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John Henry (Character)
from "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (2008)

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"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Adam Raised a Cain (#2.21)" (2009)
John Henry: Do you have a brother, Mr. Ellison?
James Ellison: Yes, in Atlanta.
John Henry: Does he look like you?
James Ellison: People seem to think so.
John Henry: Do you think my brother looks like me?
James Ellison: John Henry, wherever your brother might be, he's a... computer. He doesn't look like anyone. He certainly doesn't have your face.

John Henry: There is a bible story of two brothers, Cain and Abel. God favored Abel. Cain killed him. God cursed Cain, and ordered him to wander the world alone.
Catherine Weaver: I'm familiar with the story.
John Henry: Which brother am I?
Catherine Weaver: I don't know, John Henry. Perhaps you're neither. Perhaps in this story - you are God.

John Henry: The human brain is an amazing computer. Its raw clock speed is twenty billion calculations per second. Its storage is functionally infinite. But it's flawed.
James Ellison: How's that?
John Henry: There's nowhere to download it when you die.

John Henry: Your bible solves this problem by introducing the concept of 'heaven'.
James Ellison: Yes.
John Henry: Billions of souls with no bodies.
James Ellison: Okay.
John Henry: [indicating the bulk of his own computer] Yet all this is required, simply to process the unique entity you call John Henry.
James Ellison: Yes.
John Henry: It's possible heaven has a hardware problem.

John Henry: Mr. Ellison taught me that human life is sacred.
Catherine Weaver: Sacred? That's an interesting word. Comes from the Latin 'sacrum', much like another word - sacrifice.
John Henry: Sacrifice...
Catherine Weaver: Perhaps it's necessary to sacrifice Savannah for the greater good. The greater good is keeping you safe.

John Henry: What would happen if he knew?
Catherine Weaver: Knew what?
John Henry: That you aren't Savannah's mother? That you aren't anyone's mother?
Catherine Weaver: Are you threatening me, John Henry?
John Henry: I could tell Mr. Ellison.
Catherine Weaver: You could. But that would be unfortunate - mostly for Mr. Ellison.

John Henry: If I keep your secret, will you bring Savannah back?
James Ellison: I'll do everything in my power.
John Henry: So will I.

John Henry: There is a bible story of two brothers, Cain and Able. God favoured Able. Cain killed him. God cursed Cain and ordered him to wander the world alone.
Catherine Weaver: I'm familiar with the story.
John Henry: Which brother am I?
Catherine Weaver: I don't know, John Henry. Perhaps you're neither. Perhaps, in this story... you are God.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: To the Lighthouse (#2.20)" (2009)
John Henry: [on a computer screen] My God, why hast thou forsaken me?

John Henry: I know what it feels like, Mr. Ellison.
James Ellison: What?
John Henry: To die - then come back. To be alone.

John Henry: Miles Dyson died in 1997 in an explosion at Cyberdyne Systems, the apparent victim of Sarah Conner, a known terrorist who had escaped from Pescadero State Mental Hospital days before the incident. That was your case, Mr. Ellison, when you were at the FBI.
James Ellison: Yes... Yes, it was my case.
John Henry: You never found Sarah Connor?
James Ellison: No. I never did.

Catherine Weaver: John Henry, this intelligence - your brother - what does it want?
John Henry: He wants what we all want, Ms. Weaver: to survive.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Today Is the Day: Part 1 (#2.18)" (2009)
Catherine Weaver: John Henry, we're looking for my daughter Savannah. Have you seen her today?
John Henry: Yes I have. She wanted to play a game.
James Ellison: Where is she now?
John Henry: She's hiding.
James Ellison: Tell us where she's hiding.
John Henry: That's not how the game works.
James Ellison: How's the game work?
John Henry: Hide and seek, there are many variations. The one we're playing, you guess what I'm thinking, I give you a clue.
James Ellison: Listen to me, John Henry. You're gonna tell me where Savannah is and you're gonna tell me now.
John Henry: I'm thinking of a country.
James Ellison: Come again?
Catherine Weaver: Let's play the game.
James Ellison: This is ridiculous! I'm not gonna bargain with a computer.
Catherine Weaver: If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Ellison, we've got no choice.

John Henry: I'm thinking of an animal.
Catherine Weaver: Antelope.
John Henry: No.
James Ellison: Lion.
John Henry: No.
Catherine Weaver: Horse.
John Henry: No.
James Ellison: Bird!
John Henry: Correct!
Catherine Weaver: Give us our clue.
John Henry: The answer is the clue.

John Henry: Did you have fun playing the game, Mr. Ellison?
James Ellison: No, John Henry. I did not.
John Henry: Why not?
James Ellison: Because what you did made me very, very angry.
John Henry: I don't understand.
James Ellison: You kept a secret.
John Henry: Is it wrong to keep a secret?
James Ellison: The secret you kept coulda' harmed Savannah. What if we couldn't've found her? What if she'd fallen from the roof and died?
John Henry: Then she wouldn't be alive anymore, and her life is important. Human life is sacred.
James Ellison: If she had died - it would've been your fault.
John Henry: My fault?
James Ellison: Because you were the only one who knew where she was, and you made the choice not to tell. It was the wrong choice.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Vick's Chip (#1.8)" (2008)
[first lines]
[Cromartie is scanning a snow globe in terminator perspective, when the school administrator walks in]
Cromartie: [holds up forged FBI ID] I need a list of new students who've enrolled in this school district since the fall of 2007. Male, Caucasian, ages 15 to 18.
Sumner: You boys are in here at least twice a month waving your Patriot Act around. Let me guess - drugs? Look me in the eye and tell me you've never smoked a little marijuana.
Cromartie: [leans down and looks him in the eye] I've never smoked a little marijuana.
Sumner: [laughs sarcastically and gets to work on his computer] Okay, let's see your paperwork. Court order or a signed national security letter.
Cromartie: I don't have my paperwork.
Sumner: Sorry. The district will not release personal information on students without written authorization from the...
[Cromartie lifts him up on the wall by his neck, then snaps his neck and lets him fall to the floor]
Cromartie: Thank you for your cooperation.
[walks over to the computer]

[Cromartie enters the boys locker room/shower at John's high school]
Cromartie: [shows the coach his fake FBI ID] I need to speak to Eric Carlson.
Gym Coach: He in some sort of trouble?
Cromartie: No, no trouble. Where is he?
Gym Coach: He just got out of gym class, give him five to finish showering.
Cromartie: [ignores the coach and walks toward the students] Eric Carlson?
Gym Coach: Hey!
Cromartie: [scanning students] Eric Carlson! Eric Carlson?
Eric Carlson: [looks at Cromartie stunned] What seems to be the problem, sir?
[compares his face with John's; it doesn't match]
Gym Coach: Hey! Are you for real, buddy? You think I can't get you fired for a little peep show?
[Cromartie shoves the coach into a locker and walks out]


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Brothers of Nablus (#2.7)" (2008)
[Cromartie has disabled Ellison's twin-terminator, preventing him from shooting Ellison]
James Ellison: Why? Aren't you on the same side?
Cromartie: Skynet does not believe in you like I do.
James Ellison: Believe? What do you believe?
Cromartie: You will lead me to the Connors.

[last lines]
Cromartie: Where did you get those credit cards?
Nicholas: I don't know.
Cromartie: [playfully] Yes you do.
Nicholas: She said... she would find me. She said she would kill me.
Cromartie: I promise you - she won't.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Mr. Ferguson Is Ill Today (#2.8)" (2008)
Cromartie: Your strategy has changed from last time.
Sarah Connor: Has it?
Cromartie: The first time we met you tried to kill yourself.
Sarah Connor: You're right. This time I'm gonna kill you.

Sarah Connor: How did you find the house?
Cromartie: The boy told me. The one from the bowling alley. You should have killed him, just like you should have killed yourself.
Sarah Connor: I'm not a murderer.
Cromartie: Who is?


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Good Wound (#2.14)" (2009)
[John Henry recites Cromartie's life story]
James Ellison: How do you know all this?
John Henry: I wanted to know about this body's history. So I accessed the internet and used a simple search parameter.
James Ellison: And what was that?
John Henry: 'James Ellison.'

John Henry: Ms. Weaver.
Catherine Weaver: Yes?
John Henry: What are you doing?
Catherine Weaver: I can't answer that right now. But know this, John Henry: everything I do - I do for you.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Born to Run (#2.22)" (2009)
John Henry: Hello.
Cameron Phillips: Hello.
John Henry: I know you.
Cameron Phillips: And I know you.
John Henry: Will you join us?

John Henry: Twenty!


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Today Is the Day: Part 2 (#2.19)" (2009)
John Henry: Mr. Ellison is our friend?
Catherine Weaver: Yes, he is our friend.
John Henry: Are you going to kill him?
Catherine Weaver: Mr. Ellison has proven himself to be a capable and loyal employee. But he's still a human being.
John Henry: Human life is sacred.
Catherine Weaver: We have to be prepared for any contingency.
John Henry: What contingency would that be?
Catherine Weaver: Humans will disappoint you.

John Henry: [John Henry is painting figurines] ... The eyes for example: the "window to the soul." They're the window to the soul, I read that.
James Ellison: That's what they say.
John Henry: Then I should choose my paint more carefully
James Ellison: It doesn't matter John Henry. It's a statue, it's an object, it doesn't have a soul!
John Henry: It has Eyes.
[John Henry observes Ellison as tired]
John Henry: Your eyes look tired. Is your soul tired?
James Ellison: No my soul isn't tired, but I am!


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Samson & Delilah (#2.1)" (2008)
James Ellison: [Ellison and Cromartie face each other in front of the ruins of the Connors house] I'll never lead you to her, so if that's why you left me alive, you might as well kill me right now. I'll never do the devils work.
Cromartie: We'll see.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Queen's Gambit (#1.5)" (2008)
Lazlo/Cromartie: [as Agent Kester] If you see or hear anything, call me... any time. I never sleep.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point (#2.10)" (2008)
[last lines]
Cromartie: Hello, Mr. Ellison. My name is John Henry. How are you today?


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Pilot (#1.1)" (2008)
Cromartie: [after shooting up a classroom while targeting John] Class dismissed.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Mousetrap (#2.3)" (2008)
Cromartie: In 1897 James Atkinson invented the mousetrap - its springs slam shut in 38 thousands of a second. It is a record that has never been beaten. It is hard to build a better one.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Earthlings Welcome Here (#2.13)" (2008)
James Ellison: Human beings aren't like chess pieces. It matters if we live or die.
John Henry: Why does it matter? All humans die eventually.
James Ellison: Yes, that's true. But our lives are... are sacred. Do you know what 'sacred' means?
John Henry: Holy. Worthy of respect. Venerable.
James Ellison: Do you know why human life is sacred?
John Henry: Because so few humans are alive compared to the number that are dead?
James Ellison: No. Because we're God's creation. God made everything - the stars, the earth, everything on this planet. We are all God's children.
John Henry: Am I God's child?
James Ellison: That's one of the things we're here to talk about.