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2009, TV Show

FlashForward Episode: "Better Angels"

Season 1, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: Demetri, Janis, Simon and Vogel investigate the mysterious tower in Somalia and meet someone who witnessed a blackout in 1991; Bryce tells Nicole about his cancer; Olivia tries to get Charlie to open up about her flash-forward.
Original Air Date: Apr 1, 2010
Guest Cast Michael Ealy: Marshall Vogel Lennon Wynn: Charlie Benford
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Season 1, Episode 14
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Length: 43:23
Aired: 4/8/2010
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FlashForward Episode Recap: "Queen Sacrifice" Season 1, Episode 14

On this week's episode of FlashForward, Mark must figure out who the mole is within the bureau while he deals with big problems at home.

The episode begins with an ending of sorts, at least for the moment. Mark Benford stands in the driveway of his beautiful suburban home as he tearfully says goodbye to his now-estranged wife, Olivia. Ever since the series came back from its long hiatus, it's hard to tell what exactly the timeline is for everything (March 15, April 29, etc.) so it was still fairly startling to see Mark packing his things at this point in the game.

At the FBI offices, Demetri brings Stanford the tape he discovered in Somalia of Dyson Frost. Not only does Frost say he made the tape in 1991, but he says he's had hundreds of flash-forwards and that he, like Demetri, is supposed to die on March 15. Frost mysteriously says he's on a "collision course" with Demetri and that at this point the next move is Agent Benford's. Mark and Stanford assume this to mean now that Mark knows there will be another blackout.

Mark goes looking deeper in Frost's file and finds that he was a big chess player back in the day. First, he finds the name Ian McKinnon, who was one of the few to beat Frost at chess tournaments. Mark also (purposefully) discovers Frost's cell phone number through turning his old chess moves into a type of Morse code, when then route to a prepaid cell phone (which indicates Frost knew a long time ago that this was going to happen). Mark leaves a voicemail for Frost and he and Demetri go to San Francisco to track down McKinnon.

Meanwhile, we see Nicole by Bryce's side during his chemo treatments. If Nicole is only 21 and Bryce is already a full-fledged doctor, then there must be a more notable age difference between the two than meets the eye, but can they kiss already? We already know it happens from the preview for the second half of the season, so why tease us?

We also see Keiko, the girl Bryce saw he was in love with in his flash-forward. She's now permanently in Los Angeles and desperately eating at the sushi restaurant where their flash-forward takes place everyday waiting for her mystery man. However, Keiko doesn't just sit idly by waiting for Bryce. She puts her engineering skills from Japan to good use in America as a car mechanic.

Up in San Francisco, Mark and Demetri arrive just in time to find out McKinnon has been murdered. Because of the timing, Mark and Vogel begin to suspect there is a mole within the Mosaic task force and the entire bureau gets turned upside down the very next day. At this point everyone is a suspect, especially after Vogel finds a micro transmitter planted in Mark's keyboard.

The office lockdown also signals the return of Seth MacFarlane and — hey! — this time he has lines! His character is worried about giving away passwords to some of his secret folders, but he quickly reveals the folders aren't for secret intel or even porn, but for his gaming habit. Nerd alert!

Janis is the most peeved about the internal investigation for the mole. As she points out, she's taken a bullet for the team, but that only goes so far with Vogel, who says she may be more of a suspect because it would make her cover that much more easy. Mark notices Janis has taken a dozen personal days in the last few months (in comparison to two over the last few years) and Janis explains the majority of those are for her fertility meetings. However, Janis also reveals that she has been investigating Marcie, who has another brother she doesn't mention in her paperwork, who is sick and in a costly full-care facility.

Olivia tries to take her mind off the separation from Mark by taking Charlie out on a girl's day, however, things get creepy quickly when Olivia notices a mysterious man in a black jacket following them around. Olivia tries to run, but the man quickly catches up to her. Luckily, it turns out he is security detail assigned by Mark. Aw.

Olivia also gets a visit from Lloyd, who is trying to piece together the formula he wrote in lipstick on her bedroom mirror in their flash-forward. Olivia doesn't know the entire equation, but the part she does know is apparently a huge help to Lloyd. He says he now knows that Mark and him were working together on a quantum entanglement device, which hopefully the writers will explain the significance of next week. Beyond that, surprisingly, Lloyd gets a cold reception from Olivia.

Lloyd may get the cold shoulder, but things are still heating up between Nicole and Bryce. The two are trying to decide where to eat dinner when Bryce (finally!!) kisses her. Nicole instantly pulls away not because she doesn't like him back (she, like, so does), but because they had just been discussing Bryce's fateful sushi dinner rendezvous in his flash-forward and its clear he still has some kind of attachment to the mystery girl.

The two actually kiss right in front of the Little Toyko restaurant in Bryce's flash-forward, where Keiko is also inside right as they kiss, but Nicole and Bryce turn around and decide to go for hamburgers instead. The next day, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement takes Keiko away at work, since she obviously doesn't have a visa to work in the states, and her flash-forward with Bryce immediately gets thrown into question. As she's taken away, Bryce leaves Nicole a message saying he's not sorry he kissed her and that he thinks she's great. Again, aw.

Mark and Demetri figure out Marcie is in fact the mole after going over some surveillance footage from outside their building. Unfortunately, they are not the most stealth FBI agents ever and their dead stares at Marcie give away their revelation and our mole makes a run for it. On her way, Marcie shots a numbers of agents, including Seth MacFarlane's character (goodbye Stewie!) and jumps on the back of a perfectly timed getaway motorcycle.

The motorcyclist gets shot down and Janis decks Marcie like there's no tomorrow and the mole is quickly taken into custody. The major flaw is we only see Marcie get taken into custody and nobody bothers to even take off the helmet of the motorcycle driver. But hopefully they'll address that at some point soon.

Mark finally gets a call back from Dyson Frost saying he's looking forward to meeting Mark, so hopefully that means some more face-to-face time with Frost, and some more answers about all of his flash-forwards soon.

In the final scene, Janis and Simon are walking to their cars when Janis brings up the death of Simon's uncle and says it clear that Simon was trying to send a message, to which says "message received." So Janis is a mole, too! Janis?!? I don't know about anyone else, but between the fact that she was shot and her push to get pregnant made her seem the least likely mole. I actually just went with the safe option and guessed it would be Vogel (but that's why I write about TV and not for TV!). Anyway, this is going to have huge repercussions going forward.

So what did you think of the episode? Did you guess that Janis was the mole (and if so, then please explain because I'm dying to know if there were subtle hints towards this that I just blindly missed)? What's next for Mark and especially Demetri, since it looks like the next episode brings us closer to when Demetri is supposed to get shot. Share your thoughts below!

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On this week's episode of FlashForward, Mark must figure out who the mole is within the bureau while he deals with big problems at home.

The episode begins with an ending of sorts, at least for the moment. Mark Benford stands in the driveway of his beautiful suburban home as he tearfully says goodbye to his now-estranged wife, Olivia. Ever since the series came back from its long hiatus, it's hard to tell what exactly the timeline is for everything (March 15, April 29, etc.) so it was still fairly startling to see Mark packing his things at this point in the game.

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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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