Eureka Review: "The Ex-Files"

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While Grace and Henry have battled their fears in recent weeks, "The Ex-Files" gave Fargo, Jo, Carter, Allison, and Grant a chance to face their inner most fear, literally.

My favorite couple on Eureka continued to make a miraculous recovery this week as Henry and Grace went from barely speaking two weeks ago, to dancing last week, to hosting a picnic as a couple once again this week.


I can forgive the shortened timeline as it was really cool to see them happy again. I really like Grace and Henry together and I hope that things continue to improve for them.

For the rest of the team, it was a unique experience seeing each deal with their fears. Fargo’s fear being represented by a ten year old Jessica Lansky was entertaining to say the least. I will admit that the writers got me at first with Zane when he told Jo he was breaking off anything with Zoe and that “Jo gets him.” I didn’t expect that to be imaginary at all. Bravo on the subtleness. However, I did see it coming when Jo poured her heart out to the wrong Zane. So I went one for two on that plot.

By far my favorite hallucination was Stark being back. I had forgotten how much I loved some of Stark’s and Carter’s banter. I have to imagine that Collin Ferguson (Carter) and Ed Quinn (Stark) must have had a blast revisiting the quid pro quo of teases and jabs at each other again. I had previously wondered if Stark was still dead in this timeline. Given that he turned out to be a hallucination it did answer the question that Stark is indeed still dead in this time line too. 

This leaves only my biggest concern for the show and the season that Beverly Barlowe wants to send Grant back to 1947. Here is what came to mind at the end of the episode when she said she wanted to send him back.

  • He knows way too much: Given Henry and Carter’s warning in the second episode that knowing too much could be a bad thing. Sending him back now could be catastrophic for Eureka.
  • Barlowe has a self-serving plan: Long to watchers of the show knows that Beverly Barlowe doesn’t do anything without it benefiting her or her cause. Grant does not know this about her yet, I am just afraid he will find out the hard way.
  • Undoing the Entire Season: I will be livid if the writers send Grant back and everything that has developed in this season goes out the window. This includes Carter and Allison together, Jo as head of security, Kevin being normal, etc. The beginning of season two went through a story where Henry and Carter were the only two who remembered a different timeline. Been there, done that, please have a better idea.

Next week is the season finale (I presume summer season as last year had 18 episodes and next week is only number 9), I am expecting we will might seen an answer to any of the three major concerns I have, but most likely we will also get more questions. 

I know I have not mentioned Allison and Carter relationship yet, in part since I am really worried that if I do discuss how much I am enjoying seeing them together, that the writers will *yet again* find a way to put them back at arm’s length just to spite my enjoyment. I would really like the see the writers overcome the notion that there has to be frustration between them in order for the show to work. You have been teasing us for four years, come on, take the plunge and keep them together! 

So what did you think of this Eureka episode? Are you happy Allison and Carter are finally together? Do you think we will all be heartbroken next week if it is all undone? Sound off below, tell us what you think.

Some Eureka quotes from last night ...

Carter: Ah, you likey the science talk.
Allison: A little bit.
Stark: I likey to barf. | permalink
Allison: You were exposed Grant, who are you seeing?
Carter: Tall leggy blonde, slinky red dress. | permalink
Carter: Geez, put a shirt on!
Stark: This is your imagination. | permalink
Jessica Lansky: Seriously Farto, is there anything you are not afraid of? How about bunny rabbits? | permalink
Carter: I just don't get it
Stark: Its science Carter, nobody expects you to get it. | permalink
Stark: Hey Carter, all done playing doctor with your robot? | permalink
Carter: You're dead, or undead.
Stark: (looks in mirror) Nope, not a vampire. | permalink
Carter: That never stops being creepy. | permalink
Jessica Lansky: Hard to be the big dog with your tail between your legs. | permalink


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okayy...can anyone answer me this... we have a break this week (for some unknown reason(to me)) (well, why actually?) and then it's back then off again. but back after christmas... okayy, starters, the eureka writers twitter said that the mid-season premiere is going to be 411, but the mid-season finale is 409...what happened to 410!? is there going to be a double finale - or double premiere of what? and - why are they having a mid-season break?! seriously? but I love the fact that allison and carter are finally together - don't know what I'll do if they break them up again!!! :@ but love them together :D


WHEN did Henry tell the others that he told Grace about their trip? They were using those mind things at the bbq and Henry said "sharing between timelines" Does he mean their lives or actual the actual timeline switch?


i am not sure, but i know that i have read someplace the eureka is getting a 20 episode pick up for this season. so maybe tis summer will give us ten episodes before they break for a bit.


Was that a True Blood reference when Stark looked in the mirror at the beginning of the show and said "Nope. Not a vampire." in response to Carter? Since Ed Quinn played a vampire in few episodes of True Blood. If so, much props to the writers for all the references to other scifi shows this season! Oh and can't forget the obvious one in the title


Interesting episode, love how Fargo quickly answered that his hallucination was a 10-year old girl, by which he clarified (so as to avoid the questioning stares) that it was a childhood bully.
I love that Allison and Jack are together.. loooooonnnnnngggg overdue, and I wish the Eureka writers would NOT follow the usual, same-old trend of breaking them up (due to some space/time reset) so as to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats to see them go therough the whole thing of getting together again. That is so played out. Let's see how they face things together as a couple, instead! Henry can move on for once and smile instead of moping over Kim. Let's hope the Eurreka writers can be out of th box and challenge themselves here...or maybe I'm expecting too much. We'll see in 2 weeks time.


yeah totally a bsg reference, now all we need is a bridget jones reference and we're all set with james callis.


Zoob, I did, but could not really figure out how to work it into my review. I did put it in the quotes for the show though :) great reference.


Why did Henry say it's impossible for Stark to be back? Stark disintegrated in another universe, not this one. Granted, this appearance was a hallucination, but we still have no clue where this universe's Stark is. He could be alive and well somewhere else, and still come back in some later episode. And what happened to Carter's sister?


although : I don't think thats really possible - but still, not all shows need love triangles and affairs etc. to work. Allison and Carter should break the mould


@Nancy : what do you mean by 2 weeks before they finish up? isn't this fridays episode the last episode of the summer, and they're showing the rest after christmas or something!? :/ loved this episode XD I like how they made all of their hallucinations act like their self-concious! I loved how they encouraged them to face their fears. and I'm sooo glad that the chose to keep Allison and Carter together. Don't like the look of what next weeks episode is going to do them :/ they better not be affected by it :@ love them together! I think the writers should just leave them be. They don't always need to have a couple who want to be together but aren't. If they just gave us them together, I'd love the show more XD

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Eureka Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

That never stops being creepy.


Hard to be the big dog with your tail between your legs.

Jessica Lansky