Warehouse 13 "No Pain, No Gain" Review: Baby on Board

Warehouse 13 S04E05: “No Pain, No Gain”

So Pete knocked Myka up, but not in the way a man and woman traditionally go about it. No, there were no test tubes involved either. In fact, it was entirely accidental and not at all consensual. It was one of those storylines that you’re better off not thinking too deeply about otherwise it gets creepy and weird.

Pete and Myka were sent to Toronto to investigate an aging hockey player who suddenly found himself in the middle of the season of a lifetime. Injuries that plagued him were suddenly gone, he was skating faster, hitting harder, and scoring more goals than he had before in his career. Understandably, Myka and Pete initially assumed that the artifact at hand belonged to Mike, the hockey player, and though they eventually figured out that it had to be one of his dedicated fans who was enabling his impressive performance, they didn’t realize that the fan was working with a wish-granting artifact—her grandfather’s World War II dog tags.

So, rifling through a purse in search of the possible culprit, Pete’s hand lingered on the dog tags, kept on a keyring by Judy the Batshit Crazy Fan, and he thought, ever so briefly, about Myka’s news earlier in the episode that her younger sister was expecting a baby. He felt bad for Myka, because remember ladies, our lives are not complete until we reproduce, and hoped that one day she too could experience the joy of swollen ankles, back pain, and frequent urination.

BOOM. PREGNANT.

It’s better not to think too hard about the implications of this one. The questions that must be asked just kind of make my skin crawl:

1. Does the fact that Pete wished Myka preggers mean that he's the father?

2. What about the fact that Pete basically got Myka pregnant against her will?

It's kind of like that Raising Hope episode from last season where Burt told Virginia that he poked a hole in their condom on prom night because he knew that the only way to keep her in his life was to knock her up... and she thought it was romantic. I SEE what Warehouse 13's writers are trying to do, I KNOW it’s supposed to be lighthearted, but at the same time, it’s really kind of awful if you dwell on it too much.

So let’s just sit back and enjoy the hilariously hormonal Myka and try not to think too hard about the mechanics of how she came to be a weepy mess in the first place.

Wise to the warehouse agents on her tail, Judy decided to just kidnap Mike and show him what true love is, Misery-style. Pete and Myka eventually caught up and neutralized the dogtags, giving Myka her sweet figure back and Mike his crappy knees.

Meanwhile, Artie enlisted Zombie Jinks’ help to track down the artifacts that have been mysteriously liberated from the warehouse. Citing the warehouse’s formidable security, Jinks pointed out that Claudia would have been better suited for the job, but Artie, who is starting to appear more and more obvious about his big secret every week, was adamant that Claudia not be involved. He made up some flimsy excuse that Jinks called him out on. I’m glad that we suddenly remembered Jinks’ uncanny lie-detector skills this season. Remember those? I feel like investigations would go so much smoother if that particular skill was utilized more often.

In Minneapolis, Mrs. Frederic took Claudia to lunch, then on a field trip to watch an artifact be born. It was babies, babies, everywhere this week, wasn’t it? A woman took a bullet to the shoulder to save a baby during a robbery and the emotion behind the motivation infused her bracelet with artifact magic. Claudia said that she thought only people with Wikipedia pages could make artifacts. So did I, but hey, four seasons in, we should probably branch out a little. I’m guessing that’s why Myka and Pete ended up confiscating a rather anonymous artifact, too: the wish-granting dog tags of Judy’s not-at-all famous grandfather.

Claudia asked Mrs. Frederic if they were there to confiscate the newborn artifact, but Mrs. Frederic said that they only worried about the ones that misbehaved. This opens up quite a can of worms when it comes to the Warehouse 13 mythology that we’ve adhered to for so long. Despite the often-repeated warning that all artifacts have a downside, does this mean that artifacts are actually NOT inherently bad? What then, is the thing that distinguishes a “good” artifact from a “bad” one? It is like The Force? Is it all about how you use it or what emotions go into making it? If it all boils down to emotion, then HOW do we make an artifact—how REALLY? Is it science or magic?

It’s also important to note that, as cool as it was to learn where baby artifacts come from, the real interesting point on that field trip was the fact that Claudia could sense the creation of the artifact before it happened. Back in Season 2, we learned that Claudia was meant to take Mrs. Frederic’s place as the caretaker of the warehouse upon her death. Claudia was not at all down with the idea at the time, but maybe she doesn’t really have a say in the matter. Maybe it’s like being a Jedi, which again, begs the question, is this magic or science?

Maybe it would be better if we never found out. After all, The Force was a way cooler concept before the Star Wars prequels explained that it’s basically a glorified bacterial infection. What do YOU think?


Additional Notes from the “Library of Crazy”


– Myka and Claudia as undercover Geisha in this week’s opening scene might just have been the most random one yet. What do you think?

– Okay, that scene with Mrs. Frederic and her grandson with that song from Crash playing over it all was really freaking sad.

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I really liked this episode of Warehouse 13, even the clich baby on board. It was a lot of fun to see Pete acting like the crazy sassy friend and even better to see Claudia interacting with Mrs. Fredric. I have been a huge fan of Warehouse 13 since season 1 and I'm always recommending it to my coworkers at Dish, and they normally come back loving it. I really think this is the best season so far, and I have decided to record every episode on my Hopper to re-watch at the end of the season, and I'll still have room for the rest of my shows to record too. I am really excited about where this show is heading and as long as SyFy doesn't do the same thing they did to Eureka, I'll be happy!
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Add your comment...OH SNAP!!!!!!!!!!!!



I FORGOT TO REPRODUCE!



(I agree that the forced pregnancy was not cool. Sure they made some funny gags about it but it was still a violation and not really all that cool.)



And where or where is HG in all this. If she is out finding the dagger Artie thinks Claudia (or a replica) is going to use to kill him, why is he conveniently bringing it home where it is easy to find?



Inquiring minds want to know.
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Suggesting there's something rape-related to the fact Pete got Myka pregnant (well, did he????) is ridiculous. I'm not even saying that Pete imagined himself having a baby with Myka, but even if he had, what is this? Considering he had no idea his thoughts could materialize, is this review the ideas of the feminist thought police in action?



Next some pro-life nut-job will say that once Myka was pregnant, she was carrying a life, therefore when poor Pete neutralized the artifact, he committed an abortion, killing that unborn child, and the right thing to do would've been to let the child be born naturally... Well, come to think of it, I kind of wish I'd seen where they would've taken the story if Pete and Myka had had a baby under these absurd circumstances. What if the baby didn't disappear even after the artifact had been neutralized? It would be fun to watch that.



Another thing. When the hokey team owner was caught in a lie after showing Myka and Pete the hockey player's false x-rays, he said something like, "It's not like you guys had a warrant" or something. What about the fact that Pete and Myka were both agents of a foreign country with absolutely no jurisdiction whatsoever over that region?



So Claudia's Prius has Bing as a search engine, and she considers herself a computer expert???? Speaking of Bing, what an egregious product placement...

Steve - "Sorry, Artie, but the sponsors want me to say this. Look! This car has Bing and Opera!" Well, perhaps that means product placement will keep this show alive.
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This week's episode raised 2 very important questions:



1. When, if at all, does hockey come back?



2. When does Psych come back?
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There is a saying around here: "If everything could be resolved with eyes, then the streets would be full of dead people and pregnant women." I think it quite fits the episode.



When Mrs. Frederic and Claudia was at the crossroad, and Mrs. F. says: "Pay attention. Look beyond what you see." was like a scene from Matrix. Does that qualifies as an answere to the science vs. magic question? In the first season Artie said something like it's technology plus energies we don't understand (yet?). The rising sun looked like magic, or godly actions for the ancient egyptians... So it could be both science and magic. And we can't make artifacts, they are just born - as the stork brings us the babies. Better not overthink and rationalise a moment full of emotions, or we would only see the pain and the disfigured bodies. (Still talking about the artifacts.)
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Really? No mention of 2 actors that play major characters from Psych on this episode?



Claudia's idea of only famous people making artifacts was a missed opportunity, I thought Mrs. Fredric should have pointed out that artifacts often made certain people who came into contact with them famous, not the other way around.



Artifacts all have a downside, but the question is, does that downside overwhelm the good or at least neutral acts of the artifact most of the time? If the answer is "no", then who cares if they're out there? There's plenty of troubles to deal with as it is.



The show has obviously foresaken all science fiction in this explanation of artifact-creation, it's ultimately "a thing that happens" which makes it magic, or rather, non-science. It surprises me not at all that they've finally voiced this, they've been aiming there since day-one, but here it's officially done and it feels flat.



I was glad to see CCH Pounder get to do something more with this part, they've always hinted at this character being more just by that casting and rarely do they let her loose with it.



I liked that Artie wasn't all freaked out by Jinks' revelation, that's one thing that writers of lesser shows would have gone ape over, but here it's just another day at the office.



Pete and Myka's adventure was cute but flat, basically just there to make the same jokes over and over, boring tv observations. I would have written it off entirely but Myka was funny in her reactions and Pete's underlying issue shone through at the end nicely.
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Nah, I think it would go the other way. As we know from a LOT of the famouse-person artifacts that person X created it well into their famous career.

I'd go so far as to say that Mrs Frederick should have said "She doesn't have one YET. Expect to see her name soon"

Not that the person was made famous by the artifact... but that any person strong-willed or smart enough to create an artifact will probably also go onto do great things (good or bad, but great none the less).
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Also, I gotta say... I love it when Myka (Joanne Kelley) gets to act weird and funny. Her character is usually the up-tight one so it's fun to see her act crazy.

Like when the actress had to act like drunk Pete. And this episode dealing with the super-crazy pregnancy. Great.

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Yeh, the magic vs science thing got me thinking too. The Pilot and other early episodes established that they were scientific... and ignoring the pilot's psychic stuff there was a scientific explanation. Weird inventions that defied logic or were too dangerous. Or stuff like frequencies of sound vibrating off chair-springs made of strange metal. Quartz oscillations causing hallucinations. etc.

But this this "reveal" was kind of magical: an ordinary woman took a bullet for a baby and thus imbued her bracelet with some unknown power? I guess this could fall under "psychic imprinting" or something but still... a bit too magical for my taste.
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Pfft. This show has never qualified as science fiction. It's half a step from Haven in that regard. If Warehouse 13 is science fiction, then the force is science based coz midichlorians.
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It looks like they're continuing to make Claudia "grow up" more with the clothes + hair style. As hot as I think she looks in her punk-rocker style... I guess it's a good thing. The actress is getting older and should probably sport more than 1 look. Especially if she wants to continue with her career as something else besides "hot rocker chick" or "hot rocker chick" after the show ends.

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I would have thought it to make much more sense if an artifact isn't bad until the person who created it dies, and someone else gets his/her hands on it. If they create it in their own moment of emotion, it's inherently theirs to control.
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Lets get one thing clear though, Pete did not wish for Myka to be pregnant, he was the one who wanted to have a child. He wanted to have a kid with someone who understood and shared in the crazy life he leads and Myka is really the only person who can ever understand because she is going through it also.



Lets not forget that Pete and Myka have very different pasts. Myka had a lover who was killed but was never close to having a family with him. As she stated in this episode she has studied different things and focused on her career path. She is fine not having a family yet. Pete on the other hand was married one before and screwed it up because he was drinking at the time. He feels like he missed his chance to have a family, to have a chance to be a father like his was.



The rest of the episode was good. I like the part with Claudia nad Mrs Fredric for the most part. Claudia, whether she likes it or not, is still destined to replace Mrs. Fredric as keeper of the warehouse. In this episode she saw both the upside and downside of that responsibilty. She saw an artifact be made by someone with courage and pure selflessness. But she also saw what costs Mrs. Fredric has paid for her role. She has had to watch as her son grew old and died and is doing the same with her grandson.
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Agreed, as I pointed out a short while before you did. I guess the reviewer missed the whole point where Pete explained everything... probably because she was busy cursing out loud at how TV still enforces the old stereotypes.

I mean, he laid it out right there... and then touched on it again in the final scenes.
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Haha, I really enjoy Warehouse 13. Not so much about the overall theme or aesthetics, which is fine, but because of the character interactions, and the very so very creative imagination of randomness when it comes to the writing of each show, you never know what each show will have in store for you. Probably the most imaginative original show on TV right now. And I really like it when they just go WILD in nonsense :)
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Yay for Timothy Omundson and Kristen Nelson from Psych! I wonder if Warehouse 13 was offered a "two for the price of one" while casting this episode ;)
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We were cracking up about that too.
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Umm, Pete didn't wish Myka pregnant because of his sister. He wished he would be a father, but realized WHO in their right mind would live in his kind of life. Then he realized that he Myka was such a lady and loved her and considered having a kid with her.

So... it wasn't so much "I wish Myka had a kid so her life would be complete" so much as it was a "I wish one day Myka and I would have a kid"
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Loved this episode, especially with the Geisha thing in the beginning. Hilarious!! The pregnancy thing didn't creep me out, just suprised me. Maybe its just me, but I'm not seeing the creepy factor.



I also liked witnessing the birth of a new artifact, and Claudia recognizing it. The reigns are definitely being handed to her.



The Artie-Jinks thing was a good storyline too. Now there can be more light shed on this doomsday thing coming Artie's way.
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The whole pregnancy thing was pretty creepy. But I think you misinterpreted Pete's thought process. Pete wasn't wishing for a kid for Myka, he was wishing for a kid for himself, with Myka being the only realistic (if unlikely) option for a mother, that's the first person his mind went too. Again it's not that he thinks Myka needs a kid, but that Pete is feeling the baby fever. I think it's a cute development for his character and appreciated it, as men on TV aren't often portrayed as having a parental instinct. That said I think they kind of goofed up the introduction of this new side of Pete with the creepy pregnancy story line.
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I believe the completely unintended and basically inconceivable nature of the pregnancy takes all the creepy out of it. You can't blame the guy for random idle thoughts that had no chance of affecting reality (as far as anyone knew).
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Thumbs up if all you could think of during the Geisha scene was RoboGeisha.
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Two Psych actors, and that guy from Stargate Universe (more recently Continuum), who was also on Grimm the same day. Sometimes it seems like they don't have a lot of actors to choose from in Vancouver. (OK, Grimm is filmed in Portland, but that's *almost* Vancouver. :).
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Slight nitpick as Warehouse 13 is actually filmed in Toronto.
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Great episode. I thought it was hilarious that Myka and Claudia were Geisha in Japan. Great. The rest of the episode was just Warehouse 13 to its perfection. I know the whole Myka pregnant thing was weird and it carries further implications due to the callous and ignorant comments from the GOP guy running for Senate in Missouri. But I don't think that it was the writers intention to make it kind of rapey. But the rest of it was fun. I loved it that both Timothy Omundson and Kristen Nelson from Psych were given guest roles on the episode. Psych is probably one of my favorite shows ever and it is nice to see a crossover.



I like that Artie is in the know about about Claudia and Jinks newfound connection and the potential results of what could happen to Claudia if they are not careful. I wonder what is going to take to get both of them back in the OK. Though I doubt Jinks is going to make it past this season. Though I wonder how Pete's mom didn't know about this potential side effect. And how Mrs Frederick doesn't know about this. And for that matter how Claudia wasn't out of breath when Jinks was running after Artie.



The birth of the artifact was kind of cool. Claudia being groomed to be the next Mrs. Frederick is interesting. Mostly because I don't think Claudia wants to live as long as the next Warehouse.



But overall great episode.
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I agree. The pregnancy, while played for laughs (and there were some good ones) was a violation, too.



Pete loves Myka in THAT way thing bugs me. I liked them better as more of a brother-sister duo.



Anytime Mrs. Fredrick is on screen is good with me. I was cool to see how artifacts are 'born'. Raises questions about we are only interested when they start to cos problems bit. If they start out good do they not stay that way/if they start out bad can a huge good deed (or 10) remove some or all of the problems they cause?



But I am mainly very, very curious about how they religious whack gang are getting things out of the warehouse at this point.
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Well, apparently nobody at the Warehouse knows about the side effects: not even "The Decider" If it's one they've never encountered before, it's quite possible. After all, the big-bad last season was apparently looking for artifacts for years/decades by himself so it's possible he found one that they hadn't discovered yet.

I'm pretty sure past seasons had the agents encountering (or looking for) artifacts where they did not yet know the down-side for... just the main effect.
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Good point. I am also interested to know how the secret society guys are getting in and out of the warehouse.
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