List of The Cape episodes

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The Cape, a superhero drama series created by Tom Wheeler, premiered on Citytv on Saturday January 8, 2011 in Canada and debuted in the United States on NBC on January 9, 2011 with a two-hour premiere consisting of the first two episodes. It moved to its regular time slot, Mondays at 9:00 pm, on January 17.[1] NBC subsequently cut the total number of episodes to be aired from 13 to 10 as a result of low ratings.[2] On March 2, 2011, NBC announced that the season finale would only be aired on the network's website.[3][4]

The series stars David Lyons as Vince Faraday, a police officer in the fictional Palm City, who is framed for a series of crimes committed by a mysterious villain named Chess (James Frain) and is left for dead after being caught. He is taken in by Max Malini (Keith David), the ringleader of a circus who trains him with the special abilities of a superhero. Determined to clear his name and be reunited with his family, Faraday takes on the guise of his son's favorite comic book hero, The Cape.[5]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 10[6] January 8, 2011 (2011-01-08) March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11) July 5, 2011 (2011-07-05) September 26, 2011 (2011-09-26)[7] N/A

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Simon West Tom Wheeler January 8, 2011 (2011-01-08) (Citytv) 8.45[8]
Palm City police officer Vince Faraday is framed for a series of crimes that were actually committed by the mysterious villain Chess, revealed to be Peter Fleming, CEO of the mega-corporation ARK. Farady manages to elude custody, but is presumed dead and taken in by a gang of circus performers who are also bank thieves. Their leader Max Malini trains Vince and imbues him with the abilities of a superhero. Determined to clear his name and be reunited with his family, Vince takes on the persona of his son's favorite comic-book hero, the Cape. On his first outing in his quest to bring down Chess, Vince meets Orwell, an anti-corruption electronic espionage expert who keeps a whistleblower blog on the activities of ARK and Fleming/Chess.
2 "Tarot" Deran Sarafian Tom Wheeler January 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) (NBC) 8.45[8]
The Cape must battle Chess' latest accomplice: a serial murderer named Cain who specializes in poisons, and who is a member of the secret Assassin Order called the Tarot. Chess tries to take down the one man who keeps him from controlling the prisons, Patrick Portman, (Richard Schiff) the secretary of prisons, but the job proves difficult when The Cape, Orwell, and the circus gang help him save the target.
3 "Kozmo" David Jackson Craig Titley January 17, 2011 (2011-01-17) (Citytv) 6.22[9]
Russian convict Gregor Molotov, previous wielder of the cape, escapes prison and seeks to reclaim it for himself. Vince is able to defeat Gregor and decides to allow him to live despite warnings that he will likely escape from prison and come back for the cape again. Dana discovers a witness that informs her her husband was not Chess. Orwell meets Max and the circus.
4 "Scales" Dennie Gordon William Wheeler January 24, 2011 (2011-01-24) (NBC) 5.85[10]
The Cape informs villain Scales that Peter Fleming/Chess has betrayed him in the business deals when he's paying money to the same person twice. This information eventually leads to Scales confronting Fleming on the Monte Carlo train during the costume gala. Meanwhile, Max and his "carnival of crime" plan to rob the same train during the party. Additionally, it's Trip's 10th birthday and Vince feels frustrated that he will be is missing it, so is Dana as she is stuck in traffic and races home to celebrate with her son.
5 "Dice" Michael Nankin Tom Wheeler January 31, 2011 (2011-01-31) (NBC) 5.34[11]
When Peter Fleming reveals a new program called T.R.A.C.E. that's capable of predicting every single move a person makes in the future, he inadvertently attracts the attention of a very special, deadly mastermind: the daughter of research physicist Henry Jerrod and one of Chess' victims, Tracey, a savant who calls herself Dice (Mena Suvari). Since Dice also knows Fleming's alter ego, Chess, the Cape must do whatever it takes to keep Fleming alive in order to clear his name—including elevating his skills to new heights by learning to walk a high wire. Meanwhile, Dana tries to bond more with Trip as they cope without Vince. Also through the episode Flemming is trying to retain control and fears that these assassination attempts will reawaken Chess. By the end of the episode Chess returns; glad that Peter wants to play again.
6 "Goggles and Hicks" Deran Sarafian Craig Titley February 7, 2011 (2011-02-07) (NBC) 4.58[12]
After Faraday's last adventure, which resulted in broken ribs, Max decides the Cape must take a day off. While Faraday recuperates, Fleming hires two professional killers, Goggles and Hicks (Pruitt Taylor Vince and Chad Lindberg), also members of the Tarot known as Chariot, to kill the Cape once and for all. Meanwhile, Dana confronts Marty after his promotion to Police Chief about telling her the truth about Vince's case.
7 "The Lich (Part 1)" Karen Gaviola William Wheeler February 14, 2011 (2011-02-14) (NBC) 4.07[13]
After a woman Rollo dated named Janet Peck is found dead, Max enlists Vince, the cop to gather evidence at her grave site. Meanwhile Vince, The Cape tries to alert Police Chief Marty Voyt of an impending threat to the city during the Founder's Day parade. However, his attempt backfires when Marty follows Fleming's orders to set up The Cape. Orwell receives some help from Patrick Portman about Conrad Chandler (Glenn Fitzgerald), the founding heir of Palm City.
8 "The Lich (Part 2)" Roxann Dawson Toni Graphia & Robbie Thompson February 21, 2011 (2011-02-21) (Citytv) 4.15[14]
With Orwell's location unknown, The Cape must seek Dana's legal connections to track down the Lich's whereabouts. She enlists the help of her boss, Travis Hall so he can get access to the interrogation room where one of The Lich's followers, Preston Holloway (Tom Noonan) is being held. The Cape, Max and Rollo then break into the Orchard to rescue Orwell who has been drugged by Conrad Chandler's paralyzing toxin. She struggles to fight the effects of this potent serum and has hallucinations of her wedding day and an uninvited guest, Peter Fleming, who claims he is her father.
9 "Razer" David Straiton Tom Wheeler & William Wheeler February 28, 2011 (2011-02-28) (NBC) 4.10[15]
Scales makes a tenuous alliance with Fleming to protect his gang's territory and calls a dangerous villain, Razer (Grant Bowler), to the city. However, Vince interrupts Razer's arrival and takes his place by disguising himself to gain entry into Scales' gang. With the help of his doctor, Fleming battles his alter ego, Chess, while Orwell battles her own demons, alluding to an unclear future, trapped in isolation with a dark state of mind.
10 "Endgame" Ernest Dickerson Christine Roum March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11) ( N/A
The Cape and Vince Faraday's world collide and hard truths are revealed—Police Chief Marty Voyt lands behind bars, in the hands of ARK Corporation, fearing he may receive the same fate as Vince. Attempting to learn more about Vince's disappearance, Dana takes on Marty's case, and the impervious ARK Corporation, only to discover secrets of betrayal. The Cape's double identity becomes blurred when Max and the carnival of crime attempt to protect Dana, Marty and his family.


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