Tru Calling

Season 1 Episode 19

D.O.A.

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 2004 on FOX
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Tru and Davis remain stunned by the revelation that Jack can relive days like Tru. Excited to have a new partner, Tru teams up with Jack to ensure a doctor's dying wish to help others in his life, but as the day progresses, Tru becomes increasingly suspicious of Jack's intentions. And when Jack attempts to stop Tru from saving an innocent victim, she comes to the startling realization that he isn't her ally but her enemy.moreless

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  • Tearjearker

    9.6
    This episode was totally amazing. It may be the best episode of the whole season.



    Tru is excited to finaly have someone she can share her secret with, some one who understands & goes through the same thing, someone who relives days, someone who wants to help others, just like her.



    Davis isn't happy about the fact that Tru is letting Jack in on their secret & accepting his help. At first it seems like he's jealous (well maybe a bit) but then it's clear that he's also being cautious & over protective of her.



    It's obvious from the begining that Jack is up to something & that he doesn't want to save anyone, it just took Tru a while to figure it out.



    And what Harrison did was so unlike Harrison, how he convinced Lindsay to marry her boyfriend.



    The end (at the doctors house) brought tears into my eyes, the confession of unspoken love, when the doctors son walked into the house & saw his paintings hanging there & started crying. I wanted to cry too.



    What Davis said at the end kinda gave me the chills too. "You save lives and he.." "Takes them"moreless
  • This review may contain spoilers. Tru is so happy to find in Jack a person who could completely understand her, but bit by bit Jack shows his stance sceptical Davis describes as being the complete opposite, the yin to yang. The dying doctor storyline is amoreless

    9.4
    This episode contains three storylines:

    the first, when Jack and Tru try to find out what the dying doctor meant by asking them both to "save them." The second, which is Jack's character development, is revealed step by step. The third concerns Harrison and Lindsay and contributes to the development of Harrison's character and completing Lindsay's.

    ***

    The person to save today is a doctor, whose character is revealed until the very end. He dies by a heart attack in the middle of a street straight in the morning. The relived day Jack doesn't recall the street (on purpose?) where he collected his body, so both Tru and Jack arrive late to the heart attack scene.

    It is then clear the one to save isn't the doctor. Davis remains sceptical to Jack's contribution and his doubts grow throughout the day.

    Tru and Jack then find the doctor's son, who is a painter. He says his father made him feel low about himself, because he didn't choose to study medicine but preferred to be an artist/a painter. IMHO, the paintings are quite impressive.

    Later Tru and Jack find the doctor's cabinet. An old lady looking desperate leaves the office. The doctor runs a oncological (anti-cancer) cabinet and accepts the "hopeless" cases, such as the one that just left.

    The chief sister and later a student working as a waitress at the nearby café witness a completely different side of the doctor, describing him as gentle and caring.

    Jack uses this occasion by valiantly stopping a city bus, saving it from a crash with a speeding truck, an information Luc had said to Tru the original day.

    The one to save prooves to be the hopeless patient, a woman persuaded to have cancer (which Tru discovers in a 30 second glance at the patient's file, stating there was a physician's error). The original day Jack collects her body in the river, but he doesn't admit it this day. At the site, he does a weak try to convince Tru not to save the depressed woman.

    ***

    There's a nice scene when Tru at the beginning enjoys Jack's similar capacity, and tries to see him having the same feelings as her.

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    The doctor's line comes to an end at his house, where the chief sister learns from the student whom the doctor gave lessons about his secret feelings. When the son comes in, he finds out the father he thought who didn't care about him, had collected his paintings for several years. Get your napkins to wipe the tears.

    ***

    Harrison thinks Lindsay wants to come back to him when she calls him for an important reason. That reason however is Randall asked her to marry him. At first Harrison thinks it's a trick, but in direct confrontation Randall explains him his true feelings.

    Late at night, at Lindsay's he pleads her to say yes... which is very surprising for her... and decisive all in all. The day before, she rejects, because after all, they'd be together only a week.

    I like this part, although it's based on a part not displayed in the story (the main part of their relationship occurred during Lindsay's study exchange in London, where admittedly Randall already wanted to ask her) but also because it reminds me of my personal life. Except of being and investment banker.moreless
Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku

Tru Davies

Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley

Jack Harper (ep 14-present)

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

Lindsay

Matthew Bomer

Matthew Bomer

Luc (episode 6-20, recurring previously)

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis

Davis

Shawn Reaves

Shawn Reaves

Harrison Davies

Andrew Airlie

Andrew Airlie

Frank Colvin

Guest Star

Nick Wechsler

Nick Wechsler

Marc Colvin

Guest Star

Lisa Waltz

Lisa Waltz

Grace

Guest Star

John Henry Reardon

John Henry Reardon

Randall

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Harrison: (talking about Lindsay's boyfriend) What, he's foreign? He's from another country? And he just lives here, and all of a sudden he just pops the question and asks some chick to marry him? Hello? What does that say to you?
      Davis: That he's impulsive and likes to travel?

    • Harrison: Hi.
      (Lindsay surprised)
      Lindsay: What are you...?
      Harrison: I never returned your key.
      Lindsay: Harrison, tonight isn't...
      Harrison: I heard about the proposal.
      Linsday: And?
      Harrison: And I checked this guy out.
      (Linsday Pissed off)
      Harrison : I know it pisses you off.
      Lindsay: Harrison.
      Harrison: You need to know something... before you make a mistake that you'll regret for the rest of your life.
      Lindsay : You should go. You shouldn't be here.
      Harrison Say yes.
      (Harrison looks straight at Lindsay)
      Harrison: Say yes.
      Harrison: He is the real deal. He's the better guy. A better guy than I could be for you. At least, right now. And he really loves you. Say Yes.
      (Lindsay hugs Harrison as she starts to cry)
      Lindsay: Thank you.

    • (Davis and Tru are talking about Jack)
      Davis: Look, it's not just supernatural theory, it's scientific fact. From eastern philosophy to Newton's Third Law of Motion. They all say the same thing: every force has an equal and opposite force. I should have said something sooner, but I didn't have any real proof until today. You're right about Jack. He is not like you, he is the opposite of you. You save lives and he..
      Tru: ..takes them.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: September 28, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • The Body asks Jack and Tru to "Help Them." This is the first time a body has not asked to help me or another variation of the phrase, instead asking Tru to help the others.

    • D.O.A. means Dead On Arrival but it also has another meening because this show deals with dead people and living people who should be dead etc... it could also be interprated as "Dead Or Alive".

    • This episode aired as the first part of the one-hour season finale.

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