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Try, Try Again
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Air date July 17, 2007
Written by Charlie Craig
Directed by Michael Nankin
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Preceded by
"Phoenix Rising"
Followed by
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"Try, Try Again" is the second episode of the second season of Eureka.


As the computer at Global Dynamics reboots on the occasion of Allison's start as the new director, the disappearance of a Category Red device leads to an unlikely alliance between Carter and Stark.


In coordination with Allison Blake's first day as leader of Global Dynamics, the facility's massive computers undergo an eight-hour reboot, audit, and reset. While the computers are offline, Global's storage vault supervisor, Victor, reports that a suspicious blank spot has been discovered on a shelf. An item is missing.

Jack investigates under the stern eye of Gen. Mansfield, who is in town to supervise Allison's first day in charge. Soon, Jack discovers Fargo hiding in a bathroom. Someone left the missing device in Fargo's coat pocket, and Fargo — being Fargo — was overcome by curiosity and turned it on. Now he is trapped within an expanding force field that he can't switch off.

The device, a personal shield known as a Multi-Application Combat Armor Alternative (M.A.C.A.A.), has been flagged as dangerous, but no one currently employed at Global Dynamics knows much about it. Jack turns to Stark, who grudgingly leads him to a remote lakeside cabin where Dr. Todd, who developed the device, lives and fishes (with an ultrasonic rod) in monastic solitude.

Todd explains that, during a test, the M.A.C.A.A.'s force field couldn't be shut down. Instead, it grew relentlessly, displacing everything in its path, until Eureka itself was threatened. To stop it, Todd's team dropped the device — with a man still inside — into a deep pit known as Section 14. Then they chased it with a nuclear bomb. Although his actions saved Eureka, Todd still suffers guilt about the test subject's horrible death.

Mansfield pressures Allison to transport Fargo to Section 14 and prepare another nuke. Jack defiantly refuses to give up hope, but situation is bleak. A gooey, quick-drying epoxy fails to slow the force field's growth. Even when Jack and Lupo expose the thief who tried to frame Fargo by planting the M.A.C.A.A. in his pocket — Victor, the vault supervisor — they're still no closer to shutting the device off.

As everyone gathers at Section 14, Jack notices that the force field isn't growing as fast as Todd predicted. Jack, Henry and Stark quickly realize that the M.A.C.A.A. was stored for years next to another device that emits a magnetic field. With Todd's reluctant help, Henry rigs a matching field near Fargo and disrupts the M.A.C.A.A.'s primary power source. To Fargo's joy, the field shrinks.

Unfortunately, the M.A.C.A.A. was designed to seek out alternative power sources automatically, and that's exactly what it does: It starts sucking electrical energy from Fargo's body, and it won't stop until Fargo is dead. Jo uses the ultrasonic fishing rod at full power to kill Fargo by inducing cardiac arrest—once he is dead the shield vanishes, and a defibrillator is used to restart Fargo's heart.

Memorable Quotes

Carter: You've never swung an ax in your life.

Stark: I've swung a lot of things that would surprise you sheriff.

Carter: What does that even mean?

Carter: Do we have any suspects yet? Jo: No, unless you count this long list of people around here who find Fargo as annoying as we do.

Fargo: Hey! That's not true... oh yes it is.

'[as Stark prepares to shoot Fargo with a goo gun] Fargo: Dr. Stark, are you smiling?

Stark: Of course not!

Fargo: [Dictating last words to Beverly] E-mail to Allison Blake: "You are the most intoxicating woman I ever met. I used to dream of you catching me asleep on your desk late at night." Send one of those to Jo and substitute "jail cell" for "desk". Oh, and send one to yourself substituting "couch." And see if you can work the word "tempestuous" in there. Beverly: Okay.

Fargo: Now, Sheriff Carter. "You really tried to help me on my last day. And, um, for that, I-I don't know how to thank you."

Beverly: That's actually quite touch-

Fargo: "If only you were better at your job."

Stark: Good job Carter. Wow, that didn't even leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Carter: Oh, give it a second.

Stark: Yep, there it is.


Allison's master password for Global Dynamics is "8 6 7 5 3 0 9". Nathan's master password for Global Dynamics is "2 5 5 4 7 6 6". On a standard telephone, these numbers spell ALLISON.

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