Series Episode Guide
"Reflections in Terror"
Original Airdate: December
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Plot Summary -
Diana uses a stolen blood
sample from Elizabeth to clone another 'Starchild', who escapes from the
Legation. Ham's past is revealed, while Nathan finally confronts
Julie about her affiliation with the Resistance.
Kyle and Elizabeth leave Club Creole to check
out Kyle's new house. On the way, Kyle buys Elizabeth a Christmas
corsage from a old lady. The woman deliberately pricks Elizabeth's
finger with the corsage.
Ham and Mike, meanwhile, manage to evade Visitor
patrols while smuggling orphan children into L.A. Mr. Chiang informs
Nathan that Mike and Ham were positively identified. Nathan demands
that Mr. Chiang crush the Resistance.
At the Visitor Legation, the old lady hands over
the corsage to Diana. The pin has been coated with a dioxin veneer,
which will enable Diana to clone a new Starchild to her own genetic specifications.
Diana plans to use the clone to develop a red-dust antitoxin. The
old lady is taken away to be killed.
The orphaned children are taken to a church that
is being used as a halfway house. There they meet up with Ham's old
friend Chris Faber - Chris had been working with a desert unit that was
recently wiped out by the Visitors. He reveals that he is now working
with Father Turney to place war orphans in foster homes in Los Angeles.
One of the orphan children, Jennifer, confronts
Ham about his morose attitude. When the Resistance fighters see a
Visitor patrol outside destroying a manger scene, they attack the Visitors.
Despite the increased Visitor presence, Father Turney refuses to leave,
and Mike and Ham make plans to return the next day to pick up the orphans.
Kyle and Elizabeth decide to relax by the water
at their new house. Robin also comes outside and witnesses the couple
sharing a private moment. Robin confronts them and storms into the
At Club Creole, Willie gets into the Christmas
spirit by singing his own version of "Deck The Halls". He is roughly
pushed from the piano by a Visitor, who begins playing the Visitor National
Anthem. Juliet hears the commotion
and attends to Willie - then begins singing "America The Beautiful".
By the second verse the entire club has stood and joined in, and
drowned out the Visitor, who gives up. No one notices a man in the
corner taking photos using a small surveillance camera.
Diana's clone is developed at the Legation, despite
warnings from Dennis, a Visitor scientist, who warns that Diana has interfered
too much with the hybrid's genetic structure. Julie, meanwhile, has
discovered the pinprick on Elizabeth's finger and takes a culture of it
for testing at Science Frontiers.
When a guard hears glass breaking inside the lab
at the Legation, he goes to investigate and is found dead, with his human
face ripped away. The incubator and lab are destroyed. Diana
sends the Visitor's best tracker, Laird, to find and return the clone.
When Ham, Mike and Chris return to Father Turney's
church, they find a car burning outside and the church ransacked.
Ham sees a Visitor and loses control, breaking the Visitor's neck.
Chris has to confine him from shooting the already dead Visitor.
Jennifer leads the Resistance members to the church basement, where Father
Turney and the orphans have been hiding. All decide to head back
Elizabeth and Robin have a long talk in a park,
where they resolve their feelings about Kyle. Robin comes to realize
that Elizabeth and Kyle are in love, so Robin considers leaving L.A.
As they are leaving the park, Elizabeth senses that they are being watched.
After they leave, a police officer is attacked and killed by the clone.
The clone, who was still at an early stage of development, metamorphs in
a drainage tunnel into the Elizabeth that we know.
Laird manages to track the clone to the drainage
tunnel, and realizes that she has morphed. He follows her footprints
using a sophisticated infra tracking device. The clone heads into
town and sees herself in a mirror - she shatters the mirror using only
a touch. When confronted by the store manager, she hisses and shows
her lizard-like tongue. Her destruction is captured on video cameras,
and an All-Points-Bulletin is aired on the L.A. news. Julie, meanwhile,
has discovered the dioxin in Elizabeth's blood and realizes what Diana
has done. While Robin looks for Elizabeth, who is shopping for Christmas
presents, Juliet heads back to Science Frontiers to confront Nathan.
At Science Frontiers, the surveillance expert
confirms what Mr. Chiang has long suspected - Julie is a member of the
Resistance. When Nathan is shown the pictures taken at Club Creole,
he takes steps to set Julie up as a traitor.
The Resistance members deliver the orphaned children
to Club Creole. When Mike expresses concern over
Ham's behaviour, Chris explains: In Vietnam, before the fall of Saigon,
Ham was married to a Eurasian woman and had a daughter. He and Chris
were sent to Nicaragua, and the government promised to airlift Ham's family
to safety. Ham left his family in a church on the outskirts of Saigon.
When an airstrike was sent in to halt a Viet Cong advance, one of the pilots
dropped his bomb early, and destroyed the church. Ham returned many
times to search the burned out building and surrounding area but never
found his family.
At the Legation, Laird is threatened with death
if he does not deliver the clone by nightfall. When Kyle arrives
at this house, he finds it empty ... and does not sense the clone watching
him from the nearby woods.
Mike attempts to commiserate with Ham, but if
rebuffed. He and Chris notice a large preponderance of service vans
in the area, and begin to suspect a trap.
At Science Frontiers, Juliet goes to speak to
Nathan. He cuts her off, however, to say that he is glad that she
is not at Club Creole, because he "would not want to find her body in the
wreckage". Julie tries to hide her fear until she can get to her
office to warn Elias. However, when she calls the club from her office,
it is Nathan who answers - Mr. Chiang has put a relay on her phone.
Despite this and the fact that her office is monitored by security camera,
Juliet manages to spray perfume into the face of a security guard and escape
A group of Nathan's goons head into Club Creole.
After checking that the place seems empty, the leader of the group pulls
out his gun and starts shooting. The Resistance are ready for them
,though, and jump out of their hiding places to return fire. After
a short firefight, the Resistance members head to the hidden room and set
off the explosives they have wired in the building. Juliet, having
just arrived outside, sees the explosion and recoils in terror, believing
that all inside have perished. When Mike grabs her a moment later,
she sobs with relief to find that everyone is OK.
At Kyle's house, the clone watches him as he takes
a shower. Thinking it is Elizabeth, he calls out to her to wait for
him. The real Elizabeth, meanwhile, returns from her shopping and
tries to calm the clone, whom she had sensed in the park. Kyle grabs
a statue to use as a weapon but Elizabeth senses that the clone will not
hurt her. When Laird arrives, the clone throws herself in front of
Elizabeth and takes a laser blast meant for the Starchild. The gun
clatters to the floor as the clone falls. Laird advances on Elizabeth,
and is shot by Kyle, who has grabbed the pistol. Elizabeth
holds the clone as she dies in her arms.
The Resistance members hold a Christmas party
at Club Creole's hidden room - Chris managed to rig the explosives
so that the rooms below would remain intact. Juliet and Willie
help Elizabeth to understand the clone's death, when Ham arrives dressed
as Santa Claus.
Medal of Valour - The
Freedom Network Medal of Valour is awarded to Marilyn McGeorge of Biloxi,
Mississippi, who rammed and sank a Visitor patrol boat with her husband's
and Nitpicks -
During Willie's song, his lips are not in synch
with the words of the song. It is obvious that the vocals
were added later.
Prior to the clone's escape, footage is shown
of a Visitor shuttle landing while an honour guard stands by.
Diana is already at the Legation. There is no need for this scene.
Perhaps they just had some extra footage left over from another episode
and decided to insert it there?
The clone is shown wearing an oversized nightshirt
and sweater. Where did she get them? Would the clone
have had a sense of modesty? The clothes also should have been
covered in 'goop' from her metamorphosis into the grown 'Elizabeth'.
When Kyle is in the shower, he says: "Hold on,
I'll be out in a minute". His lips are not in synch with these
words. Despite repeated viewing, I could not make out what the
original line was! However, Wendy
could! The original line is "Come in, the water's fine!".
Knowing that the vocal would be re-dubbed later, Jeff Yagher obviously
decided to have a little fun here! Thanks, Wendy! Deb
recently received the original draft script for this episode. She
let me know that the line "Come on in, the water's fine!" was part of the
original script! I guess the producers decided it was a little too
risque for the audience they were trying to attract.
There is no scorch mark on Laird after Kyle shoots
made an interesting observation. He
says: During the clone's metamorphosis scene, this is obviously stock
footage from the beginning of "Dreadnaught". It is obvious
that this is not the interior of a tunnel walkway by noticing the cave
background, the same cave as when Elizabeth underwent the process.
notes that, in the scene where Diana is berating
Dennis for allowing the clone to escape, there is a picture hanging on
the wall in the background of "some sort of otherworldly landscape with
jagged cliffs, a body of water and a vehicle of some sort flying overhead".
Collin figures this is the home world (and no one is going to talk him
out of it!) :)
(The human collaborator gives Diana the corsage
with Elizabeth's blood sample)
Old Lady: I've
done my part. Where is my husband?
Why, where he's always been. Here in
Old Lady: You
promised we would be together again for Christmas dinner.
you will... our Christmas dinner! Take her away.
(Robin confronts Kyle and Elizabeth after a kiss)
isn't this a pretty picture!
Robin: Don't say anything!
You're my daughter, I trusted you.
Kyle: Look, look Robin, I tried
Robin: And you... How could you?
Elizabeth: Mother, please, it's
not his fault. We just ...
Robin: You just snuck around
behind my back!
Kyle: No, wrong. We just
fell in love! It wasn't anything we planned. We didn't do it to
spite you. It just happened.
(Willie's version of Deck The Halls - as near
as I can tell, anyway!)
the Halls with lousy folly
Fa la la la la la la la la
Disbelieving stuffy Molly
Fa la la la la la la la la
Though we know how gay we carol
Fa la la Fa la la la la la
Holy Moly Yuletide barrel
Fa la la la la la la la la
|Elizabeth clone as child:
|Howard K. Smith:
||Howard K. Smith
|Additional Guest Stars:
|Ken Houlihan, Robert Rothwell, Connie Sawyer,
Charles Walker, Debbie Armani, Jim Boelsen, Tom Lowell
||Daniel H. Blatt
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