Season 3 Episode 12

It's Not Easy Being Green

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 31, 2009 on Syfy
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When the bowling team from Area 51 hits town, the long-standing rivalry-cum-war is reignited, and a prank goes horribly wrong. Now Carter not only has to mediate between Area 51 and the home team to prevent more destruction, but also deal with the consequences of the first prank: a blob with an insatiable appetite. Elsewhere, Duncan returns to plead his case to a resistant Lexi.


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  • It's Fargo versus Bismark in the bowling match of the century! The Cleaner comes up with a magnificent solution for cleaning up radiation. The only problem is it cleaned him as well and now Jack and the scientists must figure out how to stop the blob.moreless

    Sort of a fun episode with some childish very adult pranks and an unfortunate fatality that seemed easily forgotten.

    Big Ed Fowler is a Biologist who also was a former pro in the Pro Bowlers Tour. Fargo recruits him to play on the towns team in the annual contest versus the Area 51 team. It seems that scientific pranks are the rule of the day. The whole Eureka team is turned green by a small amount of radiation. Unknown to everyone Big Ed who is the Clean Room Cleaner had been working on a specimen to clean up radioactive waste. When he returns to his lab the blob ingests him and we now have a big problem.

    Tess and Allison are forced to bring Jack in on the need for some Globidium Power Cells that run all sort of units around town including S.A.R.A.H., Jack's house. He needs to round up the cells and get them back to Section 5 so they can use the power to run a telescope so they can see what's coming from the signal.

    As Jack goes to each person with a power source it is found that all the Globidium Cells are missing. That's when they check with Big Ed, but all they find is his clothes and a pile of goo.

    In the end Jack manages to help in solving the crisis and putting himself in harms way to protect the town and the weird goings on.

    On a lighter note Duncan stays around and manages to convince Lexi to go with him and to try being together. It was also good because he managed to turn all the green people back to their original color. Fargo and the Eureka team win the match this year and they turn their opponents red. I guess we all forgot about Fowler? An entertaining episode with a quirky story and still fun in the end. You can never take any of this too serious. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Yes, yes, yes

    I confess to having not enjoyed the previous episode, "Insane in the P-Brane" too terribly. It's not that it was bad, it just lacked that magic, that Eureka spark that made the first 2 episodes, in my opinion, brilliant. I was worried that the quality was starting to slide.

    I am so glad I was wrong. Eureka thrives because of it's strong emphasis on its characters instead of its effects, and this episode proves that soundly. Whether it's Carter inadvertently insulting Allison, and failing miserably to cover it; Tess laughing at his obvious lack of comprehension of the technology involved, only to see that he comes up with a good idea; Fargo and the bowling teams' back-and-forth; and most importantly, the single best scene/line of the entire season ("I'd rather go naked than wear fur." "Okee-dokee") This episode is a perfect example of why Eureka works. The actual problem is eclipsed by the way the characters deal with it.

    As far as the problem itself goes, it was par for the course. Technology run awry? Yuuuuuup. Carter being called in to save everyone? Yuuuup. It's nothing special. But again, the important parts, the people, are at their best in this episode, and that makes it very, very worth watching.moreless
Jeff Pangman

Jeff Pangman


Guest Star

Sean Owen Roberts

Sean Owen Roberts

Toby Bismark

Guest Star

Alan Legros

Alan Legros

Seth Osbourne

Guest Star

Neil Grayston

Neil Grayston


Recurring Role

Jaime Ray Newman

Jaime Ray Newman

Tess Fontana

Recurring Role

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bismark: Hey, you're not green anymore.
      Fargo: You're still stupid. Go figure.

    • Carter: (about the blob) I should be able to handle a mindless eating machine.
      Allison: (glaring) You looked at me again.
      Carter: Oh, no. The- No, no, I was the... you're pretty.
      Tess: Ooh, nice save.

    • Duncan: (about Lexi) I can't make her talk to me.
      Zoe: Well, you can talk to her.
      Duncan: I've tried, Zoe, she won't listen.
      Zoe: Well, try again. Look, Carter women are complicated and stubborn and slightly crazy, but we're definitely worth the fight.

    • Tess: We can't afford to lose any more globidium.
      Carter: What we can't afford to lose is researchers.
      Tess: Oh, thanks! Way to make me look selfish.

    • Carter: Fargo, you knew Big Ed. Any reason that he'd want to stockpile a whole bunch of "globibinum"?
      Fargo: Globidium.
      Carter: Don't push me.

    • (While discussing the signal about which he's not supposed to know.)
      Carter: So, when are the little green men coming to Eureka?
      Tess: I'm sorry, I can't share the details.
      Carter: But you and I shared an alternate universe. Does that not mean anything to you?

  • NOTES (2)


    • The episode's title is taken from a line in the Sesame Street song, "Bein' Green", sung by Kermit the Frog. Bismark also refers to a green Fargo as Kermit in one scene.

    • Carter: (upon seeing the super-sized "Spot") We're gonna need a bigger container.

      This is a play on the infamous line from the 1975 film Jaws, in which Roy Scheider's character states, upon seeing the massive size of the shark for the first time, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

    • Lucas: So, we're not gonna turn into the Hulk?
      Henry: Only if you get really, really angry.

      The Hulk is a character from Marvel Comics, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962. By exposure to high levels of gamma radiation, much like the Eureka bowling team, Dr. Bruce Banner turns into the muscle-bound, super strong Hulk whenever he gets angry. A further Hulk allusion comes from Fargo's line, "Fargo smash!" which is a play on the Hulk's catchphrase, "Hulk smash!"

    • Bismark: This is blasphemy, okay? Madness!
      Fargo: This is Eureka!
      Fargo's line is a play on "This is Sparta!", the battlecry of Spartan warrior Leonidas (played by Gerard Butler) in the 2007 action film 300.