Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 2, Episode 11

Self Made Man (1 Dec. 2008)

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Cameron learns that a terminator was accidentally sent back to 1920s Los Angeles, and she tries to find out what happened to him. Meanwhile, John has a run-in with a group of punks while taking Riley home from a party.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Ellison (credit only)
Oren Dayan ...
Mike Silver
Myron Stark / T-888
Police Officer
Young Ruby
Branden R. Morgan ...
Rudolph Valentino (as Branden Morgan)
Rupert Chandler
Fred Jeffers
Field Reporter (as Symba Smith)
Tom Jacobs


Cameron goes to the Los Angeles County library of records for information to repair her damaged brain system when she spots a T-888 Terminator in an old photograph dating back to 1920 and teams up with the paraplegic librarian to uncover the mystery to why this Terminator was sent back, what its mission was, and where he is now. Meanwhile, John sneaks out of the house also to meet with Riley to attend a house party in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood where he does not bond well with her circle of wild friends, and continues to have disturbing flashbacks to the time he killed Sarkeasian. Written by matt-282

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The movements of the stars in the HUD of both Cameron and the Stark terminator defy the laws of physics. Since the stars movements in the night sky are relative to the rotation of the Earth, their paths would be closer too curved parallel lines, not an intersecting triangular pattern as shown. See more »


Eric: No wonder you don't have any friends. You can't just do things like that. You can't just show up whenever you need something. Can't carry a gun around and freak people out, and walk into the bathroom when a guy's taking a leak and ask him if he's gonna kill himself. And you can't just blurt things out like "You have cancer!" - especially to someone who's already had it. You have no clue, do you? You have no idea what it's like to have something inside of you - something that's damaged.
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Good episode
17 October 2010 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

TSCC is my second favorite Action TV Series behind Angel. The context with the plot is great I mean what kind of machine is supposed to run smoothly I'm no expert on machines but I've never seen a machine that's perfect 24/7. The plot is a Terminator instead of going to 2010 or something goes back to the 20's and made a fortune which to me is weird because something designed to kill kill kill and basically that making a fortune.

The Shiek is a movie that I haven't seen I only saw Son Of The Shiek but Eric kinda overrates Rudolph Valentino when he said he was the greatest Silent film star me I prefer Max Shreck from Nosferatu but that's me. The only thing I don't get is Cameron kills a Terminator that's done nothing for almost 80 years except stand there.

If you guys want to know which season I prefer from 1 and 2 my answer is definitely 2 because it's longer and not short lived (9 episodes is a little short). If I ask a question the question is "Why is FOX so viewed?" because I am a fan of only How I Met Your Mother (a HUGE change of pace from this), Firefly, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and only one of the shows that I referenced is still making new episodes (If your unaware of the shows it's How I Met Your Mother).

The part where Cameron tells Eric he has cancer she said the words "I weighed you" I think unless Cameron has scales it would be obvious that she's nowhere near normal. To me Myron Stark is the most short-lived Terminator and to me the thing that would make it seem more real is if he was in a few more episodes because the other Terminators live beyond that. All in all a great episode.

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