Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Season 1 Episode 7

The Demon Hand

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2008 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Sarah steals a video tape from the stack at Agent Ellisons' apartment and brings it into her kitchen where John took the tape from her back and watched it. We see an "overshoulder shot" of him watching an interview tape with a time-code burn in. It reads 02:09:14:00 and counting until the cut-away at around 02:09:20:00. On the next morning Sarah gets suspicious about John's behavior and checks his room. The tape is ejected and Sarah pushes it right back in and presses play. The burn-in time-code reads 02:09:21:00.
      First: if the tape is ejected but not took back in place in Sarah's bag one can assume John watched, fell asleep, the tape run throughout, got rewound and ejected. In that case it should start at the very same time-code as we see when John watches it the first time. Second: if John watched it and rewound it manually so he ejected it as well but why he didn't put it back in Sarah's bag? Third: When John watches the tape right from the point it was cued to when it came to their house in the first place we can see a steady-shot of two - the interviewer from the back and Sarah facing the camera. At whatever continuity Sarah watches the tape the other day we can see the subsequent timecode but a dolly shot with the interviewer entering the frame from the left hand side, taking a seat at the table and starting the interview.
      Why is the tape ejected and at what point but not put back in Sarah's bag?
      Why is right at the point Sarah is starting to watch the tape still some material on it, i.e. wouldn't John have watched it all?
      Given the upper thoughts: why is there a subsequent time-code both times we can see the tape's content but the picture are obviously not continuous?

    • Goof: At the start of the episode, Cameron goes into the evidence room at the police station. Despite there being many long rows of shelves with boxes on them, she walks far into the room and chooses the correct box, in the dark, without looking around, or without any other help or clue as to where to look.

    • Goof: When Sara sees the stack of interview recordings in Agent Ellison's home the stack is not perfectly aligned but bulges by the fourth tape, when the camera cuts again to her approaching the the stack, they have become much better aligned.

    • Reference is made to John's foster parents played by Janette Goldstein and Xander Berkeley in Terminator 2 as well as their deaths at the hands of the T1000.

    • Reference is made to the battle between the T800 CSM 101 and the liquid metal T1000 inside the mental hospital during Terminator 2. This is the first direct reference made to the T1000 in the series.

    • Direct reference is made to the arm and chip of the original Terminator as well as their role in Cyberdine's development of Skynet as featured in Terminator 2.

    • Cameron signs up for a ballet class. This might be a homage to actress Summer Glau, who was a professional ballet-dancer (Prima Ballerina) before acting.

  • Quotes

    • Derek: Look, John ... what can happen to a person inside four walls ... screws with your head. Makes you do things you never thought you'd do.
      John: Some people never give up. Some people always fight.
      Derek: Fewer than you think.

    • Sarah: You should be resting.
      Derek: They never rest.

    • Derek: Put the machine on it. She'll find him.
      Sarah: I know. It's what they do.

    • Maria: (about Cameron's dancing) The height is nice, beautiful feet, but the upper body is a little ... mechanical, ya? Remember, you are a cat.
      Cameron: I'm a cat?
      Maria: Come next week. We need to develop your flexibility and your ... imagination. Remember, dance is the hidden language of the soul, ya?

    • John: (watching Derek loading guns) Anyway, you should take it into the kitchen or something. Mom wouldn't like you doing it in her room.
      Derek: Why?
      John: (confused) Because it's her room.

    • Derek: Who?
      Sarah: FBI Agent Ellison.
      Derek: The same guy who questioned me at county lockup? What, they only have one FBI agent in this town?

    • Sarah: You're not hungry?
      John: No.
      Sarah: Since when?

    • Dr. Silberman: He came down the hall, this large man. I thought it was a man until ... he threw the guard through the window, like a rag doll. Not an ounce of emotion. Just blank, like a death mask. Then the other one came.
      Agent Ellison: There was two of them?
      Dr. Silberman: Yeah, they were different. The second was almost beautiful like perfect ... like a changeling, the face of Mercury.
      Agent Ellison: What about Sarah?
      Dr. Silberman: She was there. She was on the floor. And the boy was with her, he was screaming. And then the first one, the big one, I'll never forget. He reached out his hand and he said, 'Come with me if you want to live.' The hand of God reaching out to Man, like the Sistine Chapel.
      Agent Ellison: The hand of God.
      Dr. Silberman: Hand of God. Yeah. Well, there's no proof, so we don't talk about it, all of us that were there.
      Agent Ellison: What if I told you I had proof?

    • Derek: Your mom was in prison?
      John: Mental hospital. You go around blowing up buildings and ranting about robots, it happens.

    • Derek: So, you ever wonder what happened to Todd and Janelle?
      John: No. I know what happened. I got them killed.

    • Sarah: The day I broke out of there, the day you came for me, I was coming for you. Because about three seconds after I signed that paper I knew I couldn't live with it. I was coming for you and I was gonna die trying.
      John: You almost did.
      Sarah: So did you.
      John: And you were mad as hell about it. You yelled at me; told me what a stupid move it was.
      Sarah: I might have oversold that a little.

    • Sarah: (when Cameron walks in dressed as a cop) And somewhere in the city, a naked cop bleeds in an alley.

    • (Talking about Sarah)
      Dr. Silberman: I can't let you stop her.
      James Ellison: She's dead.
      Dr. Silberman: Well.. so was Jesus once.

    • Dr. Silberman: (sees Sarah) Oh, my god. I'm sorry I ever doubted you.
      (Sarah punches Silberman in the face)
      Sarah: Apology accepted.

    • Sarah: Did you find the Turk?
      Cameron: Dimitri stole it from Andy, then sold it to a man.
      Sarah: Who? Where's Dimitri now?
      Cameron: Dead, so is his sister.
      Sarah: Did you kill them?
      Cameron: No. It wasn't my mission.

    • Sarah Connor: (closing narration) There was a time I was a hero to my son, he thought I walked on water. He knows better now. We all have weak moments, moments where we lose faith. But it's our flaws, our weaknesses, that make us human. Science now performs miracles like the gods of old, creating life from blood cells, or bacteria, or a spark of metal. But they're perfect creatures. And in that way, they couldn't be less human. There are things machines will never do. They cannot possess faith, they cannot commune with God, they cannot appreciate beauty, they cannot create art. If they ever learn these things, they won't have to destroy us, they'll be us.

    • Sarah Connor: (opening narration) They say that when a person dies, the soul lives on. The soul, the thing that separates us from the machines. Cameron had burned the metal monster, 2,000 degrees, I suppose they did the same to Andy, there was nothing left of either. Nothing that told the story of who or what they were. Gone is gone. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. When I go, bury me in the earth. A part of me died years ago with Kyle Reese, but a part of me lives on in John. If that's not a soul, I don't know what is.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 1st, 2008 on Channel 9
      United Kingdom: April 3rd, 2008 on Virgin 1
      Russia: April 11th, 2008 on Ren-TV
      India: April 22nd, 2008 on Zee Cafe
      Sweden: June 9th, 2008 on TV3
      Denmark: June 20th, 2008 on TV3
      Czech Republic: August 14th, 2008 on Prima
      Norway: October 6th, 2008 on TVNorge
      Poland: December 11th, 2008 on TVP1
      Finland: December 22nd, 2008 on Sub
      Slovakia: July 29th, 2010 on Markiza

    • Bruce Davidson (Dr. Peter Silberman) is credited as a Special Guest Star.

    • Featured Music:

      "Nocturne in C-sharp Minor" by Frédéric Chopin

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