...are sick. All of them are developing rashes that make Bill O'Reilly's splotches look like freckles. (Maybe O'Reilly is a 4400 gifted with superhuman pig-ignorance. That would explain a lot. I'll have to keep tabs on the "No-Spin Zone" to see if he scratches excessively. If not, he could change the name to the "No-Scratch Zone.") The rash is an itchy side effect of a plague that inhibits the 4400's metahuman gifts an ailment that, no surprise, was developed by NTAC. Shawn has lost his power to heal; Maia has pneumonia and can't see into the future; and Alana thinks she's in the imaginary reality she created for Tom. The return of Dennis Ryland (Peter Coyote) was a wee too timely, though dramatically quite welcome all the same. It's nice to see Coyote do more than History Channel voiceovers, because the former '60s guerilla mime makes a darn good amoral bureaucrat. Create an illness, issue a quarantine it's so simple, it's brilliant. It's not like the American people, many of whom are paranoid of the 4400 already, are going to object to a little trampling on their civil liberties. Amazing how art imitates life. Mind you, Matthew is crying out to be trampled. Richard needs his compos mentis mended for allying himself with this tool. Hey, mate, the punk was running tests on your child without your knowledge that's how much he trusts you. Wake up! Lily had the right idea: Get out of Dodge with Isabelle. A fugitive life looks awfully enticing compared to being stuck in a crossfire between the 4400 center and NTAC. The eeriest part of this whole conspiracy is creepy Kevin, played by veteran willies-inducing Jeffery Combs. Kev's the cat who will be the future brain behind the 4400s (why NTAC doesn't simply eliminate the 4400s by eliminating him puzzles me), but right now he tips off Tom and Diana to the synthetic inhibitor that was injected into each 4400 during their checkups. "We did it to them Tom," Diana says. "We made them sick." So then comes the question what are you going to do about it kids?
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