Season 1 Episode 12

Episode 112

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 09, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

On the run with Rich, Laura encounters a mysterious person who claims to know the origin of the creatures. Meanwhile, Miles fears the worst when two of Caitlin's friends vanish at the beach.

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  • Awesome!

    Laura meets a mysterious person who knows something about the creatures. Miles realizes that he is developing Nim's abilities. Caitlin's friends are attacked by some creatures. Rich goes back to his house to see his family. His wife hired a divorce lawyer. The show's been picking up steam ever since the first episode, everything's been leading to this point, the climax is nearing. I love this show, this is a good episode. The writers did a good job with the characters. The story is awesome. Serialized TV has a new name. This is perhaps one of NBC's best shows. I love surface!moreless
  • Miles is begining to understand that he is starting to have nim-like atributes. way cool Laura and Rich are finally understanding that the people searching for them want to kill them.moreless

    how cool is that scene where Miles is in the bathroom checking out his eyes where instead of contracting into small spheres with light...are doing the reptilian slits...he is also having more agressive animal nature when frusterated or seams that with heightened emotions is when the nim symptoms show up...about to kiss a girl, anoying sister, not seing nim (sharing the sneeze) I think this is kinda like ET and Elliot.

    I feel like the schenes with Laura and Rich kinda drag...but I think that it is just because I am more intirested in Nimrod and Miles story...though I know that laura's is important also...sometimes I just want to smack her...half the time if she would listen to Rich the agency guys would not find least not as soon.

    At the beginning of the show...they had Miles and Rich IMing each other about the creatures...I didn't watch all of them, but did anything come of that or is it just a coincidence? (at the moment)moreless
  • Laura and Richard get attacked in their hotel room by a special investigating agency working under the government. They go to seek shelter in Laura's friend. Myles gets to know of more and more symptoms that he is turning into Nim. Also Rich and Laura recmoreless

    By far the best episode till date. The last episode of surface was really below par but this time the directors have really given us a treat to watch. Though i still don't understand why the government is after Laura and Rich now that the story is out in the public.It's a real plight to see the condition of Laura as she misses her son Jesse a lot. There was something mysterious about last night as the species became violent at that time. Myles' suspicions are confirmed that he is turning into Nim. The mysterious lady who calls Laura and Rich seem to be the only person who is going on help them. Eagerly waiting for the next episode.moreless
  • Another entertaining example of this show.

    The show is gaining speed I think, in interest anyway. Some of the soap-opera from the beginning isn’t as bad as it initially was. The story is developing well, but at this point it will be interesting to see what way they go. Potential, that’s what this show has now; let’s hope they don’t ruin it as most shows do at this point.
  • Bravo to Martha Plimpton's exposition of an essential 'plot point' -- with the addition of doing so from a 'she-coon of womens' lib' (appologies to Jerry Clower)perspective!

    Just can't say enough about Ms Plimpton's characterization of the 'bad' secret agent. Her portrayal leaves the 'thugs' chasing our heroes so far in the dust as to be 'non-characters' in the entire series.

    Intellectual, apparently well-read in fields other than her 'specialty,' and possessed of a variety of atypical skills, Ms Plimpton gives us (IMHO)a very well-thought-out portrayal of a techno-thriller character whose motivations aren't all negative. (By the way: she also confirms [at least to me] that she's not a 'one trick pony' as an actor: she doesn't portray the same thing(s)in each character she plays.)

    Perhaps the writers deserve a big chunk of the credit due her scenes: note how cleverly ambiguous most of her answers are to the questions posed to her. Is this really a 'government agency' given a clever nickname "The Corporation"?

    Also intriguing are developments with Miles: if there's a genetic connection between him and Nimrod (apparently, the latter's saliva [or whatever passes for that in this creature] healed his wounds [as Ms Plimpton's character more or less confirmed]), what're Miles' yuppie parents gonna think? Who'll they sue?!!?

    More to the point: what'll Miles do? Not often mentioned in the reviews of this show I've read, the societal impact of what this show proposes is, I think, quite germane. Sure: it's science fiction so it doesn't really count; however, the basics of the plot are current-events NON-fiction: gene-splicing/mixing/designing has been happening for some years, and 'mistakes' are always possible.

    Another reason I like this show: it gives me interesting things to consider during the quiet times in my days.

Martha Plimpton

Martha Plimpton

"Mr. Big"

Guest Star

Jack Landry

Jack Landry


Guest Star

Brett Pryor

Brett Pryor


Guest Star

Linsey Godfrey

Linsey Godfrey

Caitlin Blum

Recurring Role

Stephen Michael Ayers

Stephen Michael Ayers

Dr. Paul Blum

Recurring Role

Louanne Cooper

Louanne Cooper

Sylvia Barnett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ann: I don't understand why these people would be after you.
      Rich: No. Not just people, okay? We're talking about the Agency of Strategic Intelligence.
      Ann: Did they show a warrant or a subpoena?
      Rich: (laughs) Um, no. These guys are more like, uh, the mob.
      Ann: What were they gonna do? I mean, the story's already out there.
      Laura: They can discredit the story. We're the only living witnesses.
      Rich: That's right. And it's the "living" part they got a problem with.

    • (about the new species)
      Laura: built this thing?
      Mr. Big: Me and, I'm just guessing here, about 2500 others.
      Laura: You made this animal? Why? Why would you... Why would you do such a thing?
      Mr. Big: Because we could.

    • Laura: You envisioned a world where your work would be used for good.
      Mr. Big: Silly me.

    • Laura: So, you work for this nonexistent corporation?
      Mr. Big: Yes. After a while, you start to wonder if maybe you don't exist.

    • Miles: So, I was just wondering about that "unknown origin" part.
      Dr. Ashton: Mm-hmm.
      Miles: Is it possible that my fever was caused by some physiological change? Maybe a tissue anamoly like a collagen vascular or granulomatus disease?
      Dr. Ashton: You were just...wondering this?
      Miles: I-I looked some stuff up online.
      Dr. Ashton: Miles, we had a pretty intense scare, you and I. So just tell me. What's on your mind?
      Miles: Is it possible that if some weird thing bites you, that your body changes? Like, you become like it in some way?
      Dr. Ashton: You're 14, Miles. Your body changes daily and some of those changes are pretty strange. We don't need any granulomatus disease or anything else to explain it. It's just life.

  • NOTES (2)


    • William Blake, Poet & Illustrator

      On the phone with Dr. Daughtery in the library, the mysterious caller, later referred to as Mr. Big (Martha Plimpton), paraphrases a line from William Blake's famous poem Tyger, Tyger, when she mentions that someone has "framed your fearful symmetry".

      The line is part of a repeated stanza that opens and concludes the poem:

      Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
      In the forests of the night,
      What immortal hand or eye
      Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

    • Email to Laura

      Laura receives a message from a sender identified as "Plausibility T. Figurehead" and a subject line of "Have you seen this?". This reflects a spam-sending system that was in use in 2003 and 2004 that strung together random words and initials into strings like "Crossways P. Mountaineer" and "Significantly V. Coefficient" with innocuous subject lines. It made spam easy to spot by end users but hard to filter out with software.

      Had Laura been more familiar with this type of spam, she might never have opened the message.

    • Laura Daughtery (To her ex-husband): "Help me Obi-Wan. You're my only hope."

      An obvious reference to Star Wars, where princess Leia appeared in a similar fashion (hologram vs. video mail) asking for help.