Season 2 Episode 9

Something Borrowed

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 05, 2008 on BBC Two
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Gwen's hen night and wedding do not go according to plan, when an alien shapeshifter intervenes and Jack must destroy the big day.

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  • Ianto Jones stars as Kate Heigl in Torchwood's very own version of "27 dresses".

    Gwen's wedding episode has every ingredient for a romantic comedy: a stressed out bride, the wedding out of control, a secret bound to be revealed and two star crossed lovers that find their way on the very last minute. As Gwen finds herself pregnant of an alien species - whose female is ready to ruin her wedding in order to get her baby - Jack and the rest of Torchwood do their best to make sure Gwen & Rhys wedding day goes as smoothly as possible even if it takes for Ianto to go out dress shopping and Owen to assist to his ex-lover's wedding in order to find the alien.

    Hilarity ensues with the in-laws and friends as bride & groom try their best to cover up a 9 months's belly, the true nature of the bride's job and a shape-shifter alien crashing on their wedding. Finally torchwood has no other choice but to retcon every single guest but not before Rhys heroics trying to kill the alien, Jack insulting Rhy's mother by mistake and Ianto cutting in on Gwen to have a last dance ...with Jack.moreless
  • gwens preggo with an alien

    gwens fighting a vampire / nostrovite and gets impregnated on the same day shes getting married. the male is killed, but the female is looking for gwen so she can rip gwens stomach open and hatch the baby. Torchwood come to save the wedding but end up almost ruining it. Owen teaches rhys to use the singularity scalpel and with itm, rhys kills the alien baby. Rhys is gonna protect gwen from the nostrovite with a chainsaw when jack blasts her butt out of here with a really big gun! awesome! gwen and rhys are now married! what a good episode!moreless
  • greatestisode yet

    this was one of my fav episodes of the whole of series 2.

    it had everyting i was looking for! exciting scenes, fun , laughter and plenty of action

    gwen and rhys are great characters and they made this episode great. good job bbc!

    every week i think torchwood improves and thats why i love watching it so much coz of this!


    s o o o oo o o o oo o o o o o o oo o o o o o o o o o o o o o oo o o o o o o o great! i'll keep watchingmoreless
  • A really funny episode with just the right amount of the famous english wit. I was waiting for Gwen to get married and she did it Torchwood-style!

    It's Gwen's hen night but before she starts partying with her bridesmaids there is just this last alien to hunt down for Torchwood. Unfortunately this one bites back. After a night of boozing and celebrating Gwen awakes at the day of her wedding to Rhys with a big alien surprise under her belly. But determined to marry Rhys no matter the now unfitting wedding dress or the clueless relatives, Gwen and her Torchwood colleagues are in against a flesh-eating alien mother who's looking out for her offspring. Things get complicated when the shapeshifting alien takes over the forms of dear family members and Torchwood has an hard time chasing it down before Gwen starts getting into labor.moreless
  • A brilliant episode that was very entertaining to watch

    This torchwood episode sees the wedding day of Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams. Of course this is torchwood so things didn't exactly go to plan. The first initial shock is the morning of her wedding day is that Gwen wakes up with more than she bargained for. She's pregnant and not happy about it. Jack and Owen try to convince her to postpone the wedding but she's adamant for it to continue. Rhys isn't exactly pleased either about the twist of events but they go ahead with it. However it still wasn't going to be plain sailing from there. Jack, Owen and Ianto make a discovery about the creature that impregnated Gwen and Jack has to stop the wedding. After a day of twists and turns however the couple eventually get married. Overall an excellent episode!moreless
Nerys Hughes

Nerys Hughes

Brenda Williams

Guest Star

Sharon Morgan

Sharon Morgan

Mary Cooper

Guest Star

William Thomas

William Thomas

Geraint Cooper

Guest Star

Kai Owen

Kai Owen

Rhys Williams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • William Thomas has appeared in both the classic series of Doctor Who (as Martin the Undertaker in the 1988 serial "Remembrance Of The Daleks") and also in the new revived series (as Mr. Cleaver in the episode "Boom Town").

    • Nerys Hughes has previously appeared in the classic series of Doctor Who - she played Todd in the 1982 serial "Kinda" (with Peter Davison as the Doctor).

    • When Owen empties his magazine into the shapeshifter in the bedroom, it's obvious that the pistol slide locks back after the last round is fired. The scene cuts to the shapeshifter on the bed and then immediately back to Owen who is approaching the body. The pistol slide is now in the closed position as if the pistol had been reloaded. In the next scene, we see Owen reloading the pistol.

    • When Rhys and Jack are on their mobile phones talking with each other, Rhys hangs up on him and you then hear a dial tone. Since when do mobiles have dial tones?

    • This episode contained a flashback of the engagement scene in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" at the start of the episode.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Geraint: I was with Rhys and his mates all night last night. No one said anything about Gwen being pregnant.
      Mary: Well, Rhys was probably under orders. Gwen knows how to control her man.
      Geraint: Studied under the mistress.

    • Jack: What I don't understand is if people are going to make such a big deal about getting married, why come all the way out into the middle of nowhere where no one can find you to do it? That, to me, suggests inner conflict.
      Ianto: It's because the happy couple want everything to be perfect.
      Owen: An alien egg in your belly and its mother coming to rip you open. Yeah, perfect.

    • Jack: Get back, you ugly bitch!
      Rhys: What the hell do you think you're doing? That's my mother!

    • Owen: (About Gwen) That's the kind of daughter every mother must dream of. Cool as ice, packing an automatic.

    • Gwen: What will you do while I'm gone?
      Jack: Oh, the usual. Pizza, Ianto, save the world a couple of times.

    • Rhys: You all right?
      Gwen: I'm running around in a wedding dress with what feels like a keg of lager stuck up my skirt. What do you think, Rhys?

    • Jack: You are not thinking straight!
      Gwen: Do not bring my bloody hormones into this, Mr. Jack Harkness!
      Jack: Okay. Calm down.
      Gwen: Owen has said if this wasn't safe I would know about it by now. Right?
      Owen: Yeah. As far as I know, yeah.
      Gwen: Okay. So I'm good until after the wedding. Then, I'll do whatever I have to do. Once I'm Mrs. Williams. Not before.

    • Jack: Passed the eggs on in the bite. Some species do that. A kind of sneaky way of keeping the bloodline going. Boy, would Darwin have a field day if he'd made it to space.
      Gwen: Mmm! Yeah, great!

    • Mary Cooper: You remember how it is, Brenda. The bride likes to make an entrance.
      Brenda Williams: Maybe, but I wasn't late for my wedding.
      Mary Cooper: No. Barry might have got away.

    • Captain Jack: (Looking at a picture of the dress Ianto picked out) No, I like that one. Good choice.
      Ianto: I estimated Gwen's size from the hub security laser scans. As you know, my dad was a master tailor. He could size a man's inside leg measurement by his stride across the shop threshold.
      Captain Jack: Ah, the family eye. Remind me to test it some time.

    • Gwen: You know, Tosh, it'll happen for you, one day. There's always Owen.
      Toshiko: I don't think so. "In sickness and in health, till death do us part"? That's going to sound like a bad joke, isn't it?

    • Banana Boat: So do you fancy a little drink later?
      Toshiko: I'm sorry. I'm intolerant to vasoactive amines.
      Banana Boat: Huh?
      Toshiko: Bananas make me vomit.

    • Gwen: We're not postponing the wedding. No way.
      Rhys: Forget the money, I want you where they can look after you, right? Getting married today doesn't matter.
      Gwen: It matters to me! It's not about the money, Rhys. I want to marry you! Today. Whatever happens. If the skies suddenly fill full of spaceships, or an army of Weevils climb out of the drains on St. Mary's Street, you fool! Do you not understand what I'm saying, Rhys Williams? All I want to do today is marry you. That's all I want to do.

    • Owen: Listen, Gwen, you are going to be fine, I promise, okay? If there was any biological incompatibility you would be dead. Now, according to this scan you're carrying a non-sentient blastopheric mass.
      Gwen: A what?
      Owen: It's a kind of alien egg. But don't worry, I'm going to look after you, I promise. We've got procedures for this situation.
      Gwen: You mean, this has happened before?
      Captain Jack: You've heard of immaculate conception, haven't you? Well...

    • Mrs Williams: The problem seems to be an American with no sense of timing or fashion.

    • Owen: She's going ahead with the wedding.
      Jack: Which is fine, as long as she doesn't go into labour at the altar. Rhys might forgive her for going down the aisle pregnant, but not giving birth to a razor-toothed monster that eats half his family.
      Ianto: Could that happen?

    • Ianto: I'm looking for a wedding dress for a friend.
      Assistant: Of course you are, sir. You'd be surprised – we're quite used to men buying "for their friends".

    • (Tosh walks in wearing a dress for Gwen's wedding)
      Owen: Woo, woo, look at you.
      Tosh: Do you like it?
      Owen: Drop dead gorgeous, Tosh. And I think I speak with some authority.

    • Jack: What is it with you? Ever since Owen died, all you ever do is agree with him.
      Ianto: I was brought up never to speak ill of the dead even if they still do most of the talking for themselves.

    • Banana: I'm "Banana". I suppose you can tell why.
      Tosh: You come up in spots and go soft quickly?
      Banana: I'm actually the best man.
      Tosh: Evolution is full of surprises.

    • Ianto: That's what I love about Torchwood. By day chasing the scum of the universe. Come midnight, you're the wedding fairy.

    • Gwen: Jack, tell me what's going on. Owen thinks I'm pregnant.
      Captain Jack: You think?
      Gwen: Jesus Christ, what with?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International air dates:
      United States: March 22, 2008
      Sweden: August 31, 2008 on TV4+
      Canada: September 26, 2008 on Space
      Germany: August 05, 2009 on RTL2

    • Music used in this episode:
      Scissor Sisters - Filthy/Gorgeous Sugababes - Hole In The Head
      Soft Cell - Tainted Love
      Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me


    • The episode title is taken from an old saying that a bride must have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue as she walks down the aisle in order to bring good luck to the marriage. It also has a double meaning - as bride-to-be Gwen is being "borrowed" to carry the Nostrovite spawn.

    • Captain Jack: I guess we're going to need a bigger gun.
      Captain Jack is riffing off of the immortal line from the film "Jaws" (1975). After getting his first proper look at the size of the shark they are attempting to catch, Brody says to nobody in particular "we're gonna need a bigger boat".

    • Captain Jack: That whole "Evil Dead" thing looks pretty good on you, Rhys.
      The Evil Dead is a cult-movie franchise by "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi. The first film was released in 1981 and led to two sequels, a slew of video game and comics. The main protagonist, Ash (played by Bruce Campbell) often uses a chainsaw to dispatch of the zombie-ish "Deadites" who happen to have black blood (like the Shapeshifters in this episode).