Pilot

Alien NationFive years after a ship full of Tenctonese slaves crashed on Earth, the “Newcomers” are gradually integrating into human society, holding jobs, holding public office, and struggling for acceptance. LAPD Detective Matt Sikes and his Tenctonese partner, Detective George Francisco, find themselves investigating a case involving the body of a dead homeless man, covered with sores of an unknown origin. They find most of the leads in the case to be dead-ends, but things get more complicated when the body vanishes from the coroner’s morgue. In the meantime, they have their hands full with other emergencies as well, including breaking up a rally of anti-Newcomer “Purists” at a local school which happens to be attended by George’s eight-year-old daughter Emily. The protest rally is quickly disbanded by Sikes, but when class resumes, Emily discovers that bigotry isn’t a phenomenon unique to adult humans. Emily’s older brother Buck actively resents his father’s insistence that he assimilate into human society, opting instead to skip school and fall in with a crowd of like-minded Tenctonese teens, though Buck’s attempts to live part of his life on the streets may have disastrous consequences. George’s wife Susan attends classes of her own, trying to discover a niche she can fill on Earth.

When Burns, a tabloid photographer who hangs around the precinct and continually annoys Sikes, captures a photo of a hulking insectoid creature, and Newcomer bodies begin to turn up horribly disfigured, rumors abound, ranging from an unknown virus brought to Earth by the aliens, or some sort of creature that occupied a Newcomer host body for its trip to Earth. Public sentiment turns against the Tenctonese and tensions rise. Sikes turns to his Newcomer neighbor, biologist Cathy Frankel, for help in deciphering the clues, but it seems that she knows something about the case that she doesn’t want to discuss. Sikes and George mount a stakeout at the site where Newcomer corpses have been found, only to discover that their threat may be more home-grown than they realized.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Kenneth Johnson
directed by Kenneth Johnson
music by Joe Harnell

Cast: Gary Graham (Matt Sikes), Eric Pierpoint (George Francisco), Michele Scarabelli (Susan Francisco), Lauren Woodland (Emily Francisco), Sean Six (Buck Francisco), Terri Treas (Cathy), Molly Morgan (Jill), Jeff Marcus (Albert Einstein), Jeff Doucette (Burns), Ron Fassler (Capt. Grazer), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Sgt. Dobbs), L. Scott Caldwell (Lyddie), Diane Civita (Jill’s Mother), William Frankfather (Purist Leader), Ketty Lester (Teacher), Loyda Ramos (Puente), Tim Russ (Ketnes), Brian Smiar (Priest), Evan Kim (Dr. Lee), Tony Acierto (Marcus), Jeff Austin (Randall), Terry Beaver (Newcomer Cop), Lisa Donaldson Bowman (Miranda), Jade Calegory (Mark), George Cheung (Rowdy #2), Gus Corrado (Linen Manager), Robert Allan Curtis (Salvage Manager), Trevor Edmond (Blentu), John William Evans (Vagrant), Brooks Anne Hayes (Receptionist), Marco Hernandez (Tito), Kevin Hurley (Second Streetperson), John Kirby (Supporter), Aaron Lustig (Amos N. Andy), Melora Marshall (Woman Purist), Joe Mays (Informant), Richard Mehana (Dr. Hurwitz), Martha Melinda (First Streetperson), Catherine Paolone (Diane), John Patrick Reger (Ramna), Bert Rosario (Bernardo), Andrea Stein (Homeowner), Tiere Turner (Black Kid), Steve Vandeman (Rowdy #1), Ed Williams (Newcomer), Biff Yeager (The Man)

Notes: The two-hour pilot of Alien Nation is distinctly different in tone from the rest of the series, and makes many major changes from the story established in the film of the same name. Writer/director Kenneth Johnson enlisted the help of several people he had worked with on V, including composer Joe Harnell and actors Diane Civita and Evan Kim. Alien Nation has another connection with Johnson’s earlier work: the basic premise of Alien Nation, minus the characters, was intended to be the premise of the (never produced) season season of V, which would have seen the alien Visitors withdraw from Earth en masse, except for at least one ship which crashed on Earth, its complement of reptilian Visitors forced to become an underclass in a storyline that would’ve commented on Apartheid. This is the only episode in which Sikes is seen to smoke, though that may have been an attempt to stay “in character” as a street bum.

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Fountain Of Youth

Alien NationA fellow Newcomer cop takes a bullet for George at a stakeout, and is rushed to L.A.’s new Newcomer-only hospital. Despite focusing on Tenctonese medicine, the hospital has a human administrator, an old friend of Sikes’, and he promises Sikes and George that their colleague is suffering a superficial wound to his arm. Later, as the recovering police officer is walking around the hospital, he spots something completely at odds with the hospital’s mission: a female human patient is being treated there. The next day, the officer dies, supposedly of a fatal reaction to anesthetics. Sikes and George talk to the hospital staff, including Sikes’ neighbor Cathy, discovering that there have been a number of deaths recently. At a party held by Sikes’ friend, Sikes is offered the post of chief of security at the hospital, but he also has a little too much to drink and passes out. When Sikes wakes up in the morning, he has an odd scar. Cathy, who has discovered one common factor – a missing gland – among all of the dead Newcomers, discovers that Sikes has been injected with a Newcomer hormone from that gland…and that yet another patient died at the hospital while Sikes was at the party. Tenctonese patients are dying to make humans younger – and both Sikes’ friend and some of the Tenctonese doctors are in on the scheme.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Gary Graham (Matt Sikes), Eric Pierpoint (George Francisco), Michele Scarabelli (Susan Francisco), Lauren Woodland (Emily Francisco), Sean Six (Buck Francisco), Terri Treas (Cathy), Molly Morgan (Jill), Jeff Marcus (Albert Einstein), Jeff Doucette (Burns), Ron Fassler (Capt. Grazer), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Sgt. Dobbs)

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Diane Frolov
directed by John McPherson
music by Steve Dorff

Guest Cast: Jason Beghe (Dr. Trenner), Joel Polis (Dr. Windsor), Liz Torres (Dr. Tamayo), Bonnie Urseth (Sofia James), Susan Gibney (Harriet Beecher), Gretchen German (Lisa Bancroft), James Greene (Moodri), Robert V. Barron (Celinite Priest), Crystal Carson (Celeste), Randy Harrington (Man), Wendy Kaplan (Beth Meadows), Steve Rankin (Henry James), Barry Sherman (Executive)

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Little Lost Lamb

Alien NationJust as George is remarking on the superficiality of human physical relationships, Sikes pulls over to help a Tenctonese prostitute being threatened by an equally Tenctonese pimp. George gives her bus fare to go home to her family, and charges Sikes with making sure she makes it to her bus. At first Sikes is furious, but George explains that the girl is suffering from a kind of Newcomer post-traumatic stress disorder that convinces its sufferers that they are still slaves. Rather than getting on a bus, she wanders back to Sikes’ apartment, where he puts her up for another night – and when he comes home from work, she’s been murdered. George and Sikes set out to find the killer, and the trail leads them to a talent agency whose owner, a Newcomer woman, seems to find it all too easy to enslave her people again. But closer to home, George learns of a troubling secret his son has been keeping as well.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Diane Frolov
directed by Kevin Hooks
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Heather McAdam (Mary Shelley), Kimberly Kates (Dallas Ft. Worth), Shannon Wilcox (Charlotte Bronte), Will Bledsoe (Dorian Grey), James Greene (Moodri), Trevor Edmond (Blentu), Catherine Lansing (Receptionist), Robert Mangiardi (Harry Marcus), Noon Orsatti (Svabo), William Wellman Jr. (Ruby)

Notes: Buck’s tangle with members of a street gang happened in the pilot episode.

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Fifteen With Wanda

Alien NationSikes and George are assigned to provide protection to the Newcomer witness of a mob-related murder, but after three weeks holed up in a hotel room, both the witness and his protectors are ready to tear each others’ heads off. Worse yet, he’s due to be married as soon as he is reunited with his future bride, and since Tenctonese custom involves both bride and groom preparing for the big day with a massive dose of their native aphrodisiacs, he’s literally trying to escape from George and Sikes. Worse yet, Sikes’ daughter, Kirby, calls with a crisis of her own, and then George’s son Buck gets into trouble at school – and each man has to leave the other alone with their charge for a while. If they don’t let their guard down enough to endanger him, if his rampaging hormones don’t put him in harm’s way, and if they can resist the urge to strangle him, he may just live to testify…

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Steven Long Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle
directed by Rob Bowman
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: David Bowe (Buster Keaton), Joan McMurtrey (Victoria Sikes), Cheryl Pollak (Kirby Sikes), Lori Petty (Sal), Sachi Parker (Wanda), Wayne Pere (Thor), Haskell V. Anderson III (Principal Fisher), Trevor Edmond (Blentu), Jean Sincere (Granny), Michael Wilson (Maitre’d), Thomas J. Hagebueck (Officer), Mike Worth (Prep #1), Nikki Tyler (Salesgirl), Noon Orsatti (Svabo), Ron Howard George (Wayne Joshua), Bobbie Cummings (Ernie Jett)Notes:

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The Takeover

Alien NationRiots in L.A. stretch police manpower to its limits – badly enough that Sikes and George are left desk-sitting at the precinct. Susan fights her way through traffic to bring George enough food to get through the night. But when a group of criminals – both humans and a newcomer woman – stage an all-out attack on the police station. They humans are after a cache of weapons and drugs that have been seized as evidence, while the Newcomer woman is seeking a tank of gas that was used by the Overseers to turn the Newcomers into slaves. Susan and Albert are unlucky enough to be found when the station is taken over, while Sikes is lucky enough to be handling an emergency call that conveniently involves an ex-girlfriend. Albert is shot while trying to help Susan escape, but she winds up being taken hostage. With no other backup available, George prepares to take on this hostage crisis entirely on his own.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Tom Chahak
directed by Steven Dubin
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Gwynyth Walsh (Diane), Ji-Tu Cumbuka (Andy), Charley Lang (Kenny), Tracey Walter (Tom), Michael Fairman (Captain McKnight), Will Egan (Harry Dundee), Camila Griggs (Letitia)

Notes: We learn here that “Holy Gas,” an airborne substance rendered the Newcomers completely submissive to the Overseers, and completely susceptible to their commands. It apparently also works on humans.

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The First Cigar

Alien NationGeorge and Susan wind up owing $2,400 to the most powerful force in their new world: the Internal Revenue Service. As the Franciscos try to figure out where they’re going to get the money, George can at least take solace in the newfound attention of Newcomer businesswoman Betsy Ross. After her tip helps George and Sikes take a human-Newcomer drug ring off the streets, she vows to keep tipping the department off to illegal activity – and she begins to send George unsolicited gifts, which makes Sikes uneasy. When the next tip from Betsy Ross keeps a substantial amount of drugs off the streets, the two cops begin to wonder where and how she’s getting her information. Meanwhile, Buck lands a job with New Tencton Village, a planned Newcomer-only community, and actually begins to make decent money selling homes there for a mere $100 down. But is this project – and his new job – too good to be true?

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov
directed by John McPherson
music by Steve Dorff & Larry Herbstritt

Guest Cast: Diana Bellamy (Betsy Ross), Doug McKeon (Sam Simian), Joon B. Kim (Korean drug dealer), Carolyn Mignini (Ruth Steelman), John Patrick Reger (Ramna), Steve Susskind (Vahan), Jennifer Banko (Nina), Mike DeLuna (Cliff), Trevor Edmond (Blentu), Carlos Lacamara (Alvarez), Faith Minton (Bouncer), James Nixon (Newcomer Junkie), Noon Orsatti (Svabo), Jeff Skier (Delivery Man), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Yamato), Salvator Xuereb (Newcomer Dealer)

Notes: Either a voice-activated English-Tenctonese translation unit has only just been invented, or Sikes has only just been able to afford one on a police salary. (In the following episode, he’s apparently already lost it.)

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Night Of The Screams

Alien NationSikes and George are assigned to investigate a wave of Newcomer murders, and the killer’s modus operandi lines up with the Tenctonese legend of Tagdot, a grotesquely mutilated alien who severed his victims’ hands. With Halloween approaching on Earth, the legends of Tagdot are being repeated by Uncle Moodri as ghost stories, but one thing is different about this killer – even if the murderer is masquerading as Tagdot, the hands have not been found. When the severed hands are recovered, they all have one thing in common, and the trail now leads George straight to the killer. But despite having the evidence he needs, George makes a decision not to arrest him – leaving Sikes to pursue leads that won’t put an end to the killing.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Tom Chehak
directed by Gwen Arner
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: David Opatoshu (Paul Revere), Bradford English (John Macy), Meagen Fay (Coroner), Wayne Powers (Car Salesman), Mitch Pileggi (John Paul Sartre), James Greene (Moodri), Anya Liffey (Mrs. Sartree), Michael Milhoan (Officer #1), Harry Caesar (Man buying car), Gwen E. Davis (Woman buying car), Susanne LaVelle Alien Nation(Newcomer Usher), Steven Majewicz (Tadgdot – adult), Jessica Puscas (Tagdot – child), Gabe Witcher (Lost Child)

Notes: In the original end credits as broadcast (and preserved on DVD), a character is named “Mrs. Sartree,” even though it should be spelled “Sartre” in keeping with Alien Nation’s custom of giving Newcomers the names of dead humans. The credits also mention a “Newcomer Ushser,” probably referring to the usher at the movie theater. Presumably there was a bit of a rush in getting the credits prepared for this episode.

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Contact

Alien NationA prominent Caltech astronomer, who was one of the first humans to meet the Newcomers when they first arrived, is murdered the night before he plans to announce an exciting discovery. The scientist’s employer refuses to speak with Sikes and George, and they follow him to a rather exclusive club – one which excludes Newcomers. As it turns out, the major discovery was an unmanned space probe, one which originated from the same part of the sky as the Tenctonese slave ship. George fears that this probe could have been sent by the Overseers to search for the missing slaves, and if contact is made with the probe, it could lead the Overseers to Earth – at the behest of a surviving Overseer from the slave ship who has promised his masters not only the wayward Newcomers, but four billion new slaves…the entire human race.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Joe Menosky
directed by John McPherson
music by Steve Dorff & Larry Herbstatt

Guest Cast: Jeff Doucette (Burns), Annabelle Gurwitch (Dr. Marissa Meyers), Jeffrey Josephson (Sergius), Joel Polis (Carl Peterson), Stuart Fratkin (Bob), Curt Lowens (Concierge), John Apicella (Jerry Bielack), Michael Paul Chan (Mr. Kim), Donald Hotton (Professor Tower), Alexis Arquette (John Barrymore), Vincent Leahr (Dr. Morales)

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Three To Tango

Alien NationWhen George and Sikes investigate the murder of a Newcomer couple, the dead male turns out to be a Binnaum, one of a very exclusive monastic order of Tenctonese who facilitate the reproduction of their species. George asks Albert, himself a Binnaum who has renounced his vows, to identify the body. Shaken by the death of one of his brethren, Albert quits his job and returns to the order, also agreeing after much persuasion to be the Binnaum for the conception of the Franciscos’ next child. The murder weapon leads the two detectives to a dangerous psychopath who has been engaging in the systematic extermination of Binnaums in an attempt to do his part to control the Tenctonese population. But even though Sikes and George arrest the killer, another Binnaum is killed while the suspect is in custody. And this second killer is planning to kill Albert next.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider
directed by Stan Lathan
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Dobbs), Dana Anderson (May O’Naize), Alan Scarfe (The Drevni), Ivan G’Vera (Bjorn), Charles Hayward (Goran), Patrick Johnson (Issac Newton), Richard Esajian (James Polk), Fiama Fricand (Guest), Laura M. Herring (Female Newcomer), Charlie Skeen (Craig Keller)

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The Game

Alien NationA wave of Newcomer murders – death by toxic salt water – seems to strike a terrifying chord with George. When George explains that these killings are very much like the results of a deadly, forced game of Russian roulette that was played aboard the Tenctonese slave ship, Sikes blows the similarities off. George turns to one of his oldest friends, Tom Edison, who was also forced to endure the game aboard the slave ship. Becoming increasingly obsessed with the investigation, George makes what appear to be major blunders in trying to make an arrest in the case. Little does he know that the game has not only begun again on Earth, but his friend is the reigning champion.

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directed by David Carson
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Guest Cast: Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Dobbs), Molly Morgan (Jill Molaskey), Teddy Wilson (Dr. Brennan), Andreas Katsulas (Coolock), Sam Anderson (Tom Edison), Billy Ray Sharkey (Deon Flack), Bill Allen (Ruhtra), Joel Swetow (Joe Comet), Maggie Egan (Mrs. Comet), Craig Richard Nelson (Attorney), Henry Stolow (Challenger), Isabel Wolfe (Alva), Martin Valinsky (Cop)

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Chains Of Love

Alien NationTwo Newcomer males turn up dead, having recently had sex under the influence of a Tenctonese drug called sardonac – a drug which creates a permanent monogamous bond between a couple. George and Sikes follow the trail to a computer dating bulletin board system which allows Newcomers to meet potential mates; both of the victims, and one other man, have arranged dates with a particular woman before dying. George tries to offer police protection to the one man who’s still alive, but he declines it – and then turns up dead. George sets himself up as the mystery woman’s next date, but Sikes worries that George is developing an infatuation with the suspect based on her picture. In the meantime, George begins to wonder if there’s a hidden reason why he and Susan have never bonded with sardonac – and an sting to catch the suspect doesn’t succeed in closing the case, but it does demonstrate the real power of sardonac to Sikes, in a way he never would’ve expected…

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov
directed by Harry S. Longstreet
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Caitlin O’Heaney (Jenny), S.A. Griffin (Marvin Gardens), Diana Barton (Emma Bovary), Teddy Wilson (Roscoe), Jeffrey Nordling (Ted Healy), Darren Dalton (Leonard), Theodore Raimi (Johnny), Bennett Liss (Ralph), Thom Zimmerle (Daniel), Kurt Verbaarschot (Roland)

Notes: This episode of Alien Nation marks one of the earliest TV appearances of Ted Raimi (credited here as Theodore Raimi), brother of Evil Dead auteur (and future Spider-Man movie franchise director) Sam Raimi. Ted Raimi would go on to appear in such series as seaQuest DSV and Xena: Warrior Princess, as well as quite a few of his brother’s film projects.

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The Spirit Of ’95

Alien NationEmotions run high as the vote approaches for the Alien Voting Amemdment, a significant change to the U.S. Constitution that would give Newcomers the vote for the first time. The pro-AVA movement is gaining ground, and its charismatic leaders even convince Buck and Susan to help them in their campaign. But they’re also receiving bomb threats – and after one such threat, the AVA campaign headquarters is destroyed just after Buck and Susan step outside. The threat caller claims to be a member of the anti-alien Purist Party, and this lands George and Sikes in the middle of an investigation that proves to be as much about politics as about solving the crime. The leader of the Purists naturally denies all knowledge, and even brings up the possibility that the AVA movement’s leaders may be engineering these problems for themselves to gain sympathetic press coverage. How far will both sides go to further their agendas – and can George and Sikes actually catch either side doing anything illegal?

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Tom Chehak
directed by Harry S. Longstreet
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Mark Thomas Miller (Wyatt Earp), Mark Joy (Max Clay), Clarence Felder (Jack Pearlman), Harvey Jason (Hopper), Henry Brown (Jesse Parker), Frances Bay (Mrs. Gillimore), Mark L. Taylor (Mike Wilmington), Marla Fries (Carol Wilmington), Michael Milhoan (Cop), Ron S. Herbes (Reporter), Arthur Seidel (Desk Sergeant), Martin Valinsky (Officer)

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The Red Room

Alien NationA break-in at the lab where Cathy works is just the beginning of a reign of terror that shakes George to his core. Sikes meets Detective Jeffries at the scene, who dismisses the entire incident as an animal activist’s protest, but later, when Sikes discovers that there is no LAPD detective by that name, he starts to wonder what’s really going on. Sikes and George continue following the trail, but at several points along the way, George seems disoriented, and he experiences flashbacks to a red room containing a firing range. “Jeffries” appears again, this time at the police station, and apparently has enough influence to close the case. Sikes isn’t ready to give up the chase yet, and he enlists outside help in analyzing newly discovered samples of Tenctonese tissue, as well as George’s murky memories. When he does manage to remember the strange flashbacks he’s been experiencing, the truth about “Jeffries” becomes just one part of a conspiratorial puzzle with dark implications for humans and Newcomers alike.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle
directed by Chuck Bowman
music by Steve Dorff & Larry Herbstritt

Guest Cast: Katherine Justice (Dr. Wright), John P. Connolly (Detective Jeffries), Tom Dugan (Silas Marner), Patricia Heaton (Amanda Russle), Ray Reinhardt (Chris Pettit), Michele Lamar Richards (Lois Allen), Chuck Bennett (Marcus Byer)

Notes: Seen only in dimly-lit flashbacks (and later in a body bag), guest star Patricia Heaton makes one of her only genre appearances here, long before her co-starring role in Everybody Loves Raymond.

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Eyewitness News

Alien NationGeorge and Sikes tackle the apparent murder of a Newcomer video phone sex model, only to find that the situation isn’t what it seems – or so they’re told. While they try to navigate L.A.’s adult filmmaking underworld, which has eagerly embraced struggling Newcomer actresses, the cameras are rolling on them as well: a TV news reporter is shooting a series of profiles about George, both at work and at home, and Sikes finds the ever-present camera crew more than a little distracting. When the series brings George newfound attention and adulation, even from the mayor, Sikes finds his partner’s swelling ego more than a little annoying as well. When the violence against Newcomer sex workers turns real, Sikes also finds that the news crew may be impeding the investigation, and that with George hob-nobbing with the city’s leaders, it’s an investigation that Sikes is increasingly taking on alone.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Charles S. Kaufman & Larry B. Williams
directed by Lyndon Chubbuck
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Angela Bassett (Renee Longstreet), Deborah Goodrich (Virginia Ham), Gene Butler (Arvin Kaufman), Hugh Maguire (Ernie Denton), Kelly Jean Peters (Mrs. Denton), Rob King (Louis Denton), John Mese (Roger Rose), Evelina Fernandez (Female Executive), Ian Patrick Williams (John), David Hoskins (Joe), Terry Nunn (Male Executive), Kerrigan Mahan (Cameraman), Jennifer Roach (Tilly), Joseph Graham (Bailey)

Notes: Angela Bassett may well be the highest-profile guest star in Alien Nation’s brief history; only a few years after this genre guest spot, she would play the part of rock icon Tina Turner in the career-making movie What’s Love Got To Do With It; other genre roles included guest stints on Alias, Strange Days, Contact, and the early ’90s TV adaptation of The Flash. She also guest starred in several episodes of A Man Called Hawk, alongside future Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star Avery Brooks.

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Partners

Alien NationSikes and George take part in a major drug bust, in the process getting the attention of an organized crime ring that has no problems targeting both of them. So it’s fortunate that Sikes’ old mentor – the old cop who pulled him off the street and made him his partner – turns up to lend a hand. And it looks like Sikes will need more backup than usual when George is accused of stealing some of the drug haul. Internal Affairs raids George’s house, even as he and his family prepare for the ceremony in which Susan will pass the pod containing their unborn child on to George, and finds the missing drugs – though George vehemently denies taking them. Has Sikes completely misjudged his current partner…or his old one?

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by David Garber & Bruce Kalish
directed by Stan Lathan
music by Steve Dorff & Larry Herbstritt

Guest Cast: Gilbert Lewis (Theo Miles), Tom Byrd (Bud Anderson), Robert Romanus (Zack Whelan), Tony Rizzoli (Jeffrey Ross), Terry Beaver (Sgt. Dustin Baxley), Bill Kalmenson (Ken Jester), Maria Rangel (Allison Wolfe), Crofton Hardester (Chester Charles), Wilson Raiser (Con), Branscombe Richmond (Haney), Arthur Seidel (Rankin), Gary Morgan (Garrison), Brad Orrison (Rickman)

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Real Men

Alien NationAs George gets closer to giving birth, he and Sikes are assigned to investigate a report of Tenctonese hormones being used as steroids by a bodybuilder. While the hormones can vastly increase human strenngth, they also have such side-effects as impotence, irrational behavior, and murderous psychosis. And those aren’t the only Tenctonese hormones impeding the investigation, as George undergoes a seemingly endless progression of mood swings. It soon becomes apparent that more than one person is involved, but in the end, it comes down to a violent confrontation with the man who started using the hormones – and the fight brings about the premature birth of George’s child.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider
directed by John McPherson
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Arthur Seidel (Desk Sgt. Rankin), William Shockley (Nick Coletta), A.D. Muyich (Viktor Wendkos), Hank Garrett (Marty Penn), Robert Neary (Don Zimmer), Debbie Barker (Karina Bowman), M.E. Loree (Doctor), Martin Garner (Sol Birnbaum), Jeff Skier (Guest), Neil Nash (Andrey), Patty Toy (Nurse), Oscar Dillon (Carl), Joe Hoke (Cop)

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Crossing The Line

Alien NationSikes is preparing to take a well-earned vacation to Hawaii when a murder case sparks a memory of his early days in uniform. A young woman has been murdered after being injected with sodium pentathol – more commonly known as a “truth drug” – reminding Sikes of a serial killer who he failed to stop several years ago; trying to save the life of a hostage, Sikes laid his gun down, only to watch the helpless woman shot before his very eyes. What drives Sikes insane with anger is that sleazeball reporter Burns is playing into the killer’s hands: anonymous tips are leading Burns to grisly murder scenes and messages from the killer, all of which make it into the next morning’s paper without Burns providing any useful information to the police. Captain Grazer, worried about Sikes’ obsession with the case, has to order Sikes to take his vacation; instead, Sikes goes rogue, making good on his insistence that a case like this demands a bit of vigilante justice. But in the process of trying to exorcise the ghosts of his past, Sikes may be putting Burns in line to be the next victim.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle
directed by Gwen Arner
music by Steve Dorff & Larry Herbstritt

Guest Cast: Jenny Gago (Beatrice Zepeda), Tobin Bell (Brian Knox), Robert Alan Browne (Foreman), Ivory Ocean (Dutchman), Jeff Doucette (Burns), Michele Lamar Richards (Lois Allen), Robert Balderson (Wounded Officer), Heather McComb (Cyndy), Eva Von Widman (Nurse Adele)

Notes: Jeff Doucette is demoted to a guest star in this episode, having appeared in the opening credits – but very few episodes of the show itself – for virtually the entire season.

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Rebirth

Alien NationDuring a routine call, Sikes is attacked by a Newcomer criminal and is fatally wounded. Inexplicably, after he is pronounced dead, George discovers that he is still alive. Sikes later reveals that he had a vision of his attacker visiting him, dropping Tenctonese crystals on him, apologizing for killing him, and then bringing him back to life. The only evidence of this vision is the presence of a single crystal left with Sikes. The crystal is one of a variety used by a human/Newcomer religious sect where Sikes and George made an earlier routine stop. Sikes pays a visit to the order, and they lead him through a ceremony which causes him to remember with perfect clarity the vicious attack that crippled his father. Suddenly, Sikes isn’t just looking for a criminal on the loose – if his vision was any indication, he may be looking for a Newcomer who can perform miracles.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Tom Chehak
directed by Tom Chehak
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Brian Thompson (Peter Rabbit), Ellen Wheeler (Okno), Milt Kogan (Doctor), Raffi Diblasio (Billy), Rif Hutton (Officer), John Sudol (Sikes’ father), Terri Semper (Nurse), Ryan Cashas (young Sikes)

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Gimme Gimme

Alien NationA uniquely Tenctonese cross between a lightweight fabric and an incredibly resilient metal, Nu-Knit is rolled out as a prime investment opportunity for Newcomers and humans alike. Its inventor, newcomer Edgar Allan Poe, has forged an uneasy alliance with a shifty human business partner, but when Poe is murdered – after someone replaces the water in his swimming pool with deadly salt water – that partner becomes a prime suspect. Sikes and George are on the case, but after hearing George sing the praises of Nu-Knit, Captain Grazer has also invested heavily in the company, and insists on pursuing the case from the standpoint of protecting his money. A visit to Nu-Knit’s factory leaves Sikes nauseous, almost to the point of fainting, prompting concerns about the company’s compliance with environmental laws. When Poe’s former business partner produces an alibi that, while not commendable, at least turns out to be true, the hunt is on for the real killer…someone who also has a reason to cover up the deadly secret behind Nu-Knit.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov
directed by David Carson
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Alan Fudge (Phil), Kim Braden (Marilyn Houston), Joseph Cali (Lee Smith), Armin Shimerman (Cyril Roman), David Selburg (Edgar Allen Poe), Beverly Leech (Rita Poe), Michele Lamar Richards (Lois Allen), Michael Zano (Mr. Elias), Bob Minor (Cop), Lance E. Nichols (Delivery Man), Stephen Hart (Thug)

Notes: There’s something refreshingly un-ironic about Armin Shimerman in the role of an unscrupulous, profit-mongering alien, even if it predates his regular role as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Quark by three years.

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The Touch

Alien NationCathy learns that Andron, a child who she protected about the Tenctonese slave ship, is receiving some sort of special treatment, and she suspects it’s the same “treatment” he’s been receiving for years: he was taken from her to be indoctrinated into the ranks of the Overseers, beginning with the violent sacrifice of one of his own people. At first, Cathy’s warnings fall on deaf ears among both human and Newcomer child protection officials, and with no proof to back up her claims, even Sikes and George can’t act on her warnings. Desperate to help Andron and expose the Overseers who are working to once again enslave the Newcomers on Earth, Cathy takes matters into her own hands and spirits the boy away, but all she accomplishes in so doing is drawing potential kidnapping charges. The Overseers soon track Andron down, and decide that Cathy would make a fitting sacrifice to complete the boy’s training…

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle
directed by Harry S. Longstreet
music by Steve Dorff & Larry Herbstritt

Guest Cast: Jenny Gago (Beatrice Zepeda), Mike Preston (Rigac), Barbara Bush (Lorraine Clark), Jonathan Brandis (Andron), Dorothy Fielding (Ella Day), Doug Ballard (Mr. Eugene), Martin LaPlatney (Troy), Margaret Howell (Andron’s Mother), Yvette Freeman (Helen), Mitchell Allen (Andron at 7), Vlado Benden (Desk Clerk), Dustin Berkovitz (Newcomer Boy), Eli Guralnick (Female Overseer), Marin May (Newcomer Girl), Tom Pabst (Newcomer Sacrifice), Van Quatro (Male Overseer)

Notes: Cathy’s Tenctonese name is revealed to be Gelana. Guest star Jonathan Brandis would soon find fame in another genre series, seaQuest DSV, in which he starred as whiz kid Lucas Wolenczak. He does not say a single syllable of dialogue in this episode. Brandis later took his own life, at the age of 27, in 2003.

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Green Eyes

Alien NationAs an investigation begins into the suspicious death of a Newcomer judge, George passes the exam that ensures a promotion that will make him Sikes’ superior. But even as George and Sikes interview a suspect against whom the late judge once ruled, a prominent Newcomer doctor receives an anonymous gift that results in his death. The judge’s autopsy reveals the presence of a genetically-engineered agent designed specifically to kill Tenctonese – and George’s recent promotion may now make him a target. A letter from an organization calling itself the National Purists’ Front arrives, claiming responsibility for the murders and promising more Newcomer deaths. As they try to track down the racially-motivated serial killers, George and Sikes find themselves seriously at odds with each other over George’s promotion. Their own racial tension even spills over into Sikes’ relationship with Cathy. As Sikes retreats into the arms of a human woman, an anonymous gift intended for George infects Susan and Emily instead. But what even George and Sikes don’t know is that this latest attack is merely a test of a new version of the toxin, which the Purists plan to use to wipe out all the Newcomers.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider
directed by Tom Chehak
music by Steve Dorff & Harry Erbstritt

Guest Cast: Jenny Gago (Zepeda), Barbara Bush (Lorraine Clark), Michelle Lamar Richards (Dr. Lois Allen), Lee Bryant (Phyllis Bryant), Kim Braden (Marilyn Houston), Haskell V. Anderson III (Principal Fisher), David Purdham (Marc Guerin), John Calvin (Rick Parris), Geoffrey Bryant (Michael Bukowski), Edith Fields (Martha), Andras Jones (Noah Ramsey), Geoff Pierson (Dr. Bogg), Thomas Knickerbocker (Judge Kaiser), Thom Zimerle (Joshua Tree), Joe Hoke (Newcomer cop), Michael Najjar (Delivery man)

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Sliders (Pilot Movie)

SlidersGenius college student Quinn Mallory is about to drive his physics instructor, Professor Maximillian Arturo, quite mad. Quinn is convinced he’s on the brink of breaking the barrier between dimensions, using a device that would let him “slide” between them and visit alternate histories. Professor Arturo is convinced that Quinn is on the verge of doing no such thing if he doesn’t start tending more carefully to his classwork. Quinn’s friend Wade – who isn’t his girlfriend, but wouldn’t mind if he ever did take notice of her – is concerned about him too, and when Wade and Arturo visit Quinn at home, they discover that he has indeed made a breakthrough. Quinn’s sliding device is still in the early stages of testing – and the first time he uses it, it has disastrous results, plunging Quinn, Arturo and Wade into an alternate reality and sucking up a hapless soul singer named Rembrandt “Crying Man” Brown along the way. The four of them find themselves in San Francisco, which is where they started – but they’re trapped in a world where Soviet Communism has overrun America. They quickly fall in with a resistance cell trying to restore democracy, a cell whose missing leader apparently had a striking resemblance to Wade – but they’re met with instant suspicion because the local Commandant bears an equally striking resemblance to Professor Arturo. Even if they survive this adventure, with or without striking a blow for freedom, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to return to their own universe.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Jerry O’Connell (Quinn Mallory), Sabrina Lloyd (Wade Welles), Cleavant Derricks (Rembrandt Brown), John Rhys-Davies (Professor Maximillian Arturo)

Order the DVDswritten by Tracy Tormè
directed by Andrew Tennant
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Linda Henning (Mrs. Mallory), Joseph A. Wapner (Commissar Wapner), Doug Llewelyn (Comrade Llewelyn), Garwin Sanford (Doc), Roger C. Cross (Wilkins), Yee Jee Tso (Wing), Jason Gaffney (Benish), Frank C. Turner (Crazy Kenny), Gary Jones (Hurley), John Novak (Ross J. Kelly), Don Mackay (Artie Field), Alex Bruhanski (Pavel), Jay Brazeau (KGB Colonel), Andrew Kavadas (Vendor), Sook Yin Lee (Pat), Wayne Cox (PBS Spokesman), Raoul Ganee (Sentry), Tom Butler (Michael Mallory)

Notes: Filmed in Vancouver, Sliders visits many of the same locations and even performers as featured a year later in Fox’s 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, including Yee Jee Tso and John Novak. Perhaps not coincidentally, Vancouver was doubling for San Francisco in that production too.

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Fever

SlidersQuinn and his friends visit a plague-stricken world which has been denied the benefits of modern medicine as they know it. They also discover that the disease sweeping the world may have been deliberately engineered – and that this world’s Quinn is accused of creating it. Now the trick is to evade capture long enough for the next slide…without contracting the disease themselves.

Order the DVDswritten by Ann Powell & Rose Schacht
directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Ken Pogue (Doctor Morgan), Allison Hossack (Doctor Stanley), Yee Jee Tso (Wing), William Sasso (Gomez Calhoun)

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The Last Days

SlidersThe sliders arrive on a world on the brink of chaos and anarchy as the human race prepares to be wiped out by an approaching asteroid in 72 hours. While this might only cause mild consternation to the visitors, Quinn has arranged for them to stay in this dimension for a little over three days, making them just as susceptible to this Earth’s fate as everyone else. Quinn and Wade try to visit the home of this dimension’s Quinn to see if he has developed sliding equipment that can allow them to escape earlier, while Arturo sets out on an unlikely mission to develop an asteroid-deflecting atom bomb – a technology never used in this world – with obnoxious Benish, a student of his from home. Rembrandt, in the meantime, decides to party like there’s no tomorrow – only to find that anarchy is breaking loose as the end draws near, and he’s right in the middle of it.

Order the DVDswritten by Dan Lane
directed by Michael Keusch
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Jennifer Hetrick (Caroline), Jason Gaffney (Benish), George Touliatos (Dr. Antonovich), Gary Narin (Mace Moon), Malcolm Stewart (Alan Fontaine), Carlton Watson (Reverend), Robin Palmer (Nurse Pamela), Patrick Stevenson (Jimmy), Hidalgo Rubin (Driver), Jacqueline Dandeneau (Meter Maid), Norma Wick (News Anchor), Brian Arnold (Science Correspondent), Mike Dobson (Policeman)

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Prince Of Wails

SlidersArriving in a world where the American colonies lost their revolution gambit to British forces, Arturo is alarmed to find that his double in this dimension is the Sheriff of San Francisco, a corrupt politician who, since he is next in the line of succession to young Prince Harold, means to see the young monarch assassinated. Naturally, Arturo is mistaken for the Sheriff when he encounters Harold, but aside from this confusion the professor wants no part of the shady royal dealings; Quinn, however, has other ideas, namely stirring up a revolution to depose the Sheriff.

Order the DVDswritten by Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
directed by Felix Alcala
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Ben Bode (Prince Harold), Sherman Howard (Hendrick), Gerard Plunkett (Driver), Chris Humphreys (Raider #1), Tracey Olson (Dixon Vallely), Bernie Coulson (Raider #2), David Kaye (Reporter #1), Jaylene Hamilton (Reporter #2)

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Summer Of Love

SlidersThe authorities investigate the Sliders’ disappearance in their native universe, questioning Quinn’s classmate Conrad Benish, just as Quinn and his friends arrive in another universe. To Quinn’s horror, the timer has suffered some damage, but when a public PA system warns of the coming of a swarm of mutant spider-wasps, he and his friends worry that they may suffer even worse damage. The timer is barely able to generate another vortex in time to escape, and the gateway closes for a moment after Wade and Rembrandt slide. Quinn and Arturo slide to a different location, and find that some of the mutant insects have come with them. Both parties have actually arrived in the same world, with Wade and Rembrandt emerging from their wormhole before the shocked eyes of a hippie commune whose members believe them to be aliens from another world. While searching for Quinn and Arturo, Rembrandt stumbles upon his own funeral – and blows his own cover when the eulogy becomes less than complimentary. It gradually becomes apparent that America is at war in this world, and the counterculture with whom the sliders are identified is considered a very dangerous and subversive group indeed.

Order the DVDswritten by Tracy Tormè
directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Obba Babbatunde (Hippie), Deborah Lacey (Agent), Arthur Reggie III (Detective), Jason Gaffney (Benish), Gerry Nairn (Mace Moore), Michele Goodger (Copeland), Robert Lee (Harold), Barry Pepper (Skidd), Ajay Karah (Seeker), Richard Leacock (Tenedu), Gabrielle Miller (Fling), Joy Coghill (Ms. Tweak), Mike Dobson (First Policeman), Joanna Piros (Newscaster)

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Eggheads

SlidersQuinn and the others arrive in a world where intellectuals are revered and even worshipped in the same way as athletes are in the sliders’ native dimension. Quinn and Arturo’s duplicates in this dimension are quite famous – and apparently quite infamous too, since Arturo is served with divorce papers intended for his double from a woman that Arturo once fell in love with and lost, and Quinn is roughed up for his alternate’s enormous gambling debts. The only way Quinn can avoid further harm during his stay is to throw a Mindgame championship, a contest combining physical sports and mental prowess, in MIT’s favor. The results if Quinn doesn’t conspire against his own team could be fatal.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Scott Smith Miller
story by Scott Smith Miller & Jacob Epstein
directed by Timothy Bond
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Charles Syphers (Coach Almquist), Peter Spellos (Jimmy), Gabrielle Rose (Kristina), Rick Garcia (Referee), Tom Jackson (Color Commentator), Ron Pitts (Play-by-Play Announcer), Andrew Guy (Wilson), Karen Austin (Lydia), William B. Davis (Professor Myman), Roman Danylo (Buyer), Johnny Mah (Victor), Rachel Hayward (Karen), Anthony Harrison (Agent Cannon), Marc Baur (Agent O’Malley), Sheelagh Megill (Mrs. Bingham), Colin Warner (Harvard Captain), Bentley Mitchum (M.I.T. Player), Mark Poyser (Rapper Leader), Carl Hibbert (Rapper #1), Michael McMillian (Rapper #2), Amanda O’Leary (Librarian)

Notes: Guest star William B. Davis is no stranger to fans of the Fox network’s mid ’90s SF series – he’s better known as the “Cigarette Smoking Man” from The X-Files.

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The Weaker Sex

SlidersThe sliders arrive in a dimension very much like their own, only in this world Rembrandt, Quinn and Arturo discover what it’s like to be trapped beneath the glass ceiling. Men are treated as inferiors or, worse yet, sex objects – and Wade gets a taste of real power. An incensed Arturo decides to take it upon himself to launch a “men’s liberation” movement, but the resulting uproar may cause the sliders to miss the window for their next escape.

Order the DVDswritten by Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin
directed by Vern Gillum
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Sara Botsford (Mayor Ross), Robert Curtis-Brown (Danny), Jill Teed (Serena), Alf Humphreys (Pete), Andrew Wheeler (Ken), Liza Huget (Lois), Peter Kelamis (Glenn), Douglas Sills (Ed), Joe Maffei (Bernie), Teresa Barnwell (Hilary Clinton), Tamara Stanners (Jeanie Moses), Leigh Morrow (Anchorwoman), Peg Christopherson (Female Shopper)

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The King Is Back

SlidersNarrowly escaping from a dimension where Judge Ito sentences Quinn to die for a minor crime under the “instant justice act,” Rembrandt finds himself in a world where his double was a bigger star than Elvis. The only problem is that this world’s Rembrandt apparently died, which makes it hard for Rembrandt to go anywhere without being recognized and even chased down by rabid fans. His agent tracks him down and approaches him with the offer of a comeback concert that will net Rembrandt a million dollars per song. This is enough to make Rembrandt consider staying behind in this dimension, but it appears that his newfound fame and fortune might be cut short when an insanely jealous former bandmate decides to ensure that the rumors of Rembrandt’s death are anything but exaggerated.

Order the DVDswritten by Tracy Tormè
directed by Vern Gillum
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Chuck McCain (Captain Jack), Clinton Derricks-Carroll (alternate Rembrandt), Tom Pickett (Maurice), Eadie Del Rubio, Elena Del Rubio, Milly Del Rubio (The Del Rubio Sisters), Janice Kent (Lawyer), Michele T. Carter (Penny Jenson), Sheri-D Wilson (Secretary), William Sasso (Gomez Calhoun), Judith Maxie (Charmagne), Nicholas Harrison (Nick), Peter Hanlon (Expert Analyzer), Richard Ihara (Judge), Tyler Van Blankenstein (First Kid)

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The Luck Of The Draw

SlidersOn an idyllic world where population control is not the problem that it is on their Earth, Quinn and the others arrive and find a moment to relax. Wade begins thinking about staying in this world despite Quinn’s misgivings. When she enters a lottery and wins, Wade feels she’s found a good stopping place – and, Quinn discovers, so does the government. The lottery awards its winners all their hearts’ desires for 24 hours before euthanizing them to control the population. Rembrandt falls for one of Wade’s fellow winners, and Wade herself becomes attracted to another “lucky” individual. They each reveal to their newfound friends that there is a means of escape by sliding, but Quinn – perhaps jealous of Wade’s blossoming romance with Ryan – can’t guarantee that the wormhole from one dimension to another can carry more than four people. When the police come to arrest Rembrandt for the “pro-life” offense of trying to dissuade a lottery winner from her ultimate goal, the others break him out and run for their lives with Wade’s new heartthrob. Quinn’s fears about the stability of the wormhole may prove unfounded when it appears that it only has to deposit four living subjects to their next destination as Quinn takes a bullet from the pursuing police.

Order the DVDswritten by Jon Povill
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Nicholas Lea (Ryan), Alex Datcher (Julianne), Kevin Cooney (Ken), Geoff Edwards (himself), Mike Kopsa (Agent Wilson), Nathan Vanering (Father Fergus), Walter Marsh (Elderly Man), Kristina Matisic (News Anchor), Ted Cole (Friendly Man), David Glyn-Jones (Elderly Man)

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