Persons Unknown

Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jul 31, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Joe, Graham, and Bill are forced to confront their pasts. Meanwhile, Renbe and Kat try to find the one person who escaped the program.

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  • This episode is why I started watching Persons Unknown in the first place.

    Spoilers ahead. I loved this episode, it's a great psychological episode. First, it needs to be said and then will never be said again (by me, anyway), that they went with the Matrix-analogy, instead of the Lost-analogy I feared. This is much better. The question remains; are they really inside a town, or hooked to machines like the one Joe woke up on. Janet did trash the bathroom pretty thoroughly. But then again, why would they need secret doors in the elevator shaft or equipment - although even Joe's friend said that they were being watched.

    But back to the episode at hand; I loved this. The way such a place messes with your mind. I thought Joe's background story was great; him being a priest in such a country gives much more depth to him and still makes it believable he was once that person. Emphasis on once, because you can definitely see the difference. The fragment in which he shot the man, as Janet didn't do with him, was mindblowing.

    When Joe woke up in the sterile environment, I immediately thought about Tori. They can apparently do anything they want there, why not fake a death? It is to be decided if she's really there, but she appears without the fuzzy camera-effect he has in his dreams and memories, so I'm gonna go with the idea that she is indeed still alive. And it doesn't surprise me; she is her father's daughter anyway.

    Bill Blackham finally breaking down was another great storyline. We have seen in previous episodes that he thinks himself all that, but is in fact nothing much in the outside world. Him finally admitting to that made him more likable.

    Also the next step taken in the Moira-Graham connection felt very natural. I just need to get one thing off my chest; I really, truly dislike Erika. There is nothing about her that appeals to me. She is rude, egotistical, obsessed and just plain mean.

    I loved this episode, it really is everything I wanted in Persons Unknown since I first started watching it. Since there doesn't seem to be another episode airing next week, great cliffhanger for next season also. What did you think?moreless
Alan Smyth

Alan Smyth

Mr. Ulrich

Guest Star

Mauricio Bonet

Mauricio Bonet

Raul Samper

Guest Star

Ismael 'East' Carlo

Ismael 'East' Carlo

Father Luis

Guest Star

Reggie Lee

Reggie Lee


Recurring Role

Andy Greenfield

Andy Greenfield

Night Manager

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Joe: I'm dreaming, aren't I? I must be. I mean, you're dead.
      Tom: I know I am, but what are you?

    • Renbe: What?
      Kat: He said that she has to wear a straitjacket because she likes to throw feces at people. You go first.

    • Charlie: You know, Joe said that we were all selected to be here because of our potential.
      Bill: Yeah, so?
      Charlie: Well, that can't be true. I mean, what potential do you have? Doughnut hole.
      Bill: Bite me.
      Charlie: Ah, there you go again, proving me right again with all that witty repartee. You can't think of a retort, can you? (Bill silently walks away) Ah, come on. You're not even going to try? Come on, Mr. Blackham!

    • Tom: You don't choose the Program. The Program chooses you. Always.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: November 21, 2011 on Syfy
      Czech Republic: August 19, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • Reggie Lee is billed as Special Guest Star. Alan Smyth is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Injoke: As Charlie says "doughnut hole," he flashes the "be seeing you" gesture (thumb and finger in a circle, help up to the eye, other fingers extended) found in The Prisoner British series. The gesture in turn is taken from the early Christian's "sign of the fish," a secret gesture they used to acknowledge each other. That series' concept of people trapped in a strange town for a mysterious purpose provides much of the inspiration for Persons Unknown.