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Cameron's malfunction reappears, and Riley fears for her life.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x17
Production Number: 3T7317
Airdate: Friday March 06th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (channel one) Mar 26, 2009
NL (Veronica) Nov 05, 2009


Guest Stars
Stephanie Chaves-JacobsenStephanie Chaves-Jacobsen
As Jesse Flores
Alex CarterAlex Carter
As Ko Samuels
Alison MartinAlison Martin
As Molly Malloy

Co-Guest Stars
Gregg PerrieGregg Perrie
As Aaron
Tina CascianiTina Casciani
As Working Girl
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
Leven RambinLeven Rambin
As Riley Dawson


Cameron discovers a pigeon loose in the house and captures it. She takes it outside in order to free it, but her hand malfunctions and she accidentally kills the bird...

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Episode Notes
Cameron's attempt to talk to the bird at the beginning of the episode is another sign of her continuing malfunctions.

Parts from various Terminator models are interchangeable.

Cameron is not a Terminator model designed for fighting.

Episode Quotes
Sarah: I was wondering when we'd see you again.
Riley: They make you rest a couple days.
Sarah: Does it help.
Riley: Not really.

Riley: It shouldn't have happened here, or not at all. (talking about her suicide attempt)
John: It's in the past.
Riley: People don't forget about the past.
John: I'm not saying forget it. I'm saying, it's in the past.

Cameron: You've been distracted.
Sarah: I was kidnapped.
Cameron: Which is distracting.

Cameron: (to John) Future John has better information than you do.

John: You feel any different?
Cameron: Yes.
John: Are you all fixed?
Cameron: I don't know.
John: Well just try not to kill any more birds.
Cameron: You're ahead of schedule.
John: With what?
Catherine: What you need to learn.

John: I haven't told her (Riley) anything.
Sarah: I don't believe you.

John: Do you think it's possible for me to know something future John doesn't know?
Cameron: That's hard to know. Seems unlikely.
John: You think it's possible for me to know something you don't know?
Cameron: Are you asking me if future John kept secrets from me? (John nods) I'm sure he did.

Cameron: This is your fault.
Riley: What's my fault?
Cameron: You're the reason that person is here. (Cameron's left hand twitches)
Riley: You're John's sister. You can't keep me here.
Cameron: They don't always like the way I do things.

Cameron: What am I going to do with you?
Riley: I don't understand. I don't know what you mean.
Cameron: Children and family services respond to complaints. Are you a complainer?
Riley: No. No, I never told them anything. What would I even tell them?
Cameron: You don't belong here. John isn't right for you and you're not right for him. He can't see that.
Riley: Stop, please, you're freaking me out.
Cameron: You're unreliable. I don't know what you do.
Riley: I'm just John's girlfriend. That's it.
Cameron: You can't be John's girlfriend. You're a threat. You can't stay here anymore, but I can't let you leave.
Riley: You're John's sister.
Cameron: What am I going to do with you?
Riley: Nothing. You can't do anything to me because you're John's sister. Get it through your head. You're just his sister.

John: Were you going to kill her?
Cameron: I don't know what I was going to do.
John: What do you mean you didn't know what you were going to do? Since when do you not know what you're going to do?
Cameron: I don't know. You should have killed her. She's a threat to you.
John: That is not your decision to make.
Cameron: It's usually not a decision.
John: Well obviously it is this time. And it's not yours. (John and Cameron stare at each other) What's happening with you?
Cameron: I don't know.

Cameron: You tried to fix me. Twice now. It's not working.
John: And?
Cameron: I'm not capable of self-termination.
John: Suicide.
Cameron: I can't kill myself, but you can.
John: Why would I want to kill you?
Cameron: You might have to some day. I've planted an explosive in my skull near my chip. It's a small amount, but it's enough.
visual: John opens the watch to find a set of three buttons, one of them red.
John: Enough?
visual: Cameron puts the watch around John's neck.
Cameron: All you have to do is hit the switch.
John: What would future John do now?
Cameron: Future John doesn't live here. You do.

Cultural References
Cameron works on repairing her arm in a fashion similar to the Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1984 film, The Terminator.

Episode References
Sarah: I was wondering when we'd see you again.
Riley: They make you rest a couple days.

In episode 2x13, Earthlings Welcome Here, John finds Riley on the bathroom floor where she attempted suicide.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAndrew Vajna  |  Mario Kassar  |  James Middleton  |  Joel Michaels  |  Josh Friedman (1)  |  John Wirth
Co-Executive ProducerToni Graphia  |  Natalie Chaidez
ProducerJill Lopez Danton
Co-ProducerHilton Smith  |  Zack Stentz  |  Ashley Edward Miller  |  Jessie Ward Dugan
Production DesignerMarek Dobrowolski
EditorVikash Patel
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
Property MasterScott A. Buckwald
Post Production SupervisorChristopher J. Ray
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographyStephen Collins (2)
Stunt CoordinatorJoel Kramer
Art DirectorMatthew C. Jacobs
Sound MixerRichard Mercado
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 ByGail Anne Hurd  |  James Cameron
Makeup ArtistHarriette Landau
DeveloperJosh Friedman (1)
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