Eureka (2006–2012)
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H.O.U.S.E. Rules 

A bad day in the lab forces Carter to rethink his decision to live in Eureka, prompting an intervention from S.A.R.A.H. (the self Activated Residential Automated Habitat).


Jeff Woolnough


Andrew Cosby (creator), Jaime Paglia (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Colin Ferguson ... Jack Carter
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Allison Blake
Joe Morton ... Henry Deacon
Jordan Hinson ... Zoe Carter
Ed Quinn ... Nathan Stark
Erica Cerra ... Jo Lupo
Neil Grayston ... Douglas Fargo
Matt Frewer ... Jim Taggart
Debrah Farentino ... Beverly Barlowe
Michael Coleman ... Pizza Dude
Arthur Corber Arthur Corber ... Scientist in Explosion


When Stark stops Carter from investigating a crime, again, he decides to play hooky. When he contemplates getting away from Eureka, S.A.R.A.H., his house decides to make sure he doesn't and even lures Stark, Allison, Henry, Fargo, and Beverly and keeps them there. When they try to deactivate S.A.R.A.H. another A.I. program comes out and declares everyone there as hostiles. Written by

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26 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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After Fargo explains that S.A.R.A.H. once used to be a war games simulation program, S.A.R.A.H. asks, "Shall we play a game?" This is the same thing W.O.P.R. says to David Lightman (mistakenly believing that he is Prof. Falken) in WarGames (1983). See more »


When Taggart goes to pull on the manhole cover, it bends, clearly not iron or steel. See more »


Marshall Jack Carter: You wanted *me* to be happy, because I was gonna leave. Huh? Just like Fargo left you and, uh, B.R.A.D. got left before that and whatever the hell it was before that.
Douglas Fargo: It was a war game simulation program.
S.A.R.A.H.: Shall we play a game?
Marshall Jack Carter: No!
Douglas FargoBeverly BarloweHenry DeaconNathan Stark: No!
Allison Blake: No!
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The closed captions for the last scene have significantly different lines for S.A.R.A.H.. See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


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Bad House Terrific Episode
15 May 2018 | by GunnersMateSee all my reviews

House Rules is a largely tense and every-morphing episode that is about relationships and resolution of conflict while the majority of our major players are being held hostage by SARAH. The crisis is taken on by everyone and the tensions change as the crisis escalates, but while the core of every episode has always been the people of Eureka, this episode isn't afraid to let that core be the driving element of the plot as well. Yes, we still have plenty of humor to enjoy along the way, but this is a people in crisis (emotionally and physically) episode, and a terrific one at that.

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