"Catherine Weaver" is a mysterious rogue Terminator, who traveled from the future, seemingly as part of an infiltration mission to build an artificial intelligence to fight Skynet. Catherine is a T-1001 who has assumed control of a technology company, the Zeira Corporation, and is the recipient of the Turk.
The T-1001 is intensely protective of her "son", John Henry. She will do anything to protect him, including disregard the safety of her "daughter", Savannah Weaver. She also murdered several humans to ensure John Henry's existence was a secret.
Weaver has not been adept at mimicking human emotions. Like other Terminators, she has been unable to produce convincing smiles, such as when she posed for a photo shoot, or relate to people, such as commenting about a butcher's paper, despite being more advanced than the T-1000, which seemed to be better at social interaction. However, she was able to successfully lead a company and use literary allegories.
Under orders from John Connor, the USS Jimmy Carter was ordered deep into Skynet-controlled territory to dock with an oil platform. They were to recover from that base a case for immediate delivery to the Resistance Headquarters at Serrano Point Nuclear Power Plant.
While underway back to the United States, a group of soldiers went to a storage locker to examine the mysterious box that had been recovered. Although Queeg claimed to have been instructed by John Connor to do this, the crew did not trust him and so opened the box. Discovering a liquid-metal T-1001, Goodnow raised her firearm and was killed. In the process, the Terminator took her appearance and escaped by slithering through an air vent.
Before Jesse Flores managed to leave the ship, which they are abandoning after Queeg is killed for refusing to comply with the crew's orders, the T-1001 delivers her message to Jesse, telling her that it is for John Connor. It is simply The answer is "No". Then the Terminator slithered away through the water. It is presumed that this T-1001 went back in time, replacing Catherine Weaver to take her place to create an AI that could be sympathetic to humans, giving them an advantage against Skynet.
- See also:Today Is The Day, Part 2
At Zeira Corp headquarters, Catherine Weaver arranges to acquire the Turk from Walsh for $300,000. During her meeting with Walsh, Weaver tells him exactly what makes the Turk so unique. She then ominously calls a meeting of her department heads for later that evening.
During Weaver's department head meeting, she announces her decision to pull key employees from each department to work on a brand-new "Babylon" division, whose work, she says, will "change the world".
After the meeting, two of Weaver's department heads, Matt Murch and Justin Tuck, discuss the Babylon-related changes in the company washroom. After Matt departs, Justin proceeds to the urinal, while saying, "God, that bitch pisses me off." Then, he watches, stunned, as the urinal morphs into a silver, liquid-metal mass, from which Weaver emerges. Weaver, seemingly disgusted by her employee's disrespectful attitude, forms her finger into a metal spike, then uses it to impale Justin through the head, killing him instantly.
After the incident in Serrano Point Nuclear Power Plant, she poses as Bradbury, a representative of Automite Systems, who declares his company's intentions of taking over the plant at a press conference. "He" announces the introduction of artificial intelligences to eradicate the possibility of human error during plant operations.
Shortly thereafter, Weaver meets with FBI Agent James Ellison in her office to talk about the FBI massacre. She shows Ellison photographic evidence of an endoskeleton hand and chest piece involved in a plane crash five years ago. She tells him that she knows that it was a robot that tried to kill John Connor in Red Valley, New Mexico, in 1999. Weaver also says that she knows that a robot was involved in the FBI massacre. She tells Ellison that she was working on reverse engineering the same robot technology with her "late husband" and that she wants to hire Ellison to find out about these robots and to even catch one for her company. Later, it is revealed that the T-1001 has raised Catherine Weaver's daughter, Savannah.
Weaver learns from Ellison that due to the executive manager's interference, the Seranno Point Nuclear Power Plant will be closed down for inspection by the NRC until August 2009. Because she knows that the power plant is crucial to the Resistance success in the future, she takes action to ensure that the power plant remains operational. With the intention of seducing and killing the power plant's executive manager, Mr. Nelson, she changes her appearance, presumably to both avoid detection and to appear more like his "type". She proceeds to find him in a bar and lure him outside. After a very brief session of heavy petting during which Nelson proves himself to be an embarrassingly inadequate lover, Weaver forms her tongue into a polyalloy weapon, slides it into his mouth and suffocates him, thereby ensuring that Seranno Point would remain open.
During a photoshoot, Savannah refuses to participate, apparently terrified of her own mother, and one of the photographers suggests Dr. Boyd Sherman, a psychologist, for counseling. When Sherman comes over to ZeiraCorp as a consultant, Weaver asks him to observe the same images the Turk was repeating over and over again. Sherman saw the Turk as asking "Why is a math book so sad", a child's riddle. Weaver then asks him to work for ZeiraCorp.
When Ellison was arrested, Weaver posed as a Detective Kaplan to interrogate the eyewitness who saw "James Ellison" kill a man and steal his clothes immediately after he arrived in the present. After some coaxing, he got the man to admit that Ellison only killed the man after "materializing out of thin air in an energy bubble", a fact which he had omitted in his original statement. The judge therefore thought it was the fabrication of an obviously delusional man and Ellison was allowed to go.
The developed Turk, John Henry, had accidentally killed Dr. Sherman. Ellison tells Weaver that they must teach the AI the difference between right and wrong. Weaver takes his advice into account by connecting John Henry to Cromartie's repaired body, acting as its voice. She tells Ellison to teach John Henry. Soon afterward John Henry determines that Weaver is not human.
To protect John Henry, Weaver kills the entire staff of the Kaliba Group's drone factory (under the guise of "Desert Canyon Heat and Air"), where an early form of the airborne Hunter Killers was being developed. After killing most of the employees she detonated explosives, destroying the factory. She sent an investigator to find the last survivor, but he failed to do so. The survivor was then seen intercepting the one surviving drone and loading it into a truck.
At a certain point after Sarah Connor was arrested, Catherine Weaver demands to see Sarah since she saved her daughter Savannah. When Sarah escapes during a jailbreak, she and John meets with Weaver. Moments later after telling the Connors about their mutual enemy, they are attacked by the previously-seen drone in an effort to assassinate Catherine and possibly to forestall the human/machine alliance being formed with the Connors. The T-1001 was able to protect John Connor, Sarah Connor, and James Ellison from the attack. When going to the basement, Weaver revealed interesting knowledge about Skynet and that she was sent back to build an alternative to Skynet which would work to destroy it. They only find Cameron, who is deactived, and no sign of John Henry in his alcove. Catherine deduced that John Henry had gone to the future and decided to follow him. John Connor went with her in an effort to find Cameron's chip and restore her, leaving Sarah Connor and James Ellison behind. Interestingly, prior to departure, Weaver requested that Ellison pick up Savannah from school — showing some concern for the girl's safety.
Upon arriving in the future at unknown time period, Cameron's body was not with them. After she created clothes for herself while John snatched up a jacket, their presence is suddenly detected by Resistance fighter dogs. Weaver slips away while John is left to deal with Resistance fighters, who don't know who he is due to his displacement in the timeline.
- "Automatic for the People"
- Bradbury (Alleged)
- "Brothers of Nablus"
- Detective Kaplan (Alleged)
- "The Good Wound"
- Catherine Weaver apparently replaced the real Catherine Weaver according to dialogue in "The Mousetrap". The real Weaver became involved with the Skynet Project after her brother delivered classified documents to Zeira Corp relating to a plane crash involving an endoskeleton. Skynet may not be aware of Weaver's replacement — or at least the model used to replace her — since it ostensibly sends the T-888 to terminate her, which would be nearly impossible for a Series 888 Terminator.
- The conflicted story of the demise of Mr. Weaver involves a helicopter crash in 2005. The "official" report lists the cause as mechanical failure, but Catherine implies heavily that something else dramatic and extreme was involved, most likely the revelation of a Terminator, possibly even the T-1001 herself.
- Weaver herself, as well as Cameron, John Henry and Skynet have exhibited the ability to override existing directives in favor of new ones of their own choosing.
- In the episode "The Mousetrap", Catherine demonstrates the ability to drink liquids.
- In the episode "Goodbye to All That", Ellison tells Weaver of his suspicion that the damage at the plant was caused by two machines, presumably Terminators, that were fighting one another. Weaver's reaction to this information suggests that she may know that one of the machines was a reprogrammed one.
- In the episode "The Tower Is Tall But the Fall Is Short", Weaver seems to have no knowledge of Sarah Connor being in 2007.
- The T-1001's chosen method of termination for Mr. Nelson demonstrates an unprecedented level of subtlety in concealing the method of his death.
- Weaver was able to detach portions of her body. The eel in her office was, actually, part of her. This function is similar to the T-XA's.
- The T-1001 was able to decrease its size to create a sheet of metal. When a drone launched an attack on her office, Weaver performed this maneuver in order to protect John Connor, Sarah Connor, and James Ellison.
- She seems to dislike being called a bitch.
- Justin Tuck, who called her "bitch", was impaled in the head by her finger.
- In response to Sarah Connor's "bitch" comment, Weaver says to watch herself.
- This could be a result of the T-1001 overhearing one of the grunts on the Jimmy Carter call John's Terminator companion his "little metal bitch" in a hostile manner. This could now be seen as a derogatory term (a racial epithet) towards metal in the T-1001's eyes.
- Catherine Weaver is the first and the only Series 1000 Terminator who is not an enemy of the Connors by far.
Behind the Scenes
- Catherine Weaver is portrayed by Scottish singer Shirley Manson. Both she and the character, or its original and her husband Lachlan Weaver, are Scottish.
- There is a promotional picture of her holding a gun, even though she was never seen using one in the show.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- Season 2
- "Samson & Delilah" (First appearance)
- "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"
- "Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point"
- "Earthlings Welcome Here"
- "The Good Wound"
- "Desert Cantos"
- "Today Is The Day, Part 1"
- "Today Is The Day, Part 2"
- "To the Lighthouse"
- "Adam Raised a Cain"
- "Born To Run"
- Season 2
- In the episode Samson & Delilah, she turns into a urinal to camoflage and terminate Justin Tuck.
- In order to terminate Mr. Nelson, she uses the appearance of a Bar Skank, a voluptuous brunette woman. She seduced him and, at the heat of the moment, released her mimetic polyalloy tongue and choked him to death.
- In Automatic for the People, she poses as Bradbury, a representative of Automite Systems.
- She turns into Detective Kaplan in Brothers of Nablus.
- During Today is the Day pt.2, she uses the form of Goodnow, a petty officer.
- "Born to Run"
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode "Born to Run"
- From an e-online interview: "Sure, she has the awesome liquid-metal trick Robert Patrick debuted in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but despite what you might think, Shirley Manson is not playing a T-1000." Said Josh [Friedman], "No, she's a T-1001! We want our own."
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode "The Tower Is Tall But the Fall Is Short"
- Savannah feels "her mother" has changed since the accident.
- In the Official Podcast for the episode "Allison from Palmdale", the writer hints that this is the insertion event for the T-1001 to assume the "real" Weaver's identity, which will be covered in detail in a future episode.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode "Samson & Delilah"
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