How long have we been waiting for Jack Carter to show up these snooty nerd geniuses at their own game? I’ve been wanting to see an episode like this since the first season. And it’s not like Jack hasn’t shown these collection of scientist in EUREKA who the real smart guy is, but it was nice to see him get a neuron boost. It was kind of a low-down move on Jake’s part to slip Carter a ‘Smart Mickey’. And what was up with that “Grounded until your 30″ stuff? Allison should have Whupped-His-B’hind.
So basically, Allison’s brother was visiting so he could meet her new husband – Jack. But Allison’s son Jake warns Carter that his uncle Marcus is a little prejudice.. against dumb people. Dumb for them is probably an I.Q. of 140 or less. Jack is somewhat uneasy about the whole thing, but when he meets Marcus he treats him like the easy going, joking Jack that he is. Can’t say the same for Marcus. You could see the questions on his face for his sister – “What kind of Okie-doke did you marry?”
BIG BRAIN JACK
But that night after dinner, Carter starts to read Marcus’ book on computer processing and thermodynamics. He tells Allison that he’s just trying to get to know her brother better. Of course Allyson finds this odd, especially when she wakes up to find Carter read the entire book, and hers too.
On the other side of Eureka, Zane and Henry are working on a way to ‘make’ Holly a body. They plan to use some cell lattice generating device to ‘print’ Holly’s body out around a special chip that will hold her digital consciousness. The trial experiment doesn’t quite work, with the test body melting from the chip’s heat.
Jack gets smarter by the minute, and confronts Marcus about some error in calculations in his book. Marcus, being understandably offended, tells Carter if there was a way to test it he would show Jack that his math is correct. But Big Brain Carter was one step ahead, and built a chip for Marcus just to show him he wasn’t.
After being embarrassed and impressed at the same time, Marcus goes with Carter to build a better processor. Allison is in panic mode, knowing that something must be wrong for Jack to be this smart over night. She also sees that Carter is becoming a mad scientist, loosing his moral ground and ethics.
SURE, EXPERIMENT ON THE ANDROID GUY
Jack creates a processor that Marcus is blown away by. The only way they can test it is to put the chip in Andy. That’s when the danger of Carter’s condition becomes truly apparent, he doesn’t worry if his android friend and deputy blows up, they will just have to build another one.
After Andy becomes a super computer, goes on a power source stealing rampage, and is subdued by Lupo, Allison tells Jack that the best part of him is disappearing. She says he doesn’t have the highest I.Q., but he is the Smartest Man she knows. Marcus starts to see why Allison married this town sheriff. Jack decides to make a serum that will set his brain back to ‘normal’.
Fargo finds out what Henry and Zane are up to. He’s mad that they would take such a chance with Holly, possibly loosing her in the process. But Holly berates Fargo, telling him that living a digital life isn’t really living at all. By the end of the episode everybody is back to normal and more accepting of each other.
It was all fun and games, seeing Jack do all the evil scientist stuff, but I liked how they portrayed the lesson of not letting the quest for knowledge out weigh your moral and ethical center. Ever since Jack had become part of Eureka, he probably secretly wanted to be on the same intellectual level of those around him. But like most people, he didn’t realize the gifts and heart that he had that made him much more special than the Ph.D’s they had. And of course there was the ‘Don’t Judge a Book, or a Sheriff, by His Cover” lesson that we got from Marcus. And Holly told us it’s better to risk everything and be alive, rather than just be a shadow of life. Hint Hint, get off those computers and video games and go outside and live it up!
Next up is THE HONEYMOONERS episode, where Holly seems to get her wish – a new body. But maybe this body came with a little bit of evil. Check out the sneak peek:
Only 5 episodes left until one of my favorite light-hearted Sci-fi TV shows is over. Catch the remaining Episodes on the SYFY Channel Mondays at 9pm.