Written by Garner Simmons
Directed by Victor Lobl
Diana uses Donovan’s son against
him while trying to coerce
Elizabeth’s whereabouts from him.
Notes from the V chronology
As mentioned in the notes of
"Breakout", that episode does not
entirely fit well into
the V continuity. In
fact, this episode is seemingly written to ignore the events of
"Breakout". The most
glaring problem when trying to include
in continuity is that the resistance members are first
introduced to Nathan Bates' son Kyle there, but then are
introduced to him again here as if for the first
time! A second continuity problem is that
Donovan informs Robin at the Visitor work camp that Elizabeth has "grown
up" and her father sacrificed his life on the captured
mothership. But she seems to forget this here and in later episodes!
On the other hand,
"Breakout" does show Donovan
making an attempt to regain his son from the State Academy he
mentioned in "Liberation Day"
and it suggests that young Sean was picked up with the other
boys at the school by the Visitors, thus explaining his son's presence
with the Visitors here. So, for continuity freaks (like
me), it is suggested to pretend Robin never appeared in
"Breakout" and this is
her first appearance since the end of
also that at the beginning of this episode, Robin is wearing the
same shirt she was wearing at the end of
"Dreadnought") and to
imagine some change of dialog in this episode depicting
Donovan and Tyler saying "You again?!" instead of "Who are you?"
when Kyle shows up at the Club Creole.
Robin says that her father's ranch is right outside Mt. Wilson,
which is in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California.
For some reason Kyle just happens to have a second helmet
strapped to the back of his motorcycle, so he is able to provide
Robin a safe ride when he meets her on that lonely stretch of
The scene of a jet fighter plummeting from the sky at 4:36 on
the DVD is obviously from stock footage judging by the graininess of the
Just before he dies, the fighter pilot tells Kyle to take a
pouch to the Fireman at Club Creole on Main Street. In
"Dreadnought", Tyler says that the Club Creole is
on 4th Street. And who is the Fireman? We never find out. Is it
a code name for Tyler?
When the motorcycle-mounted Visitors start chasing Kyle, there
are four of them. At 6:25 on the DVD, we see one of them skid
down the hillside and fall over. It doesn't look like a serious
fall and it even looks like he starts to get up and back on his
bike again, but we see only three Visitors for the remainder of
this episode, Lydia is wearing a
slightly modified version of the
uniform we've seen up until now.
Notice that the '80s-style puffy
shoulder decorations are gone,
replaced by a flat, gold flair.
Lydia mentions that they are monitoring all transmissions
between the resistance in L.A. and the World Liberation Front in
Sean Donovan is inexplicably several years older here than he
has been depicted in the mini-series and novels. Previously he
appeared to be in the 10-12 years range, now he appears about 15
(and played by a different actor, Nick Katt).
Diana mentions they are using a drug called procorb to keep Sean
in line as one of their Visitor youth. Has this drug always been
used in conjunction with the conversion process? Regardless,
perhaps this explains how Sean was seemingly mostly deconverted
during the events of the novel
The Pursuit of Diana, but is able
to be used by the Visitors in the course of the weekly series;
it may be that continuous dosages of procorb can bring a
deconverted person's submerged conversion programming back to
At 8:39 on the DVD, as Kyle and Robin pull into Kyle's driveway
on the motorcycle, a man can be seen standing to the left of
When they arrive at Kyle's house, Robin impetuously gives him a
quick kiss on the lips in thanks for saving her. This is an
early indication of her attraction to him, which will factor
into future stories.
Apparently Kyle doesn't lock the door to his house because he
drops Robin off there in the driveway and then heads off (to
Club Creole) without going in first!
While going over the bills for his restaurant, Elias shakes his
head, commenting, "I don't believe it. The eggs cost more than
the soufflé." This may be a reference back to a scene from the
original mini-series (specifically the episode
"Visitors, Victims and Victory") in which Elias is sorting
eggs in his garage, commenting that with the food rationing he
can make more money selling eggs on the black market than he can
selling weed. Note also that, since soufflés are made from eggs,
if the eggs are costing him more than he's selling the Club
Creole's soufflés for, he's losing money on the deal!
The symbol on the front of the pouch delivered by Kyle is the
seal of the World Liberation Front.
Diana thanks Bates for giving back to the Visitors their
embassy. Actually the building they have been given back is the
one that was their former Security Headquarters for Los Angeles
as seen in the mini-series. Apparently it is now acting as the
Visitor embassy in Los Angeles.
When Diana brings up the possibility that Kyle may be aiding the
resistance, Bates says, "I've told you before that I can not be
held responsible for my son's actions." He must be referring to
the previous conversation he had with her about Kyle in
"Breakout", which gives us
an indication that that episode is at least partially canon.
Diana mentions an animal on the homeworld called a bracall, a
creature so mesmerized by fire that the fire eventually consumes
At 13:00 on the DVD, the digital vector map on
Bates' wall has changed from
what was seen in
"Dreadnought". Instead of depicting the L.A. area
coastline, it now looks like it
may be a map of the L.A. freeway
system from the Burbank/La
Cañada-Flintridge area in the
north to approximately Garden
Grove in the south (obviously
there have been more stretches
of freeway added since
The message from the WLF about transferring Elizabeth from L.A.
to the safety of Visitor-free New York designates China Flats as
the pick-up point. China Flats is a flat, oak-studded portion of
Simi Peak in Ventura county, just north of L.A.
Willie frequently mangles his English words and phrases, but at
15:00 on the DVD is the first time he's made two mistakes in as
many consecutive sentences. Kyle sees him eating fruit and says
he thought the Visitors only ate live meat. Willie responds,
"Right is correct. But I am a veterinarian."
Donovan must like Mustangs. In the first mini-series he is seen
driving a 70's model Mustang convertible and here, at 18:06 on
the DVD, we see him driving a red, 80's model Mustang
We get our first and only look at Donovan's house in this
episode. In the novelization of the mini-series it is said that
he did not have a real home due to his constant travelling as a
television journalist; he was always living out of hotels or
temporary apartments. I suppose that after the initial defeat of
the Visitors at the end of V:
The Final Battle, he decided to make a more permanent home
in L.A. to be near Julie and to care for his recuperating son;
we do see in "Liberation Day"
that he has a job with a local TV station which would keep him
mostly in the L.A. area.
As Sean enters Donovan's room at 18:41 on the DVD, the boom mike
appears briefly in the reflection in the mirror.
Even though the bedroom that Donovan is seen in
is a simulation at the Visitor
embassy, it is made to look like
Donovan's own bedroom at his
house, so must be an accurate
representation of how it looks.
At 18:54 on the DVD, a picture
on Donovan's bedroom wall
appears to be a framed chart of
different species of fish.
Another painting of a fish is
visible above "Julie's"
(actually Diana's) shoulder at
18:58. Is Donovan a fishing geek
when he's not acting as a leader
of a guerrilla war? There is
also a strange looking object
sitting on a dresser...it looks
like a model Hobbit house or
During Donovan's captivity in which he is told it is one year
later with the Visitors defeated, he is also told the defeat was due
to Elizabeth aiding the WLF in designing and building a weapon
called the neutron oscillator. Performing a web search on it, I
was surprised to find there really are such things as neutron
oscillators, but they would seem to be merely devices for taking
certain scientific measurements.
As part of the deception, Diana-as-Julie tells Donovan that Ham
Tyler is getting married tomorrow. Incredulously, Donovan asks,
"Wedding? Tyler? Who'd marry him?" Ironically, we learn later
learn in "Reflections in Terror" that Tyler was once married to
a Vietnamese woman.
During "the deception" Julie/Diana tells Sean to call Dr. Harmon
in regards to Donovan's alleged spell of amnesia. Is Dr. Harmon
the name of Donovan's regular doctor or just made up as part of
the deception script by Diana?
Diana tells Lydia that Donovan's deception is carried out via
holographic projectors plus 200 CC's of contramine. Contramine
is actually a real drug...used to treat Herpes!
Julie hands Elizabeth an envelope which she says contains a fake
birth certificate and driver's license under her traveling name
of Elizabeth Dunne. Is it wise to give her a driver's license as
opposed to just a plain state ID card? I doubt Elizabeth knows
how to drive yet!
When Kyle pays a return trip to Club Creole to offer his help,
Tyler asks him if he can "find up a couple more like that",
referring to the dirt bike he's riding, and meet him tomorrow.
Kyle says "you're on." But he shows up with only two total dirt
bikes (which seems to fit the bill). But doesn't "a couple
more" mean "in addition to" the one he was riding, so it
should have been three?
At 26:21 on the DVD, as Tyler drives away in the van, the
reflection of a couple members of the production crew can be
seen in the side of the van.
At one point in the deception, Diana brings in a tray full of
live rodents that are cast as pastries in the holograph room and
tries to get Donovan to eat one! That seems to be stretching the
premise a bit thin; that even drugged and seeing illusions, Donovan wouldn't notice the "pastries" moving around on the tray
and squirming in his fingers! Of course, he does say, "Maybe
later," so perhaps he subconsciously did know that something was
wrong with them!
I like Lydia's reaction of "Disgusting!" while observing Diana
At 30:44 on the DVD, Donovan sets down what appears to be the
crust of some toast he's been eating. Was it really toast or..?
32:46 on the DVD, Tyler's
checkpoint pass has Visitors
characters on it.
Nathan Bates' chauffer-driven sedan has the Science Frontiers
symbol on the rear doors and a license plate of Bates 1.
During his conversation with his father on the driveway, Kyle
says, "Nice tie. Kind of matches Diana's eyes." The tie is
red...like the Visitors' real eyes.
As in "Dreadnought", we again see
the obvious magnetic sticker on the LAPD cruiser with the slogan
"to protect and to serve."
What is that to Sean's right in Diana's office at 37:16 on the
DVD? A copier? Sure looks like one! I guess Diana runs a Kinko's
on the side.
When Donovan opens the (fake) newspaper the Visitors have given
him at 38:24 on the DVD, we see that it is the Los Angeles
Tribune. There have been newspapers called the Los
Angeles Tribune in the past, but not since 1960; it is also
the name of the newspaper Ed Asner's character is employed at in
the 1977-1982 TV series Lou Grant.
Once he realizes he's been had, Donovan sure does come out of
his drug-induced weariness quickly, swinging a chair against the
wall and beating up a couple of Visitors.
As he makes good his escape from his Visitor pursuers, Kyle pops
a wheelie on his motorcycle as he zooms in to the distance at
44:54 on the DVD.
After escaping from Diana at the China Flats rendezvous, Kyle is
forced to leave one of his dirt bikes behind there. Did he lose
it completely or did he return for it later? If the Visitors
took possession of it, I'd think they could have it's license or
VIN number traced to see that it belonged to him and get him in
real hot water with his father's government!
Notice that in the speakeasy of the Club Creole where the
resistance members meet, there are a bunch of maps of the L.A.
area on the walls, much like Nathan Bates' vector maps in his
office at Science Frontiers!
Notice also in the last scene that as glasses of champagne are
passed around to all the resistance members, Elizabeth does not
get one. Maybe because she's technically less than 2 years old?
At the beginning of most of the episodes of the "open city"
phase of V, Howard K. Smith presents his reports from the
Freedom Network. During the closing credits of these episodes,
he gets a special appearance credit. On the series DVD set, he
gets a credit for this episode even though he did not appear and
does not get a credit during
"Breakout" where he does
appear! I believe that during the original run of the series on
NBC in 1984, this episode had the Freedom Network report that
now appears on
"Breakout". This may be
further evidence that this episode was filmed as sort of a
"Breakout" during the
original run, but
"Breakout" is restored here
in the set for completion's sake.
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