Season 1 Episode 4

Acid Tests

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 05, 2002 on Syfy
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Acid Tests
The sins of the father come to light when Owen Crawford's sons take opposite positions on their father's secret government project. 1970: Col. Owen Crawford's sons Eric and Sam rally around their father after his career falls into shambles, but both boys have hidden agendas. An investigation takes Sam to Alaska, where he finds a new truth about the aliens that has dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, an adult Jesse Keys has returned from Vietnam as a drug addict who is haunted by his past.moreless

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  • This episode focused on how the father's past influenced the life of his sons.

    This episode focused on how the father's past influenced the life of his sons.

    The episode starts with Tom Clarke finally destroying Owen Crawford's career. Then we see how Owen's two children take different paths in life. The unloved Eric tries to do what Owen used to do, whilst his favourite Sam becomes a journalist going against what his father did.

    Sam sees an article in a newspaper and takes him to Alaska where he meets a human/alien hybrid which was more alien than human. It ended up by killing him.

    On another side we see how Jesse Keys comes back from the Vietman war a heroin addict. He reveals that he knew that he would come out of the war alive because "they" will help him out. By the end it seems that he has maybe found his love.

    Meanwhile earlier Owen told Sam that when he met Jacob, he saw how he dies in his eyes. Whilst the jealous Eric tells his father that Sam is dead, he realises why Owen didn't love Eric as much as Sam. The reason was that when he saw his death, Owen saw himself dying from a stroke with Eric nearby. he will die with him nearby. Thus Owen was afraid of Eric, he knew that. And that is what happened.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This episode marks the deaths of Colonel Owen Crawford (Joel Gretsch), his son, Sam Crawford (Ryan Merriman) and the birth of his granddaughter, Mary Crawford.

    • This episode takes places between April and May 1970.

    • This episode focuses mainly on Jesse Keys and Sam Crawford, completely ignoring the Clarkes family.

    • If you pay attention, you will notice that in the cave scene the walls are black with white writing. Yet when you see the picture in the newspaper Sam has, the picture clearly shows a light grey wall with black writing.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Allie: (narrating) When you're a kid, anything can take you away-- soap bubbles or a hose spraying a rainbow up over a new-mowed lawn. I guess growing up means that it gets harder and harder to find your way back to that kind of place where you can be taken. The one time I see grownups with that same sort of look on their faces, is when they're just at first falling in love.

    • (Owen Crawford and his son, Eric, are watching a news report about Apollo 13)
      Eric: Do you think this was an accident?
      Owen: If I had to weigh our friends' propensity to interfere against NASA's growing incompetence, I think I'd have to go with NASA.
      (Eric smiles slightly)
      Owen: What?
      Eric: If you were still in charge, you would have used this as further proof of that imminent invasion.
      Owen: (smiles slightly) Probably.

    • Allie: (narrating) I remember my mom telling me that she only went to church once, with her mother on Easter Sunday. When the minister said that the Kingdom of Heaven was within her, that scared her half to death. It meant it was all up to her. People want the comfort of strong arms. They look to the voices in their heads. To drugs. They look to the sky.

    • Allie: (narrating) What makes us human? That we can think? That we can feel sorrow and pain? Maybe. That we can laugh? I hope so. We can hurt and we can laugh, and we know a past and a present, and in some ways a future. Maybe what makes us human is that we know just enough to think and know where we're going.

    • Allie: (narrating) I asked my dad once about his dad, my grandfather. I knew he'd had some hard times, but I didn't know a lot more than that. I said to my dad, "I guess maybe he was kind of lost." "Not lost, really," my dad said, "but for a while, he was definitely bewildered."

  • NOTES (1)

    • The alias in which Jesse Keys has been using since his father's death in 1962, 'Frank Pierce', is also the name of the lead character in Joseph Connelly's novel 'Bringing Out The Dead'. Interestingly enough, the Frank Pierce of BOTD, like Jesse Keys in the following episode of TAKEN is a paramedic.