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Captain Jack Harkness
At the start of the episode, as a kind of "previously" montage, clips from "Out Of Time" (Diane meeting Owen and her leaving) are shown.
The postcode that is sent via text as the location of the Weevil fight - CF10 6BY - is fictional, although CF10 is a real postal outcode for Cardiff (covering parts of the city centre and the Bay area).
"Assassin" by Muse is playing when Owen first enters the warehouse.
The website for Harper's Jellied Eels, www.harpersjelliedeels.co.uk, does not actually exist.
When Mark is searching for information on Owen, he uses the website Search-Wise.net, which is a fake search engine designed to be used in TV and movies.
Tosh: You want to release a Weevil in the middle of Cardiff!
Jack: Not exactly in the middle, a little to the side.
(Owen is preparing to enter the cage to fight the Weevil)
Mark Lynch: When you get in there, when you're up close with it, take a look into its eyes.
Owen: Open the door!
Mark Lynch: It's like looking into the darkest recesses of your own soul.
Owen: So these guys are paying to put their lives at risk?
Mark Lynch: It's the ultimate extreme sport. Too much disposable income, not enough meaning, that's us.
Owen: So what about Dan Hodges, Mark?
Mark Lynch: He wouldn't come out. Just stood in the middle of the cage and let them maul him. I think he got in there and he realised he didn't want to live enough. He surrendered. None of us could get to him in time.
Owen: Still you all come back.
Mark Lynch: Well, what else is there?
Owen: Who are these blokes?
Mark Lynch: Same as us. Ordinary blokes just trying to find meaning in a world that doesn't have anyone.
Owen: You don't really believe that, do you?
Mark Lynch: We're the dispossessed now, Owen. All the certainties our fathers had are gone. We're a generation of no faith. In society, in religion or in life. All we can do is reduce ourselves to the basics.
Mark Lynch: (Showing Owen a captured Weevil) I think it's us, Owen. You and me, in a thousand years time. This is what we become when all we have left is our rage.
(Gwen tells Rhys she's been having sex with Owen)
Rhys: Why are you telling me?
Gwen: Because I'm ashamed! And I'm angry. And I want, I need, I need you to forgive me. And because I've drugged you.
Rhys: You've done what?
Gwen: Just sit down, it's nothing. It's just an amnesia pill, dash of sedative. You'll wake up tomorrow and you'll, forget everything.
Rhys: God, you selfish bitch!
Gwen: I know. I just thought it would give us a chance. A chance to get everything out in the open. You know, get everything out! Rhys! Stay with me, Rhys. Say you forgive me.
Mark Lynch: Ask yourself, what's the point of your life?
Owen: Mark, mate, I only came here for a beer.
Mark Lynch: There's so much more. If you know where to look.
Owen: Is that right?
Mark Lynch: It's closer than you think. Something's coming. Out there, in the darkness, something, is coming.
Mark Lynch: You work yourself stupid, get a house, a car, plasma screen, and you end up with a workforce. People there specifically to look after your every whim. You're officially successful but what does it bring? Nothing. Success has no worth other than itself. Seriously, I could live without all this. It doesn't define me.
Captain Jack: Let me tell you what did this to you. Six feet high, teeth like a shark, rippled skin and the rage of a wild animal. Am I close?
Owen: I could do with being someone else right now.
Captain Jack: In your absence, Toshiko's had a great idea.
Owen: Well, it had to happen sooner or later.
Captain Jack: These guys are using Weevils to carry out the perfect murder. No fingerprints, no traces of recognisable DNA. A quick, guaranteed death. Nothing to connect anyone to the murder.
Owen: Right. Should be a piece of piss to find the killer, then.
(At the warehouse, Toshiko and Captain Jack find a dead man. The dead man's mobile phone rings; Jack answers it)
Caller: I don't know who you are, but stay off what doesn't concern you.
Captain Jack: Who killed this man?
Caller: Did you hear what I just said?
Captain Jack: I have this selective deafness when I'm talking to cowards or murderers.
Caller: Don't interfere in things you don't understand.
Captain Jack: Oh, I understand this better than you. 'Cause I know how this is going to end. We're gonna hunt you down. We're going to ensure that you're punished for what happened here. And we're going to make you surrender that creature that you kidnapped. Is that clear enough?
(The caller hangs up)
Captain Jack: You know what they used these warehouses for during World War II? Storing the bodies of dead GIs. Sometimes you can know too much history.
Owen: What does a man have to do to get some peace in this city?
Gwen: (Phoning Rhys to apologise) Look, I've got dozens of excuses, hundreds, thousands, but none of them good enough. Things have got away from me a bit lately. It's this job; it never lets up.
Captain Jack: One: since when did other people know about Weevils? Two: have they done this before and, if so, how come we didn't know about it? Three: what do they want with them anyway?
Gwen: Rhys will get over it. He always does.
Captain Jack: You promised to keep a hold of your life. Don't let it drift.
Rhys: This is becoming an omen. I'm chopsing away, I look up and you're just absent. What's happening to us, Gwen?
Gwen: I know, I'm sorry.
Rhys: Is it something I've done? Or not done? (He sees the Weevil limping off behind her) What the hell was that?
(Jack notices Gwen and goes to her; Gwen sees his ripped and bloodied shirt)
Gwen: Oh, God, what's happened to you?
Captiain Jack: Rhys, is it? Nice to meet you. Sorry, it's kind of an emergency. I'll have her back for dessert. (To Gwen) Come on.
Rhys: Hey, hold on, sunshine, that's my girlfriend!
Gwen: Rhys, this is Jack.
Rhys: (angrily) Sit down, Gwen.
Gwen: He's my boss.
Rhys: (shouts)Sit the fuck down!
Gwen: (pauses, stunned at his tone) Don't ever speak to me like that. (runs after Jack)
Owen: Trust me, the bigger the crowd, the more alone I feel.
Gwen: The shittiest part about being a police officer and I can't get away from it. (pause) Thank you for your kind words of support.
Owen: What do you want me to say? She'll be all right in the end?
Gwen: You can always count on Owen, to make you feel better. Tosh mentioned you and Diane. Did you...
Owen: ...I didn't want her to go. She went.
Gwen: Why are we still doing this, me and you?
Owen: Fine. Let's not. I was getting bored of your fuck-tricks anyway. (gets out of car)
Gwen: You can be such a wanker sometimes Owen, do you know that?
Owen: I do, as a matter of fact!
Jack: I hate to break this to you, but you're not my first. Anti-weevil spray, hand clamps. Come on, lets make this easier for the both of us. This always happens when I give them the night off!
(Jack walks in and throws a bag of grapes onto the table)
Owen: You shouldn't have. No, really, you shouldn't. I can't stand grapes.
Jack: The doctors reckon you can go home.
Owen: Mm, doctors. What do they know, eh? I didn't want saving. For a few seconds in that cage, I was totally at peace. Then you lot blundered in. Do you always know best, Jack? Is that what you believe?
Jack: I want you at work tomorrow.
Tosh: Just so I know where we stand - we would never deliberately put a human being through that but Weevils are fair game? Is that right?
Jack: We need to follow them.
Jack: That leaves us one option. Okay, Janet! Time for a trip out!
Tosh: You call it Janet?
Jack: Barbara just never seemed right.
(Owen answers his cellphone)
Owen: This is Owen's voicemail. Don't leave a message.
Jack: Nice try, Owen. I want you back at the hub immediately. We've got a Weevil murder, so get your bony little ass over here now.
(Owen hangs up on Jack)
(Gwen is sitting opposite Rhys on her sofa telling him about Owen and her)
Gwen: I've been having sex with someone else, he's called Owen.
(Rhys looks surprised)
International air dates:
Australia: August 28, 2007
Israel: July 22, 2007
Mexico: September 17, 2007
Sweden: August 26, 2007
United States: November 17, 2007
Canada: January 4, 2008
Noel Clarke, writer of this episode, is the same Noel Clarke who played Mickey during the first two seasons of the new run of Doctor Who.
The interior of the "fight club" is actually the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay. A venue that's still active for live gigs. Though the exterior shots were filmed further up the road, near the Bay's train station.
Captain Jack: The Weevil has landed.
Jack paraphrases Neil Armstrong's historic quotation made when the Lunar module landed on the Moon, marking the first landing of humankind on another world: "The Eagle has landed".
There are similarities between this episode and the Angel episode entitled "The Ring": both feature an underground and illegal fighting ring.
When Owen is drinking at the bar and says he wants to be alone, the barmaid replies "ah, the old Greta Garbo". Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was a Swedish-born actress, considered one of the most glamorous film stars of the 1920s and 1930s. She came to fame in silent movies but performed in films until 1941. In the 1932 Academy Award-winning film "Grand Hotel", Garbo's character famously says the line "I want to be left alone", which is frequently misquoted as "I want to be alone". This quote became synonymous with the actress.
Much to Jack's disgust Dan Hodges uses the crazy frog song as his ringtone, made famous by the German marketing group Jamba! Based on the computer animation The Annoying Thing created by Erik Wenquist, this animation was originally created to accompany a sound effect produced by Daniel Malmedahl impersonating the noise of a two-stroke moped engine.
The episode had similar themes to the movie Fight Club.
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