This review may contain spoilers.
After what Pete (Eddie McClintock) went through with the telegraph artifact, Artie (Saul Rubinek) decides that Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) should join Myka (Joanne Kelly) on her first real mission. Sending them to Tamalpais University, Myka and Claudia have to find an artifact that makes the school's wrestling team so strong that they are invincible.
One Myka and Claudia arrived at the university, they quickly discovered that they were not alone. H.G. Wells (Jaime Murray), debronzed and missing, showed up to seemingly help them in order to earn a place back at the warehouse.
Sporting a very Batman-like grappling hook that Myka coveted, she saved their lives. Although her intentions seemed good in finding the solution, the fact that she was bronzed in the past made her actions questionable. Wells explained away her good behavior as wanting to return to the warehouse it was all she had left since she had outlasted her daughter's life.
Back at the warehouse, a bored Pete noticed that Artie used Barnum's Top in order to grow back his appendix for no other reason than to earn some time with Dr. Vanessa Calder (Lindsay Wagner). But when Dr. Calder had to leave suddenly, Artie's plan backfired when his appendix threatened to burst.
Pete, thinking fast, brought Artie to Dr. Kelly Hernandez's (Paula Garces) office even though she was a veterinarian. Both Artie and Pete realized that they needed to try and live some life outside of the warehouse, which allowed both of them to go after each of the women.
Claudia's investigation led her to the realization that the Boiling Point Energy Drink was the cause. Going to the plant with Wells and Myka, they found Godfred's Ladle that when dipped in the drink added strength but eventually led to a fiery death. Unfortunately, the responsible scientist knocked Claudia into a vat of the drink leading her to have an accelerated reaction.
Again proving either a good streak or a clever manipulative streak, Wells saved Claudia's life by creating an antidote. Without saying a word, she left her grappling gun to Myka, and left Myka with some thoughts about what to do about Wells.
All in all, Wells' return did not seem surprising, but having her on the side of the good throws things more off balance. It will clearly not be the last the team sees of her. On a good note for all on the team, there is recognition that the warehouse cannot be the only thing in their lives. Maybe that will lead to more hook ups.
The show keeps adding to its "cred" in science-fiction television by adding to its guest list. Seeing Lindsay Wagner on the show should bring back fond memories of bionic moments. It would be nice to see her take a more active role if she continues to guest on the show.
The effects on the show have always been on the cheesy side, but tonight the one payoff for the cheesiness was in Pete's wearing Leary's glasses that gave him the hallucination of Artie being a walrus. Not only were the effects fun, it was a nice homage to some psychedelic Beatles' lyrics.
What Didnt Work
Again, having Wells return is not a surprise. However, having her turn up as a team player takes away a lot of the build up that was created in the season's first episode. Yes, she remains a strong female character who invents and creates cool gadgets like a grappling gun. But how much more fun would it be to have her truly be bad?
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Warehouse 13 stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti, and CCH Pounder. "For The Team" was directed by Tawnia McKiernan and written by Drew Z. Greenberg with Special Guest stars Lindsay Wagner and Jaime Murray.
Warehouse 13 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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