This episode begins when Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) realizes that valuable items stolen from an auction have an unusual history. Send in the retrieval team! For Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), the task is made a little easier by a tip about two men who were high bidders for the final piece in a collection. Gilbert Radburn (James Naughton) is one potential suspect, but the more interesting is Jeff Weaver (Joe Flanigan, Stargate Atlantis).
Why? Artie knew Weaver's father once. If the son is anything like him, our intrepid investigators should watch their backs with everything they've got.
This week is another one of those with a well known guest star so audiences will be drawn in. Does it work? The fact Flanigan was the lead role in a science fiction television series a while back helps somewhat. The fact of SG Atlantis having its series finale already has more to do with the story coming to a close than acting strength. So far, two actors connected to a sci-fi show have been part of Warehouse 13 — Tricia Helfer and Flanigan. They are from two different series, obviously. However, the hope is that fans will tune in even more to see a favorite celebrity in action.
The setup, although compelling, is a bit problematic. Chances are any viewer with common sense can narrow it down to one of the two men listed above. Equal are the odds of Naughton or Flanigan taking on the role of villain. Who the culprit turns out to be is a surprise, which is nicely laid out plotwise. I have to hand it to the writers for picking such a simple premise of using four elements to work as one. Each gives a unique power to the person who has them all. The special effects when they do are particularly nice.