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FlashForward Episode: "Revelation Zero"

Season 1, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Part 1 of 2. In order to return to the FBI, a suspended Mark must meet with a Bureau-appointed therapist. That doesn't stop him from investigating Lloyd's abduction, of course. In other events, a reluctant Demetri teams with CIA agent Vogel; Simon attempts to hack into Lloyd's computer; Janis tries to learn some of Simon's family secrets; Nicole seeks to restore her faith and understand her flash-forward.
Original Air Date: Mar 18, 2010
Guest Cast Michael Ealy: Marshall Vogel
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Season 1, Episode 11
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Length: 43:26
Aired: 3/18/2010
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FlashForward Episode Recap: "Revelation Zero, Parts 1 and 2" Season 1, Episode 11

And we're back! It's been a little bit since FlashForward's last new episode, but I hope everyone is as ready as I am to dive right back into the many questions we have and finally get some answers.

In the beginning, we see a window washer in Los Angeles who narrowly escapes death during the blackout. He has become a motivational speaker and shares how the blackout helped put him a great new path — a turning point (maybe to show how this episode will be a turning point? Just thinking aloud). "None of us are in this alone," he says before musing about hope vs. chaos.

Back in the office, Olivia is questioned by the team about Lloyd's abduction and Stanford officially suspends Mark for his reckless behavior in Hong Kong. Mark must see a therapist three times a week before he can be reinstated. Not one to give up so easily, Mark takes photos of everything from his Mosaic board, but before he exits the building, he sees the video of Lloyd's kidnapping and Olivia and his close embrace. With Mark out on sabbatical, CIA Agent Marshall Vogel officially joins the investigation. Suffice it to say, Demetri is not a happy camper.

With the window washer-turned-motivational speaker in the background, we see a woman wearing angel wings reading who sets a bible on fire. Turns out she's Nicole rather loopy mother, but we only see her for a second.

Back at the Benford house, Mark continues with the investigation and Olivia defends her hug with Lloyd, saying she's happy to know her time with Lloyd is over. She knows she's been cold and distant, but says she'll do anything to save their marriage. With lots of free time on his hands, Mark books with first appointment with the FBI-mandated therapist, but they don't get very far. The therapist, Callie, says she needs to know more about his flashforward, because she believes it holds the key to why Mark feels he has the weight of the world on his shoulders when it comes to the investigation. She recommends he take a drug known to help people with their memories, in hopes it will help Mark remember more of his flashforward.

In the investigation, the FBI team brings Simon to Lloyd's house to try to get into his laptop and figure out who may have taken Lloyd. However, right after getting there, Janis is attacked by two masked men (the masks on Mark's board) who then kidnap Simon. Cut to Simon rolling around on the floor of Lloyd's makeshift prison. Thankfully, while Lloyd is captive, his son is at least in good hands, as Olivia make sure Dylan stays in the hospital and out of the hands of social services. They share a touching moment and it's clear Olivia is going to be able to stay from any one in the Simcoe family. Elsewhere in the hospital, Nicole sees the man she believes was strangling her in her flashforward and gets a recommendation to attend Sanctuary, the group the window washer now runs. "A place where we can be safe, where there is no threat, no danger," he says.

While Lloyd and Simon are debating the reason they were both kidnapped, their captor finally reveals his face. He tells them his name is Flasso and that he's the villain but viewers will recognize him as the mysterious man with the suitcase of rings. Flasso repeatedly asks Lloyd how many electron volts were generated. Lloyd isn't spilling any information but Flasso also reveals he and Simon were not responsible for the blackout, they just amplified it. In captivity, Lloyd tells Simon he remembers getting a text from him in his flashforward but Simon, as we've seen, says he was busy strangling someone. Lloyd says their futures don't match because these are just possible futures, but only time will really tell.

Mark changes his mind about the memory-inducing serum because, he says, he realizes he's driving everyone away. In his flashforward, we now see Mark was on the phone with Lloyd, who he was apparently working with. "I just wish you were standing behind the eight ball when I came crashing through," he says. "Go to hell, Lloyd." Parked outside of a bar later that night, Mark calls his sponsor, Aaron, for support and tells him the other intel he came across in his flash: that Mark is in communication with D. Gibbons (who Lloyd says lied to him) and that there will be another blackout.

Still on suspension, Mark tells Stanford about the news of another blackout but he can't be reinstated just yet. Instead, Mark follows other clues on his board, such as going to a humanitarian group that travels to Somalia and a restaurant he remembers having a take-out menu for.

Nicole, now worried about seeing the man from her flashforward, attends a Sanctuary meeting and questions the speaker (Timothy) about his theories. She later meets him for coffee, but only with Bryce nearby (who she is obviously crushing on). Timothy doesn't say much but he does clarify for her that it's not about fate vs. free will; "It's fate and free will."

Mark's vision, and the part about the eight ball, all make sense when he goes looking for the restaurant's former location. He crashes into an old storefront with an eight ball painting and he frees Simon and Lloyd just as the team heads to the wrong location and sets off a bomb. Unfortunately for Simon, Flasso is in the ambulance waiting for him. He apologizes for slicing part of Simon's pinky off but says they had to make someone else look like suspicious. Simon then mysteriously tells Flasso he's tired of being his b-----. Flasso pulls out his cell phone to reveal a very interesting video which shows that Simon is suspect zero (the man who was awake during the blackout).On the morning of the blackout, we see Simon at his father's funeral. He gets into a car to go to the wake and the driver says his boss is going to fly him to an undisclosed location, a sporting event. At the event, Simon gets a call from the mysterious D. Gibbons. Gibbons tells Simon "you've been part of this since you were 13" and that they haven't asked for much from him over the years. He instructs Simon to sit down and in the popcorn at his seat, he finds a ring. Simon puts the ring on and once the blackout starts, Simon is able to stay awake. He then walks through the stadium (like shown in the video) and meets with Flasso.

Back on duty already thanks to his big discovery with Simon and Lloyd, Mark puts Lloyd in the hot seat about what he knows about the next blackout and questions why he didn't tell anyone sooner that he knew another one was coming. Janis is charged with watching over Simon but he quickly escapes his handler when he fakes an illness and jumps on the first plane back to his native Toronto. Janis quickly finds him across the border but convinces Stanford to let them stay in Toronto for the night so Simon can see his family and help them with his little sister's disappearance.

At Simon's house, he manages to slip away yet again to an old mentor of his. Janis is quick to find him and Simon explains this mentor was the man who helped him with the experiment in Somalia. He tells his mentor that there will be another blackout and that they must find a way to "anchor consciousness" to the here and now when the next blackout comes. As he tells Janis about the next blackout, "this is a grey area and it terrifies me."

At the house, Simon's family and Janis sit down for dinner and they get a surprise visitor-Flasso, also known as Simon's Uncle Teddy. During their dinnertime conversation, it is revealed Teddy took it upon myself to help Simon find his potential as a young genius and that at age 13, Simon started at the University of Toronto.

Simon flashes back to the stadium again and Flasso says the experiment could not have happened without Simon and insinuates that Simon's father's death was planned so that he would have a good alibi. Simon then strangles the man who actually killed his father, a henchman of Flasso's, and kills him. Back at Simon's house, they randomly get a call from his missing little sister but Flasso shows Simon a video of his sister with a gun to her head.  Flasso says he's been helping Simon for 20 years and that comes with a price. He says Simon needs to cooperate and his sister is just insurance. When Flasso reveals the professor's dead body in the trunk and threatens to kills Simon's sister, Simon kills him.

So what did you think of the episode? Are you surprised to learn who Suspect Zero is? When do you think the next blackout will come? Do you think the team will be able to stop it? And how excited for you the show's return? So many answers, yet so many questions! Share all your thoughts in the comments below.

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And we're back! It's been a little bit since FlashForward's last new episode, but I hope everyone is as ready as I am to dive right back into the many questions we have and finally get some answers.

In the beginning, we see a window washer in Los Angeles who narrowly escapes death during the blackout. He has become a motivational speaker and shares how the blackout helped put him a great new path — a turning point (maybe to show how this episode will be a turning point? Just thinking aloud). "None of us are in this alone," he says before musing about hope vs. chaos.

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Premiered: September 24, 2009, on ABC
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Premise: The world's population sees into the future when everyone blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds at the same time. The clairvoyant episode staggers the minds of all, as in many instances their futures are not what they expected---and some, it seems, have no future at all. While many recount their experiences on a worldwide Web site, others seek to circumvent their fates; and some, like FBI agent Mark Benford, seek to learn what caused the mass blackout.

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