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Cause & Effect
Season One, Episode Two
Air Date July 18, 2011
Written By Julie Siege
Directed By Constantine Makris
Episode Guide
"Pilot" "Anger Management"

"Cause & Effect" is the second episode of Alphas. It originally aired on Syfy from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm on July 18, 2011.


After relocating to a new office in Queens, New York, Lee Rosen's group is settling in — or trying to. Nina is upset because the office is so far away from everything, Rachel is disgusted by how dirty the office is (to her Synesthete senses), Gary is distracted by a buzz that no one else can hear, Hicks isn't sure he belongs, and Bill, well, he's just grumpy.

Upstate, a deadly traffic accident near Binghamton, NY leaves several people dead and a new Alpha out on the streets. Marcus Ayers, Dr. Rosen's very first Alpha patient, has escaped from Binghamton Special Research Facility (the place where Alphas who misuse their abilities are held) and he seems to have a violent agenda. Dr. Rosen knows all too well that Marcus is capable of controlling almost everything around him, which makes him extremely dangerous and almost impossible to catch.

Whatever Marcus' agenda, Dr. Rosen is clearly a part of it. Marcus left clues near the scene of the crime that lead Rosen to a series of memories about how he first met Marcus and how both his powers and his acute paranoia developed over time.

Back at the office the next day, Agent Sullivan has shown up and she seems to know about each member of Lee Rosen's Group. The reason, it turns out, is because Agent Sullivan is temporarily replacing Agent Wilson while he's on another assignment. Sullivan tells Dr. Rosen that she thinks Marcus blames him for his incarceration and plans to kill him. After the full team briefing Nina is angry with Dr. Rosen for keeping Marcus' escape a secret since she knew him well.

Rosen asks Hicks to study Marcus since they have similar powers and Rachel finds ash residue on the quarter Marcus left behind, which leads Dr. Rosen to Marcus' old apartment building, where he burned his previous roommates. Sure enough, Marcus is waiting for Dr. Rosen there—but he's not the only one. Binghamton's Department of Defense liaison Nathan Clay has been using the unwitting Dr. Rosen to track down Marcus.

After Marcus uses his powers to escape, Rosen investigates his claims that something awful was happening at Binghamton by asking Dr. Singh. He is surprised to find out that Singh was planning to lobotomize Marcus. Only moments after confessing this fact to Dr. Rosen, Marcus kills Dr. Singh.

By tracing the flower pollen from a chess piece that Marcus left at the scene of Dr. Singh's murder, Gary is able to locate Marcus but, of course, since he is a master strategist, Marcus is already waiting for them. The team thinks that Marcus is after Nathan Clay, but when everyone is distracted Marcus kidnaps Dr. Rosen so that he can explain that a war is brewing between Alpha humans and non-alphas.

Even though he surrenders, Clay shoots Marcus in the chest. When they can't find his body, however, the team begins to suspect that Marcus may have faked his death to "prepare for the coming war." Later, a quarter appears with a bullet embedded perfectly into its face.


Hicks: Nice car.
Nina: I borrowed it.

Gary: He's driving very fast. It's illegal to go that fast.
Bill: Yeah well, if you think that's illegal you watch this.

Gary: We're not in market research. Cover story.

Hicks: I just worked my way backwards. I could kinda see it.
Rosen:[regarding Cameron and Marcus' powers] Similar, but not the same.

Marcus Ayers: It's a simple game. Sixty-four squares, thirty-two pieces. Given any position on the board, there are only a few logical moves. Understand that, and the game becomes predictable.
Rosen: Well, you're, you're not taking the human factor into account. People don't always make the perfect move.
Marcus Ayers: They do, though. For them. It's... their perfect move.
Rosen: Well, now we're getting to the heart of what we've been working on. You believe that everything that happens in your life has intent. That there are no accidents or no mistakes. Life isn't like that, Marcus. It's... sometimes it's a flip of the coin.
Marcus Ayers: The universe isn't random. things happen because people want them to. It's just moves, and forced moves.

Rosen: I'm calling people like you "Alphas."
Marcus Ayers: Alpha. Acceleration. The first variable. I like that.

Marcus Ayers: We're 50 meters up. It takes a little over three seconds to fall that far. That means a body would hit bottom going something like 70 miles an hour.
Rosen: If you're trying to scare me, Marcus, you're doing an excellent job of it.

Production Notes[]

  • Lee Rosen goes from being bearded to clean-shaven without explanation.
  • In the ambulance sequence, the speeds of the vehicles are rendered in kilometers per hour.



Alphas Season 1 Season 2
"Pilot" • "Cause & Effect" • "Anger Management" • "Rosetta" • "Never Let Me Go" • "Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure" • "Catch and Release" • "A Short Time in Paradise" • "Blind Spot" • "The Unusual Suspects" • "Original Sin"