The 4400

Season 4 Episode 13

The Great Leap Forward

Aired Unknown Sep 16, 2007 on USA
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Episode Summary

The Great Leap Forward
Danny Farrell's newfound ability to spread promicin leads to several hundred deaths, including his mother. With Seattle in chaos, NTAC is forced to accept Promise City's offer of help. Shawn is faced with a difficult decision when Danny asks him to end his life to stop the spread of promicin.moreless

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  • This episode is seriously hurt by inconsistent/illogical actions by the characters.

    I don't know what the writers originally had in mind to finish the series but the ending as it was done now was clearly a rushed job because of early cancellation combined with the writer's strike at the time.In the first few episodes of the series in season one I was annoyed several times by irrational/illogical behaviour by some of the characters needed to create the storyline. This returned at a highly elevated level in the last episode.So Danny was building up promicin in his body. Gee... what to do.... Oh wait... Isabelle was also producing oodles of the stuff earlier in the series which they got out of her to fill a gazillion of tubes with which to inject people. And later we saw p-positive people donating promicin on a weekly basis to create new stock of the stuff. Oddly enough nobody even considers the possibility to do the same with Danny. Not even this supposedly rather clever scientist Burkhoff chappie.And wait a minute... didn't they have someone who was able to take promicin abilities away from people and return them to being p-negative? Yeah we've seen it done several times. Okay so this Collier dude was missing at the moment but did anyone even suggest they should increase attempts to find him (surely there would be enough p-positive people with highly useful abilities to find him) and have him take this undesirable ability away again from Danny?Nahhh..... doing any of these wouldn't have allowed for the killing off of Danny for a mildly dramatic effect totally not worth these stupid inconsistencies. I had hoped the Director's cut would at least have corrected these annoying inconsistencies but unfortunately not. Bad Director!

  • The Great Leap Forward

    The Great Leap Forward was a superb episode and great season 4 finale of The 4400. I enjoyed watching this episode but wish it was not also the series finale since the show was not picked up again. I think this episode wrapped up a lot of the plot lines, and any thing left open was easy to imagine what the out come would be. There were some surprises, action scenes, and shocking implications. This episode was fast paced and covered a lot of the stories. I really liked the end of the episode where Seattle has a new name. I wish there were more seasons of The 4400!!!!!!!moreless
  • Dang this episode was good. USa should never have cancelled this show so soon.

    I have always admired the way the writers have handled pretty intense situations so perfectly. They balanced out gigantic events with a lot of character development and succeeded to make this show even more entertaining than it already was. I don't make a secret of the fact that I disagree with the general notion that the first few seasons were the best. For me, it only really became emotionally involving and an absolute must-see because of the explosive seasons three and four. Emotionally rich, never running out of Great Ideas and with a lot of diverse people that try to deal with a life-altering situation in their own particular way... this sci-fi drama had it all. It saddens me to think that it's never going to be continued, because I have invested a lot in this series.

    This finale was as good as The 4400 gets. It mixed an apocalyptic story with the tearful reunion of Tom, Kyle and Shawn. Somehow this episode balanced its message of despair and doom with a note of hope, a light at the end of the tunnel. But The 4400 never got to finish its story and you could definitely notice that. There were just so many clues to opened up a lot of possibilities for the future. And it was really scary to see Maya picking sides with Jordan Collier. Brainwashed, much?

    I will miss this show.moreless
  • Is it coming back? not according to

    So i was checking out to see when some of my favorite shows will be coming back on. And not only did i discover that Journyman has been cancelled...but now the 4400 as well.

    Why did i see this show on a list of cancelled shows in the 07/08 season...there's no way that this show did not have the following to go way! Does anyone have any solid evidense that might cheer me up?

    I hope that i'm wrong, because there are so many other places that this show needs to go...and i'd like to see them...i'm sure that we all would.


  • What a great show, can't wait for its return

    The 4400, place it right up there above Heroes. I thought initially that the writers were very clever to limit the number of "mutants" to 4400, but then the promicin twist... cool (sadly a high death rate). Can't wait for the shoe to restart. Anyone know the planned dates for this. Truly missing the show. I only got into it after the end of the 4th season, watched the whole thing in 2 weeks as could not stop watching it. Anyone else done that either ? (god, why do these reviews have to contain a minimum of 100 words, once you have run out of positive things to say, you have to find some way of filling the space) !!!moreless
Penny Johnson

Penny Johnson

Rebecca Parish

Guest Star

Pascale Hutton

Pascale Hutton

Abigail Honeycutt

Guest Star

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence


Guest Star

Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs

Kevin Burkhoff

Recurring Role

Kaj-Erik Eriksen

Kaj-Erik Eriksen

Danny Farrell

Recurring Role

Richard Kahan

Richard Kahan

Marco Pacella

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tom: I can't help but wonder, when we walk back into the city, who's gonna be in charge. My side, or yours?
      Jordan: I think soon that distinction won't mean a thing.

    • Maia: See. I told you he was a good guy.
      Diana: Maia, can't you see what's happening? Jordan Collier is naming himself dictator of Seattle, there's nothing good about that.
      Maia: You're wrong mom. We are in charge now. It's better that way.

    • Jordan: The time has come for this city to begin healing. I never intended promicin to spread this way, but the sacrifices of the past few days have not been in vain! This tragedy, terrible as it may have been, had meaning, and those who died, are the heralds of a new age! Thousands upon thousands of you have new abilities, and in time, you will all contribute to this movement. A movement that now claims all Seattle as its home! We stood by the city in its hour of need, and we will now guide this city into the future. We're all miracles, every one of us, and together, we will do wondrous things. I've spoken to the world before of heaven on earth. Many of you thought it impossible, but now, I'm convinced, we will see it in our lifetimes!

    • Rebecca Parrish: You made your choice. You were our only hope for the future.
      Isabelle: Your future's dead now.

  • NOTES (2)