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Season 1 Episode 2

Many Happy Returns

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 25, 2006 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Carter and the other citizens of Eureka attend the funeral of Susan and Walter Perkins. Much to their surprise, Susan makes a return to Eureka as a woman who is very much alive!

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  • A step in the right direction

    Being the first episode after the pilot one does not usually expect the show to be about any thing more than the characters and this one delivers just that.

    It brings us more into the personal lives of our favorite characters and introduces a few more, including Nathan Stark. It's interesting to see how he immediately bumps ego's with Carter and Carter's reaction to the revelation that Ally is seperated from the man.

    The 'main' story line of the Perkins and how Walter has seemingly come back from the dead sets us up for future storylines as well. The cheesey ghost effects used to portray the 'ghost' could have been done a lot better.moreless
  • The Perkins are back!

    Hmmm. You just never know what can happen in Eureka. After Susan Perkins commits suicide (actually murdered) and Walter Perkins is believed to be dead it seems their son Brian is left without parents. Back from the dead come both parents after Susan was actually cloned from the real Susan. The real Susan shows up and so does Walter who is just caught in between time. Jack finds a new home with an attitude but little does he know is that he is about to get a new roommate also. I am still kind of up in the air about this show but it is decent enough to keep me tuning in some more. I am not a scientist so I get confused. I hope they can simplify the storyline some or I may not become a regular of this show.moreless
  • Jack gets married. Sadly for him, it's with a house computer portraited by Fargo passing himself for a woman.

    Bull's eye!

    That's the impression I've got at the end of the episode. Not only, the show has demonstrated the kind of story we can expect from it (which is, to say shortly, anything at all based in theoretic science, including cloning and eletromagnetic sentient entities), but it surely gave us a new "character" of sorts, Jack's house: S.A.R.A.H., which although tries to act like a woman is portraited by Fargo, rending even a major comment from Jack about it. The scene at the end of the episode of him discussing with her like they were an actual couple just because he came home late was worth the entire episode.

    Another great point of the episode is the fact it started almost instantly after the pilot, with only one major difference: Greg Germann's character is gone, although it certainly appeared in the pilot he had a major background story to reveal.

    All in all, I'm certainly hoping for more to come.

    Stay tuned!moreless
  • Great classic and why I watch!

    Carter and the rest of the Eurkea residents attend the

    So called "funeral" for the beloved Susan Perkens and that

    They discover and are totally shocked in disbelief that she comes back. And they thought that she was a he to begin with but really it was a she. I am very, very, confused myself even!
  • Do you believe in ghosts?

    "Okay. Don't sleep on the nuclear powered device. Good safety tip."

    Eureka's first "proper" episode - and a very good one it is too. Better structured than the Pilot, although lacking some of its vital comedy, Many Happy Returns deals with the woman killed last episode coming back. Featuring ghosts, a really good clone and a very amusing house with artifial intelligence called Sarah, this series is still going strong.
Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement

Susan Perkins

Guest Star

Rob LaBelle

Rob LaBelle

Walter Perkins

Guest Star

Zak Ludwig

Zak Ludwig

Brian Perkins

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Fargo wakes Carter in the cell Carter tells him it's 10:30 pm. During the previous scene in Kevin's room, however, the clock clearly shows it's 2:18 am.

    • Trivia: S.A.R.A.H. announces that she taped the Indiana game for Jack. The only baseball team in Indiana is the AAA team Indianapolis Indians, which is not broadcast on television. The clip appears to feature college baseball, so this would probably be the Indiana University Hoosiers.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Carter: So what happens now?
      Allison: Temporal rehabilitation.
      Carter: What?
      Allison: Think physical therapy but a whole lot more expensive.

    • Carter: (trying to get in his house) Open the door!
      S.A.R.A.H.: Due to technical difficulties I cannot visually confirm identity at this time.
      Carter: Okay, listen to my voice. It's me. Jack Carter.
      S.A.R.A.H.: Voice recognition imprint is currently off-line. And in the future, when someone says they'll be home for dinner and they're running late, it's polite to call.
      Carter: You're joking. You're mad at me?

    • Zoe: (Looking around as she walks into the "habitat" - S.A.R.A.H.) Sweet pad. Where's my room?

    • Carter: Where's the video, Fargo?
      Fargo: I dumped all the video in the trash - please don't hit me!
      (Carter reaches for the wastepaper basket, digs through it)
      Carter: Where is it?
      Henry: Carter...
      Jo: What are you, Amish? The computer!
      Carter: Oh.

    • Fargo: Um, you might want to be careful with this. It's a portable generator.
      Carter: So?
      Fargo: Ah, fission powered portable generator.
      Carter: Okay. Don't sleep on the nuclear powered device. Good safety tip.

    • Carter: Now, if we could do something about the voice.
      Fargo: Sorry, it's temp audio. Just waiting to hear back from Sarah Michelle Gellar's people. Raooo!
      Carter: I don't even know how to respond to that.

    • S.A.R.A.H.: Welcome!
      Carter: Okay, what's that?
      Fargo: That was S.A.R.A.H.
      S.A.R.A.H.: Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat, S.A.R.A.H. for short.
      Carter: Fargo, is that you talking like a girl?

    • Jo Hold on, if she's Susan Perkins, who did we...
      (Carter, Allison and Jo all turn to look at her)
      Susan Perkins: You're staring again!

    • Susan: One morning this guy came to the door and wanted to talk to Walter about some top secret job - he wanted to go, I wanted to stay, so we separated.
      Carter: You do realize we're going to have to verify that, so we can sort this thing out.
      Susan: How long is that going to take?
      Carter: Not really sure. It's not like we have a standard form to "undead" you.
      (Jo coughs, Carter looks over)
      Carter: Tell me you're kidding.
      Jo: 924-B, in triplicate.

    • Allison: I don't care how bad things are, once you have a kid you don't just get to check out.
      Carter: My daughter Zoe said pretty much the same thing to me when I told her I was being transferred to Eureka.
      Allison: Taking your life and taking a job are hardly the same thing.
      Carter: In this town? I'm not so sure.

    • (The video screen next to the toilet lights up.)
      Carter: What's that?
      S.A.R.A.H.: I have over 200 newspapers and magazines available, if you'd like something to read.
      Carter: (eyes light up) Good God! I may never leave!

    • Carter: Fargo, if this house is so great, why is it sitting here vacant?
      Fargo: S.A.R.A.H., door. (to Carter) Sleep tight. (the door closes automatically behind Fargo as he leaves)

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates
      United Kingdom – 09 August 2006 on Sky One
      Canada – 17 September 2006 on SPACE
      Germany – 03 March 2008 on ProSieben
      Australia – 13 March 2008 on TEN
      Slovakia – 17 February 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic – 16 April 2009 on Prima COOL