Sarah attends a memorial service for Catherine Weaver's victims at the supposed heating and air conditioning plant to search for answers and find a connection to Skynet.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George McCarthy
Savannah Weaver (as Mackenzie Smith)
Zoe McCarthy
Henry Douglas, Jr.
Diana Winston
Stella McCarthy


Sarah, John, Cameron, and Derek travel to a remote California town to investigate the mysterious destruction and massacre of the warehouse in which they individually approach various residents to look for a connection to Skynet. Sarah bonds with a widow of a security guard whom was the same one who shot Sarah weeks earlier. John bonds with a teen girl, named Zoe, who's father was one of the victims to get information as to what was going on at the warehouse, and Derek tails a shadowy hit man named Walsh, whom was sent by Catherine, to find one surviving worker who may be a threat to not only her but everyone. Back in Los Angeles at Zeira Corp, while Catherine works to successfully cover her tracks and block Ellison from learning more about her work involving Project Babylon, she also tries to get through to the real Catherine's daughter, Savannah, over the anniversary of her own father's death. Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

20 February 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Walsh says he was formerly a police officer in Baltimore. For two seasons, Max Perlich was a regular on Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), a cop show set in Baltimore, although he did not play a police officer. See more »


John Connor: [referring to Henry] Is that your boyfriend?
Zoe McCarthy: You know, he keeps applying for the job; I'm just not hiring.
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References His Girl Friday (1940) See more »


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Perhaps the weakest episode so far
18 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" is an extremely well-made series that's faithful both to the letter and to the spirit of the original films, but the second 22-episode season does feel dragged-out at times; "Desert Cantos" may be the episode most representative of that problem. There is practically no action, and the only thing that somewhat advances the plot happens in the last 5 minutes, and something similar has already happened in an earlier episode anyway. It wouldn't be inaccurate to say that nothing much of any consequence happens in this episode at all. The "John Henry"-Ellison-Weaver portion of the show has been more interesting than the four "official" leads for a while now, but in this episode Henry is absent and the other two make token appearances. The show needs to picks up its pace at this point. **1/2 out of 4.

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