Terrible Swift Sword (#E31)
EPISODE PREMIERE: August 20, 2006
An investigation into the escape of Nova
members from NTAC
custody leads Tom
to suspect Jordan Collier
Jordan Collier is giving a television interview explaining to the world what heís seen of the future. The human race is dying out. And a privileged elite have locked themselves away in the worldís last city where they hoard the planetís remaining resources, leaving the rest of whatís left of civilization to fight for survival in the wasteland the earth has become. Jordan stresses that 4400s and non-4400s must work together in order to prevent this bleak future.
Meanwhile, an unknown 4400 breaks into NTAC and uses their ability to put everyone temporarily to sleep, allowing members of the Nova group being held there to escape. At the 4400 Center, Shawn learns that Jordan coordinated the jailbreak and plans to use Nova to help him destroy the military base where Rylandís super soldiers are being trained. Shawn talks to Richard in private and tries to convince him that Jordanís plan is going to provoke a war with the government. But as far as Richard is concerned, the 4400 have been in an undeclared war with the government since they returned. And with the revelation that Isabelle is working for Ryland, Richard is convinced that it is only a matter of time before his daughter leads a strike against the 4400.
Shawn goes to NTAC and reveals Jordanís plan to Tom and Diana in the hope that they will be able to stop him. When they confront Jordan, he reveals he has no intention of attacking a military base. He only told Shawn that story in order to test his loyalty. But Shawn points out that still doesnít explain why Jordan broke the Nova members out of NTAC. Jordan denies the accusation. Shawn looks to Richard to back him up, but Richard sides with Jordan. Shawn later confronts Jordan in private and asks why he was lied to. Jordan explains that he had to know how committed Shawn was to the cause, but if he wants, itís not too late to join. Shawn pledges his loyalty, and Jordan in turn reveals that he indeed does have a plan. Tom and Diana soon discover that Jordanís story about attacking the military base was just a diversion so that he could steal Haspelcorpís entire stockpile of promicin. Later on, Shawn, Richard, Kevin Burkhoff, and Tess Doerner gather at a warehouse where the stolen promicin is being stored. They ask Jordan what he wants to do with the promicin. Destroy it? No, Jordan wants to give it away. To everybody.
Meanwhile, Kyle is finding it difficult adjusting to life outside of prison. Tom encourages his son to register for classes at the local college, but Kyle explains that he will always be known as the man who shot Jordan Collier. And in Kyleís mind, that means he has no chance at an ordinary life. Kyle goes to see Collier. Jordan explains that his death had to happen and that Kyle is a part of a much larger plan. Later on, Tom comes home to find Kyle packing. Kyle explains that after talking to Jordan, he has decided to tour the country and talk about his life. Tom tries to talk Kyle out of it, but his son explains that this is something he has to do. Meanwhile, April discovers that Diana has been seeing Ben behind her back.