In the series premiere, again facing relentless Terminators that will stop at nothing, Sarah Connor stops running and starts fighting back against fate and the machines that are out for her son.
Sarah makes contact with an old friend to ask a favor, while John decides to pay a visit to Sarah's ex, and Cameron makes a new friend. Together they infiltrate a resistance safe house and discover they are not alone.
Sarah's search for Skynet's creators leads her to Andy Goode, a cell phone salesman who also happens to be the inventor of a chess-playing computer known as "The Turk." Sarah has to make a tough decision regarding her friendship with Goode. Meanwhile, John and Cameron try their best to assimilate on their first day at the new high school, and Agent James Ellison finds himself getting closer to the truth.
Andy submits his computer into a chess competition, Sarah revaluates his computer's capabilities and worries where it could all lead. At school, Cameron gets called into grief counseling and John makes a new friend in shop class. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison discovers remnants from a Terminator battle.
When Sarah, Cameron and John track down stolen cargo, John becomes separated, leading him to discover the future isn't as safe as he had hoped. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison's murder investigation leads him to an interesting suspect.
"The Demon Hand"
Agent Ellison's discovery of a cyborg arm puts him in danger. Sarah breaks into Ellison's apartment looking for the missing endo arm, and discovers dossiers, files and videos from her stay in the mental hospital. Meanwhile, following the missing Turk, Cameron enrolls in a ballet class in an effort to learn more, and John learns what it took for his mom to escape the hospital.
"What He Beheld"
Sarah finds herself in a business transaction with a mysterious businessman. Ellison, who is beginning to believe that Sarah is telling the truth about the future, pays Charley a visit. Meanwhile, Derek continually flashes back to his youth, and the day the apocalypse began. Derek and John have a bonding moment, but it is cut short by a giant explosion.
After a damning accusation of Cameron by Derek, John defends her. Cameron produces the memory chip of the cyborg Vick, and John hacks into the chip, learning of an information system which could lead to Skynet. Meanwhile, Cromartie closes in on John, and Agent Ellison has visions of Sarah.
"Dungeons & Dragons"
While fighting for his life and moving in and out of consciousness, Derek remembers life in the future and his personal battle against the machines. Meanwhile, Sarah finds herself trying to explain the past to her ex, Charley.
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