List of Journeyman episodes
Journeyman is an American science fiction romance television series created by Kevin Falls for 20th Century Fox Television. The series was shown simultaneously on NBC in the U.S and on Global in Canada, premiering on September 24, 2007 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
The series centers on Dan Vasser, a newspaper reporter living with his wife Katie and young son Zack in San Francisco. For an unknown reason, one day he begins "jumping" backward in time. He soon learns that each series of jumps follows the life of a person whose destiny he seems meant to change. Dan's jumping affects his family life and his job, and instills suspicion in his brother Jack, a police detective. While in the past, Dan reconnects with his ex-fiancée, Livia, whom he had believed was killed in a plane crash but is actually a time traveller like him.
The initial order from NBC was for 13 episodes, all of which were produced prior to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. However, the series suffered from low ratings, and NBC allowed its option for a full season order to lapse by the December 11, 2007, deadline for renewal. According to trade reports, such an action effectively means the series has been cancelled. As of April 2, 2008, the show had officially been cancelled by NBC. The final episode of Journeyman aired on Wednesday, December 19, 2007.
Season 1: 2007
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"A Love of a Lifetime"||Alex Graves||Kevin Falls||September 24, 2007||1ANJ79||9.16|
|Dan Vasser, a San Francisco reporter, finds that he is—seemingly randomly—traveling through time. He travels to 1987 and saves Neal Gaines' life by pushing him out of the way of a rail train. When he travels back to the present, he believes it was a hallucination until he finds out that Neal Gaines was real. He then goes back to the past and saves the relationship that Neal Gaines has, in which he gets his girlfriend pregnant, by telling her to keep the baby. Later in the episode, he travels to 1997 on New Year's Eve. During this visit he sees his past fiancee, who died in a plane crash. The first time, he sees her in their old apartment, and the second time, he sees her during his own proposal to her. Later, he saves Neal's wife and son this time, after Neal goes to try and kill them for leaving him. This leads to Neal's son to grow up and save the lives of 6 kids. Realizing that his current wife is about to leave him, in 1997, he goes into the backyard of their future house, and buries a copy of a newspaper from that year, as well as their engagement ring. When he comes back to the present, he digs up the box and shows its contents to her.|
|2||"Friendly Skies"||Alex Graves||Kevin Falls||October 1, 2007||1ANJ01||8.23|
|Dan and his wife plan a weekend getaway in Oregon until he is transported back to November 20, 1975 and helps a woman give birth on an airplane. The woman tells him that the baby's father is out of the picture, which she reiterates when Dan again meets her sometime in the early 1980s. Dan meets the woman's now teenaged daughter in 1994 when she finally manages to meet her father. Dan helps her get the courage to speak to her father, but he immediately rejects her. Dan's final visit to 1995 he meets the girl's father on a flight to San Francisco. He is dying from leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Dan finds the daughter and convinces her to meet him at the hospital. She agrees to go and speaks with her father. Dan chats with another young man who also has leukemia. He finally meets the girl in the present time. She tells him that she was not a bone marrow match for her father, but instead for the man Dan met. She is a very good friend of that man and he is a UN relief worker in Darfur.|
|3||"Game Three"||Alex Graves||Tom Szentgyorgyi||October 8, 2007||1ANJ02||6.94|
|Instead of going to multiple time periods in one person's life, Dan continues to travel back in time to the same day: the day of the Game Three earthquake on October 17, 1989. Several times during the episode he encounters a suicidal lawyer. The man is deep in debt from a gambling addiction. Dan eventually learns that the man committed suicide two days after the earthquake. Dan confronts the man about his addiction. Dan tells him about his own addiction just as the earthquake occurs. The lawyer is almost killed in a building collapse. The shock of nearly dying gives him a new reason to live. Dan learns in the present time that the lawyer is a major crusader for the wrongly incarcerated. In the present, Dan has a deadline for a major story. His editor is pressuring him to work only on his assignment. Dan decides to help his editor by trying to prevent his editor's sister from dying in the Cypress Viaduct collapse. He fails to prevent her death but learns that the death was the reason that his editor overcame his alcoholism.|
|4||"The Year of the Rabbit"||Laura Innes||Joan B. Weiss||October 15, 2007||1ANJ03||6.75|
|Dan wakes up in 1994 finding himself in a wedding rehearsal, soon after he enters a bar where a woman is waiting for a man she met on the internet. He helps her avoid an angry ex-boyfriend. He later discovers that her date married her and she was murdered. He saves her life in 1998. He learns that she later is arrested for murdering her husband. He returns to the same night and takes the ex-boyfriend, who is a cop, to find her. They fail to prevent her from killing her husband but she now has a witness to confirm that it was self-defense. Meanwhile, Dan contacts Professor Elliot Langley (Tom Everett) about tachyon particles. While in the past, he mysteriously receives a phone call on his old cell phone from Doctor Langley.|
|5||"The Legend of Dylan McCleen"||Allison Liddi||Matt McGuinness||October 22, 2007||1ANJ04||6.06|
|Dan travels to 1975, where he rescues a man tangled in a parachute before discovering that he is tracking the mysterious Dylan McCleen, a man who hijacked a plane with hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom money. Dan discovers that McCleen, also known as Army Ranger John Richie, was searching for a Cambodian man whose family had kept him safe during the Vietnam War, and whom Richie intended to repay by using the ill-gotten money to extract his family from Asia.|
|6||"Keepers"||Andrew Bernstein||Paul Redford||October 29, 2007||1ANJ05||5.75|
|Dan travels back over time to help two brothers. The older one is initially a problem child, but as Dan progresses through their lives, the older brother becomes responsible and the younger one troubled. The younger brother has become mentally ill and obsessed with time travel. He is an apparent math genius. In the initial history he mails a letter bomb, which Dan is able to avoid happening by going back in time to warn the company that received the letter bomb. Dan and the older brother confront him and he comments that Dan must be a time traveler as he has never aged at any of the times they meet. During this period, Dan and his brother also clash. At the dénouement, however, Dan discovers that his brother was only trying to protect him. He also becomes briefly concerned that his wife may have been rushed into marriage, but his wife expresses no regrets. When speaking to Steven, the younger brother, he is told flatly by Steven that even with tachyons time travel is impossible.|
|7||"Double Down"||Alex Graves||J. R. Orci||November 5, 2007||1ANJ06||5.13|
|Katie meets with an old colleague (Don Franklin) to decide if she wants to return to work as a TV journalist. Dan travels back to 1999, protecting a witness in a gang case from being assassinated, putting his own past self in jeopardy in the process. With Livia's help, Dan safeguards his past self from the same gang killers, while struggling to keep the past from changing in order to protect his future with Katie and Zack. In 2007, Jack continues to investigate his brother's mysterious behavior when Zack reveals his parents' stash of "play money." Jack's inquiry piques the interest of an FBI agent (Paul Schulze), who presses for information on the currency's origin.|
|8||"Winterland"||Helen Shaver||Dana Calvo||November 12, 2007||1ANJ07||6.09|
|In 2007, Katie helps Dan dispose of Dylan McCleen's money before FBI Agent Richard Garrity (Paul Schulze) serves the Vassers with a search warrant, citing Dan's unexplained disappearance from a commercial airliner. After Dan disappears into the past, Katie discovers an antique photograph that sheds new light on Dan's old flame: Livia is originally from 1948. Dan travels back to November 17, 1973 and, along with Livia, tracks Abigail Armstrong, a college student who leaves home after a falling-out with her mother. Through Dan's intervention in 1974, Abby falls in with a group of hippies who later commit a robbery in which a man is killed, resulting in Abby's incarceration for life. Dan and Livia then travel to the day of the robbery to set history back to rights. When FBI agent Garrity is questioning Dan's brother, a flashback scene is shown from 1995 Dan gave a cab driver a $20 bill dated 2003. The flashback scene shows the cab driver comparing the 2003 bill with the new format to an older bill. The serial number shown on the $20 bill in the flash back is CK45631893B. The FBI agent then reveals the $20 bill that has been in a sealed evidence bag, which has a serial number of EO85644694B. The flashback scene continues, showing Dan's brother chasing him until giving up. The $20 is shown in Dan's brother's hand, serial number CK45631893B. At the end of the episode, Dan's brother buys a drink at a bar, and slides a $20 across the bar to pay for it. The bill has serial number EO85644694B.|
|9||"Emily" (Part 1)||Frederick King Keller||Juan Carlos Coto||November 19, 2007||1ANJ08||5.61|
|Dan travels back to 1992 and rescues Emily, a girl who had gone missing and never been found. As Dan tracks Emily through her troubled adolescence, he realizes that rescuing her may have led to the kidnapping and murder of another girl in 2001, and that the same man who kidnapped Emily is likely responsible. Livia warns Dan not to alter history further by attempting to rescue this new victim, but he ignores her advice. In 2007, Katie deals with Zack's misbehavior at Herbert Wells Elementary School, and fears that he may be acting out in response to his father's increasing absences. Jack slowly begins to accept the idea that Dan may, in fact, be traveling through time, and assists his brother in an unofficial investigation into the affairs of Aeden Bennett (Raphael Sbarge).|
|10||"Blowback" (Part 2)||Karen Gaviola||Kevin Falls||November 26, 2007||1ANJ09||6.05|
|In 2007, a recently paroled Aeden Bennett attacks Dan Vasser in his home, shooting him moments before Dan travels into the past. With Dan away, Aeden tricks Katie into returning home by posing as a plumber and taking her hostage. Hugh informs Jack that, according to "a source," the FBI is not conducting any open investigations into Dan's activities, implying that Agent Garrity is a rogue operator. Garrity later shows Jack a photograph of Dan prior to his disappearance from Flight 1680, and compares it to a bystander in another photograph of Diana Bloom disembarking her plane after giving birth in 1975; Garrity's statements imply that he knows about Dan's unique ability. Garrity visits Dan's home, where the agent is shot by Bennett. In 1980, Dan finds himself tracking Aeden Bennett as a child locked alone in his home, and attempts to get the 10-year-old to safety. He is stalled when Aeden's father, an abusive police officer, arrives home and terrorizes the boy; after Aeden's father leaves, Dan explains Aeden's future before Livia arrives and helps Dan, whose bleeding has become life-threatening, to safety. Livia travels to 2007 where she explains Dan's predicament to Jack before vanishing again, and Jack finds Dan at the hospital, having recently returned as well. The two race to Katie's aid, and Dan talks Bennett down by invoking Bennett's memory of their encounter in 1980. After Bennett is taken back into custody, Jack comes to accept his brother's peculiarity.|
|11||"Home By Another Way"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Tom Szentgyorgyi||December 10, 2007||1ANJ10||5.28|
|Dan travels back to the newspaper's holiday party on December 24, 1979 after Christmas Eve layoffs hit his office. He also runs into his father, Frank Vasser, (Joel Gretsch) in the past and attempts to make his father not leave his family. Dan fails, but is able to make his father explain why he is leaving before he leaves them. Elsewhere, Katie tries to put her traumatizing experience behind her while trying to deal with Jack and Dan's mother. Meanwhile, Jack and Theresa find out that Theresa is pregnant. Theresa also becomes suspicious of Dan, but suspects that he has a mental illness. Jack and Dan's mother and Katie have a heart to heart talk about Dan.|
|12||"The Hanged Man" (Part 1)||Steven DePaul||Tracy McMillan||December 17, 2007||1ANJ11||4.24|
|While saving a mother and son (Christopher) from a car accident, Dan drops his digital camera which is later recovered by Christopher. This piece of modern technology in 1984 boosts computing technology far beyond current capabilities, presumably through reverse engineering. Once back in the present, Dan discovers that his computer has a holographic screen, and that he no longer has a son — a consequence of a "nanotech" malfunction at the Register office on the date that Zack had been conceived — but rather a daughter named Caroline. Meanwhile, Jack looks into the life of the rogue FBI agent who was targeting Dan. After resolving the camera issue and saving Christopher's life, the psychic from Dan's alternate present comes into his home, presenting him his "birth chart". She explains that Dan's birthdate — July 6, 1972 — coincides with the passing of the Joseph-Lee Comet, believed by astrologers to have mystic properties, and that the Comet has passed the Earth only twice in the past century; the other passing occurred on Livia's birthday — March 3, 1923. Meanwhile, Jack pulls some strings to dig into Agent Garrity's casefile, and finds an old photograph, taken by Frank Vasser, of a young Dan with Professor Elliot Langley at NASA. When Dan contacts Langley, however, the professor denies knowing him. To be continued...|
|13||"Perfidia" (Part 2)||Alex Graves||Aeden Babish & Matt McGuinness||December 19, 2007||1ANJ12||4.62|
|Dan wakes up in a mental institute with a cut on his head. He meets a patient named Evan, who claims to also be a traveler like Dan. Evan says his jumps have stopped because of the sedatives he's given, but wants to get out to meet the love of his life. Dan doesn't quite believe him entirely, but he helps Evan escape using a fight as a distraction. Dan finds out that Evan was killed jaywalking. Meanwhile Katie's sister is dropping hints that she should leave Dan and get her own home. Then, later that day, Dan jumps back into the past with Livia to stop him--Evan--from dying. Evan provides proof that he actually is a traveler, and that the woman he's "stalking" was his wife in an alternate reality. Evan says that his personal life suffered so much because of his traveling that he changed the past by preventing his marriage to spare his wife the misery. Dan and Livia manage to get them together for one salsa dance before Evan collapses and dies. Dan then notes that the date they traveled to is September 2007, just a few months before the present. He then spots himself getting into a cab to jump for the very first time across the street from where Evan has just died. Dan wonders if Evan had to die for him to start traveling. Back in the present, Dan finally meets the Professor Langley. The professor says he is trying to avoid any contact with Dan because of the temptation to force Dan to change the past for his own benefit. He knows what Dan does, having started his studies based on anachronisms like an Incan clay replica of a modern airplane. Back at home, Dan reassures Katie that he'll always come home. Katie wants to see Dan jump, and finally catches a glimpse as he disappears at night.|
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