The 4400 Episodes

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The 4400 Episode: "Try the Pie"

Season 4, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Tom tracks down Collier, who is living in a small town with his followers. Meanwhile, Maia has a disturbing glimpse of the future.
Original Air Date: Jul 15, 2007
Guest Cast Kathryn Gordon: Heather Tobey Tristin Leffler: Cassie Dunleavy Martin Cummins: Gabriel Hewitt

"Try the Pie" Season 4, Episode 5

I could have really used that mechanic who can create incredible machines on Sunday night when my computer died. To tell you the truth, I could also have used that nice anxiety extractor. I'm sorry that I couldn't get this up for you all sooner, especially considering that this was by far the best episode of the season. The upside is that I got to view it a second time, which I think allowed me to better digest what is being set up. This show does ambiguity like no other. I'm not talking about Hewitt, who is an opportunistic little man with a hateful heart - and good for Shawn for telling him so. Shawn usually doesn't realize what a bad spot he's in until he's well past the point of no return, but he's definitely gotten smarter this season. - and he is undeniably evil. I'm talking about this bizarre cult of Jordan, which has morphed into something semiapocalyptic. Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I'm undecided about whether these people are - to paraphrase that ubiquitous Collier quote - the enemy, or salvation. My gut tells me that when someone tells you he's not the enemy, he probably is. But who knows? Jordan is definitely a figure that can't be boxed into any column. He certainly doesn't think he's evil, and his little town didn't seem like a bad place to live,; on the other hand, he can bring out the worst in people. Kyle is the most egregious example of this. Sure, Kyle brought the book to Jordan, but even with his new "ability" and lying behavior, I still have a hard time believing that he would have been so manipulative towards his father, had Jordan not validated his thoughts about the book and his sudden wish to turn his cult of personality into a religion. At least in the end they didn't force Tom to take the shot, but this seems to only have emboldened both of them, and given them a new sense of purpose. At least when Shawn was working with Collier, he had respect for Tom and went to him for advice. Kyle seems to want to set himself up opposite his father, and it seems like Tom realizes this, which may be one of the reasons he was so distraught at the end. Even with all of this gloom and doom, I have nothing but positive things to say about this episode. It's nice to have Maia back in her prophet mode, even if she sees only really terrible things. She was always a huge part of what this show was, and the first couple of episodes this season seemed to lose sight of that. On an unrelated note, I loved the Invasion of the Body Snatchers moment with the little boy pointing and having that unearthly scream come out of his mouth. It's these little nods to other pieces of the science-fiction genre that make me appreciate The 4400. My question for you until Sunday is this: Do you think Jordan (and/or the book and cult) is - you guessed it - indeed salvation, or the enemy? show less
I could have really used that mechanic who can create incredible machines on Sunday night when my computer died. To tell you the truth, I could also have used that nice anxiety extractor. I’m sorry that I couldn’t get this up for you all sooner, especially considering that this was by far the best episode of the season. The upside is that I got to view it a second time, which I think allowed me to better digest what is being set up.This show does ambiguity like no other. I’m not talking about Hewitt, who is an opportunistic little man with a hateful heart — and good for Shawn for telling him so. Shawn usually doesn’t realize what a bad spot he's in until he's well past the point of no return, but he’s definitely gotten smarter this season. — and he is undeniably evil. I’m talking about this bizarre cult of Jordan, which has morphed into something semiapocalyptic.Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I’m undecided about whether these ... read more

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Premiered: July 11, 2004, on USA
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Premise: This classy sci-fi hit revolves around the sudden reappearance of 4400 missing people. All were presumed dead or reported missing over several decades, and many return to their former lives on Earth---but with startling powers. Among those assigned to unravel their mystery is an earnest crime investigator whose nephew is one of the returned. The cable drama, originally slated to run only as a five-part miniseries, garnered big ratings for USA and was added to its regular roster.

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