Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 8

Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 10, 2008 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

John and Riley face some fatal aftermath on their trip to Mexico. Sarah and Ellison finally meet up.

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  • one of the best.

    This is one of the my top 5 episodes. One story and many point of views... John and Riley go to Mexico. Cromartie finds them. The others and Agent Ellison help them to escape. Sometimes I kinda forget that Cameron is a machine. Especially in this episode, she's more like a human being. It seems like she cares about John and she has feelings for him. All the talks of Cameron in this one are emotional and meaningful. At the end, the scene, Sarah with the chip of Cromartie was flawless. There is a lot of things that you can see clearly in her nervous breakdown. Rage, desperation, fear, maybe temporary relief... And there is also John. He holds her close, and let her cry into him. Do his best to comfort his mom. He tries to make her forget the weight for a little while, and helps her to get through it.moreless
  • An episode of stories.

    I don't have any clue as to what the title had to do with the show at all...

    This episode pulled something off that can be done horribly wrong and get extremely repetitive: telling what's happening only from a certain characters point of view. It gave some extra suspense to certain scenes because you weren't getting the whole view like we normally do in every episode. And it didn't get too repetitive.

    This week John plans a get away to Mexico with Riley, while Cromartie is hot on their trail and kidnaps Sarah. The final showdown in Mexico was well planned by the characters in the show, but the music over the scene felt a little off. Maybe if I had taken Spanish for more than 3 years I might have understood the song.

    There was a few interesting scenes this week and two of them involved John dealing with the ladies. Cameron's tactics to convince John to stop seeing Riley were extremely interesting and very suggestive (I might have caved) and I wonder what exactly him and Cameron do in the future.

    The scenes with Riley and John in Mexico seemed a little sudden. Here Riley is all into him and she suddenly bursts out she doesn't want to get involved with anyone seriously.

    And when Sarah breaks down at the end...it was interesting to see her tough side loose out for once. Overall, decently good episode and makes me want more and more.moreless
  • Sarah and Jon finally working stuff out?

    Another great episode! Good pacing of the story, which ties up some loose ends (Cromartie) and begins to unwrap some others. I feel Sarah may like Riley a bit better after this episode, though probably not. Cromartie went out a bit weekly and their was not a lot of suspense or zip to the scene, caused once again by rather strange editing choices. Cameron continues to show odd human like traits, which I think are starting to creep everyone out. The writers don't seem to know what to do with Derek this season. This is very sad for me as I really like the character and the banter he used to have with Sarah. He also seems to be very harsh on John lately, which is both out of the blue and a bit strange. Those minor bits aside, it was another strong episode that definitely moved the plot forward.moreless
  • Very Cool Episode

    It was a very nice episode, that's why I gave a 9. The episode doesn't get the 10 for simple, little, but very disturbing mistakes. We all love the show, so I am going to start with the bad stuff. For example: That music they played when Cromartie was getting shot. OMG! I was laughing, LAUGHING, it was absolutely ridiculous, and I speak Spanish, so yeah, that was an awful song. Another thing that disturbed me a little bit was the fact that Cromartie got killed with very little weapons. We have seen terminators kicking butt before and little guns…. well you get the point.

    Now let's talk about the gooooooood stuff: The way the showed us the history, very J.J. Abrams style and very good. I like one thing in particular in this episode and it was the fact that Cameron showed us some human feeling understanding, in the old terminator movies (like Terminator 2 and 3) especially on Terminator 2 James Cameron showed us they can understand feelings (When Arnold said: "Now I know why you cry but is something I could never do", which by the way is a loose end on the terminator TV series). Cromartie is not SKYNET but he deserved a 10 star death sequence (Because he has been with us since the beginning), he got a 9 Star death but that's good enough. The episode was completely action packed, and had a few surprises. It was RELEVANT to the plot line (SKYNET Remember). Overall, a very good job this week from Josh Friedman and company.

    I am little bit tough with this show because i like it.moreless
  • Fantastic writing and great directing

    This show just keeps getting better and better. The writing and direction is consistent and solid. It's great seeing John take more and more control of his own life. They're building towards a defining moment where he'll be forced to accept his destiny and his role in everything.

    More is revealed about John's future self and Cameron's relationship with John. Riley is introduced to the real John Baum. We see how desperate and frustrated Sarah is. Even Ellis is staying engaged in the story in a believable and compelling way. Just another excellent installment of a show that is quickly becoming my favorite.moreless
Danny Mora

Danny Mora


Guest Star

Emilio Rivera

Emilio Rivera

Mexican Police Chief

Guest Star

Alicia Benavides

Alicia Benavides


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: After everyone has escaped from Cromartie, when Sarah is talking with Ellison, she is cradling her injured hand. Just after she drops her arms to her sides, the camera view switches to John and Riley and suddenly Sarah's arms are held in front of her again.

    • Goof: When John sneaks out of the house he leaves his bedroom door wide open, but it is closed in the morning when the terminator comes. If it had been open all night, Sarah and Cameron would have known he was gone in the morning.

    • While eating in a small cantina in the Mexican town, John and Riley are approached by a man with a camera who is hustling tourists for snapshots. He asks them for "five bucks" for him to e-mail the picture to them, since it is digital. This is a reference to the end of the original film, The Terminator when Sarah Connor, pregnant with John stops for gas on the edge of a small Mexican village and a young boy takes a Polaroid snapshot of her and tries to hustle her for "five dollars" for the picture. She negotiates with him and buys it, and the same picture is the one which Kyle Reese later carries around as a good-luck charm in the future before coming back in time to save Sarah and become John's father.

    • Goof: When everyone gets into Cromartie's car to escape, Cromartie begins shooting at them as they drive away in reverse. Sparks indicate that several shots strike the grill/headlights area of the car, yet there is no damage.

    • The Mexican village that John and Riley visit is called Dejalo, which doesn't actually exist in real life. "Dejalo" is actually the title of a song from the band Rilo Kiley's album Under the Blacklight. "Dejalo" also means let it go in Spanish.

    • When Cameron and Derek arrive at the police station in Mexico, Cameron says "I gotta find John." While insignificant by itself, if viewers listen closely they can hear that Cameron says the statement with emotion. A few seconds later she says "I can't let anything happen to him." Cameron says the second statement with an even higher amount of emotion. Afterward, Derek stares at Cameron in disbelief in her show of emotion. It seems that the writers are trying to imply that Cameron has feelings for John.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sarah: You want answers.
      Ellison: I just want to know my role in all of this. What happens after this?
      Sarah: This is it. There's nothing else behind the curtain. This is what I do. It's all I do. You already know why I do it. I'm sorry for what you lost. But I can't help you get any of it back.

    • John: (to Riley, about the helmet) It's supposed to stop cars from playing ping-pong with your head.

    • Sarah: (Responding to Cromartie's statement that she should have killed the boy in the bowling ally in an earlier episode.) I'm not a murderer!
      Cromartie: Who is?

    • Ellison: (kneeling in prayer inside the church) Have you come to repent?
      Cromartie: I'm looking for John Connor.
      Ellison: All things are possible, to him who believes. (Derek comes out of hiding and opens fire on Cromartie)

    • Cameron: You bring danger into Riley's life.
      John: I know that. I'm not stupid.
      Cameron: But sometimes you do stupid things. It would help me to understand why?
      John: Humans do stupid things. So don't worry about it and be happy you're a machine!
      Cameron: I'm a machine, I can't be happy. But I understand more than you think.

    • Cameron: (after John and Sarah argue about Riley) I'll talk to John.
      Sarah: He's not listening.
      Cameron: He's always listening.

    • John: (referring to Riley's new bike helmet) I bought her a helmet.
      Sarah: Responsible. You think it'll stop a bullet?
      John: Why, you gonna take a shot at her?
      Sarah: Well, a lot of bullets fly around here. Someone will. (John starts to leave) You care about this girl?
      John: Yeah.
      Sarah: Then leave her alone.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      New Zealand: November 26th, 2008 on TV2
      United Kingdom: December 11th, 2008 on Virgin 1
      Denmark: January 9th, 2009 on TV3
      Brazil: February 3rd, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: March 26th, 2009 on TV6
      Australia: May 1st, 2009 on FOX8
      Norway: August 8th, 2009 on TVNorge
      Germany: September 28th, 2009 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Czech Republic: October 22nd, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Finland: October 18th, 2009 on Sub
      Slovakia: September 2nd, 2010 on Markiza


    • Quentin Tarantino Allusions:
      There are many allusions to Director Quentin Tarantino in this episode. First, the episode progresses through different character points of view, a Tarantino signature as seen in his films Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. Second, the death/destruction of Cromartie and the shot lookup up at his killers/destroyers is an allusion to Tarantino's "Massacre at Two Pines" in Kill Bill, Vol. 2 when Uma Thurman's character "The Bride" is nearly killed by Bill and "The Vipers Assassination Squad".

    • Title: The title "Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today" refers to how Cromartie introduced himself in his first scene during the "Pilot". He used this sentence as the reason for appearing as a substitute teacher in John's