Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 08, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • It is revealed that Alpha's original name is Carl William Craft and that he was serving time in prison before becoming an Active.

  • Quotes

    • Dr. Saunders: (to Topher) But why did you decide it was so important for me to hate you? I think that's strange.

    • Alpha: I'm not fooling. He's not kidding. We're not bluffing. I'm bluffing. ARGH! But the rest of us, we mean business.

    • Wendy/Caroline: Do not let him do this to you, please.
      Alpha: You don't even know what it is that I'm doing.
      Wendy/Caroline: It's not good. I know that. I've been in that chair. It hurts.
      Alpha: (To Echo) It's just for a minute. You won't even remember.
      Wendy/Caroline: I remember. It still smells like burnt hair in here.
      Echo: He's going to make me a superior creature. An ascended being.
      Wendy/Caroline: Do you even know what that means?
      Echo: Do you?
      Wendy/Caroline: No!
      Echo: Okay! So you're not better than me.
      Wendy/Caroline: Look where you are. You're in a lair, okay? An evil lair. And you're sitting in some messed up dentist's chair letting a guy who talks to himself attach wires to your head. Which, incidentally, is my head!

    • Alpha: Omega... you hit me with a pipe!
      Echo: Yeah? Call me Omega again and you'll get some more.
      Alpha: Something has gone wrong with the composite...
      (Echo smashes the controls)
      Echo: Nothing went wrong. Every imprint this active has ever had is alive and awake in her head right now.
      Alpha: Then why did you hit me in the head with a pipe?!
      Echo: It was handy? And you wanted me to kill myself?

    • Ballard: Brian, thank God it's you.
      Tanaka: And not someone who can stand you?

    • Ballard: So this is it. This is where you steal their souls.
      Topher: Yeah, and then we put 'em in a glass jar with our fireflies. Why is there a tall, morally judgmental man in my imprint room besides him? (indicates Boyd)

    • Ballard: Who is Alpha?
      Adelle: Alpha is all of these.
      Topher Huh. That's what I keep saying. And... and of course it doesn't tell you anything. It doesn't tell me anything, and I'm smarter than everyone in this room! (points at Adelle) But less scary.

    • Alpha: Because... that's what we need. A blood ritual. Yes, yes, we've got to have one of those. I mean, the Aztecs knew it. The pre-Hellenic Minoans knew it, for God's sakes. From the moment man first clawed his way out of the primordial ooze and kicked off his fins, he's understood that the gods require blood. New life from death. The ancients had it right. But the old gods are back.

    • Alpha: We're not just humans anymore. We're not multiple personalities. We're many personalities. (Seems to hear something and respond.) And one of my personalities happens to be a multiple personality. But that doesn't make me a multiple personality. I'm looking for a little nuance here.

    • Echo: I have 38 brains. Not one of them thinks you can sign a contract to be a slave, especially now that we have a black president.
      Wendy/Caroline: We have a black president? Okay. I am missing everything.

    • Omega/Echo: There is no me. I'm just a container.

    • Alpha: Alpha... meet Omega.

    • November: So, if you're done molesting the furniture, can we go get these guys?

  • Notes

    • Music: My Baby Loves Lovin' (White Plains), In Dreams (Roy Orbison), Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime (Beck)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: August 4, 2009 on Sci Fi/Sci Fi HD
      Australia: August 25, 2009 on Fox8
      Latin America: October 20, 2009 on FX
      Czech Republic: February 19, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: January 11, 2012 on JOJ Plus

  • Allusions

    • Topher: He's not a person. He's like Soylent Green. He's people.

      Referencing the 1973 movie Soylent Green starring Charlton Heston as a police detective assigned to investigate the death of a CEO with the Soylent Corporation, a company that provides food for the citizens of an overpopulated and resource-starved Earth.

    • Echo: What's stopping you, Edward Scissorpud?
      Referencing the 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands, starring Johnny Depp as an artificial person created by a scientist. Edward has scissors for hands and when his creator dies, is adopted by a local neighbor who attempts to introduce him to a normal life.