Recap / Torchwood S 4 E 2 Rendition
Jack Harkness dying? Not a very remarkable sight. But on a day when he's Out of Continues...

The second episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, written by Doris Egan of House fame.

Rhys and Anwen are forced to stay in Wales, despite Rhys' protests that he's been a proper Torchwood member, and Gwen and Jack are put on a plane to the USA. Jack's vortex manipulator is taken by Rex.

On the plane, Jack explains that Miracle Day could very well be a morphic field event, which CIA operative Lyn Peterfield relays to Brian Friedkin. It seems that she's working directly for Friedkin, and she poisons Jack with arsenic. Rex subdues Lyn while Gwen gets on the phone with Dr. Juarez and, with great effort, they manage to create an arsenic antidote using ordinary plane supplies.

Dr. Juarez attends as many medical panels and global debates as she can, hoping to make a difference. She realises that hospitals need to start working in reverse order now: treat the midly injured first in order to get more beds available, then treat the badly wounded, even if making them comfortable is all they can do for now. Also, the living tissue of the wounded is shown to be aging at a normal rate, a cult has formed of people in white sad masks walking the streets, Somalia's war has ended because war without death is too horrifying, North Korea is mobilizing because they feel invincible, and the Hindu community in India has declared a wish for eternal peace with Pakistan, despite — or rather, because of — never being able to reincarnate again.

On the phone, Rex begs Dr. Juarez for pain killers, since his chest wound is causing him constant agony. But there's a run on pain killers and pharmacies are all out. She eventually gets some from Jilly Kitzinger, a nosy and loud red-headed PR woman working for big pharma corporation Phicorp. Jilly also tries to get chummy with Oswald Danes, whose plan to become a media darling is working quite well.

Esther notices that $50.000 has been deposited into her bank account from China, framing her as a double agent. She sneaks out of CIA headquarters by stealing co-worker Charlotte Wills' identity, which is an impressive feat in itself, and she and Rex eventually agree to go AWOL. He breaks Lyn's neck while still at the airport, very quickly meets up with a rather confused Dr. Juarez to get his pain killers, then takes Torchwood with him in Esther's getaway car while Lyn stumbles backwards around the airport in agony.

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