Season 2 Episode 15

Won't Get Fooled Again

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 18, 2000 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Crichton wakes to find himself back on Earth and the Farscape project failing. However, all is not as it seems, with D'Argo, Aeryn and co. co-existing with DK and his Dad. Crichton only has Scorpius to turn to for answers before it's too late!

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  • Incredible episode.

    In this second season episode, John Crichton returns to earth again, but finds it very different from the place he once knew. I won't spoil the details, but all kinds of hilarity ensue.

    Farscape attempts to strike a delicate balance between drama and humor, and if it is successful in doing so, much of the credit belongs to the actors. The Strong performances from all of the cast, particularly Wayne Pygram, Ben Browder, and Anthony Simcoe make this episode memorable.

    Simply put, "Won't Get Fooled Again" is one of the best examples of episodic television I have ever seen. Its humor, cleverness, and off-the-wall nature are indicative of what made Farscape so special and why it still maintains a healthy fan following.moreless
  • Crichton gets a bit weird-er.

    ‘Won’t Get Fooled’ is absolutely one of the biggest masterpieces ever to be created and so far my second favourite of this amazing show.

    The episode begins with Crichton waking up in a hospital and one of the doctors looks exactly like Aeryn.

    Everything looks very normal and true up until Crichton sees Zhaan who is his psychiatrist.

    This episode is a big pile of weirdness.

    We see the Pilot as a drummer and Scorpy is in his band.

    Aeryn isn’t only a doctor but she is also a slut who kisses D’Argo and plays around with Chiana.

    But the classic medallion goes out to Crais which is a character I was never fond of, in this episode he has a dog, is a cop and has his own beautiful high-healed red shoes.

    But this episode isn’t only just great comedy, it’s also great drama. Especially Crichton’s scene with his mother who is dying and asking him to help her, that entire scene is amazingly well performed.

    Meanwhile, D’Argo also comes by only in a more disturbing way than usually. He plays around with Crichton and wants him to become his lover. Yikes, same goes for Rygel. When he isn’t busy being a big boss and getting thrown off a building by Crichton he’s in leather trying to make Crichton his b!tch.

    Another awesome moment was in the disco, the episode couldn’t have been weirder or crazier. It turns out that some Scarrons had him and they were trying to figure out why Scorpy is after him. When Crichton wakes up he makes the Scarron explode.

    We also finally discover why Crichton keeps seeing Scorpy, it’s because he put something in his brain that makes something very close to Scorpy talk to him, but Crichton forgets very quickly when he talks about getting it out.

    ‘Won’t Get Fooled’ is a perfect example on why this show is so amazing. It’s weird, it’s creative, it’s funny and it’s depressing. Simply everything what makes this show so damn good.

  • This was a very different episode.

    but very good. Christon sees himself on Earth again but this time he knows taht it isn't really Earth.

    This episode was very wild and weird. Aeryn and D'argo kissing? Rygek wearing leather? oh this can't be. That was what I was thinking while watching this episode. Turns out that the only one that John can count on to survive and escape the madness is Scorpius. But not the real Scorpius. He can count on the clone that the real Scorpius implanted in his head.

    This was indeed a very different episode with a very creative script and lots of surprises. The acting was excelent, we couldn't ask for better. My favorite moment was the moment that John was about to lose it and he was "running" from one "allusination" to another and we saw Rygel wearing leather and his parents talking about him as he wsa a baby. That was so great.

Thomas Holesgrove

Thomas Holesgrove

Grath the Scarran

Guest Star

Murray Bartlett

Murray Bartlett

Douglas "D.K." Knox

Guest Star

Carmen Duncan

Carmen Duncan

Leslie Crichton

Guest Star

Wayne Pygram

Wayne Pygram


Recurring Role

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Captain Bialar Crais

Recurring Role

Kent McCord

Kent McCord

Jack Crichton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The patch on Crais' police uniform reads "The City of Miami Police". The Farscape Project was presumably centered at Cape Canaveral, which is over two hundred miles away from Miami. Either John crashed off target somewhere around Miami, or this is yet another piece of illogic surrounding this hallucination.

    • Finally we discover that after Crichton was tortured in the Aurora Chair ("Nerve" & "The Hidden Memory"), Scorpius put a neural clone of himself in Crichton's head to work away and extract the wormhole knowledge that Crichton holds. This Scorpius/Crichton/neural clone story is the driving force in the ongoing arc of season 2.

    • Crichton's mother, Leslie, makes her first appearance here. She has been dead for over five years, but the Scarran brings her back as part of his ongoing attempt to break him down.

    • Scarrans apparently capture their foes, and try to break them mentally by inducing ever-more bizarre images that get more and more strange as levels are increased.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Crichton: Stop it. Facts: You're Delvian. A plant. Tenth level Pa'u. We shared Unity once.
      Dr. Kaminski: 'Shared Unity'... Interesting euphemism. No, Mr. Crichton, you and I have never had sex.

    • Dr. Kaminski: (seeing how troubled Crichton is) Kim, cancel my three o'clock appointment. In fact, cancel the rest of my day.

    • Zhaan: So, what's your pleasure, boss?
      Aeryn: I'm a doctor, just relax.
      Zhaan: I can wear a Freudian slip.
      Aeryn: I'll find new places to take your temperature.
      Chiana: I can teach you the left-handed Latvian Rodeo Torture.
      Rygel: All of you bitches out... now! Crichton is mine!

    • Crichton: (checking out the women's room and surprising a woman) Sorry, thought it was co-ed.
      Woman: Co-ed? What planet are you from?
      Crichton: (to himself) Not this one...

    • Crais: (To Crichton) You have the right to the remains of a silent attorney. If you cannot afford one, tough noogies! You can make one phone call. I recommend Trixie 976-555-LOVE. Do you understand these rights as I have explained them to you? Well, do you, punk?
      Crichton: No.
      Crais: Then I can't arrest you!

    • Crais: I like your style hombre, but this is no laughing matter. Assault on a police officer, theft of police property, illegal possession of a firearm, five counts of attempted murder. That comes to... twenty-nine dollars and forty cents. Cash, check or credit card?

    • D'Argo: John... I really need to just unburden myself on you.
      Crichton: What?
      D'Argo: Well, lately... I've been thinking about you in a very different way.
      Crichton: Uh-huh...
      D'Argo: Mm hm. And I was wondering if you would mind participating with me in a little Luxan bonding ritual. Here's the thing, okay? What we need are, my chains, my Qalta blade, just a little squirt of lutra oil and ... ohh! Chiana.
      D'Argo: Yeah. She wants to watch.

    • Crichton: On Earth, psychiatrists don't come in blue.
      Zhaan: Do you have a problem with people of color?
      Crichton: I have a contextual problem. You're an alien!
      Zhaan: Yes, that's true. But I do have a green card.

  • NOTES (4)

    • They considered having Francesca Buller perform a cameo of her role M'Lee in this episode, but this didn't make the final script. She was going to be seen sitting in the restaurant eating some bones.

    • Ben Browder actually shot some of the footage for this episode himself- on some of the shots which focused on Crichton's body, there was no room for the usual equipment wielded by the regular cameramen.

    • Anthony Simcoe particularly enjoyed the episode because it gave him a chance to play a more humorous role.

    • Originally, David Kemper was going to write this script, season 2's "Earth" episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • D'Argo: Hey, DK, how you doin'? Nanoo nanoo!

      D'Argo stresses the words a bit differently, but still recognizably says "Nanoo nanoo", the greeting frequently used by another alien residing on Earth, Mork of Ork from the 80s hit comedy Mork and Mindy.

    • When the Oedipus complex is mentioned Crichton's mother is trying to seduce him. The Oedipus complex is a Freudian term for a boy's desire to do away with his father and marry his mother. It was named after the myth of Oedipus, who, unwittingly, killed his father and married his mother.

    • Crichton: I reenact my initial mission. I show you how I create the giant blue twister that sucks me down to Oz.

      Crichton's description of the wormhole is another reference to The Wizard of Oz, this time to the fact that Dorothy was brought from Kansas to Oz via tornado.

    • Crichton: Look, somebody is gaslighting me.
      A reference George Cukor's 1944 film Gaslight, itself a remake of a 1940 British film, both based upon Angel Street, a play by Patrick Hamilton. The 1944 version, starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman, is the best known. In it, Boyer plots to drive his wife Bergman insane.

    • Crichton: Scorpy. You don't fit the pattern. You got no Halloween costume, got no assumed name, you're not playing a role. That suggests something to me...suggests that you are the man behind the curtain!

      Another The Wizard of Oz reference.

    • Crichton: Dig your style, Ringo.

      Crichton is confusing the Scorpy-chip with the faux Scorpius character in the virtual scenario. Since the latter plays a drummer in the lounge band, Crichton is referring to him by the name of the drummer in The Beatles, Ringo Starr.

    • Title:

      "Won't Get Fooled Again" is the title of a song by The Who. When Crichton sees Rygel for the first time he says "Meet the new boss. Not the same as the old boss." which is the last sentence of the song. The title also refers to Crichton's previous "visit" to earth in "A Human Reaction". He first checks out the women's toilet to make sure he "won't get fooled again."

    • Crichton: So that's the play? The play. The play, the play is the thing.

      Allusion to Shakespeare's play Hamlet, in which Hamlet, the key character says "The play's the thing that will catch the conscious of the king."

    • Crichton: The Ancients? Nah, they picked my brain already. Maldis? Uh uh. Not his style. Not Gothic enough. Delvians. Mmm...yeah, Occam's Razor. Tahleen and her wacky bunch. Come out, come out, wherever you are, and see the young man who fell from the star.

      Occam's Razor is a principle of logic by which the most likely answer is the one with the fewest assumptions. The last sentence is an almost identical quotation to what Glinda the Good Witch of the South says in The Wizard of Oz.

    • Crichton: I feel like I've been hit by a house.
      This is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, in which a witch is hit by a house and dies. Other Wizard of Oz allusions, which run rampant throughout the entire series, are Crais' "ruby slippers" when he steps out of the police cruiser, and the white dog he carries and calls Toto.

    • Crichton: You're Harvey...or is it Clarence? ...Guardian Angel? ...Invisible Rabbit...
      Scorpius' neural clone introduces itself and pops up as the Easter Bunny. This is a reference to the 1950 film Harvey - the origin of Harvey's name. In it, James Stewart plays a man with a six-foot tall invisible white rabbit for a best friend. The rabbit's name is Harvey. This phrase also references another famous James Stewart movie It's a Wonderful Life. Here James Stewart is rescued by a Guardian Angel only he can see called Clarence.