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Television Reviews by Jessica Korcok
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This show picks up three days after the events of the pilot. Sarah and John are both experiencing "Time lag," jet lag for time travel. Sarah recognizes the need to acquire new forms of identification. She plans to meet an old acquaintance, Enrique, but Cameron has another idea. Cameron shares that there are resistance fighters from the future in the city.
Cameron and Sarah travel to meet the resistance fighters but find them all dead. One of the dead men have a tattoo that matches one Sarah saw on Kyle Reese, John's dead father. Cameron explains that it is from a Skynet prisoner camp. Cameron discovers that one of the bodies is alive and a terminator. Their scuffle takes them flying through the window. The new Terminator tries to evade Cameron while Sarah pursues them both on a stolen motorcycle. Sarah throws a motorcycle at the Terminator (not really, but almost), but he still manages to get away.
Sarah realizes that they aren't safe and gets angry at Cameron for bringing them from the future. She could have had seven years to train John. Cameron reveals the truth, that Sarah would have died from cancer on December 4th, 2005. Their jump in time enabled them to skip over Sarah's death.
The Terminator encountered was not after John. Rather, Skynet has sent an unknown number of Terminators into the past on particular missions. John is anxious for a new identity so he can go back to school and end his mother's house arrest. Sarah and Cameron leave to meet with Enrique, with Sarah calling Cameron "Tin Man." Sarah tells John to stay home, which of course means that he very soon goes out on his own.
Enrique explains that he is retired but sends Sarah to his nephew Carlos, who has taken over the family business.
Sarah, John and Cameron go back to the hideout of the fallen resistance fighters to search for money. John finds a safe hidden behind a cat poster and Cameron is knocked out by a trap. John figures out that the combination for the safe is the Judgment Day date. The terminator looking for the resistance figures returns and Sarah throws the still inert Cameron out the window to hasten their escape.
Back at home, Sarah counts the money while John and Cameron discover diamonds. Cameron explains that she knows who the Tin Man is and that he needed a heart. Cameron tells her that Sarah reading him The Wizard of Oz is one of John?s favorite memories of his mother.
Lots of scene jumping next:
At the home of unfortunate construction worker, Cromartie arrives to retrieve his lost head.
At Carlos' home, Sarah and Cameron collect the new I.D.'s. As they leave, Carlos says something in Spanish to a friend that makes them both pause.
Michelle asks Charley why he is so tense. She notices his injured shoulder but Charley doesn't tell her about meeting John.
Sarah arrives at Enrique's home and holds him at gunpoint. She explains that Carlos called his grandfather the Spanish slang word for "snitch" or "rat." Enrique claims that he was in prison and gave up his cellmate. Sarah appears convinced but Cameron shoots the man dead, claiming that he could have been lying. Sarah is visibly shocked and chastises Cameron.
The next morning, Sarah and Cameron quiz John on his new identity, preparing him to go to school.
At Enrique's home, police officers investigate the homicide. Agent Ellison is on the scene. An voicemail message playing on Ellison's cell demonstrates that Enrique did intend to betray Sarah to the authorities.
Sarah goes to an oncology office to check on her health, haunted by the specter of cancer.
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