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Something Borrowed (TV story)

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Something Borrowed
Something Borrowed main
Main character(s): Jack, Gwen, Tosh, Owen, Ianto
Featuring: Geraint and Mary Cooper, Rhys
Main enemy: Nostrovites
Main setting: Cardiff, 2009
Key crew
Writer: Phil Ford
Director: Ashley Way
Producer: Richard Stokes
Release details
Season/series: Series 2
Premiere broadcast: 5 March 2008
Premiere network: BBC Three
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TORCHWOOD Season 2 Something Borrowed

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Something Borrowed was the ninth episode in the second series of Torchwood. It saw Gwen Cooper marry Rhys Williams and confirm her feelings for Captain Jack Harkness. This episode also marked the first appearance of Gwen's parents, Mary and Geraint Cooper, along with Rhys's own parents, Brenda and Barry Williams.

Synopsis Edit

Gwen Cooper is about to get married to her fiancé Rhys. Only one problem: on her hen night she is bitten by an alien and wakes on her wedding day heavily pregnant with a shape-shifter's baby. The alien mother is on the loose and searching for its offspring. The only way for the alien to get the egg is to rip open its carrier, Gwen...

Plot Edit

Gwen is late for her hen night after following an alien. Gwen chases the creature until it turns on her and pushes her roughly to the ground. Gwen ends up flat on her back and the alien bites her. Jack kills it and helps Gwen to her feet. Jack says they should let Owen have a look at her wound.

Once her arm is bandaged, Gwen takes off for her hen night. Gwen finds some of the comments her friends say about Rhys to be quite offensive.

Gwen wakes up in her apartment the next day, feeling drowsy. She then notices her wedding dress hung up and smiles. She gets up to get out of bed, but then notices something that makes her look in the mirror; apparently, she's pregnant.

Calling Jack for help, Gwen is soon examined by Owen. Once he tells her she's actually pregnant, Gwen is dismissive of the idea and asks Jack for a second opinion. He says Owen's right about her being pregnant, prompting Gwen to ask what with. Jack explains some aliens keep their bloodline going by passing eggs onto a host; inside, they mature until ready to be born. He then makes a joke about how "Darwin would have a field day if he got to space".

Jack tries to persuade Gwen to cancel the wedding, but she declines the idea. He then tells Gwen that she is not thinking straight, earning an angry reply in return; he thinks her hormones are causing her rash decisions. Owen mentions that if she were going to die, it would have happened already, so Gwen goes ahead. However, she decides to call Rhys and inform him of what happened; he heads straight home and begins ranting.

He also tries to postpone the wedding but Gwen insists. He agrees to have the wedding anyway. The alien fertilisation is explained to their families as Gwen's pregnancy by Rhys, kept secret as a surprise. However, Gwen realises this lie won't work; their parents will be planning for their grandchild.

Tosh arrives at the wedding venue, sent by Jack to guard Gwen. After being propositioned by Rhys' best man, "Banana Boat", Tosh delivers Gwen's new wedding dress. They discuss the possibility of a relationship between Tosh and Owen.

Back at the hub, Owen's autopsy determines the creature is a Nostrovite, a carnivorous shape shifter who mates for life. They hunt in pairs. After fertilisation, the female transfers eggs to the male, who transfers them to a host to incubate until the correct time. The female then kills the host, releasing the offspring. The mate of the dead Nostrovite will be hunting Gwen.

The Nostrovite follows and murders the DJ, eating most of him. Her presence is detected by Tosh and Banana Boat. After trapping them on a bed in a black, web-like construct, the Nostrovite joins the wedding guests.

Gwen and Rhys are at the altar when Jack demands the wedding be stopped. Owen and Ianto rescue Tosh and Banana Boat. They also find Mervyn's mangled corpse. A bridesmaid, Megan, enters the room. Seeing Mervin's body, she flees. Jack orders Ianto to go after her, but he fails to stop her before she screams murder to the entire wedding party. After firing at and chasing the Nostrovite, Tosh and Jack run after it but lose its track.

Jack questions Owen about Gwen, who says that Rhys' mother Brenda is with the couple. Tosh mentions that Brenda is with Gwen's mother in the garden. Tosh and Jack reach the couple's room, where Jack calls Brenda an "ugly bitch". After being punched by Rhys, Jack is told that the woman actually is really Rhys' mother; the alien can't copy smells and Brenda always wears awful perfume. They reach the garden to find the Nostrovite still with Gwen's mother. They confront her and the Nostrovite holds Gwen's mother hostage, demanding her child. Gwen walks towards them, but just as the Nostrovite releases Gwen's mother, Gwen pulls out a hidden gun and fires several times as it flees.


The Nostrovite poses as Jack.

Owen has brought the singularity scalpel to destroy the egg. He sends Gwen to her room, but asks Rhys to wait while he tells Rhys about the scalpel and teaches him how to use it. Jack enters Gwen's room whilst Owen and Rhys are outside. He and Gwen share an emotional conversation. They nearly kiss, just as Jack transforms into the Nostrovite. Owen enters and shoots the Nostrovite while Gwen exits with Rhys. After realising Owen is dead, the Nostrovite pursues Gwen.

Rhys and Gwen reach the stable and Rhys explains Owen's plan to remove the egg. As the Nostrovite tries to enter, Rhys removes the egg. Just as the egg is vapourised, the Nostrovite enters, impersonating Rhys' mother again. She moves towards Rhys, who picks up a nearby chainsaw. Furious at all that the creature has done to ruin his wedding day and threaten his bride and family, he lunges at the Nostrovite with the chainsaw. However, the chainsaw stops working. Jack appears at the door and kills the creature with a gun. Jack helps Gwen up. Putting her hand in Rhys', Jack proclaims, "The hero always gets the girl".

Rhys and Gwen's ceremony resumes and the couple are wed. At the reception, Rhys and Gwen notice everyone falling asleep. Jack has retconned the wedding party and guests. Jack offers the couple pills, but Gwen declines. She insists there will "be no secrets in this marriage". They exit, thanking the team for everything. Jack and the others clean up. Ianto notes the irony of fighting aliens by day and being "Wedding Fairies" by night.

Later, Jack enters the Hub alone, blowing some confetti in the air. He retrieves an old tin box holding old pictures. He looks through them, reminiscing, but picks one up and stops. This picture shows Jack and his bride at their wedding.

Cast Edit

Crew Edit

General production staff

Script department

Camera and lighting department

Art department

Costume department

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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.

References Edit

Culture Edit

Religion Edit

  • When Gwen tries to continue with her wedding despite the Nostrovite pregnancy, Jack tells her she's "not carrying the Baby Jesus in there."

Devices Edit

Foods and beverages Edit

  • All of Gwen's wedding guests are given level 6 retcon (with champagne). Jack also offers it to Gwen and Rhys.

Species Edit

  • The Nostrovite doesn't attack Owen, realising that he is actually dead.

Individuals Edit

Story notes Edit

Ratings Edit

Filming locations Edit

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Production errors Edit

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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.

Continuity Edit

  • The singularity scalpel was last used in TV: Reset.
  • Owen is unable to properly use his left hand because of the damage sustained to it in TV: A Day in the Death. He previously gashed it open with an scalpel and deliberately broke a finger in disgust of his undead state.
  • A datasheet of Lisa Hallett is in the medical area of the hub. (TV: Cyberwoman)
  • Owen was killed in TV: Reset and returned to partial life in Dead Man Walking.

DVD releases Edit

  • Something Borrowed, along with the rest of series 2, was released in a complete series box set in 2008.

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