Warehouse 13

Season 1 Episode 10

Breakdown

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 08, 2009 on Syfy
8.7
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Episode Summary

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While Pete, Myka, and Claudia are trapped in the warehouse, Artie is forced to answer to his superiors.

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  • Warehouse mythology and back story is added

    7.5
    I enjoyed this episode a lot as it introduced the idea of the warehouse and its history and who oversees the work of W13. The central story is getting quite interesting and the idea of McPherson and his fall from grace is also a good storyline. But again the addition of a light, fun story of Claudia messing around in the warehouse, prevents the story from really gelling. I really wish they would stick to a more serious storyline, rather than trying to be everything to everyman. Still I enjoyed it overall and think its entertaining.moreless
  • Artie goes to deliver everyone's reports and is summoned to meet with the superiors so they can question him about his recent actions. Meanwhile Claudia has a mishap and Myka and Pete end up getting swept up into a major breakdown of the Warehouse.moreless

    8.5
    While interesting and informative the Artie part of this episode was superfluous. Either they need to let Artie go or allow him to do his thing. It seems level heads prevail and Artie is allowed to deal with MacPherson as he may be the only person capable of handling the situation.



    Much more interesting was the hike through the Warehouse. It is always fun to see what kind of gadgets they can get in trouble with. It is one of the quaint fun parts of this show. Allison Scagliotti character Claudia is getting downright infectious. Also she, Myka and Pete have excellent chemistry.



    I loved the Dodgeball sequence and that was quick thinking from Pete about catching the ball. That silly string was a little creepy as it seemed to get more sticky the more it was handled. The replica Leena house was also creepy. That painting on the wall was strange but it seemed pretty easy to defeat once they figured out it was there. Myka saves Pete's bacon at the end with the typewriter. It's a soul sucking typewriter! I think computers are that way sometimes!



    I expected Artie to ask about how far from annihilation they had gotten when they explained themselves. It was funny and unexpected when he said he got below 20 and her voice (Mrs. Frederic's) gets really annoying when she starts the individual number countdown.



    Sometimes one story just outshines the other. I think they felt it was necessary to show the structure of the organization the agents work for. Unfortunately I don't think it worked on some levels and was kind of boring. Oh well, better luck next time. At least we had fun in the Warehouse! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • No artifact hunting this time...

    7.5
    Well Well. I love it when TV shows experiment with out of the ordinary plots. And for a relatively uninteresting show, this experiment worked out really well.



    Artie is summoned by a bunch of regents who are the higher officials as far as Warehouse 13 matters are concerned. They start to doubt Artie's future in the secret ops owing the Macphereson fiasco. Artie puts up with a 'I can't do anything, unless you trust me' act and gets away with it. There wasn't much of a story in that, except that we get a glimpse of W13's power structure.



    Back in the warehouse Claudia messes up with an artifact, causing the neutralizer system to shut down. Pete, Myka, and Claudia go through an adventure of sorts to set things right. The forced humor was very apparent here, and we clearly got the feeling that the story was meant to be taken in a lighter vein. Whatever was the motive, as viewers, I guess it was good to see the three younger ones team up together.



    Fine episode overall.moreless
Paula Boudreau

Paula Boudreau

Regent Theadora

Guest Star

Jung Yul Kim

Jung Yul Kim

Mrs. Frederic's Bodyguard

Guest Star

Adam Cawley

Adam Cawley

Courier

Guest Star

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Mrs. Irene Frederic

Recurring Role

Allison Scagliotti

Allison Scagliotti

Claudia Donovan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Pete: Done! I win! Ha ha ha ha!
      Myka: It's not a race.
      Pete: Said the tortoise to the hare.
      Myka: You know, in the story, the tortoise actually wins.
      Pete: It's a fairy tale. How is a turtle going to beat a rabbit?
      Myka: It's not a fairy tale. It's a fable, a life lesson. "Slow and steady wins the race."
      Pete: Here's a life lesson. Pete fast, Pete win.

    • Artie: Myka, one day will you know all answers to all questions. Just not today.

    • Claudia: What else? Okay, "repair auto-vac." Slice-o-pie. "Tighten and lubricate zip line." Sounds kind of kinky when you say it like that.

    • Myka: So if it isn't Mrs. Frederic, who's getting those reports?
      Pete: I don't know. Mr. Frederic? Claudia! I brought doughnuts. (looks guilty) Doughnut.

    • Myka: I just hope she's okay, you know?
      Pete: Claudia's like bamboo. You can bend her all you want, but she'll never break.

    • Myka: "Baylor Dodgeball. Used for military dexterity and agility training. Multiplies upon contact." That we already know. "Acquired after the... bludgeoning deaths of five cadets in 1972."
      Pete: Uh, uh, bludgeoning is b-bad.
      Myka: Agreed, Agreed.

    • Theadora: Hi, there, welcome to Ted's. I'm Theadora, but everyone calls me "Ted." Party of one?
      Artie: (about Mrs. Frederic) No, no, I'm meeting that woman right over there and it's rarely a party.

    • Artie: You really expect me to believe that...?
      Valda: What exactly were you expecting, Mr. Nielsen? Hooded cloaked figures standing in half-light around a perpetually burning flame?
      Regent Archer: He's seen too many movies.
      Artie: I... You know, I just would have thought that... this waitress is a Regent?
      Valda: John Adams was a farmer. Abraham Lincoln was a small-town lawyer. Plato, Socrates were teachers. Jesus was a carpenter. To equate judgment and wisdom with occupation is at best... insulting.

    • Myka: We need to get back to the office.
      Claudia: Oh, no need. "What are you doing wasting time installing backup terminals in the aisles, foolish red-haired girl?" Because you never know when you might need one, Artie.

    • Claudia: Okay, looks like the problem is in the gooery.
      Pete: What's a gooery?
      Myka: I'm guessing it's Claudia-speak for the neutralizer processor center.
      Claudia: Uh-huh.
      Pete: Right, of course.
      Myka: Well, it's chapter 197 in the manual.
      Pete: It's a thousand pages long. I'll wait for the movie.

    • Pete: Okay, fine, but you stick close, and you do exactly as we say.
      Claudia: All right. Suicide mission with the team. Kind of exciting. I'm excited! Come on.

    • Claudia: It's sealed with an Omega level security code.
      Myka: Can you hack it?
      Claudia: Pope, Catholic, bear, woods. You know the drill.

    • Artie: So am I fired?
      Mrs. Frederic: Worse. They want you to stay. Bering and Lattimer are not the best agents we've ever had. You are.
      Artie: They said that?
      Mrs. Frederic: It was said. And they were smart enough to believe me.
      Artie: Oh. Thanks.
      Mrs. Frederic: Simply the facts.

    • Myka: You're good. No, you're really good. You'll be fine.
      Claudia: Thanks. Hey, um, you know, if you're not busy later, maybe you could show me how to do that ka-cha kick thing? 'Cause, like I tried it on the light switch and I think I broke my toe. And I know I broke the light switch.

    • Artie: How long did you have before the warehouse was gonna explode?
      Pete: Under a minute.
      Claudia: More like thirty seconds.
      Artie: That's lucky. I once got there with 17, and (Mrs. Frederic's) voice gets really annoying when she's counting down the seconds one at time.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Pete: Yeah, how very Salvador Dali.
      Referencing the Spanish Catalan surrealist artist (1904-1989), best known for his paintings such as The Persistence of Memory, which featured melting clocks. Dali also worked in the fields of sculpture, photography, film, and theater.

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