Warehouse 13 "Runaway" Review: Cherry Bomb

Warehouse 13 S04E16: "Runaway"

Oh, okay, so Warehouse 13 is going to go ahead and just cram its major plot points into the last two episodes and make a sloppy mess, even though I asked it not to. Okay, then. Cherie Currie guest starred as Cherie Currie when Artie threw Claudia a 21st birthday bash. Jinks ran into his hunky/not-hunky (it depends who you ask) ex while on the hunt for a lava-spewing artifact that featured hilariously awful effects, even for Syfy—and I say this as someone who's watched both Sharktopus and Jersey Shore Shark Attack

Anyone who's read my reviews of Warehouse 13 and other shows knows my distaste for case-of-the-week episodes. They make me bored. This is just my boredom showing. If we ignore it, the cases featured in "Runaway" weren't bad and we even got some nifty Steve Jinks character development. I guess it really would be hard to date a human lie detector, even if that human lie detector was Jinks.


In Arkansas, gloriously bad CGI lava burned through the wall of a prison yard. It provided a freaky distraction so that two convicts could slip out the back door while the guards all flocked to the giant lava puddle. When Jinks arrived on the scene, he was crossing his  fingers for a lava monster and so was I because boredom. Relief appeared in the form of Liam Napier, Jinks' hunky/not-hunky U.S. Marshal ex B-friend. Welcome to Crazytown, bro. 

Jinks claimed that Liam had dumped him back in the day, but in truth, they'd never officially broken up. Jinks just left. Dick move, Jinksy. Dick move. They squabbled. Liam got pissy about the lava lamp from hell being all top secret and left. Myka made Jinks go after him because OMG WHAT IF HE FINDS THE ARTIFACT AND DIES—which is kind of what I thought would happen because Jinks' life always has to be sad and awful because... BECAUSE. Jinks and Liam squabbled some more. They found the artifact. They squabbled and talked about feelings. They did the horizontal tango off-screen because we can totally talk about Jinks being gay but showing him being gay is just a little too real for Warehouse 13

Artifact-wise, our bad guy was actually a good guy who was doing bad things for the right reasons because that wasn't obvious at all. 

Annnnd back at the warehouse, Artie planned a party for Claudia's 21st birthday and accidentally activated Beethoven's evil alarm clock.  It directly blasted music into Artie's head until he went deaf. While debating the merits of clowns—of which there are none—Claudia and Artie took off for Boston to track down the missing bust from the clock so that they could deactivate it once and for all. It was a pretty standard outing, but it was nice to see Claudia and Artie working together relatively angst-free. Also, yay for Claudia's duet with Cherie Currie because Allison Scagliotti rocks both figuratively and literally. 


Additional assorted awesomeness: tech-y Claudia (always), BFF Myka, and Pete's insistance that Liam was totally hunky. HOWEVER: We're practically in the homestretch of the series' penultimate season, and while the downtime from mortal peril was initially very nice and mucho appreciated, I'm really, really ready to get back to mortal peril. What are James Marsters and Polly Walker up to? Are the aftershocks affecting the warehouse really no big deal? More of that, please! Kthanks! <3



NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY OF CRAZY

– "Do you need us to hate him? Because we can hate him." Mean girl Myka was amazing. 

– Nice product placement for Pandora and Prius, and by "nice" I mean "just short of obnoxious," only because nothing will ever be as obnoxious as Jess and the Ford in New Girl's "Models." NOTHING.

– Jerry Garcia's blacklight brings art to life. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the blacklight doing that back in the day. Prettttty sure it was the LSD. 

– No Abigail at Claudiafest? 

– Do you think we'll see Liam ever again? Do you want to? 

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I agree that series 4 has become v cute & cuddly, but still entertaining; I must however protest at the idea that the genius *guitarist* Jerry Garcia ever owned a black light - it would surely have belonged to Owsley Stanley!
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I have been a fan of this show for three years and a half years. But I think it is time to call it, the show is dead. Have you noticed the last few episodes the main artifacts have had little or no actual connection to history? Here is an episode that rights itself: Someone gets their hands on Davy Crockett's Kentucky Long Rifle from the Alamo (he in fact owned several of these rifles, but the one he wielded at the Alamo has since been lost to history, no one knows its whereabouts) The rifle is UNERRINGLY accurate and every shot is fatal. But the downside is that the rifle, is imbued with the paranoia, agression, anger, and hopelessness of the defenders of the mission, and causes whoever uses it to become violent and kill indiscriminately. This plot would be a nice metaphorical platform for them to say something about gun control, and it would be fun to watch. So there, in five minutes time I just wrote a synopsis for a better episode than the one I just watched. And that is a sign of poor the quality of writing on this show has become.
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I've noticed that with the artifacts too, and they've been so silly lately. I also feel like the warehouse people have been very quick to use artifacts for their devices lately. Like, what happened to the "artifacts are never to be activated for personal use" stance? That was a thing. I remember that being a thing. it was always this huge deal to have to resort to actually using an artifact but now we just bust them out to decorate for birthday parties. :/

I dig your Davy Crockett concept though! I miss the historical artifacts as well.
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OMG you are so right. I just loved warehouse 13 but I started noticing around midway toward the end of the 3rd season and this season that this show has really turned into a dud. It really has become quite stupid. The artifacts are silly and I feel the characters are just phoning in their performances. I think it has outlived any usefulness and died a long time ago. Btw Davy Crockett's rifle would be cool, sadly to say, the way wh13 has been going they would mess it up.
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Claudias sign "Don't make me stab you again" war hilarious!!!
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Cherie Currie and Claudia was awesome. The Arte/Claudia mission was really light but it had some of the Arte-Claudia healing that was necessary and just those two together made it the best part of the episode. Poor Aaron Ashmore just can't catch a break with his character's relationships - first Chloe Sullivan, then Kenzi (the biggest f-up cause there is no better than Ksenia Solo), now newly introduced ex (who I just kept wanting to turn into Clare Kramer.). Could be worse, at least he isn't on 'The Following':)

Why do they tease us with James Marsters and Polly Walker and then forget to bring them back? This is bad. This was a fun Marsters' character and I want more of him.
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I couldn't ever take this show's storylines seriously so the mortal peril I prefer out and case of the week in. I would however welcome more james martsers and polly walker as I'm a big fan of both. and a reappearance of jaime murray can't come soon enough either.

whatever the case I'm just glad myka and claudia are single. as long as they are I wont have too much trouble watching. and glad jinx is gay and gay in this because I hated him hooking up with Ksenia Solo on lost girl.

glad they featured claudia singing again she's got a great voice.
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Don't mean to be an ass but I really think that Warehouse 13 has gotten kinda boring this season. I agree with you MaryAnn; the case-of-the-week formula gets tiresome pretty fast same as it does in the likes of Supernatural and Arrow.
Time for some saving the world shenanigans to liven things up.
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I really enjoyed this episode. The CGI lava didn't really bother me, so I'd have to disagree with you there. I'm also a fan of filler or case-of-the-week episodes too, seeing that they're a necessary part of any show. Warehouse 13, in my opinion, has some of the best filler episodes on television to me. When it wants to be fun, which is almost all the time, it is, yet it also has a serious side to it too, with whatever those artifacs, or the warehouse in general, is capable of.

Loved Artie and Claudia back together again. The part where both were at the computer doing their thing was awesome.

Pete and Myka had me rolling with the supposed "hatred" of Jenks' ex-boyfriend. Loved it lol!!!
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I don't know what it really is but the fluff episodes now aren't as good as older ones. They try to interject some guest star like Liam this time when it should stay strictly Claudia and Jinx, then Pete and Myka. I do though like Claudia and Artie's team up from time to time. There's way too much main story plot to get going so a big no to Liam getting back.

They should have taken advantage of Claudia's birthday more like some artifact effecting the whole birthday somehow? Think that would have been cool but the ending with Cherie Courie was incredible so that made up for some. And nice to be back at the Univille cafe thing but I've been disappointed that Univille is just second nature. But I was just spoiled with Eureka and Haven where the town really is a character.

So it looks like next week isn't about what should be the main overall plot so hopefully they'll use three eps and not just two.

Mary Ann, you just needed to be like me, a child of the 70's and growing up more in the 80's with all those terrible effects, haha. This is ground breaking in comparison. :D
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Yeah, this show is kinda silly and not getting better (I miss badass HG Wells). The one thing that gets me every time - why the heck can't they store things properly?!? Put stuff in boxes, shove them into a different dimension, whatever, but don't leave things tottering on open shelves where they're forever falling off, for goodness sake! (That would be boring, I get it.)
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I've wondered that too.

I mean, I can understand keeping it on a rudimentary shelf type of thing in a warehouse. Who knows how those things would react to being tossed through a worm-hole.

But, why the eff don't they do a better job enclosing the shelves. Maybe *gasp* lucite cabinet doors enclosing the shelves. Heck, a 2" lip at the end of the shelves would probably stop like 50% of their issues since stuff won't roll off as easily.
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My you are a nitpicker. You want them to actually have a system to store artifacts, the combination of which is more powerful than the world's nuclear arsenal? How ridiculous! Surely these people are up to the task--an old guy, and four agents seems pretty standard. I wonder why it doesn't work? But it is a lot of fun, isn't it...
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"Wait, Ben is Glory?"

Anyway, kind of a lackluster episode. As usual, Pistol Pete Lattimer is the MEP (most entertaining player).
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Thank you for shining light on forgettable member of Whedon repertoire! When I saw him I immediately thought of Nicholas Brendan delivering that line.
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Hey RG, I'm fairly certain it's Jenks--please correct me if I'm wrong, but if it's in every sentence it just looks weird. No criticism here, just a heads up for my favorite TV dot com staffer. Your love for this masterpiece of a ridiculous show shines through in every review and we'll all miss it too--and your reviews. It's just fun, isn't it :+)
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Hi there. I just looked it up on IMDB to see and it's definitely Jinks :)
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Now where did I get Jenks? Sorry...
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I got it off TV dot coms Episode Guide in the Cast and Crew section--my mistake...
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Jinks full name I believe is Steven Jenks, but his nickname is Jinks
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I'm wondering if they're holding off on Sutton (Marsters) and his wife until next season.

If next season is a half-season, then they might just want to wait to do their story-arch episodes then. After all, there won't be a lot of time for filler episodes.
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I looved W13 on it's 1st season. It felt fresh, full of promise. Loved the characters on S1. Don't like them now. Just watch it because of Mr. Rubinek who is always excellent.
I usually watch it at 1.5 X speed so it is actually less boring.
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There are good ways to go about product placement like Chuck, and Community that just bash you over the head in such a manner that is basically says hey we need money, this gives us money, we don't want to do this but here it is. Warehouse 13 didn't do that. The whole prius thing to save the day was kind of ridiculous.

However I did enjoy the episode. Steve's ex and Steve dealing with him was funny. Myka being the girl BFF was hilarious. I like it when Myka is brought out of the alpha role. And Pete wasn't overly goofy. So that is always good.

Claudia had some great one liners and Scagliotti does rock.

But I do have to agree with you. What about Marsters and his wife? That was a great introduction to some great characters and we haven't seen anything of Marsters since his episode and only brief instances of the wife.

It makes me wonder if they got the news of the final season early and just didn't want to delve into too deep of a story.
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I heard Steve's Ex in the preview and my first thought was Kenzi. Oh TV Land.
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Boy has been around. Don't forget Chloe from Smallville pretty sure that was Aaron too rather than Shawn.
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Yeah the product placement was pretty bad.. focusing on the dash so you can read the Pandora screen.. then after Jinx parks and walks off lingering on the Prius for so long that it looked like a commercial.. all it was lacking was a voiceover describing the features to fill the void as the camera lowly made sweet sweet love the the car parked on the street doing nothing but wasting airtime...

Then later in the episode when tires are popping as soon as lava touches it Jinx is driving through it, parking in it and his ex comments "The Prius is indestructible!" omfg.

I don't mind product placement and paying the bills but that was over the top.

And yeah VERY cheesy effects for the lava. loved how it was laying on the ground spewing, people are hanging off a ladder (why not.. I don't know... climb?) the garage is flooding yet it's lava free behind the jug.. then they jump into the back of the pickup and act all dramatic lening over to try and cap it when they could have.. oh I dunno, just stood behind the truck on the lava free pavement and grabbed it.

guess they didn't know where the f/x where going to be and were supposed to pretend the entire area was flooding/sinking. still though, weakest ep I've seen in awhile.
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Ok,I give them that father didn't climb,because he was shot and kid didn't know what to do...but lava thing and car surfing and all was just too much.
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I was originally going to give them "He's one handed, no climbing" out, except climbing a ladder one handed isn't even hard. people do it every day carrying materials or tools up a ladder. and that's everyday... without the adrenaline fueled "omfg there's river of lava about to engulf me" incentive.
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Getting shot in your left should just doesn't mess up your ability to use your left hand. Just moving your upper-body around in general would be horribly painful. Like trying to get up, and to climb a ladder.

It's not like: oh well, I just can't use this arm now and just have to pretend I'm carrrying a sack up a ladder.

Though.. lava! I think that might be enough incentive to fight through the pain. Dying would suck, but being burned to death? That's nightmare-bad.
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Well they go by recipe "whatever show needs at the moment". If you need a screamer in episode,there will be someone,who screams. If you need person,that is in danger and "can't" save himself/herself,then you got a "hero" there to save the day and so on.
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Really glad Warehouse 13 used suck CGI this late,because if this was in pilot or somewhere at beginging,I don't think it would get 4 seasons + final season to wrap it up. Episode was interesting,loved Claudia and Artie,but any scene with lava was awful,because I couldn't stop watching and focusing on lava. Pete is boring these last episodes,Myka has some lines...just more of Claudia and Artie,because they have best chemistry.
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Lol, I was distracted by the lava too. It was fascinatingly bad. I kept staring at it waiting for it to get better. I thought, "hey, maybe this is just a bad scene," and then they were all bad, especially pretty much everything in the parking garage. Oy.

Pete and Myka-- yeeeeah. Sometimes I feel like they're minor characters in their own show.
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Yeah,Pete and Myka seem to have artifact somehwere around a world to hunt,while Artie and Claudia+Jinks are Warehouse related,which turns out,those are always more interesting(at least for me). Pete and Myka just fill in:D
Also Pete and Myka's jokes are somewhat overdone,while Claudia and Artie,even though jokes have been used before,they still made me laugh. Claudia teasing Artie with age,then Artie finishing some of her jokes,etc.
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Poor cgi lava, all it wants to do is entertain you for a buck seventy five.

The bad guy trying to save his son made no sense, how does he hear about it, how does he make this grand plan with a lava jug he has no understanding of, how does he know the right places to go and things to do while being locked up? It was a very thin driving point, and only added to a very thin A-plot.

The B-plot was just warehouse silliness, and really didn't feel like an organic way to conclude its story, a big guy wants a statue, runs with it, Claudia doesn't pull the trigger for no reason, Artie decks a guy and nearly kills him, everybody laughs.

"Practically in the homestretch of the penultimate season", that sentence is the biggest tease ever, we're ALMOST *near* the last HANDFUL of episodes before we get to ANOTHER season. ;-) Not gonna shake in my boots over that risktaking. "Oh no, we only have a few more episodes before a few more episodes that get us to then 6 more episodes!"

I love Clauds and I love Allison Scagliotti, but that duet sounded like her vocals were processed and/or recorded later, there was no force behind them.

Naw, Liam is already a distant memory, a total throwaway character.
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In his defense... people in jail are quite informed. Considering the kid was joining a gang, chances are a gang member (or someone that knows them) mentioned that they're trying to get a new recruit. And if someone knew the kid's name and/or if it was the guy's son... they probably told him.

It's not like the guy was in solitary.
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It was a stretch to ask the audience to assume something not presented or suggested, he went to a lot of trouble to hide the fact that this kid is his son, and who mentions bringing in a random 17 year old recruit to a guy in jail? Plus, still doesn't get the audience to a point of believing that he's able to make plans regarding the lava jug or the escape.
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I get what you're saying: from a story standpoint there should have been more to lead us there than "OMG this happened, and is the real motive" But since it's often the case on a show to leave some plot-holes, I usually fill them in.

It was the other guy's (and gal's) jug. We saw him pause outside the car when the two "owners" were talking about how lethal it was and how it could cut through a bank door. We were lead to believe he was considering taking it from them for a bank heist.

Instead, it seems he wanted to use it as a kick-arse weapon to scare and/or kill the gang members. When they made him realize how lethal it was.

As for the gang thing... as I said stuff gets around. Some gang bangers gets arrested that knows about PersonX being brought into a gang. He knows that PersonX has a dad who's in jail (since that would be something a gang banger would know... it gives the recruit some street cred). Hears that FatherY is actually in his cell block, and tells him (directly or indirectly).
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I love anything Claudia does,but that singing at the end was ch-ch-ch-cheesy:D And it went for too long,plus Pete doing robo dance and what not:D
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"Do you need us to hate him? Because we can hate him."

Favorite line.

I know what you mean about WH13 deviating from the mortal peril but compared to how angsty season 4 has been, its kinda nice they took the break to
1. acknowledge that steve had a life outside and reiterating the lying thing only because it does work all the time. OuaT says the same thing about Emma Swan and yet its faulty so to have a character's "super power" actual work is nice.
2. celebrate claudia's birthday. It was weird not seeing or even hearing a reference of why abigail's not there but still it was nice because claudia does rock but also in a subtle way its showing how she is grown up now and can take on the role of warehouse caretaker.
3. Pete wasn't a complete idiot.
4. The big guy's shirt.


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THE BIG DUDE'S SHIRT WAS PERFECT.
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Using LSD enough makes artifacts. Try it.

The worst product placement ever was the Subway product placement on Hawaii Five-Oh.

I actually don't care about any of their former or future romantic partners or the series arc, because at its heart this is an episodic object-of-the-week show. That's part of what keeps it light.
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You're so right! That H5-O subway placement was ridiculous.
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I actually enjoyed the cheesy-ness of Hawaii 5-0 for the first season and a half but when that placement was on I turned it off and never went back. I've considered it from time to time but then remember that placement and picked something else instead.
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I wouldn't quite let product placement make me quit a show but your choice. :D
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I had to finish out the season because I'm compulsive, but that was also the breaking point for me. I haven't missed it a bit. They underutilized Grace Park anyways.
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Nah, the Prius's introduction 1-2 years ago on "Warehouse 13" was worse than this. I think it was between Claudia and Jinx. Claudia was saying this car is so cool because it has A + B + C. Seriously, it's like they read the bullet points from a catalog. But it was Claudia... and she can do no wrong in my eyes :-)

"Royal Pains" took the time to stop their storyline so Hank could say how eco-friendly the Prius was... as the solar-panel option was just SOOO cool.

Meanwhile, "Eureka" just went ballz-out on the product placement with their deodorant bit about half-way through. It was purposely cheesey, but pretty bad. They talked about making it, had guys wearing jumpsuits with the logo, and it even saved the flippin' day in one of the final episodes of the season. Let me repeat: Deodorant saved the planet.
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omg... I loved how Eureka did their product placement. It was kind of like the whole "we hate that we have to do this, but if we have to might as well go over bard." Which kinda fit with the show. What bothered me is when they made WH 13 and Eureka and alphas part of the same universe. But that's not the topic at hand.

Here's where I guess I play devil's advocate a bit- Networks have to advertise, thats how the money to make these shows come in... but in a day where a good majority of TV watchers have DVR or internet services, it makes sense for writers to have to write this stuff in. I guess my point, is if it was up to you, you had to find a way to get money for your show, if not for horrible product placement, how would you do it?
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My vote is still for Subway on Chuck, even though it was rather tongue-in-cheek, because the show couldn't survive without it.
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No, sorry, Nissan Versa on Heroes takes the cake. Actually, Nissan Quest in season 2 that was an actual plot point takes the cake because it was just so embarrassing after coming off the incredibly silly Versa moments of season 1.
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Also, wasn't the Nissan in S2 the Rogue?

I thought I recall Claire saying something like "Oh my god you're giving me the Rogue" or something?

Because I was looking for a car around that time, and was considering the Rogue... until that point.
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Yeah, it probably was the Rogue, shows how pitiful that placement was, mistook their small SUV for their large minivan. That was a good reason NOT to get a Rogue.
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But did a Nissan Versa withstand the heat of a miniature sun and let the heroes save the world?

Degree Deoderant did.
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