|Season 1, Episode 6|
|Air date||August 11, 2009|
|Written by||Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia|
|Directed by||Constantine Makris|
"Burnout" was the sixth episode of Warehouse 13, airing on the Syfy Channel on August 11, 2009.
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Pete and Myka investigate a supposed gas explosion at a police station in St. Louis, Missouri. Myka wants to get a brief vacation just to get out of South Dakota. They briefly examine the body, burned to a crisp, and meet Captain Powell. He explains a gas main leaked in the basement, causing the explosion, and abruptly leaves. They follow him past emergency generators used to power the station due to the damage and demand more specific answers, and he informs them one man is in critical and the other is in surgery.Tesla.the Warehouse. Artie doesn’t know who the agent is and the ID has crumbled to dust. Artie goes to the agent files while Claudia sees the incoming photos from the scene of the explosion. She reveals a device she’s repurposed to project three dimensional versions of the photos. Artie is less than thrilled that she’s been tweaking equipment without his permission. The device works though and Claudia brings up a hologram of the corpse. He leaves her to reconstruct the charred parts and goes back to the file room.
At the police department, the agents review the tapes and Powell is still unhappy at their involvement. They finally get his attention when they explain that one person, Reggie Hinton, is missing. Powell puts out an alert while the agents wonder where Reggie is.
Reggie has escaped into the streets and warns his gang that there’s something after all of them. Reggie and the others run off into something giving off an electrical discharge, killing them.Clark, is out on leave. artifact that Claudia repurposed. She starts assisting and manages to reconstruct the corpse’s face. Artie goes through the files of Marines and realizes that it is Jack Secord, recruited in 1955 and last seen in Minneapolis.the Warehouse he brought up Room 5 of Leena's Bed and Breakfast, it was the room Secord used and it had all of his personal effects. It was the whole room, stored at the warehouse. Claudia finds a note saying Secord was going to meet a woman. Artie checks Secord’s writing pad for imprints and reveals the last address he wrote, to a Rebecca in St. Louis. Rebecca, who readily admits she knew Secord. They mention that Secord was dead and she wonders if it’s connected to the explosion at the warehouse. She goes to get tea and cookies and then asks if there was anything strange about the body. As they talk, Myka gets a call about another body in the same condition and Pete and Myka make a hasty exit. As they go, Rebecca queries as to if other people have been electrocuted. At the new crime scene, the only witness insists that the killer is a cop. Powell doesn’t believe him but admits that Clark is the only officer unaccounted for. The agents ask for Clark’s address. When they go there, they see electricity flowing around the door.mechanical lobster-like device attached to his back. He leaps out the window, lands several floors below in the alleyway, and runs away. The agents chase after him and find him lying dead in another alleyway. The thing on his back is gone.
Pete and Myka send a photo of Clark to the warehouse and explain there was something fused to his back. Artie and Claudia examine Secord’s back and discover there are similar marks. As Artie tries to narrow down the artifact from the description, Myka remembers that Rebecca asked about electrocutions when they didn’t mention how the victims died. They go back to talk to Rebecca, who finally admits that she knows what Secord was involved with. They realize she was a Warehouse agent.artifact is the Spine of the Saracen that was used to enhance Saracen warriors during the Crusades. They figure the item was sealed away and got released from the gas leak explosion. Artie is still trying to decipher the text and translates that it "requires a lifetime commitment." However, they don’t know where the artifact gets its power from. Pete and Myka figure it’s at Clark’s apartment and head back there.
Pete and Myka check out the alleyway and see a woman run out from a neighboring apartment. She’s holding a gun and says she shot the man in the chest. The man comes out, bleeding from a chest wound and radiating electricity. The Tesla seems to have no effect on him, and he begs them for help. He collapses, dead, and the woman explains that the man was her ex-husband. They turn the man over and discover the Spine is missing. They order the woman away and try to find the Spine, and then Pete spots something moving in the bushes. It leaps for Myka and Pete shoves her out of the way. It attaches itself to him, shocking Myka unconscious when she tries to help him. Screaming in agony, Pete runs off. Powell and his men find Myka and she leaves to find Pete.
Myka contacts Artie, who explains that the Spine amplifies the host’s natural electrical impulses and powers him up until the person runs out of energy. She tells Artie that it’s on Pete. As they talk, Rebecca arrives to help Myka. Myka realizes it causes the host to go after whomever they hate the most, and Secord sealed himself off rather than endanger anyone else. She figures Pete will do the same. Claudia speculates that electricity might be able to damage it. Powell tells Myka that his officers have spotted Pete heading back to the station, Myka realizes he is heading there for the emergency generators.
Artifacts and Gadgets FeaturedEdit
- Spine of the Saracen: Attaches itself to the victim's spine and boosts adrenaline and testosterone levels, granting the user extra strength and stamina but also increasing aggression, turning the victim into a volatile killing machine. The victim is also able to overheat people and burn them to a crisp through contact. It drains the victim of its life force until they die, at which the Spine detaches and hunts for its next victim. It can be removed by an incredibly powerful electric shock that overloads the Spine. It is the main artifact of the episode.
- Bell and Howell's Spectroscope: Projects holograms but Claudia upgraded it to connect it to Warehouse computer files and project three-dimensional images.
- Body Scanner: Scans dead bodies and connected to the spectroscope to reconstruct facial features.
- Personnel Quarters Archive: A collection of rooms inside the Warehouse, modelled after rooms in Leena's Bed and Breakfast. Contains the personal effects of agents who have died and/or mysteriously disappeared.
|#01 "Pilot"||#07 "Implosion"|
|#02 "Resonance"||#08 "Duped"|
|#03 "Magnetism"||#09 "Regrets"|
|#04 "Claudia"||#10 "Breakdown"|
|#05 "Elements"||#11 "Nevermore"|
|#06 "Burnout"||#12 "MacPherson"|