Warehouse 13

Season 3 Episode 6

Don't Hate The Player

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 15, 2011 on Syfy
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The agents and Claudia team up to free Douglas Fargo and another gamer from a virtual reality fantasy world. Meanwhile, Steve and Artie try to steal an artifact painting in New York but run up against FBI agent Sally Stukowski.

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  • Don't Hate The Player

    Don't Hate The Player was a great episode of Warehouse 13 and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there were some familiar faces from Eureka who get stuck in a virtual game based on the Warehouse. It was cool to see the characters in the game and how the game changed. Artie and Steve had an interesting encounter with the mysterious FBI Agent at aMuseum regarding a Van Gogh Painting. The end of this episode was kinda crazy and looks like we might get more answers soon as to the mysterious figure that has been lurking in the shadows. I look forward to watching the next episode of Warehouse 13!!!!moreless
  • Video game zaniness via a Beatrix Potter tea set and a Van Gogh storm painting challenge the two Warehouse teams this episode.

    It was an interesting episode although I found the Artie/Steve adventure better than the Myka/Claudia/Pete case. I personally have a bit of a problem with these alternate reality episodes and that is why I didn't find the MCP case as much fun. It was fun seeing Fargo come over from Eureka again but once Claudia and Pete had entered the game environment I didn't find things as interesting as normal. It is always some fun though when Pete expresses his childish desires and that is worth a laugh like when he got his big sword and took serious notice of Leena as the angel with two big wings! But when you can do almost anything you want as a writer with this game environment scenario it seems to lose some of the fun and seems contrived. Fargo played well in the episode though and the ultimate reasoning of facing your fears wasn't bad. Claudia was pretty good too and it was fun seeing her as more of a female as the princess and seeing her own reaction to being more of a female!

    Artie and Steve's case I found more interesting and serious. Artie's absent mindedness and his deep understanding of what is going on are a forte performance for Saul which he plays to perfection. And Steve's naiveness at being a Warehouse agent are quite fun. Their case was more interesting to me and, whether it matters or not, more interesting. And again we have the nefarious Sally and where she is leading the plot line to contend with as well. I am looking forward to where that is heading in future episodes.

    So all in all I enjoyed the episode but rated it only 7.5 compared with other episodes. It is interesting how they are frequently having two plot lines each week and definitely keeps the action levels high.moreless
Neil Grayston

Neil Grayston

Douglas Fargo

Guest Star

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Sally Stukowski

Guest Star

Steven Yeun

Steven Yeun

Gibson Rice

Guest Star

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Steve Jinks

Recurring Role

Sasha Roiz

Sasha Roiz

Marcus Diamond

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: Eagle Leena refers to Carter's Curse. Jack Carter is the sheriff of SyFy's Eureka. Often Sheriff Carter locks people away in the town holding cell, preventing them from interfering with a current investigation. Fargo clearly put this in as part of his game programming.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Steve: I could tell you were lying.
      Artie: Yeah, that never gets old.

    • Leena: Well, the tea set belonged to Beatrix Potter, 19th century English writer.
      Myka: Peter Rabbit. I love that book.
      Pete: Yeah, the League of Evil British Writers strikes again.

    • Steve: Oh, I'm sorry. My burglary skills are rusty.
      Artie: We're Warehouse agents. This isn't burglary. This is creative snagging.
      Steve: Well, I'll be getting my own lawyer.

    • Fargo: I like this Hannah better.
      Pete: Well, I thought the giant axe was kind of a turn-on.
      Claudia: I officially know way too much about you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: September 15, 2011 on Syfy/Syfy HD
      Canada: October 13, 2011 on Showcase
      Australia: March 2, 2012 on SCI FI

    • Music: Where is My Mind? (Pixies)

    • The "battle music" playing when Pete fights Demon-Hannah is from the original Star Trek, and typically plays during fight scenes from season 2 and 3 of the series. It was first used in the episode "Amok Time" when Kirk and Spock fight to the death.


    • Artie: I saw it on MythBusters.

      Referencing the TV series Mythbusters, where a team of experts who test the validity of many claims that something can or can't happen. The Mythbusters proved that it was possible for someone to leap through a pane of safety glass in the segment called "Leaping Lawyer" from the second episode of the pilot for the show.

    • Pete: Now run to your tree and get me some cookies.
      Referencing Keebler Cookies, which are promoted as being made by elves working in a hollow tree. Ernie Keebler is their leader, and there are a number of other elves. Besides cookies, the company also produces Munch-ems and Pizzarias, and uses the elves to promote those products as well.

    • Pete: Let's go find the Scarecrow, shall we? Come, Toto.
      Referencing the famous book series, The Wizard Of Oz, created by Frank L. Baum, that was made into a movie in 1939. In the novel and subsequent movie, Dorothy Gale is literally blown from Kansas to Oz by a tornado. The Scarecrow is one of Dorothy's three traveling companions from Oz, the first to join her. An animated scarecrow, he wants a brain. Toto is Dorothy's pet dog.

    • Artie: That's how long Dark Side of the Moon is.
      Referencing Pink Floyd's eighth studio album, released in in March 1973, and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. it clocks in at 42 minutes, 59 seconds.

    • Pete: That was not on Reading Rainbow.
      Referencing the the PBS children's television series which ran from 1983 until 2006, and encourages reading for children. Each episode focuses on a particular theme, and features Levar Burton as the host.

    • Pete: And what's the deal with Puff the Magic Dragon out there?
      Referencing on the 1963 the song, Puff the Magic Dragon, sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary which tells the story of an imaginary dragon, who is abandoned when a little boy stops believing in him. It is based on a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton.

    • Fargo: You shall not pass!
      Referencing J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Fellowship of the Ring, where Gandalf says "You cannot pass!" as he blocks the Balrog and ultimately sacrifices himself. It is derived from the French saying, "They shall not pass," used to express determination in holding a position against enemy forces. In the movie, Gandalf says both "You cannot pass!" and "You shall not pass!" as spoken here.