Episodes: Nine (hour)
TV show dates: October 13, 2008 — December 15, 2008
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Christian Slater, Mike O’Malley, Saffron Burrows, Madchen Amick, Alfre Woodard, Omid Abtahi, Taylor Lautner, Bella Thorne, James Cromwell, Missy Yagrer, Mindy Sterling, Rade Serbedzija, Eugenia Yuan, Louis Giambalvo, and Brent McGregor.
TV show description:
This high-action drama follows a secret agent and his cover alias, who until a certain point, has no knowledge of his double life. The agent has been implanted with a chip that allows his handlers to switch the two personalities at will.
Henry Spivey (Christian Slater), a family man with a wife and two kids, is a strategic management consultant at a multi-billion dollar Los Angeles consulting firm, AJ Sun. He loves puzzles, gets nosebleeds in high altitudes, and has yet to be in a fight.
His alter ego is Edward Albirght (Slater, in a dual role), an operative for a secret government agency based in Los Angeles, Janus. International espionage, extractions, and assassinations are his specialty. Edward speaks nine languages, survives in any climate, and runs the mile in four minutes. Basically, he’s a killing machine. The chip that switches personalities back and forth malfunctions one day, and Henry learns about his double life.
Angie Spivey (Madchen Amick) is Henry’s wife and a professional cellist. They met in college and have been married for sixteen years. Jack (Taylor Lautner) is Henry and Angie’s 15-year-old son. People wonder how he can be the offspring of his parents, being a start athlete and involved in Mixed Martial Arts. His sister, Ruthy (Bella Thorne), is a 12-year-old overachiever who loves spying on people. Both kids are really chips off the old block, but no one realizes it.
Raymond Carter (Mike O’Malley) is Edward’s fellow operative who’s honed his pain tolerance to an unbelievable level. He and Edward don’t get along. However, Raymond’s alter ego, Tom Grady, and Henry are best friends and their families are close as well.
Mavis Heller (Alfre Woodard) is a senior official at Janus. Her duties there revolve around overseeing the “Nods,” the specialized agents who operate with dual personalities. She’s tough, smart, and employs playing chess… with herself as an opponent.
Tony Nazari (Mousa Kraish) is the chief technician at Janus, with the responsibility of implanting the chips that include false memories in the operatives. Arlene Scott (Mindy Sterling) is the bridge between the two worlds of AJ Sun and Janus, accounting for the whereabouts of the AJ Sun employees while they’re alter egos are on Janus missions.
Episode nine — Henry & the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day
Edward is in Hungary on a mission tracking their former defense minister who is selling Russian Weapons on the black market. Back at Janus, Tony IDs the buyer as a man named Daniel Shaw and ex-agent for the Department of Defense. While in the middle of recon, Henry wakes up.
Mavis is trying to recap the mission for Henry without alerting Trumball to something suspicious. Shaw spots Henry following him, pulls out his gun and shoots him.
Henry is in an ice bath. Shaw wants to know who he is working for. With Henry unresponsive, Shaw pours boiling hot water onto him hoping to get a response. Henry won’t give it up. Shaw decides he’s not worth the effort and drops the hotplate into the ice bath to electrocute him. However, instead of dying, Edward wakes up.
Edward calls in to Mavis to provide an update. In doing so, Edward tells Mavis he thinks he knows how the switch between he and Henry can be fixed. Upon return to Janus, Edward fills Mavis and Tony in. He was switched while being electrocuted, same when Mavis used the defibrillator on Henry. He thinks that is the key.
Raymond is in Boston on business. He is with clients at a strip club. There he is recognized as Raymond by another patron, who asks the bartender to see his ID once Raymond walks away.
Tony, Mavis and Norah test Edward’s theory and attempt to electrocute him to force the switch to Henry.
Edward has hired an assassin, target: Henry. In a video message, Edward lets Henry know the assassin is on the way and Henry can’t rely on Edward during missions, he has to learn to keep himself alive. Henry must step up and protect himself; this is not a test.
Henry decides to call Edward’s bluff, but just as he does, the assassin shows up. Trumball is on the line with the D.O.D. to discuss Shaw and alert them that he has purchased a warhead from the Russians. Shaw is in a hotel room assembling a bomb from the warhead.
Henry is running for his life. In a game of cat and mouse, Henry pulls the lights in the facility, making it difficult for the assassin to find him.
Tony approaches Mavis saying he thinks he figured out the switch, based on the last test. Although it’s a risk to try again, Mavis gives him the go ahead to set it up. The man from the Boston bar approaches Mary and Angie, who are unloading the car. When he accuses Tom of being Raymond, Tom shows up. Not knowing why this man continues to call him Raymond, Angie threatens to call the cops.
Henry manages to escape the ship and get away from the assassin. Back at home, an upset Henry sits on the bed talking to Angie about his day. Making the day better, Henry connects with Angie. After, Angie fills Henry in on the guy harassing them that morning calling Tom, Raymond.
Henry meets with Raymond at Janus to tell him about the guy who paid a visit to Tom’s home. Raymond tells him he knows them and that it’s his private business and he’ll deal with it. Tony catches Henry, fills him in on Edward’s experiment about the switch. Henry is excited and wants Tony to try it again.
They try the experiment again, but it doesn’t work. Henry wakes up. Tony is concerned with what he saw his brain do. Henry meets with Norah after the experiment. While meeting with Norah, Edward wakes up.
Mavis asks Edward and Raymond to go to the American School in Dubai to stop Shaw. Once out of Mavis’ office, Raymond asks Edward to fly solo on this mission as he needs time to take care of his private matter, fearing the man will put a bullet in Tom’s head and that of his family. Raymond confesses to Edward that he joined Janus to escape his past, his past as a criminal.
Edward enters a classroom full of students and gets them evacuated. Edward finds one student in the theatre. The student told Edward that he was told to stay there. Shaw reappears. He holds Edward by gunpoint. Just as he holds Shaw down, Henry wakes up.
Bomb squad arrives, Henry is able to get Shaw to disclose the location of the bomb. Henry manages to pull through without Edward. Back at Janus, Tony shows Mavis that he has figured out the switch after reviewing the brain images over and over again.
Mary follows Tom, where she watches as “Raymond” meets with the guys from earlier. He hands them an empty briefcase and then kills the handler. Raymond then shoots and kills the main contact, all while Mary watches, without his knowledge.
First aired: December 15, 2008. Courtesy NBC.