Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Season 1 Episode 3

The Turk

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 2008 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Agent Ellison refers to Enrique as Enrique Salzia. In James Cameron's Terminator 2, the character's last name is Salceda.

    • When Cromartie steals the blood from the hospital, he skips over the A Positive and B Positive supplies and opts for the O Positive. That's because O Positive is considered the universal donor (it can be transfused into anyone).

    • Goof: In the first school scene as John and Cameron walk to the entrance Cameron's left arm is straight by her side. The scene changes to a more distant shot and her left arm is now bent with her hand holding her book bag strap.

    • Nitpick: When Cromartie steals the blood from the hospital, he breaks the glass in the door to open it with the handle on the other side. However when he smashes his hand through the glass the force opens the door but yet he still reaches for the handle to open it (pulling the door closed first).

    • Goof: While it is true that Morris Berg was sent by the OSS to determine if Heisenberg was close to making the atomic bomb (he deemed the Germans were not close and didn't carry out the execution), the event occurred on December 18, 1944, not in 1943 as Sarah said.

    • Goof: When Cromartie forces the scientist to make the synthetic skin, we get a shot of the scientist in the bathroom with the robot who has an over coat on. In the next shot, we see the scientist becoming amazed at the sight of the robot without the coat. If you compare the gigantic size of the robot that they show next, with the figure that was in the overcoat, there is an obvious difference in size. The real Cromartie could never fit in that small of an overcoat.

    • Goof: In the scene of Cameron in the girls restroom, as the camera angle changes, her left arm and hand go back and forth from holding her book bag strap to straight by her side.

    • Goof: The ground shot of the dead student shows her arm extended and her hand pointing out. The camera angle changes to an overhead view and her arm has moved and her hand is now next to her face.

  • Quotes

    • Sarah: (voice-over) When I was in the mental hospital, I became obsessed with science. Not all science, actually. And not really science at all. Scientists, and then only nuclear scientists. The ones who invented the bomb. Oppenheimer, Heisenberg, Fermi and Teller. Pioneers. Geniuses all. I read every book I could. I wanted to understand. Why couldn't they stop, these fathers of our destruction? And why wouldn't anybody stop them? And if I had the chance, would I?

    • John: Hey, you're getting pretty good at that.
      Cameron: Thank you.
      John: Still, it's not exactly brain surgery or anything. It'd be pretty funny if you were some advanced cybernetic intelligence, yet stumped by a stick of eyeliner.
      Cameron: No, it's not brain surgery. (looks closely at the eyeliner pencil) It would have to be a lot sharper for brain surgery.

    • Sarah: (laying down a block diagram) OK, six ways in. Six ways out. The front opens to the street here. Security's minimal. Two armed guards in the morning. Four in the afternoon. And if anything goes wrong, there's a parking lot here.
      John: Mom, it's high school, okay? Not Supermax. We can handle it.
      (He kisses the top of Sarah's head and leaves.)
      Cameron: We can handle it.
      Sarah: Don't you kiss me ... or anyone else.

    • John: Okay, now blend in.
      Cameron: Blend in.
      John: Yeah, I mean don't seem like a freak. You know what I mean, right?
      Cameron: Freak. Weirdo. Kook. Oddball. Crackpot. Strange duck. Weird potato. Nut. I've been reading the dictionary. I don't sleep.
      John: Yeah, see, that's what I'm talking about! You do that and you sound like a freak. And don't walk around acting like my bodyguard. You're supposed to be my sister.

    • (Cameron sets off the metal detector at school.)
      : Excuse me, uh, this is my sister.
      Security Guard: Extra credit for you.
      John: Look, she's got a metal plate in her head. Really, i-it's a big one.
      Cameron: I fell ... hard.

    • Tarissa Dyson: What do you want, Sarah? You never die, and you always want something.

    • Tarissa Dyson: (after reluctantly identifying Andy in a photo) Is he going to die, too? Is that what happens now, he dies?
      Sarah: I don't know. I hope not.
      Tarissa Dyson: Well if he does, just make sure it matters. Make sure it's not in vain.
      Sarah: No one dies in vain.

    • Ellison: (pointing to the electrified safe in the wall) Well yeah, you see this every day. You didn't find that curious? Why would anyone wire a safe directly into the power?
      Simpson: (in exasperation) Why is the sky blue, Ellison? Don't overthink it. The guys were druggies, they're not rocket scientists, not terrorists. Your guy sold my guys paper, my guys whacked your guy to cover their tracks. Go back to your office. Your desk misses you.
      Ellison: Right. Good one.

    • Sarah: Hey. How was school?
      Cameron: I have a metal plate in my head.
      John: She's gonna need a note.
      Sarah: I meant you, not her.
      John: Yeah, fine.
      Sarah: You're not going to give me anything?
      John: Oh well, we went, we learned. I didn't get killed, and she didn't kill anybody. It's a pretty good first day, I think.

    • Sarah: Nobody dies till I say so. (looks at John) Tell her.
      : People die all the time. They won't wait for her.

    • Sarah: (voice-over) In 1943, the German physicist Werner Heisenberg delivered a physics lecture to a packed hall in Zurich. One of the audience members was Moe Berg, an ex-professional baseball player, working as a spy for the OSS. Berg's task was to listen to the lecture and determine whether Heisenberg and the Germans were close to perfecting the atomic bomb. If Berg discovered that this was the case, he was to wait for Heisenberg outside the hall and shoot the scientist in the head. He had never killed anyone before.

    • Sarah: So what's your deal, Andy? I can't imagine you majored in cell phone sales at college.
      Andy: No. No, more like Funyuns and twelve packs of Jolt from the vintage soda store while my roommates and I hacked Zelda 3 so the princess would say funny lines ripped from reruns.
      Sarah: (smiling quizzically) What's that language you speak, boy?
      Andy: Computer science, CalTech. Advanced dork.

    • John: (about Andy's computer) Again, what did it look like?
      Sarah: What did it look like? Who cares what it looked like? It was just a rack of computer equipment.
      John: Okay, but was there obvious network access? Do you know what kind of bandwidth?
      Sarah: You're joking.
      John: What about power supply? Was there a cooling element. Like a fan or something?
      Sarah: John--
      John: Mom, I'm just trying to get a sense of the horsepower. I wanna know if this thing was a dinky little homemade soap box or if it was a full-fledged AI platform capable of learning and growing and taking on other applications.
      Sarah: It plays chess.
      John: So did Einstein.

    • Doctor: (to Sarah) Don't drive yourself crazy chasing the future. We can't predict, you know? We can only try and prevent.

    • Zoey: Does this make me look fat?
      Cameron: (gives her a long look) Yes.
      Zoey: What the hell? What's your problem?
      Cameron: You asked.

    • Sarah: John, people who wanna take their own lives, this girl, if they're serious about it, they'll find a way.
      John: You didn't see her. If you'd have seen her, you wouldn't be talking like this.
      Sarah: And what were you gonna do, be a hero? Get your name in the papers, your face?
      John: Isn't that what I'm supposed to be? A hero? Isn't that who I am? If it's just gonna sit inside me, if it's just gonna sit in my gut, then what are we doing? What's the point? Why not just give it to them if we're gonna act like them?

    • Sarah: (voice-over) On July 16th, 1945, in the mountains outside of Los Alamos, New Mexico, the world's first atomic bomb exploded. A white light pierced the sky with such intensity that a blind girl claimed to see the flash from a hundred miles away. After witnessing the explosion, J. Robert Oppenheimer quoted a fragment of the Bhagavad Gita, declaring, 'I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' His colleague, Ken Bainbridge, put it another way when he leaned close to Oppenheimer and whispered, 'Now we are all sons of bitches.' Now we are all sons of bitches.

  • Notes

    • Neil Hopkins (Mr. Harris) previously guest starred in an episode of The 4400 that also featured Summer Glau's recurring character on that show.

    • Star Richard T. Jones (Agent James Ellison) and guest star Catherine Dent (Agent Greta Simpson) were given "And" billing for their appearances.

    • In Latin America, this episode was translated as "El Turco", which is an exact translation.

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Josh Friedman (Developed for Television by), Jill Danton (Produced by), James Cameron (Based on Characters Created by), Gale Anne Hurd (Based on Characters Created by), Zane/Pillsbury (Casting by), Robert Hall (Special Make-Up Effects Created by), Almost Human Inc. (Special Make-Up Effects Created by), Fotokem (Film Processing by), Zoic Studios (Visual Effects by), Panavision (Cameras by)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: February 26th, 2008 on Channel 9
      United Kingdom: March 6th, 2008 on Virgin 1
      India: March 25th, 2008 on Zee Cafe
      Russia: March 28th, 2008 on Ren-TV
      Poland May 18th, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: May 19th, 2008 on TV3
      Denmark: June 6th, 2008 on TV3
      Czech Republic: July 17th, 2008 on Prima
      Norway: September 8th, 2008 on TVNorge
      Poland: November 13th, 2008 on TVP1
      Finland: November 24th, 2008 on Sub
      Hungary: February 17th, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Slovakia: July 15th, 2010 on Markiza

  • Allusions

    • Title:

      "The Turk" was the nickname associated with a device first presented in 1769 to the royal family of Austria as a chess-playing automaton. Speculation that the mechanism, a desk 3 feet wide, over 2 1/2 feet high and 2 feet deep, actually was controlled by a human operator concealed inside was finally confirmed in 1827.

    • Short Circuit: Cameron's reciting of the synonyms for 'freak' is perhaps a nod to the 1986 movie Short Circuit in which the robot Number 5 had the habit of reciting synonyms for words that were used to describe him or one of the other characters.

    • Tarissa: What about that machine?
      Sarah: (referring to Cameron) She's still around.
      Tarissa: Not that one; the other.
      Sarah: No.
      Tarissa asks about the T-800 that Arnold Schwarzenegger played in the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day which accompanied Sarah on her mission to kill Miles, the creator of Skynet. Tarissa was present when they captured her husband and learned of the future war when Sarah explained the situation to him. At the end of the movie the T-800 was destroyed.

    • Zelda:

      Andy refers to "Zelda 3," which is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, which was later ported to the Game Boy Advance. This game is the third installment in the Legend of Zelda franchise.

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