Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, Felicia Day, Trevor Jackson, Kavan Smith, Christopher Gauthier, Christopher Jacot
Terri Hughes Burton & Ron Milbauer, series created by Andrew Cosby & Jaime Paglia
Colin Ferguson
Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM
Original Telecast:
June 11, 2012

Credit EUREKA star Colin Ferguson with not taking the easy route with his directing gig “In Too Deep.” Not only does the actor work plenty in front of the camera as well as behind it, but he spends much of the episode in large amounts of water.

The reason for the immersion is that Ferguson’s Carter wants to have a romantic and private lunch with new fiancée Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield). It’s Feynman Day at Global Dynamics, a celebration of the late (and real) scientist Richard Feynman marked by all sorts of practical jokes, much to the annoyance of GD security chief Jo (Erica Cerra). As Carter’s house is currently occupied by not only Carter and Allison but her two children, teenager Kevin (Trevor Jackson) and toddler Jenna, plus the house’s artificial intelligence S.A.R.A.H., the more-than-virtual but not-conventionally-human consciousness of the body-dead Holly (Felicia Day), S.A.R.A.H.’s android boyfriend Deputy Andy (Kavan Smith) and Holly’s boyfriend GD head Fargo (Neil Grayston), Allison desperately wants some privacy. To be alone, Allison takes refuge in the underwater observation lab in GD’s vast saltwater lake – but Carter has brought his romantic lunch there.

Due to (what else?) an experiment gone wrong, the lab comes off its moorings and begins to flood. Carter and Allison figure out how to contact the lab, and their friends rescue them by using a primitive teleportation system. Before anyone is certain the rescue will work, Allison gets over her fears about what could go wrong if she and Carter go through with the wedding and asks Carter to marry her at that moment. Henry (Joe Morton) officiates over a communications system, Carter ascertains that Allison didn’t ask only because they may drown and the couple kiss just as they go entirely underwater – and are transported soaking wet to GD. Congratulations to the couple. When they get back to the house, Allison has accepted that her life is chaos, so rather than kick everybody out so that she and Carter can enjoy some post-wedding privacy, she tells the kids to stay home from school and invites Andy and Fargo to stay and Holly and S.A.R.A.H. to remain manifest.

Meanwhile, Fargo and Zane (Niall Matter) are still consumed with the puzzle of how to get Holly’s being into a system large enough to contain it, a task they haven’t solved by the episode’s end.

It’s a pleasure to have the Jack/Allison will they-won’t they tug of war finally resolved in the affirmative (contrary to popular belief, having relationship tension go on and on can easily wear viewers out). Allison’s realization that she needs to live in the moment seems a wee bit on the nose in the way it comes about (it’s after she blurts an instruction on how to handle the flooding situation), but it seems high time she reached it.

It’s also gratifying to see that the question that was raised at the end of the previous episode answered immediately – now we know how Fargo and Andy deal with sharing Holly and S.A.R.A.H., and how all of them are getting along. Of course, it seems like it might be simpler for Carter and Allison to simply move into another house and let Fargo and Andy have this one, at least until the Holly situation is straightened out, but maybe that will be addressed next time.

Feynman Day is a fun notion, and writers Terri Hughes Burton & Ron Milbauer, along with director Ferguson, showcase lots of entertaining throwaway gags as Jo stalks irritably through GD.

The flooding lab looks appropriately dangerous, though since we’re pretty sure our leads aren’t going to die midseason, the suspense is less whether they’ll survive than how they’re going to get out of this mess. Due to the amount of emotional back and forth we get between the couple, the solution seems a little more hurried than is customary on EUREKA, but the overall results are reasonably satisfying.


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