Warehouse 13

Season 2 Episode 8

Merge With Caution

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 24, 2010 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Pete and Myka fall victim to an artifact that causes them to swap bodies, but the process will soon prove fatal if not reversed. Meanwhile, Artie and Claudia go after an artifact-enhanced seductress and Artie falls under her spell.

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  • Derailed by an old trope

    Overall, I thought this episode did a nice job of maintaining the two-team setup with Pete/Myka and Artie/Claudia, while still changing things up by having them both out of the warehouse and dealing with artifacts. It kept the story moving forward on a brisk pace, which turned out to be vital.

    First, the good: I love seeing the Artie/Claudia dynamic unfold. Artie is often so jaded, and Claudia forces him to look at things from a different perspective. And in turn, he keeps her grounded, even if only in relative terms. The net result is that Claudia is becoming a viable agent, slowly but surely, and breaking out of the box that the warehouse always threatens to become. And she's taking Artie with her, which is a serious bonus. (In contrast to Leena, who apparently exists only to provide exposition when Artie and Claudia, characters that are actually interesting, aren't around to do that.)

    I also liked seeing more of the lives of our main agents. Pete's relationship has certainly gotten more serious. (And the editors pushed the boundary of the channel's standards department with that gaping button-down shirt, didn't they?) Myka's reunion also served its purpose. It's great to see two agents who acknowledge each other's attractiveness, but don't go down the typical path of sexual tension.

    All that said, the body-switch plot device has been done so many times that it's just plain annoying now. I understand it's fun for the writers and the cast, but at this point, the comedy of the situation has been all but tapped out. And it really only works when the cast is able to pull off the right line delivery and body language. Neither Eddie McClintock nor Joanna Kelly sold me on the notion that they were Myka and Pete, respectively. So during that part of the episode, I was constantly getting pulled out of the story.moreless
  • Clartie either way they work.

    Pete and Myka are both affected by the Griffin and they switch roles, this is entertaining. Myka is in Pete and Pete appears more sensitive to woman's issues and she can feel his leg injury and takes the personal of Myka and Pete is in Myka and Myka appears to like sports and is drunk. This was great as it is and then they shared the same body and that was even crazier. Wow. Artie gets affected by stocking artifact and falls madly in love with a woman and nothing can stop him from getting to her, this puts Clartie in trouble.moreless
  • Other Way Around

    This episode is probably one of my faovorate's of this show. Yeah it's the typical other way around motiff which has been done dozens of times in dozens of shows and some movies. But what makes them good is really in the believablity factor due to the performances of both actors.

    I really loved how both Eddie and Joannie played each others characters which made it beievable, I did believe both switched bodies. From both the physical movements and what they said to how they said it. There are just lots of hillarous moments, seeing Mika in Pete's body act unmasculine and unconfortable around Kelly. Though for me the best was Pete in Mika's body acting masculine. Really loved how she/he was talking football and was fun with a group of guys in the reunion, as well as little things like the way she was sitting and walking. The best moment though was seeing Pete/Mika had that kiss from Mika's high school crush and Pete/Mika gave that awkward look. I think if I was in that sittuation I'd feel awkward about it myself just like Pete I'm hetrosexual, though I wouldn't say it was completely awkward since Pete is in Mika's body. And I loved what Pete/Mika said after that comic silver.

    But in the end good things actually came out of that really strange sittuation and both got what they wanted. Further note really like Pete's significant other Kelly she's both fraking hot and has the personality to boot, hope she pans out in the long run.

    My only complant is the sub plot with Artie and Claudia I though was kinda lame and out of place. It was by it's nature a mere excuse to give those two characters something to do, but I'll admit it had it's moments but just that moments.

    Sometimes you can really see and learn a lot when things turn the other way around.moreless
Laura Harris

Laura Harris

Lauren Andrews

Guest Star

Cody Runnels

Cody Runnels

Kurt Smoller

Guest Star

Tig Fong

Tig Fong


Guest Star

Paula Garcés

Paula Garcés

Dr. Kelly Hernandez

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As Pete and Myka are running after the bad guy, he is on her right, she on his left. So if they do what Pete suggests--"You go right, I'll go left"--they would run into each other. Also, as he says it, they both head for the only door of the building they want to enter.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Pete: (swinging over a wire fence) Whoa. Hello.
      Myka: Careful. Just don't damage the one thing that Kelly's looking forward to.
      Pete: Nah, Little Pete's made of steel.

    • Artie: Leena, this one is ready to be shelved.
      Leena: A tin of sardines?
      Artie: Yes, it was part of the Shackleton expedition. They were trapped in the ice, you know, for two years. They still had the good sense not to open that.
      Leena: Had the sardines gone bad?
      Artie: Very bad.

    • Artie: That is, uh, very well done.
      Claudia: Well, we're a team. Claudia and Artie. "Clautie." "Ardia"?
      Artie: Pack.
      Claudia: Yeah.

    • Pete: What is that?
      Myka: That is the world's smallest purple violin.
      Pete: You know, one day you're going to make some lucky guy a very sarcastic wife.

    • Pete: Wow, I didn't know the warehouse had a canned food aisle. Ooh, red herrings, huh? Bet that case was really hard to solve.

    • Pete/Myka: Oh, yeah. we definitely switched bodies.
      Myka/Pete: Pete, get your hands off my breasts.
      Pete/Myka: Myka, how'd you know that?
      Myka/Pete: Because you're still you and I'm still me, even though we're in different bodies.

    • Kurt: Okay, don't take this the wrong way, but until tonight, I had no idea you were so much fun.
      Pete/Myka: Dude, until tonight, I wasn't that much fun.

    • Artie: Like I don't know how to improvise an electromagnet. I was doing this when MacGyver was still trapped in his crib.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: November 11, 2010 on Syfy
      Australia: February 25, 2011 on SCI FI
      Czech Republic: June 23, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • Music: Afternoon Delight (Starlight Vocal Band), Tubthumping (Chumbawamba), Macarena (Los Del Río), Truly Madly Deeply (Savage Garden)


    • Claudia: Holy gams, Batman!
      Referencing the 60s Batman series, where teen sidekick Robin often made comments paraphrased by "Holy... Batman!" as in "Holy haberdashery, Batman!", "Holy priceless collection of Etruscan snoods, Batman!", "Holy atomic pile, Batman!" and so on.

    • Artie: I was doing this when MacGyver was still trapped in his crib.
      Referencing the 1985 TV series that ran for seven seasons, featuring Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver, a troubleshooter capable of making explosives, lockpicks, drilling devices, and almost anything else you could name out of common household items.