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"13.1" is the seventeenth episode overall and the fifth episode of the second season of Warehouse 13, airing on the Syfy Channel on 3 August 2010. It is the first part of a crossover event with Syfy's other hit show, Eureka. The second part was a Eureka episode, entitled Crossing Over, aired three days later on 6 August 2010.

SynopsisEdit

Douglas Fargo, a member of Global Dynamics, travels from Eureka to Warehouse 13 to assist them with a computer system update. However, when a sentient computer virus is unleashed, the team is trapped when the Warehouse goes into lockdown.

PlotEdit

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Claudia and Todd are together at the B&B; Claudia is excited that the Warehouse is finally getting a computer upgrade, something that Todd finds strangely confusing (he believes that the Warehouse is actually an IRS facility). Realizing she's going to be late, Claudia arranges to meet Todd later as she heads out to the Warehouse.

Meanwhile, Global Dynamics technician Douglas Fargo has come out from Eureka to upgrade the Warehouse to 'class 7 standards'... and in the process, infuriate Artie. Pete and Myka are busy filing personal paperwork, and Pete is made to step in and break up an ensuing argument between Fargo and Artie. Artie leaves with Pete, muttering that Fargo is a Global Dynamics nerd, and is 'made up of binary numbers'.

Claudia arrives at the Warehouse as Fargo tries to complete some soldering in the main IT well with his laser cutter, which he happens to drop into the IT well. Claudia uses Benjamin Franklin's Ring to help find the cutter, before asking Fargo about his upgrade work, which includes fitting a new computer chip to replace all of the wiring in the IT well, and addition of a MARA, a mechanical repair automaton - something Artie didn't want, to which Claudia replies "Artie would have vetoed fire if he'd been born just a few years earlier."

With the upgrade completed, Fargo shuts down the old system, only to get into trouble when the system suddenly goes into lockdown. A camera rises up from the floor, and more pop up across the Warehouse. Artie immediately blames Fargo, who counters that he should have been warned that there was a fail-safe. At that moment a voice calls out that a catastrophic failure has been detected.

Artie recognizes the voice as being that of Hugo Miller, the original Warehouse 13 computer technician, who had a lab in the Warehouse. The team head down into the old computer lab, where Artie reveals that Hugo was brilliant...and a little devious; apparently he'd pushed Steve Jobs at Apple in one direction while sending Bill Gates at Microsoft in another! Hugo retired to Hutchinson's Sanatorium in Featherhead, which Pete and Myka decide to visit in the hopes of learning how to deactivate the failsafe.

Meanwhile, Claudia tracks down the source of the failsafe, which, once uncovered, shocks Fargo. At that moment, a 3-D holographic projection appears, which Artie recognises as being Hugo. The projection states that its name is Hugo-1, and that it has detected a catastrophic failure. Hugo-1 then sets to work analyzing decades of Warehouse information, leaving Artie, Fargo, and Claudia wondering.

Pete and Myka arrive to meet Hugo, only to find he's completely insane. However, he still recognizes certain phrases such as 'catastrophic failure' - and still knows how to operate a Tesla! Pete and Myka come to, and let Artie know that they're going to find Hugo, who has apparently escaped from the sanatorium for the first time since he arrived.

Pete and Myka manage to track Hugo down watching an old merry-go-round in Featherhead. The calmer Hugo makes reference to 'the spinning and the dancing', something that neither Pete or Myka can understand. Pete handcuffs Hugo for his own safety, and they begin the journey back to Univille and to the Warehouse, where Hugo-1 has finished his investigation.

Artie, Claudia, and Fargo are surprised that Hugo-1 has reviewed their personnel files (Fargo especially, since he's not a Warehouse employee) and that he's decided it's the agents who are responsible for this. Hugo-1 announces he has activated the Falcon-Scott (Falken-Scott) Protocols, lowering the temperature inside the Warehouse to preserve the artifacts...but in the process killing anyone who's still inside.

The three head into the Warehouse, where Artie uses the Babel stones to prevent Hugo-1 from listening in on their conversations. All three head off into the Warehouse looking for artifacts that could prevent the inevitable and give Pete and Myka a chance to get back to the Warehouse with the apparently insane Hugo Miller, who they still maintain could shut Hugo-1 down.

Fargo discovers Max Wertheimer's Zoetrope on one of the shelves, and decides to give it a spin. Claudia tries to stop him, but instead is shown many of Fargo's memories. Noting that the artifact inventory reads that the zoetrope has mental transference capabilities, Claudia remembers that Hugo Miller was found collapsed in that aisle...but Hugo-1 has noticed them at work, and dispatches several MARAs to stop them.

Claudia and Fargo hide in Rumpelstiltskin's crate (Claudia warns Fargo not to use the name) but are trapped by several MARAs. Claudia agrees to use Franklin's ring to amplify Fargo's GASP laser cutter, and the two use the resultant weapon, similar to a lightsaber (complete with the traditional lightsaber sounds), to destroy the MARAs. Fargo admits he's been practicing for that his entire life, and the two kiss.

Meanwhile, Pete and Myka stop so Hugo can take a break in Univille and get an ice-cream. Unfortunately, Hugo-1 has circulated a APB against the two, and the gas station owner holds them at gunpoint. Hugo sets a can of soft drink loose, causing Pete to remember the explosive soft drink cans Artie warned him Hugo was so fond of. While it doesn't explode, the can leaks, and Myka knocks the gas station owner back down.

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Guest StarringEdit

Co-StarringEdit

  • Paloma Nuñez as Nurse
  • Zack Ward as Leo

Featured Artifacts and GadgetsEdit

  • Hugo One A.I: A rudimentary artificial intelligence created by Hugo Miller. The A.I. is connected to Warehouse 13's computer systems and is able to take control of all facets of the Warehouse.
  • Max Wertheimer's Zoetrope: Allows for mind transference. The main artifact of the episode.
  • Benjamin Franklin's Ring: Amplifies human bio-electric energy and allows bio-luminescence.
  • Rumpelstiltskin: Effects unknown, but when Claudia and Fargo hid in its container, it angrily growled when Fargo almost said its name.
  • Babel Stones: The holder speaks in an unintelligible language that only people holding the other stones can understand.
  • M.A.R.A.s: Brought by Fargo from Eureka, the M.A.R.A.s (Maintenance And Repair Automaton) are a series of spider-like maintenance and security robots, usually applied for unmanned space stations and large facilities such as Global Dynamics. They are able to shoot nets, fire and have buzzsaws built in to their bodies.
  • G.A.S.P. Laser Cutter: Also brought by Fargo from Eureka. Can be used to create laser-precise incisions, and when coupled with Benjamin Franklin's ring it forms a lightsaber-like structure.
  • Jimi Hendrix's Psychedelic Gibson Flying V Guitar: Featured in a deleted scene. Fargo was amazed by it's presence in the Warehouse, and it was implied to put people through a "Purple Haze" (a reference to one of Hendrix's songs of the same name).
  • Spring Rocking Horse: Constantly rocking by itself. Not the Mobo Prairie King spring rocking horse seen in multiple other episodes. Featured in a deleted scene.
  • Guillotine: Featured in a deleted scene. Effect(s) unknown.

Quotable QuotesEdit

Claudia: Hello, blinky!


Claudia and Fargo kiss after destroying the M.A.R.S made by Fargo with a light saber made from Ben Franklin's Ring, and a laser brought by Fargo.
Claudia: It's just that when I was kissing you I was totally thinking about Todd.
Claudia leaves
Fargo: This is why Jedi turn to the Dark Side.



Allusions Edit

  • The Falken-Scott Protocol is an allusion to Professor Stephen Falken from the movie War Games and may be an allusion to Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner.
  • It more likely refers to the Antarctic Terra Nova Expedition made by Robert Falcon Scott in 1910-13. Scott was attempting to reach the South Pole before Roald Amundsen. However, Amundsen arrived first, and Scott's party of five (Scott and four others) perished due to starvation, exhaustion, and extreme cold.
  • In the 'Star Wars' department, we see the Warehouse version of the lightsaber, cobbled together from a laser cutter and Benjamin Franklin's Ring.

ReferencesEdit

Warehouse 13  :  Season 2
#01 "Time Will Tell" #07 "For The Team"
#02 "Mild Mannered" #08 "Merge With Caution"
#03 "Beyond Our Control" #09 "Vendetta"
#04 "Age Before Beauty" #10 "Where and When"
#05 "13.1" #11 "Buried"
#06 "Around The Bend" #12 "Reset"
"Secret Santa"   (Christmas Special)

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