The Flash

Season 1 Episode 20

Alpha

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 11, 1991 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • Barry should have had very little to worry about when they injected him with the truth serum. One of his abilities as The Flash is an extreme form of metabolism. Just as he burns through the energy he acquires through eating vast amounts of food, any drugs that enter into his system would be used up in a fraction of time it would take a normal human to go through.

    • Fosnight wears a jacket with a F on the left front side. It's very low on his chest, but when the cameraman cuts to a closeup of Fosnight supposedly fanning and shuffling the cards, the F is much higher, indicating that the stand-in card manipulator is wearing the same jacket but is taller than actor Dick Miller.

    • When Colonel Powers calls in for the location of Alpha, the radio operator refers to her as "Sergeant."

    • When Tina tracks Alpha, the display screen shows a longitude of 114 west and a latitude of 153 north. It's physically impossible to have a latitude of anything above 90 degrees anywhere on Earth, as that is the North Pole.

    • When Rossick opens up Alpha's skull, the seam where the upper skull prosthetic with the circuitry is clearly visible where it joins the actress' forehead.

  • Quotes

    • Tina: Oh, Alpha, this is Barry Allen, a friend of mine. Barry, this is Alpha Webster. She just started today as our new lab assistant.
      Barry: Alpha. That's an unusual name.
      Alpha: They call me Alpha because I was the first.
      Barry: Oh, the first child in your family.
      Alpha: In a way.

    • Tina: Now, I know you're going to meet a lot of very beautiful young women tonight.
      Barry: Yeah, no one with less than twelve earrings or more than a monosyllable.
      Tina: Well, here's mine for the evening. Out!

    • Alpha: One night I read a book about the Civil War. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln freed all the slaves?
      Barry: Well, I heard a rumor.

    • Fosnight: Alpha, you're a real piece of work.
      Alpha: Thank you.
      Fosnight: I can't wait to meet next year's model.

    • Barry: (after Tina hacks into the computer system) Tina, you're beautiful!
      Tina: It's about time you noticed!

    • Barry: So, what do you think the odds are of us running into each other here tonight, huh?
      Alpha: 2,718,450 to one, based on the most recent population of Central City.
      Barry: Wow, you really do have a memory.
      Alpha: I've memorized the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Webster's Dictionary, the complete works of William Shakespeare, and 613 other books.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Alpha: Did you know that Abraham Lincoln freed all the slaves?
      The event Alpha is referring to is President Lincoln's executive order called the Emancipation Proclamation. The order was given on Jan 1st, 1863 and only applied to the states in rebellion. It was only when the Lincoln supported Thirteenth Amendment was passed on Dec. 6th, 1865 that slavery was banned within the United States.

    • Nightclub name: Apocalypse Wow
      The name is a play on the title of the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now. Loosely based on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1899), the movie shows Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) ordered to travel into the heart of Combodia to assassinate renegade Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando).

    • Fosnight: Look, kid, if you got x-ray eyes, what color undershorts am I wearing?
      Referencing Superman: The Movie (1978), when Lois Lane asks Superman, "What color underwear am I wearing?" to confirm if he has x-ray vision or not. His answer, unlike Alpha's, is "Pink" rather than "Red."

    • Bellows: A synthetic human like in all those stories by Isaac Asimov.
      Isaac Asimov is one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, dying at the age of 72 in 1992. Besides publishing hundreds of essays, novels, short stories, parodies, and the Galactic Empire and Foundation series. He is best known for his Robot series, wherein he created the Three Laws of Robotics in his short story "Runaround" (1942). The First Law is that a robot may not harm or allow to come to harm any human being. The Second Law is that a robot must obey orders given to it by human beings as long as it doesn't conflict with the First Law, and the Third Law is that a robot must not allow itself to come to harm as long as it doesn't conflict with the First and Second Laws.

    • Murphy: And I'm the Tin Woodsman, and this is Munchkinland.
      Referencing L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and subsequent movie adaptation. The Tin Man is seeking a heart, and travels to the city of Oz to obtain it from the Wizard. Accompanying him are the Scarecrow (seeking brains) and the Cowardly Lion (seeking courage). Munchkinland is at the beginning of the yellow brick road, where the diminutive Munchkins reside.

    • Episode Title: Alpha
      Alpha comes from the first letter in the Greek alphabet. It is used in the United States Military as a call sign for first.

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