Season 3 Episode 2

What About Bob?

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 05, 2008 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Sheriff Carter and Allison investigate the disappearance of a scientist from a sealed biosphere. Meanwhile, "The Fixer" attempts to make Eureka's ventures more profitable.

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  • Worst episode ever.

    Normally I love Eureka - but this whole plot twist with the Fixer is more than just stupid. I have to deal with layoffs and people losing my job in real life, it just doesn't seem like something like that should happen in Eureka. It's totally a R&D place, where they wouldn't worry about money, 'cuz what they invented last week alone would make up their annual budget. Plus the sheriff is supposed to be separate from GD - why should anyone be concerned that he's going to be laid off (Not to mention that the high number of incidents that they were referring to from the previous episode is totally been explained by the poor management at GD - they don't manage or handle their employees well so that the sheriff has to step in and handle it for them...)

    So, once again the management screws over the actual workers for the corporate suits. And whomever did the editing on this episode should have been shot - it was sloppy and complacent - the holograph thing was stuck in at a horrible spot where it had absolutely nothing to do with anything else, and I honestly don't even remember the gun thing that Stark & Jack were talking about. It jumped around too much and tried to pack too much crap into too small of a time.

    Horrible - and having the sheriff moping around, I mean, I'd miss Henry too, but he'd been gone for awhile. And if there was no way for Ally or Stark to pardon Henry, how is it that the Fixer could?

    Although, I've got to say, one of my favorite lines: Stark saying "Not a scientist..." to the Fixer.moreless
  • Eureka is back with a bang. and so is Henry.

    This episode had everything I love about this show. yet another excentric experiment gone a little wrong and Sheriff Carter basicly saving the day. with help of Henry. assisted by Allison. they really are a great team. Zane is on board now too which makes me happy for several reasons. the Fixer is a very intriguing character and her interaction with the now-not-so-happy-anymore inhabitants of Eureka was great. as was the comic relief story line of half the town watching their "reality show". another thing on the plus side was the return of Lucas - Zoe and him are a very cure couple and Jacks reactions to them are quite entertaining. the awkward naked moment between Allison and Jack remind me of good all times in S1. which brings me to the one thing I didnt like about the episode, the Stark/Alison relationship. the sooner that one is over the better.moreless
  • Bob goes missing, and that's only the start.

    I wasn't sure where this episode was going to kick off too, but where it landed was great! Between the still alive connection between Carter and Allison to the civilization of the Bio-dome, there was much action involved. It was set some new ideas towards future episodes. At the end I was thrilled with what happened, but yet angry at the same time. I'm still asking questions about the ending and how it might come back to that moment. I'm very excited for the next episode, and would recommend that anyone watch this, it's not too late to get lost in Eureka.moreless
  • Let's take a trip to a bio dome and no there is no Pauly Shore.

    In this episode we see Sheriff Carter and Allison go to section 27 a bio-dome that houses 10 (?) people and a terrible secret after a scientist named Bob goes missing. The episode I thought was pretty good

    ******spoilers after this point*********

    I was really glad that they brought Henry back because I thought last weeks episode was a little lacking because Henry was a reduced presence. However I thought this episode dragged along a little bit versus last weeks that's why the rating is a little lower than the 1st episode. I was really happy to see at the end of the episode the "fixer" bring back Henry full time. The show really needs all of its key people I think in order to thrive like it did in season 1 and 2.moreless
Elysia Rotaru

Elysia Rotaru

Teri Wallace

Guest Star

Richard Kahan

Richard Kahan

Derek Bowers

Guest Star

Malcolm Stewart

Malcolm Stewart

Rick Wallace

Guest Star

Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher

Eva Thorne

Recurring Role

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier


Recurring Role

Vanya Asher

Vanya Asher


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: Eva Thorne looks at a film canister labelled: TOP SECRET United States Department of War February 21st, 1938 Report if Seal is Broken 202-NH0-3864.

      Area codes were not in use until 1947, and customers couldn't dial them directly until 1951. Also, there would never be a 0 or a 1 following the first two letters of the prefix (the NH), these stood for the exchange and represented the number 64. Although this wouldn't have been a real number in 1938.

    • Nitpick: Despite having a non-solid form, Henry is seen touching the stairway railing after hearing Allison's scream.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Stark: As much as I hate to admit it, Sheriff Carter had an idea.

    • Carter: It's the, um, Henry situation.
      Vincent: I've sent him care packages but security won't let them through. Y'know, I, I can't think of anything worse than eating prison food for the rest of your life. I mean, other than being in prison for the rest of your life.

    • Eva: He's a risk taker with cross-discipline experience.
      Stark: Yeah, the words "Zane" and "discipline" tend not to go together in the same sentence.

    • Carter: So, the wedding planning keeping you busy?
      Allison: Do you really wanna know?
      Carter: So, the, the 911 is…?

    • Derek: Okay, lab 27 is a sealed biosphere. A self-sustaining biosphere designed to support the Mars missions.
      Carter: You do mean the potential Mars missions?
      Derek: Right! (laughs, then gets a small headshake from Allison) I mean, right.

    • Allison: (being sterilized to enter the biosphere) Not the way I'd ever pictured us winding up naked.
      Carter: You pictured us winding up naked?
      Allison: No.

    • Carter: (as it starts raining inside the biosphere) How do they make it rain?
      Allison: Recycled urine.
      Carter: Oh, that's lovely.

    • Fargo: (watching the cameras from the biosphere) You gotta admit, the injection of new talent has really made this show fresh again.
      Vincent: So, which one of the scientists is the red-herring?
      Lucas: Do you think the arrival of Sheriff Carter has made it more procedural?

    • Eva: Just coffee.
      Vincent: And that'll be $25.
      Eva: I'd better start a tab. I may want to have some half-and-half.

    • Nathan: Zane, the only thing that's gonna stop me now is…
      Carter: A gun!
      Zane: That's a little extreme.

    • Zane: Jo, I need a gun! A big, powerful gun.
      Jo: (smiles dreamily) I've been waiting for someone to say that to me my whole life.

    • Zane: Carter, Henry and Stark. That's your money team. They know exactly what they're doing.
      (switch to the three guys)
      Nathan: You sure you know what you're doing?
      Carter: I have no idea.

    • Lucas: Still need a ride to school tomorrow?
      Zoe: Isn't that what boyfriends are for? (Zoe and Lucas lean in to kiss. Sheriff Carter is onlooking.)
      Carter: (shouting) Miss! (stuttering) Can I get a warm up over here?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Frances Fisher (Eva Thorne) is billed as a special guest star.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden - February 6, 2009 on TV6
      United Kingdom - February 10, 2009 on Sky One
      Czech Republic - March 10, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia - April 18, 2012 on Markiza


    • Episode Title: "What About Bob?"

      Referencing the 1991 comedy movie What About Bob?, starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. The movie follows a warm-hearted man who follows his psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin, on holiday – slowly driving Leo to the breaking point.

    • Vincent: What did I miss?
      Zoe: My dad hunting for the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
      Referencing Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954). The screenplay came from a story written by Maurice Zimm about an Amazon scientific expedition's discovery of a prehistoric hominid with gills (Gill-Man) who can live out of water for brief periods of time. The film was the first of a trilogy followed by Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).

    • Abe: Sheriff, we're not The Island of Doctor Moreau.

      Referencing H. G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896). The novel follows a sadistic scientist who is turning animals into humans.

    • Film: The Truman Show
      While Sheriff Carter and Allison Blake investigate "Lab 27," a massive, underground, self-contained biosphere, Fargo hacks his way into GD to watch what's going on and is joined by Vincent, Zoe, and others in the Cafe Diem who watch and critique it as if it was a reality TV show. The Truman Show is a 1998 film by Peter Weir featuring Jim Carrey as a man who lives (unknowingly) in a town environment completely self-contained in a gigantic movie studio, while his life is shown to the general public as a reality show and manipulated for ratings.