Surface

Season 1 Episode 12

Episode 112

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

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    • 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: Um...you 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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