Written by Gwendolyn M. Parker
Directed by David Barrett
Anna enlists Ryan
to uncover the Fifth Column; Lisa begins undergoing a
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What brought Anna into Lisa's sleeping chamber just as her
daughter is beginning to undergo bodily changes? Did Anna
somehow know it was happening right at that moment?
Anna refers to the changes in Lisa's skin as her "breeding
During their discussion about the breeding changes, we learn
that Anna has been leading Lisa to believe that her grandmother,
Diana, died quite some time ago. Presumably, Lisa knows nothing
about Diana's imprisonment in the bowels of the ship.
During Anna's discussion with Diana, we learn it was when Anna's
own breeding skin began to grow that she betrayed her mother.
Dr. Miller's laptop has some
unusual decorations. But then,
he's a young, hip doctor, I
Ryan warns the other Fifth Columnists about Malik's fangs and
tail, saying that females can whip their tail out whenever they
want to. Do the males not have a tail?
Ryan confirms that skinning a V of it's cloned human skin will
kill it. In the study of
"It's Only the Beginning", I questioned whether skinning was
merely a torture and not a form of death; now we know, it does
At 11:45 in the episode, a piece of electronic equipment in the
Fifth Column hideout is labeled as a MacFly Plus. As far as I
can tell, it's a made-up brand/model. It looks similar to an
Ethernet switch for a computer network. But who knows, maybe
it's a flux capacitor?
When Ryan cuts off her finger, Malik's scream sounds slightly inhuman.
At 12:39 in the episode, there appear to be a couple of Buddha
statues on the mantle of Agent Malik's apartment, part of her
cover of being a human of Indian heritage.
There is V writing appearing on the data screens that Erica and
Ryan look at in Malik's apartment from 5:09-5:23 in the
episode, but it is too blurry to make out.
Creating a makeshift fire bomb to cover their scent at Malik's
apartment, Ryan and Erica appear to mix bleach, dishwashing
detergent, and aluminum foil in a bowl and put it in a microwave
oven for 30 seconds or so. Don't try this at home.
At 15:08 in the episode, there is V writing on the data screen
of Father Jack that Anna shows to Decker. But the V characters
are difficult to make out and some of them don't even look like
the normal V alphabet borrowed from
As Ryan and the rest search through Malik's records, we see
some V writing and a number of
familiar names. The V writing
that is legible translates into
program terms: UPDATED, COMMAND,
and DATA. Many of the human
names listed are familiar to us
as members of the production
Gilroy (producer), John Gallagher
coordinator), Moni El
Batrik (art department
assistant), Wayne Power, Clark
Candy (production coordinator),
and James Thompson. Here, these
are the names of people who have
been abducted by the Visitors
for testing, but in previous
of Flesh" and
"Hearts and Minds") they
were names of Visitor diplomats
and FBI agents!
The Visitor who is abducting humans for Joshua's experiments is
driving a van that says Midnight Samaritans. It appears to be a
fictitious faith-based organization (the logo bears the
Christian fish symbol) under which the Visitors are operating to
obtain test subjects. Malik later says that another undercover
V is posing as a driver for the group (which
provides meals for the homeless), so it may be a legitimate
group (in the V universe)
that has been infiltrated.
At 19:06 in the episode, Malik makes what could be called a V roar.
The convenience store scene, from 21:18-22:52 in the episode,
looks as if it may have been shot in a real convenience store.
Throughout this scene, it looks like the producers may have used
computer blurring to make the product names of items on the
shelves too indistinct to read.
Sid comments that the tissue samples he's taken from Malik are
degrading incredibly quickly and Ryan responds that it's a
defense mechanism: if his people are taken or killed, they can't
be studied. That makes it sound as if it must be an artificial
adaptation they've brought upon themselves, perhaps through
drugs or gene manipulation.
In "Heretic's Fork", Erica (and
the rest) were hesitant, at best, about Hobbes torturing their
prisoner for information. Here, she seems quite willing to let
it happen to Malik (though she appears to still be sympathetic
to her suffering). Does the difference have to do with gaining
information about her son or merely the fact that Malik is not
Visitor writing appears on Joshua's data screen (in reverse) at
32:19 in the episode. The inverted image below shows just
jumbled letters, not spelling any discernible words.
At 34:22 in the episode, newspaper vending machines for
Today (also seen in "Serpent's
Tooth") and the Daily News are seen. The
York Daily News is a tabloid-style newspaper published
Next to Ryan at 34:30, a poster ad for 5 gum is visible outside
the convenience store, with the slogan "Everyone experiences it
differently." This may have been an intentional product
placement in the show, though it goes by awfully fast.
At 35:40 in the episode, Father
Jack and Decker watch Anna's
doctored video of Jack on a web
site that appears to be called
FaceTime Vid. The logo is
obviously based on YouTube and
the name probably inspired by
Decker thanks Erica for saving him yesterday (from the bomber),
revealing that this entire episode takes place the day after
What is the strange, stringy pod that Diana has been seen
sitting in since her introduction in "Red
Rain"? Is it the Visitors' preferred type of bed?
At 41:09 in the episode, Anna's two bodyguards appear to have an
accentuated Visitor logo on their uniforms that highlights the
"V" portion of the symbol.