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TV Review: Eureka – “Your Face or Mine”

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Jack's back! Sort of. When Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) found out last week that he could not be fired without written consent of the mayor, he was relieved ("Welcome Back Carter"). Henry Deacon (Joe Morton) wouldn't let him be sent packing. This week however, before things can truly get back to normal, we learned that Jack had one small issue left to take care of.

Carter must now, as a routine check for all town law enforcement personnel, pass a series of tests which, in the words of Dr. Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), head of Global Dynamics and Eureka's link to the Pentagon, will "push him to the limit." He does get a panic button of sorts to stop the test if things get too hairy. Now, this also disqualifies him from active service in Eureka during the test. Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra), Carter's deputy, gets a perfect score on the test just before Jack's turn — talk about an incentive. I have a feeling her military training has something to do with her ability. She has to take over for 48hours while he goes through a test designed to fit his personality. Sure enough, he just has one task: push a button against an opposite wall. Leave it to the special effects team on the show for creating a very real looking disappearing floor! Don't worry, Carter is safely stuck on a lone platform in the middle of the room.

Colin Ferguson directed this episode, and it worked out okay. I find it a little odd that he would not use the opportunity to focus on just how critical his character is to Eureka. After all, he's in the lead role and the one character viewers are guaranteed to see each week. Ferguson, however, gives someone else a chance. This week, Cerra has to step up. Hmmm….

It seems both Carter and Lupo are street smart but not necessarily science oriented. How in the world does he not figure out the simplest solution to his puzzle? The answer is already in his hand. Or, to be more specific, his pocket. And, as that is occurring, Lupo manages to arrest Larry Haberman (Christopher Jacot) without evidence, only a lame excuse — he enjoys stealing.

Zane Donovan (Niall Matter) is more than a little confused about Lupo's actions as well. Why would Jo suddenly take an interest in Fargo (Neil Grayston)? Opposites attracting happens to be an understatement in their case — the strong independent woman and the nerd whose greatest asset is in the lab. Beauty versus serious brains. The tipping point for Zane is when Jo actually kisses Fargo! Somehow, I doubt Grayston has never kissed on screen before this episode was taped. Any actor who has been in the business for a while has to have done it.

DNA plays a major role in this episode. So does identity theft. I know the easiest way to handle the job — have Cerra play two roles. The twist is only the beginning. My favorite part? Seeing Matter's face as he questions someone he may care very much about. He isn't stupid enough to completely trust what he hears from her.  He can't really afford to completely trust anyone, after all, he just possibly caused the stock market to crash ("Bad to the Drone") and his job has to be hanging by a thread. I get the impression though that the case has never been quite proven beyond a reasonable doubt, otherwise he would have been fired long ago. Still, he gets a response to his question that only one other person would know. I won't tell what happens next, but it works.

Fargo, in his own way, discovers even more of the puzzle. Only he would get himself trapped with the prime suspect. Painful secrets are shared, by both of them. A bond is made. Whether or not this relationship goes the same way Lupo and Donovan remains to be seen. The whole storyline may just pop up later.

Any big plot similar to say, the Artifact, is on the back burner for now. Whatever takes place, Jordan Hinson needs more singing opportunities! Being Zoe Carter and only the sheriff's daughter as opposed to a GD genius, gives her little screen time. Even with a few words, though, I can tell she has solid vocal qualities. Christopher Gauthier, who plays Vincent, is there for comic relief. He could use an episode focused mostly on him. Perhaps something which involves Dr. Jim Taggart (Matt Frewer)? The animal guy in Global Dynamics has been away ever since Henry was arrested for creating a fake crisis which could have killed Kevin, Allison's son ("A Night at Global Dynamics").

So far, the two episodes this half-season have been a bit lackluster. Ed Quinn has left the show, which means Nathan Stark and Jack Carter are not butting heads anymore and Eva Thorne (Frances Fisher) left town, so the "Fixer" is not creating conflict either. This opens the door to a new character or two, yet nobody has stepped up to the plate.

Tune in Fridays at 9pm for all new episodes of Eureka!

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