Warehouse 13 "What Matters Most" Review: Reality Bites

Warehouse 13 S04E17: "What Matters Most"


Well, that was quite a change of pace from last week's suckfest—and in a good way, too! After screwing around for half of this run of episodes, Warehouse 13 has finally decided to grace us with plot. Thanks, Warehouse 13. You're swell. 

With Pete and Myka in Ohio and Artie and Claudia in New York City, Steve and Abigail had to do some maintenance on the warehouse's goo system. They talked about their feelings because Jinks made the unusual decision not to accompany bestie Claudia on a mission and also because the writers apparently think we'll forget that Abigail is a shrink if they go more than two episodes without blatantly mentioning it. Whatevs. We needed some more Abigail backstory, which was ultimately the motivation for the chatter, even if the conversation started out being about Jinks and his sudden concern for his love life. 

Abigail loved her job, but met a patient who she couldn't help, so she quit and got into photography, bumped into a regent, and landed the gig at the warehouse, where she's been systematically paired off with each of her coworkers on an episode-by-episode basis ever since. I'm guessing next week will be Myka's turn, what with that cancer diagnosis and all. 


YEAH, LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT. 

I'm definitely interested, but also kind of concerned and a little bit confused, because Warehouse 13 is generally a silly little show where nothing too terrible seems to stick. I sincerely thought Leena would've somehow been brought back by now. (My bad.) So Myka's cancer diagnosis just seemed, initially, a little too "real" for this show. People on Warehouse 13 don't get cancer because that's not the kind of show Warehouse 13 is.

So I slept on it. Had some coffee. Then I remembered an idea that came up in the Supernatural comments back when Sam Winchester first started his Hell trials and started hacking up a lung. We all assumed it was connected to the Hell stuff, but a few voices left the hivemind and went for something completely different: What if it wasn't? 

It was, but until we got that confirmation, the idea of something so mundane happening on a show full of so many fantastical elements made for some interesting discussion and exciting possibilities. 

Myka's ovarian cancer is like that. It's a story element that grounds this fantasy show in brutal reality. The world that the warehouse agents live in is one in which the uncommon and the weird are the norm. It'll be interesting to see how everyone reacts to this terribly human and normal thing invading their magical little world where there's an artifact to fix almost anything. 


The arrival of Abigail as Leena's replacement goes hand in hand with Myka's diagnosis, Artie's guilt, Steve's relationship worries, and even though it was played mostly for laughs—Pete's low testosterone levels (and on a way less funny note: Pete's guilt over the drunk-driving incident that hurt his friend so badly). So many of the concerns that've plagued the warehouse team in this second half of the season have been human, normal, and very relateable. Even though Abigail performs some of the same functions as Leena did as an emotional barometer and sounding board for the agents, her experience is grounded in science, in contrast to Leena's psychic abilities. She has to work at understanding her charges and they have to take some responsibility for their feelings because Abigail can't tell them what they're feeling the way Leena could. 

It's been a very slow build, but the point of the season is starting to take a definite form: Life is harder at the warehouse these days, and it has nothing to do with the magical items it holds. It's just part of being a human. 

Also: I'm really grumpy about Nick being a bad dude, mostly because he took advantage of Claudia and she really thought she was helping and they had a moment and Artie was so proud and uggggh screw you, Nick. Hate u. 

I am so excited for next week in a way I haven't been excited about this show in weeks. Gold star, Warehouse 13! 



ADDITIONAL NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY OF CRAZY

– Abigail continues to be nobody's freaking mom. Make your own breakfast, suckas! I love it. 

– Bill Nye shout-out! 

– "Gated communities: for when you miss boot camp." There's so much truth in that statement, Pete. So much. 

– Lol @ "motion lotion."

– How do you think Myka's big C storyline is going to play out? Will an artifact save the day?


What'd you think of "What Matters Most"?

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Jun 24, 2013
Is it just me, or were there more ED and Low-T medication commercials during this episode?
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Jul 27, 2013
shocker713 you are the only person on this blog that even got close to the truth, she just needs a little pete time and she won't need low-Tmedication, and the ovarian cancer will just fall right off, like dust.
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Jun 23, 2013
and here's where I wish lily sparks was reviewing the show. back when elementary had a child abduction episode she stated that she felt there were things -to steal your word and it's usage- "real" to be used in fictional television. and I agreed 100%. both with child abductions / abuse being one of those but also others came to mind. cancer being an obvious one. and then there was actually another one used by elementary "ALS." they're some of the flukiest and most devastating diseases known to man and some other than brilliant assholes thinks "hey, this might bring in the ratings."

I've lost 2 grandparents to cancer and one to ALS. hence my disgust. unless they donate all proceed to research there's no justifying it in my mind whatsoever,
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Jun 23, 2013
Booya! BriandD for the win.
Next bring in the Law.....as himself.

I am super looking forward to what Josh Blaylock get's up to this season I think he'll be a great addition to the show.

And for anyone who hasn't watched Video Game High School yet. you are doing yourself a great dis-service.
http://www.youtube.com/show/videogamehighschoolvghs
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Jun 20, 2013
I honestly think I cry if this cancer thing doesn't work out with Myka. But I also think that it is going to open an opportunity for Helena to come back into the story..
I think Pete is going to be the one willing to use an artifact to save Myka but she isn't going to, especially after that episode with Rebecca telling Myka that dying of cancer is rare for Warehouse Agents. I think that if it does come down to Myka using an artifact or drying Myka is going to choose to die; and that will be one thing about her life that is "normal".
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Jun 20, 2013
That kid seemed like the worst idea the show had ever had, but was then suddenly revealed to be the best idea it's had this season. Make him just an innocent kid and he's cousin Oliver. He'd have nothing to contribute and would almost certainly develop an annoying crush on Claudia, or maybe Steve.

I thought maybe Pete was going to say he hit his wife,but that went out the window when his legs broke; I would NEVER buy that he did that to her, plus she was still in the military when we met her and I don't think a person can recover from that to that extent. Plus from what we know of her, a drunk Pete would have had his ass handed to him if he took a swing at her.

Whether it was planned that way or not, Leena's death serves an important purpose: it makes us believe that the writers may kill Myka. To have both Steve and Leena cheat death would be a cop out and would mean either copping out a third time or having Myka die and then piss off a lot of people. It's a light show and that's fine, but a light show should have light content rather than treating dark content as if it's light. If it wants to introduce some darker elements that that's fine, too, but those elements should be treated as such. The writers seem to be aware of that. I don't know if Jane Espenson still works on the show, but she wrote for Buffy, and look how dark that show got.
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Jun 20, 2013
As the B&B operator, Abigail should have been providing breakfasts. It would be one of her responsibilities as part of her job. And it's likely that Leena would have been doing that as well as providing dinners. She is presumably getting paid to do the job. It's just like one might be required to sweep floors in their work area even though it's not part of the job description. It's likely that Abigail didn't understand her responsibilities. And will we see her taking over Leena's warehouse responsibilities as well? It's strange that we didn't find out what Leena did at the warehouse until after her death.

But if Abigail wasn't going to handle meals she should have made that clear, although that likely wasn't made clear to her. I suspect she doesn't want to do it because she's a lousy cook.
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Jun 19, 2013
It was oddly a little real. Pete has Low T, and now Myka has cancer. The timing seems weird and it makes me wonder if it isn't caused by someone or something.

The overall episode was all right. But the seriousness of Myka's cancer kind of outweighed it all.
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Jun 19, 2013
I watched this ep regular speed because it actually had a plot and some decent acting (when that does not happen I watch 1.5x speed or more: makes it at least fun...)

Why didn't they introduce that Abigail character like 2 seasons ago??? Leena was very cute but she almost never did anything!
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Jun 19, 2013
So, maybe I missed something, but what's up with that "6" pin Pete was wearing?
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Jun 25, 2013
Ok, found it out: https://www.facebook.com/GotYourSix
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Jun 19, 2013
I've been thinking about this whole Myka's situation. It's possible her ovarian cancer is a side effect of the artefact that made her pregnant once. If that's the case - there might be a cure for her.

The best thing Myka can do now is to tell her friends about the diagnosis (though I suspect she will try to hide it from them) and call the warehouse lady doctor. Let's hope Pete & Co will find a way to save her.
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Jun 19, 2013
Ok, if there was plot, explain to me WTF Steve getting doused with stinky used neutralizer had to do with anything. That scene had NOTHING to do with anything. That said, yeah, they really went the distance with the rest of the plot, I suppose. I'm hoping the little bastard mole kid will have caused Myka's physical results, that scene really upended my enjoyment of the episode, it had such an ugly tone on top of a secret downer ending already - Pete's pain of a drunken crash and the kid being a mole for evil lady whatserface.

I live in a gated community, we're pretty chill, could use a little more discipline really.

If Myka has cancer and it's not just a ploy or a misdiagnosis, I think this show doesn't have the time to deal with it any other way than through an artifact cheat.
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Jun 19, 2013
About you last question: An artifact definitely will not save Mykah. Its an unwritten rule of sic-fi shows: magical things only save you if your predicament was brought about by other magical things. Hard world problems cannot be wisked away magically.
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Jun 19, 2013
First Myka loses HG for some guy. And now she gets ovarian cancer. I don't want her to be sick. She's my favorite Warehouse 13 character. Is it not enough that the show was cancelled? Do they have to torment Myka too? Now I fear she might die in the series final :(

Also Abigail is 10 times better Nina ever was.
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Jun 19, 2013
Artifact will save her no way the show ends next year with her sick or dead.
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Jun 19, 2013
Am I the only one,who thinks Myka ate some of those cookies? Or salt...either by accident or on purpose and that's why she got cancer.

Episode was great,again Pete was just Pete(they would need to develop this character more,but don't think there's really time to do it,since we are almost at end of season and then only 6 episodes left.). Loved green flames,Claudia and Artie again pairing up was awsome and should be like this every week.
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Jun 19, 2013
What could Myka have done to warrant the ironic fates giving her cancer though? That would be a harsh punishment for an equally harsh deed.
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Jun 19, 2013
Oh, also, no I don't think that because they are the results of her physical which was taken BEFORE the mission.
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Jun 19, 2013
Oh,she had that done before mission? Then I wasn't paying enough attention and missed it.
Just thought,that since it came out of nowhere,it had to be related to this artifact and I also wondered,how could she got cancer,if it was related to this artifact and it was only logical thing that made sense to me at the time.
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Jun 19, 2013
I thought so, they were all talking about having taken the physicals and waiting for the results throughout the episode.
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Jun 19, 2013
I agree with the reviewer and the other fans in terms of the cancer, but it bothered me not just from an out of the blue or this is too real standpoint, but from a story standpoint. We had the climax, the warm and fuzzy everyone-is-so-happy-to-be-a-family-now resolution, and then the "pum pum pum!" twist that Nick is an enemy. That's where it should've ended. Myka's cancer scene was shoehorned in for no other cheap reason than to bring viewers back next week! Lame. That having been said, the episode was awesome but I do wish they got to the big arching story and antagonists sooner in the season.
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Jun 19, 2013
It tied into the episode because of the physicals they had taken, but it was a huge gut-punch too.
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Jun 19, 2013
Plain and simple, they just don't want too end the show with people thinking some sort of love relationship will develop between Myka and Pete in the future...its the one mistake I think they made with X-Files, so when the last movie was made they had to include that story line which sucked in my opinion.
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Jun 19, 2013
There will be a Warehouse 13 mini-movie if they can convince the actors to get on board. Heard it here first.
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Jun 19, 2013
I'm right in the middle of the Sanctuary arc where everyone has cancer because of time traveling, and I'm pretty sure Helena isn't going to die--and she's in pretty bad shape just now...
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Jun 19, 2013
Spoiler alert, they all die.
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Jun 19, 2013
Oh well, so much for that...
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Jun 19, 2013
I didn't say that was the end of the story. X-D
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Jun 19, 2013
Oh JT, you crack me up. See you at Comic-Con--wear a dress...
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Jun 19, 2013
The Myka diagnosis seemed totally out of left field to me. But as I've been reading comments from viewers, I made this weird connection between hers and Pete's diagnoses. His is a male issue, and hers is a female issue. What if, because of some artifact they encountered, the partners are being affected simultaneously but in gender specific ways? I know it's a weak connection, but a connection all the same.
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Jun 21, 2013
Pete's Low T and Myka's ovarian cancer, the artifacts have been playing havoc with their hormones. Time for an artifact to fix it.
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Jun 21, 2013
So what? Too cure them both of their ailments they have to have sex? That would be a weird twist. lol!
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Jun 22, 2013
That never crossed my mind, but...
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Jun 19, 2013
I very much liked this episode. While I disagree about last week's episode being a "suckfest", I totally agree that this one was very good. Myka's ovarian cancer definitely came out of left field on a show like this, but I think it going to make the rest of the show that much more interesting like you said. I was totally shocked when I heard. I honestly think they're not gonna use an artifact to wave it off. So far, this season has mostly been about the characters using inner strength to solve their own dilemmas, not resorting to using artifacts; especially given the consequences they've seen first-hand what that does.

I also liked the twist of the Nick being a mole, even though I feel bad for Claudia thinking she saved a homeless kid instead of unknowingly letting in an enemy. I for one think he's spying for Charlotte.

I'm definitely a fan of Abigail now. Her "Get your own breakfast" line had me rolling lol!!!
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Jun 19, 2013

I like her well enough, but realistically speaking her attitude about breakfast annoys me.

If its her responsibility to run a bed and breakfast then she needs to supply the breakfast part.
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Jun 19, 2013
You have a point. It is in the name. "Bed and Dishes"? "Bed and Groceries"? "Bed and ..."?
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Jun 19, 2013
It does boggle the mind, unless she's trying to manipulate them to confront her and/or be more independent or something.

But the rest of the crew... their job is maintaining the Warehouse and fetching artifacts. That's a lot of day-to-day work.

Her job... be a shrink (when needed) and run the B&B; Nina's old Warehouse jobs are not in her wheel-house. It looks like Artie is on the mend so she's not caring for him 24/7 so that gives her LOTS of time for the B&B. So buy OJ and eggs, bread, and pancake mix. Making breakfast for 6 isn't rocket science.
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Jun 19, 2013
No its not rocket science. But maybe to her it is. Who knows!! Why don't they just change the name of the place from "Bed and Breakfast" to something else, cause she doesn't cook breakfast lol!!
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Jun 19, 2013
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Jun 18, 2013
Hey MaryAnn? This is off subject and not sure where to put it but since you do Warehouse 13, will anyone be contributing to write recaps for HAVEN when it comes back late this year? I just caught up with it all and find it incredible. And I noticed no one had really done week to week recaps for it. Which really surprised me with how great a show it is. So I just hope you or someone else starts covering Haven later this year. Thanks.
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Jun 18, 2013
We're now gearing up for Charlotte to be back full throttle. No doubt Nick sent a message to her. I would guess the Count (James Marsters) would be on our teams side but I wouldn't guarantee anything. I thought it was good seeing Pete let it all out about what had happened to his friend. Myka's cancer has to play out somehow but I agree it "shouldn't" be as much as we think. Or could it? Maybe this is a way to sacrifice Myka in like the last ep? Where to save the others she dies and since she knows what's going on, it'd be okay for her. I don't know, sort of makes sense. Happy endings are fun and with Warehouse 13 falling in the soft sci-fi category I think nothing too deep will close it all out in the end.

Abigail and Steve's story was more about knowing Abigail so that was okay I guess.

But now Nick leads us up to the final eps. left so let's let W-3 let loose!! Hopefully? haha.
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Jun 18, 2013
Potential long-term impact of Myka's cancer on the show: zero. There's what, 7 episodes left? What're they gonna do, write her off two episodes early? Potential short-term impact: waste of precious remaining screen time on a story that can't go anywhere. Not thrilled with this development. Dumb.
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Jun 19, 2013
I find it rather ridiculous to even worry about this because, like you said--ZERO. So it has to have some plot repercussions--a little tasteless perhaps, or not, depending on the circumstances...
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Jun 18, 2013
What if there is nothing wrong with Myka at all? Or what if her symptoms have been artificially induced.? Couldn't the doctor have been bought by the "Polly Walker Conspiracy" - maybe this Nick kid is not the only bad guy infiltrated in the warehouse, they could be targeting each member of the team through different means, using issues that affect each of them more. The lonely orphan kid is obviously Claudia's kryptonite, Myka's chances of one day being a mother might be hers - Myka's thoughts on maternity have been a theme in this show twice, and while both episodes ended with Myka not being that interested in being a mother, I think that has to do with her present life, I don't think she already made this decision regarding the future, and having such a real illness decide that for her could be crushing. Of course, Myka's kryptonite might as well be Pete's, but in a different way - they are like twins, and the possibility of losing Myka might feel to Pete like losing half of his own identity. This is just a crazy theory, of course, but it's been a while since I last had fun speculating about a sci fi show.
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Jun 18, 2013
I really like Abigail.
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Jun 18, 2013
Weak! (commercial placement / coincidence)

We have Pete going on about his low Testosterone count. How it can call the ever-feared "ED"

So... at least here in NJ... one of the commercial breaks started with the Erectile Dysfunction drug (I think it was Cialis)

Priuses and Deoderant are one thing, but don't think we need SyFy shows hocking ED pills ;-)
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Jun 18, 2013
I don't really think Jinx's love life concern really came out of the blue considering last weeks suck-fest was all about his past relationship, it would seem weird if they never touched on the subject again TBH.

It's hard to take the cancer news seriously considering, as stated, this isn't THAT kind of show and in the end they'll just wave Louis Pasteurs beaker at her or something and presto, all better.

Pete's "confession" seemed really overacted to me, he was sobbing uncontrollably cause he broke his friends legs in a car accident while drinking? did he DIE of broken legs? because you should feel remorse but not to the extreme he was playing it.

Calm down Pete, you got off light. even though this again calls your secret service qualifications into question with an injury DUI on your record.
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Jun 18, 2013
The problem with that kind of cancer, is it often means having kids is no longer an option. And Myka wanting / not-wanting kids has been a plot point in the past.

It might mean we get to see "The Biomic Woman" again on-site, since she's the big doc for agents. I don't recall: was she opposed to using artifact-voodoo to cure people? Like Artie's re-appearing appendix?
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Jun 18, 2013
The thing is though, they've strayed into the Winchester zone here where it's hard to feel a character is endangered when there's a dozen different supernatural ways they can get out of it.

Oh No one of the Winchesters died and went to hell? no problem they'll be out in the next episode.

Oh No Myka has cancer? Well I'm sure there's several dozen artifacts in the warehouse that can make it and all the complications go away.
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Jun 18, 2013
Agreed, but hence my question about whether the Doc was for-or-against using artifacts. They might have a strict rule about using artifacts to heal non-work-related-injuries or something; a rule that might be even more strict since some/many of the Regents weren't thrilled at Claudia using the metronome to save Jinx.

But, as you say... with SOOOO many healing artifacts lying around... I'm sure there's got to be one with low or manageable down-sides.
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Jun 18, 2013
Also, here's my biggest problem with it: they really wrote themselves into a corner with this because if they just wave an artifact at it, they pretty much belittle a real disease and all who suffer from it. but if they play it straight with no artifact involvement, they just dealt a crippling blow to a fan favorite character for... well no good reason I can think of.
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Jun 18, 2013
Not to mention the team showed just in this episode they aren't skittish about using an artifact to help a stranger, Nick couldn't sleep so they slap Stalin's sleep mask on him... there's no way Myka suffers from cancer if they have something to fix it, Like MaryAnn said this show's never been overly big on the drama and with it in it's 11th hour and last season I find it hard to believe they want to leave out on a dark note like "Myka's life is ruined"
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Jun 18, 2013
Im with you on the whole reality bites trend in the show. Its kinda pulling away from the fantasy of the show. But i am enjoying the touchy feely element in the show.
But why is Nick in the house with the human lie detector? Theyve made a couple of references to it lately so is it going to be the key in unmasking him?
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Jun 20, 2013
That might only be a problem for Nick when they start getting suspicious. Otherwise Steve isn't going to say "by the way, you wouldn't happen to be a spy, would you?"
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Jun 18, 2013
Just scored two tickets to Comic-Com 2013, for Friday the 19th on the cancellation resale. I'm going to Comic-Con!!! Lookout Warehouse 13--and you too Mary Ann...
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Jun 19, 2013
See ya there, Muderboy!
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Jun 19, 2013
Yeah, I'll be the guy with the A Brief History of Time Travel T-shirt...
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