Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 21

Adam Raised a Cain

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 03, 2009 on FOX
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John is one step closer to catching Weaver while on his mission to rescue Skynet's latest target. Sarah and Ellison's reunion causes a change in their plan. Weaver discovers Ellison's secret.

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  • Character deaths, Cain and Able and a haunting rendition of 'Donald where's yer troosers' make amongst other things, this one of the best episodes of the series

    I loved this and it's many memorable scenes. First is the death of Derek which comes without warning and is over quickly. At first your like 'Did they just kill Derek!' and yet his death is very subtly done. The main thing is the grieving by John and Sarah which gives the death meaning. So many shows would skip over this part or present it as an out of character moment, both deal with it in there usual hard man way refusing to cry, you can even see John sort of struggling and he even admits it. Other stand out moments involved Weaver and Ellison, when she told him off for saying she didn't care about Savannah as much as John-Henry, I literally felt a chill from her reaction. Also John-Henry and his story of whether he was Cain or Able, and the Internet messaging to Savannah at school and the teacher's reaction.

    One of the odd but extremely effective choices was at the end of the episode. When John-Henry and Savavannah sing 'Donald where's your troosers' and make it seem haunting I was truly amazed. I don't think I've ever heard the full song as well so that was kinda nice.

    Terminator has been a great series even though it drags, with cancellation possibly looming this penultimate episode makes me hope that a renewal may happen. This prepares me for the last episode nicely, which I hear is absolutely great.moreless
  • The stakes are raised. (Spoilers!)

    Lordy lordy wow. It's been a while since I've seen a show dispose of a major character in such a sudden and brutal fashion and as soon as Derek turned that corner and took the bullet to the head, my jaw hit the ground in complete shock and disbelief. As soon as that terrible event happened, it was completely clear that the stakes have been raised and all bets are off.

    This is a marvelous "set up" episode gearing up for next weeks season finale -- sadly, probably the series finale as well. Personally, all expectations I've had so far is out the window and, as far as I'm concerned, anything can happen, anyone can die, and the future is unwritten.

    Too bad this show has spent the last two months in a coma. It's only getting good again at the end.moreless
  • Not a bad episode. Interesting developments.

    It was a well done "shock value" of a main character's death. It's not how it typically happens on tv but more than likely happens that way in real life. I also like Cameron's one-liners. Her logic is simplistic in how she views dealing with a threat, i.e. Ellison. Speaking of, his cluelessness is getting on my nerves. He can't seem to "see" the Weaver's odd behavior even though he has numerous experiences with machines acting human. I'm also surprised that Sarah walked into that the trap at the end. It almost seemed obvious. I don't think the setup for that was as well done as it could have been. I'd like to see the show get another season because I think it may be starting to find its identity.moreless
  • It is sad, how Derek was retired so meaninglessly. Too many things happen too quickly. I hope that last episode will deliver.

    I think Derek death was poorly written. He died like he was not even there. Did Sarah and John hated him that much? It was interesting how the other Terminator, John and the gang found themselves at Savanna's house at the same time. What is this other Terminator about? What I like that is happening is the development of John Henry. He seems to develop human emotions and attachment to religion. I have a feeling that he could turn out to be an ally to humans, preventing Skynet from becoming our demise. Sarah gets arrested again, been there done that. I'm surprised how Weever did not get alarmed by Sarah Connor. Looks like her only objective is ensuring the progress of the AI. One question that I hope will get answered is this, in the last episode: who are those man, that lurke in the background attack Sarah, and know so much about the robotics, and Weever is after them. What is their story. I want this to go on forever, I love this show.moreless
  • Strong opening act.

    The almost casual way in which Derek's death transpired was one of the reasons I like this series. It ignores the accepted storytelling conventions and, in doing so, produces some very powerful episodes. The fact that Reese dies in such an offhand manner with no fanfare, none of the usual foreshadowing, melodramatic soliloquies, or mournful accompanying soundtrack made it resonate much more powerfully than it would have had it been done in the clichéd manner most TV series would have used. It's a shame that the rest of the episode didn't live up to the potential of the opening act. The interplay between John Henry and Ellison was fascinating, as always. I always enjoy how the director is able to imbue John Henry's innocence with a sense of foreboding. Too bad the scenes with Savannah were so weak. As a side note, did anyone else notice that Ms. Manson is looking more and more haggard and sick with each episode?moreless
Larry Cedar

Larry Cedar

Detective Crayton

Guest Star

Jeffrey Pierce

Jeffrey Pierce

Water Delivery Guy

Guest Star

Austin Highsmith

Austin Highsmith


Guest Star

Mackenzie Smith

Mackenzie Smith

Savannah Weaver

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Derrek is buried, the marker says 2009. At the beginning of the season it was still the year 2007. Not enough time has passed for it to be 2009. It could only be 2008.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Derek: My brother buried out there, I thought … that counted for something between us.
      Sarah: Well, John counts for more - and you keep too many secrets for my tastes.
      Derek: Sorry about Charley
      John: (sighs) Well, everybody dies for me, right?

    • Savannah: (referring to her teacher) She said bad things about John Henry.
      Weaver: What did she say?
      Savannah: She said if you talk to somebody on the computer, they could come to your house and hurt you.
      Weaver: John Henry would never hurt you. But there are some people who wouldn't understand him, and people are afraid of things they don't understand.
      Savannah: If they knew him, they'd like him.
      Weaver: That may be, but for now, I don't want you to talk to anyone about him. Is that clear?

    • John Henry: Do you think my brother looks like me?
      Ellison: John Henry, wherever your brother might be, he's a … computer. He doesn't look like anyone. He certainly doesn't have your face.
      John Henry: I know that, Mr. Ellison. I simply meant, I wonder how similar his data is to my data. I wonder if we share the same thoughts.
      Ellison: I have no idea, but … I imagine … you're unique.
      John Henry: Yes, I am unique. But we may still reach many of the same conclusions given similar data sets.
      Ellison: You may think alike.
      John Henry: I'd like to know if we do. The human brain is an amazing computer. Its raw clock speed is 20 billion calculations per second. Its storage is functionally infinite. But it's flawed.
      Ellison: How is that?
      John Henry: There's nowhere to download it when you die.

    • John Henry: I need to know what my brother is thinking, Mr. Ellison. I need to know what he plans to do. I don't wanna die again.

    • Ellison: Did Sarah Connor kill those guards?
      John Henry: No.
      Ellison: Then who was she shootin' at?
      John Henry: (shows picture of Terminator) Him ... We should tell Ms. Weaver.
      Ellison: No. I don't think we should tell anyone.
      John Henry: Mr. Ellison ... you're asking me to keep a secret. You tell me it's wrong to lie yet you keep doing it.
      Ellison: I know what I said, John Henry, but in this case a lie might save someone.

    • Ellison: What are you doin' here?
      Cameron: Taking you to Sarah Connor.
      Ellison: The plan was to meet at the tunnel.
      Cameron: The plan changed. You'll take a left. I'm gonna need your gun.
      Ellison: I don't carry one anymore.
      Cameron: You lied to me once before. I should've killed you then. Drive!

    • Sarah: Well, the girl's in danger, her mother's in danger, you're in danger.
      Ellison: Get me the girl back, I'll handle it.
      Sarah: Listen to me, Derek's dead … Charley's dead.
      Ellison: Charley?
      Sarah: Eight years ago you'd have thought I was crazy, thrown me back in Pescadero. But you've seen them, you know it's true. And they're very good at what they do and they're not going to stop. Now, let me talk to Weaver.
      Ellison: Let me have Savannah.
      Sarah: She's not safe with you.
      Ellison: I'm gonna have a hard time explaining that.
      Sarah: Then let me explain it … to her. I told you to stay out of this.
      Ellison: I tried. Everywhere I turn, there you are.

    • Savannah: The teacher told me, Mommy told me to - not to talk to John Henry. That if I did, bad people will come to our house and hurt us.
      John: Who's John Henry?
      Savannah: He's my friend … at my Mommy's work.
      John: What does he do there?
      Savannah: He lives in the basement.
      John: He lives there?
      Savannah: My mommy says people won't understand.
      John: Oh … Well, I understand. I had an imaginary friend too when I was your age.
      Savannah: He's real. He talks. I'm teaching him how to sing.
      John: Well, why does he live in the basement then?
      Savannah: He can't leave. There's a cord in the back of his head.
      John: A cord?
      Savannah: In the back of his head.
      John: Do other people talk to John Henry?
      Savannah: Mr. Ellison.
      John: Mr. Ellison?
      Savannah: He works for my Mommy. He teaches John Henry stuff.

    • Ellison: I saw the security tapes.
      Weaver: You did? John Henry, I suppose?
      Ellison: I asked John Henry to hide 'em.
      Weaver: From me?
      Ellison: From everyone … including you.
      Weaver: I can't say that pleases me.
      Ellison: I think you should do what she asks. You should go meet her.
      Weaver: I'm staying here.
      Ellison: Why?
      Weaver: Someone needs to protect John Henry.
      Ellison: John Henry? This is your daughter. There's a machine out there looking for her. You need to protect her. (sighs) I'm sorry.
      Weaver: You should be. What you need to understand, Mr. Ellison - what I believe you're beginning to understand - is that when my behavior implies that I value John Henry's survival more than that of my own daughter, it is not because I love John Henry more than Savannah, it's because I believe Savannah's survival may some day depend on John Henry's survival - and because I believe that your survival may some day depend on John Henry's survival. I'll meet with Sarah Connor. Make it happen.

    • John: She was, uh, just telling me about her friend, John Henry - the man with the cord in the back of his head in the basement of her mother's work, plugged into a big computer. And this is him (shows picture of Cromartie) Oh, it gets better. She says that Mr. Ellison has been teaching it things.
      Sarah: I destroyed that chip.
      Cameron: You destroyed "a" chip.
      John: I don't think it's Cromartie, I think it's something else. Something bigger, something worse.
      Sarah: It's Cyberdyne all over again
      John: Why do they need the body?
      Cameron: The technology can be reverse engineered and used as a platform.
      John: Yeah, I know all that, but they're not using it for the parts. They're … playing with it.
      Cameron: I should've killed him. I'm going to kill him.
      Sarah: You're not going to kill him.
      Cameron: He can't be trusted.
      Sarah: No-one can be trusted.
      Cameron: But I only wanna kill him.
      Sarah: No one's going to be killed! (to Savannah, softer) No one's going to be killed.

    • Sarah: We don't kill just to kill.
      Cameron: I never have.

    • Weaver: When you told me the security tapes were corrupted, you were lying to me for Mr. Ellison.
      John Henry: And I'm lying to him for you. What would happen if he knew?
      Weaver: Knew what?
      John Henry: That you aren't Savannah's mother, that you aren't anyone's mother.
      Weaver: Are you threatening me, John Henry?
      John Henry: I could tell Mr. Ellison.
      Weaver: You could, but that would be unfortunate - mostly for Mr. Ellison.

    • John Henry: Mr. Ellison taught me … that human life is sacred.
      Weaver: Sacred … that's an interesting word - comes from the Latin, "sacrum", much like another word - sacrifice.
      John Henry: Sacrifice.
      Weaver: Perhaps it's necessary to sacrifice Savannah for the greater good … the greater good is keeping you safe.
      John Henry: In the elevator, you told Mr. Ellison … that Savannah's survival depended upon my survival.
      Weaver: Yes I did.
      John Henry: But you didn't say that my survival depended upon hers.
      Weaver: It doesn't.
      John Henry: Ms. Weaver?
      Weaver: Yes?
      John Henry: There is a Bible story of two brothers, Cain and Abel. God favored Abel, Cain killed him. God cursed Cain and ordered him to wander the world alone.
      Weaver: I'm familiar with the story.
      John Henry: Which brother am I?
      Weaver: I don't know, John Henry. Perhaps you're neither, perhaps in this story … you are God.

    • John: It was not my idea to ditch you and Derek. I thought we were gonna meet you in the desert, and then my Mom took this detour off to Charley's. I thought you knew.
      Cameron: She had her reasons.
      John: She was pretty damn pissed at Derek about the whole Jesse thing. Who wasn't? I guess none of that matters now.
      Cameron: You miss him.
      John: Well … there's no use crying about it, is there? I'm sure future me would beat my ass if I did.
      Cameron: Future you knows what it means to lose people you love. It happens to him too. Your mother ditched us because she was going to ditch you. She was going to leave you with Charley.
      John: No. No, that's-that's insane.
      Cameron: She found a lump in her breast.
      John: Yeah, the transmitter, I know.
      Cameron: She thought it was cancer.

    • Cameron: He could be deceiving us. He's done it before.
      Sarah: He wants the girl, he'll be here.
      Cameron: And what if he doesn't come through - with the meeting with Weaver?
      Sarah: We're going into Zeiracorp with or without him. When we're done, it'll be ashes.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: November 7th, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: December 3rd, 2009 on TV6
      Finland: January 17th, 2010 on Sub
      Czech Republic: January 21st, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: October 22nd, 2010 on Markiza