The episode begins with a flashback to when Sarah and John lived in the jungles of Central America, and John learned to play chess. Sarah receives a phone call from Andy Goode, who is entering a computer chess tournament...Read the full recap
John: You're really good at math.
John: You want to do mine?
Cameron: What are they doing?
John: They're writing notes... for Jordon.
Cameron: She's dead.
John: Yeah, I remember watching her fall.
Cameron: Me too. How will she get the notes?
John: She won't.
Cameron: But you said...
John: Sometimes things happen and they are so bad... that people don't know how to deal with their sadness, so they write it in a note.
Cameron: But I thought people cried when they are sad.
John: Sometimes it's not enough.
Mr. Harris: What did she say when you did talk to her? I mean, was it something upsetting for you to hear?
Cameron: She said... You saw it right? Right? You saw it?! It's so freaking big and right out there! (speaking in the same manner as Jordon)
Mr. Harris: She was talking about the graffiti?
Cameron: It's freaking big.
Mr. Harris: Yes. Yes it is.
Cameron: And no.
Mr. Harris: No?
Cameron: No, it was not upsetting for me to hear it.
Sarah: Field trip.
John: I call shotgun.
Cameron: I call nine millimeter.
Sarah Connor is doing pullups during the opening scene using a metal bar on a swing set. This is similar to the 1991 movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where she did pullups while imprisoned in Pescadero State Hospital.
The title of this episode, "Queen's Gambit" is a classic opening move in chess. It involves sacrificing your queen in order to capture the opponents king. Vick employed a similar strategy by allowing himself to be captured and jailed in the same location as Derek.