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Season 1 Episode 5

Rocket Science

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 1997 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Rocket Science
Someone with knowledge of future science is giving the Nazis information to create advanced missiles and nuclear weapons. Jack must work with an Allied double agent to find the mystery man.

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  • Great Episode

    I liked this episode. It took an interesting angle having it be so that if Logan didn't stop the bad guy then the Nazis would win the war. I liked how no matter what he did he tried to preserve history as much as possible by making changes but by making them so that they fit in with the way history went. For example: he made it so that it apperared as if Hanna Shichmit died as history said but instead sent her off to go make a new life in America. I also likesd his way of dealing with the bad guy: destroy the stuff he used to mess up history in the first place and sent him to try to explain what happened to Hitler. (laughs) I loved that part. It also showed at least a little of what the future would look like if the Nazis won the war. That was a great scene with him dealing with Fuller and her friends so harshly before making an illegal time jump himself to fix history.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Easter is not a lone historian in this episode. He has two others in his department, including Fuller, who Matuzek inexplicably says has been "filling in" for Hemmings for two weeks. Hemmings was a science and technology advisor, not history.

    • The Claire Hemmings character does not appear in this episode. She's replaced by another character named "Fuller."

    • Easter sees and greets a handcuffed "Genghis Khan" in TEC headquarters. Easter also mentions Khan in episode "The Future, Jack, the Future."

    • Goof: A Nazi officer asks, "What is this IBM?"

      IBM took its name in 1924, well before World War II, and would have been well known to the Nazis, especially since the Third Reich seized a German IBM subsidiary, Dehomag, in 1941. Both IBM and Dehomag's punchcard systems were crucial to both sides in the war.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Logan: Bad news, Doc, your system's shot. But don't worry. I understand there'll be a Radio Shack down the block in about forty years.

    • Reinecker: I will unleash a barrage of technological advances that will make Bill Gates look like ... Thomas Edison look like the village idiot.

    • Reinecker: Will you stop being such a Nazi? Oh, that's right. You are one.

    • Freddie: (on answering machine) Hi, this is Freddie. Please leave a message at the sound of the tone, unless this is Jack. I waited four hours, so don't bother. In fact, don't call back, ever.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Possibly the final episode produced, with changes to the format of the show. Hemmings was replaced, Easter now has a research staff rather than being sole historian, and both Easter and Matuzek dress more formally than in previous episodes. However, the production code seems to indicate this was the first episode produced, so the historical department and wardrobe may have been downgraded for the later episodes, but does not explain why Fuller was "filling in" for Hemmings.