A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES
Synopsis: Straker's son Johnny is hit by a car shortly after Straker returns him to his ex-wife Mary. At the hospital it is determined that Johnny requires antibiotics, but cannot take any because he is allergic. Straker orders a SHADO transporter to immediately deliver an experimental new anti-allergenic antibiotic from New York. Meanwhile, a UFO crashes near Ireland, but an Alien survives in an escape pod and sets up a transmitter in the home of an elderly blind woman. SHADO picks up these transmissions, and Freeman diverts the transporter plane carrying the antibiotics to investigate. Straker hides his concern for his son when he discovers this, and his ex-wife is horrified when she hears that something more important has delayed the drugs. Is the Alien trying to co-operate with SHADO, and will Straker's son die because the Alien takes priority? [Spoiler]
Writer: Tony Barwick.
Featured Characters: Straker, Freeman, Carlin.
Review: This is one of the best episodes of the series, and does an excellent job of developing Straker's character. Up until now, we've seen that he is a very cold character. With this episode, we start discovering why. Grade: A