Warehouse 13

Season 3 Episode 12

The Greatest Gift

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 2011 on Syfy
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Episode Summary


Pete inadvertently activates an artifact that creates an alternate reality where he never existed. To restore reality as he knows it, Pete must track down his friends, who have new lives and no memory of him.

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  • The Greatest Gift

    The Greatest Gift was a superb episode of Warehouse 13 and I really enjoyed watching this Christmas themed episode because it had a great story loosely based off a classic favorite, It's a Wonderful Life. It was fun watching the characters in roles of the past and how life would have been without Pete. Warehouse 13 continues to be a good show with this heart warming holiday episode. I look forward to watching more episodes!!!!!!!moreless
  • Earlier On Warehouse 13

    If I remember correctly... when the episode first begins it says, "Earlier On Warehouse 13".

    I have a feeling that this episode was intended to be aired earlier in the season. They may have originally planned on christmas being earlier in their season or they were intending to have more episodes. But SyFy probably had them air some of their episodes earlier or shortened their season. You can't really air a christmas episode at any time before or after december... so this turned out to be a bonus episode of the season. ;)

    It was a pretty good episode either way. At first I was dissapointed that it wasn't continuing the storyline. When I saw there was an Episode 13 I couldn't wait to see what would happen. But instead it was just a teaser episode.moreless
  • Nowhere Man

    One person really does matter because they can affect so many people and make a different in their lives whether they know it or not; much like a number in a long math equasion without out it the equasion doesn't work or add to anything. Yeah it's the typical "It's a Wonderful Life" format that has been done on many TV shows for many years, it's just one of those tales that have a universial sensablity which is why it never grows old; there have been good and bad versions of this, this is one of the good versions.

    We see what happens when Pete is taken out of the equasion and it affects people deep. From Artie whom is in Jail, Claudia whom has kinda gone to crazy down, thought it was funny how she was able to make a synthetic tazer out of a lamp, even though in reality that wouldn't work and just short out the lamp. But the one that has it the worst in my opinion is Mika, whom we see is has became a bit embittered, anti social, uptight more so than necessasary, miserable, isn't an active agent as before she has now reduced herself to a desk jockey, and worst of all just misserable due to that fact her father died.

    I really like a little on how Pete reacts to this alternate world, at first it is confusion thinking why this is all happened. And in most of it he uses a bit of his humor and witisms as a coping mechanism for his pridicament. But then we do see a moment when after talking with Mika for a while he acts a bit scared and sad, when he realizes both aren't friends since he doesn't exist. This makes Pete sympathtic, his feeling is similar to anyone that has been buglarized, just the simple knowledge that everything you've known, built, and achieved which has made you life more than what it is is all just gone in only a mere matter of time, that's an awful feeling to have.

    Pete is a person that isn't an island, he wants all his friends back. I really like how though is struggle to get them all back that he really brings out the missing pieces of them which have made them into who we've known them to be. Even the character dynamics come back as well, and it feels natural to them because it's right.

    And that's what I like about this episode is that it really teaches the lesson of togetherness which of course is part of what Christmas is about, each one serves an essential function to help the other and accomplish what needs to be done.

    My problem with this episode is it doesn't go far enough, I don't feel things are really dark enough nor does Pete explore enough of this alternate world, some things came together too quickly and lacks a certain emotional gravatas. But despite those things overall it's a very good episode for the show if not one of the best Christmas episodes in general in my book.

    So happy holidays and may you be around for many more Christmases.moreless
  • It's A Wonderful Life

    Basically an ode to the classic movie "It's A Wonderful Life".

    But my concern is how does this episode happen when all was lost in the bomb that destroyed Warehouse 13 with episode prior? And all we were left with is Artie saying "Maybe Not".
Charles Malik Whitfield

Charles Malik Whitfield


Guest Star

Susan Hogan

Susan Hogan

Jean Bering

Guest Star

Skyler Wexler

Skyler Wexler


Guest Star

Roger Rees

Roger Rees

James MacPherson

Recurring Role

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Mrs. Frederic

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Pete: Oh, Leena, thank God. Would you-would you please tell grunt number one here who I am?
      Leena: Who are you?
      Pete: Pete. It's...I'm Pete. Remember? I have a really good aura. I'm in tune.
      Leena: That's so strange. You don't have an aura.
      Pete: What?!? You love my aura. You flirted with my aura.

    • Pete: Okay, okay, do the words "warehouse," "artifact," and "Univille" mean anything to you?
      Myka: No, but "creepy," "trespassing," and "federal offense" do.

    • Pete: Hey, hey, Claud. You know, it's not just about Joshua or the compass. The three of us, we're your family too. I mean, I'm like your big brother. And Myka's like your big sister. And Artie's so much like your dad, it's kind of annoying.

    • Artie: He is headed for the Lehmann Fornax.
      Claudia: You just make this stuff up, don't you?
      Artie: In 1939, Inge Lehmann discovered the earth had a super-heated core, and we've been using it to heat this warehouse since 1939.
      Claudia: Whoa, whoa, wait. This place is heated by a giant furnace heated by the earth's core?
      Artie: You should see the air-conditioner.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Pete: I mean, what, is Artie using Harriet Tubman's thimble to turn himself into Dr. Evil?
      Referencing the main villain of the Austin Powers movies, played by Mike Myers and parodying Blofield, the James Bond villain from You Only Live Twice.

    • Claudia: Now let's find your brush, my compass, and we'll get you some courage.
      Referencing L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and subsequent movie adaptation in 1939. The Cowardly Lion is seeking courage, and travels to the city of Oz to obtain it from the Wizard. Accompanying him are the Scarecrow (seeking brains) and the Tin Man (seeking a heart).

    • Claudia: If that's what you need to tell yourself, Deputy Dawg.

      Referencing the cartoon character who first appeared in the animated TV series of the same name starting in 1962. Deputy Dawg is a dog and a deputy sheriff in Mississippi, voiced by Dayton Allen. The character spent most of the time protecting the state and his produce garden from varmints like Muskie and Vince.

    • Claudia: The only person happy about it is Smiley Magoo over here.

      Referencing Mr. Quincy Magoo, a cartoon character (voiced by Jim Backus) who first appeared in 1949 in a series of theatrical shorts and was very near-sighted. He'd frequently get in near-disastrous situations but managed to get out of them without a scratch due to blind luck. Since then the character has appeared in movies, TV shows, and a live-action theatrical adaptation.

    • Pete: Yo, Adrian.

      Referencing Rocky Balboa's victory speech in the 1979 movie Rocky II, after he has defeated Apollo Creed and is announcing that the win is the greatest moment of his life after the birth of his son.