Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Today is the Day (2)

Season 2, Ep 19, Aired 3/20/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Jesse's mission takes a turn for the worst, which results in unexpected consequences for Sarah, John, and Derek. Meanwhile, Sarah deals with Cameron and John makes a very important decision.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lena Headey

    Sarah Connor

  • Thomas Dekker

    John Connor

  • Summer Glau

    Cameron Phillips

  • Brian Austin Green

    Derek Reese

  • Richard T. Jones

    Agent James Ellison

  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • The two most solid entries in the series

    By Levittown_Son, Nov 12, 2013

  • How d heck can I watch the episodes?????!!!!!

    By Zombie13, Jul 21, 2012

  • The arrival of John Connor

    By entil2001, Mar 24, 2009

  • Good stuff, showing promise for the season (and possibly the show)'s final run.

    By screenagedkicks, May 04, 2009

  • I could feel John's desperation at the end of the episode. All that weight on his arms, finally being the leader and letting himself to break and cry just shows the kind of leader he's becoming.

    By jaguayo, Mar 28, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Derek: I'm really sorry, John. She was a good kid. She didn't deserve what happened to her. John: Few people do. How long do you think you could survive …with Cameron … if she wanted to kill you … face to face? Derek: What kind of weapon do I have? John: Your fists, and your elbows, and your fingernails and your teeth. Derek: Against her? Those aren't weapons. John: No, they're not. Derek: You already know the answer to that, John. If she wants me dead, I'm dead. John: She wants you dead, you're dead.

    • Dietz: You want to, uh, let us little people know what's in the box, or is it classified between you and Queeg?
      Jesse: It's between Queeg and Queeg. I don't know a damn thing.
      Dietz: And that doesn't bother you, metal keeping secrets from skin?
      Jesse: No, it doesn't - not even a little.
      Dietz: Well, it should - and not just a little, but a lot.
      Jesse: We were sent to pick up the box and bring it back. So, we're picking up the box and bringing it back.
      Dietz: And one of us should know why. One of us, not just one of them.
      Jesse: One of us knows, his name's John Connor.

    • Sarah: You went to see the body. You shouldn't have done that. John: It was a risk, I know. Sarah: I don't mean the risk. You shouldn't have to remember her like that. That's all. John: There were things I needed to see., and that I had to understand. Sarah: Do you understand them now? John: I think so. I'm sorry I doubted you. Sarah: John. John: No. Not you. (looks at Cameron) Her.

    • Jesse: Dietz, what the hell did you do? Dietz: Could be anything in there - a machine, a bomb, anything. All right, and we were just gonna run it right through the front door to Serrano. Now at least we know. Jesse: Of all the stupid things … Dietz: Stupid? Stupid is taking their word for it. (points at Queeg) For anything! I'm not afraid of that thing. Jesse: Well, then, be afraid of me. Goodnow: Guys. Dietz: (holds out his bar-coded arm) You spend … any time … in a work camp, Commander? Goodnow: Guys. Dietz: You don't get to tell me anything, and neither does the metal.

    • Sarah: What was the name of that hippie town we were in before, uh … before Nebraska? Garb-something. John: Garberville. Sarah: Right. Well, that was a culture shock, going from hog farmers and good old boys to pot growers and kids names Sequoia. John: There was only one Sequoia. There were three Sages, though. Sarah: I felt bad for you when we left. You just started making friends. Fitting in. John: Fitting in? I was getting in fights every day. Sarah: Well, you won those fights. John: That's one way of lookin' at it. I hated that town.

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates: Norway: October 24th, 2009 on TVNorge Sweden: November 19th, 2009 on TV6 Finland: January 3rd, 2010 on Sub Czech Republic: January 7th, 2010 on Prima COOL Slovakia: October 15th, 2010 on Markiza

    • Featured Music:
      "New Messiah" by Dead Heart Bloom (as Jesse and Derek have their showdown in the parking garage)

    • Working Title: "Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter"
      According to Fox's production blog, "Today Is the Day" was originally going to be a one-hour episode. However, after shooting completed on it, the writers determined too many things were left hanging and went back to the writer's room to tie up what dangled. What came out of the room required reshoots in the first hour as well as the addition of a new second hour. In order to keep the two productions straight, the second hour was temporarily named "Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter." Unfortunately, Fox's press office sent out releases using this title, so some sites and newspapers list this as an actual or former title when it never was sanctioned as such. Although the writers had toyed with other two-part episodes, this turned out to be the only one of the whole series.

    Allusions (3)

    • Alien:
      This episode's plot in similar to the movie Alien. In both, the crew of a vessel bring aboard an unknown object at the behest of another. The object turns out to be a ruthless killing machine which kills one of the crew before disappearing into the air ducts. The strong female lead is at odds with an emotionless robot and ends up killing him due to the crews expendability. Eventually the remains of the crew escape and the ship is destroyed in an explosion.

    • Jesse: (to the liquid "metal") Who are you? What do you want?
      This references J. Michael Straczynski's award-winning television series, Babylon 5 (1993-1998). Jesse's two questions evoke that show's central overarching conflict between two ancient races of beings : the "Vorlons", who consistently ask members of younger races "Who are you?"; and the "Shadows", who always ask "What do you want?" The different questions reflect a philosophical polarity between two worldviews, with "Vorlons" favoring authoritarianism and "Shadows" preferring the creative destruction of free will. Use of the two questions on T:SCC, and the aborted secret meeting, suggests the possibility of two unaligned factions of Terminators with conflicting philosophies.

    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
      The liquid-metal Terminator making a negative movement of a finger is a reference to the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which the T-1000 played by Robert Patrick makes the exact same gesture.

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