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Eureka
Eureka title card.jpg
Intertitle
Also known as A Town Called Eureka
Genre Science fiction / Comedy-Drama
Created by Andrew Cosby
Jaime Paglia
Starring Colin Ferguson
Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Joe Morton
Jordan Hinson
Ed Quinn (seasons 1–3)
Erica Cerra
Neil Grayston
Niall Matter
Matt Frewer
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 43 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) British Columbia, Canada
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time approx. 44 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Syfy
Original run July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18) – present
Status Returning
External links
Official website

Eureka (stylized as EUReKA) is an American science fiction television series that premiered on Syfy on July 18, 2006, and since then three full seasons have aired. The show is set in a fictional town called Eureka in the Pacific Northwest inhabited almost entirely by geniuses and scientists that live in a top-secret government-run town. Nearly everyone in Eureka works for Global Dynamics, a huge advanced research facility responsible for the development of all major technological breakthroughs in the last 50 years. Each episode features a mysterious accidental or intentional misuse of technology which is then solved by the town Sheriff, Jack Carter with the help of town scientists. There is also a story arc concerning a mysterious artifact that has had an appearance in both the first and second seasons.

It was created by Andrew Cosby and Jamie Paglia and is produced by Universal Media Studios. The season one original music was composed by Mutato Muzika and season two and three were composed by Bear McCreary. The executive producers of the current season are Pagli, Charles Grant Craig, and Thania St. John. While lacking in strong critical acclaim, Eureka has been a popular success, averaging 3.2 million viewers during the second half of season three.[1] In 2007 Eureka was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Series and won the Leo Award for Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series.[2] In the United Kingdom, the show is known as A Town Called Eureka. It was announced on July 24, 2009 that the show had been picked up for a 22 episode fourth season,[3] set to air in mid-2010.[4]

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Synopsis

Eureka takes place in a high tech community of the same name, located in the U.S. State of Oregon (Washington in the pilot) and inhabited entirely by brilliant scientists working on new scientific advancements. The town is operated by a corporation called Global Dynamics (GD), that is overseen by the United States Department of Defense. The town's existence and location are closely guarded secrets.

U.S. Marshal Jack Carter stumbles upon Eureka while transporting a fugitive prisoner (his own rebellious teenage daughter Zoe) back to her mother's home in Los Angeles. When a faulty experiment cripples the sheriff of Eureka, Carter finds himself quickly chosen to fill the vacancy. Despite not being a genius like most members of the town, Jack Carter's ability to connect to others, his simple but effective ideas, his above average intelligence in practicality, and his steadfast dedication to his work repeatedly saves Eureka, and sometimes the entire world, from one would-be disaster after another.

Characters

  • Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) is a U.S. Marshal who reluctantly ends up as Sheriff of Eureka. Jack is consistently dumbfounded by the wonders Eureka produces, as well as their propensity to produce things that often threaten the entire town, if not the world. Despite being an average man in a town full of geniuses, Jack's admittedly simplistic ideas and ability to make intuitive connections between seemingly disparate events often save the day. (This is in contrast to the other residents of Eureka, who, being stereotypical scientists, tend to over-complicate things and get lost in minutiae). Jack has deep feelings for Dr. Allison Blake, although his reaction to new arrival Dr. Tess Fontana results in a blossoming relationship. However, by the end of Season 3, the situation once again changes and at the end of the season finale, we find Carter at a crossroads with an important decision to make which could impact upon his relationships with both Blake and Fontana...
  • Dr. Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) is a Department of Defense agent who acts as the liaison between Eureka and the Federal Government, and later becomes the director of Global Dynamics. She is always at the forefront of any dilemma which might arise.
  • Dr. Tess Fontana (Jaime Ray Newman) is described as a "brilliant engineer and astrophysicist who sees things differently than those around her... putting her at odds with the mainstream scientific community." Allison, having known this out-of-the-box thinker since Grad School, puts her to work on a highly confidential Global Dynamics project. By the last quarter of Season 3, Dr. Fontana finds herself spending time with - and eventually positioned as a love interest for - Colin Ferguson's Jack, although the Season 3 finale indicates that her character is to be written out from the primary storylines in Season 4.
  • Zoe Carter (Jordan Hinson) is Jack's rebellious teenage daughter. Unlike her father, she is intelligent enough to keep up with the town's residents (her IQ is 157), yet like her father, possesses the street smarts most of the town's residents do not. She longs to be a medical doctor, and with the help of Henry's recommendation letter, receives an early acceptance to Harvard's medical program. She dates Lucas.
  • Dr. Henry Deacon (Joe Morton) is the town jack-of-all-trades. Although, like most residents of Eureka, he is a brilliant multidisciplined scientist, Henry has ethical objections to the kind of research conducted at Global Dynamics, preferring employment as the town's mechanic. Henry's assistance is often invaluable in defusing the situations the experiments in town create. He was destined for incarceration, following a false biohazard scare to distract him from trying to free Allison's son (Kevin) from the Artifact leading to the escape of Beverly. However, he was eventually granted a reprieve and remained in Eureka. During Season 3, he was elected Town Mayor as a write-in candidate.
  • Dr. Nathan Stark (Ed Quinn) is one of Eureka's top scientists who is modeled after Tony Stark.[5] He and Jack are frequently at odds, though both respect the other. He was formerly married to Allison, and they rekindled their relationship in the second season. They were supposed to get remarried in the third season, but he died whilst saving the world from a time paradox on the day of their wedding.
  • Deputy Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra) is another of the town's few non-genius residents. Jo is a tough, no-nonsense cop with a love of firearms. From Season 2 onwards, after a brief fling with Taggart, she later develops a relationship with Zane.
  • Dr. Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) is a junior scientist who is treated somewhat dismissively by his peers. Accident prone, he more often than not ends up a victim of the disasters that befall the town. He has also caused a fair share of the problems. Neil Grayston also provides the voice of S.A.R.A.H (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat), the bunker home that Jack and Zoe Carter live in.
  • Dr. Beverly Barlowe (Debrah Farentino) is the town psychiatrist who secretly works for a conglomerate of business interests wishing to exploit Eureka's innovations.
  • Dr. Jim Taggart (Matt Frewer) is a somewhat eccentric animal expert. He also does work in geophysics.
  • Vincent (Chris Gauthier) is the owner of Cafe Diem. He prides himself on being able to make anything his customers ask for — partially due to the extradimensional features of his pantry, which essentially allows him infinite room in which to store ingredients for recipes. He is no exception to the town's geniuses and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Gastronomy. Throughout the series, it has been implied that Vincent may be gay, due to his flamboyant manner of speech, and a scene in the second season episode, "Games People Play," in which residents of Eureka disappear, leaving residents of no memory of them. Jack asks vincent about Jo, to which Vincent replies by asking him if he(the nonexistent new deputy) is cute. It is worth noting, that this Eureka was a virtual world, created for Zoe's therapy, so the real Vincent might not have said that. His last name has not yet been revealed.
  • Zane Donovan (Niall Matter) is a rebellious genius, recruited in the second season as an alternative to imprisonment after being arrested for fraud (allegedly causing the New York Stock Exchange to crash). He also develops a relationship with Jo Lupo shortly after his arrival in Eureka.
  • Eva Thorne (Frances Fisher) is a corporate fixer hired to make Eureka more profitable, which she mainly accomplishes by downsizing. She seems to have an ulterior motive involving an underground military base built before Eureka was founded. An accident in this facility resulted in her being extraordinarily long-lived - she is revealed to be 107 years old when she returns to Eureka. After sacrificing her one chance of finding a cure in order to save Zoe, Thorne leaves to start a new life finally able to put her past behind her.
  • General Mansfield (Barclay Hope) is an army general who frequently visits Eureka to check up on Government projects, or to enforce martial law when experiments get out of control.
  • Lexi Carter (Ever Carradine) is Jack's free-spirited sister who comes to live with him and Zoe early in Season 3 after finding out she (Lexi) is pregnant. Her fanatic emphasis on waste management, recycling, spirituality and politics quickly endears her to others and makes her an asset to the community.
  • Lucas (Vanya Asher) is Zoe's shy genius boyfriend. They start dating after being forced to work together on a high school science project in Season 2. In Season 3, Lucas is cited as having the third highest IQ ever measured, even though he can be a bit of a klutz. He receives early acceptance to MIT after a letter of recommendation from Henry, so he is able to be with Zoe in Massachusetts.

Episodes

The episodes of season one were not aired in the order intended by the show's creators. This is suggested by the episodes' production numbers which are displayed on the SyFy's Eureka website next to episode titles quite often. There are some small inconsistencies when watched closely, but such inconsistencies are minimal and were intentionally controlled. In podcast commentaries with the show's creators and star Colin Ferguson, they confirm that the production order is in fact the order in which they intended the show to air, but the network executives changed the order to try to place stronger episodes earlier in the run to help attract viewers. The creators were able to make minor changes in editing and sometimes dubbed dialogue in later episodes (for instance, they removed the explicit mention of Zoe's first day at school) to try to eliminate audience confusion.

Ratings

The series premiere garnered high ratings, with 4.1 million people tuning in. Eureka was also the top rated cable program for that Tuesday night, and was the highest-rated series launch in SyFy's fourteen-year history.[6] The season two premiere drew 2.5 million viewers, making it the top-rated cable program of the day.[7]

For calendar-year 2008 as a first-run, the series delivered 1.42 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic.[8]

The season 3 premiere was viewed by 2.8 million viewers and the season 3.5 premiere of Eureka earned 2.68 million viewers in its new time slot.[9]

Season 4

Syfy Vice President, Mark Stern confirmed at Comic-Con 2009 in San Diego, that Season 4 of Eureka has been given the green light and will consist of 22 episodes.[10]

Season 4 is scheduled to commence in July 2010.

Critical reaction

Critical reaction was mixed, with general praise for the premise, but overall middling reaction to the writing of the pilot.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

It's all very quirky. Too quirky, maybe, for an audience that is used to spaceships, robots, and explosions. Though every episode promises an "aha!" moment based in quantum physics and obscure scientific laws, this world is relatively flat, conceptually speaking, in comparison to the complexity woven into series such as Stargate SG-1 and Battlestar Galactica. This does not mean Eureka is a complete waste of time. Not at all. The characters are fun, Ferguson is believable and pleasant, the script is solidly constructed, and the visuals are slickly produced. All in all, it's a sweet series and probably not long for this world.[11]

The New York Daily News:

With its playful new series Eureka, set in the Pacific Northwest and telling the story of an outsider who comes to explore, and settle in, a remote town full of eccentrics, Sci-Fi Channel isn't just inviting comparisons to Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure. It's demanding them. But co-creators Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia hold up to them pretty well. Eureka has a premise, a cast and a plot that make it one of the TV treats of the summer. The folks at Sci-Fi Channel clearly intended to reinvent the summer TV series here, and come up with something breezy and fun. And Eureka - they've done it!

Awards

Eureka was nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. The other nominees were Battlestar Galactica (the winner), Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, and Rome.[12]

Filming locations

International distribution

Country/Region Channel Premiere date
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Asia Star World May 30, 2007 (2007-05-30)
 Australia Ten HD (Season 1 & 2)
Ten (Season 3)
March 6, 2008 (2008-03-06) September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11) July 24, 2009 (2009-07-24)
Sci Fi December 4, 2008 (2008-12-04)
 Belgium Sci Fi 2008 (2008)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina FTV December 1, 2007 (2007-12-01)
 Brazil Sci Fi Channel 2008 (2008)
 Canada Space (English) September 3, 2006 (2006-09-03) September 10, 2007 (2007-09-10) October 1, 2009 (2009-10-01)
Ztélé (French) August 27, 2007 (2007-08-27) September 21, 2008 (2008-09-21) September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)
 Croatia HRT 2 July 4, 2007 (2007-07-04) September 12, 2008 (2008-09-12)
 Cuba Tele Rebelde May 5, 2009 (2009-05-05)
 Czech Republic Prima COOL April 2, 2009 (2009-04-02) September 15, 2009 (2009-09-15) March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)
 Denmark DR 1 October 3, 2008 (2008-10-03)
 Finland Sub October 21, 2008 (2008-10-21) February 9, 2010 (2010-02-09)
 France Série Club October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24)
 Germany ProSieben February 25, 2008 (2008-02-25) June 30, 2008 (2008-06-30) July 6, 2009 (2009-07-06)
 Greece Universal Channel
 Hungary TV2 January 27, 2007 (2007-01-27) September 17, 2008 (2008-09-17)
 Iceland Skjar einn 2008 (2008) August 11, 2008 (2008-08-11)
 India Star World October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24)
 Ireland Sky 1 August 2, 2006 (2006-08-02) October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02) February 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)
Sci Fi January 10, 2007 (2007-01-10) January 10, 2008 (2008-01-10) July 10, 2009 (2009-07-10)
 Israel AXN November 6, 2006 (2006-11-06) December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18)
 Italy FOX, Rai 4 August 4, 2007 (2007-08-04) February 23, 2008 (2008-02-23) January 21, 2010 (2010-01-21)
 Japan Syfy April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)
 Lithuania TV3 October 30, 2009 (2009-10-30)
 Macedonia Kanal 5 September 4, 2008 (2008-09-04)
 Netherlands Sci Fi 2008 (2008)
 New Zealand TV3 May 10, 2008 (2008-05-10)
 Norway Viasat4 August 21, 2009 (2009-08-21)
 Mexico Sci Fi Channel October 2007 (2007-10) November 2008 (2008-11) September 2009 (2009-09)
 Poland Canal+ Poland August 30, 2007 (2007-08-30) July 31, 2008 (2008-07-31)
Sci Fi Channel 2009 (2009)
 Portugal FOX October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04) August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)
TVI November 24, 2007 (2007-11-24)
 Romania TVR 2 April 5, 2009 (2009-04-05)
 Serbia RTS September 15, 2008 (2008-09-15)
 Slovakia Markíza February 18, 2009 (2009-02-18) February 26, 2009 (2009-02-26)
 South Africa M-Net Action October 2006 (2006-10) November 2007 (2007-11)
 Spain Cuatro January 6, 2007 (2007-01-06) October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)
Sci Fi January 10, 2007 (2007-01-10)
 Sweden TV6 September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28) March 21, 2008 (2008-03-21)
 Turkey DiziMax October 11, 2006 (2006-10-11)
 Ukraine Novy Kanal December 20, 2007 (2007-12-20)
 United Kingdom Sky1 August 2, 2006 (2006-08-02) October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02) February 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)
Sci Fi January 10, 2007 (2007-01-10) January 10, 2008 (2008-01-10)

DVD releases

Season One

Season One
Set details Special features
  • 12 Episodes
  • 3-Disc Set
  • 16×9 (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English (No subtitles available with the UK release)
  • Audio Commentaries — with various Cast and Crew Members
  • Deleted Scenes — with Audio Commentaries
  • Podcasts — with various Cast and Crew Members
  • Webisodes
  • Mock Infomercials
  • Outtakes — with Audio Commentaries:
    • "Pilot"
    • "Once in a Lifetime"
  • "Returns in July" TV Spot
Release dates
 United States  United Kingdom  Australia
July 3, 2007 March 24, 2008 December 2, 2008

Season Two

Season Two
Set details Special features[16]
  • 13 Episodes
  • 3-Disc Set
  • 16×9 (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Podcasts — with various Cast and Crew Members
  • Webcasts
  • Eureka PSAs
  • Gag Reel
  • Inside the Writers' Room
Release dates
 United States  United Kingdom  Australia
July 15, 2008 August 16, 2008 February 3, 2010

Season Three

Season Three
Set details Special features[17]
  • 8 Episodes (First half of season 3, episodes 1 - 8)
  • 2-Disc Set
  • 16×9 (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary — with various Cast and Crew Members
  • Podcasts — with various Cast and Crew Members
  • Creating a Musical Personality
Release Dates
 United States  United Kingdom  Australia
June 30, 2009[18] January 25, 2010 Unknown

In other media

Original soundtrack

On August 26, 2008, La La Land Records released Eureka: Original Soundtrack From the Sci-Fi Channel Television Series.[19] Composed predominantly by Bear McCreary, the album consists of 28 tracks from the show's second season. It also includes two variations of the Mark Mothersbaugh and John Enroth composed main theme, as well as two songs -- "Let's Get Hitched" and "EurekAerobics", written by Brendan McCreary and Captain Ahab, respectively.[20]

Comics

Boom! Studios is producing a comic book based on storylines provided by Andrew Cosby (who is also the co-founder of the comic publisher), to be written by Brendan Hay, with art by Diego Barreto.[21]

References

  1. ^ "Syfy's Eureka delivers best season ever season finale averages 2.3 million". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/09/21/syfys-eureka-delivers-best-season-ever-season-finale-averages-2-3-million/27947. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Eureka (2006) Awards". IMDB. http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0796264/awards. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Syfy renews Eureka for a fourth season". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/07/24/syfy-renews-eureka-for-a-fourth-season/23545. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  4. ^ Eureka | Syfy
  5. ^ "Sci-fi made sexy on 'Eureka'". http://entertainment1.sympatico.msn.ca/TV_Guide/Interviews/Insider/Articles/070425_ed_quinn_eureka_MH. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Eureka Scores High". The Futon Critic. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20060719scifi01. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  7. ^ Adalian, Josef (July 11, 2007). "Audiences discover 'Eureka'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117968374.html?categoryid=14&cs=1&query=eureka. Retrieved August 3, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Breaking News — FINAL DVR DATA REVS UP RATINGS FOR FX FROSH DRAMA SONS OF ANARCHY". The Futon Critic. December 18, 2008. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?date=12/18/08&id=20081218fx01. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Syfy renews Eureka for a fourth season". TV by the Numbers. July 24, 2009. http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/07/24/syfy-renews-eureka-for-a-fourth-season/23545. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Syfy renews Eureka for a fourth season". TV by the Numbers. July 24, 2009. http://www.scifiscoop.com/tv-shows/eureka/syfy-confirms-the-green-light-for-eureka-season-4. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Not a whole lot to discover on Eureka'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2006-07-18. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/277848_eureka18.html. Retrieved 2006-07-20. 
  12. ^ "SCI FI CHANNEL SCORES 7 EMMY NOMS INCLUDING WRITING & DIRECTING NODS FOR 'BATTLESTAR GALACTICA'". The Futon Critic. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20070719scifi01. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  13. ^ "Chilliwack Film Commission: Who's Filmed in Chilliwack". Chilliwack Film Commission. http://www.chilliwackfilmcommission.com/film_commission/whos_filmed/index.php?catid=6. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  14. ^ "Ladysmith, British Columbia Film". Town of Ladysmith. http://www.ladysmith.ca/film.php. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  15. ^ "Vancouver Film Studios — Who's Been Here". Vancouver Film Studios. http://www.vancouverfilmstudios.com/company/whos.html. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  16. ^ "Eureka — Menu Screens Reveal Extras for Eureka's 2nd Season DVDs". TV Shows on DVD. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Eureka-Season-2-Extras/9436. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  17. ^ "Menu Screens for Eureka — Season 3.0". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Eureka-Season-3.0/11675. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  18. ^ "Announcement for Eureka — Season 3.0". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Eureka-Season-3.0/11593. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  19. ^ "My "Eureka" Soundtrack Is Finally Out!"
  20. ^ "LA LA LAND RECORDS, EUREKA"
  21. ^ Brendan Hay Talks "Eureka" Comics, Comic Book Resources, February 2, 2009

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Eureka (2006 -) is a science fiction TV series, airing on the Sci Fi Channel, about a remote town in the Pacific Northwest where the best minds in the U.S. are tucked away where they build futuristic inventions for the government's benefit. In the UK it is known as A Town Called Eureka.

Contents

Season 1

Pilot [1.01]

[While driving.]
Zoe Carter: Listen-- dog.
Jack Carter: No, you listen, home girl--
Zoe Carter: [pointing] No, dog!

Jack Carter: How long've you been in the tow business?
Henry Deacon: Oh, I don't do this for a living, I do this for fun! I just always liked fixing things. I was an engineer, fact of the day.
Jack Carter: As in trains?
Henry Deacon: Space shuttles.

Beverly Barlowe: Will your wife be joining you?
Jack Carter: My wife? Oh, uhm. [holds up hand with ring] Not likely. We're separated.
Beverly Barlowe: Was it the sex?
Jack Carter: Excuse me?
Beverly Barlowe: Well, it's a common problem in long term relationships. People get bored, they want to experiment sexually, and they don't know how to express their needs.
Jack Carter: Well, not that sharing my sex life with a total stranger doesn't sound like loads of fun, uh, at the moment my needs are a nap and a shower.

Jack Carter: Deputy, where is the sheriff?
Jo Lupo: You wanna know where the sheriff is? He's out on police business. Which is where I should be, instead of baby sitting Felon Spice here.
Zoe Carter: Hey!
Jo Lupo: Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll stop doing your job, and start doing mine.

Jack Carter: What're you doing out of your cell?
Zoe Carter: I'm getting take-out for me and Jo. Turns out we have a lot in common.
Jack Carter: Like what?
Zoe Carter: Like fighting an oppressive patriarchal society to express our feminine power.

Many Happy Returns [1.02]

Allison Blake: I still don't get it. Susan committing suicide. I mean, I know it sounds callous, but I don't care how bad things are, once you have a kid, you don't get to just... check out.
Jack Carter: Well, my daughter Zoe said pretty much the same thing when I told her I was being transferred to Eureka.
Allison Blake: Taking your life and taking a job are hardly the same thing.
Jack Carter: In this town? Not so sure.

Jack Carter: It's not like we have a standard form to "undead" you.
Jo Lupo: Ahem.
Jack Carter: Tell me you're kidding.
Jo Lupo: 924/B. In triplicate.

Nathan Stark: There was an electrical problem with the computers, and then I saw something. A figure.
Jack Carter: Are you saying someone was in your office?
Nathan Stark: Not someone. Something. It wasn't entirely corporeal.
Jack Carter: Corporeal?
Nathan Stark: Physical. There and not there at the same time.
Jack Carter: Are you saying you saw a ghost?
Nathan Stark: Sheriff. Director of research of the most advanced scientific facility in the world doesn't see ghosts.

Nathan Stark: So, you sleeping with her?
Jack Carter: Excuse me?
Nathan Stark: You said I'd gotten the wrong impression. I assumed you were talking about my wife. Not that I have any right to ask--
Jack Carter: You're right, you don't.
Nathan Stark: You're not. But you'd like to.
Jack Carter: I'll let you know if I get anywhere. With the ghost, I mean.

Jack Carter: Tell me Henry, you're a scientist, do you believe in ghosts?
Henry Deacon: Well, I believe in energy. When somebody dies, that energy has to go somewhere. So, theoretically I suppose it's possible.

Before I Forget [1.03]

Jack Carter: I went back to check on my own, personal files, and they've been classified. I mean, my files.
Allison Blake: It's not my fault that there are things about yourself that you're just not cleared to know.
Jack Carter: Yeah, I'd hate to stumble across something that if I told me, I'd have to kill me.

Zoe Carter: I was up all night reading Shakespeare!
Jack Carter: Uh-huh. You're really into this school play, huh?
Zoe Carter: Yeah, you know, um, I think drama club is really helping me find myself emotionally. I feel like I'm really starting to fit in.
Jack Carter: How many classes do you get to skip for rehearsal?
Zoe Carter: Last period every day, including geometry. Love drama.

Jo Lupo: My mom used to make my costumes.
Jack Carter: You used to do theatre?
Jo Lupo: Believe it or not, Carter, I didn't have childhood dreams of becoming a commando.
Jack Carter: So you went from being told to break a leg, to actually breaking them?

Jack Carter: I figured it all out. I know what you're up to.
Jason Anderson: In regards to...?
Jack Carter: I know that you have a device that can... create a wormhole, or, uh, bend time, or make you invisible... or a wormholing, time-bending, invisibling device, that shields you from the mind.
Nathan Stark: Yes, he said "invisibling".

[Jack struggles with Jason Anderson, though the others manage to pull him back]
Jack Carter: [points] There. That's the device that invades your mind.
Jason Anderson: It also starts my car. [shows ordinary car-keys]

Alienated [1.04]

[The group are watching a very loud movie.]
Jo Lupo: [screaming] What's wrong with you people? Turn it down!
Spencer Martin: What? Why?
Jo Lupo: Your neighbors are complaining about the noise.
Spencer Martin: Which neighbors?
Jo Lupo: The state of Idaho! Turn. it. down.

Spencer Martin: Wow. I mean, that is like...
Douglas Fargo: Unbelievable. Yet... believable.
Vincent: Definitely.
Jim Taggart: Like being there.
Jo Lupo: I've gotta go. Hey, you guys keep it down, okay?
Jim Taggart: We'll walk you out. You know, in case of alien invasion. Stranger things have happened.
Jo Lupo: Right.

Invincible [1.05]

Dr. Carlson: You’re not Sheriff Cobb.
Jack Carter: Ah, no. Sheriff Cobb retired. I took his place. (awkward pause) There was a town meeting, and, uh, uh, everything. I gave a speech.
Dr. Carlson: I don’t get out much.
Jack Carter: Yeah, I’m gathering.

Jack Carter: But since I’m here, what is your emergency, exactly?
Dr. Carlson: I need to get to work.
Jack Carter: You called 911 to bum a ride?

Dr. Nobel [1.06]

Dr. Thatcher: If you want sex, reverse the hex.
Nathan Stark: Sheriff, at any point when you picked him up, the car ride, the long walk down here, did you happen to notice this guy's not all there?
Jack Carter: Yeah, there may have been signs.

Blink [1.07]

Jack Carter: Put the gun down, Dylan.
Dylan: Why? So I can go to jail for the rest of my life?
Zoe Carter: Damn straight!
Jack Carter: Not helping!

Jack Carter: Okay, let’s say someone literally is speed-freaking. What signs would I look for?
Henry Deacon: Besides running at 600 miles an hour?

Right as Raynes [1.08]

Jack Carter: This is obstruction of justice.
Zoe Carter: How do you figure?
Jack Carter: You’re making me late for work.

Zoe Carter: (about seeing Beverly) Actually, my Dad’s making me go here. Apparently I have issues with authority and listening and… I don’t know, other stuff. I wasn’t really paying attention, so…

Primal [1.09]

Douglas Fargo: (while Stark is testing his invention) Why are you trying to access my file?
Nathan Stark: To see if you’re remotely qualified to be tapping into my cerebral cortex.

Purple Haze [1.10]

Zoe Carter: The school's gone completely out of control. Kids in fights, making out in the hallways, teachers apathetic.
Jack Carter: So, more like normal school, then.
Zoe Carter: Exactly.

Jack Carter: [into phone] Hey, uh, Allison, it's Jack. Listen, um, people are acting a little weird and we...well, frankly you're acting a little weird. Um, but, we should really get together and sort this out before it gets any worse.
Jo Lupo: [manhandling Seth into the station] Caught him trying to burn down Fargo's house.
Jack Carter: (still into phone) Too late.

Douglas Fargo: I'm sure you were great in the last town you worked in-
Jack Carter: America, Fargo. I was a US Marshall, my last town was America.

Stark: Wake me when it's over.
Allison: Reminds me of the last time we slept together.
Carter: Ooh!
Stark: At least you can remember it.

(Allison is trying to seduce Carter)
Carter: I can't.
Allison: (glances down, amused) Really? (looks down again)
Carter: Oh, no, I mean, I can! I'm fully capable.

Jo: You're no fun.
Carter: You know what'd be fun?
Jo: Ice skating!
Carter: Never mind.

Carter: Taggart.
Taggart: Mm?
Carter: You're naked.

Carter: (armed with a flamethrower) Unless you want me to roast your chestnuts, back off!
Taggart: (naked and armed with a shovel) You wouldn't dare.
Carter: Try me.
(Taggart drops his shovel and runs off screaming)

Allison: All I know is that there is something inside section 5, something Nathan's obsessed with. Something that he thinks will change the world.
Carter: Of course, it's incredibly dangerous.
Allison: Have you ever known anything to change the world that wasn't incredibly dangerous?
Carter: Velcro.

H.O.U.S.E. Rules [1.11]

Jim Taggart: Smart mice. IQ's through the roof. Little varmints used vector formulas to keep me off their tracks.
Jo Lupo: How'd you catch them?
Jim Taggart: Smart cheese.

Henry Deacon: I'm leaving Eureka, because I'm tired of watching noble ideas being turned into weapons, and here we are, here we are at the mercy of a weapon that had been turned into a noble idea.

Douglas Fargo: SARAH's gone HAL on us!

Henry Deacon: Fargo turns a relic of war into something beautiful and life affirming and then gets chastised, because it's actually trying to help us avert disaster.
Nathan Stark: He got chastised, because it's holding us hostage!

Nathan Stark: Fargo, please tell me you laid in a back door?
Douglas Fargo: I'd really, really like to.

Once in a Lifetime [1.12]

Zoe Carter: [during her graduation speech] Thank you for making me and my dad a part of your family. I promise to do my share of the chores, and I'll try not to blow up the world if you don't.

Walter Perkins: Besides, part of my sentence is no technology above a class 2 rating. Hell , I had to file for special dispensation just to get that Xbox. It's only a 360.

Season 2

Phoenix Rising [2.01]

Jack Carter: Taggart said the combustion was caused by meson particles coming from a solar flare. I'm no astrophysicist but I don't think there are a lot of solar flares inside a house.
Henry Deacon: He's right.
Jo Lupo: Really?
Jack Carter: Could you not act so surprised?

Henry Deacon: There's not much tissue left but I can run a DNA sample and get an ID.
Jack Carter: Nah, I know who it is. It's fat, sweaty Asian guy.
Vincent: What?!
Allison Blake: Carter!
Jack Carter: I'm being descriptive - if I knew his name, I'd use it!

Jo Lupo: Maybe it was just a one time thing. You know. Adrenaline. Heat of the moment.
Zoe Carter: Making out with Taggart? More like a moment of insanity.
Jo Lupo: Not so loud. Look, I really need some outside perspective here. Please?
Zoe Carter: You want perspective?
Jo Lupo: Uh-huh.
Zoe Carter: You hooked up with a guy whose age difference with you is the same as me and my dad.
Jo Lupo: (Looks over at Taggart. Taggart waves. Jo waves back.)That did it.

Try, Try Again [2.02]

[as Stark prepares to shoot Fargo with a goo gun]
Douglas Fargo: Dr. Stark, are you smiling?
Nathan Stark: No, of course not!

Jack Carter: Do we have any suspects yet?
Jo Lupo: No, unless you count this long list of people who find Fargo as annoying as we do.
Douglas Fargo: Hey! That's not true... oh yes it is.

Unpredictable [2.03]

SARAH: Today’s forecast calls for heat, frost, rain, hail, gale force winds and severe lightning.
Jack Carter: [re: S.A.R.A.H.] I’ll have Fargo give her a check-up.

Allison Blake: [over the radio] How hard is it to push a button?
Jack Carter: [fighting gale-force winds] You wanna do it?

Games People Play [2.04

Abby Carter: SARAH, forgive me if I don’t feel the need to justify my parental choices to a talking bunker.
SARAH: Fine, don’t let the door hit you on the way…
Abby Carter: [interrupting] Yeah, you wanna piece of me?
Jack Carter: Ahem. Are you, uh, threatening the house?
Abby Carter: She started it.

Douglas Fargo: Sorry, all class 8 research is classified.
Jack Carter: Oh. Y’know what else should be classified? Uh, a certain assistant’s American Idol audition.
Douglas Fargo: What? No, no, Zoe promised me she was gonna delete that!
Jack Carter: So what’s it gonna be?
Douglas Fargo: Fine. Give me an hour

Duck, Duck, Goose [2.05]

Jack Carter: I mean, they’re only kids. How much trouble can they get into? I mean, uh, Jo made it seem like the sky is falling.
Nathan Stark: That hasn’t happened since 2004. And that was more of an igniting of the ionosphere.

Noche de Sueños [2.06

Jack Carter: Joesefina Ballerina.
Jo Lupo: I will taser you.

Family Reunion [2.07]

Jack Carter: [about Fargo’s grandfather being in stasis] Hey, um, is anyone curious as to how he got in there?
Nathan Stark: He’s a Fargo. Are you really surprised?
Douglas Fargo: I am standing right here.

Dr. Fargo: Say, did we ever get to the moon?
Douglas Fargo: In ’62.
Dr. Fargo: Way to go, guys!
Douglas Fargo: Top secret of course. We didn’t go public until ’69.

Nathan Stark: Of all people to bring out of cryostasis I resurrect another Fargo.
Jack Carter: Yeah, karma's a bitch.

E=MC...? [2.08]

Stark: This the new kid?
Zane: Who you calling kid, Spartacus?
Stark: Ooh, cocky, I like him.
Carter: You would.

Zane: (while being arrested) Excellent response time. You guys take Lake Street?
FBI agent: Went up by Lincoln Park. Less traffic.

Carter: (about the price of Zane)Whoa! Twenty-five thousand for this guy?
Zane: (to Allison) For thirty, I'll throw in dinner and a movie. But it won't go past second base. I'm not that kind of boy.

Zane: What's the project status?
Allison: Ah, well, everyone at GD wants to get their hands on the data.
Zane: Big Bang whores, every one of 'em.

Zane Donovan: Obsession with firearms can be a sign of unfulfilled sexual appetite. I'm not saying that's you, but if it is, I'm at your service.
[Jo points a large gun at Zane]
Zane Donovan: Whoa, whoa, whoa!
Jack Carter: Jo, Jo, Jo! Don't shoot the prisoner. Don't.
Jo Lupo: How about I just wing him?

Zane: (re the chicken) I'm not eating that.
Carter: Why not? It's chicken.
Zane: Do you know how chickens are raised?
Carter: Aw, don't, just let me enjoy my meal.
Zane: Jammed together in a windowless warehouse, wading in feces until (slices hand across throat) they get decapitated, or pecked to death. (cheerfully) When you eat that chicken, you're eating all that hate.
(cut to Carter shoving Zane back in his jail cell)
Zane: Aw, c'mon, I have to sleep in here?
Carter: At least you're not wading in your own feces. GD has an apartment for you, but you're a criminal, and you don't deserve it.
Zane: You may think I'm a criminal, but my mom loves me and she wouldn't appreciate you insulting her boy.

Jo: Okay, what do you mean, they're stupid?
Carter: I mean, stupid. Like, like (acts 'stupid') stupid.
Jo: Carter, you can't catch stupid.
Zane: This may be my favorite conversation of all time.
...
Carter: How you feeling? You feel dumb?
Jo: No. You?
Zane: How could you tell? (Carter and Jo both nonchalantly zap him) OW! Gah!

Zane: There's only one thing I want from you, Jojo. A sandwich.

(Finding Zane after he's escaped)
Carter: You vacationed here when you were ten. Figured it's off the main road, place to hide out for a couple days first.
Zane: Well, I guess my FBI file's more detailed than I thought.
Carter: Not in your file.
Zane: Well, then that computer of yours must have an amazing predictive algorithm.
Carter: Didn't use the computer. I called your mother.
Zane: (starts laughing, then abruptly stops when he realizes Carter is serious) You called my mother?

Zane: Please don't let me die in this crap town.

Sight Unseen [2.09]

Lucas: Clearly Jasper thinks you're hot, but not smart enough to be his partner. [Zoe looks offended] In my opinion he's an idiot. [pauses] No one usually asks my opinion.
Science teacher: Does everyone have a partner?
Zoe Carter: [Looks around frantically] Well, it looks like we're stuck together.
Lucas: Welcome to my world. It's quiet, but it has its advantages.
Zoe Carter: Like what?
Lucas: Kidding, no advantages.

Jo Lupo: What was taken?
Pharmacist: Polyethylene glycol.
Jack Carter: [sarcastically] Ah, let me guess: permanent sunblock, instant cavity filler?
Pharmacist: [confused] No, we keep those up front.

Henry Deacon: Besides, extracting AL26 from moon rocks would require a highly sophisticated process, you’d have to be especially trained…
Jack Carter: You mean like everyone in town?
Henry Deacon: Gotcha. I’ll check it out.

Calli: It's a pleasure to do you... I mean, clean your clothes.

Zoe: I'm Zoe.
Lucas: I know, we have three classes together.
Zoe: Really?
Lucas: Story of my life.

Zoe: I'm not hot.
Lucas: Now you're just fishing for compliments.

Lucas: Sorry about all the verbal sparring and sexual tension between us.
Zoe: Please, you are so not my type.
Lucas: That's what they all say.
Zoe: Until they fall madly in love with you?
Lucas: No, that's what they all actually say

Fargo: What if he's in there waiting?
Carter: Then he'll get you first.

Fargo: Lincoln the poop guy.

Lucas: Your not shallow, you just haven't explored your depth.
Jo: Oh no, no, no there will be no exploring on my watch.

Carter: Is it Frank?
Fargo: Yeah.
Carter: Is he dead?
Fargo: Pretty much.

God is in the Details [2.10]

Jack Carter: Bottom line, if Reverend Harper is responsible, we're in for a lot more.
Henry Deacon: [sarcastically] Yeah, like a plague of locusts, or fiery hail, or total darkness. [lights go out]
Jack Carter: You had to say it!

Larry Haberman: Maybe Global Dynamics was built over a Hellmouth.

Maneater [2.11]

Jack Carter: Yeah, it's been happening all day. Uh, Jo kissed me, but I didn't put it together.
Nathan Stark: Deputy Lupo kissed you and you didn't think there was anything wrong with that?
Jack Carter: Well, I've been working out. I'm looking pretty good.

Jack Carter: Henry said that there's a… an inertia… thing coming.
Zane Donovan: An inertial wave?
Jack Carter: Yeah, is that bad? [diner explodes]
Zane Donovan: Yeah, it's bad.

Carter: Zane.
Zane: I haven't done anything!

Carter: I'm sorry, do you need something?
Allison: No, I'm good. I just love the way your lips move when you talk.
Carter, Stark: Excuse me?
Anne Young: Dr. Blake, that is a wildly inappropriate comment.
Carter: Yeah.
Stark: Not to mention, bizarre.
Allison: Go ahead, say something else.
Dr. Young: Or don't. (pushes Allison out of the way) Talk is cheap. (kisses Carter) I've been wanting to do that all day.

Taggart: Wilma...ate...Fred.

Jo: Um, did you need something?
Zane: Yeah. I just wanted you to know, I didn't like that. Seeing you kiss Carter. I...didn't like it at all.
Jo: No?
Zane: I think I've been pretty clear about that. The question is, what would you like?
Jo: To stop playing games.
Zane: Meaning what?
Jo: (turns and faces him) This. (kisses him)
Zane: That, I liked.

All that Glitters (Part 1) [2.12]

Vincent: [about the customers looting Café Diem] First the utensils turned to gold, then the counters, then the silverware. And that’s when they turned against me. Like vultures. Greedy little genius vultures. I thought intelligent men were above such things.
Jack Carter: [spots Fargo trying to swipe a gold cappuccino machine] Fargo! Really?
Douglas Fargo: It’s just so shiny.

Jo Lupo: We just became the richest town in the world!
Henry Deacon: Well, that's one way to look at it. Uh, gold is a soft metal, so it doesn't bear the same weight as steel, so our infrastructure could be collapsing. We'd be rich, but dangerously unstable.
Jo Lupo: Like Paris Hilton?

SARAH: Two people currently in the front closet.
(Carter marches over to the closet and opens the door to reveal Jo and Zane making out)
Carter: (shocked) What are you...You're supposed to be watching...
Zane: Well, I was watching her and she was watching me, so... (they both exit the closet, Jo looking awkward and Zane looking fairly proud of himself)

A Night at Global Dynamics (Part 2) [2.13]

Zane: I still can't believe you talked me into chaperoning.
Jo: Hey, nobody snapped your fingers off.
Zane: The ease with which you say that is almost as disturbing as it is hot.
Jo: I know.
Zoe: (to Lucas) Hey, Chia Pet, wanna dance?
Lucas: Well, when you ask like that...

Taggart: Small space.
Carter: I hate small spaces.
Taggart: Like returning to the womb.
Stark: That's disturbing.
Taggart: Oh, we're going to need a bigger womb.

Douglas Fargo: That's a motion-activated photon defense array. They're screwed.
Carter, Stark & Taggart: [over radio] We can hear you!
Douglas Fargo: Sorry.

Nathan Stark: We’ll have to climb down.
Jack Carter: Yeah, you’d better let me go first.
Nathan Stark: Why?
Jack Carter: Heights make me nauseous.
Nathan Stark: After you.

Jim Taggart: He's fallen for one of the classic blunders! Never go in against an Australian when death is on the line!

Season 3

Bad to the Drone [3.01]

Vincent: If you're gonna work here you need to be able to navigate the walk-in fridge.
Zoe Carter: Navigate? (Vincent opens the cooler door) Whoa! It's like, Narnia.
Vincent: Ponchos are on the left, take the shuttle if you need food from the back.

Eva Thorne: You and your team went behind my back and undercut my direct order.
Nathan Stark: Some of us went right in front of your back.

Jack Carter: Pompous jackass... How can anyone be attracted to Stark?
Jo Lupo: Besides the ruggedly handsome, successful powerful thing, I...
Jack Carter: Thanks Jo.

What About Bob? [3.02]

Nathan Stark: As much as I hate to admit it, Sheriff Carter had an idea.

Derek: Okay, lab 27 is a sealed biosphere. A self-sustaining biosphere designed to support the Mars missions.
Jack Carter: You do mean the potential Mars missions?
Derek: Right! [laughs, then gets a small headshake from Allison] I mean, right.

Vincent: What did I miss?
Zoe Carter: My dad hunting for the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Best in Faux [3.03]

Allison Blake: A pocket of magma developed spontaneously? That's impossible.
Dr. Hood: Did "impossible" cover my friend with mucus?
Jack Carter: He's got a point.

I Do Over [3.04]

Zoe Carter: Dad, you're walking the woman you possibly love down the aisle to marry another guy.
Jack Carter: Okay first, not true. And second, since when do we talk about this stuff?
Zoe Carter: Since I'm seventeen and you're in denial.

Zoe Carter: I love your hair… and your cats.
Lexi Carter: Oh, a Tibetan monk told me that tabby is a reincarnation of Grandma Lil.

Henry Deacon: [starting wedding ceremony] Love is timeless, transcending everything we know, everything we understand, and giving us strength and comfort forever. What is past is now present, and what is present will become your future. That is what love is, never ending.

Show Me the Mummy [3.05]

Jack Carter: Just be careful. It's all fun and games until someone gets cursed.

Dr. Wilding: The bugs lay eggs, hatch larvae and then seek out new hosts.
Henry Deacon: Us.
Eva Thorne: Well, how did the ancient Egyptians deal with that problem?
Zane Donovan: They killed the infected and burned the city to the ground.
Jack Carter: Let's call that Plan B.

Phased and Confused [3.06 ]

Allison Blake: We don't have a 'Quantum Phasing Department,' Carter.
Jack Carter: Well he didn't buy his walk-through-walls machine at 'Walk-Through Walmart.' Someone in this building's working on something like that.

Jack Carter: Well let me know what you find, I have to go catch a nine-fingered superhero.
Henry Deacon: [nodding] Sure.

Lexi Carter: I don't know if I'm ready for this. Seriously, I don't know if I'm ready to be a mom.
Jack Carter: You'll be fine!
Lexi Carter: It gets easier?
Jack Carter: [shakes his head] Noooo....Not in the least, no. But you adapt. And look, you were right! She can take care of herself.

Here Come The Suns [3.07]

Zane Donovan: Dude, it's like two zillion degrees out there! (smiling) Okay, I'm game!
Jack Carter: Do anything normal for fun?
Zane Donovan: Yeah, I play a wicked game of Yahtzee

Zane Donovan: (preparing to launch the rocket) Carter? Yeah, whatever happens... It's been fun.
Jack Carter: No, it hasn't. Push the button!

Zane: Having fun yet?
Carter: Oh, yeah. 'Cause driving headlong into a fiery death is everyone's idea of a good time.
Jo: (coming in) Sometimes I think it's his. Carter, could we have a minute?
Carter: Oh, yeah, yeah, sure. (leaves)
Zane: Jo, you're supposed to be miles away at an evac camp by now. (Jo kisses him) Wow. I should risk my life more often.
Jo: I prefer you didn't.
Zane: C'mon, Josefina, don't go all serious on me now.
Jo: Too late. (she hugs him)

From Fear to Eternity [3.08]

Jack Carter: [referencing Jo and Zane stuck together with Instantanium] How do we get them out?
Dr. Hendricks: You get a saw.
Jack Carter: Great! So you can just cut through it?
Dr. Hendricks: No. You, uh, cut through the legs.
Jack Carter: Ah! [then it hits him] Yes.

S.A.R.A.H.: I have an array of exotic flavors for you to choose from. I chose them specifically based on the regions you've traveled.
Lexi Carter: The fact that a house can actually try to suck up to me is almost as disturbing as a house taking my niece hostage.

Allison Blake: How much longer Fargo?
Douglas Fargo: The bunker's computers are 70 years old...it's like teaching Lincoln how to use an iPhone!

Jo: Five more minutes and I'd have chewed my own leg off!
Zane: Your mouth is probably big enough!

Jo: Hey, and after you do that, you wanna go get a...break-up dinner?
Zane: No. (pause) I wanna go get a make-up dinner.
(Jo kisses him)
Zane: See? Being stuck together wasn't too bad.

Jo: Hello there, my name is Jo Lupo and I'll be saving your ass today.

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