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End of the Road
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Main character(s): Jack, Gwen, Rhys, Rex, Esther, Oswald
Featuring: Jilly, Friedkin, Shapiro, Olivia, Angelo, Charlotte, Noah, Sarah, Blue-Eyed Man and Mary Cooper
Main enemy: The Three Families
Main setting: Swansea, the Colasanto Residence, NV and Langley, VA, 2011
Key crew
Writer: Ryan Scott, Jane Espenson
Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Producer: Kelly A Manners
Release details
Season/series: 4
Premiere broadcast: 26 August 2011
Premiere network: Starz
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End of the Road[1] was the eighth episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day. It introduced Allen Shapiro as the snark-spouting superior to Rex Matheson and Esther Drummond at the CIA. Brian Friedkin also reappeared after a five episode absence to retaliate against Torchwood, more specifically Matheson, for his painful interrogation. This ultimately failed and he attempted suicide, a choice that took down Olivia Colasanto with him.

Among the many secrets about the mysterious group behind the Miracle, more was revealed about the effects it is having on the world. The first true death to happen since the Miracle occurs in this episode, the demise of a very elderly Angelo Colasanto. Also, the Torchwood Hub is mentioned to be the place where the piece of alien technology Colasanto had was found, following its destruction in Children of Earth. Even more surprising, it shows how much more Angelo was infatuated with Jack than the immortal's previous lovers, even taking photos of him thoughout the 20th century. Another important revelation would be that the Categories of Life was adopting a fourth category: Category 0. This news angered Oswald Danes and led him to become a fugitive, attacking Jilly Kitzinger for not informing him about this, who scrapped back after putting up with his repulsive behavior for so long.

Synopsis

Jack Harkness faces a showdown with a man he thought long dead, but will the outcome be beneficial? Rex Matheson takes extreme action, but is it too late to prevent the collapse of society?

Plot

The Torchwood team arrive at the Colasanto residence. The woman who brought Jack Harkness is Angelo Colasanto's granddaughter. She explains that since meeting Jack, Angelo has devoted his life to making immortality possible. Angelo himself is now aged and infirm, bedridden and connected to life-support machines.

His granddaughter, Olivia Colasanto, explains the three men who witnessed Jack's resurrection represented three different families who are in some way responsible for the Miracle. When Esther Drummond tried to trace them, there was no record of them.

The CIA enter the residence, having tracked Rex Matheson through a phone call he made to Vera Juarez's brother. Rex confronts Brian Friedkin, who confesses that he is working for the families, which he transmits through the contact lenses.

Allen Shapiro arrests Friedkin, but he triggers a bomb he is carrying, killing Olivia and him. Rex and Esther are once more allowed to work for the CIA.

While speaking to Angelo, Jack removes his breathing apparatus and kisses him. The life support machines to start beeping frantically and Angelo dies, leaving the CIA attempting to figure out how he died.

Esther notices the flooring under Angelo's bed is higher than the rest of the room. Jack examines it and says it is a null field, cancelling the morphic field causing the Miracle. Jack warns that any state with knowledge of this alien technology could cause a catastrophic disaster, since a null field can conceal mass weapons.

Oswald Danes begins to wear down Jilly Kitzingers last nerves inside a hotel at Dallas by tuning her out with rockabilly music when she tries to discuss the televised exposure in she has planned for him. He requests that she brings him a prostitute. Jilly is also approached by a woman who addresses herself as Shawnie Yamaguchi, with unusual eagerness to become her assistant. When the weary Jilly enters her room to take off her high heels, Yamaguchi wins her over, as Jilly does not realise she is a mole for the CIA. Meanwhile, Oswald receives his prostitute, but attempts to treat her more like a date, which irritates the woman. After her patience is exhausted, she walks off in a huff, warning Oswald he is a "Category 0".

Oswald beelines to Jilly and confronts her for not mentioning this to him. Congress has initiated a mandate that will allow a new category of life to deal with people who have earned the ovens for violating morality, such as criminals and death row convicts like him, and contrary to what Danes thinks, he is only loved on television, not in society. He then strikes Jilly across the face and gives her a bloody lip. Finally sick of putting up with Danes, Jilly's temper explodes and she grabs hold of him in retaliation, flailing and screaming. Oswald clobbers her again and charges out of the room, stealing her laptop. Kitzinger picks herself up and stands outside her room bellowing at the departing Oswald her many grievances — she'll issue a whole new set of charges on his head for the assault, that the ovens are opening up just for him, and even if he runs, his face is too famous for him to hide.

Jilly later discusses with Shawnie her plans to sic the world against Oswald, when she encounters the same man from the Cowboys Stadium. He tips her off Shawnie is a CIA field agent, then shoots Shawnie as she stands in the hotel elevator after being excused by Kitzinger. The man tells the bewildered Jilly that she is being considered for a promotion above PhiCorp for a position in the family, to which she agrees. He whisks her away while informing someone else on his mobile phone Jilly is now in the family's hands. This person is revealed as Charlotte Willis, secretly infiltrating the CIA under her colleagues' noses. Noah Vickers asks her who was she talking to after fetching records from several Catholic churches. Willis replies, "It's just a family thing — that's all," resuming her masquerade without missing a beat.

Jack begs Rex and Esther to get him out of the Colasanto manor, claiming the alpha plate from the generator. Rex knocks out the guard by Jack and instructs him to leave Esther and himself behind so he can implement a lie that Jack escaped on his own with a stolen vehicle, since the CIA may still need their services. As they sneak out the back door, a guard spots them and shoots Jack. Rex takes out this guard but Esther knows she's been spotted. Rex sends her away to deal with the guards who will investigate the shot. He smears the blood from Jack's wound over his chest so it looks like his injury is leaking out and leaves Esther driving away with a critically wounded Jack in the back seat, listening to a radio announcement declaring total economic collapse of biblical magnitude on the horizon. Esther panics when the faintly conscious Jack does not provide any words at all that could defuse this crisis. She has no idea where to go for help. Elsewhere, the deported Gwen sits on a plane back to Wales, crying in despair.

Cast

Crew

General production staff


Camera and lighting department

Art department


Make-up and prosthetics


General post-production staff

Special and visual effects

Sound







Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.
          

The Starz broadcast carried a final credit of "Originally Developed and Produced by BBC Cymru Wales". The BBC One broadcast says, instead, "BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC Cymru Wales and STARZ Originals".


References

  • Jilly gives Oswald an essay by John Maynard Keynes.
  • Rhys mentions Lehman Brothers.
  • Olivia mentions stem cells.
  • Jack Harkness sported a moustache in the 1970s.
  • Allen Shapiro blasts Jack's World War II flying-ace attire with the comment, "What is it with you, Red Baron? You got Snoopy up your ass?", a reference to a running gag in the Peanuts comic strip where Snoopy would battle the Baron.
  • Charlotte Wills notes that after World War II, all the Hitlers in the phone books disappeared, some changing names to disassociate themselves with the tyrant.
  • Jack mentions Ianto when he is talking to Angelo, asking him whether he saw Ianto while watching Jack. He speculates about whether the two would have liked each other or not.

Story notes

Ratings

  • UK: 4.64 million [2]

Filming locations

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Production errors

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.
  • Esther hangs up the phone after Rex gives her the names of the Three Families, but the call somehow stays connected.
  • When Brian Friedkin interrogates Rex, his voice should not be audible on the television set the Eye-5s are projecting their feed on, as the Eye-5s cannot pick up sound. Secondly, Friedkin's voice isn't turned into the generic male voice by the translation systems of the Eye-5 contact lenses.

Continuity

Home video releases

This episode was released worldwide in a box set containing all ten episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day. In the United Kingdom, it was released on Region 2 DVD and Region Free Blu-ray on 14 November 2011.[3] In Australia, it was released in Region 4 DVD and Region B Blu-Ray on 1 December 2011.[4] In New Zealand, the same sets were released on 7 December 2011.[5] In North America, it was released on Region 1 DVD and Region Free Blu-Ray on 3 April 2012.[6]

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