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Queen's Gambit 

Sarah reevaluates the capabilities of her friend Andy Goode's computer, the Turk II, after he enters it in a major chess competition. During the competition, Sarah meets a stranger with a ... See full summary »


Matt Earl Beesley


Josh Friedman (developed for television by), Natalie Chaidez | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Headey ... Sarah Connor
Thomas Dekker ... John Connor
Summer Glau ... Cameron Phillips
Richard T. Jones ... James Ellison
Garret Dillahunt ... Cromartie
Sonya Walger ... Michelle Dixon
Brendan Hines ... Andy Goode
Kristina Apgar ... Cheri Westin
Mark Ivanir ... Dmitri Shipkov
Neil Hopkins ... Mr. Harris
Matt McColm ... Vick Chamberlain
Brian Austin Green ... Derek Reese
Dean Winters ... Charley Dixon
Luis Chávez ... Morris (as Luis Chavez)
Josue Aguirre ... Bobo


Sarah reevaluates the capabilities of her friend Andy Goode's computer, the Turk II, after he enters it in a major chess competition. During the competition, Sarah meets a stranger with a history similar to hers, and who is being pursued by another terminator. At school, John meets a new friend in shop class and becomes curious about the attractive and mysterious Cheri, who is possibly being abused at home. Cameron continues to try to fit in at school, but struggles to act "normal" in her session with the grief counselor. Agent Ellison finds remnants from a past terminator confrontation, leading him closer to both Sarah and the terminator Cromartie. Meanwhile, Cromartie has assumed the identity of the late George Laszlo. Posing as an FBI agent, he continues looking for Sarah and John, and has a conversation with Charley Dixon. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 February 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance in the series of Brian Austin Green playing Derek Reese, the brother of Kyle Reese, Michael Biehn's character in the original The Terminator (1984). See more »


In the scene when the T-888 is browsing the police network to find the information on Reese, the Network Disconnected system tray icon can be seen. See more »


Cameron Phillips: [on Andy] You should have killed him when you had the chance.
Sarah Connor: I'm surprised it's taken you this long to bring that up.
Cameron Phillips: I'm busy doing John's homework.
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References Pong (1972) See more »


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Opening Title)
Written by Bear McCreary
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Chess, War and Grief
23 January 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Sarah meets Andy Goode and he tells her that he has rebuilt a new version of his computer, the Turk II, and he will participate of a chess tournament where the winner will sign a contract with the government for military purpose. Meanwhile Cromartie lures Charley Dixon, pretending to be an FBI agent and trying to get information about Sarah Connor. When Andy loses the competition and is found dead by Sarah, she fights against a stranger she assumes that is the criminal. The man is arrested but later Sarah finds that he is a member of the resistance and her brother-in-law sent by John from the future. Sarah, John and Cameron face a dangerous terminator while trying to rescue Derek Reese.

The engaging "Queen's Gambit" is the best episode so far of this series, with a good story based on the themes chess, war and grief. Sarah's monologue is makes an analogy between the strategies in a chess game and in the war, and all the lead characters grieve their loss, inclusive Cameron in the end after the destruction of the terminator. The attitudes of Cameron trying to understand the human behavior are great and her interview with the grief counselor is one of the best moments of the show. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Queen's Gambit"

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