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Today Is The Day, Part 1
Air Date March 13, 2009
Written by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz
Director Guy Norman Bee
Prior episode "Ourselves Alone"
Next episode "Today Is The Day, Part 2"
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Derek Reese and Jesse share a moment

Jesse flashes back to a life-altering mission aboard her submarine, the Jimmy Carter. Sarah and John decide they can't continue living in their house and make plans to leave.


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Jesse considers her future

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Ellison tries to gain information from John Henry

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John Henry plays mind games

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Weaver questions John Henry


Captain Queeg the T-888 and Jesse

The Connors have no choice but to leave their current house. During a conversation with Kacy (whose baby is finally born), Sarah learns that Riley's body was found, dumped in a river. She tells this to John and they both suspect Cameron. The latter asks Cameron if she killed Riley; she says no but John doesn't believe her. However, they collaborate to trick her foster father into thinking that she's still alive.

Jesse rebukes the advances of a Navy officer but luckily Derek manages to get her out of a brawl with his comrades. She learns of the Riley's corpse discovery and that John blames Cameron.

In flashbacks in 2027, Jesse is on the USS Jimmy Carter. After eluding a Kraken, the reprogrammed T-888 says that new orders from John Connor are to recover a certain package. The retrieval team meets with three Terminators, who give the package.

Savannah Weaver wants to play hide-and-seek with her "mother", who isn't interested. John Henry leads her to him, and plays a version of hide-and-seek with him. While she's hiding, Catherine Weaver and James Ellison go to John Henry and ask him where she is. However, he challenges them to a game of riddles that contain clues to Savannah's whereabouts. Ellison solves the riddle and finds Savannah.

Ellison was upset, not only because John Henry seemed to risk Savannah's life, but also because his boss didn't seem particularly upset about Savannah's disappearance. He believed there was no point of teaching John Henry ethics if he refused to follow the rules.


Main Recurring Minor


Cameron: Goodbye Bird. There was a 51% chance I wouldn't kill you.

John: Was it you? Did you kill her?
Cameron: What if I did?
John: Don't play games with me. I need the truth.
Cameron: I didn't kill her.
John: I wanna believe you.
Cameron: Believe me.
John: Sometimes you lie to me.
Cameron: Yes. I do, but I'm not lying now. I am sorry.
John: You're sorry. For what?
Cameron: For your loss.
John: I really wish I could believe that too.

Derek: John's...girlfriend is dead.
Jesse: Oh.
Derek: Cyborg did it.
Jesse: You know that for sure?
Derek: Who else could it be?
Jesse: What are you gonna do?
Derek: About the metal?
Jesse: What are you gonna do? Because you can't kill her, Derek.
Derek: What?
Jesse: That's not something you can do. He has to make that decision on his own.
Derek: You've really thought this through.
Jesse: No. But I think about it. Just like you do.

(John walks on in Sarah, who has found the spare parts Cameron has been hiding)
John: We were using it for research. To find out what makes them...
Sarah: Don't! John, just don't. Don't make excuses for her. Don't cover for her.
John: I knew about the parts.
Sarah: I'm not talking about the parts. I'm talking about Riley.
John: Well there's nothing to talk about, is there? Because Riley's dead.
Sarah: How do you think that happened?
John: I don't know. I'm gonna figure it out, though.
Sarah: You know, John. We both know.
John: No. Cameron didn't do it.
Sarah: How can you say that? How can you be so sure?
John: Cause I'm sure. And I know her. And she told me.
Sarah: She told you. Just like she told you she destroyed every part we ever captured. Just like she tells us what she does every night when we go to sleep, when she comes back in the morning she's covered in cuts and bruises. (John looks down. Sarah pokes his head back up) Hey, just like she told you she loved you.
John: (John slams his hands on the table) You don't know anything.

Jesse: Derek?
Derek: I'm thinking about Riley. What the cyborg did to her.
Jesse: It's a terrible thing. You know, if John realizes what the metal is, what it really does, maybe some good can come of it. Maybe you can help him see that.
Derek: Good? An innocent kid is dead. Because that metal bitch murdered her in cold blood, no good comes out of that. None. Not ever.
Jesse: You're a good man.

(Cameron walks in on Sarah burning the spare parts)
Sarah: I had planned on waiting for you with Derek's sniper rifle. Pull the trigger. Solved about fifty percent of my problems. One shot. Do you know how bad I'd have felt?
Cameron: Very bad?
Sarah: Not bad at all. But I know someone who would have felt bad. Someone who would never forgive me if I had done that. I don't know what to do with you. You know what the stakes are. And you know why we're here. You know what this means. And yet here I stand, burning what's left of an endoskeleton that I thought we had burned months ago.
Cameron: I needed spare parts.
Sarah: I don't care what you need because this is not about you.
Cameron: No, it's not about me. It's about John. You're concerned for his safety.
Sarah: You bet I am.
Cameron: From Skynet. From me.
Sarah: Maybe. Maybe especially you.
Cameron: We're all a threat. We're all a threat to John. He worries about us. That makes him vulnerable. He cares.
Sarah: I am not John's problem.
Cameron: John is John's problem. Humans are the problem. There's only one way for him to be safe. That's to be alone.
Sarah: What kind of life is that?
Cameron: John's life. Someday.

Continuity notes

  • Riley's death serves as the back story of the storyline with John and Cameron developing a defense for themselves. John breaks into the morgue and notices the defensive wounds.
  • Sumner was present in the opening scenes. He would join Derek on his mission to the past.
  • It is possible that, during the events of this mission, Derek Reese was sent on his mission to the past.


  • Jesse attempts to manipulate Derek into thinking Cameron murdered Riley.
  • Skynet utilizes submarines to patrol Earth's oceans. One such attack unit was the Kraken.
  • Shortly after calling General Quarters, she theorizes they may be under attack by a ASW Bot.
  • No one on board the Jimmy Carter other than Queeg knows what is in the package, until some crew members decide to open it in the next episode.
  • Sarah confronts Cameron about her lies.
  • Derek's sniper rifle from "Goodbye to All That" is mentioned by Sarah. She says the only reason she didn't use it was because it would hurt John if Cameron were destroyed.
  • GOOF: Despite being dead, Riley's stomach moves. Also, Riley's cheeks and forehead were too reddish in colour for a corpse having been dead more than 24 hours. Her complexion should have been pale bluish-white.

Deleted scenes

  • Jesse and Dietze discuss the mission's secrecy, with Jesse remaining loyal to Queeg. They also touch on Jesse's boyfriend, Derek. Dietze is concerned about Derek's well-being.

Terminator references

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Real-world references

  • The name "Kraken" is a reference to the mythological giant sea monster of the same name.


  • Q: Why did Jesse Flores spark a fight with the sailors?
    • A: She was already injured by her fight with Riley Dawson, so it is possible she needed an excuse for how she got them before she met Derek Reese other than the fact she is angry.
  • Q: Is the Oil Rig Terminator the same as the one with Derek in "Dungeons & Dragons"?
    • A: No. The T-600 has different rubber skin coverings from the T-600 that dragged the Resistance members into the basement.
  • Q: What did John and Cameron gain by tricking Riley's foster parents into not going to the police? It appears very risky, considering that Riley's body will be identified eventually and it will create another mystery how Riley could call her foster parents while her body was already in the morgue.
    • A:
  • Q: Cameron's "I love you" told to John by cellphone, was it just her own plan to raise John's feelings in front of Riley's foster father or was it her true intention, true feeling to John?


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External links

Episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Season 1 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles pilot episode • "Gnothi Seauton" • "The Turk" • "Heavy Metal" • "Queen's Gambit" • "Dungeons & Dragons" • "The Demon Hand" • "Vick's Chip" • "What He Beheld"
Season 2 "Samson & Delilah" • "Automatic for the People" • "The Mousetrap" • "Allison from Palmdale" • "Goodbye to All That" • "The Tower Is Tall But the Fall Is Short" • "Brothers of Nablus" • "Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today" • "Complications" • "Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point" • "Self Made Man" • "Alpine Fields" • "Earthlings Welcome Here" • "The Good Wound" • "Desert Cantos" • "Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep" • "Ourselves Alone" • "Today Is The Day, Part 1" • "Today Is The Day, Part 2" • "To the Lighthouse" • "Adam Raised a Cain" • "Born to Run"

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