List of Tru Calling episodes
Tru Calling is a supernatural drama that aired on the Fox Network. The series premiered on October 30, 2003, and ran for two seasons before it was cancelled during its second season. The twenty-fifth episode, "Enough", on April 21, 2005 was the final episode to be shown by Fox. Season two premiered in New Zealand on the TV3 network on February 4, 2005 and ended on March 11, 2005. Season two premiered in the United States on March 31, 2005 and five episodes were shown. The final episode was never aired on Fox due to its Christmas theme and tentative April airdate, though it was shown on the Sci Fi Channel during a marathon on January 21, 2008. The series ran for a total of 26 episodes.
The series starred Eliza Dushku as Tru Davies, a medical school student who takes a job at the city morgue when her internship falls through. When the corpse of a murdered woman seems to awaken and asks for her help, Tru discovers that she has the incredible power to relive the day before a wrongful death occurs in order to try to prevent that death. Over the course of the series, Tru struggles to keep her secret, juggle her responsibilities with her complicated personal life, and learn to control her power.
Tru is aided (and at times abetted) by her boss, Davis (Zach Galifianakis), who acts as a sort of guide and mentor, her best friend Lindsey (A.J. Cook), who doesn't know Tru's secret, and her impulsive, good-natured and bumbling younger brother Harrison (Shawn Reaves). Tru tries to keep her secret from her boyfriend, as well as to help her sister Meredith (Jessica Collins), who has a drug problem.
Halfway through the first season, Tru's life gets much more complicated when she meets Jack Harper (Jason Priestley), a man who shares Tru's abilities but who works to preserve what he sees as the hand of Fate by ensuring that the people Tru tries to help stay dead, though the series was cancelled before the conclusion of their struggle was written.
|Season||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale||DVD release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||20||October 30, 2003||April 29, 2004||November 30, 2004||N/A||N/A|
|2||6||March 31, 2005||January 21, 2008||November 15, 2005||N/A||N/A|
|Complete||26||N/A||N/A||August 12, 2008||June 27, 2005||October 24, 2006|
Season 1: (2003–2004)
The first season of Tru Calling consisted of 20 episodes. It premiered in the United States on the Fox network on October 30, 2003 with "Pilot", and it ended on April 29, 2004, with the season finale "Two Weddings and a Funeral".
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original U.S.
|1||"Pilot"||Phillip Noyce||Jon Harmon Feldman||October 30, 2003||1AHP79||4.9|
|After graduating from college, hopeful medical school student Tru Davies is forced to take a job with the city morgue after her internship at a local hospital falls through. When a woman arrives at the morgue who died before her time, Tru sees the woman seemingly awaken and ask for Tru's help. The entire day rewinds, and Tru finds herself racing against the clock in order to save the woman's life before she dies, alongside trying to fix some of her own mistakes.|
|2||"Putting Out Fires"||Thomas J. Wright||Chris Brancato, Jon Harmon Feldman
& Albert J. Salke
|November 6, 2003||1AHP01||4.2|
|When her relationship with one of her former professors falls through, Tru finds herself questioning the possibility of a relationship contending with her secret. However, when two victims of a fire – a little girl and an attractive fireman – ask for her help, Tru finds herself falling in unexpected love as she tries to prevent arson.|
|3||"Brother's Keeper"||Paul Shapiro||Jon Harmon Feldman||November 13, 2003||1AHP02||3.9|
|Tru is relieved when Harrison finally seems to have met the right woman. But questions are asked and unsettling suspects raised when Harrison's new girlfriend's murdered ex-husband arrives at the morgue and asks for Tru's help.|
|4||"Past Tense"||Jeff Woolnough||Jon Harmon Feldman||November 20, 2003||1AHP03||3.8|
|Tru tries to get a handle on living with her gift, but soon finds her hands full as five young men all arrive at the morgue, each having died at the same bachelor party, as all five of them ask for her help. The only problem is, each came in under a gurney sheet and Tru has no idea what any of them look like.|
|5||"Haunted"||Michael Katleman||Douglas Petrie||December 4, 2003||1AHP04||4.7|
|When a brilliant young med student arrives at the morgue, Tru tries to help her even as she questions her own life as her dreams of going to med school herself seem to have been put on hold by her newfound responsibilities. Things get even more complicated, however, when Tru discovers that the young woman was part of a highly illegal and risky experiment to temporarily die in order to recover lost memories. Davis tells True that he knows about her secret.|
|6||"Star-Crossed"||Sanford Bookstaver||Chad Hodge||December 11, 2003||1AHP05||4.5|
|What at first looks like a case of "Romeo & Juliet" turns complicated and dangerous when Tru investigates the suspicious deaths of two high school students who both attended the same expensive academy and whose car plunged off the side of a cliff.|
|7||"Morning After"||Dave Barrett||Robert Doherty||December 18, 2003||1AHP06||4.3|
|After a belated house-warming party, Tru wakes up with the dead body of her ex-boyfriend lying next to her on the bed. When the evidence begins to point to an unlikely suspect, Tru begins to fear that she may somehow be the killer.|
|8||"Closure"||David Solomon||Jon Harmon Feldman||January 8, 2004||1AHP07||4.2|
|Tru's personal life gets complicated after a harsh phone call from the Davies' mostly absent father prompts Tru's sister Meredith to take her boss Davis out on a date. Meanwhile, Tru works to reunite an ex-soldier with his lost and beloved girlfriend before he undergoes a life-risking surgery.|
|9||"Murder in the Morgue"||David Solomon||Zack Estrin & Chris Levinson||January 15, 2004||1AHP08||4.1|
|When Tru catches a man in the act of covering up a murder, he shoots Davis and fires at Tru before the day rewinds. As Tru races to prevent the deaths of the bride, Davis, and possibly herself, Harrison finally begins to believe Tru's secret.|
|10||"Reunion"||Allan Kroeker||Douglas Petrie||January 22, 2004||1AHP09||5.3|
|When Tru and Lindsay attend their high school reunion, Tru ironically finds herself trying to save the life of the girl who was once her best friend but callously dumped her five years earlier in order to steal her prom date and become Prom Queen.|
|11||"The Longest Day"||David Grossman||Dana Greenblatt & Chad Hodge||February 5, 2004||1AHP10||4.9|
|Tru finds herself stuck in a tragic loop as she rushes to prevent a murder at a local grocery store, only to have the day rewind over and over again as each of her actions inadvertently cause the death of a different unintended victim each time.|
|12||"Valentine"||Paul Shapiro||Robert Doherty||February 12, 2004||1AHP11||4.3|
|On Valentine’s Day, death is in the air as Tru tries to keep Luc, Harrison, Lindsay, and herself alive when a serial killer is on the loose at the remote mountain retreat the two couples are attempting to vacation at.|
|13||"Drop Dead Gorgeous"||Michael Katleman||Robert Doherty, Jon Harmon Feldman
& Scott Shepherd
|March 18, 2004||1AHP12||5.5|
|While Tru tries to keep the truth about her ability from a curious newspaper reporter, Davis shares an earth-shattering secret with Tru about the woman before her who possessed Tru's gift.|
|14||"Daddy’s Girl"||Jesús Salvador Treviño||Zack Estrin, Jon Harmon Feldman & Chris Levinson||March 25, 2004||1AHP13||5.3|
|Tru, still reeling from Davis' revelations about her mother, is further shocked when her cold, aloof father returns to town with a new wife and two children. Things get complicated when Tru discovers a disturbing connection between her mother and her stepmother. Meanwhile, Davis hires the mysterious Jack Harper.|
|15||"The Getaway"||Guy Norman Bee||Scott Shepherd, Stephanie Williams
& Paula Yoo
|April 1, 2004||1AHP14||5.1|
|Tru finds herself in the ironic position of trying to save the life of the newspaper reporter who has been struggling to reveal Tru's secret by hounding her and Davis about why Tru is at the location of so many prevented crimes, and about Tru's seemingly psychic ability to know when trouble is going to happen.|
|16||"Two Pair"||Rick Rosenthal||Doris Egan||April 8, 2004||1AHP16||4.0|
|Tru needs Harrison’s help as she tries to save two people who ended up at the morgue: both asked for help, but her day only rewound for one of them. Meanwhile, Jack tries to piece together the mystery of Davis' past that he shares with no one.|
|17||"Death Becomes Her"||Michael Katleman||Robert Doherty||April 15, 2004||1AHP15||6.3|
|Carly Anders (special guest star Tamyra Gray), a famous movie star, befriends Tru while spending the day with her researching an upcoming role. Things abruptly take a turn for the worse when Carly ends up dead, and Tru must race to save her. Meanwhile, Harrison has an unsettling encounter while in Jack’s company.|
|18||"Rear Window"||Paul Shapiro||William Sind||April 22, 2004||1AHP17||4.1|
|Things get confusing when Tru’s female neighbor introduces herself as Chris Berenson, and then a male Chris Berenson is wheeled into the morgue and asks for Tru’s help.|
|19||"D.O.A."||Dan Lerner||Zack Estrin & Chris Levinson||April 29, 2004||1AHP18||4.5|
|Tru makes the shocking discovery that every time her day rewinds, Jack does, too. At first overjoyed at the idea of having another person in the world who actually understands her burden, Tru is horrified to find that while she uses her power to try to save lives, Jack believes in a different path.|
|20||"Two Weddings and a Funeral"||Michael Katleman||Jon Harmon Feldman||April 29, 2004||1AHP19||4.5|
|As Lindsay's nuptials approach, Tru is torn apart when Harrison is murdered. When Harrison asks for her help, however, the day rewinds – but Tru must fight to defend what she loves when every move she makes to save Harrison is thwarted by Jack, leading to an explosive ending and a shocking secret.|
Season 2: (2005)
Tru Calling was cancelled during season two, turning the sixth episode of the second season into the series finale. Although Fox had no plans to release the episodes filmed, negative viewer response convinced them to show the episodes the following year. Season two premiered in New Zealand on the TV3 network on February 4, 2005 with "Perfect Storm", and ended on March 11, 2005 with "‘Twas the Night Before Christmas...Again". Season two premiered in the United States on March 31, 2005. The final episode was never aired on Fox due to its Christmas theme. The series finale was first aired in North America on January 21, 2008 on the Sci Fi Channel during a Tru Calling series marathon. The second season was broadcast in the UK on Sky One beginning on October 12, 2006.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original U.S.
|21||"Perfect Storm"||Michael Katleman||Jon Harmon Feldman||March 31, 2005||2AHP01||5.5|
|After the explosive events of "Two Weddings and a Funeral," Tru is relieved to have had two months of peace, during which time Davis pulled some strings and Tru began auditing med-school classes. Her life is once again turned upside-down when Jack reappears, fighting to prevent Tru from saving the life of a Harbor Patrol officer who drowned in a rescue attempt.|
|22||"Grace"||Dan Lerner||Doris Egan||March 31, 2005||2AHP02||4.2|
|The battle between Tru and Jack surges to dangerous new heights when Jack deviously frames Tru for the murder of the psychologist Tru was trying to save, leaving her on the run from the law.|
|23||"In the Dark"||Rick Rosenthal||Jane Espenson||April 7, 2005||2AHP03||3.9|
|In an effort to cheer Tru up, Harrison gets Tru's new med-school friends and Davis to help him throw her a surprise birthday party at the morgue. Things quickly get complicated, however, when the lights surge out and somebody asks for Tru's help -- but due to the dark, Tru has no idea who he was or what he looks like.|
|24||"The Last Good Day"||Michael Katleman||Richard Hatem||April 14, 2005||2AHP04||4.2|
|Tru and Jack have no idea how to react when a girl Jack is interested in commits suicide, causing Tru to experience what Jack's power feels like and causing Jack to experience what Tru's power feels like, leading Tru to believe that Jack is meant to save her. A distraught Jack turns to Tru's father for advice.|
|25||"Enough"||Guy Norman Bee||Robert Doherty||April 21, 2005||2AHP05||4.2|
|After her entanglements with Jack and the growing tension of fighting to save lives every day, Tru snaps when Jensen (Eric Christian Olsen) is killed in an accident and his body doesn't ask for help. Jack finds himself ironically trying to convince Tru of the wrongness of her actions as she desperately tries to outwit Fate by finding another body to ask for help so her day will rewind and she can save Jensen.|
|26||"‘Twas the Night Before Christmas...Again"||Jesús Salvador Treviño||Zack Estrin||January 21, 2008||2AHP06||7.0|
|On Christmas Eve, Tru reluctantly finds herself working with Jack to save an old cadaver, leaving her confused as to Jack's true motives. Harrison, believing his father is having an affair, accidentally catches Richard having a meeting with Jack, leading to disastrous consequences. Jensen begins to feel the wrongness of Tru subverting Fate by saving him.|
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