Season 1 Episode 4

The Burning

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2005 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When Lucas is talking with Baylock about 8 minutes 40 seconds from the beginning, a microphone can be seen right above them.

  • Quotes

    • Tate: (about the signal's effect on people) You have no idea what you're dealing with here. The nightmares are only the beginning. That's how it starts, then there are headaches, and then people change and they try to kill you.

    • (Baylock asks Lucas how he's handling the pressure)
      Lucas: It's great, just great. I've flunked out of existence, nearly 8 days with barely any sleep. I can't even tell my fiancée what I'm doing, when I might be back: 'You see, pumpkin, an extraterrestrial probe landed in the ocean and it sent out this weird-ass signal that mutates your DNA and turns you into an alien, and it infected a bunch of people on a ship. They're running loose in the general population. Oh! And by the way, I might be infected, how's your day?...' Okay, I'm done ranting now, sorry.

    • (Fenway can't explain how mental patient was infected by the signal)
      Fenway: Lucas said the signal only has a radius of 3000 meters, it's basic science.
      Molly: Basic science is out the window, in case you haven't noticed.

    • Baylock: What's on your mind?
      Lucas: Weapons. Dr. Caffrey wants me to up the amps on our stun shells.
      Baylock: Why?
      Lucas: Something about that infected mental patient breaking through an electrified fence. They're worried they'll need more stopping power… well, could you just sign off on a few things please?
      Baylock: (reading the order form) 300-amp laser diodes? Uranium? You building a bomb inside there, son?

    • Psychiatrist: (on the mental patient's drawings of the glass forest) What you are looking at is the landscape of a different world: the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic. Note the glass trees, indicating a fragile sense of self.

    • Fenway (about an escaped mental patient): He'll probably come back once he hears what happened to Rock and Roll.

    • Lucas: Another nugget from the data miner, intercepted a Police report outside Cleveland, Ohio.
      Molly: Thanks… (Molly reads Lucas's report) escaped mental patient, cramped a guard's head around, took apart an orderly and then pulled through an electrified fence.
      Baylock: If these aliens are trying to hijack our planet by turning us into them, why the hell pick a guy in a loony bin?

    • Cavennaugh: How do you get DNA from someone you can't find?

      Fenway: Do I ask you how to shoot people.

    • Ramsey: His favorite dish is creamy tuna surprise, which they serve each and every Thursday. It couldn't have been much of a surprise.

    • Lucas (to Baylock): Hey, I'm glad you're here. Let's take a break from saving the world but do something really important. (Shows Baylock his fiancée's top five wedding invitations) Help me pick a font.

    • Molly: The rules of the game have changed.
      J.T.: How do you figure?
      Molly: Now we have something they want.

    • Dr. Fenway: I assume you have clearance for this?
      Cavennaugh: Assume whatever you want.

    • (Fenway explains an infectee's resistance to electricity)
      Fenway: Ever touched the end of a 9 volt battery with your tongue.
      Cavennaugh: Yes.
      Molly: No
      Fenway: Well we're looking for a guy who can suck on a car battery all day and not feel it.

    • (Molly and Cavennaugh clear the mental patient's room of alien evidence)
      Molly: Let's make sure he (the psychiatrist) doesn't have any painting in his possession, or photos or video, last thing we need is that genius writing a book about his star patient.
      Cavennaugh: I already have men at his house, right now.
      Molly: (annoyed) Is there a civil right you haven't violated.
      Cavennaugh: (with a grin) Subsection Alpha 14 of the protocol: "Alien evidence no matter how indirect, must be obtained by any means necessary".
      Molly: I see you read the classics.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • At one point in the episode, Baylock says that he wonders what E.T. has in store for them. This is a reference to the 1982 movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

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