Tru Calling: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (30 Oct. 2003)

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Tru Davies starts working on a morgue before she can start studying Medicine. The first night she's working at the morgue, a dead woman, Rebecca, asks her for help. Suddenly the day goes ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Morgan
Aaron McCann (as John Haymes Newton)
Elliott Winters
Allison Evans
Ingrid Tesch ...
Carol Winters
Sherry Thoreson ...
Elise Davies - Tru's Mother
Meredith Davies - Age 15 (as Victoria Anderson)


Tru Davies starts working on a morgue before she can start studying Medicine. The first night she's working at the morgue, a dead woman, Rebecca, asks her for help. Suddenly the day goes forward and Tru repeats her previous day. Tru knows she must help Rebecca and prevent her from being killed. But how can do that if nobody's going to believe she has the power to go back in time and save people? Written by Anonymous

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The EMT that Tru meets on her first night at the morgue may have been purposefully named "Marco" in homage to the children's game "Marco Polo". When Tru hears a noise and goes looking through the deserted morgue, she calls for "Marco", the traditional signal for someone hidden to yell back "Polo!" See more »


Tru Davies: And I heard another voice.
Harrison Davies: Wait. I don't understand. You mean, like - you mean like mom?
Tru Davies: No. Not her. Someone else.
Harrison Davies: Dead.
[Tru nods]
Harrison Davies: Oh boy.
Tru Davies: And that's not even the half of it. Believe it or not, that's the half that makes sense. I-I just don't get it. Me, of all people, why do they come to me?
Harrison Davies: Maybe because they know that you'll listen.
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Great Pilot
29 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

The first episode of "Tru Calling" is admirable for the way it a) introduces the main characters of the show, b) gives them a backstory, c) sets up a daring sci-fi premise, d) tells the first story based on that premise - and it manages to do all that in about 40 minutes! The premise is more than a little reminiscent of "Groundhog Day" (Tru gets to re-live a day that everybody else is living for the first time and she has the opportunity to change things) but it adds the element of whodunit (she must figure out what happened in the original timeline so that she can make the right changes). The experienced director Phillip Noyce sets a breathless pace (the rewind/transition effects are very well-done), and series creator Jon Harmon Feldman writes a twisty first tale. Of course the fact that Eliza Dushku is one of the fittest and most beautiful women in the world does not hurt, either. *** out of 4.

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