Season 1 Episode 2

The Retreat

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 30, 2007 on ABC
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The Retreat
Jay and Tyler arrive at Carlton Fog's safe house, but they question the loyalty of a power broker who has been assigned by Fog to help them. Meanwhile, the FBI questions Jay's girlfriend, Kim.

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  • After a bombing in a museum, two of the three best friends are wanted by the F.B.I and one has disappeared.

    This is one of the best pilots i've watched in for a long time. Such an interesting story, great plot and nice actors. Reminds me of prison break, which i miss so bad and hopefully this show will be feeding me for the tv hungry summer months. However, some of the characters look somehow weak and vulnerable. I like both Tyler and Jay as well as Will. Kim is also good. But the police officers does not look strong or real. So, maybe they have to introduce some new cops. But overall, it's a great show. I loved watching it!moreless
  • Didn't live up to the Pilot, but I can tell it's going somewhere.

    "The Retreat" takes us to Tyler's father, Carlton Fog's, mansion. Tyler and Jay stay the night in hopes to find rest, but when hired men start acting strange, Jay gets a very strange feeling about Tyler's father and the men. Meanwhile, Kimberly is keeping her mouth shut and takes the blows that the FBI gives her to defend Jay.

    Previously on "Traveler," Tyler and Jay make a run for it from the FBI and head to the mansion of Carlton Fog, Tyler's father. They eventually get there after running away from the NYPD and the FBI. When they get there though, they are interrogated by a man Carlton hired, and Jay starts to get suspicious. Tyler stays calm due to his trust in his father, but that trust could cause complications. It was finally decided that Tyler and Jay would be shipped off to Switzerland, but when they find out that their escort is trying to kill them, they make a run for it and manage to take down this very bald and evil man at a warehouse somewhere down the road. They take his car and make a decision. They could either head back to Carlton Fog's mansion and just hope that he didn't have anything to do with the near death experience Jay and Tyler just had or they could head out on their own and trust no one else. Each one of the duo was going for each one of the choices, but Jay won the argument and they leave us with that. I understand that their runaway couldn't be so thrilling because of the episode title itself, "The Retreat." I felt this episode was sort of like a filler episode, but it wasn't completely filler. They needed to get to Carlton's place before they could go on their own; I'm just disappointed they took up a whole episode for that.

    Meanwhile, Kimberly is being interrogated by the FBI and they are going through great lengths to make sure she leads them to Jay and Tyler. She stays true to Jay and keeps her mouth shut even if she doesn't know anything, but her attitude was good enough. They mention that Marlow used to be in the position of Agent Chambers, but for some reason she was removed from the position. I think they are going into her story slowly, but that's probably the most intriguing bit I found in this episode.

    So this is the second episode of the series and to summarize it, I'd have to say it didn't live up to the Pilot episode. It felt like a filler episode, but in truth they couldn't have done without it. So I guess they just stretched out the story a little. I'm still enjoying the little flashbacks that hint the answer to the mystery, in fact, that's probably one of the few things I enjoyed in this episode. I just believe that this episode was brought down because a whole lot more was about to come. Anyway, like I keep saying, this show has great potential, but they need to work extra hard for this show before it ever gets scheduled during the fall season.moreless
  • First three episodes!

    Watched it all so far, hope it gets picked up. But with my luck I can expect it to be cancelled.

    Hope it isn't. Or at least hope ABC is able to follow through and tie up lose ends when they decide to cancel it. So far it seems like a great show to watch. No one is sure who to trust. I can't wait to find out what happens when the burned dead body turns out to NOT be Will Traveler. The guy had to make a mistake somewhere . No one is that good. Can't believe someone from Homeland Security has a hand in all this!moreless
  • The second episode of 'Traveler' was revealing.

    The Retreat gave everyone a little bit of a closer at what the characters lives were like before everything happened. We see that Jay is very much in love with his girlfriend Kim and also that Kim is very much in love with Jay. Enough to protect him from the FBI and get herself onto their bad side. At least the bad side of Agent Fred Chambers who is only too willing to pin the entire event of the museum bombing on Jay and Tyler. This episode also gives us a glimpse of a rivalry between Agent Fred Chambers and Agent Jan Marlow and it hints that Agent Marlow may have not always done things by the book in the past a fact that Agent Chambers is all to happy to remind Agent Marlow who is not willing to assume that Jay and Tyler are guilty.

    Also Tyler and his father seem to always be at odds with one another, but this episode does show that his father might not be such a bad guy ... or is he?moreless
  • Second episode, Questions being Answered.

    Who is Will Traveler? These are what the 2 friends are askign themselves now as they feel betrayed and abused. Heading to the fathers retreat the boys run into a few complications that open up a few things. Is the father of one of the boys apart of this? Did he know? Is someone trying to get ride of them? All these questions are answered in this episode. Take the time to watch this series it has potential if it does not get complex. I think the next episode will make us understand the twist that was left at the end of this episode.moreless
Link Baker

Link Baker

Agent Randall

Guest Star

Graeme Duffy

Graeme Duffy

FBI Phone Tech

Guest Star

Heather Feeney

Heather Feeney

Deputy Grubbs

Guest Star

Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough

Jack Freed (aka Mystery Man)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: The tune Ellington whistles in the hangar is "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", a spiritual tune originally composed by Wallis Willis in 1862. To some, the tune is thought to give reference to parts of the Underground Railroad, a secret organization used to help escaped slaves make the journey to the Northern states and later Canada.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jay: What's this?
      John Ellington: It's a portable polygraph machine. We use them for intake interviews with new clients.
      Tyler: Why would we lie?
      John Ellington: You wouldn't… outwardly.
      Jay: I've never heard of a firm that does this to their own clients.
      John Ellington: We're not a law firm, Mr. Burchell. It's for our protection.
      Jay: Yeah, but if we hired you, you should be worried about protecting us.
      John Ellington: Mr. Burchell, these are our rules. If you won't abide by them then we're just wasting each other's time here.
      Carlton Fog: It's fine. They'll do it. Think of it as practice. I speak from experience, it takes more than one polygraph to clear your name.

    • Tyler: Did my father know about this? (after a pause) Tell me!
      Ellington: Your father is the least of your worries.

    • Tyler: Look, whatever happened between me and my father is over, OK? He was just testing me.
      Jay: Why would he wanna test you?
      Tyler: Because that's what dads do!

  • NOTES (2)