The 4400

Season 2 Episode 5

Suffer the Children

Aired Unknown Jun 26, 2005 on USA
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Suffer the Children
A school teacher terrifies parents with her ability to inspire talents within students. Meanwhile, Richard and Lily are confronted by police, and Jordan warns Shawn not to overuse his healing gift.

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  • Suffer the Children

    Suffer the Children was a superb episode of The 4400. I enjoyed watching this episode because the story was a good example of how parents influence their children with anger and hate. This episode is one of many that touches upon an important issue for us all to consider, and in so doing create a ripple effect in real life. I thought Ms. Tobey's power was an awesome and unique one. I wonder if she could bring out 4400 abilities or amplify theym some how. Shawn encounters some homeless teens and helps them. He continues to hang out with Liv until her boyfriend shows up. Shawn end up saving him and revealing his powers, and experiences the consequences Jordan warned him about. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!moreless
  • Shawn meets some homeless kids and a 4400 teacher inspires her students.

    I very much liked the 4400 teacher with the gift of inspiration. I thought it was well written and convincing. The story's conclusion was great and I felt really sorry for the kid who did not have a special gift.

    I didn't really like the Shawn and the homeless kids storyline. It was too predictable, especially after Collier warned him not to heal one of them. You just knew he was going to do exactly that. I'm also unsure about the purpose of the storyline, teach compassion or humility to Shawn ???

    It'll be interesting to see whether Collier has actually changed or managed to fool Isabelle somehow...moreless
  • I liked it but there was nothing special like the other episodes.

    I liked it but there was nothing special like the other episodes. This one was not boring but not very exciting either. No ripple's almost no action and a story that is just above average. I hope they do a better job on the other episode's than they did on this one.
  • Well I liked it. Most of it.

    Over all a good episode. However the Shawn- homeless people story didn\'t really do anything for me,whether this will develop into somthing more significant remains to be seen.

    However, the lily, Richard , Jordon thing continues the story to next weeks episode.

    I also enjoyed the main story line with the teacher. It certainly raised interesting questions about how instead of the majority fearing the 4400 it was turned around and showed how it was the majority jeolous of the abilities the teacher was able to pass onto her students

  • Another 4400 of the week plotline coupled with some development of the arcs.

    This time, the "44oo of the week" is high school arts teacher Heather Tobey, who was returned with the ability to draw out the artistic strengths in people--from playing the violin to painting and a whole lot of other various artsy things in between. The drawback in her power is that she can only work with what\'s there and not just magically instill in you the ability to play the piano if you don\'t have it inside you already. Interesting power, though I\'m not quite sure yet of what the ripple effect of it might be--beyond maybe getting some school districts to not keep cutting back on the art and music budget of schools, thus ensuring future generation\'s appreciate good art when they see it. On further thought, maybe this ability would sound the death knell of all the worst of the crop of the reality shows that are on the air these days and that might not be such a bad thing...

    Anyway, back to this episode. Heather\'s ability to help some but not others causes tension and conflict and she\'s brought up on child abuse chargers. After she is exonerated, she returns to the classroom where one student in particular is unhappy that he has shown no special artistic abilty. He wants to escape his life and not be like his father, so he comes to school with a gun to force Heather to awaken the artist within. Luckily, Dad happens to be at the school at the time and hears what he\'s done to his son.

    What I found most interesting here was how divided everyone was on the use of the power that Heather had. Those who benefited thought she was the best thing since sliced bread while those who couldn\'t be helped were less than enthused. Kind of mirrors the Jordan storyline of his warning Sean to only use his powers under certain circumtances and not to let the world know he has this healing ability. Kind of the--what have you done for me lately? mentality. Of course, Jordan\'s warnings come to fruition with Sean befriends a cute homeless girl and then has to use his power to save her boyfriend. (Showing the difference between Sean and Jordan in a lot of ways...I could see Jordan letting the boyfriend pass away so that he could move in on the girlfriend..because let\'s face it, Sean and the homeless girl had some chemistry.)

    Meanwhile, the mythology of the show takes a baby-step forward as Jordan finally catches up to Lilly, Richard and Isabelle. He meets Isabelle and the world doesn\'t explode around him or he doesn\'t double over in pain. Jordan takes this as a sign and offers to use his pull with the NTSC to get Richard and Lilly off their David Banner-like run across the U.S. As we got to Jordan waiting to see Isabelle, I fully expected to see the words \"To Be Continued\" flash on screen and to have to wait two weeks to see what would happen. That said, I think this is only the calm before the storm with Jordan and Isabelle.moreless
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Guest Star

Kathryn Gordon

Kathryn Gordon

Heather Tobey

Guest Star

Reece Thompson

Reece Thompson

Greg Venner

Guest Star

Andrew Airlie

Andrew Airlie

Brian Moore

Recurring Role

Chilton Crane

Chilton Crane

Susan Farrell

Recurring Role

Jordan Lasorsa-Simon

Jordan Lasorsa-Simon


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Lily: There's no way I'm gonna let Isabelle anywhere near that man.
      Richard: But think about it, if Collier really has changed, it means we can get off the road, stop running.
      Lily: That's a big if!

    • (Jordan visits Richard in jail)
      Collier: You sure you don't wanna call Lily, let her know you're alright?
      Richard: Am I?

    • Greg: I don't wanna fall behind.
      Venner: Fall behind? With the grades you've been bringing home, you've been behind since your first report card.

    • (Shawn buys pizza for Liv and her friends)
      Liv: My very own fairy godfather, or are you just some rich boy looking to rent some down and dirty for the night?
      Shawn: I'm not here for that.
      Liv: What's the matter, am I not good enough for you?
      Shawn: Maybe I'm not good enough for you.
      Liv: I can get behind that.

    • Greg: My Dad says, these kids may seem normal now, but in like, two years, they may develop like, brain tumours, go blind, crazy, who knows. You guys should throw her back in jail.
      Diana: Your Dad, he wouldn't be Frank Venner by any chance, would he?
      Greg: How did you know?
      Tom: Oh just, wild guess.

    • (Liv and her friend are stealing food, when a guard apprehends them)
      Shawn: It's okay, you can let them go.
      Guard: They were stealing food.
      Shawn: Well, last time I checked, the food was free.

    • Danny: I used to blame Shawn for everything. Stealing Nikki, running out on us the way he did, breaking Mom's heart. But it wasn't his fault. The bastards who took him, sent him back a freak. They're the ones.
      Kyle: Guess they screwed us all up.

    • Kyle: You know, I bet they're talking about us downstairs.
      Danny: That's what they live for. If they didn't have us to worry about, they'd die of boredom.

    • Tom: I remember what Pop used to say, if you think you've got problems, wait till you become a parent.
      Susan: Little did we know.

    • Venner: I told you. I told you she was dangerous and none of you would listen.
      Tom: She's not the one holding the gun.

    • Liv: You're one of those 4400 guys huh? Can you make my eyes turn green? You able to walk on water?
      Shawn: I like your eyes the way that they are. And I can hardly swim.

    • Collier: But look, whatever you do Shawn, don't reveal your healing ability.
      Shawn: Why? 'Cause they can't pay?
      Collier: No. Because, if you heal one of them, you'll have to heal them all.

    • Liv: Protect the future, huh? Gotta have one first.

    • Collier: When I touched Lily's pregnant belly and was hit with that pain, I realized I'd been judged and found wanting.
      Shawn: By a baby that wasn't even born yet?

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