Episode: Eureka 4.05 – “Crossing Over”
Original Air Date: August 6, 2010
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I was a bit disheartened when this episode opened with Dr. Blake getting ready to take a coffee to Dr. Grant, and Carter jealously referring to him as “Dr. Old Spice,” because I totally want Carter and Dr. Blake to hook up. Primarily I want to witness the hookup for two reasons: (1) They have great chemistry together, and (2) the ongoing love triangle thing is getting old, even if they do keep switching the third member of the triangle every couple seasons.
Then again, that “Dr. Old Spice” crack is pretty funny. You could do a lot with this particular triangle as far as triangles go.
But forget that for now. Carter and Henry are strolling through town, lamenting their love lives, when Fargo shows up acting really excited about the “VIP” coming to visit, who turns out to be Claudia Donovan from Warehouse 13. She is obviously way too cool for Fargo, but Fargo is too excited to let that stop him from being Fargo. She is here to transport some artifacts to Eureka, and Fargo has improved his goo.
Don’t worry. It’s not that kind of Fargo goo. It’s a special packaging goo to keep the artifacts safe during transport.
While the audience is left trying to scrub the image of Fargo’s goo out of its brain, we cut to Henry and Dr. Grant tinkering with their doohicky (I should start calling it the bridge device). Anyway, Henry’s new wife shows up looking for some nookie, but he’s still freaked out by how he didn’t even know she existed until three episodes ago, so that doesn’t go very well.
There is also a side issue of Dr. Blake getting annoyed by all the smoking Dr. Grant is doing (he’s from the 1940s, after all). Since Dr. Grant is now the official third wheel in the Blake-Carter-“Insert name here” relationship, he decides he should try to quit and perhaps eventually get some nookie. So Dr. Blake implants nicotine-purging nanobots into his body. Nicotine-purging nanobots? In Eureka? What could go wrong?
Speaking of things going wrong, let’s check in with Fargo, who is giving Claudia the grand tour of Global Dynamics. Suddenly a bunch of giant redwood trees appear in the lobby. Claudia volunteers to stick around and help figure out what the hell is going on.
The trees are indigenous, but Claudia and Carter figure out by looking at the tree rings (turns out Carter does have one scientific interest — dendrochronology) that these trees were not present during the Mount St. Helen eruption that covered Eureka in ash 30 years ago. So, these trees are from the 1940s.
Over at Café Diem, an unfired 1940s bullet complete with casing materializes inside Jo’s chest. They rush her to Dr. Blake’s clinic and save her.
Fargo and Claudia try to figure out what could be causing these sudden random appearances, but because of the fact that everything in Eureka can be explained by science while everything in Warehouse 13 can be explained by whatever you call the stuff that happens in Warehouse 13 (but is definitely not science), Carter has to step in and insert some normal person logic.
“What about teleportation?” He asks. Fargo explains that, technically, teleportation research has been banned, but Dr. Wheeler is in charge of Eureka’s “quantum particle entanglement” program. So, she might have some answers. But when they track her down at Café Diem, she starts to explain that none of her experiments have ever worked just before a 1940s fighter plane magically appears inside the cafe.
This time, Carter recognizes what’s going on. He’s seen that plane from this season’s first episode. Dr. Wheeler gives her opinion that somebody must be messing around with wormholes.
If you see where this is going, you are way ahead of our heroes. Claudia grabs her Warehouse 13 doohicky and she and Fargo run around in the fields looking for strange radiation. While they are distracted, Henry admits to Carter that he and Dr. Grant have been experimenting with the bridge device to see what they can do with wormholes. Also, if these portholes keep appearing, they are going to tear the fabric of the universe apart. So, there’s that to contend with.
Dr. Grant theorizes that it’s a quantum chromo-dynamic confinement anomaly. Obviously, that means that particles from the present and the past are acting like giant magnets and mutually attracting each other through time. This would also tear apart a person from the inside out. To prove his point, Dr. Grant starts glowing and coming apart. This means he’s the magnet that’s attracting all the artifacts from the past. The gang takes Dr. Grant to Global Dynamics so they can figure out a way to purge the exotic particles from his body.
Meanwhile, Claudia and Fargo find another transported item from the past — a minefield — and of course Claudia steps on a mine. Fargo figures out how to save Claudia, which kind of turns her on, and they start rolling on the ground kissing, but that’s not a good idea in a mine field. Fargo ends up lying on top of a mine, unable to lift his head without detonating a mine, with Claudia lying on top of him, unable to get away either.
Back at Global Dynamics, the process that Henry uses to purge the exotic particles from Dr. Grant’s body is starting to kill him, but then Dr. Blake remembers the nanobots from the beginning of the episode. She reprograms the nanobots to purge exotic particles (which apparently are quite similar to nicotine or something) and even though it’s a long shot, it works, sending all the items back to their original time.
Meanwhile, Carter grabs a spare infrasonic diffuser, and rushes to the mine field where Fargo’s gooiest fantasies are about to come true (assuming he doesn’t get blown up first). He finds the compromising scene of Claudia lying on top of Fargo, with Fargo’s pointy little head depressing the fuse to a land mine. Not to worry. Carter inserts the infrasonic diffuser, it diffuses the mine, Fargo reluctantly separates himself from Claudia, and Carter can claim to have saved the day once again (it was just the subplot he saved, but it still counts).
Loose end time: Henry’s new wife. Henry comes home to find her knee deep in grease, working on the car (which is probably as cool for someone like Henry as when my wife suggested we have a Star Trek wedding was for a guy like me). He starts getting romantic. Nice!
There’s just one more loose end: Claudia plants a giant lip lock on Fargo, referring to him as the Fargonater. So, we now have that image to scrub out of our minds too.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars