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Terminator: Allison from Palmdale "Allison from Palmdale"
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
TV episode
Written by Toni Graphia
Directed by Charles Beeson
Original air date: September 29, 2008


The origin of Cameron is revealed in a series of flashbacks.


Read the story summary at the Terminator Wiki


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Allison Young


John Connor

Sarah Connor

Kacy Cotton


Dr. Lewis


Catherine Weaver

Agent Ellison

Jefry Bryan Shebroe (baby)

Joy Shebroe (mentioned only)

Agent Lila Ellison

Paul (Lila's boyfriend, mentioned only)

Mrs. Young

Luis H. Gonzalez (mentioned only)

Marshall (Lachlan) Weaver (mentioned only, deceased)

Savannah Weaver 


Didja Notice?


At 1:19 on the Blu-ray, a chunk of cement in the debris pile looks like a human skull! Was it intentional? As the "human" Cameron climbs over it a second later, the chunk flips over, showing us that it was a foam-rubber prop, not actual concrete.

Cement skull


John tells Cameron he's going to pick up some things at Radio World. This appears to be a fictitious company, probably based on the real world Radio Shack.


At 2:56 on the Blu-ray, the tires on Sarah's Jeep Liberty are seen to be Goodyear Forteras. This is the same Jeep seen parked at the Connor residence in "Automatic for the People".


At 3:38 on the Blu-ray, a number of name-brand breakfast cereals are seen in the supermarket as Cameron is shopping for groceries: Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Comb, Waffle Crisp, Shredded Wheat, Cap'n Crunch and Cocoa Pebbles. In the background, a Snyder's of Hanover pretzel display is seen. Seconds later, Cheerios cereal and Reese's Puffs are seen on shelves.


At 3:44 on the Blu-ray, we see that Cameron's CPU is able to read UPC barcodes on consumer products.


The grocery display Cameron bumps into with her shopping cart is a display for Melon Up! watermelons.


At 4:29 on the Blu-ray, Kingsford charcoal is seen in the background of the supermarket.


At 4:53 on the Blu-ray, the police officer is wearing a Motorola two-way radio.


As Kacy is being examined in the hospital, the doctor's badge indicates her name is Dr. Lewis.


Dr. Lewis tells Kacy she wants to a Kleihauer-Betke test. This is a test to determine the amount of fetal hemoglobin in the mother's bloodstream.


At 7:52 on the Blu-ray, bottles of Mazola and Wesson cooking oil are seen on the grocery store shelf.


John names the grocery store as Food Mart on Van Nuys. Food Mart appears to be a fictitious business. "Van Nuys" likely refers to Van Nuys Boulevard, running through the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County.


    Kacy asks Sarah about her pregnancy with John and about his father at the time. She says she was in Central America at the time, hiking through the jungle and had only a bottle of dark rum for the pain. Sarah lies and tells her the father was right there with her when he was born. Notice that Sarah does not maintain eye contact with Kacy while saying this, an indication of the lie, and a nice touch by actress Lena Headey.

    Why doesn't Kacy ask about Cameron's birth? She has been led to believe that Cameron is also Sarah's child.


Sarah tells Kacy that after John's birth, a local farmer handed out cigars and they sang a song together. She sings the first line, "Estas son las mañanitas," which roughly translates to "These are the mornings".


The police desk sergeant who discharges Jody and Cameron tells Jody this is her last "get out of jail free". This is a reference to a "get out of jail free" card in the Monopoly board game.


    At 11:46 on the Blu-ray, a parked Toyota has license plate 2BAI142. This same plate was seen on a Ford pick-up in "Automatic for the People".

    In this same shot, John walks past the Casbah Cafe. This was a real coffee shop at the time at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue, but closed in 2015.


At 12:18 on the Blu-ray, Sarah looks through the glass in the maternity ward at the newborn babies, seeing one named Jefry Bryan Shebroe, mother Joy Shebroe. The date of birth indicates October 2, 2009. However, it should be November 2007 in the Sarah Connor Chronicles timeline! Jefry Shebroe was a set dresser on this episode.


    As John walks down the sidewalk and answers his cell phone at 12:26 on the Blu-ray, notice on the left-hand side of the screen that there is a placard sign at the edge of the sidewalk stating that a television show is being filmed there at this time!

    Behind John, Cafe Expresso can be seen, with the cross sign for Hyperion Avenue in the background, indicating he has turned onto Sunset. It's probably intended to be Van Nuys Blvd., since he is asking for Jody and that is where the police desk sergeant told him Jody tends to get picked up.


At 12:49 on the Blu-ray, Sarah is bringing several magazines to Kacy in her hospital room. One of them appears to be Lifestyle, which seems to be a fictitious magazine.


Catherine Weaver tells Agent Ellison that her husband was killed in a helicopter crash when he was flying them to a microchip plant in Barstow. She says the helicopter was a Kulishov A-85. This appears to be a fictitious helicopter manufacturer.


Jody tells Cameron she got her necklace from a thrift store in Echo Park. Echo Park is a neighborhood of Los Angeles.


At 16:09 on the Blu-ray, a store called Gypsy can be seen across the street from the burger place Jody and Cameron eat at.


This episode introduces Agent Ellison's ex-wife, Lila, also an FBI agent.


Allison says her birthday is on July 22 and she once had a birthday party in Griffith Park. Griffith Park is the largest park in Los Angeles and is to the city what Central Park is to New York. 


Cameron cries remembering Allison's past, the first indication that Terminators have tear ducts.


The counselor who talks to Cameron sees her interest in a small tiger statue in her office and remarks that it is a Balinese tiger, which were hunted to extinction in the 1930s. This is true.


Allison is from Palmdale, a city in the desert northeast of Los Angeles.


At 22:46 on the Blu-ray, an El Pollo Loco restaurant is seen across the street. It is the franchise at 3925 Sunset Boulevard in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.


At the burger place, John finds a guy who says that Jody sometimes hangs out at a halfway house on Yucca. Yucca street in Los Angeles is just a few blocks north of Sunset. This makes the burger place at the location of what is currently the Intelligencia coffee bar.


At 26:13 on the Blu-ray, a police file folder for a Luis H. Gonzalez is seen.


Here, Agent Ellison refers to Catherine Weaver's late husband as Marshall Weaver. However, later episodes state his name as Lachlan Weaver.


At 27:27 on the Blu-ray, a boy at the halfway house is reading a copy of Departures magazine. This is a magazine sent to holders of the American Express Platinum charge card.


At 27:37 on the Blu-ray, a framed quote on the wall of the halfway house reads, "My gratitude speaks, When I care, And when I share, With others, the N.A. way." This is the Gratitude Prayer. At 30:51, the Sobriety Prayer is seen similarly framed. These are both prayers of Narcotics Anonymous.


The commentary for this episode on the Blu-ray points out that in the scene of Allison running through the room full of caged humans, all of the humans are grouped by race.


At 30:51 on the Blu-ray, Jody is holding a Lemon-Lime soda can that looks like a generic version of a 7 Up or Sprite lemon-lime soda can.


In the future scenes with Allison, Cameron claims that "some of us" don't want the extinction of humanity, "Some of us want peace." But in the "present", Cameron tells the councilor that she is an infiltrator of the human resistance in order to find John Connor and kill him.


This episode reveals that Cameron killed Allison in the future war in order to impersonate her and infiltrate the Resistance camp and get to John Connor.


Jody tells Cameron that she went to CalArts for two years. CalArts is the California Institute of the Arts for visual and performance arts.


Memorable Dialog


I'll never make the mistake of thinking they're human.mp3

I doubt we'll find evil.mp3

hunted to extinction.mp3

I'm an Infiltrator.mp3

come in.mp3

did you kill her?.mp3

the saddest thing I've ever heard.mp3 


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