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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Automatic for the People

A stranger from the future warns the group about a nuclear power plant; John returns to school and makes a new friend; Catherine Weaver weaves another thread in her master plan.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: 3T7302
Airdate: Monday September 15th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (channel one) Oct 30, 2008
NL (Veronica) Sep 17, 2009


Guest Stars
Busy PhilippsBusy Philipps
As Kacy Corbin
Dean NorrisDean Norris
As Nelson
Dean WintersDean Winters
As Charley Dixon
Sonya WalgerSonya Walger
As Michelle Dixon
Debra WilsonDebra Wilson
As Lilian (as Debra Skelton)
Paul SchulzePaul Schulze
As Carl Greenway
Tommy Hicks (1)Tommy Hicks (1)
As Bradbury
Zack WardZack Ward
As Wells

Co-Guest Stars
Johnny DJohnny D'Agostino
As Bartender
Cory TuckerCory Tucker
As Security Stan
Vinni AliVinni Ali'i Mesa
As Employee
Main Cast
Lena HeadeyLena Headey
As Sarah Connor
Thomas DekkerThomas Dekker
As John Connor
Summer GlauSummer Glau
As Cameron Phillips
Brian Austin GreenBrian Austin Green
As Derek Reese
Shirley MansonShirley Manson
As Catherine Weaver
Leven RambinLeven Rambin
As Riley Dawson
Richard T. JonesRichard T. Jones
As James Ellison


The episode begins with a wounded man appearing in an alley via a time travel bubble. The man runs away in fear...

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Episode Notes
The resistance regains control of the Serrano Point power plant from Skynet on December 8, 2026 in the battle of Avila Beach.

Episode Quotes
Sarah: The guy who died said something about two days. What's happening in two days?
Cameron: Maybe Greenway will tell us.
Sarah: Maybe Greenway is trying to sabotage the plant, you think he'll tell us that?
Cameron: I think he will.

Ellison: You two need to leave this place. It's not safe here anymore.
Charley Dixon: Where is?

Riley: Do you think about the future much?
John: Hmm?
Riley: The future, when you're out of your house, away from your family? You know, freedom?
John: Yeah, I think about the future a lot. I don't know about freedom though.

Sarah: When we jumped through time you told me I died of cancer.
Cameron: Yes, 2005.
Sarah: Am I still gonna get sick?
Cameron: I don't know.
Sarah: Is today how it happens?
Cameron: I don't know.
Sarah: What am I supposed to do, just wait? Like a time bomb, am I just gonna go off some day?
Cameron: I don't know. Am I?

Episode Goofs
Sarah: A little town calle Elgin.
Greenway: Near Corpus Christi.

This is incorrect. Elgin (pronounced with a hard "g" not a "j" sound) is not near Corpus Christi at all. It is much closer to Austin (about 25 miles) but it is over 200 miles from Corpus Christi.

Episode References
Sarah: (to Cameron) When we jumped through time you told me I died of cancer.

Cameron told Sarah she would have died of cancer in episode 1x02, Gnothi Seauton.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAndrew Vajna  |  John Wirth  |  Josh Friedman (1)  |  Joel Michaels  |  James Middleton  |  Mario Kassar
Co-Executive ProducerToni Graphia  |  Natalie Chaidez
Supervising ProducerJohn Enbom
ProducerJill Lopez Danton
Co-ProducerZack Stentz  |  Hilton Smith  |  Drew Matich  |  Ashley Edward Miller  |  Jessie Ward Dugan
Production DesignerMarek Dobrowolski
EditorScott Gamzon
CastingBonnie Zane  |  Gayle Pillsbury
Unit Production ManagerHilton Smith
First Assistant DirectorJoseph P. Moore
Second Assistant DirectorJessica Lowrey
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerAmanda Friedland
HairstylistKetty Gonzalez
Key GripJack Chouchanian
Set DecoratorRyan Welsch
Property MasterScott A. Buckwald
Script SupervisorKelly Leffler
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographyStephen Collins (2)
Stunt CoordinatorJoel Kramer
Animation SupervisorChristopher Bailey
Sound MixerCharles Kelly
Special Makeup Effects ArtistRobert Hall (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorJames Lima
Special Effects SupervisorSteve Galich
Original CastingSarah Katzman  |  Lisa Beach
Second Unit DirectorJoel Kramer
Based On Characters Created ByJames Cameron  |  Gail Anne Hurd
Makeup ArtistHarriette Landau
DeveloperJosh Friedman (1)
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