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Just like the saying, "be careful what you wish for," wish fulfillment is a tricky thing. In this case, S.A.R.A.H. wanted to have someone to share in her loneliness and became fixated on Deputy Andy (Kavan Smith). But in copying Kevin's EMO computer baby's emotional "attachment" programming, she inadvertently infected all the Level 6 artificial intelligence at Global Dynamics and around Eureka. Additionally, giving Deputy Andy "feelings" did not guarantee that he would reciprocate her feelings. Emotions are unpredictable that way. So instead of having Andy fall for S.A.R.A.H., he fell for Jo (Erica Cerra).
Additionally, the rest of the Level 6 A.I. began exhibiting levels of independent thought and emotion that disrupted and threatened everyone's lives: Virtual Vincent (Chris Gauthier) began refusing to serve unhealthy food; Grace's (Tembi Locke) memory enhancement device nearly fried Henry's (Joe Morton) brain with an emotional overload; Allison's (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) medical diagnostic device nearly lobotomized Larry (Christopher Jacot); and T.I.N.Y. bonded with Kevin's (Meshach Peters) EMO and suddenly did not want to spend 6 years alone on Titan so she ran away.
So while the computer A.I. were discovering their new-found emotions and forming attachments of their own, our human crew were also still dealing with the emotional fall-out from their inadvertent trip back to 1947 which returned them to an altered reality. Henry finally confessed to Grace that he was not the husband that she knew and loved; and Jack (Colin Ferguson) finally admitted that he loves Allison and is going to do something about it. All is fair in love and war and now both Jack and Henry have to fight for the women they love.
Ever since they all returned from 1947, the interpersonal relationships have been ticking time-bombs. So it was nice to see that both Henry and Jack had to finally own up to how they felt about the women in their lives. Henry could not keep pretending to be the Henry that Grace fell in love with and married; and Jack could not keep pretending that he was not in love with Allison. So it was cool when Henry and Jack finally discussed their peculiar predicament.
Henry confessed to Jack, "This may be the strangest thing I've ever said, but I think I'm falling in love with my wife." Jack then quipped, "That's not even the top 10 strangest things you've ever said!" To which Henry innocently asked Jack, "And what about you . . . I've seen the way you've been looking at Allison since we got back. You seriously tell me that you're going to let Charles Grant sweep her out from under you?" Jack was only too quick to protest, "Of course not!" And with a smile Henry said, "Then you're going to procrastinate." Jack admitted, "Probably. Yes, most likely." Henry then just disbelievingly said, "As usual. What is wrong with you?!" Henry was willing to be a man and tell his wife that he was not in fact the man she married due to a divergent reality that was created when they made their trip through the wormhole. But Jack was still wanting to play ostrich and not face up to his feelings for Allison.
Yet as we saw, even Henry's brave stance did not come without a price. Grace was tickled to see that one of his feelings of "elation" was seeing her come out from under the truck, but she was not elated to find out that he was not the man she fell in love with and married. In fact, she was downright horrified -- and justifiably so. Thus, later when Grace confronted Henry, she simply asked, "Are you in love with me?" When Henry did not answer, she said, "No, of course not, you don't even know me." Despite Henry's quiet reassurance, "I was getting to know you," she was not appeased. She angrily said, "By lying to me. By impersonating my husband?!" Henry tried to explain by stating, "I couldn't risk putting you in danger, but I couldn't keep lying to you. I wanted to give us a chance." Grace simply retorted, "There is no 'us' - you're a stranger! So please just open up another wormhole, jump right back through it and give me my Henry back." But Henry could only respond, "I wish I could." Later, when Henry came to return his wedding band to her and said, "I was naive to think I could jump into this marriage. . . You were right, I'm not your Henry. Not yet," it was with a hint of sorrow and hopefulness as he left. Perhaps Henry and Grace may have a chance -- given time. Ironic when time itself turns out to be one's biggest ally and enemy at the same time.
Just like Henry who was willing to take a stand and reveal himself to Grace so that she may have the opportunity to love him for himself and not the version of Henry that she knew, Charles Grant (James Callis) was attempting to do the same thing. Being a man out of time, everyone he knew was gone. Thus, he must find a way to make friends and find a love of his own in 2010 or he will be doomed to live a life of eternal loneliness. Unwilling to live his life so condemned, Charles chose to take a stand. He chose to woo Allison in the hope that she may love him in return; and he chose to pursue a friendship with Jack. So when he invited himself on Jack's camping trip with Kevin and Fargo (Neil Grayston), it is not just to annoy Jack. It is because he knows that he needs friends in his life too. Human connections are vital -- and since Jack and Fargo knew him from 1947, they can appreciate what he has lost. They can also understand him.
Thus, he wants their acceptance and friendship. As Charles admitted, "Listen, Jack, being a man out of time -- not as much fun as it sounds." Unfortunately, Jack was not feeling particularly forgiving of the stunt that Charles pulled in nearly getting Jack trapped in 1947, and snapped, "And whose fault is that!" But, later, after Charles proved once again that he is a good man to have around in an emergency, Jack was forced to acknowledge, "We were lucky you were here." This uncharacteristic acknowledgment of his value and contribution was a big gesture and Charles simply responded, "Thank you. Glad to help."
Loneliness can provoke a man to seek out acceptance and friendship in the most unlikeliest of places. We all crave the same things, human or AI -- or even a man trapped out of his time.
What Didn't Work
It seemed a bit disproportionate how angry Kevin reacted upon finding out that Jack may have feelings for his mom. Given how close Kevin and Jack are, one would think that Kevin would have been cool about it and taken it in stride and not run away like he did. Plus, being a smart kid, he would have known better than to just take off and scare everyone. It would have made more sense if he had simply stomped off to spend some time hanging out with Fargo to get some distance from both Charles and Jack.
Also, it did not seem entirely wise for Zane (Niall Matteer) to have left the emotional programming in Andy as it has all the makings of a Skynet problem down the road -- which is exactly what Eureka does not need: another rogue robot.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"Momstrosity" was written by Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer and directed by Michael Rohl. "Eureka" stars Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Hinson, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Chris Gauthier and Niall Matter.
"Eureka" airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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