EXT. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – DAY
A typical summer morning. Birds chirping. People on their way to work. Widen to reveal –
Four Hours Earlier
A typical summer morning. Birds chirping. People on their way to work. Mexicans trimming the trees and mowing the grass. Mark Benford kisses his wife Olivia before leaving for the day. Aaron Stark trims his beard. Bryce Varely sticks a gun to his head. The hot chick who was on Mad Men is taking her clothes off. Business as usual, right? WRONG. Today’s the day everything changes. Boom. Roasted.
FBI agent Mark and his sidekick Hikaru Sulu are chasing some stock terror suspect who will turn out to be central to the show’s plot halfway through the season when suddenly–!
For 2 minutes and 17 seconds, the entire world blacks out. No one’s sure what’s going on, but it’s like one of those Yellow Submarine things where even though it’s like one big acid trip, the music’s still pretty good so I just went with it. And then my aunt walked in and I was so high I hit on her, and she touched me in my swimsuit area.
When everyone wakes up LA is on fire. Sulu takes the helm while Mark tries to help all the people who are freaking out. Over at the hospital, Olivia is dealing with the same thing. Back at their house, Nicole the nanny pushes her boyfriend off of her long enough to make sure Charlie isn’t dead. She’s awake, clutching her teddy bear.
Nicole: Are you alright, sweety?
Charlie: I had a bad dream.
Nicole: What did you do?
Charlie: The malice of the act was base and I loved it–that is to say I loved my own undoing, I loved the evil in me–not the thing for which I did the evil, simply the evil: my soul was depraved, and hurled itself down from security in You into utter destruction, seeking no profit from wickedness but only to be wicked.
Nicole: Maybe I should call your mom.
Olivia’s got her own problems.
Later, at FBI headquarters, Mark and a stock task force gather in a conference room to figure out what’s happened. From what they know, the blackouts affected everyone on the planet.
Mark: No. It was more than a blackout. It was like a memory… of the future!
Everyone. At the Exact Same F’ing Time: You mean…a flash-forward?
Seth MacFarlane: Giggity.
Mark tells Demetri they need to figure out a way to see what everyone saw during the flashforward. They’re on it, and a plan comes together surprisingly fast.
Demetri: We’ll make a website!
Girl: And a TV show!
They take the idea to Stan, who’s quick to jump onboard.
Stan: Good job, guys. But let’s keep all this blackout business under wraps for now. We can’t let the public find out about this.
Mark: Uh, you realize the world knows, right?
Stan: Keep up the good work.
That night, Mark’s talking to Nicole. Ever since the blackout, she hasn’t been able to stop crying.
Nicole: I’ve been watching the news all day, except for when I was…nevermind. I just don’t know what to think, you know? I’m scared. I’m horny.
Mark: You really should go. I’m already a recovering alcoholic, I don’t need–you know. That other stuff coming up.
Nicole: What other stuff?
Mark: Please leave.
And she’s not the only one acting strange. Mark told Olivia what he saw during his blackout, but Olivia’s kept quiet.
Mark: What did you see, babe?
Olivia: I don’t want to talk about it.
Olivia: He made me feel like a real woman!
Back in the office, whatshername calls Demetri over. She points to her computer.
Girl: Did you know every security camera in the world feeds into the FBI database?
Girl: Yeah. I just finished looking through it. Check out what I found!
Demetri: That wasn’t taken during the blackout. It’s an Astros game. But it’s kind of cool that you found such a huge clue so quickly.
Girl: I know, right?
What does it all mean? Who’s the mysterious Suspect 0? What role will the kangaroo play? Was my Astros joke topical? More importantly, will FlashForward be as commercially viable as Lost? Tune in next week!