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2009, TV Show

FlashForward Episode: "White to Play"

Season 1, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Mark and Demetri travel to Utah in hopes of locating a suspect who may be linked to the blackout. In other events, Olivia meets the man from her flash-forward and Charlie, Mark and Olivia's daughter, has difficulties coping with her vision's aftermath.
Original Air Date: Oct 1, 2009
Guest Cast Lennon Wynn: Charlie Benford Ryan Wynott: Dylan Simcoe Lee Thompson Young: Agent Gough Taylor Geare: Child No. 3 Piper Mackenzie Harris: Child No. 1 Lisa Darr: Principal Byrne Sufe Bradshaw: Ms. Gerber Shohreh Aghdashloo: Nhadra Udaya Marina Black: Sheriff Keegan Curtis Harris: Zack Lynn Whitfield: Anastasia Markham Stephanie Weir: Didi
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Season 1, Episode 2
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Length: 44:28
Aired: 10/1/2009
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FlashForward Episode Recap: "White to Play" Season 1, Episode 2

On Thursday's FlashForward, Olivia meets the man from her vision, Demetri and Mark meet D. Gibbons — two of them, actually — the Homeland Security Department gets involved in the investigation, Janice connects some dots and discovers new information about Suspect Zero and Charlie reveals something frightening about her vision.

Hey folks, I owe you an apology. I had a TiVo glitch on Thursday, so I wasn't able to recap this week's episode in a timely manner. I offer this abbreviated recap to catch you up. I thought "White to Play" was a nice follow-up to FlashForward's explosive pilot episode, in that it's now possible to see how the series will be structured from week to week. So far, it's mostly encouraging — with one exception: Anyone else think the use of flashbacks to remind the audience of past events was a little heavy-handed? There's only been one episode! I'm guessing they just want to make sure they keep everyone's attention in these crucial early weeks, so for now I'll let it slide. Come April, I'm sure I'll be begging for more plot reminders. Let's get to it, shall we?

OLIVIA and CHARLIE

In a creepy scene that appears at first to be a flashback to the "incident," we learn that Charlie's classmates have developed an odd coping mechanism in these troubled times. They play a game called Blackout, where they lay down for 137 seconds and then they tell each other what they saw. The game bugs Charlie so much that she dashes out of the playground and into oncoming traffic. (She's OK.) Later, Olivia and Mark discuss the possibility that Charlie saw Lloyd in her vision as well, and perhaps that's what's upsetting her. If only!

Olivia, on the other hand, does see Lloyd — at the hospital, where he's sitting watch over his autistic son, Dylan. This is the creepy kid who knew Olivia by name when he arrived at the hospital. When Charlie and Olivia bump into Lloyd, we're meant to be concerned that Charlie will be traumatized by the sight of the new man in her mother's future life. But... no. Instead, she recognizes Dylan from her flash-forward apparently, and is distraught upon realizing that he's been injured. "Who hurt him, Mommy?" she cries.

AT THE FIELD OFFICE

Stanford reports that 18 agents have resigned in the wake of the blackout, and to add insult to injury, Homeland Security Deputy Director Anastasia Markham (the elegant Lynn Whitfield) has arrived to micro-manage the investigation. While she initially trots out her bad cop routine, speaking for the audience by questioning an investigation almost entirely based on Mark's flash-forward, they eventually win her over by showing her the videotape of Patient Zero.

Oh, Stanford also tells Mark that not only was he on the toilet in his flash-forward, he was also on the can at the time of the blackout. When he came to, he had to give CPR to a colleague who had fallen headfirst into a urinal. Ew.

MARK and DEMETRI

Who is D. Gibbons? That's the name that Mark saw on his giant board o' clues, but traditional searches are coming up short. That  is, until cupcake baker DiDi Gibbons (MadTV's Stephnie Weir) comes into the office to discuss her flash-forward, which involves a discrepancy on her credit card statement, pigeons, and Mark and Demetri.

Further digging leads the pair to a cloned credit card in Pigeon, Utah, on which was charged a bus ticket. They take a chopper to Utah to intercept the suspect, who they are also calling D. Gibbons. There, they local law enforcer Agent Keegan, who reports that she didn't have a flash-forward either.

The mysterious bus ticket is never picked up, so it's kind of a dead end until Mark — conveniently! — notices that there's a doll factory next door to the station. Inside, it's like something out of a Saw film with baby-doll parts strewn throughout the warehouse space and hanging from the ceiling like a sociopath toddler's mobile. Mark, Demetri and Keegan notice shadows flicker in a mezzanine office, so they mount the stairs, tripping an alarm that plays "Ring Around the Rosey" (incidentally, the same song the kids used in the first scene to play Blackout — "Ashes, ashes, we all fall down"). They charge the office, and find a faceless man, who says simply: "He who foresees calamities suffers them twice over."

As they attempt to subdue the pithy suspect, he lights his Zippo and drops it into a vat of flammable liquid. Soon the whole place is engulfed in flames, shots are fired and there's one hell of an explosion. Of course, Agent Keegan dies, which gives Mark and Demetri pause, but they don't really discuss it. Instead, they pore over whatever evidence remains after the conflagration, including a photograph of baby dolls, the same one Mark saw on his office bulletin board in his flash-forward. They also found a charred cell phone and a chess piece: a white queen. They surmise that the guy was some kind of computer hacker, and that he might have been investigating the blackouts as well.

LLOYD

Lloyd, who has lost his estranged wife in the incident, finally tells Dylan that his mom is dead, while Nick Drake's soothing (redundant?) "Place to Be" plays on the soundtrack. Dylan takes the news surprisingly well. And then he drops a bombshell and asks to see Olivia.

JANICE

That Janice is a crafy one, ay? First, she figures out that Suspect Zero is a man who is about 5-feet-8-inches-tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. They she traces the serial number on that cell phone they found in Utah and figure out that D. Gibbons was talking to Suspect Zero during the blackout. Spooky!

Later, Janice and Demetri chat about his lack of a flash-forward, and she encourages him, as she has done, to log his experience into the Mosaic database/website. He does. If he's going to die, he might as well find out as much as he can before the big day, right? Later that evening, a mystery woman (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo) calls Demetri and tells him that, in her flash-forward, she is reading an intelligence briefing that says that on March 15, 2010, he's going to be murdered.

MARK and OLIVIA

Mark and Olivia are either really energy-conscious or they had a really bad contractor. They're practically sitting in the dark, all moody and such. They're talking about Olivia's flash-forward, and she 'fesses up that she met her mystery man at the hospital that day. Was she wrong to tell him about it? "We shouldn't keep secrets from each other," Mark replies, as the producers "helpfully" flash-forward to him taking a slug from a flask. Get it? He lied to her about being off the wagon! Anyhow, what's more interesting is that in the Benfords' cold, dark house, Mark has built a fire, just because — just because he wants to burn that cursed friendship bracelet Charlie gave him, to see if he can alter his future course. Speaking of the little angel, when Mark checks on her before bed, she wakes up and tells him something about her flash-forward. Because all children speak in riddles on this show, she says only: "D. Gibbons is a bad man."

What did you think of "White to Play"? (Help me out here, folks. Is that a chess reference?) So far my biggest burning question about this show, and one that I assume will not be answered for quite a while, is this: How accurate are these flash-forwards? Will they definitely come true; is it all inevitably fated? Or can our characters change their futures with their choices?

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On Thursday's FlashForward, Olivia meets the man from her vision, Demetri and Mark meet D. Gibbons — two of them, actually — the Homeland Security Department gets involved in the investigation, Janice connects some dots and discovers new information about Suspect Zero and Charlie reveals something frightening about her vision.

Hey folks, I owe you an apology. I had a TiVo glitch on Thursday, so I wasn't able to recap this week's episode in a timely manner. I offer this abbreviated recap to catch you up. I thought "White to Play" was a nice follow-up to FlashForward's explosive pilot episode, in that it's now possible to see how the series will be structured from week to week. So far, it's mostly encouraging — with one exception: Anyone else think the use of flashbacks to remind the audience of past events was a little heavy-handed? There's only been one episode! I'm guessing they just want to make sure they keep everyone's attention in these crucial early weeks, so for now I'll let it slide. Come April, I'm sure I'll be begging for more plot reminders. Let's get to it, shall we?

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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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