The 4400

Season 3 Episode 6

Graduation Day

Aired Unknown Jul 09, 2006 on USA
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Graduation Day
Isabelle seeks revenge on the Nova Group after they attack Shawn. Alana confronts the man responsible for killing her husband and son in a car accident nine years ago.

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  • Graduation Day

    Graduation Day was a perfect episode of The 4400 because it blended suspensful drama, intrigue, and action with great characters and interesting story lines. It was very cool to finally see Isabelle stand up to Matthew once and for all, as well as using her powers to turn the nova groups abilities on themselves. This is a defining episode for Isabelle. I enjoyed watching her scenes with Tom, especially where she challenges him to use the syringe. This episode is also where Shawn really starts to fear Isabelle's capabilities as does Richard. Isabelle has become a complex and complicated character and I enjoy watching her develop. I look forward to watching the next episode of The 4400!!!!!!!moreless
  • Isabelle defends Shawn, who's under attack from the Nova Group.

    Interesting storyline.

    A member of the Nova Group attacks Shawn and Richard calls NTAC for help. Isabelle is not convinced that is sufficient and decides to go after the Nova Group herself.

    It's shown again that Isabelle seems to have no regard for human life, she turns the abilities of the 4400 against themselves and she kills Matthew as well as cause the death of a few other members of the Nova Group.

    I really liked the Alana storyline, it finally made her more than just Tom's wife/girlfried, it fleshed out her past and made her into an interesting character, one that you could care about.moreless
  • Surprisingly good

    Isabelle: Here I am. The Angel of Death.

    When I read what happened in this happened in this episode, I approached it expecting a filler story. But it's much better than that. Alana gets a proper story that explains more about her character, and Shawn is given schizophrenia by a Nova Group member, brilliantly portayed by Patrick Flueger. That, and the continuing "kill Isobelle" plotline makes this gritty and tense episode a welcome addition to The 4400 series.moreless
  • I can\'t believe Shawn would be that forgiving.

    Shawn\'s reaction to what Isabelle had done was unreal. He was driven insane by Daniel Armand. During that insanity he hurt Maia while trying to heal her. He is placed in a mental institution where if not for Isabelle he would have remained forever. the pain of having your very sanity ripped away from you would be terribly frighting. However Shawn response is don\'t kill this man? I\'m sorry but I don\'t buy it.

    If a man tortured you for say 3 days straight. he was brutal and unfeeling in his treatment of you. And in the end broke you so utterly that you were crying like an infant. If someone rescued you from this man. Tells that you will never be safe from him. He can come back at anytime and proceed to torture you again. Would you honestly prevent anyone from killing this man? What\'s a night\'s good sleep worth to you. Would you prefer always looking over your shoulder? Never knowning if your world would crumble again?

    For this is what Shawn was saying to Isabelle. She told him that Daniel Armand could attack him again. Yet he just wanted to let him go? Armand could zap Shawn again from a prison cell. Tom and Diane are so critical of Isabelle. Yet if it was Maia or Kyle that had been Daniel Armand victim they would have done the same thing or worse. Since without powers their methods would have to be more brutal.

    The writers of this show want to make the heroes of the show so above evil or misdeeds that they come off as unbelievable. And like Surface and Invasion this show will probably not see a conclusion.moreless
  • Isabel A savior or a villian?

    Wow. I like where there going with Isabel. She

    is in the body of a grown woman but with the

    mindset of the terrible twos.

    Shw could either be a great help or the end

    of the 4400. I guessed the death though, and it proved

    that Matthew Ross was an emmisarry if you will

    of the other faction of the future But her ability

    able to turn the 4400\'s power against them

    is one of the most powerfull of them all.

    I feel sorry for Shawn because he is in an unintennible

    situation. He doesn;t really love her but he might

    be the only thing that can keep her from

    continuing to go off the deep end.

    It should be an interesting seasonmoreless
Ian Tracey

Ian Tracey

Daniel Armand

Guest Star

Carter Jenkins

Carter Jenkins

Todd Barstow

Guest Star

Kurt Fuller

Kurt Fuller

Keane Driscoll

Guest Star

Garret Dillahunt

Garret Dillahunt

Matthew Ross

Recurring Role

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Agent Garrity

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured 4400s

      * Todd Barstow, disappeared 29 August 1995. He has the ability to sense someone's pain, rage, anger, etc.
      * Zachary Gidlund, disappeared 10 November 1966.
      * Jane Nance, disappeared 17 October 1980. She has the ability to communicate with animals.
      * Jorge Malina, disappeared 24 March 1975. Has the ability to produce and control fire.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Isabelle: Here I am. The Angel of Death.

    • (watching Isabelle being released from custody)
      Diana: (to Tom) So this is what it feels like to watch someone get away with murder?

    • Diana: (to Tom, about Isabelle) Does this girl scare you as much as she scares me? I mean, never mind what she did or didn't do today. You just meet her... I mean, she looks like a normal kid, attractive, maybe a bit naive, but when she says something you realize she's looking at you like you're an ant and she's just deciding whether or not she's going to rip your legs off.

    • Diana: (hands Tom the syringe) We got a lot to do today.

    • Matthew: You need me. You need my guidance.
      Isabelle: I don't think I do Matthew. (kills him) Today is graduation day.

    • Isabelle: It seems like a lot of people have opinions about me. Either I'm the savior, or I'm the end of the world.

  • NOTES (1)