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FlashForward Episode: "Blowback"

Season 1, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Aaron tries to learn why Jericho is after Tracy; Mark questions Lloyd about a phone conversation that occurred during their flash-forwards; Zoey attempts to change Demetri's fate.
Original Air Date: Mar 25, 2010
Guest Cast Genevieve Cortese: Tracy Stark Timbaland: Evidence Agent
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Season 1, Episode 13
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Length: 41:30
Aired: 4/1/2010
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FlashForward Episode Recap: "Better Angels" Season 1, Episode 13

On this week's episode of FlashForward, Demetri, Janis, Vogel and Simon travel to Somalia to see the towers from the rumored 1991 blackout. Also, Olivia and Mark try to work on their relationship and figure out what was in Charlie's flashforward.

In the beginning of the episode, Mark reveals to Stanford his new intel on "D. Gibbons" now known as Dyson Frost, thanks to Lloyd Simcoe. However, Mark also discovers that Frost supposedly died in a boating accident in 1990, but as we've seen so many times on this series before, there's much more to that than meets the eye.

Elsewhere, we see Demetri, Janis, Simon and Vogel land in war-torn Somalia via helicopter with actual volunteers from the Red Panda humanitarian organization Mark had looked into two episodes before. As soon as the helicopter lands, their guide is shot and killed by a man named Abdi and the team is taken under hostage.

We learn Abdi is not just any regular villager, but someone who lived in the village when the first blackout hit in the village in 1991. Abdi remembers "others," or foreigners who came to the village and promised to bring electricity. Then, when this blackout hit, Abdi was the only one awake and remembers seeing everyone in his village after having fallen to the floor and unconscious.

Back in the states, Bryce is dealing with morning sickness as an after-effect of chemotherapy. Nicole runs into Bryce and tells him she's thinking of studying medicine. In the hospital, he later finally opens up to her about his illness and her medical school prospects.

Back in captivity, Vogel and Demetri fake out their captors with an argument, but Abdi gets a hold of them as they try to escape Somalia. He tells them they will be a part of his plan, and that they "will fulfill his destiny."

Still reeling from Mark's suspension and the possible reality of her flashforward, Olivia begins early house-hunting in Denver. However, before they can even think about moving to another city, Mark from his discussions with Lloyd that they have to find out what was in Charlie's flashforward.

Back in Somalia, Abdi tells the team that everyone died and was taken away following the blackout in 1991. He also says that while there five towers before the occurrence, and only one left afterwards. In his flashforward, Abdi sees himself ruling the country and giving a speech about war, where he uses the term "Better Angels" from President Lincoln's inaugural address.However, as Janis explains to him, better angels was a speech about unity, not about war, so Abdi's destiny must be to stop a war rather than start one.

Olivia sits down with Charlie to finally figure out what was in her flashforward. Charlie remembers being with Lloyd's son, Dylan, in the kitchen and Dylan using refrigerator magnets to say "D. Gibbons was a bad man." Although it turns out Charlie knows less than they think about D. Gibbons, she also says she saw two men in suits outside the window and one said, "Mark Benford is dead," to which she starts to cry.

In Somalia, Abdi takes the team to the one remaining tower from before the blackout and Demetri discovers a chess board with a hidden video tape. The video tape shows villagers being interviewed about the 1991 blackout after it happened, including Abdi's own mother, whom he believed to have died the day of the occurrence. Another boy simply says that what he saw in his flashforward came true. Then we see D. Gibbons, or Dyson Frost, talking about the experiment. After the videotape runs out, the team discovers another part of the tower where there are many dead skeletons on the ground. At first, it's hard to tell at all who the skeletons might be, but once Abdi notices a stone necklace around one of the bodies that used to belong to his mother, it's clear these people were those who saw the blackout. Vogel is also able to tell these people didn't die from the blackout itself, but from gunshot wounds.

Abdi grows upset with the discovery, especially after seeing Simon on the news having taken responsibility for the whole blackout, but just as Abdi is about to shoot Simon, Vogel shoots Abdi and changes yet another flashforward.

Janis is later upset about the realization that another flashforward will not come true, because her presence in Somalia and far from the fertility clinic makes her unable to try to conceive on the weekend she is supposed to get pregnant. Over a fire and some alcohol, Demetri offers to help her out with her problem if you know what we mean, but it's yet to be seen if Janis takes him up on interesting offer.

Olivia is frightened by Charlie's flashforward and urges Mark to move away with her in order to escape their flashforward.. As it becomes clear that Mark isn't going to leave Los Angeles, or specifically the Mosaic investigation behind anytime soon, Olivia then realizes this is how the problems in their marriage that will lead her to Lloyd are going to start. As she says, "You can't have it both ways."

In their journey back to the States, Vogel reveals he is one of the men in suits in the Benford's backyard, and he is the one who so confidently says that Mark Benford is dead. With the previews next week now hinting towards a mole in the investigation, it's safe to say Vogel is officially a prime suspect.

As Demetri gathers evidence to bring back, he watches the tape one more time to overhear Frost talking about "test group b." Frost then, in a stunning twist, begins speaking directly to Demetri, even using his name, but says he recorded the message back in 1991.

So what did you think of the episode? What will the information about the experiment in Somalia lead to? How was Frost able to look so far into the future and not tell more people? Also, do you think Vogel is the FBI mole? Share your thoughts below.

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On this week's episode of FlashForward, Demetri, Janis, Vogel and Simon travel to Somalia to see the towers from the rumored 1991 blackout. Also, Olivia and Mark try to work on their relationship and figure out what was in Charlie's flashforward.

In the beginning of the episode, Mark reveals to Stanford his new intel on "D. Gibbons" now known as Dyson Frost, thanks to Lloyd Simcoe. However, Mark also discovers that Frost supposedly died in a boating accident in 1990, but as we've seen so many times on this series before, there's much more to that than meets the eye.

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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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