Season 2 Episode 10

The Attic

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 18, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • At the beginning of the episode, the woman inserts needles connected to wires through the sheet of plastic covering Echo, yet when they believe she has expired, they remove the plastic sheet and the needles and wires are still on Echo's head.

  • Quotes

    • Laurence: We've got to do the thing he fears most.
      Echo: Enjoy myself. Ugh.
      Laurence: Good times.

    • Topher: Alpha damaged your brain. We did it to save your life.
      Paul: Did what? You made me a Doll?
      Topher: Active architecture was the only way to save you.
      Paul: Then why do I feel like myself?
      Topher: You are. But it's an imprint. I'm sorry. But it was an order.
      Boyd: We need you Paul.
      Topher: We don't have many friends left.
      Paul: What do you mean?
      Boyd: Echo, Sierra, Victor. They're in the Attic.

    • Topher: Even with active architecture, Paul won't be able to execute basic commands. It's like his brain is a football team and I've got this whole new set of brilliant plays, but it doesn't matter because the quarterback's in jail for dog fighting.
      Ivy: Yeah, and it's not like his brain can run the Wildcat formation.
      Topher: That joke went under my head.

    • Echo: Victor and Sierra--where are they?
      Male Attendant #2: We... we don't use Active-codes here. We use your real names.
      Echo: My real name is Echo.

    • Topher: I've tried homotropic and heterotropic stimulation.
      Adelle: Haven't we all?

    • Topher: Adelle wants to see you.
      Ivy: Did she say why?
      Topher: Does she ever? Hey, Darth Vader kills lieutenants, not storm troopers.
      Ivy: Thanks.

    • Adelle: You gave us extraordinary technology which will be used soon. The question is whether you have anything more to offer--whether you can accept radical change or if you'll buckle under pressure.
      Topher: I don't buckle. Occasionally I swashbuckle.
      Adelle: Yes, you're quite a pirate hero, swinging in and dismembering Nolan Kinnard. If you try to keep secrets from the Corporation, you may have every expectation of being chopped into pieces yourself.

    • Adelle: I have seen the future, Mr. Langton. And it is not for the weak.

    • Nolan: You know, this is a scenario I've never tried. Rigor mortis. The new Viagra.

    • Victor: In my scenario, I was constantly fighting myself, at war. Just trying to get home to my girl.
      Sierra: In mine, I was constantly making love to you.
      Victor: Oh?
      Sierra: And then you'd turn into the rotting corpse of a rapist I killed.
      Victor: Oh.

    • Paul: I'm not afraid to lose my life taking you down.
      Adelle: I don't want to die.
      Paul: Then only one of us is going to be disappointed.

    • Laurence: I guess I'm glad I never did kill you.
      Echo: Don't get sloppy.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      UK: February 16, 2010 on Sci Fi
      Czech Republic: May 7, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: March 1, 2012 on JOJ Plus

    • Music: Pearl Island (Bruton Music), Kuro Kami (KPM Music), Yukata (Bruton Music), No, I Don't Remember (Anna Ternheim)

    • The man holding cheese in Echo's nightmare scenario is The Cheese Man. This inexplicable figure, created by Joss Whedon, appeared in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Restless". As in that episode, here the Cheese Man appears to be simply an element of of dream-like randomness.

    • The episode opens with the usual pre-credit teaser, but the normal opening credits are omitted except for the "Created by Joss Whedon" card. Instead, the star credits are billed after that across the screen while the story proceeds.

  • Allusions

    • Topher: Does she ever? Hey, Darth Vader kills lieutenants, not storm troopers.

      Referencing to Darth Vader who was the villain in the first three movies of Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi. In the second series, the prequels chronicle the rise of Anakin Skywalker to become the Emperor's right-hand man, where he accepts the title of Darth Vader.

    • Echo: That's pretty cool and all, and I don't want to ruin your Highlander vibe...
      Referencing the movie, TV, and cartoon series first seen in the movie Highlander (1986). In the series, unknown individuals are somehow born as Immortals, and can only be killed via decapitation. They are fated to fight each through the ages, gathering their opponents' "Quickening," until only one survives.

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