Torchwood: Miracle Day

Season 1 Episode 3

Dead Of Night

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 22, 2011 on Starz



  • Trivia

    • When Gwen asks Rex to say something to demonstrate the functionality of the I-5s and lip-reading software, he gives his full name and adds that he is representing the Central Intelligence Agency. However, the software replaces "representing" with "resenting."

    • Jack comments that the warehouse is "bigger on the inside than the outside," referring to the TARDIS, the time/space vehicle piloted by the Doctor. Jack met the Doctor in World War II and traveled with him for a while, and gained immortality as a result of his travels.

  • Quotes

    • Rex: We both know I can't "kill" you. But you see, the beauty of this miracle is, if I shoot you just right, maybe you'll live in agony for, who knows how long, maybe a thousand years? Now you think about that. Because I've always wondered what part of the brain is memories, or personality, or... what lets you control your own bladder.

    • Gwen: And food, everybody is panic buying, so I had to go to the petrol station and all they had was crisps.
      : Oh, I think you meant "gas station" and "chips." Crisps are called "chips" over here.
      : Thank you, Miss. Translation.
      Esther: Oh, and a mobile's a cellphone, and by cashpoint, I think you mean ATM.
      Gwen: Don't ever leave my side, okay?

    • Rex: All right, so we've got a mission. First thing we need to do is steal a new car.
      Jack: Uh, hm-mm. So who's giving the orders?
      Rex: Okay, Torchwood. What do you say?
      Jack: We need to steal a new car.

    • (as Gwen knocks out a guard)
      Esther: You've done that before.
      Gwen: So many times.

    • Jilly: Now we have a very important meeting to go to. So you can get cleaned up on the plane to Dulles.
      Oswald: Dulles, why?
      Jilly: These are the times that make men, Oswald. So it's your choice. Stay where you are, or stand up tall and stride across the skin of the world. Which is it?

    • Jack: You should be in the hospital.
      Gwen: Hey, less of the sympathy. He can keep working, the bastard.
      Rex: You're gonna keep just going on and on about your kid, huh? Do you want her here with us? Hmm? Maybe she can go play in that corner where the lead paint chips look extra tasty.

    • Gwen: And this lemonade-- this lemonade is flat.
      Esther: It's lemonade. It's supposed to be flat.
      Gwen: What, fizzy fizzy lemonade?
      Esther: It's fizzy in the U.K. And flat in the U.S.
      Gwen: Hm, just about sums it up.

    • Rex: There's somebody's dry-cleaning back here. And it's my size. I'm taking these. My clothes are stinking. Ladies, avert your eyes. That includes you, World War II.
      Jack: See, these new phones aren't bad. The camera is good quality too.
      Rex: I know you didn't just take a picture of me changing my pants.
      Gwen: You're changing your pants?
      Esther: Pants mean trousers.

    • Dr. Murphy: No baby is a mistake.
      Dr. Juarez: What hospital are you from?
      Dr. Murphy: Providence. Dr. Carey Murphy.
      Dr. Juarez: Yeah, I was a Catholic too once. I got better.

    • Jack: My arm is itching.
      Gwen: Poor baby.
      Jack: I think it's infected.
      Gwen: You know you're worse than Rhys. It's itching because it's healing. Now stop it, Jack.

    • Jack: I'm loving this hangover. I knew mortality would make life more intense. Ow!
      Rex: Hey, don't touch my pills. I need that for legitimate pain.
      Jack: I need them too.
      Rex: You weren't impaled.
      Jack: You should have seen the other guy. Oh, that face. Rex doesn't like his jokes too gay.
      Rex: No, Rex doesn't like men in their 40s acting like they're 20.
      Gwen: Oh, we've got a winner. Now hush.

  • Notes

    • Lauren Ambrose and Arlene Tur are billed as Special Guest Stars.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: July 23, 2011 on SPACE
      United Kingdom: July 28, 2011 on BBC One
      Germany: August 17, 2012 on RTL II

  • Allusions

    • Captain Jack Harkness: Bigger on the inside than the outside.
      Jack is referencing the show Doctor Who (of which Torchwood is a spinoff), and the time machine the TARDIS, which is described as being "bigger on the inside than the outside."

    • Esther: There's a poem. "I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain and back in rain."
      Esther is quoting from Robert Frost's 1928 poem Acquainted with the Night, which is typically read as the author's feelings of depression and isolation.

    • Esther: "Miles to go before we sleep."
      Quoting Robert Frost's Stopped by Woods on a Snowy Evening (1922), and published in 1923 in his New Hampshire volume.