Warehouse 13: Laws of Motion

Warehouse 13 S04E04: “There’s Always a Downside”

It was the night of the awesome guest-stars on Warehouse 13 this week. Rene Auberjonois reclaimed his role as quirky ex-warehouse agent Hugo Miller and Being Human’s Sam Huntington made an appearance as Ethan, a trumpet player with an empathy problem.

Artie saved the world and Claudia saved Steve through their questionable use of artifacts, but for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I’ve noticed that lately there seems to be a teensy bit more of a willingness among the agents to use artifacts in day-to-day operations. It’s not a huge willingness, mind you, since they’re all still aware that every artifact has a downside to whatever positive result it might create. It’s practically Warehouse Rule #1, or maybe #3, after “You do not talk about Warehouse 13,” and “You DO NOT talk about Warehouse 13.” Even Artie and Claudia had their moments of consideration before using their respective artifacts. This week’s artifact-finding adventures seemed perfectly poised to remind our agents of that sacred warehouse rule.

After discovering that any hurt he receives manifests on Claudia as a result of their connection via the metronome, Zombie Jinks was a little apprehensive about working with his usual partner. Artie, endlessly jumpy about his visions of a homicidal Claudia, paired her with Pete to both assuage Zombie Steve’s fears and get an unbiased report as to her demeanor in the field. Jinks and Myka went after the mysterious PTSD-curing artifact while Pete and Claudia met up with Hugo Miller and his artifact-afflicted nephew. See, in their family, a complete and utter lack of common sense runs in the genes.

After some good old-fashioned detective work, both teams triumphed. It was nice to see the gang win an unabashed victory. So much of this season has been plagued with, well, downsides to every win. Pete and Claudia snagged the magical marbles of INTENSITY before some scorned teacher blew up the school and Myka and Steve talked feelings with Ethan, learning that he became a brilliant trumpet player by utilizing a family heirloom artifact—a cigarette case that enabled the user to “feel others’ pain.” The downside, of course, was that poor emo Ethan was feeling a little too much pain and it was killing him. After sucking down some of Zombie Jinks’ epic pain of the dead, Ethan decided to go back to being a mediocre musician, but hey, at least he got the cute bartender to notice him. There’s hope for his music career after all! I mean, there are whole albums dedicated to getting the girl.

Though unfortunately, Claudia felt the effects of Steve and Ethan sharing their feelings so it looks like their connection goes way deeper than any physical link. This is going to get messy, you guys. I can’t wait.

Meanwhile, Artie and Brother Adrian had another lunch date where Brother Adrian argued in favor of using an artifact, the boot spur of an old west bounty hunter, to track the missing astrolabe. Artie tried every argument he had to dissuade Adrian. He pointed out that artifacts had downsides to their use; Brother Adrian countered that no downside was worse than the astrolabe’s downside. Artie said they needed to do more research; Brother Adrian slapped a thick folder of his own research down on the table. He was so pleased with himself, too. I’m really starting to like Brother Adrian, and the fact that we know that deep down beneath his dorky exterior is a ninja assassin just waiting for an excuse to stab somebody (Pete) makes him all the more awesome.



Additional Notes from the “Library of Crazy”


– So, any theories on what’s finally going to make Claudia snap? OR will she snap at all? What if Artie’s visions are just the “evil” from the astrolabe planting stuff in his head to make him distrust his team? Maybe? Possibly?

– Maybe Claudia already snapped and that’s why she’s suddenly doing more with her hair than slapping a random colored extension in it—though I love and miss the random colors. Maybe Claudia’s ponytail is like Spock’s beard.

– What do you think H.G. is up to? World domination? Probably world domination.

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It will be interesting to see where everything goes, but I am kind of tired of everyone once again keeping secrets - Jinx not telling Claudia that if he gets hurt she will feel it (now Myka knows but she isn't saying anything), and Artie using the astrolabe which will unleash an evil unto the world. I feel these are IMPORTANT things that MUST be DISCUSSED. How can you save the world if you can't tell each other about these things?



I agree with others who think the evil Claudia that Artie keeps seeing may very well be an effect from the knife she is holding as opposed to her actually being evil and I like Cranky Old Batt's theory that maybe everything that Artie is seeing (visions of Claudia trying to kill him and Adrian the Monk) are just a repercussion of him using the astrolabe. The Monk only seems to come around when everyone else is gone.
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Jinx just figured out that, and he was considering the stopping of the pendulum to free Claudia from its aftereffects, and made a decision after the mission. He confined in Mayka, so the others would understand why he took his own life, but she convinced him to search for another way, before doing so.
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In Artie's defense, the priest's dying words were that (A) he unleashed a great evil and (B) anyone he told would be in insanely great danger.



He's probably keeping that secret due to "B"
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Oh I forgot he told Artie that. Then it makes sense why he is keeping it secret.
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I'm not sure what to call the priest. Brother Data... Or Adrian the Monk...
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I truly believe the great evil unleashed is the Brotherhood itself. Undoing Artie's lifes work would and could mean epic world wide destruction. As for Claudia, what artie doesn't realize yet is its not Claudia coming after him, its the knife itself just using Claudia. This is how I see It. Brother Adrian is going to be forced into realizing that he is the evil that has been unleashed. It should be interesting to see where it goes.
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Well really who is to say that it is Claudia snapping. There has been artifacts that have taken over he agents before. So it could conceivably be that. And Claudia is merely the vessel of that. The robed guys were into knives and it could very well be them. If they can break into the Warehouse somehow and steal things, who is to say that they can't steal something that could take control of Claudia.



I am all for more crazy Claudia hair. It is fun.



HG I think she is going to be set up for the big win at the end of the season in order to redo her saving Artie, Myka and Pete. Or maybe somehow she knows what Artie did and she is on a path to counter the evil. Either way I have to agree with Safibwana, the more Jaime Murray the better.
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Maybe using the astrolabe activates the knife that Artie dreamed about... i might have some awesome evil powers to turn anyone around it into assassins bent on killing Artie (the one that activated it)... at least that`s what i think for now. We`ll see.
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So....everyone else who the trumpet player grabbed lost their pain. He grabs Jinx and causes pain. I haz a confused.



What if the evil IS Artie? He goes all paranoid psycho and with a Warehouse of doom, you know the rest.



What if the evil is the vendetta Data's dudes are bringing. Seems like they can take what they want from the Warehouse...
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Nice idea!

Maybe the effect of the Astrolabe is that it makes Artie paranoid schizophrenic, and all that happened with the marbles was his doing. Maybe there is no actual Brother Adrian, he is just hallucinating it, like Pete did before with the telegraph. It fits the evil of his own making, and unique to the user part. Or he got dissociative identity disorder, and Artie goes Fight Club style, and tries to destroy/save the world at the same time.

Along that thought, if Edward Norton personality is Artie, then could Brad Pitt personaity be Brother Adrian?
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I was wondering that too. Have we seen father Adrian interact with anyone else @ the warehouse or Nina's since the reboot?
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No. Father/Brother/Monk Adrian only interacts with Artie, and only when he is relatively alone.



And after thinking about it; doesn't it occur to anybody, that Claudia becoming evil is only from Artie's dreams/hallucinations/revelations, which suggest that he is under the effect of an artifact? I mean he doesn't have precog powers, does he? Why doesn't he realises that, and chases a dagger while suspecting Claudia? Isn't that a little unrealistic and paranoid thinking?
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Great episode and I love the character and plot development!
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I think we need to get a TV.com pool/poll going as to which Star Trek actor will appear on the show next. You already got Janeway, Odo, and Data, who's next?
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Seven-of-nine has also been on. I say Robert Picardo (The Hologram Doctor) for next.
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I vote the Boy Who Must Not Be Named... He was on Big Bang Theory a couple of times, so you know he's available.
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You mean Wesley Crusher? (Here, I named him...) Will Wheaton was on Eureka and he could reprise his role.
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He spends a lot of time just generally being an awesome geek about town these days. He is not at all the annoying kid from back then (I hated Wesley but am definitely a fan of Wheaton). Go on youtube and search for tabletop to see one of his recent projects where he has 3 other notable geeks over to play geeky games. Not coincidentally, you will find these on Felicia Day's GeekandSundry channel.
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The Claudia/Jenks connection could get very interesting down the line, given what happened in this episode. As for what will make Claudia snap, it could be anything which makes it that much more intriguing.
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1. It's a temporary affect from an artifact, or some other general fakery, she never really goes bad.

2. With the departure of Eureka and Sanctuary, WH13 is the eldest show and they get more freedom to experiment. Like many a young adult, they are asserting their independence by messing with their hair.

3. I like the idea below, that H.G. is on a mission for Artie. Though I support H.G. for tyrant. Or really, anything that ends in screen time for Jaime Murray.
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1. I'd buy that.

2. I destroyed a marching band uniform with pink hair dye during that phase. My band director was not amused.

3. Best. Tyrant. Ever. But since that's unlikely, I'm all for Secret Agent Wells as well.
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Nice. Also, pics or it didn't happen (of the hair, not the uniform).
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Personally i just can't like brother Adrian because he goes on and on about this evil, which he claims is worse than the world having ended weeks ago due to loss of hope................

Sorry but aslong as the world stands theres still a chance, so he really just comes off as an egomaniac with a huge god complex.
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It stands to reason time turned back for brother Adrian too. He doesn't know the consequences of undoing Artie's deed. The only thing he knows is that the astrolobe was taken away from his brotherhood and was used. He only knows, due to the astrolobe's use a great "Evil" has been unleashed.
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His cryptic warnings are definitely starting to get a little tedious. I'd like to SEE the evil now, please.
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In the third episode Artie orders/asks someone over the phone to find the ominous dagger "off the records", possibly H. G.



The "unimaginable evil unique to the user" is too vague to guess at this point.

But Brother Adrian did also mentioned Robespierre using the astrolabe, who ended up a head shorter after trying to reveal a conspiracy within the ranks of the leaders, but refused to mention names. But he made his speach aftere being accused of tyranny. He also advocated the law, that refused the accused's right to defefend themselfs, basicly allowing the execuiton of thousands, based only on accusations.

Another fun fact is, that before his beheading he survived a headshot and afther almost fifty years of his burial, his followers allegedly couldn't find his body in the mass grave, where it was dumped.



Evil being forged doesn't necessarily means that someone will turn over. It could also mean, that an existing evil will begin to act. Or a lot of people will join the dark side at once...



I think they are trying to show the growth of Claudia's character, with sending her to a new hairdresser.
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Also, "unimaginable evil unique to the user" is not what Artie is hallucinating. He has a very clear vision of something bad so that make this even more confusing and at this point, a little tedious.
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Any episode with Hugo Miller is always a good one. And how the hell did Brother Adrian or his cronies get the marbles out of the Warehouse? Their alarm system sucks.
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If their alarm system didn't suck we'd probably have no need for agents. This is a typical show where incompetence is a good thing - much like Eureka was. But it's just so darn fun. You people need to stop analyzing this nonsense and just enjoy it...
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Dude, I am trying to be on board with you but obviously, everyone else here does not share your opinion. No show would keep my interest for more than 30 seconds if it didn't give me mind puzzles to try to sort out.



I would very much like to know how they smuggled something out of the warehouse. I am remembering poor Lena under Sykes's control...
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How do we know it was the brotherhood that stole the artifact. Artie goes goes nuts and starts turning artifacts lose. That seems pretty evil and dangerous to me.



Claudia stabs him to stop him from doing something catastrophic. Maybe?
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Same thoughts. Everyone got their share of being evil except Artie and Mrs. Frederic.



But a dark Mrs. Frederic would be more unexpected. And more fun, if they would have to fight her and the brotherhood at the same time.
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I have no idea which way they're going with the Astrolabe's effects and Artie's visions, they are very vague considering what a big deal this is supposed to be for the season. Hopefully they get to it soon.



HG I could see going back to her humdrum life (the one she had when she wasn't who she is) after a century of these troubles.



I liked this episode, but it felt like there wasn't enough room to breathe with all the stuff going on at once. Artie's storyline really advanced quickly too, not a lot of buildup and suspense there, it's down to ROUND 1, FIGHT! already.
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Ha! Two Olsens in one episode. :)
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Oh wow, good call! Totally forgot Aaron Ashmore was Olsen in Smallville!
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Speaking of Smallville Allison Scagliotti(Claudia) was also on Smallville for an episode. And Sam Witwer(Aidan) who plays one of the three leads on Being Human with Sam Huntington was on Smallville for a whole season playing Doom. That's alot of people who know Superman.
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World Domination... always.
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