Eureka

Season 3 Episode 11

Insane in the P-Brane

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 24, 2009 on Syfy
8.9
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When objects begin moving on their own, Carter and newcomer Dr. Tess Fontana visit the "other side" to find the answer.

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  • Carter finds Section Five has been reopened and that Dr. Tess Fontana is the scientist brought in to oversee it. Tess is a friend of Dr. Blake's from college. Poltergeist type occurrences are happening and Carter learns there is a signal of some kind.moreless

    8.5
    Through all of the flying debris and smashing of things we learn some significant things in this episode. Dr. Tess Fontana played by Jaime Ray Newman who will star in this falls ABC show Eastwick comes to town to reopen Section Five which makes Jack extremely nervous. Also Jack learns there is some kind of signal being received which he is not privy too but he will be the one dealing with the consequences when whatever happens happens.



    That's the one thing about this show. Everything eventually comes back to Sheriff Jack Carter no matter how smart these scientist's think they are. It takes a man with his feet on the ground and common sense to deal with some of these out of this world inventions and discoveries.



    Jack gets a little more than he bargained for when he and Tess end up in the fifth dimension through some problems with Dr. H.J. Johnson's research. Unfortunately Johnson fires himself literally and then it is up to Tess and Jack to figure out a way back. Jack says something near the end that triggers a thought in Tess and she brings them home.



    In the secondary plot, Tess' boyfriend and father of their child comes with her stuff and she is able to hide her pregnancy with a new material they have invented. She doesn't want to trap him into staying, but in the end when she confesses he runs for the hills as fast as he can. We'll see what comes of that.



    There is some nice tension between Jack and Tess. Unfortunately I can't see her as a long term player on Eureka based on the actress' schedule going forward in the fall. Too bad, I kind of like them together.



    It seems the aliens are coming, signal based story is coming to a head sooner than later. It will be interesting to see what Jack has to do to save the town in this case. Always good for some strange fun, this episode was OK and enjoyable to watch. Not quite as good as the last two though so I drop it half a point for that. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Carter learns about "the signal" while in an alternate dimension.

    8.0
    First off, we don't need to see someone raising and lowering their blouse to advertise that they are pregnant. Lexi does this at least three times.



    In this episode, lots of things fly around. Cups, dishes, paper, the Cafe Diem cappuccino machine, cars, etc. You get the idea. Carter meets a mildly humorous woman from SETI and they spend a good chunk of the episode invisible together so, naturally, they get a "thing" going. Innuendo unnecessarily abounds in this episode.



    What is most interesting about this episode is the end scene where Carter puts the pieces together of what is going on at Global. He figures out "the signal" has something to do with what is going on in Section 5. He doesn't fully understand but he is already onto the secret.



    Eureka desperately needs a real enemy to continue to be a viable show. Here is what I want to see: Humans + Carter doing dumb stuff + Robocop Andy (who was awesome, BTW) + Eureka gadgetry. Then pit that combination against the Borg. Awesome. The multidimensional platform from this episode could be a way to send a SG1-like team (Stargate-esque) into a Borg cube ship. They would be a ragtag group of nerds against an intergalactic enemy they would have to discover the strengths and weaknesses of. In the process, they would become real men and women instead of bickering, arguing scientists. I'm getting excited already!moreless
Jeff Pangman

Jeff Pangman

Duncan

Guest Star

Brendan Beiser

Brendan Beiser

Murray Drechmeyer

Guest Star

Chelah Horsdal

Chelah Horsdal

Mary-Beth Curtis

Guest Star

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier

Vincent

Recurring Role

Ever Carradine

Ever Carradine

Lexi Carter

Recurring Role

Jaime Ray Newman

Jaime Ray Newman

Tess Fontana

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: SETI stands for Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. It is a collective name for a number of scientific research activities designed to search for life on other planets.

    • Nitpick: When Carter hits the brakes and his car drifts sideways, tire squeaking can be heard. However, in the next scene, there are no skid marks near his car, only near the other car.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Episode Title: "Insane in the P-Brane"
      Referencing the 1993 song "Insane In The Brain" by Cypress Hill. The song achieved number 1 on the U.S. Rap chart, and reached number 19 on the U.S. Hot 100 chart as a crossover hit.

    • Ghostbusters
      The hand-held T.I.R.D. device that Dr. Drechmeyer used throughout the episode has two prongs that move up and down on top of the device. This alludes to the PKE (Psychokinetic Energy) meter, a device used by the Ghostbusters in the 1984 Ivan Reitman film of the same name.

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