Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Roots: The Firefly episode 'Our Mrs. Reynolds' (John's lip gloss).
John quotes Star Wars. We hear the songs "Mao Tse Tung Said" by A3, “Release Yo' Self (Prodigy Mix)" by Method Man, and “Song 2” by Blur.
Goofs: How does blowfish alien know details about all the members of Torchwood, including Jack? He's only just come through the rift. And since John knows this alien, why doesn't he already know about Jack's team?
If John is as ignorant of this time as he appears, why is he able to quote Star Wars? [The quote remains iconic for several centuries.]
When time reset, what happened to the two guys who had been on the roof when John originally arrived? [Time actually reset to about half an hour after John's arrival.]
Fashion Victims: John's jacket.
Continuity: John Hart (almost certainly not his real name) was Jack's partner from the Time Agency. They were partnered for two weeks, but that two weeks included a five year time-loop. Since he last saw Jack he has been to murder rehab. He carries two pistols in holsters, a sword, two more pistols strapped to his legs, a laser knife beneath his left elbow, and 17 explosive charges in his jacket. He wears paralysing lip gloss, which doesn't affect Jack. His wrist device is able to block Torchwood's radio system.
Gwen has got engaged to Rhys whilst Jack was away. Rhys gets accepted for a new job at "Harwood" in this episode.
The time agency shut down, being reduced to seven agents.
Arcadian diamonds are the rarest gems in the Damascene cluster. John mentions the Vegas galaxies.
Links: Jack disappeared from the Torchwood team in End of Days, and mentions that he saw the end of the world (The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords). His past as a time agent was seen in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.
Extras: This episode of Torchwood had an episode of Torchwood Declassified.
Location: Cardiff, shortly after the end of Last of the Time Lords.
Unrecorded Adventures: Jack was Rear of the Year 5094.
The Bottom Line: 'These people, this planet, all the beauty you could never see. That's what I come back for. ' Whilst the episode never shines, it's not exactly bad. However, the emotional core of showing why Jack wants to stay with Torchwood, and how the team dealt with his absence and return is very much handled by “tell, don't show”.