Eureka

Season 2 Episode 3

Unpredictable

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 24, 2007 on Syfy
8.9
out of 10
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328 votes
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Episode Summary

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An isolated deep freeze trigger causes a chain reaction of sudden weather changes in Eureka.

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  • Jack deals with a meteorological disaster and his wife!

    9.0
    With Eureka season three approaching us soon and having done the first two episodes of this season back when it was airing, and after purchasing season two a couple days ago I thought it appropriate to continue reviewing this awesome show. This episode deals with Jack running around trying to solve the mystery of a meteorological disaster that is happening in town, and dealing with his ex-wife who has arrived to take away Zoe. This episode was very well written I thought, the acting was amazing as it always is with this show. One of my favorite parts of the this episode came at the Eureka spa, where Jo, knocked over the frozen man at the spa in the company of Henry and Sheriff Carter. All and all a rather good episode.moreless
  • Eureka keeps on giving.

    9.3
    Eureka is one of my favourite shows on the air right now. So many ambitious shows fall short of their intended objectives while the good people of Eureka come to us in peace, with lighthearted plots, fun twists on classic sci-fi scenarios and great comedic timing and character development. Since my praise for Eureka as a series can be found elsewhere, I'll just stick to reviewing the episode.



    Besides the mandatory sci-fi cliche explored through Carter's wry personality, this episode is all about Carter and Zoe's arcs as father and daughter. It's a plotline that went dormant halfway through season one, and I'm glad to see it resurrected without having to reset Zoe to angsty teen. Bringing Zoe's mom into the game is such a clever way to explore a relationship that had just settled from a new angle without throwing away all previous development. Points for going to door number three there.



    I missed the first two episodes this season, but the mess that was season one's finale seems to more or less have settled. Most of the out of character drama seems to have evaporated and, though I seem to have missed some main-plot events, statu quo is where I want it. We get every single series defining point here, including unresolved sexual tension. The quoted line on the recap page is a great example of why Eureka is so good at letting you hear through the fourth wall, if not break it altogether "These awkward moments are all the private life I have left". Funny.



    My number one moment from the episode, though (and you gotta love a series in which you have "number one moments") is something I really enjoy and sometimes isn't given enough airtime, and it's the notion that Carter is also a genius, just a different kind. He is the guy that looks at situations in a different way when all the scientists can only see things from a perspective. "Or we could just look at the watch" is a character defining moment, and the normal guy being a superhero in a town of geniuses is not only the high concept, but the core of both the comedy and the action plots in the whole series. I demand a stronger focus on that on the future.



    Anyway, the forums report a third series in development, but also a troublesome uncertainty for the future. Eureka is the one bright spot on a cable channel that's filled to the brim with self-important nerdy crap. If everything else on the lineup went away, Eureka would still define what Sci-fi is. This series is needed, period. If anything, they need more like it. More looking at science fiction a bit from the outside. The anti-Heroes, not looking at sci-fi like you'd just invented it, but looking at sci-fi like everything had been invented on it two or three times by now.moreless
  • Motherhood, Fatherhood, Familyhood

    9.5
    Another terrific installment of our favorite extraordinary town. We see the introduction of Zoe's mom. In addition, we find that Carter is really interested in keeping his daughter, even though their relationship started out on some pretty rocky ground. I really enjoyed the fact that although everything was going wonky weatherwise in Eureka, both Carter and his Ex were able to stay calm and rational about in dealing with what they thought would be in Zoe's best interest. As far as the wonky weather went, it's always interesting to see how they create such new and innovative situations in Eureka. The dialoge on this show is brilliant, and the writers continue to do a fantastic job. I also am enjoying the overlying story arc with Kevin and his attachment to the 'artifact'. It'll be interesting to see where that goes. Another well done eppy in my opinion.moreless
  • This is season is getting better and better with every episode!

    9.6
    David Nykl! David Nykl! David Nykl! Oh my, that was such a surprise. And another great character. I loved him and how much he adored his wife. I even feel compelled to write a fic about them - yes, a het fic. They were such an interesting couple and I have a weakness for those self-sacrificing types.



    Carter's ex-wife and her astonishment was so funny. "Why is it raining only over there?" (or something like that) :D And she and Sarah the House. Heh!



    I'm liking Nathan more and more with every ep. Now that he isn't the boss anymore, he is all relaxed and happy, as if a great weight was taken from his shoulders and he can finally enjoy himself again. Cute!



    And the promo for next week's ep... Wow! Can it be Wednesday already? *bounces*moreless
  • it was good.

    9.5
    I love this show. It is so awesome. I like how the other people in the show have to explain to Carter what the scientific things are. An example is when Henry tells him it's an ice funnel of death. Carter then says "why can't you people just say ice funnel of death?" This was a good episode. But now I wonder if Zoe is leaving Eureka or not with her mother. And what about Beverly? There is just something about her that makes her suspicious. Some of it includes the fact that she is sneaking around, lies, and is working for some unknown group.moreless
Olivia d'Abo

Olivia d'Abo

Abby Carter

Guest Star

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Stephen Whiticus

Guest Star

Stefanie von Pfetten

Stefanie von Pfetten

Wendy Whiticus

Guest Star

Debrah Farentino

Debrah Farentino

Beverly Barlowe

Recurring Role

Neil Grayston

Neil Grayston

S.A.R.A.H.

Recurring Role

Meshach Peters

Meshach Peters

Kevin Blake

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: The large lake on the holographic map of Eureka shown to Carter by the television meteorologist is Green Peter Lake, 40 miles south-east of Salem, Oregon.

    • Trivia: Henry points out the spa would have to reach -463 °F to flash freeze. This is 3.33 °F colder than absolute zero, which is −459.67 °F, the point where all atomic movement stops.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Vincent: My special double yolk quail egg omelet with Estonian caviar and basil grafted from an Italian monastery.
      Carter: Thanks, Vincent.
      Abby: Oh my god, is that truffle oil?
      Vincent: Yes! Finally, a refined palate! The last time I served it to him (gestures to Carter) he asked for ketchup.

    • Allison: (over the radio) How hard is it to push a button?
      Carter: (fighting gale-force winds) You wanna do it?

    • Fargo: (about Dr. Baxter) I wouldn't call it working. He was known to do a lot of field testing with the female lab techs, if you know what I mean. Gave new meaning to the term wild monkey s…
      Carter: Please stop that.

    • Carter: So, you gonna come to Zoe's surprise party?
      Allison: Oh, me? I thought you were into young brunettes?
      Carter: No, no, I'm into old brun…. (trails off uncertainly)
      Allison: Didn't come out right, did it?

    • S.A.R.A.H.: Today's forecast calls for heat, frost, rain, hail, gale force winds and severe lightning.
      Carter: I'll have Fargo give her a check-up.

    • (Jo taps the frozen body with a pen and the body shatters into pieces. She looks from Henry to Carter to the pile.)
      Jo: Okay, which piece do we start with?

    • (Allison leaves the room)
      Carter: (yelling after her) These awkward moments are the only social life I have left!

    • Abby: You hate surprises.
      Carter: Yeah, well especially when I don't know they're coming.

    • (Henry, Carter, Allison and Dr. Whiticus are discussing the impending storm.)
      Dr. Whiticus: It's been building since last night. It is an incredibly dangerous confluence of meteorological events.
      Carter: Uhh. (looks at Henry)
      Henry: A perfect storm.
      Carter: Thank you.
      Dr. Whiticus: A spinning cyclone of instability, high up in the cryosphere.
      Henry: Ice funnel of death.
      Carter: Gotcha. Why don't you people just say ice funnel of death?

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the beginning, Jack asks Kevin what day of the week November 3, 1957 was. Kevin says it was a Tuesday, and Jack claims it was a Thursday. In reality, it was a Sunday.

    • International Air Dates
      Germany – 14 July 2008 on ProSieben
      Hungary – 24 September 2008 on TV2
      Australia – 25 September 2008 on TEN HD
      Slovakia – 27 February 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic – 29 September 2009 on Prima COOL

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Allison: (after seeing Jack talk to an adolescent girl) I'll remember this when you're getting arrested on Dateline.

      Allison is referring to Dateline NBC's "To Catch a Predator" series where they use sting operations to identify and arrest potential child sexual abusers.

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