Season 3 Episode 15

Shower the People

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 21, 2009 on Syfy

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  • Interesting, but very emotional episode that mostly focuses on the relationshios between Carter and Tess, Carter and Allison and Henry and Kim. On a sidenote, scientist are drowning inside out and Carter is pregnant.

    Another week, another 45-minute journey to this extraordinary little town called Eureka.

    I have just finished watching the episode and I am not quite sure what to think of it. Maybe it becomes clearer while I write this down.

    First of all, it is a very emotional episode. It basically revolves around three relationships:
    Henry and Kim, Carter and Tess and Carter and Allison.

    The Henry and Kim relationship takes a very, very emotional path. The overall goal is to retrieve the data stored in "Kim". Over the course of the episode it becomes clear this is only possible by dissolving the cells in which the data is stored. And which are "Kim's" body. This storyline climaxes in "Kim" trying to convince Henry to let her go, since she is just a copy of his true love Kim. Henry agrees and "Kim" is dissolved and all the data is restored.

    Meanwhile Carter attends a baby shower his daughter is holding for Allison. He has gotten her all kinds of gifts, like a baby monitor, baby bottles and more, but is forced to put them aside one by one, when Allison is presented with high-tech versions of each gift, by researchers from GD. For example, she is given a baby monitor that doesn't let you hear your baby, but instead let's you feel what the baby feels. Baby is hungry? You are hungry. Baby's got stomach ache? You have stomach ache. Carter is asked to assist Allison in trying it out, by holding one part of the device to her belly while she holds another part to her heart. Back to this storyline later.

    After the shower, people start dying around Eureka. First Carter finds a GD scientist, drowned in his car, which is filled with water. In the middle of the road…

    Then a female scientist drowns in the bathroom of Cafe Diem. Another one dies in a bathtub full of water. Which was empty when she fell in it.

    Fargo discovers that the water is something called "perfect water". It is free from all bacteria and 100% clean. And, of course, it's developed at GD. The find out that the water starts expanding, when coming in contact with human plasma. Causing the people to drown from the inside out.

    While trying to figure out how the people came in contact with the water, they find out that they all have been in the sauna a day earlier. Inhaling water steam, created with "perfect water". And Tess was there, too.

    Right away, CUT. We see Tess storming into the elevator, hitting the button for Section 5. She seems to be sweating heavily. The retina scanner has obviously trouble identifying her, so it locks down the elevator and we see Tess breaking down, coughing.

    CUT. Outside the elevator Carter is arriving and Allison informs him that Tess in there and the elevator is locked down, because of some security breach. Carter runs of to enter the elevator through the shaft. He succeeds in doing so and finds Tess lying in water. She has a pulse but is not breathing, so Carter has to do CPR. After she regains consciousness, he explains that he has to breathe for her, since she can't breathe for herself; water is filling up her lungs. This is not how I imagined our fist kiss, he whispers before continuing the CPR.

    Later that day, Carter is at home, trying to find a solution how to save Tess, when he suddenly brakes down. He awakes at GD hospital and is told by Fargo that he is pregnant. Well, sympatric pregnancy, at least. This gives for some funny scenes on Carter complaining how his back is hurting, his ankles are sore and he keeps having to go to the toilet. But to be honest, nothing too special.

    In the end, Carter figures out a way to save Tess by using the same technology they used earlier to dissolve "Kim". After Tess is saved, Carter visits Allison. She explains to him, that they didn't have a "special bond" between them, but rather that Carter mishandled the enhanced baby monitor at the baby shower and instead of connection Allison and the baby, he connected himself to Allison. So that was the reason he felt all the symptoms of pregnancy.

    Then Allison basically tells him to forget about her and go try to have a relationship with Tess. He reluctantly accepts that. In the end, we see Carter inviting Tess to some meteor event and then Tess kisses Carter. He doesn't seem too happy and explains that he is not used to kissing in public. Tess replies, that he maybe should try to get used to it. Carter silently agrees by kissing her again. CUT. FIN.


    No. I am still not sure what to think of this episode.

    One positive note: One of my favorite TV show actors, Bill Campbell, who played Jordan Collier on The 4400, was in this episode as the scientist who is introduced to get the data out of and finally suggests dissolving "Kim".

    On the other hand, this episode missed many of the typical Eureka stuff. No really fancy inventions. No really funny moments. No scenes that made you say "WTF??" with a big smile on your face.

    All in all, not the typical Eureka episode. But not bad either. I can't decide. Make up your own mind.
  • Deacon deals with clone Kim's last moments while Carter tries to figure out why people are drowning in town.

    This is an episode basically where Carter shows he is a lot smarter than what he is given credit for.

    You have all these scientists who think they know everything and one very annoying deputy in Jo, yet you have an episode like this where no one can use simple common sense to solve a problem? Carter is such an under-appreciated character this what makes him stand out more than anybody else in the show.

    So a couple of people are dying under mysterious circumstances: One drowned in her car, another in the bathroom but how? Could it be another Eureka science experiment gone wrong?

    Well if you've watched the show with any regularity, you can guess what the answer to that is.

    Even Fargo who tried to act like a know it all medical examiner couldn't fathom that these people deaths were caused by exposure due to a rather freaky science experiment.

    Thus it's not by coincedence that the writers had Carter as the one who put everything together. Granted he is the law in the town but as much you have all these egos and scientists that you think the answer would come easier.

    The writers then really develop Carter well from Season to Season not just as the hero but as the next door type of guy whom you'd probably under-appreciate until something terrible happens.

    The other part of the show was the expect death of Clone Kim. Deacon had to decide to let her go. She was going to die but could he interrupt the download of the data which would probably accelerate the process?

    Great episode. Great acting all around. Carter is the said hero. You can't ask for anything more.
  • Carter - Allison - Tess relationship gets interesting. Henry gets emotional over the Kim clone. Awesome episode, exactly why i watch it!

    Had a lot of fun watching this episode as it was full of nice moments and reasons why this show is so good to watch.
    First off there is Henry dealing with the Kim clone. a while ago i voiced an interest in seeing Carter learning the whole alternate-reality / Time-travel thing between him and Henry from "Once in a lifetime" season 1 finale. I would like to see this revealed soon and this episode was one step in the right direction in that Henry has to deal with the loss again and Carter is there to see it.
    Then there is the whole carter/allison/tess triangle. I would love to see allison and jack get together and yet tess and jack are good together. we both know jack would like to be with allison and vice-versa but maybe tess and jack together eventually forces them to admit that to each other.
  • People are turning up drowned in weird places. Jack and Jo investigate with assistance from Fargo who is the coroner currently as Deacon is busy with Kim. There is a problem with the purified water system one of the doctors at GD has perfected.

    Another great and moving episode of Eureka. A terrific followup to last weeks episode.

    Jack is drawn into Allison's baby shower as he is her birthing partner. At first two people who were at the party turn up dead from drowning in situations where they shouldn't have. Meanwhile a new specialist that Tess and Allison know comes to town to help download the information from Kim. Dr. Manlyus is played by Billy Campbell and he seems to have a little history with Tess. His system of downloading the data involves using radiation to break down the cells and allow the information to come flowing out. Unfortunately Kim's system is breaking down and after a tearful goodbye she literally dissolves into the information they were downloading leaving Deacon heartbroken again.

    Unfortunately as Jack figures out the water system using to cool the radiation down is the same water all of the victims have been exposed to and the exposure causes their lungs to fill up with water and drown them where they stand. It literally changes the physical makeup of the water.

    Three women die and a fourth is saved on a respirator. Unfortunately Tess is the fifth and last victim and she will probably die as they got to her to late. Jack does revive her with CPR but the only chance to save her is to re-bombard the water molecules in her system with the radiation to cause them to break free normally from the human system. Again this was Jack's suggestion. They try the experiment as Tess will die otherwise and they save her. Jack and Tess get together in the end.

    Jack saves the day again using his common sense to come up with solutions. Great episode with some touching scenes and superb acting. A joy to watch. Thanks for reading...
  • Excellent episode for so many reasons. It's time for Allison's baby shower and scientists are being liquified. Carter and Tess' relationship seems to be heating up while Carter and Allison's seems to be levelling out. Henry has to say goodbye.

    Allison gets a lot of ec-firnedly gifts for her baby shower, and Carter empties his gift basket as he thinks that his gift won't measure up to the standard of everyone else's gift. We also find out that Carter can hold his alcohol, even if he pays for it in the morning. Turns out some other people are paying for it too, with two of the doctors from Allison's shower die from drowning in unusual places: a car, and a bathroom stall in Cafe Diem, and a cleaning lady drowns in a hot tub.

    Turns out the problem was the radiation from the chamber that was used to attempt to get the data out of Kim 2.0. Henry objects to the amount of radiation that is used to extract the data from her cells. He really has become attached to Kim 2.0, and even starts telling her what is similar between her and the original Kim: smile, spirit, and mind. It was literally a tearjerker as Kim 2.0's data was downloading, with her eventual dissipitation.

    Another hard moment for me would have to be the emergence of a relationship between Carter and Tess. She is gradually sneaking her way into Carter's life, and Allison is noticing. She notices that Carter does like her, and with her being pregnant I guess she feels that Carter needs to move on. She even says that metaphorically when talking about the baby monitor that was supposed to connect Allison and the baby, but instead connected her to Carter. As a die hard Carter/Allison fan, to see the relationship levelling out into friendship hurts, but maybe absence will make their hearts stronger and they will eventually find their way back to each other.