Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Dec 11, 2009 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Helen reunites with Jimmy who transports an elemental Abnormal to the Sanctuary. However they are tracked down by the underground Mobsters. Kate proves her loyalty and bonds with Jimmy over a common history they share.

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  • Penance

    Penance was a perfect episode of Sanctuary because it had a lot of action, drama, and character development for Kate. It was cool to see Jimmy, an abnormal with a pouch he can smuggle things in. This was an interesting story though I wish there would have been more about the Elemental Jimmy was carrying. Kate and Jimmy end up fleeing a bunch of mobsters and learn more about each other in the process. It was very touching to see what Jimmy did at the end. I thought the mobster boss abnormal was cool, sort of an incredible hulk type. I like how the season is progressing and how Kate has really become one of the team. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Magnus and the team are meeting Jimmy an abnormal who is carrying an Elemental in his special pouch. They are attacked and Kate gets away with Jimmy intact, but is shot in the shoulder in the escape. She and Jimmy hold up while Magnus looks for them.moreless

    A pretty tense episode of Sanctuary with a few surprise twists in the middle. First of all I would like to point out that they didn't complete the episode from last week, but obviously Magnus and Will escaped from their watery dungeon! I guess someone got their signal.

    This week Kate is featured as we learn even more about what is becoming an important character here in this new season of Sanctuary. Jimmy played by Michael Shanks of Stargate fame is an abnormal with a pouch in the front that defies detection. A great thing to have if you work for thief's, smugglers, killers, and the like. Also in the end it becomes a great tool in helping him steal the elemental which can be used as a powerful dangerous source from those same type of people. In this case it brings him to a meeting with Kate.

    Fate has a way of bringing things full circle eventually and in this case that is what happens. Magnus and Henry with their quick thinking and Sally's telekinetic powers saved Will to fight another day. In the end Jimmy did the noble thing and probably the only thing under the circumstance to make things right in his mind. I hope Will enjoys his swim! :)

    I'm looking forward to this weeks mid-season finally of Sanctuary. It will be great to get a full twenty episodes of this show for its true second TV season. Let's hope it keeps getting better and better. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Really strong episode.

    I most say, this was great episode but I think most people were expecting something special as Michael Shanks as quest star and to be honest, he really shone. I really loved how it looked simple at first, a lot of action and that but then was turned into very emotional and moving story when Kate realizes that he has met with Jimmy before and the anger.. I really loved the way the story went. Stunning development and Bigfoot just coming in on the right moment. Brilliant scenes, brilliant dialogue. The only problem for me was that somehow the acting of Kate's char. I felt like the emotion was not delivered as well as it should have been. I remember I read from somewhere that we should start liking Kate in this episode.. but for me, it worked vice-versa. I felt Kate did not delivered and I was quite amazed by Jimmy's char.. and the ending.. ok, it was quite seen trough that he is going to do that.. Little predictable but probably great way to end the episode.

    So, I really think this was a strong one.moreless
Aleks Paunovic

Aleks Paunovic


Guest Star

Jason Bryden

Jason Bryden


Guest Star

Leslie Woolman

Leslie Woolman

Young Kate

Guest Star

Mandy May

Mandy May

Sally the Mermaid

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Helen: It's good to see you.
      Jimmy: You too, Helen. I love the hair.

    • (Jimmy is examining Kate's chest wound when she comes to)
      Jimmy: Easy! Easy, easy, easy. I'm just … looking at the wound. We're gonna have to get that bullet out.
      Kate: We should get back to the Sanctuary.
      Jimmy: No, we'd never make it. In case you haven't noticed, there's a bunch of guys out there tryin' to kill us.
      Kate: Call Magnus, she'll pick us up.
      Jimmy: No can do, your walkie's toast. Besides, we don't know how those guys found us. They could be monitoring our communications.
      Kate: (groaning in pain) If you think Magnus tipped them off, then you're crazy.
      Jimmy: No, not her, but there is a leak. (pours alcohol on the wound, causing Kate to cry out) Till we find out where it is, we can't risk getting in touch … with anyone. I need you … (pulls out a short knife) to stay still.
      Kate: (gasps) Are you nuts? No!
      Jimmy: Come on! If I don't get the bullet out, you are going to bleed to death. Is that what you want? You do me a favor? (puts a gun in her hand) Take this. You point this at the door. Anyone comes thru, you blow 'em away, okay? And, um … you know, try not to move too much.

    • Mobster: Look, boss, we'll find him. Don't worry.
      Duke: Oh … I'm not the one that needs to worry. (rages, clubbing mobster)
      Ellison: Duke. Duke!
      Duke: Ow! (gasps in pain, panting)
      Ellison: (pointing to dead body) Get him outta here. (to Duke) It looks like those rage parameters need a tweak. (adjusts devices on Duke's temples)
      Duke: I … think I lost control … for a second
      Ellison: I'll run a diagnostic.
      Duke: Yeah. (exhales, calming down) And … keep monitoring the Sanctuary frequency. As long as Freelander is out there, I wanna keep tabs on 'em. Oh, and, uh … (holds up bent golf club) I need a new one of these.

    • Jimmy: Okay … this is gonna hurt.
      Kate: (wincing) No!
      Jimmy: Okay … (digs for bullet, Kate screams and grabs his arm) Come on, come on … You've - you've got to stay still.
      Kate: You got any morphine?
      Jimmy: Please, I wish. I could use some. (takes a drink from his flask) Here. (pours some down Kate's throat. She coughs, choking) Hell of a first date, huh?
      Kate: I've had worse.

    • (Jimmy revives Kate with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation)
      Kate: W- what happened?
      Jimmy: Oh, nothin' much. You, uh, stopped breathing. So, I, uh, took the opportunity to make out with you.
      Kate: Thanks.
      Jimmy: Come on, what are casual acquaintances for?

    • (Jimmy stumbles to the window, gasping)
      Kate: What's wrong?
      Jimmy: Oh, nothin' … except for this … 1,200 degree abnormal inside of me, I'm - I'm fine.

    • Kate: What do those guys want with it, anyway?
      Jimmy: You kidding? This thing represents a virtually unlimited source of energy … makes weapons-grade plutonium look like lamp oil. Duke's got this guy, uh, Ellison, a former Cabal geek who, uh, figured out a way to harness the energy and weaponize it. They were planning to sell it to the highest bidder.
      Kate: You should go. (groans, rising)
      Jimmy: Hey …
      Kate: You have a better shot of making it to the Sanctuary on your own.
      Jimmy: Yeah, and what … (propping up Kate) just leave you here?
      Kate: Look, I don't wanna be responsible for that thing getting used for some crazy weapon.
      Jimmy: Well, that's very noble, Kate, but, uh, there's gotta be fifty guys out there by now - I wouldn't make it out the front door.
      Kate: What are we gonna do?
      Jimmy: I don't know. We'll wait until dark … you know, hopefully things will have cooled off by then. (flaps shirt and scoffs) No pun intended.

    • Will: I know what you guys are looking for … can't help you.
      Duke: Come on, don't sell yourself short. Everyone out there is looking for Jimmy - and the first one to find him, well, they're gonna have a big advantage. That's why I need you … you're my insurance policy.

    • Jimmy: Here … (shares the flask) this'll perk you up. (sits down, checking gun's ammo) So, Cubs or Sox?
      Kate: Really? This is what we're gonna talk about?
      Jimmy: Hey, no matter how tough things get, there is always time for baseball. Come on … (takes a drink, passes back flask) Cubs or Sox?
      Kate: If I wanted to see fat guys running around, I'd watch reality TV.
      Jimmy: Wow … you say you're from Chicago. Next you'll be telling me you don't like Pizza
      Kate: My dad was a Cubs fan. So, I guess that makes me one too.
      Jimmy: Yeah … see, I knew I shoulda left that bullet in.

    • Jimmy: They got me to make a - a drop on the "El" … at rush hour. A paridax. You know what that is?
      Kate: No.
      Jimmy: It's this cute little thing. It's kind of a cross between a guinea pig and a koala. But, anyway, um, they said it was to create a diversion for a robbery they're pulling. Okay, fine, so … I'm, uh, I'm on the platform at Lake Station, I'm waitin' for the Red Line and … and this woman comes up to me.
      Kate: Dr. Magnus.
      Jimmy: Yeah … and somehow she knew everything about me, who I was, what I was about to do … and she tells me the gang lied - that, uh, that when a paridax gets scared, it releases a spray, like a skunk, just … uh-h-h, really toxic in close quarters, you know? I mean, I was that close to killing … hundreds of people … she stopped me.

    • Duke: (to Will) I think your boss is lyin' to me … which is very, very bad news for you.

    • (Duke makes a video call to Magnus)
      Helen: I thought I told you to wait for my call.
      Duke: I've waited long enough. Besides, your friend isn't doing too good. (backs away, revealing a prostrate Will) I've transmitted my location. If you have Jimmy like you say you do, you have thirty minutes to deliver him to me, otherwise … (grabs Will's head) pretty boy dies.

    • (Kate and Jimmy stand with guns pointing at each other)
      Jimmy: Kate, you gotta understand, it was my first big job. I didn't think I had a choice. You know how it works. Once you're in … you're in.
      Kate: So that's it? That's all you gotta say?
      Jimmy: (Jimmy uncocks his gun and lowers it) I can't change what I've done.
      Kate: So my dad was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, is that it?
      Jimmy: Kate, what are you talking about? Your dad was the target. He was tryin' to cut a deal with the D.A. That's - that's why the gang wanted him killed.
      Kate: Shut up! SHUT UP! You're lying.
      Jimmy: I don't wanna be the bearer of bad news here, but your dad was turning on the guys he was running with. He knew the risks.
      Kate: Well, it doesn't change the fact that he's dead.
      Jimmy: No, it doesn't.
      Kate: Get down! Get down on your knees. (Jimmy kneels and tosses aside his gun) Anything else you want to say?
      Jimmy: Just that I don't blame you … and "Go, White Sox".

    • (Magnus is escaping with Will)
      Will: Since when did you turn into David Blaine?
      Helen: Just keep moving.

    • Jimmy: Let them go. I'll come quietly, but you gotta release them quietly first.
      Duke: How do I know you have the container?
      Jimmy: (lifts his shirt) Why don't you reach in and see for yourself.
      Duke: Okay. Well, it looks like we have a deal after all.
      Helen: James, you don't have to do this.
      Jimmy: Yes, I do. (turns to Kate) I'm sorry. It's all I can say. (to Magnus) You go. Hurry

    • Will: Well, I'm off to see Sally. Hey, what kinda thank you gift do you get for a mermaid?
      Helen: She really likes it if you swim with her.
      Will: Huh … well, I'll get my suit.
      Helen: (grinning) No suit.

    • Kate: It's funny. I always wondered what I would do if I figured out who killed my father. Turns out, it's not as black and white as I thought.
      Helen: Life rarely is.
      Kate: I coulda been Jimmy. I've done things I'm not proud of. How are we so different? I've been blaming the way my life turned out … on that one moment 20 years ago … but the truth is, I made my life the way it is.
      Helen: And your life is still unfolding.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Kate: (scoffs) Who are you, Dr. Phil?

      Snapping at Jimmy when she doesn't want to talk about her dad, Kate alludes to Phil McGraw, the "common sense" psychologist famous for getting people to open up.

    • Will: (to Magnus) Since when did you turn into David Blaine?

      Will is alluding to the American illusionist and endurance artist, David Blaine, a famous performer of close-up "Street Magic".

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