Season 2 Episode 4

Games People Play

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 31, 2007 on Syfy
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After receiving a hit to the head, Carter finds that he is in a parallel Eureka where he discovers that its residents are mysteriously disappearing.

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  • Jack and Abby clear the air.

    Another good episode for Eureka. When Jack gets bumped on the head he finds himself in a Eureka where people are disappearing. He realizes he is in a program that is a replica of Eureka and the only way he can get out is by facing his fear. His fear is on losing Zoey to his ex-wife Abby. Jack faces that fear and is released from the program. While Jack was in the program he is hospitalized in his real world and all of his friends are at his side. This makes Abby realize how much he and Zoey are needed in Eureka. When Jack is released from the hospital he and Abby agree that him and Zoey should stay in Eureka. You just never know what this show is going to throw at you. It could be a off the wall experiment or it could deal with family issues such as this episode. I really like this show and urge you to try it out if you have not seen it.moreless
  • Sheriff Carter gets a knock on the head and that's just the beginning.....

    In this episode after investigating a noise disturbance with his trust Deputy Lupo, and getting a knock on the head, from a machine causing the noise, Carter's day goes down hill from there, when after a fight with Zoe, he finds himself in an alternate reality, where people are mysteriously disappearing, and he (the Sheriff) is the only one who remembers the disappeared. This episode really brought to light some issues that Carter has to deal with such as abandonment issues, with the whole Zoe ordeal. I am really glad that this issue got resolved with the end of the episode, after Carter is able to get out of the alternate reality.moreless
  • Virtual Reality, Friendship, Townsfolk

    Hey ... I want one of those virtual reality devices!!! I just don't want everyone to disappear on me. I really enjoyed this episode for several reasons. First of all, it really shows how much Zoe and Carter's relationship has grown. In addition, it outlines the very normality of a family even in extraordinary circumstances. Carter's trip through the disappearance of his friends and the people of Eureka was also very telling, showing us that he's come to very much care about the town and the people in it. I don't know how they do it each week, but this show just keeps getting better and better. I love the fact that Jack is in an alterate reality because of the device, but that it's so similar to actual reality that it's hard to see the difference, thus showing us that Jack really is just a down to earth kind of guy. I loved it. Two thumbs up!moreless
  • Carter gets cracked and its all down hill from there...

    A loud bang, then people start disappearing??? Who knows whats going on, but the under educated, BA or BS toting US Marshall from DC is on the case.

    A case in which he starts to investigate but then seems way more complex than it started out to be. People are disappearing and nobody knows why, let alone know who they are. Until at the end when Carter finds out that he has put on Zoe's therapy goggles and finds himself theraputing himself in a deadly manner. He finds that what he fears most are that all of the people he cares about are disappearing in some sort of mannner. Either physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

    All in all, a great episode and no we must wait another week until another installment is presented. I hope this one goes on for a while.moreless
  • A science fiction staple . . . I liked Eureka's take on it.

    It was very obvious to me at what point Jack put on the . . . head thing that caused him to go into his altered reality. But the journey was done well enough that it kept me entertained throughout. I especially enjoyed seeing his reactions to things around him, and figuring his way out of the situation on his own. I thought the disagreement between he and Zoe with regard to custody was very well done by the actor playing Carter. His dilemma was almost tangible. Nice work! I liked the little hint of the ongoing Beverly story-line where Henry finds her hiding spot with that disk circuit thingy. I'm sure that'll be back at some point in the future. And for the ending. What can I say? I just love S.A.R.A.H. The swelling music at the end was just the perfect touch. Loved it!moreless
Olivia d'Abo

Olivia d'Abo

Abby Carter

Guest Star

Syn Narula

Syn Narula

Dr. Babajanian

Guest Star

Ed Hong-Louie

Ed Hong-Louie


Guest Star

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier


Recurring Role

Christopher Jacot

Christopher Jacot

Larry Haberman

Recurring Role

Neil Grayston

Neil Grayston


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: When Abby is preparing to leave she gets into an argument with S.A.R.A.H. As she puts one bag down, the bag she is still carrying is on her right shoulder. She turns around, the camera changes, and suddenly the bag is now on her left shoulder.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Allison: I don't know, but is Zoe okay?
      Carter: Uh, actually, not so much. No. Abby's taking her back to LA at the end of the semester as a part of our, uh, custody agreement.
      Allison: And are you okay with that?
      Carter: Um… yeah. It's complicated.
      Allison: Well, what do you think you should do about this?
      Carter: I don't know. What can I do?
      Allison: I don't know, but if someone was gonna take Kevin away from me, I would feel like my world was ending.

    • Carter: They told me the therapy thing was forcing me to deal with my feelings about losing Zoe. Apparently I have abandonment, entitlement and intimacy issues.
      Henry: (laughs) Congratulations!
      Carter: Thank you.

    • Abby: S.A.R.A.H., forgive me if I don't feel the need to justify my parental choices to a talking bunker.
      S.A.R.A.H.: Fine, don't let the door hit you on the way…
      Abby: (interrupting) Yeah, you wanna piece of me?
      Carter: Ahem. Are you, uh, threatening the house?
      Abby: She started it.

    • Abby: I just don't want you to do that thing that you do, y'know, when you say you're okay with something and then six months after that we're at my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary and you've had one beer too many and you ask my mom if the ball-buster gene comes from her side of the family.
      Carter: You threw out my baseball cards!

    • Vincent: Oh, you got a new deputy? That's great!
      Carter: I didn't get a new deputy, I have a deputy. Deputy Jo Lupo.
      Vincent: (whispering) Is he cute?
      Carter: Okay, now you're just bugging me.

    • Fargo: Sorry, all class 8 research is classified.
      Carter: Oh. Y'know what else should be classified? Uh, a certain assistant's American Idol audition.
      Fargo: What? No, no, Zoe promised me she was gonna delete that!
      Carter: So what's it gonna be?
      Fargo: Fine. Give me an hour.

    • Carter: How about, um, maybe materials technology, or, like the cell phone radiation or decomposing vectors?
      Stark: And now you're just putting words together.

    • Allison: Stark?
      Carter: Ex-husband Nathan Stark, the egomaniacal bane of my existence.
      Allison: Ah, well, that does sound like someone that I would marry…

    • Henry: Remember Occam's razor?
      Carter: Um, yeah, uh— "Simple things, uh, are true."
      Henry: Close enough.

    • Henry: Were you exposed to anything?
      Carter: Yeah, I visited a guy, he-he was playing with, uh, new, uh, Atlantic element.
      Henry: Transuranic?
      Carter: Yes! Yeah, that's it. Would that do it?
      Henry: No.
      Carter: Okay, what else we got?
      Henry: Well, um, maybe, uh.... All right, maybe you fell into some freezing water and, uh, you went into hypothermia. (Carter shakes his head) Or you suffered a trauma, and that sent you into shock.
      Carter: Well, uh-yeah, I hit my head.
      Henry: With what?
      Carter: A heavy metal object.
      Henry: How many times?
      Carter: Repeatedly.

    • Carter: (to Abby) I can't go months without seeing my kid... can't even go days, really.

    • Abby: What are you all doing here?
      Vincent: We're... uh... we're here for Carter and Zoe.
      Abby: (looking around) All of you?
      Vincent: Well, yeah. I mean... he's our sheriff, and she's our girl!

    • Carter: Henry Deacon, the... How do you not remember... ? He was a friend of yours.
      Stark: I have a lot of friends.
      Carter: Actually, not so much.

    • Carter: (motioning towards Stark) What's he even doing here?
      Allison: He works here.
      Carter: He was fired weeks ago.
      Stark: (pauses to stare at Carter) Okay, brain scan it is.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates
      Germany – 21 July 2008 on ProSieben
      Hungary – 01 October 2008 on TV2
      Australia – 02 October 2008 on TEN HD
      Slovakia – 02 March 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic – 06 October 2009 on Prima COOL


    • Star Trek: The Next Generation "Remember Me":
      Parts of this episode were clearly influenced by the season four episode in which Dr. Beverly Crusher, inadvertently trapped in a warp bubble created by her son, exists in a collapsing micro-universe populated only by the people in her memory, who disappear one-by-one. Eventually left alone, she must rely on her own wits to recognize the way out before her own demise.