Torchwood/Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Season 2, Episode 1
Airdate January 16, 2008
Written by Chris Chibnall
Directed by Ashley Way
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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is the first episode of the second season of Torchwood, the fourteenth episode overall, and the second season's debut.

The Torchwood team have been carrying on their work following Jack's disappearance, but tensions rise when he reappears and expects to pick up where he left off. More unfinished business arrives in the form of Captain John, a mysterious figure from Jack's past.

Cast: John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Burn Gorman (Owen Harper), Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones)

Co-Stars: James Marsters (Captain John Hart), Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Menna Trussler (Elspeth Morgan), Paul Kasey (Blowfish), Crispin Layfield (Mugger), Nathan Ryan (Victim), Inika Leigh Wright (Hologram Woman), Sarah Whyte (Miss Styles) Uncredited: Tom Price (PC Andy Davidson)


Plot Overview

The Torchwood team, carrying on as best they can in Jack's absence, track down an alien blowfish, who uses his knowledge of their insecurities to stall them while he takes a hostage. Jack arrives just in time to save the day, but his desire to pick up where he left off without any explanation causes tensions in the team. Those tensions escalate as he runs off alone to meet Captain John Hart, his former partner (and lover) from the Time Agency.

John claims to have arrived in town to recover powerful fusion bombs which have been scattered across Cardiff through the Rift, but when the team split up to find them, he incapacitates them and kills Jack to keep the "bombs" to himself. He believes they contain the secret to finding a huge diamond, which was owned by a woman he recently killed; in reality they are a booby trap meant to avenge her death, and a sophisticated bomb implants itself in John's chest. The device's explosion would, however, cause many other deaths - including Gwen's as John handcuffs himself to her. The team are forced to save John, but then tell him to go. As he re-enters the Rift, he informs Jack that he has found Jack's brother.


Arc Advancement


  • Gray: John reveals he has found Jack's brother, Gray.


  • Captain Jack: John discovers that Jack is immortal, while the rest of the Torchwood team discover he used to work for the Time Agency with John - and that the two were lovers. It is also revealed that Jack has a brother named Gray, whom he thought lost or dead.
  • Gwen: Gwen reveals to Jack that Owen proposed to her, and she has accepted.



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