List of Surface Episodes - Season 1: 2005-2006

Season 1: 2005-2006

# Tagline Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "There's Something Strange Going on in the World's Oceans" Josh Pate, Jonas Pate Josh Pate, Jonas Pate September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19)
People all over the world experience bizarre encounters involving strange new creatures in the oceans. Among those people are Laura Daughtery, a marine biologist and single mother working in California, Richard Connelly, a Louisiana family man fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, and Miles Bennett, a North Carolina teen who finds one of the creatures' eggs.
2 "The mystery of the ocean is now on land" Jeffrey Reiner Josh Pate September 26, 2005 (2005-09-26)
After a mysterious animal carcass is discovered on the shore of Sullivan's Island, Laura and Rich head there to look for some answers but instead get detained for questioning. Also, a team of scientists face a hazardous autopsy of the deceased creature. Meanwhile, Miles decides to name his new discovery Nimrod but faces panic and trouble when Savannah throws a party at which point Nimrod ends up escaping.
3 "Things are heating up under the ocean" Aaron Lipstadt Jonas Pate October 3, 2005 (2005-10-03)
The phenomena becomes more widespread as similar creatures wreak havoc on the coast of Texas. Laura gets more upset with the government especially after she loses her job, while Rich still has a difficult time getting over the loss of his brother as he starts to hear his voice in the water. Cirko and Lee find startling information that may link the creatures to global warming when they begin to dig under the ocean bed. Meanwhile, Miles discovers that it's not safe to raise Nimrod in the backyard when lightning strikes.
4 "It is time to track these unidentified species" Félix Enríquez Alcalá David Greenwalt October 10, 2005 (2005-10-10)
Laura and Jackson head out to sea where she ends up using a GPS device to track one of the creatures. Rich finds proof that the sinkholes in his visions are real causing him to continue obsessing over his brother's death. Meanwhile, Lee tries to talk Cirko out of telling the Pentagon that the new species should be considered extremely dangerous.
5 "Who turned out the lights" Jeff Woolnough Jason Cahill October 17, 2005 (2005-10-17)
Laura and Richard reunite and use a GPS device to track one of the creatures to a local pier in California while Cirko and Lee consider asking Laura to join them in their investigation. Meanwhile, Miles and Phil fight to keep Nimrod a secret when suspicious Animal Control officers search for a missing neighborhood dog.
6 "Another one bites the dust" Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Josh Pate October 24, 2005 (2005-10-24)
Cirko's life is in danger after he discovers the origin of the mysterious new species. Laura and Rich begin to fear for their own safety when they come into possession of a much sought after sea orchid. Miles sneaks Nimrod out of the house when his parents realize that he's been secretly keeping the animal as a pet.
7 "On the run" Rick Wallace Chip Johannessen November 7, 2005 (2005-11-07)
Jackson comes to Laura and Rich's aide after they find that Laura's home has been broken into. Miles gets in trouble with the law in his attempt to free Nimrod as he steals a car and takes Nimrod to the ocean where he releases him. And Lee discusses Cirko and the creatures with his superiors.
8 "Submersible Setback" John Behring Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie November 14, 2005 (2005-11-14)
Jackson helps Laura and Rich build a submersible so that they can visit a site where the creatures spawn. Meanwhile, the Bennetts consider boot camp as a way to discipline Miles. Ultimately Miles ends up working at the aquriam instead as his sister is sympathetic to his plight and convinces her parents not to punish him as he trully cared about Nimrod.
9 "Race against time" Bill Eagles Thomas Wheeler November 21, 2005 (2005-11-21)
Trapped in the submersible, Laura fears survival is impossible while Rich begins to hallucinate. Miles worries about Nimrod when he hears of trouble at the marine docks. Phil helps Miles look for Nimrod but they discover more of the creatures and Miles is bitten.
10 "Laura and Rich return from plunge to the ocean floor - with no boat in sight" Jeffrey Reiner Darcy Meyers November 28, 2005 (2005-11-28)
Laura and Rich are in for another shock when they leave the ocean floor and return to the surface where they find Jackson gone and are trapped on a sinking raft before they are eventually rescued by a helicopter. Meanwhile, Savannah suspects that Nimrod's responsible for Miles ending up in the hospital. Miles nearly dies before Nimrod unexpectedly heals him, but security kills Nimrod.
11 "The story's out" Michael Robison Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin January 2, 2006 (2006-01-02)
Rich and Laura sneak out of the hospital with the creature footage before Lee and his men can get to them. Upon their successful escape Rich and Laura take the exclusive footage to tape to a copying service company in an effort to upload it onto the internet and convince a news station to run a piece about the footage. Meanwhile, Miles is sad and defeated while he watches doctors preparing to perform an autopsy on Nim but that all changes when Nim sneezes and they realize he is still alive.
12 "Fugitives on the run" Marita Grabiak Chip Johannessen January 9, 2006 (2006-01-09)
Laura and Rich become fugitives and are being pursued by Lee and his legion of secret agents. While hiding out, Laura has a bizarre Internet exchange with a mysterious person who claims to have information about the origin of the creatures. Meanwhile, Miles and Caitlin go to a bonfire party at the beach and are stunned when two of her friends mysteriously disappear after a late-night swim. The next day the Coast Guard makes a grisly discovery. A mob goes after the creatures and are nearly slaughtered, but Miles, with the help of Nim and his new powers, leads the creatures back into the ocean.
13 "Experiment gone awry" Brad Anderson Jonas Pate January 23, 2006 (2006-01-23)
After it's revealed to Laura that a cadre of top scientists created this new species, she wakes up in a field after being drugged and Rich comes to her rescue. Fearing the end of the world, Laura and Rich are determined to find the mysterious corporation that funded this experiment gone awry, but nothing could prepare them for what they discover in an abandoned laboratory along the way. Meanwhile, Miles joins Bloom and his crew of aquarium workers on a boat excursion to find the egg field containing millions of unhatched creatures. Surprisingly, Miles later agrees to help law enforcement find Nim.
14 "Fears are rising" Jean de Segonzac Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin January 30, 2006 (2006-01-30)
The strands of the conspiracy begin to come together after Rich and Laura kidnap Lee. Miles returns home after the confrontation on the beach and gets into a fight. A distraught Laura goes to see her son and is apprehended by Lee and his goons while Richard is captured at an Iderdex lab in Wilmington. Lee releases Laura and fakes her death, saying that "the cat's out of the bag" and thus it doesn't matter what she does anymore. In the aftermath of the fight, Miles and his family are confronted by the police and a throng of angry townspeople. But as the townspeople go after him, there is word of a tsunami on the way and everyone flees to get to safety.
15 "Who will be left behind?" Jeffrey Reiner Josh Pate February 6, 2006 (2006-02-06)
With a tsunami approaching the coast, the residents of Wilmington find themselves under a mandatory evacuation. Rich is trapped in the lab after mysteriously finding a picture of the missing Jackson on a computer, but Laura arrives and manages to rescue him. At the same time, Caitlin is knocked out trying to reach Miles and doesn't make it to the ferry in time, so Miles goes after her. He finds her and they race for safety in his parents' car and encounter Laura and Rich on the way. The four head for an open drawbridge, but the car runs out of gas and the tsunami is quickly approaching so they quickly dash into a church and to the roof of the steeple as the tsunami hits and the creatures invade the church. There, the group is reunited with Nimrod and look out upon the completely flooded town, causing Laura to comment that "it is a new world."

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