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Children of Earth: Day Four 

Jack is forced to confess how he helped broker a deal in 1965 when the 456 aliens offered an antidote against a deadly universal flu virus in exchange for twelve children who would 'live ... See full summary »

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... Captain Jack
... Gwen Cooper
... Ianto Jones
... Rhys Williams
... John Frobisher
... Clement McDonald
... Brian Green
... Bridget Spears
... Alice Carter
... Lois Habiba
... Johnson
... Mr Dekker
... General Pierce
... Denise Riley (as Deborah Finlay)
... Rick Yates
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Jack is forced to confess how he helped broker a deal in 1965 when the 456 aliens offered an antidote against a deadly universal flu virus in exchange for twelve children who would 'live forever.' Clem and the team watch via Lois's laptop as the aliens tell Frobisher they will 'wipe out the human species' if their request is not met, and a camera reveals the apparently zombic Scots victims, said by the aliens to be unharmed. Frobisher rejects Jack's offer of help in return for Alice and her son's release. He attends a Cabinet meeting which agrees that the Cabinet's children will be spared and that lower-class kids should be sacrificed instead.This is recorded by Lois and sent to safety with Rhys,giving Ianto and Jack leverage to talk to the aliens but the latter's' response is to unleash a virus which kills dozens, including Clem and,seemingly,Ianto. The government feels forced to capitulate. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This episode takes place in 1965 and September 2009. See more »

Goofs

When Jack and Ianto are confronting the 456, Ianto is not wearing the jacket that goes with his suit. Later, when Gwen comes to find their bodies, Ianto has a full suit on with jacket included. See more »

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456 Voice: This is fascinating, isn't it? The human infant mortality rate is 29 thousand 158 deaths per day. Every three seconds a child dies. The human response is to accept and adapt.
Captain Jack Harkness: We're adapting right now, and we're making this a war.
456 Voice: Then the fight begins.
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Featured in Torchwood Declassified: Children of Earth (2009) See more »

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Torchwood Theme
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Written by Murray Gold
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