The 4400

Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Unknown Jul 24, 2005 on USA
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Episode Summary

Tom and Diana investigate a 4400 who has released a plague that has wiped out an entire town's population. Meanwhile, a Washington D.C. lobbyist joins the 4400 Center in order to add some political muscle to the movement.

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  • Carrier

    Carrier was a perfect episode of The 4400 because it had new characters and moves a few story lines forward. Matthew Ross has come to The 4400 Center to help Shawn run the place. Matthew helps Lily help Shawn by creating a foundation to filter the incoming letters asking for Shawn's help. I thought the character of Jean DeLynn Baker was cool. Her power was kind of gross and disturbing, especially once she started quoting revelations. "The time is at hand" takes on a whole new meaning in this episode. It was sad how it ended for her. Diana has a lot to deal with, it was nice of Marco to help ease her mind about Mia's Diary, which she was to turn over to Jarvis. I look forward to watching the next episode of The 4400!!!!!!!moreless
  • Shawn tries to come to terms with leading the center.

    One of the 4400 has the ability to release an extremely deadly virus. She's has already killed off, unintentionally, her own family and the entire town she lived in. Tom and Diana try to talk her out of killing herself (and possibly the entire world).

    April discovers that Maia is not just a money-making tool.

    Kyle discovers or remembers that he's the one who shot Collier.

    THe most interesting storyline this episode was Shawn's. He's taking charge and even though there's a new lobbyist helping him, he still feels he's in charge, despite the lobbyist duping him with some assistance from a well-intentioned Lily.moreless
  • A filler episode introducing and finishing off a rather odd Freak of the Week.

    This episode could have been great, although it rehashes a well-known story (person is contaminated with deadly virus and our heroes have to find her in time).

    Sadly, it was rather boring, I didn't feel sorry for the virus lady and I knew Diana and Tom would catch her before she unleashes her deadly spores or whatever. Although that was clear from the beginning, they could have made it more interesting instead of simply letting our heroes work out the clues. The final conclusion from Diana about the virus woman being on autopilot and maybe just going about her daily proceedings was especially painful - just bad writing.

    I liked the ending though with Diana shooting the woman - didn't see that coming. What could have made it a better episode would have been some sort of ripple effect, I just didn't get the purpose of this returnee. She killed many people, where's the ripple effect in that..maybe and hopefully they'll show it in some future episode.

    Despite all the criticism it was a fairly entertaining watch and even the worst episode of the 4400 is quite good compared to many other shows out there.moreless
  • What is wrong with the Aunt!

    I could not believe that the Aunt would use Maia so blantantly. And then to use her mother's ring to try and win a bet is just disgusting!

    How could she justify to herself that it was okay to use that little girl.

    And the plot line with the boils and stuff was gross but interesting. I felt bad for her, killing her whole family and town unintentionally.

    And to not be able to controll mad it even worse. Although when she decided to murder people, that's sort of were my sympathy for her sort of dwindled.

    All in all a good episode.moreless
  • Simply another filler.

    Another overly weepy, oh woe is me, whiney because everybody hates me episode.

    They've taken the original concept and really strung it out so thin that it snapped and broke a couple episodes into the 'second season'.

    All of the main characters have worn out their welcome by now. They basically come on to whine and complain and have a pity party and the writers throw a small side-story on another returnee in.

    Not worth missing something good on court tv, a&e or the discovery channel for.moreless
Daniella Evangelista

Daniella Evangelista


Guest Star

Craig March

Craig March

Trucker Joe

Guest Star

Daniel Bacon

Daniel Bacon


Guest Star

Richard Kahan

Richard Kahan

Marco Pacella

Recurring Role

Natasha Gregson Wagner

Natasha Gregson Wagner

April Skouris

Recurring Role

Karina Lombard

Karina Lombard

Alana Mareva

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is a government agency that covers four domains of emergency protocol: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. They respond to any disaster when the US President announces an area to be a disaster zone.

    • Featured 4400s

      * Jean DeLynn Baker, disappeared on 27 October 1999. She the ability to release a deadly, airborne virus from her hands when she becomes agitated, nervous or scared.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Kyle: So tell me, was I, like, number one in my class in medical school?
      Alana: What does it matter, Kyle? You're not in competition with yourself.
      Kyle: I'm just curious.
      Alana: No, you keep bringing it up. It's more than curiosity.
      Kyle: So what if it is? If you knew there was some parallel universe where a better, smarter version of you was walking around, how would you feel?
      Alana: He wasn't better and he wasn't smarter. He was you.

    • Jean: I've always been toxic. I poison every relationship I ever had.
      Tom: This is different.
      Jean: Yes. They made it real!

    • Jean: You ever read the Bible, Baldwin?
      Tom: I went to Sunday School.

    • Tom: Jean told me Mortimer and Falcone scared her when they came into her room. Is it possible the release of this virus is connected to her emotional state?
      Marco: Yeah, more than possible, it's likely. Her medicine cabinet is basically a neon sign flashing borderline personality disorder. She's got cortisone creams for stress rashes. An assortment of your finer psyco-pharmaceuticals, Xanax, Prozac...
      Tom: We get it, Marco. She's a wreck.

    • Matthew: Vacation? For how long?
      Shawn: A month, maybe two, I don't know.
      Matthew: You think that's what the center, the movement, needs right now?
      Shawn: I don't know, Matthew, but I'm damned sure it's what I need right now.
      Matthew: I think you're going to have to settle for a long weekend. I hear Puget Sound is nice.
      Shawn: Okay, you're not hearing me.
      Matthew: I'm ignoring you, there's a difference.

    • Shawn: I'm not saying I can't do this, I will lead this movement. But Jordan just died and I need some time to get my head around that.
      Matthew: You're gonna have to grieve on the run, like the rest of us. It's called being a grown up.

    • Tom: Jean, it doesn't have to be like that. You want this to be over? It can be just find a deserted spot, pull over and wait for us to come to you.
      Jean: I don't need you. I'm taking care of it myself.
      Tom: What are you gonna do?
      Jean: I'm gonna end this before I kill anyone else!
      Tom: End what?
      Jean: This phonecall, this day, everything!

    • Nina: She's the only resident of Granite Pass Oregon, who can't be accounted for. So we've got two possibilities…
      Diana: Either she's immune to this virus, in which case we could study her, look for a cure…
      Tom: Or else, she's the carrier.
      Nina: Either way, your job is the same. Use whatever resources you need and find her.

    • Diana: She was quoting Revelations? Never a good sign, Tom.

    • Marco: So when Jean's blood gets going - when she's angry, confused, upset, whatever - a killer virus goes airborne.
      Tom: We're not far from her car now, Marco. Any advice on how to deal with her?
      Marco: Uh, don't piss her off.

    • Jean: (to Tom) I guess you thought those suits they had on would keep them safe, huh? Well you were wrong, okay? Nobody's safe! That's why I'm warning you. You stay away from me, ok? Just keep everyone away.

    • Marco: Wipe your feet.
      Tom: A killer airborne virus has been released and you're worried about muddy footprints.
      Marco: It's still somebody's home.

    • Truck Driver: (to Jean) If you're looking for salvation, you're not gonna find it there. What you wanna do is give yourself over to your true Lord and saviour. Purification day is coming. The signs are everywhere. Pestilence, plagues.

    • Shawn: I'm glad things are going so well, I am, but a week ago I was just some guy trying to beat the last level of Doom. I wasn't the Pope then and I'm not the Pope now.
      Matthew: Yes you are and you need to start getting used to it.

    • (Diane is reading a legal document when Marco enters the room)
      Diana: You wanna know why all lawyers are jerks? 'Cause they spend a lifetime reading this crap.
      Marco: What kind of crap specifically? I'm a pretty good interpreter.
      Diana: I have 24 hours to turn Maia's diary over to NTAC and not one legal option to get out of it.
      Marco: What are you going to do?
      Diana: Well, what NTAC wants, NTAC gets. But I have a nine year old daughter at home who's counting on me to protect her.
      Marco: Is there any way I can help?
      Diana: Yeah, you can slap me upside the head for mentioning the diary in the first place. It didn't save Collier's life and now it's making mine hell.
      Marco: How about I just make some fresh coffee instead?

    • Kyle: (to Tom) But Doctor Kyle Baldwin in that world you were vacationing in, came from your mind, right?
      Alana: Uh, actually it was my mind.
      Kyle: Right, but you created it using his memories.

    • Kyle: So let me see if I've got this straight. You two met, fell in love and spent eight years together in some kind of alternate reality. And now you're here with eight years of love and marriage under your belts in what to us was no time at all.
      Tom: Yeah, that, that about sums it up.
      (Kyle laughs)
      Kyle: I'll play along. But, if you two start calling each other honey bunny, I'm so outta here.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Shawn: … a week ago I was just some guy trying to beat the last level of Doom.

      A reference to the first-person shooter video game made by id Software in 1993.