Season 2 Episode 12

All That Glitters

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 2007 on Syfy
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Eureka faces an inexplicable quandary when metal objects—and people too—begin turning to gold.

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  • Things are getting interesting.

    This was quite the episode. When a bacteria eating virus starts turning things to gold and then to rust the whole town of Eureka is in danger of collapsing. Meanwhile Beverly has been caught and secretly returned to Eureka. ( I am still not sure why she left, I must have missed something.) Zoe talks Jack into letting her have a sleepover with boys as long as Jo chaperones why Jack goes to the cabin. Henry finds out that Beverly is being hidden in Stark's lab and frees her to confront Allison about the boy. This episode is a 2 parter that finishes with the season finale. It was a good episode although I am having some problems trying to follow what is going on with the artifact. I guess I am just a simple guy.moreless
  • All That Glitters is the first of a two- parter episode that leads to the season finale.

    The show kicks off with Zoe's new boyfriend, Lucas giving her a cheap looking bracelet. I know, I know... At that age, it's the thought that counts. Diamonds bro... diamonds. :)

    Jack and his new girlfriend, Callie make plans to go fishing for the weekend in a cabin. Zoe approaches Jack for permission to have a sleepover while he is out of town... with boys invited. Of course Jack freaks out. Meanwhile, the locals are abuzz because the Pythagoras statue in the middle of the town has mysteriously turned to gold. Jack calls on Henry. Henry can't make heads or tails of it. Allison approaches and Henry leaves to avoid her. Jack wants files from Global Dynamics and Allison reveals that he has to make an official request. WHOA NELLIE!!! Not only was Allison wearing a black, cranky power suit, she was pretty cold for the entire episode. This thing with Kevin is really getting to her and now her relationships with Henry and Jack are suffering. I guess I'd be a bit on edge if my son became telepathic. Actually, I think it would be cool. Although, there are somethings running through my mind that a kid shouldn't have access too....

    Next, there is a dog and pony show with the D.O.D. They are dropping off a "package" in the care of Nathan Stark. The package turns out to be none other than Beverly. Turns out, she was in GITMO for betraying her country. *rolls eyes* She admits she was involved in Kim's death. She's so desperate not to go back to GITMO that she is willing to make a deal with Allison. Of course, Allison wants to know more about The Artifact. You know... I'm beginning to thing that this "Artifact" is the same thing as " The Orb" from The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

    Ok, ok... back on track.

    Vincent put in a call to Sheriff Carter because the patrons were stealing silverware. Everything metal in the diner was turning to gold. You can always count on Vincent to be melodramatic. He called the customers "greedy little genius vultures". Jack even had to yell at Fargo to put down a napkin dispenser. He could only stare and say, "but it's so shiny". I fell out laughing. The humor in this show is always on beat. I never have to try to like this show and that is what keeps me coming back.

    Everyone starts to leave the diner and go outside, Jack goes after them to see what is going on this time. The Pythagoras statue is starting to deteriorate. It's like it's being eaten away and chunks of it is gone. It becomes too weak to stand so it crumbles and falls over. Henry discovers that the gold effect is a bacteria and it is also virulent.

    Beverly and Nathan talk a bit more about The Artifact. She reveals that it is capable of human interface but can not disconnect. Nathan knows this and slips out that he needed to help "him". Beverly picks up on this and feels she has another bargaining chip.

    No! I haven't forgot that the glowingly, sexy Micheal Shanks is in this episode. He's playing a naughty professor who is trying to turn stuff to gold. Mmmmm.... I love naughty professors. There was some technobabble about hydrochloric acid and some "Alchemist's Curse". Apparently, Babylon, Atlantis and Mayan civilizations fell because of this. Interesting!

    While trying to figure out how to stop the gold virus from spreading, the towns structures become unstable. Anything with metal is starting to collapse. It's time for another Eureka Evacuation TM. They evacuate this town more than the citizens of Smallville go to the hospital.... or Kirk takes off his shirt.

    While the town is falling apart, Henry finally gets to confront Beverly. I was SO scared for her. I thought Henry was going to assault her. He actually threatened to kill her. Scary! Kudos to Joe Morton, that man is brilliant. Bev starts to talk fast. She reveals that she left the device that Henry found in Kim's office. She wanted him to find it. They talk a bit more about The Artifact and Henry tells Bev that The Artifact is inside Kevin, Allison's son. They also talk about something called the Akashic Field. It's some hippie, Edgar Cayce type of stuff. :)

    In mid-evacuation and collapse crisis, Nathan figures out a way to reverse the effects of the gold virus. Jack has to go to the bottom of the building to apply the fix, it's the same place that Fargo got trapped. If Jack succeeds, there will be smiles and giggles for everyone. If he fails, the building collapses on him, Fargo and everyone else. Of course it works like magic and the day is saved.

    Of course, that isn't the end of it. Jack learns that the bacteria has jumped from metal to humans. This means that the gold will start eating human flesh. Jack appropriately responds, "I hate this day."

    It gets worse, Henry releases Beverly and confronts Allison. I'm not sure what's going to happen but these two have had a cat fight in the queue for quite sometime. Some emergency lift is activated and Allison, Henry and Bev are taken to the bottom of Global Dynamics.


    To be continued...moreless
  • City of Gold

    This is the first two parter ever in the show and part one is basically a set up and a good one.

    The plot seems like a typical one, where the town once again is in trouble when a mysterious virus called the Alchimist curse is unleashed causing everything metal to turn into gold. Seems like a great deal, it was just funny seeing everyone at the cafe diem have gold fever and it was a real joy seeing Fargo trying to steel a golden espresso machine. But as the old saying goes there are some things that are too good to be true. When it appears that the gold virus has a side affect by eating and deterierating metal and according to the information from Michael Shanks character it was the one thing that theoredically destroyed a lot of those other ancient civilizations and Eureka is next.

    However this episode other than having the disaster film like plot is really a subplot, and we do have the charcters Carter, Zoe, and Joe see some forward movement in the relationships they have. I even liked Michael Shanks character who provides a bit of depth with Stark and Henry as we see their was and problem still is both an idological and egotistical rivalry between them, shame his character might not become a new essential character in the show cause I can't help but sense they could build on him.

    But other than that the real plot in fact episode is more of an Alison, Nathan, and Henry centered one. I have had that bad feeling for a long time and from what happened in this episode, my bad feeling was correct.

    I understand the reasons why Alison and Nathan had to keep most of what they were doing for Kevin and the Beverly case a secret. But as I said before the problem with them was they were both in over their heads, they we're dealing with a problem that was just too big for both of them to handle. They weren't looking for trouble, but trouble was looking for them and eventually caught up and found them.

    I like the fact that in the plot Beverly is back and of course has provided some information about the artifact that supposidly it is something that no human can handle because whoever is the host of it will eventually die, or at least so she says the cold hearted manipulator she is I can't help but sense she is leaving something out, from the way she looked at the character Nathan and Alison while being questioned she did display some weekness but not much, it's as if she had some sort of plan.

    I'm glad that Carter is catching on quickly, but unfortunately too late no thanks to Alison's constantly and rather coldly denying Carter access to certain inforamation about the Beverly case. I can't help but feel that Alison's cold dismisal of Carter not just has it hurt her chances of getting the only real person that can protect her and her son but also destroying the dynamic of trust between them, Carter after the her coldness sort of wore a look not just of distraught but also hurt because Alison is just drifting further and further away, and the feelings Carter has for her might be fading. Henry though may have finally crossed that line when he makes an unholy alience with Beverly to kidnap Kevin and extract the artifact and of course both do succeed.

    Now questions brew, will the town Eureka survive since the Alchmist curse has mutated, how will Carter and Nathan rescue Alison and Kevin from Henry and Beverly's cluches, most of all what are both Henry and Beverly hoping to gain out of their devious act. I get the feeling that when part two arrives everything in Eureka will change forever.moreless
  • This episode turns a page taking us into the season finale. First things first the central core to this episode was metal turning into gold. It was great at first but the gold began to break down and become dangerous. This was all brought onmoreless

    This episode turns a page taking us into the season finale. First things first the central core to this episode was metal turning into gold. It was great at first but the gold began to break down and become dangerous. This was all brought on by Micheal Shanks and evil modern day alchemist. By episodes end Beverly is brought back to Eureka from Guantanamo Bay. By episodes end she makes deal with Henry to find the answer to the artifact and stop it before it destroys everyone. The Pivotal part that comes to play in that Henry has separated Allison and son to get to the bottom of the artifact mystery. The season finale will be incredible making us wonder what will happen to Allison's son and how can Henry be part of Eureka after all this betrayal.moreless
  • Shes Back!?

    Beverly, is back!? It was a shocker seeing her agian. But besides seeing her. I thought that this episode was great, i mean how things turned into gold. it was just what eureka, needed. But as the new episodes come, the darker it gets into the story of Kevin, I mean how could he be connected to the artefact. Anyway Beverly is back, and that is just a shocker, It was great seeing her, back, and how all the character's reacted to seeing her. Sadly she looked like a mess. I mean wow, it must have been muggy in there, Anyway 9.1moreless
Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Christopher Dactylos

Guest Star

Steve Makaj

Steve Makaj


Guest Star

Sonja Bennett

Sonja Bennett

Callie Curie

Guest Star

Meshach Peters

Meshach Peters

Kevin Blake

Recurring Role

Debrah Farentino

Debrah Farentino

Beverly Barlowe

Recurring Role

Niall Matter

Niall Matter

Zane Donovan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: The large drawing on Dactylos' chalk board in his secret workshop is an inverted human transmutation circle, an alchemical device found in the manga/anime Fullmetal Alchemist.

    • Nitpick: As Henry and Carter first examine the statue, the sign for Cafe Diem is reversed, as if they flipped the shot, but the sign for the sale is not.

    • Nitpick: When Carter and Jo find Rudolph he is trapped under a metal shelf. Jo and Carter pull Rudolph away when the light fixture falls - but the shelf is no longer there.

    • Nitpick: When Carter, Jo and Henry rush out of Café Diem, the holographic caution tape and poles that were there when Henry entered are no longer there.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Zoe: This is the most humiliating thing you have ever done to me.
      Carter: Uh, give me time; I'm sure I'll top it.

    • Vincent: (about the customers looting Café Diem) First the utensils turned to gold, then the counters, then the silverware. And that's when they turned against me. Like vultures. Greedy little genius vultures. I thought intelligent men were above such things.
      Carter: (spots Fargo trying to swipe a gold cappuccino machine) Fargo! Really?
      Fargo: It's just so shiny.

    • Stark: (about Kevin) It's the formula. He finished it! But he's never seen it. How...?
      Allison: I don't ask those questions anymore.

    • Jo: We just became the richest town in the world.
      Henry: Well, that's one way to look at it. Uh, gold is a soft metal, so it doesn't bear the same weight as steel, so our infrastructure could be collapsing. We'd be rich, but dangerously unstable.
      Jo: Like Paris Hilton?

    • Carter: (about Zoe) I can't let her have a boy/girl sleepover while I'm gone.
      Jo: Do you really think she's going to do anything?
      Carter: It's not her I'm worried about, it's… "hair boy"

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates
      Germany – 15 September 2008 on Pro7
      Australia – 27 November 2008 on TEN HD
      Hungary – 03 December 2008 on TV2
      Slovakia – 06 March 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic – 01 December 2009 on Prima COOL


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