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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Terminator: Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today "Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today"
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
TV episode
Written by Daniel Thomsen
Directed by Michael Nankin
Original air date: November 10, 2008


John and Riley take an unapproved trip to Mexico.


Read the story summary at the Terminator Wiki


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This episode takes place during the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico, placing it seemingly in the fall of 2008.


Didja Know?


The title of this episode comes from the first line of dialog spoken by Cromartie in The Sarah Connor Chronicles in "No One is Ever Safe". I suppose it is sort of an homage to poor Cromartie, who "dies" in this episode. The Terminator is later brought back with the computer mind of John Henry in "Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point".


This episode alternates scenes from the perspectives of Sarah, Cameron, John, Ellison, Derek, and Cromartie.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Sarah Connor

John Connor

Riley Dawson


Cromartie (deactivated in this episode)

Derek Reese

Mexican waitress (unnamed)

Mexican photo taker (unnamed)

Vivian (mentioned only, rented a cabana in Dejalo to the Connors when John was a kid)

Dejalo Police Chief (unnamed)

Officer Munoz

James Ellison

Agent Crossman 


Didja Notice?


At 3:22 on the Blu-ray, the bottom shelf of the bookcase behind Sarah in the Connor house has three statues/candleholders of the Japanese "three wise monkeys" in the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" positions.


Cromartie holds a Glock 17 pistol against Sarah when he invades the Connor house.


Cameron claims that she and John used to talk about his loneliness in the future.


John tells Riley that when he was a kid he lived in Mexico for a year-and-a-half in a little village called Dejalo. He and Riley take a day trip there in this episode. As far as I can tell, this is a fictitious village.


John and Riley arrive in Dejalo for Dia de los Muertos, "Day of the Dead", a Mexican holiday for remembering friends and family who have died. Since the Spanish colonization of the 1500s, it has tended to be celebrated around the same time as the European All Hallows Eve (modern Halloween) date of October 31. This would imply that this episode takes place in 2008 since John celebrated his 16th birthday on November 14, 2007 in the earlier episodes "What He Beheld" and "Samson & Delilah". At the same time, it does not seem like nearly a year has past in the storyline since those episodes!


When Riley was a little shocked after John told her he was taking her to see the Mexican village he spent time in as a kid, she has to apologize and explain that he just took her by surprise. He responds, "Good. Because I booked the honeymoon suite." It comes across as a joke at the moment, a jab at Riley's sudden worry about convention which is normally not her shtick at all. But later, in the village, John and Riley are seen to be occupying a somewhat shabby motel room that has a Jacuzzi built into it, suggesting he may actually have booked a "honeymoon suite" or the village equivalent, a room meant for a couple's romantic stay. Riley also refers to the room as a "honeymoon suite" when their conversation turns awkward, "I'm sure we're not the only couple that's found themselves in a honeymoon suite, and not known the first thing about each other."


At the little restaurant John and Riley eat at, John speaks Spanish with the waitress:

John: Podemos tener picante, por favor? ("Can we get some hot sauce, please?")

Waitress: El verde? Es muy picante como fuego. ("The green? It's very hot like fire.")
John: Si, exactamente. ("Yes, exactly.")


When John pays the photo taker at the restaurant, the man says, "Gracias, joven." This is Spanish for "Thank you, young man."


The photo taker refers to John as John Connor, son of Sarah Connor, in front of Riley and she doesn't react, even though she should only know him as John Baum. This is not a story error and is a hint of who Riley is revealed to be in later episodes.


When the photo taker recognizes John as Sarah Connor's son, John says, "No se de quien estas hablando." This is Spanish for "I don't know who you're talking about."


When John takes the photo taker aside and behind a beaded curtain at 17:51 on the Blu-ray, notice that the back of Riley's head can still be seen through the curtain in the background where she's seated at the table. At 18:03, notice that she gets up and walks to screen left, setting up her sudden appearance seconds later when she snatches the camera away from the man when he tries to blackmail John for the photos.


The police officers who intervene in John and Riley's dispute with the photo taker wear uniforms with shoulder patches reading "Policia de Dejalo". This makes it seem that Dejalo is probably a bit more than just a "village" as described by John. It's possible that it was more of a village when John was younger and has grown quite a bit since then.


As John and Riley try to run from the restaurant after the altercation, the waitress can be heard shouting, "Oye, oye, oye! No se puede salir sin pagar!" This is Spanish for "Hey, hey, hey! You cannot leave without paying!"


When John is taken to the local police station, he tells the officer, "Puedo pagar la camara." This is Spanish for "I can pay for the camera."


At 21:59 on the Blu-ray, the officer who Riley cons into letting her out of the cell has the name badge "Munoz".


After knocking out the guard in the jail, John says, "Lo siento, senor. Lo siento." This is Spanish for "I'm sorry, sir. I'm sorry."


At 23:01 on the Blu-ray, Sarah sees a stack of papers on the backseat floor of Cromartie's car. For some reason, there is a 6th grade math test dated December 6, 2005 for a Flores Gustavo. Then, when Cromartie throws Sarah into the trunk of his Malibu SS, there is a stuffed animal in it. These bits may suggest that he stole the car from a parent who had a young daughter in the 6th grade (though the 2005 date is odd!).


Cromartie tells Sarah that he found out where she and John lived from the boy she let live at the bowling alley. This is a reference to the teenage thieves in "Brothers of Nablus".


At 26:51 on the Blu-ray, a fujitivo poster is seen next to the police chief's desk. Fujitivo is Spanish for "fugitive".


The sign on the police station, "Estacion de Policia, Facilidad de Correcional de Dejalo", translates as "Police Station, Correctional Facility of Dejalo".


During his assault in Dejalo, Cromartie uses both his Glock 17 and a Heckler & Koch MP5K submachine gun.


John finds an Ithaca 37 shotgun in Cromartie's car as he, Ellison, and Riley escape from the Terminator's assault on the police station.


When Ellison stops the car at 30:30 on the Blu-ray, a sign on a building in the background reads "Escuela Primeria del Dejalo". This translates from Spanish as "Primary School of Dejalo". Notice a couple of duck and zebra bouncy playground rides are seen against the wall as well.


After our heroes take off in his Malibu, Cromartie commandeers the police 1987 Chevrolet Blazer to give chase.


Ellison tells Sarah he owed her one for the fire at Silberman's cabin. Sarah saved him from the burning cabin when Silberman tried to kill him in it in "The Demon Hand".


In this episode, we see that the Connors have apparently switched from the verbal "day's date" code to a push-button code when calling each other. In "The Mousetrap", Cromartie learned of Connors' verbal "day's date" code, so it obviously had to be changed.


The decorated pick-up truck seen at 33:38 on the Blu-ray appears to be a 1971 Ford F-250.


Derek carries his Beretta 92FS while he and Cameron search for John in Dejalo.


At 35:58 on the Blu-ray, an officer picks up a Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolver, apparently the standard issue gun of the Dejalo police force.


At 36:50 on the Blu-ray, Ellison's 2007 Chrysler Sebring is seen parked outside the police station in Dejalo.


Derek and Sarah use Heckler & Koch MP5A2 submachine guns against Cromartie after cornering him in the church.


The song that plays in Spanish on the soundtrack during the Connors' assault on Cromartie is "La Llorona", a traditional Mexican song about a jilted woman who drowned her own children in a fit of despair and madness, then laments and commits suicide.


Cameron uses a Benelli M1 Super 90 shotgun to take down Cromartie.


When Cromartie is dumped in to a grave at 39:49 on the Blu-ray, his face is much less damaged than it was after his fall in the church!


John appears to be wearing Levi's brand jeans as he helps to bury Cromartie's body, judging by the red tag on the back pocket.


Memorable Dialog


are you going to take a shot at her?.mp3

I watched Riley leave.mp3

be happy you're a machine.mp3

a bad idea.mp3

I booked the honeymoon suite.mp3

people suck.mp3

your strategy's changed.mp3 


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