Season 1 Episode 8

Ties That Bind

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2012 on NBC
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    This week Monroe sent his deadliest man after Miles and the pendant, but it was Nora who takes center stage in one of Revolution's most boring episodes yet.

  • Episode Summary

    A ruthless tracker is sent after Miles, and Nora has to make a difficult decision regarding a family member.

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    • Absolutely incredible!

      This was a brilliant episode yet again! So many great developments with Captain Neville, and his wife is starting to play a more important role.

      Then we can't forget the matter that is Nora and her backstory, which was quite interesting, although I'm not sure what I think of what her sister did. In a way it was awesome. In a way it was horrible.

      Meanwhile, I can't wait to see more of Grace and this Randall character!

      Definitely getting bettter and better! Can't wait till the next episode! :)moreless
    • Ties That Bind

      Ties That Bind was a perfect episode of Revolution because the character development was phenomenal and the plot progression was entertaining. I really enjoyed watching as Nora is reunited with some one from her past but at a high cost. It was interesting to see Miles and the gang face to face with one of his former colleagues who scared every one including him. It was awesome to watch Neville and his wife make some power plays. I liked how every thing played out but I wish there would be more revelations about the pendants and the larger story arcs. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • Why put effort into writing an entire episode when you can fill 30 min of crap and 10 min of relevance

      Okay. I wish I had turned the episode on with ten minutes left. It would have been the best of the season. You got me revolution. I thought Randall was working with Monroe. Touch. How he got Grace to fermilab (that was a particle accelerator?) in Illinois from Pennsylvania so quickly I don't know. Isn't Illinois in the plains nation? Can we make an actual crime to underuse actors? Raver and Espo were SMOLDERING in their scene together. And let's give Elizabeth something more exciting to do. All told, the best 10 consecutive minutes of revolution since pellegrino left us. Unfortunately it was preceded by 50 minutes of crap and commercials.

      Firstly, I don't automatically care about a character just because they're related to someone. Writers you still need to develop the character. And secondly, I can't feel betrayed by someone we just met. So zero points for impact. Maybe if I cared at all about Nora? I don't know. Their back story was terrible. It has to be really tough to write children lines and be a child actor. Because Jesus titty-fucking Christ those girls were awful (the last scene bordered on decent, credit where it's due). But man, sit a kid down in a room and tell them their mom just got shot, then tape the reaction and show it to the actor and tell them to copy it. Do you scar a kid for life? Maybe. But you'll get a good scene out of it. I just don't believe that's how a 10 and a 6 year old would react.

      Thirdly, what the hell was the point of the first 50 minutes? Lets cross the bridge, no it's a trap (good thing bad guys in tv as well as movies and we can outrun 4 guys with automatic weapons and later Nora can take out the entire unit with one gun and four shots. How do you even manage a single shot with an automatic rifle? But I digress). Another bridge? Too far. Okay there's a ferry, nope it's blown up (bet that guy is thrilled with miles). Okay, let's just swim. It will take 30 seconds and our clothes will be dry two minutes later. Wait.....swimming's an option?!? What the fuck have we been doing for the past 30 minutes? Filling time in an episode? okay then. You can't expect explosions and sword fights and last minute reveals to save the show every time. You need coherent plots as well.

      Oh and Aaron got jerked off and lost the locket.

      Things that were awesome.

      Indestructible lockets! Logically course of action (destroy it) plot hole closed!

      Miles. In general. And calling out shuester or whatever his name is for being a physcopath.

      Kim Raver!!

      Working atom smashers. I think.

      That is allmoreless
    Alyssa Diaz

    Alyssa Diaz


    Guest Star

    Lacey Ellison

    Lacey Ellison

    Young Nora

    Guest Star

    Ric Reitz

    Ric Reitz

    Col. John Faber

    Guest Star

    Maria Howell

    Maria Howell

    Grace Beaumont

    Recurring Role

    David Meunier

    David Meunier

    Sergeant Will Strausser

    Recurring Role

    Colm Feore

    Colm Feore

    Randall Flynn

    Recurring Role

    Featured Episode Clip

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The steel trussbridge filmed in this episode does not resemble the steel-reinforced concrete bridge currently spanning the Allegheny River at Freeport, PA.

      • There are some inconsistencies between the map that Randall Flynn shows to Grace in the episode and the map that Tom Neville has displayed in his house. Although Flynn's map shows that the southern portions of modern-day British Columbia have been annexed by the California Commonwealth, it does not show that the Commonwealth has annexed the Baja California peninsula of modern-day Mexico. In addition, Neville's map appears to show that the Monroe Republic controls parts of modern-day Maritime Canada, with a northern border along the Saint Lawrence River in modern-day Quebec.

      • Upon learning that Nora wants to cross the river, Mia automatically assumes that the group are traveling to Philadelphia. Although that may be a logical conclusion to which one would jump, Philadelphia is not necessarily the only destination of choice. For all Mia knew, they could have been headed toward any number of other cities along the east coast (Baltimore, Washington, Norfolk), or any number of smaller cities inland (Frederick MD, Cumberland MD, Chambersburg PA, Carlisle PA, etc.).

      • Freeport, Pennsylvania (where most of this episode's events take place) is on the banks of the Allegheny River. Morgantown, West Virginia isalong the Monongahela River. Throughout the episode, it is implied that they are on the same river (especially with Miles saying "We cross the river at Morgantown", then "If we want to get Danny back, we've got to get across that river" a short time later), which is not the case. The Allegheny and the Monongahela flow independently along separate paths, coming together to form the Ohio River in Pittsburgh.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Miles: Corporal.
        Sgt. Strausser: I'm a sergeant now.
        Miles: Well, let's be honest, you're a sociopath, is what you are. Before the blackout, you'd have been locked in a rubber room.

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