The Middle Men
John Barrowman (Captain Jack), Eve Myles (Gwen), Mekhi Phifer (Rex Matheson), Alexa Havins (Esther Drummond), Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes), William Thomas (Geraint Cooper), Sharon Morgan (Mary Cooper), Ernie Hudson (Stuart Owen), Fred Koehler (Ralph Coltrane), Marc Vann (Colin Maloney), Jason Brooks (Press Secretary), Ciera Payton (Janet), Jonathan Spencer (Tony), Eric Steinberg (Zheng Yibao), Alexis Delarosa (Young Guard), Brittnee Garza (Worker), Brendan Hughes (Pidgeon), Liz Jenkins (Rachel), Lena Kaur (Dr. Alicia Patel), Janice Kent (Female Psychiatrist), Isaac Stephen Montgomery (Stern Soldier), William Patrick Riley (Hat Check Boy), Marty Ryan (Older Guard), Inger Tudor (Mrs. Owens)
|Written by||John Shiban|
|Directed by||Guy Ferland|
|Produced by||Kelly A. Manners & Brian Minchin|
In the pre-credits sequence, PhiCorp COO Stuart Owens (Ernie Hudson) attempts to investigate PhiCorp construction sites in Shanghai but his hired investigator (Eric Steinberg) jumps off a high-story building to end consciousness, rather than tell him the horror of what is really going on.
Jack later confronts Owens and learns from him that PhiCorp is as much a pawn as any other player in the system, and that whoever orchestrated the miracle has been working towards it for a very long time. He also learns of another term relating to the miracle which Owens’ team of investigators have uncovered: “the blessing”, dating back to the 1990s.
In San Pedro, Rex finishes his video message contained along with the footage of Dr. Juarez’s incineration, and Esther begins to suspect something has happened to Dr. Juarez. Rex attempts to pass himself off as a soldier working at the San Pedro Overflow Camp but is unsuccessful and captured. Juarez’s killer, camp director Colin Maloney (Marc Vann), briefly considers using Rex’s video to expose the death of Dr. Juarez and become a hero, but then attempts to kill Rex. Esther finds them and is forced to strangle Maloney. With assistance from soldier Ralph Coltrane (Fred Koehler), who had been complicit in Juarez’ murder, they are able to escape the compound with the footage. They release it, causing a public outcry, but do not affect the government’s stance on Overflow Camps and the life and death category system.
In Wales, Gwen manages to break her father out of the Overflow Camp as Rhys runs over the gates with Geraint in the back of his truck. With the Torchwood contact lenses, Gwen publicly broadcasts a message explaining the purpose of the Overflow Camps shortly before blowing up the Modules (where people are incinerated) at the Cardiff facility. However, touching down again in Los Angeles she is unable to make contact with Rhys. A mysterious phone call at the LAX white courtesy telephone tells her to put on her lenses, where she receives a message directly to her line of sight from some mysterious conspirators: they have her mother, husband and child, and to set them free she must deliver Jack.