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'Warehouse 13' - 'Merge With Caution' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 25th 2010 11:04AM
warehouse 13 merge with caution(Season 2, Episode 8) There was a lot to love about this screwy ep of 'Warehouse 13.'

First, we had Joanne Kelly hilariously slurring and burping her way through the hour as a plastered version of Pete. Then there was the priceless sight of Eddie McClintock scurrying around while covering up his man boobs as Myka. Yep, it was a 'Freaky Friday' situation for our favorite relic-hunting duo.

A magical Griffin statue caused them to switch bodies and, thankfully, learn absolutely nothing new about each other from the experience. Instead, we got to see Pete (as Myka) unwittingly hit on WWE superstar "Dashing" Cody Rhodes. And Myka (as Pete) charmed the pants off Pete's new girlfriend Dr. Kelly. (I'm sure there's something piercing to be said about the homoerotic subtext of those scenes ... I'll leave it to you to discuss that in the comments!)

Quick side note here: So Dr. Kelly still thinks Pete and Myka work for the IRS even after all the craziness she's seen in the past few episodes (killer B movies coming to life, Artie's phantom appendix)? Hmmm ... as Claudia might say, I call shenanigans.

OK, so I think the show was trying to say something with this episode that wasn't exactly apparent on the surface. With Pete and Myka switching bodies, and later sharing bodies, and with Myka swooning over Rhodes and Pete establishing his relationship with Kelly ... well, it seemed like the message was actually pretty clear: Pete and Myka will not become a romantic couple anytime soon.

I know that might disappoint some of the fans out there hoping for these two to start a love connection, but I think it's a good move. I enjoy the brother-sister vibe Pete and Myka have going on, and it's fun watching them flirt and roll around with sexy guest stars and recurring characters.

Another thing I loved about this ep? The Artie-Claudia (Artia!) team up. It was fun watching these two sneak out of the Warehouse to do some fieldwork while Pete and Myka were supposed to be taking a few days off. Sadly, the whole Mata Hari stalkings plot was a little drab, but I still had a blast watching Claudia prove her worth in the field again.

So, Claudia is turning out to be the sharpest agent on the team. Pete and Myka usually have no idea what they're doing, which is a little odd considering that they're supposed to be highly trained Secret Service Agents, and Artie's smug attitude usually does him in, as it did in this ep. But Clauds displays the perfect blend of computer-hacking handiness and plucky street smarts. I'm really enjoying her evolution from broken girl to witty nerd girl to the girl who surprises me in every episode.

Pete and Myka's final exchange really sold what this episode was all about for me. After switching bodies, merging into one person, and watching a dude explode in a hotel room (another thing I loved about this ep), they realized that their lives would never be "normal" ever again, and they were cool with that.

Myka: "I guess we can't even pretend to be normal."

Pete: "Normal is not even in our wheelhouse."

That about says it all.

Other thoughts:

- Leena returned to ... fill time? Seriously, what's the point of having this character around anymore? I know she's supposed to be a ticking time bomb or something, so let's see her go off already and be done with it.

- Watching Artie go all googly goo over guest star Laura Harris was equally funny and creepy.

- The Warehouse has a canned food aisle stocked with "the original can of worms?" Of course it does.

- Bravo, Cody Rhodes! You played a beer-chugging, protein shake-loving jock to perfection. Way to work those acting muscles.

- H.G. Wells returns next week. Can't wait.

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This show just keeps getting better. I'm interested to see what they end up doing with H.G.

Also, I like Leena.

August 25 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Luv the can food aisle. Did you see the crate of original Coca-Cola bottles? lol.

August 25 2010 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really loved this episode. You're right. Clauds is experiencing a great character arc. I had a hard time with her at first. A bit too angsty for my taste, but c'mon, she's a teen...she's supposed to be angsty...I actually like her a great deal more now.

August 25 2010 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved the bit about the red herring, too.

August 25 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Moody

A tough case to crack!

August 25 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I also liked that they didn't even mention the Andy Warhol-esque stack of Campbell's Tomato Soup cans in the right of the scene. I like it when they don't hit the viewers over the head with stuff and just have easter eggs in the scene to discover.

August 25 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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