List of Alphas episodes
Alphas is an American science fiction series created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. The series, which premiered on July 11, 2011, on Syfy, tells the story of a group of five people who use their extraordinary powers (such as hyperkinesis and the ability to push their will onto other people) to battle a group of equally extraordinary criminals.
As of October 22, 2012[update], 24 episodes of Alphas have aired, concluding the second season.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||11||July 11, 2011||September 26, 2011||July 17, 2012||September 10, 2012||N/A|
|2||13||July 23, 2012||October 22, 2012||July 16, 2013||N/A||N/A|
Season 1 (2011)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||1||"Pilot"||Jack Bender||Zak Penn & Michael Karnow||July 11, 2011||2.52|
|A team of people who exhibit special abilities (known as Alphas), who belong to a secret department attached to the CIA, are sent to investigate an impossible murder of a CIA Witness who was shot through the head in a sealed jail cell. They soon uncover the shooter, who is also an Alpha, and realize he is being controlled by yet another Alpha working for a rogue outfit. They break his conditioning, and he joins the team and helps to eradicate the mind controller.|
|2||2||"Cause & Effect"||Constantine Makris||Julie Siege||July 18, 2011||2.23|
|After the attack on Dr. Rosen, the team is forced to relocate their base of operations while trying to adapt to changes in their personal lives. Rosen tries to cope with his Department of Defense liaison and a former Alpha patient who escapes from the Binghamton Mental Hospital and wants him dead. The FBI attempts to rein in this patient, but as the body count climbs, it is decided that he will be killed instead. Just before they do, he warns Dr. Rosen of a coming war between normal people and Alphas.|
|3||3||"Anger Management"||Nick Copus||Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe||July 25, 2011||1.95|
|A runaway teenage Alpha, Matthew, sets off riots up and down the East Coast, the team struggles to stop him and send him to the Binghamton Mental Hospital for treatment. When they find that they have this man inside their base, Matthew sends off the pheromones and this causes Rachel, who was on the phone with her mother, to shout at her mother, that she hated her and was moving out. Bill is not affected by his pheromones but the others are causing chaos that leads to Don's death. Later in the episode, Nina offers Rachel her home to stay in for a while, and this strengthens the friendship of the two. In a subplot, Gary finds it hard to concentrate on his abilities when a satellite antenna across the street starts humming, and at the end of the episode, Gary complains that no one has helped him, and then Cameron, using his "hyperkinesis" throws a baseball and disables the antenna, which strengthens his companionship with Gary. Agent Sullivan takes over Agent Wilson's place on the team.|
|4||4||"Rosetta"||Karen Gaviola||Zak Penn||August 1, 2011||2.03|
|While raiding a Red Flag operation, Dr. Rosen and his team find Anna (Liane Balaban), an Alpha who can understand and translate any language. While the others try to track down and stop someone they believe to be the Red Flag leader, Milo Kosar, Gary bonds with Anna over their similar conditions. The team eventually determines that Anna is the leader of Red Flag and its reach is far greater than initially feared. Red Flag attempts to take down a lab manufacturing a medication that stops Alphas from being born. In a subplot, near the beginning we see how Gary makes his mother take care of him with almost everything (e.g. making him water until he judges it perfect). When he meets Anna she tells him that he doesn't need Dr. Rosen or his mother to take care of him, although Gary chooses to stay with The Alphas. When his mother brings him his water he states "if it's not right I'll go make it myself, I can take care of myself.", suggesting that Anna may have changed the way he thinks of himself and his abilities to take care of himself.|
|5||5||"Never Let Me Go"||Jeffrey Hunt||Jordan Rosenberg||August 8, 2011||2.01|
|An outbreak of unexplainable deaths in a small town has turned people into zombie-like creatures. As the team investigates, they find an alpha mother, Jessica Elkhart, out for revenge by using her Oxytocin causing people's cortisone levels to be sky high. While investigating, Rachel is lured in and left for dead. Featuring guest star Lindsay Wagner as Dr. Vanessa Calder, a character from Warehouse 13, thus putting Alphas in Syfy's shared universe, along with Eureka.|
|6||6||"Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure"||Leslie Libman||Adam Levy||August 15, 2011||1.83|
|Bill and Gary pursue an outside case involving a kidnapped heiress, putting their Alpha powers to the ultimate test while becoming friends. Nina and Hicks grow closer together, and Nina reveals that she fears her powers sometimes due to her pushing an ex-boyfriend to commit suicide. At the end of the case, the security guard (Alaina Huffman) of the heiress hires two thugs to kidnap her, and the whole team safely saves the heiress. Bill gives Gary driving lessons as promised. The title of this episode is a reference to the 1989 comedy film, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.|
|7||7||"Catch and Release"||Kevin Hooks||Michael Karnow||August 22, 2011||1.87|
|The team is ordered to find and protect Skylar (Summer Glau), an Alpha with the skill to build almost anything that could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Gary's mom, after the events of the last episode, tries to keep Gary out of the Alpha's office. Skylar is chased by NSA for sending encrypted messages to someone called "Z". It turns out that Z, short for Zoe, is Skylar's five year old daughter who created a method of super encryption, enabling Skylar and Zoe to communicate safely. The Alphas let Skylar and her daughter go to live in Canada in peace in exchange for the tracking system which Rosen then destroys, in order to protect the Alphas from his superiors who might want to use their powers for ulterior motives. Gary confronts his mother, telling her he won't leave the team.|
|8||8||"A Short Time in Paradise"||John Showalter||Michael Chamoy||August 29, 2011||1.79|
|Hicks and Nina are entranced by a deadly cult leader named Jonas (Garret Dillahunt), whose powers slowly kill his followers. Hicks and Nina get personal. Bill tries to persuade Dr. Rosen to have the team learn tactical maneuvers for their subsequent missions. Rachel brings Gary on a date to her sister's wedding celebration. Rachel urges her father (Daniel Kash) to go the doctor due to him showing early signs of throat cancer. Dr. Rosen tries to stop people from dying at the hands of Jonas and is forced to make a difficult decision at the end.|
|9||9||"Blind Spot"||Michael Watkins||Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe||September 12, 2011||1.51|
|The team captures a rogue doctor (Brent Spiner), who has a history of using stem cells to create more Alphas. The doctor himself is also an Alpha who makes sonar waves. He is said to having dolphin-like abilities. An Alpha bounty hunter (Rebecca Mader) enters the headquarters, kidnapping Rachel and terrorizing the others in a deadly game of cat and mouse. As the building begins to crumble from the sonar waves, the team attempts to make it out alive.|
|10||10||"The Unusual Suspects"||J. Miller Tobin||Marc Bernardin||September 19, 2011||1.39|
|The DoD imprisons Rosen and his team after they suspect that one of the members is a Red Flag traitor. Everyone begins to question each others motives, while the shifter accuses each member of being the traitor. It is eventually revealed that the team has not been betrayed, but infiltrated by a shape-shifter.|
|11||11||"Original Sin"||Nick Copus||Story by: Zak Penn & Michael Karnow
Teleplay by: Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Zak Penn & Michael Karnow
|September 26, 2011||1.16|
|Rosen and his team must choose sides when the Department of Defense launches a full-out assault on Red Flag. Dr. Rosen reunites with his daughter Danielle (Kathleen Munroe), who is being hunted by Red Flag and others. Gary mourns the loss of Anna. Stanton pays a visit to Dr. Rosen. The team questions whether they should continue working as is after blood shed between the DOD and Red Flag after being set up. Dr. Rosen publicly announces the existence of alphas in a secretly taped meeting with the government. He is last seen being taken away.|
Season 2 (2012)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|12||1||"Wake Up Call"||Matt Hastings||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||July 23, 2012||1.75|
|In the aftermath of Dr. Rosen's revelation of the existence of Alphas to the world, his dismantled team must be brought back together to save the lives of two of their own, Gary and Bill, who have been taken hostage by Cornell and the other alphas being held prisoners by the government. As the alphas plan a breakout, the Red Flag plot thickens, and the DOD soon realize they need Dr. Rosen's team more than they thought. Gary struggles to let his brain reboot and get his life back after being implanted with a chip that took away his abilities and communication while being locked up by the DOD.|
|13||2||"The Quick and the Dead"||Michael Nankin||Michael Karnow||July 30, 2012||1.35|
|Dr. Rosen and his team launch an investigation into a killer with super-speed, but problems arise when the group realizes that their actions have led the evil Alpha directly to them, which results in deadly consequences. Danielle Rosen continues to play both sides, while engaging in a relationship with Cameron. Stanton shows his vulnerable side to Danielle. Gary continues to adjust to working with the DOD. Nina struggles with old ways, learns of Cameron and Danielle's relationship, and is done working with the team. Bill questions Dr. Rosen's leadership abilities. The group realizes they can trust no one.|
|14||3||"Alpha Dogs"||Nick Copus||Eric Tuchman||August 6, 2012||1.38|
|While investigating the death of an Alpha, the team learns of an underground Alpha fight club. Harken meets a mysterious girl there named Kat (Erin Way), who offers to assist him when he goes undercover to learn more about the fight club. Kat teaches Bill how to channel his ability without getting angry. Kat is kidnapped and the team tries to rescue her. As Gary struggles with Anna's death, Gary's mom learns to let go and allow him to grow independently.|
|15||4||"When Push Comes to Shove"||Omar Madha||Adam Levy||August 13, 2012||0.99|
|The team investigates a string of Alphas-related crimes before realizing the Alpha they're looking for is one of their own. Gary moves into the office causing Bill and Rachel to surprised one morning. Nina's past catches up with her. John reveals past wounds, causing a hiatus in his relationship with Rachael. Nina uses her abilities on the others and must learn to trust herself again with Dr. Rosen's help.|
|16||5||"Gaslight"||Leslie Libman||Terri Hughes Burton & Ron Milbauer||August 20, 2012||1.38|
|A comatose young Alpha, Jason, is causing other Alphas to have strange hallucinations, due to a mysterious device that amplifies his abilities. Hicks, Bill, and Rachel struggle to find out what's going on while having hallucinations of their own. Nina learns that her Alpha ability has new and more powerful facets. Gary creates @Anna_Lives on Twitter and posts "the revolution is coming #AnnaLives #Alphas". Dr. Rosen questions if there is a link between the photic stimulator and Parish. Rachel and Nina begin to mend their relationship. Kat recalls the memory of a lady in a blue dress.|
|17||6||"Alphaville"||Nick Copus||Michael Chamoy||August 27, 2012||1.73|
|Determined to find what the ability-enhancing device (photic stimulator) is fully capable of, Dr. Rosen brings the team to a small community for refugee Alphas, in order to request help from Skylar Adams. Dr. Rosen's daughter compromises everything when she exploits her relationship with Hicks to feed Stanton Parish information. During their visit, Skylar's daughter Zoe gets kidnapped by Parish's men, who want the device back, which amplifies both Scipios and Rachel's abilities. Zoe is rescued by Hicks, Bill and Skylar. In the end, Dr.Rosen tasks Bill with finding the mole in their midst, and Skylar is approached by Stanton Parish.|
|18||7||"Gods and Monsters"||Mairzee Almas||Kira Snyder||September 10, 2012||1.32|
|When Jason Miller returns to high school after waking from coma, he risks the life of many students, as he starts to control them with his amplified ability. While the team tries to stop him, Dr. Rosen is saved by Stanton Parish, and they must work together to save Jason. Bill hunts for the mole.|
|19||8||"Falling"||Nick Copus||Nina Fiore & John Herrera||September 17, 2012||1.31|
|After discovering the identity of the mole, Dr. Rosen is faced with a difficult decision. Meanwhile, Kat goes on her first mission and reuniting with someone from her past causing mixed feelings on how to proceed with the mission. Hicks son visits and Hicks questions if he is gifted. John gets ready to meet Rachel's parents.|
|20||9||"The Devil Will Drag You Under"||Matt Hastings||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||September 24, 2012||1.23|
|The first stage of Parish's endgame comes into focus as both Danielle and Hicks are caught up in his web. Dr. Rosen and Hicks butt heads. Meanwhile, as the team tracks down a prototype weapon Hicks stole for Parish that could potentially kill millions of people, Hicks' betrayal may not be what it seems. Parishes alpha, Agnes, rips open Hick's mind hoping to find out what's really going on. Danny's plays Parish but consequences follow.|
|21||10||"Life After Death"||J. Miller Tobin||Eric Tuchman||October 1, 2012||1.07|
|The team deals with the fallout of Parish's attempted attack on New York and the team deals with Danny's death, with Dr. Rosen and Hicks being hit the hardest. Hicks asks Nina to push him. Gary takes care of a baby alpha named Adam, while his parents come for him causing the team to question what is really going on. Rachel and John take a big step in their relationship.|
|22||11||"If Memory Serves"||Allan Kroeker||Terri Hughes Burton & Ron Milbauer||October 8, 2012||1.12|
|Kat and Hicks find an Alpha, Mitchell (Sean Astin), being held captive by another Alpha who has the ability to heal. Mitchell has the ability to show people's memories to others. In attempting to bring Mitchell back to base, he offers to help Kat and Hicks with their memories. Gary's mom is hospitalized from a motor vehicle accident; complications arise. Bill teases Rachel about her relationship advancement. Hicks struggles with Danielle's death. The senator threatens Dr. Rosen and his team after Nina reveals she is the one who pushed her. Parish is remorseful about Danielle's death. Dr. Rosen discovers Parish's weakness and intends to use it against him.|
|23||12||"Need to Know"||Nick Copus||Michael Karnow & Adam Levy||October 15, 2012||1.16|
|Parish's plot thickens causing possibly thousands of deaths in the long run. Dr. Rosen picks certain members of the team to move forward against Parish, while the others are left in the dark, causing trust issues. Cornell is caught after trying to capture Mitchell. Skylar and Zoe are held captive by Parish's men and forced to design a gadget that will lead to the "end of the world". Gary gets booted from the hospital. Dr. Rosen and Hicks find Parish's center and learn about his plan. Dr. Rosen stays behind in the center to take out Parish while Hicks warns the group. Dr. Rosen is shot and left for dead.|
|24||13||"God's Eye"||Matt Hastings||Bruce Miller||October 22, 2012||1.17|
|Kat threatens to walk out on everything while Bill is the only one who can get through to her. Dr. Rosen is healed as much as possible from another Alpha. Dani returns in what appears to be Dr. Rosen's hallucinations. The team races against time, learning Parish has set the photostimulators to go off at 8:18 PM on the 150th anniversary of the day he discovered he was an Alpha. Gary visits his mother in the hospital and runs into Dr. Rosen and helps Dr. Rosen find Parish's "god's eye view" for the night, in Grand Central Station in New York City. The team races to find and disable Parish's bombs while Dr. Rosen and Parish square off. When the photostimulators go off in Grand Central, Gary is the only one not affected.|
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- List of Alphas episodes at TV.com
- List of Alphas episodes at the Internet Movie Database