Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 4

Allison From Palmdale

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Cameron has a software glitch and loses her memory, causing her to leave the Connors. She is taken in by a homeless kid named Jody, who ends up at a halfway house with her. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison meets with Catherine Weaver to talk about his future with Zeira Corp.moreless

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  • Cameron takes a trip down memory lane.

    And finds out she's Allison from Palmdale, obviously the title for this episode. I'll get the little stuff out of the way. Pregnant neighbor lady is taken to the hospital by Sarah, who decides to stay and look over her, because Sarah knows how it is to go through that alone. This was interesting to hear, but not my favorite part of the episode. The daddy to the pregnant lady, Casey I think, is a cop and can take John down to the gun range, so training camp looks to be up for next week.

    But what the show really centers on this week is Allison/Cameron. As Cameron's chip goes haywire, she gets flashbacks of when she was interrogating the real Allison to find out the location of John Connor. What is unclear to me is how big of revelation this is. Besides the fact that this explains how John got a hold of Cameron to reprogram, why was Allison picked by John and what for? If those questions aren't answered, then Allison is just the reason we get to look at Summer Glau every time Terminator comes on. Summer Glau really shined this week and the emotional scenes really powerful enough.

    Agent Ellison's reasons for teaming up with Weaver/T-1001 seemed a little hazy, but I am interested to see what role this will have in the greater picture.

    Where was Reese this week? Not like I minded due to the overload of Cameron/Allison/Summer.moreless
  • Cameron flashes back to the future, Sarah supports her neighbor, and Agent Elision takes the job with Catharine Weaver.

    Pros: This episode had me hooked from start to finish. The twists kept on coming with Cameron/Alison's plot line, Sarah's plot was very well done and Agent Elision's plot was very interesting. Finally Summer Glau proved to me that she is more than a pretty face in this episode. Her scenes where she was Alison, and even when she was talking to the guidance counselor were very gripping, they all depended on her acting ability, and she sold it. I'd like to see where all the different plots are going at this point, and I am very interested in Catharine Weaver.

    Cons: As much as I liked the Sarah scenes and the Agent Elision scenes, I thought some of them could be cut to make more room for the Alison flashbacks. And the halfway house scenes really got on my nerves, even if the ending did show where the writers were going. Overall: Great episode, very gripping and informative.moreless
  • We get to see Cameron's origin and it's awesome!

    This season keeps delivering bigger and bigger revelations! Showing Cameron's origin was really cool even though it was very sad. And the fact that they get you to keep questioning Cameron's true motives really creates great tension when you see her and John on screen together now. It was also cool to see the little time loop they created when Cameron talks with her mom on the phone. Reminded me of the one established in the first Terminator with Kyle Reese being John's father. And Catherine Weaver has a daughter? Oh, I can't wait to see the truth behind that one!moreless
  • This episode tries something different.

    Allison from Palmdale is a welcome change from the sometimes tiresome formula of this series: Connors run from a Terminator. Summer Glau may be relieved to have been allowed to show emotion in this episode as she also plays the episode title character, the human template that Cameron impersonates. We learn that Allison may have had some relationship to John Connor which ads to more of the predetermination paradox that is known Terminator series. The whole mythos started with a movie where John Connor sent his best friend back in time who turned out to be his father. Same with his uncle. Could John Connor have been in love with Allison because she looked like the Terminator he reprogrammed then sent back to the past? Interesting possible plots stem from this episode and I await more from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.moreless
  • Reversed our view of this series!

    My wife and I were just about to stop watching this series because it had gotten so repititious and dark. It seemed that every week was about escaping from a near-omnipotent robot from the future. Then they unleased this fine episode and we're back! I hope they continue to add more humor and character deveopment to the program and do a LOT more "stand alone" type episodes!

    In addition to the good acting and character development, this episode also filled out our understanding of Summer Glau's character's past in a variety of ways. We now know how she came to look like that and how she was recruited as an infiltrator. And we know what dark things she's capable of doing to innocent people...

    A strong episode to rescue interest in a program that seemed to be repeating itself. 9.5 stars.moreless
Leah Pipes

Leah Pipes


Guest Star

Jon Huertas

Jon Huertas


Guest Star

Jillian Armenante

Jillian Armenante


Guest Star

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Kacy Corbin

Recurring Role

Mackenzie Smith

Mackenzie Smith

Savannah Weaver

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Cameron says to John, "You're freaking me out," her hair is partially tucked behind her ear on the right side. But when she nods after he says, "I'm freaking you out?" her hair is hanging straight.

    • John: (to Cameron) Are you okay? 'Cause if you try and kill me again I wouldn't mind a head start.

      This is a reference to the episode "Samson & Delilah", where Cameron tries to kill John because her chip is damaged.

    • When Cameron is filling out the form, she writes "Alison Young."

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Cameron: You're very brave. That must be why John Connor chose you.
      Alison: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Cameron: I admire him: his determination, his spirit, his fearlessness. I'd like to meet him.
      Alison: He wouldn't want to meet you!
      Cameron: They're going to kill you. They're going to kill every one of you. They'll humt you down until every human is gone, and you're extinct.
      Alison: Why are we having this conversation?!
      Cameron: Because some of us don't want that. Some of us want peace.

    • Ellison: These things... they're evil.
      Catherine Weaver: We have to be careful, Agent, not to anthropomorphize a machine.
      Ellison: These are more than machines, Miss Weaver. But I never make the mistake of thinking that they're human.

    • John: Did you kill her?
      Jody: (labored gasps)
      Cameron: Apparently not.

    • John: Earth to Cameron.
      Cameron: What?
      John: Are you okay? 'Cause if you try and kill me again I wouldn't mind a head start.
      Cameron: If I was going to try to kill you again, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: November 13th, 2008 on Virgin 1
      Denmark: November 14th, 2008 on TV3
      India: January 27th, 2009 on Zee Cafe
      Sweden: February 19th, 2009 on TV6
      Australia: April 3rd, 2009 on FOX8
      Norway: July 11th, 2009 on TVNorge
      Finland: September 20th, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: September 24th, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: August 19th, 2010 on Markiza

    • Leven Rambin (Riley), Garret Dillahunt (Cromartie), and Brian Austin Green (Derek Reese) do not appear in this episode. This marks the first time since he joined the cast that Brian Austin Green has not appeared in an episode, and also the first time that a regular cast member who has not appeared in an episode was actually uncredited.

    • Richard T. Jones and Jillian Armenante starred together on the show Judging Amy which ran from 1999-2005.