Written by Cathryn Humphris
Directed by David Barret
Erica must prove
herself as successor to Eli as worldwide leader of Fifth Column;
while Lisa grows further from her mother, her bond with Diana
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The information screen regarding Raphael reveals his last name
is Mendoza; birth date 11-11-1992; located in Barcelona, Spain.
John Fiero remarks that an abnormally high number of the babies
delivered by Dr. Dezani died prematurely, attributed to Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS is a real world syndrome that
results in the sudden, unexplained death of infants in their
sleep. The cause is unknown. In the case of the babies delivered
Dezani, it is presumably caused by the Visitor
experiments to make the newborns compatible for interbreeding.
Fiero also mentions that all of the mothers of the deceased
babies suffered from preeclampsia, the
same affliction Erica suffered from during her pregnancy with
Tyler, as revealed in "Red Rain".
The view of a tower outside of Dr. Rye's window at 18:16 in the
episode looks to be of the International Finance Center building
in Hong Kong.
In "Laid Bare", Ryan warned his
Fifth Column allies that female V's can whip out a deadly tail
whenever needed (we saw Anna use it in
"Red Rain"). Why does Dr. Rye
not attempt to use hers when she is being held by Erica and
When Hobbes pulls some detonation cord out of his watch, Erica
says, "That's very Mission Impossible."
Mission Impossible was a CBS TV series from 1966-1973,
as well as a revival series on ABC from 1988-1990, and a series
of films in the 1990s-2000s.
At 21:44 in the episode, there is a brief moment of what could
be romantic tension between Erica and Hobbes as they set
on Dr. Rye's safe
together. In previous episodes, there has been an
understated attraction between Erica and Jack.
This episode reveals that the 29 motherships are hovering over
29 Earth cities because of 29 human boys who were successfully
engineered 18 years ago for interbreeding with the Visitors.
The tiny, metallic creatures found inside the medicine capsule
that Hobbes cuts open appear to be scours, seen as torture
devices in "John May".
Sidney seems to be impressed over the Visitors' skills at
harvesting human DNA to augment their own evolution. Could he be
on the road to betraying Fifth Column for a chance to learn the
scientific secrets of the Visitors?
The scene at 33:34 in the episode appears to be recycled footage
from the Pulaski Bridge shot at 14:44 in
The Barbie-doll-like figure with which Ryan's hybrid child is
playing, is wearing a V uniform and almost appears to be a Lisa
The artificially accelerated aging of Ryan's hybrid daughter is
similar to the accelerated aging of the star child Elizabeth in
the original V series.
When the hybrid child runs past Ryan to Anna, she refers to Anna
Tyler's shuttle pilot uniform
has patches on the sleeve and
back. The V writing on the
sleeve patch is not totally
decipherable; the second word
looks like "GUIDE", with some
extra characters. The back patch
seems to spell NANW.
Diana tells Lisa to "trust no one" on the ship. "Trust no one"
was one of the catch phrases of the X-Files TV series
which ran from 1993-2002 on the Fox network.