Warehouse 13

Season 2 Episode 10

When and Where

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 07, 2010 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

The agents must use Helena's time machine to travel to 1961 to solve a case.

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  • The best episode of the season so far, imo.

    First of all I want to point out my review scores are relative to the show only, and not to be compared to other shows.

    ***minor spoilers below***

    There are a number of reasons for me to consider this the best episode of the season so far. Starting on the consistency of the plot, which (besides being entirely cliché - like any warehouse 13 episode) went to great lengths to cover any holes. While the whole time travel routine has been seen and rewritten countless times, and its redundancy being always very unsurprising it still works around a dedicated storyline, and one that's not forced to comply with the time travel limitations. It all felt very natural from start to finish, even though the course was indeed surmisable.

    Also it was great for me to have a break from the over-abused Pete goofiness (without losing his perkiness) or the Claudia romance, or even from Leena who made me the favor of not even showing up at all in this episode. This show should really reminds us that the protagonists are secret service agents more often.

    On a down note I can't help but criticize the way people forget and forgive around the warehouse. Suddenly Artie stops trusting Myka and then, after embarking on a non-sanctioned risky business with HG and barely coming out alive he trusts her again? And calls HG by her name instead of "the enemy"? Come on, please grow these characters some character.moreless
  • Time after time

    I was expecting the bad feeling between Artie and the rest of the team to continue a bit longer than this, especially since there is still some reason to believe that there is more to H.G. Wells and her restoration than meets the eye. After all, we still don't know why McPherson de-bronzed her, and her characterization in the season premiere suggested an ulterior motive that hasn't been reflected in recent episodes.

    I was on the verge of assuming that the writers had retconned everything about Wells until they included the pointed reminder of the connection to McPherson in this episode. That gives me hope that there is more to the story. As I've said before, I'd like to see Wells be more than just a very deceptive villain, so whatever the resolution is, it needs to be substantial and avoid predictability.

    There are some signs that the issue is less villainous motivation and more mental instability. Wells suffered a terrible loss, and did so twice. She requested to have herself bronzed! Not the sign of a fully stable individual. Add to that the relish she seemed to take in the violent revenge she eventually took on her daughter's murderers, and there's more than enough reason to think that she might simply snap.

    Despite the "Quantum Leap" aspects of the time travel, and the usual complexities that come with a "whatever happened, happened" policy on temporal mechanics, this was a rather simple episode. It was another good way to throw the familiar characters into unfamiliar situations, and the "Mad Men" version of the show was definitely fun. And the ultimate resolution of the episode was touching. It feels like "Warehouse 13" is back on another strong run!moreless
  • One of the best episode in Warehouse 13. As Fan of both Eureka and Warehouse 13,I think this episode had all the element just right.

    Episode's main plot is ofc about a artifact and surprise surprise,time travel. Having saw quite many other tv-show and movie about time travel,I would this one is quite well written. The whole story feel's very smooth. Even the time machine's concept.

    The main plot had few suprise,but nothing that unprecedented. Bad blood between Artie and H.G. Wells isn't that much of surprised. Nor does mind set of H.G.Wells. Both Her pain and unbalance nature been seen when she talks to Claudia. Consider McPherson de-bronzed her,and her "easy take" on killed her "savior". It's quite easy to see why Artie don't trust her. Over all very well writhed episode about characters own storyline.

    Stories about the two love pare are very good. Been the twisted love between episode main villain and her husband, or the old fashion "eternal" love between Rebecca Sinclair and Jack,both are very moving. I specially like the ending, "start first kiss been their last kiss". Poetic...

    One little negative thing about this episodes.

    Personally I find surprising the fact our heroes been secret serves agents,they did not suspicion the wife right after been face the fact that the husband isn't the killer(consider how much crazy things they had saw). Maybe I have been see too much NCIS or other crime shows. My first guest had been the wife fake her own death,but her been actually dead do make a better ending. Consider the crazy way her trying to "save" their love.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Charlie Martin

Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders

Jonah Raitt

Guest Star

Tricia Braun

Tricia Braun

Beth Raitt

Guest Star

Jaime Murray

Jaime Murray

Helena G. Wells

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After the fight scene at the Raitt house, Myka is still wearing the uniform from the gentleman's only club. In the next scene she's wearing the blue dress again.

    • When Myka and Pete are talking to Charlie Martin in 1961, Charlie is initially smoking a lit cigarette. When he sits down, the cigarette is unlit and unused and he then lights it up.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Myka: I know, I just thought it would be nice if we could spend some time together.
      Artie: Maybe after we find the artifact, go for dinner and a movie.
      Myka: Really?
      Artie: No!

    • Myka: Is this really how it's going to be?
      Artie: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Myka: You can't keep freezing me out because I supported Helena joining the warehouse.
      Artie: Oh, it's Helena now, is it? If it's all right with you, I'll just keep calling her the villain.

    • Pete: Myka, check it out. We're...
      Myka: Jack and Rebecca.
      Pete: I was gonna say still hot, but yes, that, too.

    • Claudia: I imagine... losing a child is the worst pain a person can go through.
      Helena: No, actually. When I tracked them down, what I did to the men who killed my daughter... that's the most pain a person can go through.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Music: Tonight You're Mine (The Shirelles)

    • Genelle Williams is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Injoke: At the 14:30 mark, when Myka is working at the magazine in 1961, the shot of all the women typing is set to the audio of a famous Jerry Lewis comedy bit, in which he mimed typing on a typewriter.

    • Injoke: A highly visible circuit on Helena's time machine looks like the flux capacitor in the Back to the Future movies, which in turn was based on the oscillation overthruster readout from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: November 25, 2010 on Syfy
      Australia: March 11, 2011 on SCI FI
      Czech Republic: June 30, 2012 on Prima COOL


    • Pete: Get your ass to Mars!
      Referencing the movie Total Recall (1990), where construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers he's had his memories wiped and replaced, and he's actually a freedom fighter named Hauser. Hauser pre-records a message to himself telling him to go to Mars, saying the same line as Pete does here.

    • Myka: What about the butterfly effect?
      As a concept relating to time travel, fantasy and SF author Ray Bradbury originated this in his 1952 short story, "A Sound of Thunder." The term has its origins in chaos theory. Bradbury uses it to describe an alteration in the past where a single small event unwittingly caused by a time traveler (in this case, the death of a butterfly), generates widespread ripples affecting the future in an unforeseen manner.

    • Claudia: Pete and Myka's Excellent Adventure!
      Referencing the comedy time-travel movie, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). Bill and Ted are two teenage slackers who are given a time machine that looks like a phone booth, and use it to complete their history report by abducting famous historical figures and using them in their presentation.

    • Pete: 99... would you believe the credenza?
      Referencing the 1960s TV series Get Smart and one of the catchphrases of Agent 86, Maxwell Smart (Don Adams). The phrase actually originated with Adams' character on The Bill Dana Show. Typically it starts off a progression of decreasingly unlikely or unimpressive events, as Max discovers nobody believes his original extravagant claim. For example, "You think you've got me, but I have you surrounded by the entire mounted 17th Bengal Lancers." to "Would you believe the First Bengal Lancers?" to "How about Gunga Din on a donkey?"