Torchwood: Miracle Day

Season 1 Episode 4

Escape To L.A.

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 29, 2011 on Starz



  • Trivia

    • When Oswald picks up the baby at the hospital, it only has one sock on, yet for the rest of his speech the baby then has socks on both feet.

    • Jack uses the alias "John Smith" while speaking to Frumkin in the park. While "John Smith" is a commonly used alias and a common generic name, it is likely that Jack's use of it in this episode is a reference to his friend The Doctor who has consistently used the alias in many of his regenerations.

    • When the hospital representative opens her folder and says "I have set up a schedule," she opens her folder but it and the papers inside are upside down.

  • Quotes

    • Gwen: Wow, look at the horizon. We've reached the edge of America.
      : It's been decades since I've seen the Pacific. Must be about 70 years.
      : Are you kidding me, you say things like that?
      : Oh-ho-ho. I wonder.

    • Gwen: Anyway, so how's my little girl?
      : Don't call me that, Gwen.
      : You're very funny.

    • Jack: George Eliot wrote this chapter in Middlemarch. She said that if you take a piece of metal with random scratches written all over and hold a flame up to the metal, the scratches look like they're forming patterns, circling around the light. And that's Oswald. He's blazing away, and patterns are starting to revolve around him and all we have to do is keep watching.

    • Jilly: Listen, clear the schedule. It is Oswald 24-7 from here on out. Dr. Juarez!
      : This is disgusting.
      : (exultant)I know!

    • Gwen: Who the hell are you?
      The Gentleman
      : Names aren't important right now.
      : Oh, great, he's cryptic.

    • Landlord: I don't suppose it's any good asking who you are.
      Jack: We are traveling circus folk.
      Rex: Yeah, and he's the clown.
      Gwen: I'm the bearded woman but I've shaved.
      Jack: Yeah, you missed a bit.

    • Landlord: By the way, if you get hungry, there's a cafe on the corner that does a guava jalapeno cheese tart that's just fabulous. Laters.
      : Fabulous? What is it with you? You make everybody around you gay?
      : That's the plan.

    • Gwen: No, you know what Torchwood's like. It's terrible. I mean, we're living in this... shed thing. And there's no electricity, there's no water, it's dark and cold and damp.
      : I thought it was boiling hot in Los Angeles all year round.
      Gwen: Yeah well, they lied, Rhys, they lied.

    • The Gentleman: It's got to be said Miracle Day has hardly been advantageous for those in my line of work-- the day the killing stopped. But I can't tell you, Jack, how wonderful it is, how truly wonderful it is to meet somebody who's mortal. It's my holy grail.
      Gwen: If he's the only one that can die, then it's in your interest to keep him alive.
      The Gentleman: That's exactly what I'm doing. Haven't you noticed the absence of killing?

    • Gwen: He was just about to tell us.
      Rex: Thanks? Anybody? Thanks?
      Gwen: And you shot him in the throat!
      Rex: Well, dead is dead.

    • Jack: Thanks again for saving my ass yesterday.
      Rex: I was saving her ass. You were just gravy.

  • Notes

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

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: July 30, 2011 on SPACE
      United Kingdom: August 4, 2011 on BBC One
      Germany: August 17, 2012 on RTL II

  • Allusions

    • Vera: (to Rex) Can't get rid of you, can I, dead man walking?

      Vera is referencing a previous Torchwood episode from the second season that was titled "Dead Man Walking," as well as the Torchwood character Owen Harper, the dead man walking.

    • Title: Escape to L.A.

      The title is a play on the title of the 1996 movie Escape from L.A., produced and directed by John Carpenter as a sequel to his 1981 movie Escape from New York. The movie features a mercenary, Snake Plissken, breaking into the futuristic Los Angeles, which is used as a maximum-security prison.

    • Jack: George Eliot wrote this chapter in Middlemarch.
      Referencing the 1871-1872 novel Middlemarch: A Study in Provincial Life, by George Eliot (aka Mary Anne Evans). The novel, published in eight books, chronicles the adventures of Dorothea Brooke, who seeks to help the poor, and Dr. Tertius Lydgate, an idealistic young doctor. Both live in the Midlands town of Middlemarch.