Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 15, 2006 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

After a lab accident, Global Dynamics researcher Carl Carlson is expelled from Eureka due to lack of results. Later, it is discovered that the accident has unlocked hidden abilities in Carl. Meanwhile, Jack does his best to avoid a physical.

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  • What’s going on with the Global Dynamics Storm Troops?

    What’s going on with the Global Dynamics private Paramilitary force? In a setting where every character is hyper-qualified for the functions they are performing, these “Keystone Kops” are way out of place. In the first place why would a supposed genius like Nathan Stark over react in nearly every episode and whistle up his private military in response to every crisis? Furthermore, who in their right mind would give someone is his position access to that type of an asset, superseding the authority of the D.O.D. and law enforcement? Finally, with the aforementioned hyper-qualifications in mind, how could those black uniformed goons be so inept? In “Alienated” they bungled the potentially life threatening situation so badly that Carter (a U.S. Marshal who would not normally receive much training in hostage situations) had to intervene by acting as a human shield. Any first year police rookie would know better than to cause an armed hostage taker to panic by acting in an aggressive manner, and when the “GO” order is given act swiftly and decisively, not continue to set up for an entry as when Fargo accidentally discharged his weapon. In “Invincible” they once again frightened and stampeded a mentally unbalanced individual into dangerous behavior in a public place without regard for the safety of bystanders. Also what’s up with Jo’s infatuation with the use of force? If she is S.F. then she would have been trained not to “show her hand until the cards are called” instead of pulling out the largest possible firearm and waiving it around like that, if there really was a threat lurking in the shadows, she’d be the first one to get dinged. I recognize that the above mentioned plot devices are designed to establish and define the character conflicts and move the story line forward but come on. With a little more creativity the writers could dispense with the trite clichés and create the same conflict with Carter interacting and coordinating with the Para/Security Commander in the same time frames allowed. Eureka is not and should not revolve around this small part of the picture, but we the audience deserve better than the same tired old “shoot em’ up” “dumb grunt” nonsense when the storyline calls for action. Our society is protected by some of the finest and most highly trained police and military forces the world has ever known. It’s well past the time when we should portray these professionals as just that, highly skilled professionals. Particularly in a program that celebrates a town full of the most intelligent citizens amongst us.moreless
  • I sense romance in the future!

    I have to be honest that I would rather see Jack and Jo together but watching Jack and Allison in this episode has me wondering. Sooner or later in this series I believe Jack is going to end up with one of these two ladies. In this episode Jack hurts his ribs when falling off of a bridge onto another human being. After Allison wraps his ribs with an ace bandage they both fall asleep for the night on Jack's bed. Meanwhile a scientist who was researching cell regeneration realizes it is working only on himself. The mystery of the artifact in section 5 is believed to be the reason for the regeneration. I liked this episode more than the previous ones due to the Jack and Allison storyline, not so much the main storyline. I will be tuning in for more episodes.moreless
  • Zzzzzz

    Jack: A hypothetical guy falls maybe 50 feet, lands flat on the ground, and then another guy weighing, oh, 180 (lbs.) falls and lands on top of him. Okay, what is the chance of the hypothetical guy getting up and walking away?

    Henry: Well, whether I use single case probability or an application of Bayesian statistics, the outcome is the same - slim to none!

    Jack: Yeah, that's what I thought.

    Not great. The body-repairing and explosion effects are cool, and there are some funny lines, but nothing much else. Eureka is steadily declining in quality.

    Allison: Carter, what're you doing?

    Carter: I'm the sheriff... I'm... sheriffing.moreless
  • Quirky little towns and extraordinary powers.

    HAH this episode was way too cool. Dr. Carl Carlson, played by Saul Rubinek, was phenomenal. He did such a terrific job as an obsessive-compulsive scientist. His character sort of reminded me of Dr. Okun in Independence day. Dr. Carlson barely gets out of his lab due to his 'disorder' and doesn't really know what's going on outside of his lab. I thought it was bad form for Stark to raise Carlson's hopes by re-instating him at Global Dynamics. When Carlson finds this out due to his new and increasing powers all kinds of chaos ensues. I think the writers have done a brilliant job so far in keeping us interested in this quirky little down ... another double thumbs up from me!!!moreless
  • A brilliant episode. It's episodes like this one that make the series so good and enjoyable to watch.

    All of the episodes that have taken place up to now have been brilliant, but this one has been especially good. Especially with the appearance of the actor from the two-part Stargate Episode featuring the death of Janet Fraser. Yet another sublime episode to watch and enjoy. I can only guess by the reviews for the rest of the series that the episodes just get better and better. Hopefully this series will go on for several seasons before the producers kill it off. In recent years producers and executives seem to have made some duff calls. Carter has to be one of the best characters on TV, even better than DiNozzo and Gibbs put together.

    The bet between Zoe and her friend about who Jack will have a relationship with is priceless, and it was made even better by the fact that she thinks they slept together even though they didn't. I wonder how 'SARAH' will come into Jack's life in the future.moreless
Saul Rubinek

Saul Rubinek

Dr. Carl Carlson

Guest Star

Shayn Solberg

Shayn Solberg

Spencer Martin

Recurring Role

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: When Carlson is adding solution to the tubes at the beginning of the episode, he repeatedly turns the pipette upside down. Performing this on a real pipette causes the fluid to fall down into the pipette mechanism and will not only prevent exact measurements, but will break the pipette.

    • Nitpick: Carlson's powers are attributed to his being able to use 100% of his brain at any one time. This is based on the myth that only 10% of the brain's potential is used at any one time. However, in reality, all of the brain is used in varying percentages all the time.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Dr. Carlson: I thought I'd created something incredible.
      Carter: I know. But it was something at Global. Some...
      Dr. Carlson: Some strange kind of radiation?
      Carter: How did you know? Because I was thinking it?
      Dr. Carlson: Loud and clear.
      Carter: Okay, that's a little disturbing.

    • Dr. Carlson: Every molecule of my life has been erased.
      Woman: That's our goal. Have a nice day.

    • Dr. Carlson: I've never grabbed a beer with anybody in my life.
      Carter: Well, today's the first drink of the rest of your life.

    • Taggart: (watching Carlson kiss Beverly) I've always wanted to do that.
      Spencer: Who hasn't?
      Vincent: Even I've thought about it.

    • Dr. Carlson: You're not Sheriff Cobb.
      Carter: Ah, no. Sheriff Cobb retired. I took his place. (awkward pause) There was a town meeting, and, uh, uh, everything. I gave a speech.
      Dr. Carlson: I don't get out much.
      Carter: Yeah, I'm gathering.

    • Carter: But since I'm here, what is your emergency, exactly?
      Dr. Carlson: I need to get to work.
      Carter: You called 911 to bum a ride?

    • Carter: So much for your paperless society.
      Allison: Yeah, this'll get filed at the D.O.D. They're not quite down with the save a tree mentality as of yet.

    • Carter: A hypothetical guy falls maybe 50 feet, lands flat on the ground, and then another guy weighing, oh, 180 (lbs.) falls and lands on top of him. Okay, what is the chance of the hypothetical guy getting up and walking away?
      Henry: Well, whether I use single case probability or an application of Bayesian statistics, the outcome is the same-- slim to none!
      Carter: Yeah, that's what I thought.
      Henry: Look, this hypothetical guy, is that you?
      Carter: No. I landed on the hypothetical guy, though.

    • Allison: What made you change your mind?
      Carter: Well, can't let fear run your life, right?
      Allison: No, we can't.

    • Dr. Carlson: You think we could be friends, huh?
      Carter: I think that's what the beer is for.

    • Carter: Oh, we're gonna have a house guest tonight, so remember to pick up.
      Zoe: Good going, Dad! Is it Allison or Jo?

    • Carter: Who is it?
      Jo: Carl Carlson. Makes 911s all the time. We can ignore it.
      Carter: (trying to get out of taking a physical) Not on my watch.
      Allison: Carter!
      Carter: Sorry, Allison. Gotta go. Protect and serve.

    • Allison: You were supposed to meet me at Global a half an hour ago for your physical.
      Carter: Yeah...good news. I gave myself the physical, and I'm in perfect health.

    • Carter: What's up?
      Zoe: Organic chemistry is gonna kill me. What happened to you?
      Carter: Organic chemistry almost killed me.

    • (To Allison, the morning after she and Carter slept in the same bed together)
      Stark: Weren't you wearing that yesterday?
      Allison: Uh, no... just similar.
      (Stark moves his gaze to Carter)
      Carter: Oh, don't look at me. I wear the same thing every day.

    • Allison: You know what, you're not grasping the point here. If you don't take the physical, you don't have a job -- so strip, we'll just do the physical here.
      Carter: Excuse me?
      Allison: Well, we all have a past, this was mine. So, um, (snaps fingers) time's a-wastin', drop 'em.
      Carter: Uh, I'm gonna need to see some credentials, if you are a doctor.
      Allison: Was a doctor, before Kevin was born, but I still think I remember where all the main parts are. So drop your pants.
      Carter: Yeah, no. There'll be no pant dropping without a nice dinner, and many, many cocktails.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates
      United Kingdom – 30 August 2006 on Sky One
      Canada – 08 October 2006 on SPACE
      Germany – 31 March 2008 on ProSieben
      Australia – 10 April 2008 on TEN
      Slovakia – 20 February 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic – 07 May 2009 on Prima COOL


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