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Production No. 120

Best Viewed As 1.20

Aired As
1.20 (US & UK)

Original Airdates
14 Jan 2000 (US)
15 May 2000 (UK)

1.0 (US)
1.99 (UK)

The Hidden Memory
Abbreviations: HM, THM
Alternate Titles: (none)

Wassup? · Backstory · Reactions · Annotations · Microbes · Quotes · Cast & Crew

Writer: Justin Monjo
Director: Ian Watson
Lani Tupu..................Capt. Bialar Crais
Alyssa-Jane Cook...........Gilina [PK Technician]
Gigi Edgley................Chiana
Kent McCord................Jack Crichton
Wayne Pygram...............Scorpius
Paul Goddard...............Stark
Imogen Annesley............Niem
Anthony Kierann............Lt. Heskon
Christian Bischoff.........Bixx
Pete Walters...............Crais' Guard
Nicole Roma................Blonde Technician
Complete Credits


Hold That Thought

Aeryn recovers, thanks to the tissue sample Chiana brings back from the Gammak base. Along with Zhaan and D'Argo, she returns to the base to rescue John. Scorpius continues dissecting John's mind, and discovers a hidden memory reference of how to create wormholes, left there (unknown to John) by the aliens in "A Human Reaction". Capt. Crais arrives to lay claim to Crichton, but Gilina sabotages the Aurora Chair in order to put Crais under suspicion of treason instead. Aeryn breaks John and his cellmate, Stark, out of their cell; catching Crais still in the Chair, she renounces her PK heritage and dials the machine onto full power, then takes his identity chip in order to access an escape route for herself and the former prisoners. Scorpius almost catches John at the last moment, but Gilina's intervention again saves the day, although it costs her her life. Chiana and Rygel witness the birth of Moya's baby.


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Stark: "If you don't stop, I'm going to have to kill you."
John: "Give it a coupla days, and I think Scorpy and Peacekeeper Barbie will do it for you."

A tip of the hat to that great American institution, the Barbie Doll, in all of its infinite variations.

John: "Well, thanks for the family tree, Crais, but frankly, I don't give a damn."

The famous quote by Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) to Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in the 1939 Civil War epic film GONE WITH THE WIND (see also http://www.filmsite.org/gone.html):

Scarlett: "Rhett... If you go ... where shall I go? What shall I do?"
Rhett: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Scorpy: "What is that, mmmmm?
John: "I don't know. Kinda looks like an episode of MELROSE PLACE."

The infamous primetime soaper.

John: "Aeryn. Did you bag yourself a senior officer?"
Aeryn: "Ran into an old friend. Let's go."

A nod to STAR WARS, paraphrasing an exchange between Han Solo and Princess Leia (when they meet up again after being separately chased through the Death Star by Stormtroopers):

Han: "What kept you?"
Leia: "We, uh, ran into some old friends."

At approximately 37 minutes into the episode (sans commercials), there's a visual reference to the sex scene between Jack (Leonardo Di Caprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) in TITANIC. Rygel's hand streaking down the fogged up portal of the pressure tank mimics that of Rose's streaking down the fogged up window of the automobile in the cargo hold.

Translator Microbe Report

Annex cable what needs to be rerouted in order to increase power to the Aurora Chair
Banik a slave race; they can hide their feelings, and cloud thoughts from their minds
Level risers elevators
Magnetic crypt encoder what Stark uses to try to unlock the cell door
Peacekeeper Barbie Crichton's nickname for Scorpius's assistant
Teloks a race the Luxans feared more than that Peacekeepers, that layed seige to D'Argo's planet for over 100 days
Tranix component on Moya: "We can try blasting the tranix with coolant from Moya's thermal chamber."
Trash! Stark's exclamation when he thinks Crichton will tell Scorpius about his attempts to escape



Comments from Cast & Crew

David Kemper (& Ben Browder), September 23, 1999

  • Moderator: <AerynFan> to <Moderator> Will Moya Jr. be born before season's end?

    DavidKemper: Yes, although it won't be a junior, and it'll be something we're confident will surprise you.

Rockne S. O'Bannon, January 13, 2000

  • Moderator: <Moya02> to <Moderator>: Being one of the BIGGEST Moya fans there EVER was...and is...what episode is Moya gunna have her baby?? or...is that not allowed??

    Rockne: Boil some water -- it's gonna happen awful soon....

  • Moderator: <Ooshati> to <Moderator>: Will baby Moya be big enough for a crew? If so, will Aeryn pilot it?

    Rockne: Patience, Young Skywalker, patience... All your questions will be answered in the next three weeks....

  • Moderator: <Ricks8> to <Moderator>: Will we be seeing more of the Council? Now that Crais is a refugee, Scorpious is in the picture, and new PKs are always popping up...I'm having trouble seeing who's the alpha male with them...and what exactly is there job?

    Rockne: In re Crais vs Scorpius.... keep watching the next three episodes. The best is yet to come. And, yes, we'll be filling in the background colors re the Peacekeeper hierarchy as the series progresses....

Gigi Edgley, January 20, 2000

  • Moderator: <pscard> to <Moderator> "Gigi, I had to laugh when Chiana and Rygel spoofed the 'hand sliding down the steamed window' scene from Titanic. It was a real hoot. Whose idea was that?

    * GigiEdgley laughs. *
    GigiEdgley: It was the puppeteer's. John Eckelston's.
    GigiEdgley: He's a character. He's also one of the crew that's very clever at pulling tricks on the actors.
    GigiEdgley: You've got to watch Rygel. he's sly and quick. or so he thinks.

  • Moderator: <Rictor> to <Moderator> Did you actually have to inhale helium?

    GigiEdgley: hahaha
    GigiEdgley: it's all done in post-production.
    GigiEdgley: but to get the right feel, we sometimes put on a "helium voice" in the scene.
    GigiEdgley: we can entertain ourselves for hours.
    * GigiEdgley laughs. *

Gigi Edgley, January 24, 2000

  • Question: Hi Gigi, this is Cush from the board. This is a hot topic on the board, what happened to Stark?

    Gigi Edgley: Hey Cush. How you doing? Stark made his brief guest appearance. And it's undecided if he is returning. What an exciting character he played, hey? He pulled it off beautifully, an inspiration.

David Kemper, January 27, 2000

  • Moderator: <Rictor> to <Moderator>: Mr. Kemper, You may not be aware that the character of Stark Made a HUGE impact amoung the regular viewers of Farscape, are there any plans to include him into future episodes?

    DK: I was waiting for that one.
    DK: Here's the quick answer...
    DK: We love Stark.
    DK: Now -- what happened to him?
    DK: Something very cool, very bizarre, very remarkable.
    DK: At the moment, we are working him into a huge story arc that will cover the whole second
    DK: half of season 2 -- but again,
    DK: in ways that you hopefully won't anticipate before we get there.
    DK: Right at this moment, I am looking at an outline that we're torturing Justin over,
    DK: and he'll be bringing Stark back to life for us all!

  • Moderator: <Rictor> : Are you going to continue to work Rygel's Helium farts into the script as comic relief??

    DK: Comic relief my ass.
    DK: That's a natural bodily function for a Hynerian, and nothing to be ashamed of.
    DK: If YOU think it's funny, then that's your problem.
    DK: The little bastard has THREE stomachs, and as long as he eats, he's gonna pass gas.

Dominar Rygel XVI, February 17, 2000

  • Moderator: <Releven> to <Moderator>: Your Eminence, Your supjects are all wondring if you have a "thing" with Chiana?

    Rygel: yes ive got a thing

  • Moderator: <smushybutt> to <Moderator>: Your Sparkyness, what did Chiana grab a hold of in The Hidden Memory, hmmmmm?

    Rygel: not my tail

  • Moderator: <gizmo-goddard> to <Moderator>: As the biochemist in the room, just how do you make HELIUM? I mean it's an inert gas and all...strange body chemistry or do you just keep some on the side for special occasions?

    Rygel: bend low and ill show you

Justin Monjo & Rowan Woods, May 11, 2000

  • Moderator: <Hubacean> to <Moderator>: Mr. Monjo, what character/actor/actress is your favorite?

    JustinMonjo: I love all the main cast, I do think Stark is my favourite, we have big things planned for him and he is fantastic. He's a man who helps people cross over to death and is tormented by his power to do so
    JustinMonjo: I came up with the name Stark from a buddy of mine in DC who found a really really sick dog in an alley. He brought it home and and his girlfriend didn't think it would live, so he named it Stark.
    JustinMonjo: As it turned out the dog lived for the next 14 years.

Gigi Edgley, June 29, 2000

  • Moderator: <Misfit> to <Moderator>: Gigi, what's it like being stuck in a box with a helium farting muppet?

    fweakn-Gi: how do I answer that one
    fweakn-Gi: I tell ya....nod bad...at all...some of that scene we had the puppeter me and ryg it was quite amusing
    fweakn-Gi: and I get bad to snuggle in a barrell with a man and a rubber
    fweakn-Gi: ooppss
    fweakn-Gi: that was chi poppi'n out

Pilot, with Sean Masterson (Puppeteer) & Lani Tupu (Voice of Pilot), July 13, 2000

  • Moderator: I have a question for Lani (I'm allowed to do that). What was it like first working with Wayne Pygram (Scorpius)?

    LaniTupu: I hate him!!!!!!!
    LaniTupu: Working with Wayne is a delight
    LaniTupu: He's a great actor and I have great fun bouncing off him.

  • Moderator: <Lord> to <Moderator>: Pilot... Do you ever feel like you aren't apreciated for all of your efforts by the others on moya?

    Pilot: Some of the others do seem to take Moya and me for granted, I occasionally think.
    Pilot: Crichton and Aeryn are very appreciative of us both, as is Zhaan.
    Pilot: Rygel is... well, you all know Rygel, of course.
    Pilot: D'Argo isn't unappreciative, but often has other things on his mind.
    Pilot: And Chiana, to my surprise, is turning out to be more empathetic than I at first believed she could be.
    Pilot: Her assistance in Talyn's difficult birth, at great personal risk, was most gratifying.

Paul Goddard, May 10, 2001

  • Moderator: <naturalredhead> to <Moderator>: paul.. what do you wear under your "mask" if anything? and how long does makeup take for it?

    PaulGoddard: A little bit of rouge and some eyeliner :)
    PaulGoddard: but seriously..... I am the lukiest S.O.B. in the show with regard to make up - only half a face to be made up in the first place and very little hair.
    PaulGoddard: I'm in the chair for 10 minutes while others are in there for hours.
    PaulGoddard: Underneath the mask when we do the special light effect I sometimes wear a few dots, so that when I remove the mask the special effects team have a kind of grid to lock onto.
    PaulGoddard: For the moments when you have seen my actual face without the lights they have used a big blue patch to blue screen in the nothingness.