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The Zeta Project episode
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"Ro's Reunion"
Airdate: May 12, 2001 (USA)
Production Number: 11
Airdate Order: 11
Animation Services by: Koko Enterprise Co., LTD.
Written by: Katy Cooper
Ned Teitelbaum
Teleplay by: Katy Cooper
Ned Teitelbaum
Rich Fogel
Kevin Hopps
Directed by: Tim Maltby
Episode images (6)

"Ro's Reunion" is the eleventh episode of The Zeta Project.

Plot

At a Ground Wire, Ro is roleplaying with Zeta in the guise of her brother on a probable reunion speech. They then check the Net for anyone with her last name. They eventually meet with a social worker, looking for information on her brother. While the search comes up empty, she is directed to a slightly more unorthodox source: Skye's the Limit, a television program specializing in reuniting runaways with lost family members. At the invitation of its producer, Harry Lux, she attends its latest episode. Then, before she has a say in the matter, she is advertised as the next guest. Unfortunately, as she is well aware, this puts her right in the sights of Agent Bennet and the NSA.

Ro is faces a difficult decision. If she agrees to appear on the show, she could finally find her brother and settle down with her family—but doing so, especially in such a public way, would make put her under constant NSA surveillance, as she is a known link to Zeta. To maintain such a life, she would have to sever ties with Zeta forever. At Zeta's own urging, however, she finally agrees. The next day, however, while Ro meets with Skye Hoaps and prepares to meet with her brother, apparently named Casey, Zee uncovers a shocking fact. Waiting backstage, he witnesses yesterday's guest being rudely informed of the show's true nature: It's a sham! The "lost" family members are played by actors (who are also misinformed to believe the guests are actors too) and the guests, kept in the dark until the end, are sent or returned to whichever home they came from. They are even planning on doing the same thing to Ro and collect a big reward on her. Harry considers it too costly to even search for their families. But when Zee confronts Harry about this, he is duped into being locked in a truck, to be driven away and "convinced" not to interfere.

The attempt does not go as planned. A ways into the trip, Zeta manages to escape from the truck and return on foot to the studio, where the episode is already recording. On the side, Harry and the social worker are prepared to cuff Ro if she puts up a fight. Ro is on stage, unaware that Agent Bennet is setting up a perimeter within the studio. Her "brother" is a different matter—he doesn't even give off a Rowan vibe and looks nothing like the photo Tiff gave her, which Harry and the social worker were completely unaware of until now. Her suspicions are confirmed when Zee storms in, revealing the deception. As he does this, he is attacked by the NSA agents. With Ro's help, they manage to escape once again, then elude pursuit among a crowd of actors using Zeta's holographic emitters.

Back on the road, they are spared the painful decision Ro was forced to make, but no closer to finding Ro's brother. As they leave, they see a television report from Skye (who was herself not party to how the show really worked) that Harry Lux and the social worker whom he was working with have both been sent to jail. She promises to make amends to those they wronged and asks that they come back on the show. In the meantime, Ro tells Zeta that he's all the family she needs right now.

Continuity

  • This episode focuses on Ro's search for her brother. Casey was first mentioned in "Hicksburg"; the search is concluded in "On the Wire".

Background information

Home video releases

Cast

Actor Role
Diedrich Bader Zeta / Zee
Director (uncredited)
Julie Nathanson Rosalie "Ro" Rowan
Kurtwood Smith Agent Bennet
Erika Alexander Agent Rush
Michael Rosenbaum Agent West
Greg Eagles Old Man
Fireman (uncredited)
Lisa Edelstein Gwen Evans
Chris Hardwick Ro's Brother
Tress MacNeille Macy's Mom
Actress (uncredited)
Sam McMurray Harry Lux
Tara Strong Macy
Cree Summer Skye Hoaps
Assistant (uncredited)

Quotes


Previously produced episode:
"Taffy Time"
Episodes of
The Zeta Project
Next produced episode:
"Kid Genius"
Previously aired episode:
"Taffy Time"
Next aired episode:
"Kid Genius"

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