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When Charley's wife is kidnapped, Sarah and Derek must outsmart Cromartie in order to rescue her. Meanwhile, John finds himself caught between Cameron and Riley.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x3
Production Number: 3T7305
Airdate: Monday September 22nd, 2008

Director: Bill Eagles
Writer: John Wirth

Alternate Airdates:

UK (channel one) Nov 06, 2008
NL (Veronica) Sep 17, 2009


Guest Stars
Busy PhilippsBusy Philipps
As Kacy Corbin
Dean WintersDean Winters
As Charley Dixon
Sonya WalgerSonya Walger
As Michelle Dixon

Co-Guest Stars
Lisa CanningLisa Canning
As News Anchor
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
Garret DillahuntGarret Dillahunt
As Cromartie / John Henry
Shirley MansonShirley Manson
As Catherine Weaver
Leven RambinLeven Rambin
As Riley Dawson
Richard T. JonesRichard T. Jones
As James Ellison


The episode begins with Charley and Michelle Dixon on the road, filling their vehicle at a remote service station in the desert. Cromartie has followed them and drives away with Michelle while Charley is distracted...

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Episode Notes
T-888 Terminators are too heavy to swim.

Cameron's sensors are good enough to detect a .93mm shift of the foundation over a period of one year.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Greg GaringSafe Within Your Arms 

Episode Quotes
John: What are you doing?
Cameron: This is the absolute center of the house.
John: Excellent, good work.
Cameron: The house is moving.
John: What?
Cameron: Moving, the east by southeast section of the house is moving.
John: Really, where's it going?
Cameron: Down, at a rate of .93 millimeters per year.
John: And what, does that affect the security system or ahhh, sight lines for the night scope? How does this affect the safety of one John Connor?
Cameron: It doesn't, but next summer we're going to have to repaint.

Cameron: (peering up the fireplace) There is something alive up there.
Sarah: Is it something that can hurt us?
Cameron: It's a bird, I'll kill it before it flies away.
Sarah: No.
Cameron: Maybe later.
Sarah: Maybe never.

Sarah: John's gonna buy computers today, go with him, do not let him out of your sight.
Cameron: Is there anything I need to know?
Sarah: You need to know not to let him out of your sight, and don't touch that bird.

Cromartie: (speaking to Michelle) In 1897 James Atkinson invented the mousetrap. It's spring slams shut in 38 thousandths of a second. It is a record that has never been beaten. It is hard to build a better one.

Riley: So, coming back to school?
John: No, no I don't think so. My mom wants to uhh, home school me for a while.

Michelle: What are you doing here? I know he brought you, you didn't have to come.
Sarah: 'Cause I did.
Michelle: For Charley?
Sarah: I just did. Frankly I thought it'd be easier, I thought you'd be dead.

Sarah: Doesn't make any sense, he messes with the car and not us. We're human, we're not that hard to kill.

Michelle Dixon: It was a fake? This whole thing was a fake?
Sarah: He wants John, he doesn't have to kill us to get to him if we're stuck here with no way back. I should have known when you weren't dead.

Catherine: My late husband and I have spent three years and twenty million dollars trying to reverse engineer this technology. We've not been successful, yet.

Ellison: What do you want from me?
Cameron: I want what you want Mr. Ellison, I want answers. But more than that, I want you to help me find another one (referring to a Terminator).

John: A little help!
Cameron: I don't swim.
John: Yeah, I just figured that out.

Cultural References
The gas station and fruit stand shown in the desert is the same one at the end of the original film, The Terminator.

Episode References
Catherine: Red Valley New Mexico, eight years ago. Twenty two witnesses report seeing a man with some kind of robot leg, try to kill a boy later identified as John Connor.
Ellison: John Connor?
Cameron: Son of Sarah Connor.

The events Catherine refers to occurred in episode 1x01, Pilot.

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  |  Ashley Edward Miller  |  Hilton Smith  |  Jessie Ward Dugan
Production DesignerMarek Dobrowolski
EditorScott Gamzon
CastingGayle Pillsbury  |  Bonnie Zane
Unit Production ManagerHilton Smith
First Assistant DirectorGlenn Steelman
Second Assistant DirectorJessica Lowrey
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerAmanda Friedland
HairstylistKetty Gonzalez
Set DecoratorRyan Welsch
Transportation CoordinatorRod Bearden
Property MasterScott A. Buckwald
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographyStephen Collins (2)
Stunt CoordinatorMickey Gilbert
Art DirectorAlicia Maccarone
Sound MixerCharles Kelly  |  Richard Mercado
Special Makeup Effects ArtistRobert Hall (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorJames Lima
Special Effects SupervisorSteve Galich
Original CastingLisa Beach  |  Sarah Katzman
Second Unit DirectorMickey Gilbert
Based On Characters Created ByGail Anne Hurd  |  James Cameron
Makeup ArtistHarriette Landau
DeveloperJosh Friedman (1)
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