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Rendition (TV story)

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Main character(s): Jack, Gwen, Rhys, Rex, Esther, Oswald
Featuring: Vera, Jilly, Friedkin, Andy, Charlotte, Noah
Main enemy: CIA, Lyn Peterfield
Main setting: A flight between Heathrow and Dulles
22 March 2011
Key crew
Writer: Doris Egan
Director: Billy Gierhart
Producer: Kelly A Manners
Release details
Season/series: 4
Premiere broadcast: 15 July 2011
Premiere network: Starz
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Torchwood Miracle Day - Episode 102 00:31

Torchwood Miracle Day - Episode 102 "Rendition" Preview

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Rendition was the second episode of the fourth series of Torchwood. It demonstrated that Jack had lost his immortality, and showed that there were other forces at work, trying to prevent him and Gwen from investigating the Miracle.

Synopsis Edit

Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper travel to America by plane. Rhys Williams is left behind in England. Jack is poisoned en route, while Esther Drummond discovers more about Torchwood Three and those seeking to stop her. Vera Juarez attends a conference and learns there will be even more ways for the human race to run itself to painful extinction. Oswald Danes appears to a national audience, winning, of all things, sympathy.

Plot Edit

Jack and Gwen are bundled onto a plane headed to America. Rhys and Anwen are taken back to Wales by the CIA. Jack's vortex manipulator is taken. Jack and Gwen are stuck handcuffed on a plane with Rex and Lyn Peterfield, CIA agent.

Oswald Danes, newly released convicted rapist and murderer, is interviewed on TV. Before the interview, Oswald takes most of the food for the people at the station, to a female production assistant's disgust. She tells him that she wants him to die. On the air, he cries and says he's sorry. Esther and other CIA agents watch on the TV. Oswald wins some agents' sympathy. Afterwards, Oswald and a police officer enter a lift. Jilly Kitzinger congratulates him on his performance, certain he was acting. Jilly offers her card, but Oswald makes a point of tearing it up outside the lift after he had received news of another interview. Jilly, still trying to win Oswald over, explains that if Satan himself walked the earth, he would need representation. However, Danes counters, by saying if Satan DID walk the earth, "He would truly be working in PR."

On the plane, Gwen and Jack catch up; she's angry that he took so long, thus putting Anwen in danger. However, Jack easily counters most of her angry comments by asking, "Did you miss me?"; she does. Gwen then goes on to say that she thought the next time they met would be like a fairy tale; she'd be an old woman and he'd still be the same. Rex interrupts them, asking what Jack's vortex manipulator is. Not answering, Jack asks if anyone is investigating morphic fields, going on to explain the basics of it. He then decides to make fun of Rex, pointing out that the beeping coming from his manipulator means he has low sodium levels and needs salt. Rex calls Dr Vera Juarez, who confirms this diagnosis.

Dr Juarez attends a conference in Washington, D.C. She learns the scope of the problems that the Miracle is causing. People still age and can be critically injured; a fellow doctor compares it to the Greek story of Tithonus. She overhears that skin cells will continue to grow as old cells die and the Miracle is species-specific to humans. Germs will become resistant to medicine as they have an eternity to feed on bodies and grow stronger. Vera also learns food and medical supplies will drop rapidly and the ever growing population could become a big problem.

Meanwhile, Esther discovers Rex's account has been deleted from the CIA database after she sees agents she doesn't know in Rex's office, altering his computer. She has received a lot of money from a Chinese bank account, framing her as a double agent. She prepares to contact Rex.

Back on the plane, Jack asks for a Coke. Lyn slips arsenic into it while one of the flight attendants, Danny, is distracted. Jack drinks it and announces that he feels sick, quickly becoming pale. Rex takes him to the bathroom where he vomits repeatedly. Upon finding out that there is no medicine onboard, Gwen suspects the flight attendant until realising Lyn went to "supervise" him; she tells Lyn, "It's either you or the big, gay steward; so my money's on you." Rex examines Lyn's purse, finding a bag of pills. She denies it is poison. Rex asks her to eat it, so she admits to poisoning Jack. She is handcuffed; Gwen slips her own handcuffs and she and Rex work, with help from the flight crew and Vera and the others at the conference, to create an antidote: improvised EDTA. Lyn tries to stop them and frees herself, but Gwen knocks her unconscious. Gwen and Rex save Jack, and Gwen is handcuffed again.

Jack, Gwen, Rex and Lyn arrive at Dulles, Esther has been trying to contact Rex. She tells him about his office and her account. Having been given a key by one of the corrupt agents Friedkin sent, Lyn slowly unlocks her handcuffs. Rex notices via a text message that he has also been "bribed", and received even more money than Esther. He lets Jack and Gwen go, knocks the guards out and breaks Lyn's neck. Vera and Esther arrive in cars outside the airport, and Jack, Gwen and Rex get into Esther's car. Vera drives off. Lyn, with a twisted neck, stumbles in front of their car, surviving because of the Miracle. She tries to harm them, but falls over, making Vera run over to assist her. The four drive off. Panicing, Esther wonders what's happening. Calmly, Gwen says, "Welcome to Torchwood."

Cast Edit

Crew Edit

General production staff

Camera and lighting department

Art department

Make-up and prosthetics

General post-production staff

Special and visual effects


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 Edit

Biology Edit

  • The continued use of antibiotics (and other drugs and medicines) and the lack of people dying will further the production/evolution of drug-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA.
  • Human flesh affected by Miracle Day continues to age.

Drugs and medicines Edit

  • Rex is given an aspirin on the plane by Danny. It was found in the co-pilot's shirt pocket.

Elements Edit

  • Jack is poisoned with arsenic and saved by chelation with EDTA, made on the plane from (amongst other things) silver, cyanide, and degreaser.

Foods and beverages Edit

  • Jack asks for a cola while on the plane.
  • Gwen drinks water whilst on the plane.
  • Rex requests some pretzels while on the plane — the salty kind.

Individuals Edit

  • Jack had a boyfriend who took arsenic for his skin.
  • Rex continues to refer to Jack as "World War II" and notes his clothing makes him look like a flying ace.

Theories and concepts Edit

Vehicles Edit

  • Esther steals a blue Mini.
  • Gwen is sorely disappointed by the getaway car Esther has for the group, thinking the Americans should have big, boastful SUVs.

Story notes Edit

  • In the airport scene Captain Jack Harkness kicks a CIA officer in the face. Barrowman announced at Comic Con that he actually kicked the actor in the nose and "busted" it.
  • Unlike broadcasts of Doctor Who and previous series of Torchwood, this series was broadcast in the United States, Australia and Canada before the United Kingdom.

Ratings Edit

  • UK: 5.75 million

Filming locations Edit

to be added

Production errors Edit

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.
  • When Jilly is smoking a cigarette with Vera Juarez, on the camera shot behind her the lighter isn't in her hand, but on the front shot the lighter is.

Continuity Edit

Home video releases Edit

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.[1] In Australia, it was released in Region 4 DVD and Region B Blu-Ray on 1 December 2011.[2] In New Zealand, the same sets were released on 7 December 2011.[3] In North America, it was released on Region 1 DVD and Region Free Blu-Ray on 3 April 2012.[4]

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