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Tru Calling

Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jake is a 19 year old male, a hero overseas wounded in battle. Back in America, he as been placed in a military hospital as his wounds heal. He is determined at any cost to leave the hospital to find Bridget, the girlfriend he left behind before he shipped out. He desperately needs an explanation for the cold "Dear John" letter she sent him while he was overseas.moreless

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    The whole scene when the girl acuses the father of sending the letter, is just silly. Why would she acuse her father because of something that a unknown girl said to her, and don\'t believeng in her father. This show really sucks, which is bad, since Eliza Dusku and A.J. Cook are such godd actresses.
  • awww.

    this episode is so sad. tru finially loses someone and it really hurts her. though, the events of the man does lead her to start to forgive her father. the man who was in the army and now dieing wanted to see his ex girlfriend. they were in love but her father ruined it. they had a son together and he just wanted to see his love one more time. the idea of the story was just soo sad. when he dies it kinda lets you down, since they were going to maybe get back together and live with their son. just such a great, sad episode.moreless
  • A fantastic episode - one of the best in the whole series.

    This is one of my favourite episodes because of the fact that Tru wasn't meant to save the man's life. She was meant to reunite him with the love of his life. In some ways she did save him - she saved him from dying with the thought that nobody loved him and that his life didn't really mean anything. He gets to see his soul mate again, who he's been seperated from for nearly two years and he meets the son that he never knew he had. This gives his life meaning and it means that he can die happy. Tru didn't physically save his life but she did emotionally. I also think Sarah Mclachlan's "Angel" was an excellent choice for this episode. It was the icing on the cake.moreless
  • Tru's latest call for help is from an army soldier recovering from the war who is shot dead in the hospital.

    Tru finds out that saving the life of Jake, a returning soldier, is only part of her mission to help him.

    Shot dead in the army hospital Tru has little difficulty in stopping that from happening on the second version of the day. But her job is far from over when she is told that although he may be alive it won't be for long if he does not return to the hospital for necessary surgery.

    Tracking Jake down through a news clipping she had seen in his property, Tru discovers that Jake is trying to find the girl in the picture, the girl he loves but who had sent him a telegram asking him not to contact her again whilst he was overseas.

    With his health failing, and knowing he may not survive the day, Tru sees him returned to the hospital and promises to track down Bridget for him.

    She finds her with the son that Jake does not even know about and tries to persuade her to visit Jake in the hospital. She at first refuses but after Tru has left she confronts her father about the telegram she had supposedly sent.

    Arriving just in time to see Jake before he goes into surgery Tru and Bridget can only wait to see if he pulls through.

    A tearjerker of an episode that proves once again that Tru cannot save everyone and that her job is not just about saving lives but also about putting things right.

    Something that Tru is finding more difficult both with the saving lives aspect and the family issues of her siblings. In this episode Tru's father has been in touch and spurred both Meredith and Harrison to look at their lives. Meredith's reaction is to go on a lunch date with Davis, Harrison's is to try to find a proper job. But even with Tru's help on the second day neither can be entirely helped and some things are just not meant to be.moreless
Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku

Tru Davies

Jessica Collins

Jessica Collins

Meredith Davies (ep. 1 - 13, guest starring afterwards)

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook


Benjamín Benítez

Benjamín Benítez

Gardez (episode 4 - 13)

Matthew Bomer

Matthew Bomer

Luc (episode 6-20, recurring previously)

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Tru finds Jake at Bridget's old house, he tells her he has all these memories of the war, but he can't remember Bridget's face. Yet as we know from the morgue scene, he's carrying round a picture of her taken from a newpaper cutting. Shouldn't that have jogged his memory a little??

    • When a nurse asked Tru for a second opinion on a middle aged patient with leg pain. Tru suggested that he might have a DVT. DVT is short for a Deep Vein Thrombosis, which is basically a very big clot in the leg. But these generally only occur in older patients. Other possible causes are surgery, recent trauma, or excessive strain on the leg (such as travelling). But smoking is not a possible cause for a DVT.

    • No massive surgery is needed to remove a pulmonary embelism. All that is needed is a simple embelectomy to suck out the clot.

    • The doctor told Tru that the CAT Scan revealed an embelism/clot in his pulmonary artery. The Pulmonary artery is a valve on the right side of the heart that carries deoxyegenated blood from the body to the lungs where the blood is re-oxygenated. 'Pulmonary embelisms' are fatal without surgery, because they block blood flow from the heart and lungs to the rest of the body, so if Jake had one he wouldn't be walking around.

    • In the scene when Tru is on the phone and it is raining, her pants legs are wet. When she walks into the hospital, her pants a dry and her umbrella's gone.

    • The Army doctors and police should have called Jake Corporal Voight and not by his first name.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jake: I mean, does your dad like the guys you bring home?
      Tru: He never met them.
      Jake: Oh, I'm sorry. He's dead?
      Tru: Just by choice.

    • Meredith: Is there anything else that we could talk about beside autopsies.
      Davis: Sure.
      Meredith: Great.
      Davis: So, you a Lord of the Rings fan?
      Meredith: No, sorry.
      Davis: Would you like me to finish the autopsy story 'cause it really does contain a lot of interesting things.
      Meredith: No, Thank You.

    • Jake: (regarding Tru) Guardian angel, stalker, you decide.

    • Gardez: What are you, writing his biography?
      Davis: Maybe rewriting it.

    • Davis: Well, Wonder Woman has got nothing on you.
      Tru: Except for the pointy bras and the invisible plane, no.

  • NOTES (2)