David and Edgar intercept an alien data drop and recover the partially burned contents of a briefcase. A picture inside convinces them that Arnold Warren is an alien. Warren is seeking confirmation to a post supervising a space tracking project. He would be one of the few black men to hold such a high post. Standing between him and that goal is Jim Baxter, a Senate investigator who also happens to be black. Baxter's wife Celia wants black heroes for her son, so she's pressuring her husband to recommend Warren. Against that, David Vincent only has a wildly implausible story: that Warren is a man from outer space! Convincing Baxter to look further means appealing to his policeman's instincts.
Did You Know?
Throughout the series, many objects are incinerated along with aliens who burn up as they die. This episode has the first of only two instances when a burning alien starts an actual, ordinary fire by his death. See more
When Mrs. Baxter was first in the room at the TV studio posing as a newswoman to interview Mr. Warren the clock on the wall said 8:28, but seconds later the next view of the same clock showed the time as 8:26. See more
For two days, a Senate Subcommittee has been meeting to consider the nomination of a man named Arnold Warren for an important post in the International Space Program. David Vincent has reason to believe that Warren is an alien. He has 24 hours to prove it.