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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Tower Is Tall But The Fall Is Short

The group investigate Dr. Boyd Sherman, another of the names written on the wall of their basement by the man from the future. The doctor is a psychologist, and the investigation turns into therapy for John. Not coincidentally, Catherine starts seeing the same therapist to assist with her relationship with Savannah, leading to a larger Skynet interest. A woman from Derek's future appears in the present and Derek tries to learn why.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 3T7308
Airdate: Monday October 20th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (channel one) Nov 27, 2008
NL (Veronica) Oct 01, 2009


Guest Stars
Dorian HarewoodDorian Harewood
As Dr. Boyd Sherman
Shane EdelmanShane Edelman
As Matt Murch
Mackenzie Brooke SmithMackenzie Brooke Smith
As Savannah Weaver
Stephanie Chaves-JacobsenStephanie Chaves-Jacobsen
As Jesse Flores (as Stephanie Jacobsen)
Derek RiddellDerek Riddell
As Lachlan Weaver

Co-Guest Stars
Christopher DeMaciChristopher DeMaci
As Photographer
Jennifer ChangJennifer Chang
As Receptionist
Kit PongettiKit Pongetti
As Victoria
Preston James HillierPreston James Hillier
As Security Guard
Jake SolderaJake Soldera
As Elevator Boy
Aixa MaldonadoAixa Maldonado
As Hot Dog Vendor (as Aixa I. Maldonado)
Michael D. ChengMichael D. Cheng
As Engineer
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
Richard T. JonesRichard T. Jones
As James Ellison


Sarah, John and Cameron have broken into the house of Dr. Boyd Sherman, a child psychologist and one of the names on the list written on the basement wall of their house. They are interrupted in their search by the owner and flee unseen, debating later whether he is a friend or foe of Skynet...

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Episode Notes
This is the first fight between two female Terminators.

This episode reveals that John Connor was the one who killed Margos Sarkissian in episode 2x01, Samson & Delilah.

Episode Quotes
Sarah: Dr. Boyd Sherman, child psychologist, family therapist.
John: Well, what's his link to Skynet, friend or foe?
Sarah: I don't know.
Cameron: Skynet doesn't have friends.

Catherine: You have a child?
Victoria: Yes.
Catherine: What do you do with it?
Victoria: It? Uh, he, Leo.

Sarah: Where you been?
Derek: On a run.
Cameron: You've been gone six hours.
Derek: I guess I'm slow.

Savannah: (to Dr. Sherman) I want my old mommy back.

Derek: Are you AWOL? Jesse, did you run, from the war?
Jesse: I need a place to rest.
Derek: You're a soldier, you fight.
Jesse: Not anymore.

Dr. Sherman: Do you ever feel like running and escaping?
John: All the time.
Dr. Sherman: Why? Why do you want to escape? I want you to know everything you say is between us, this is a safe place.
John: No it's not, nowhere is.

Cameron: Did you know that sixty percent of all teen suicides are committed with a gun?
Sarah: He thought it was cleared, it was an accident.
Cameron: Some first attempts may appear to be an accident.

Dr. Sherman: It may not be me but, that boy needs to talk to somebody.
Sarah: We talk.
Dr. Sherman: It's not enough.

Sarah: We don't know what Skynet wants from him, we can't trust him. (referring to Dr. Sherman)
Cameron: Maybe his name's on the list because he helps John.
Sarah: Helps John? What makes you think John needs help?
John: What makes you think I don't?
Sarah: Do you? Because you can talk to me, John. You always have.
John: No, I'm fine.

Derek: I was, uh... Thinking about that time we met. You found me outside the bunker.
Jesse Flores: When you went to take a leak and almost talked yourself into eating your gun?
Derek: I don't think I've ever thanked you for what you said that day.
Jesse Flores: I think the exact words were, "your fly is open."
Derek: Yeah.
Jesse Flores: It was.

Episode References
The list with Dr. Sherman's name on it was written on the basement wall in blood by a time traveler from the future in episode 2x02, Automatic for the People.

The death of the man that both John and Sarah have flashbacks about occurred in episode 2x01, Samson & Delilah.

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-ProducerAshley Edward Miller  |  Zack Stentz  |  Jessie Ward Dugan  |  Hilton Smith
Production DesignerMarek Dobrowolski
EditorScott Gamzon
CastingBonnie Zane  |  Gayle Pillsbury
Unit Production ManagerHilton Smith
First Assistant DirectorJoe Lotito
Second Assistant DirectorRuben Garcia
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerAmanda Friedland
HairstylistKetty Gonzalez
Set DecoratorRyan Welsch
Location ManagerLeif Tilden
Property MasterScott A. Buckwald
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographyStephen Collins (2)
Stunt CoordinatorJoel Kramer
Art DirectorScott Meehan
Sound MixerRichard Mercado  |  Charles Kelly
Special Makeup Effects ArtistRobert Hall (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorJames Lima
Special Effects SupervisorSteve Galich
Original CastingLisa Beach  |  Sarah Katzman
Second Unit DirectorJoel Kramer
Based On Characters Created ByJames Cameron  |  Gail Anne Hurd
Makeup ArtistHarriette Landau
DeveloperJosh Friedman (1)
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