worked for both DC and Marvel comics, as well as an adaptation of Aliens for Heavy Metal. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim often includes comic book references in his TV production such as Eli Stone.

    • George: Here's what we know so far: you can jump just over a quarter mile in a single leap.
      Jim: A single what?
      George: Fine. A single bound.
      A reference to the famous line describing Superman, who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. It originated in the 1940s radio show and was carried into the 1950s television show The Adventures of Superman, in which the announcer said at the beginning of each episode: "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!"

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