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Terminator: What He Beheld "What He Beheld"
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
TV episode
Written by Ian Goldberg
Directed by Mike Rohl
Original air date: March 3, 2008

 

Sarah makes arrangements to purchase the Turk.

 

Read the story summary at the Terminator Wiki

 

Didja Know?

 

This was the final episode of season one, though it wasn't intended to be. The writers' strike of 2007-2008 prevented the production of the final four episodes of the season.

 

The title of this episode refers to chapter 6, verses 1-8 of the Bible's Book of Revelation, the vision of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Agent Ellison here also believes he's seen a harbinger of what is to come, from his pursuit of the Sarah Connor case.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Kyle Reese

Derek Reese

Sarah Connor

John Connor

Cameron

Margos Sarkissian

Charley Dixon

Agent Ellison

Michelle Dixon (mentioned only)

Michelle Dixon's mother (mentioned only)

Skynet (mentioned only)

Cromartie (aka Agent Kester in this episode)

Chola

Carlos

Sarkissian stand-in (real name unrevealed)

Enrique Salceda (mentioned only, deceased)

Mr. Bianchi (science teacher)

Morris

Karen

Agent Greta Simpson (dies in this episode)

 

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

The episode opens with a flash-forward scene of the Judgment Day of this timeline, April 21, 2011. Derek says that Kyle was 8 years old at the time.

 

Sarah and Cameron go to the Wi-Fi'd It internet cafe to meet Sarkissian. This appears to be a fictitious business.

 

John's remarks about Moore's Law are accurate. Moore's Law was first described by American businessman and co-founder of Intel, Gordon Moore in 1965.

 

At 4:18 in the episode, one of the internet cafe patrons is looking at a website that is <something>SpyderBuddies.

 

Sarkissian messages Sarah to meet up at the Valley Square Mall food court if she's interested in buying the Turk. This is a fictitious mall in Los Angeles that appeared previously in "Gnothi Seauton".

 

Agent Ellison correctly states that the Bible quotes he makes to Charley are from the Book of Revelation.

 

Charley tells Agent Ellison that Agent Kester already visited him asking him the same questions. "Agent Kester" is an alias Cromartie used previously in "Queen's Gambit".

 

A 1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe with CA license plate 4PCI178 is seen parked in Carlos' driveway at 7:13 in the episode (we see "Chola" driving it later in the episode). Sarkissian's representative pulls up in a 2006 Lincoln Town Car seconds later.

 

Carlos and his friends are watching television on a Sony TV. 

 

Does anyone know what it is that Carlos and his friends are watching on television at 7:41 in the episode? It appears to show a stop-motion animation creature on motorized wheels racing through a miniature factory setting. It looks like a Tool music video or something!
TV screen TV screen

 

The sword in Carlos' living room is supposedly from the Los Niños Héroes battle during the defense of Chapultepec Castle. This was an actual battle in 1847 during the Mexican–American War. Los Niños Héroes (The Boy Heroes) were six Mexican teenage military cadets who died defending Mexico City from U.S. forces.

 

Derek tells Sarah that the first day after he and the other resistance members jumped back to 2007, they spent the entire day at the Century City Mall food court and ate until they puked. He says that in the future, the mall is a concentration camp. There is no mall by that actual name, but he may be referring to Westfield Century City, an outdoor shopping mall in Century City. Century City is a business and upper-scale residential district in Los Angeles.

 

At 12:28 in the episode, notice that the food cart behind Sarah and Derek has the single-serving bags of chips turned backward at the top of the hanging display to keep the product logos hidden! I've noticed most of the food and cleaning products, etc. seen in homes in the series also tend to have the labels turned away or obscured. I guess the production didn't want to give free promotion if they could help it!

 

At 12:32 in the episode, notice that the food cart menu has "cold drinks" misspelled as "cold dinks".

 

Derek pulls a Beretta 92FS on the stand-in Sarkissian at Sarah's house.

 

John's class goes on a high school field trip to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in this episode.

 

Morris tries to tell Cameron, but ends up telling John, that he has a download of Hatful of Hollow and John says he loves the Smiths. Hatful of Hollow is a 1984 album by the English rock group the Smiths.

 

Apparently, the thug working for Sarkissian drove a 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 with CA license plate UZ9952, because that is the vehicle in the trunk of which Cameron tosses his body after dispatching him. The black car parked next to it with CA license plate 4PCI310 is a BMW 318i; this same license plate is seen in a later episode on a truck Sarah confiscates in "Samson and Delilah"!

 

Morris asks Cameron if she will go to the Prom with him and she agrees (with John's prompting). But the Prom does not come until the end of the school year and we know it's the beginning of the school year, September or October at this point, so why would he ask her now? If anything, he should be asking her to Homecoming. Not to mention, the prom is usually reserved for junior and senior students (the last two years of high school for a student) and John is only 16 at this point, so probably just a sophomore. Is Morris a year ahead of him?

 

When "Chola" arrives at the Connor house, she has blood stains on her shirt. After witnessing something going down at Carlos' house from across the street, she must have waited for the stand-in Sarkissian and his thug to leave, then went inside to find the slaughtered men. Possibly, she tried to help Carlos or one of the others and he died in her arms.

 

The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) seal seen on the computer screen at 18:16 in the episode is the actual seal used by the FBI. Notice the motto printed on it is "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity" also forms the initials of FBI!

 

After tailing the stand-in Sarkissian, Derek reports that he lost him at the Cahuenga Pass. CCahuenga Pass is the lowest pass through the Santa Monica mountains; the 101 Freeway (Hollywood Freeway) runs through it.

 

At 21:12 in the episode, "Chola" drives the Impala to a stop in front of Nina's Vintage Clothing. This appears to be a fictitious business. Business stickers for American Express and MasterCard credit cards appear to be on the glass door of the shop.

 

At 23:26 in the episode, a package of Dixie paper hot dog trays is seen on the shelf behind the little girl.

 

At 24:00 in the episode, Iris paper towels and Sequana drinking water are seen on the shelf next to Cameron. Both are brands sold by Smart & Final warehouse stores.

 

The stand-in Sarkissian holds a Glock 17 pistol on John. Agent Ellison also carries one during the FBI raid at the end of the episode, as does Cromartie.

 

At 24:20 in the episode a box of StayLock containers is seen on a shelf in the back hallway of Wi-Fi'd It.

 

The FBI file seen at 27:21 in the episode reveals that Cromartie's alias of Agent Kester has the first name Robert.

 

The CA license plate of Ellison's car is seen to be 5Q49980. The car is a 2007 Chrysler Sebring.

 

The agents who accompany Ellison to Cromartie's apartment complex arrive in 2007 Jeep Commanders.

 

The song that plays over the action at the end of the episode is "The Man Comes Around" (2002) by Johnny Cash. It features several references to the Book of Revelation.

 

The ambulance Charley drives is a model made by Horton Emergency Vehicles. It has CA license plate 2IAB345. This same license plate has appeared on various vehicles in other TV series such as MacGyver and Lost.

 

The FBI team that storms Cromartie's apartment carry Heckler & Koch MP5A2 submachine guns.

 

At 42:00 in the episode, the air bubbles from the sinking FBI agent in the pool are moving in reverse, back into his mouth! Obviously the shot was filmed with him rising and then reversed.

 

Besides the Glock, Cromartie is carrying a Colt M1911A1 rifle as he leaves the apartment complex.

 

At the end of the episode, Sarah's voiceover remarks on events in Lord of the Flies. This is a 1954 novel by English author William Golding about a group of boys stranded on an island and their descent into savagery.

 

The image of Sarkissian's passport at the end of the episode shows that he was born January 22, 1973 in Yerevan, Armenia. Additionally, what must be an expiration date or something for the passport is dated March 2, 20015 instead of 2015!

 

Unanswered Questions

 

Does Morris take Cameron to the Prom? We never find out, as this episode was the last time Morris was seen or mentioned in the series! This is largely due to the writers strike of 2007-2008 which prevented episodes 10-13 of this season from being completed; the character was completely dropped without explanation in the second season.

 

WWhy does Cromartie spare Ellison? It is later implied in "The Mousetrap" that Cromartie spared Ellison because he might lead the Terminator to the Connors at some point in the future.

 

Memorable Dialog

 

harder than nuclear nails.mp3

counteroffer.mp3

is this your car?.mp3

the wall would be much faster.mp3

she's got murder in her eyes.mp3

your mom's his type.mp3

 

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