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Sarah, Derek and Cameron try to prevent a nuclear meltdown, Charley has to fill in Michelle when James shows up at their home, and John meets someone new.

Director:

Jeffrey G. Hunt (as Jeffrey Hunt)

Writers:

Josh Friedman (developed for television by), Natalie Chaidez | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Headey ... Sarah Connor
Thomas Dekker ... John Connor
Summer Glau ... Cameron Phillips
Brian Austin Green ... Derek Reese
Garret Dillahunt ... Cromartie (credit only)
Shirley Manson ... Catherine Weaver
Leven Rambin ... Riley Dawson
Richard T. Jones ... James Ellison
Sonya Walger ... Michelle Dixon
Paul Schulze ... Carl Greenway
Dean Norris ... Nelson
Tommy Redmond Hicks Tommy Redmond Hicks ... Bradbury (as Tommy Hicks)
Zack Ward ... Wells
Debra Wilson ... Lilian (as Debra Skelton)
Busy Philipps ... Kacy Corbin
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Storyline

After having settled down in a new residence, Sarah and Cameron go undercover to a power plant as new employees to investigate the dying words of another fatally wounded resistance fighter, who arrives and dies mentioning the power plant which leads to Carl Greenway who's in charge of putting a potentially new reactor on-line in two days. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison and Charley tell a disbelieving Michelle about what's going on with Sarah Connor. Elsewhere, John ditches school and strikes a bond with a shady student named Riley. Written by matt-282

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Certificate:

TV-14
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Busy Philipps was over eight months pregnant during the filming of her scenes. See more »

Goofs

Sarah pronounces the Texas town name "Elgin" with a soft "g"; it's pronounced with a hard "g". See more »

Quotes

Michelle Dixon: Sarah's alive? In L.A.? And these things, they're not human, they're...? I can't, I-I can't...
[stares blankly at Charley]
Charley Dixon: I don't love her anymore, babe. Not like that.
[she slaps him in the face]
Michelle Dixon: Of all the things you just told me, Charley, she seems to be the least of our problems!
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Ain't We Famous
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Written and Performed by Brendan McCreary
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inconsistent
16 September 2008 | by daffy72See all my reviews

I like this show. i really do. But this second episode of the second season was all over the place.

cuts and wounds seem to heal from shot to shot- almost as fast as wolverine while others don't.

conversations continually seem to jump over unspoken information.

scenes to connect one part of the plot to another seem and feel like they are missing.

Gaps in plot and action that goes against established lore.

I'm checking the older episodes and from what i've seen they haven't used this writer/ director before. Lets hope they don't use them again or this series will soon fall by the wayside.

the worst leap was how an older model terminator apparently copied someone once they were terminated. it seemed they were setting it up so we were under the impression that it was the t-1000 but nope- just a run-of-the-mill terminator. how did they have surgery and look perfect in a matter of a few hours? i GUESS we are to assume the terminator was studying greenway for a while and had the surgery done a while ago- and just moved in and took over on the faithful day? just a guess though since there is nothing in the story to suggest what was going on.

Just terrible and really strains suspension of disbelief.

worst episode of the series so far


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