Before this episode, Tru Calling had just been a quite uneventful series, the majority of its episodes being just exercises in style and variations on the "same day, different outcome" theme...and often poorly plotted ones, to be honest. But, from this episode to the season finale, Tru Calling enters quite a new era. It's quite easy for you to tell what character marks this new, fresh beginning: it's Jason Priestley's cynical, elusive, off-putting Jack. But, besides this new face, fact is: episodes are unmistakbly written in a whole different way than before! Now the subplots-of- the-week are not about making friends skip bad blind dates: now we're talking about a major mystery slowly unfolding, affecting Tru's life and her friends'.
There are no more (well, much less) plots about rotten sandwiches and stuff: the time not spent on proper investigation is now used to develop a much broader story arc which involves the characters much more deeply than before.
And what a way to kick in this episodes is: an episode dealing with the elusive dad briefly mentioned in a couple of episodes. And revealing so much about the past of Tru's family....even the killer of the fateful murder from ten years ago. But in the end, you're left wanting more. Which is exactly what a good show has to do!
All the actors did a good job on this one.
Of course Priestley had the best moment: he gests an hilarious, much memorable scene with a soda can: the way Jack behaves, in a sinisterly cool and casually obnoxious way, is just the perfect way to introduce his character.
Very well written and performed, IMO.