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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1 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The fictional Pico Tower was written at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and 3rd Street, despite the two roadways running parallel in real life. See more »


When Cameron and Eric are viewing an old newsreel on Stark, scratches and defects can be seen in the black borders to the left and the right of the image, clearly well outside of the projected film. See more »


Eric: [after planting that idea into Cameron's head] You really think he robbed banks?
Cameron Phillips: It's a very effective strategy.
Eric: But why, what did he need it for?
Cameron Phillips: To buy into the American dream.
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Self Made Episode
11 December 2008 | by (CA) – See all my reviews

This episode is about as stand alone an episode as they've produced so far. One of the best of the series yet, as well. The Citizen Kane style it was created with really added to the overall effect.

Billy Lush as Eric made a very strong and compelling case for becoming a returning character as a means for Cameron to discover her humanity. A stellar performance.

Also, the plot device of the Terminators missing their intended marks while time traveling has some very interesting aspects that could be explored in future episodes.

All in all, one of the best story lines of the series thus-far.

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