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- When Grace arrives in the present naked and disoriented, a young couple tries to help her up. Some cops try to arrest all three of them until Grace kicks their asses. The couple thanks her, but she compares their sizes and says not to thank her. Cut to Grace wearing the man's clothes and driving away in their truck. The man, in his underwear, testily tells his girlfriend next time, they won't help strangers.
- There's some irony in seeing the heroic character being less considerate to civilians than the villain was when it comes to acquiring clothes.
- When Grace fights the Rev-9 in a car factory, the former sledgehammers the latter's head multiple times onto the ground. To stop this barrage of hammer shots, the Rev-9 uses his liquid skin to glue the back of his head onto her sledgehammer. So, when she raises it again for another swing, she drags him back into action. Her Oh, Crap! expression sells this mistake.
- In an otherwise urgent scene, when Grace quickly ushers Dani and Diego to a car and tells them to get in, they briefly hesitate out of shock and confusion so she stuffs Diego into the car.
- Sarah just pulled a Big Damn Heroes moment, saving Dani and Grace from the Rev-9 with her weapons and van. The two then proceed to get into her van and drive away, with Sarah only noticing after inspecting the bottom of a bridge for the Rev-9's liquid skin she attempted to kill.Sarah: Son of a bitch!
- Grace then attempts to get drugs from a pharmacy to counteract her fever, holding the pharmacist at gunpoint and ends up stumbling into the back room to find the drugs herself. The way that she speaks, however, makes her sound like she's a drug addict with a hangover.
- To break Grace's fever, Sarah and Dani put her on a bed in a motel room and pour ice cubes on her. Dani asks why they didn't do this in the bathtub, to which Sarah simply responds with, "Have you seen the bathtub?"
- Sarah destroys Dani's phone to ensure that the Rev-9 can't track her, then reveals that she didn't even need to do that because she keeps her own phone wrapped in chip packets. Carl later tells Sarah that he'd anticipated she would do such a thing and worked around it, meaning Sarah was right all along when she destroyed Dani's phone without realizing it.
- When Grace questions why five chip packets, Sarah just responds that she really likes them.
- And later, Carl notes that "If you're going to keep your phone in a bag of potato chips, keep it in a bag of potato chips".
- When Dani returns to the motel room and realizes Sarah has locked her out, Sarah responds snarkily:Sarah: Sometimes, Moms and Dads have to have grown-up discussions.
- Sarah's reaction when she finds out about Legion. She also is seen shaking her head, which basically screams "Of course it happened".Sarah: Those assholes never learn.
- Grace borrows Sarah's phone to try to find where the "For John" messages are coming from, and creatively averts using Techno Babble to explain how she hacks it.Grace: Future shit.
- Sarah is thrown at Grace matter-of-factly stating they can just drive from Mexico to Texas.Sarah: You want to cross the Mexican border with an undocumented Mexican national and a woman who had her own episode of America's Most Wanted?
- Despite the extremely dark nature of his role as John Connor's killer-turned-The Atoner, Carl the T-800 provides a lot of levity in the latter half of the film.
- After Sarah (understandably) storms off, and Dani goes to try and help, Carl and Grace are left kind of awkwardly starting at each other.Grace: So you're a—
Carl: Yes. Cyberdyne Systems Model 101. May I ask what you are?
Carl: (gives Grace a quick up-and-down, clearly thinking "you're definitely something, but you said no, and I mustn't be rude")
- The sight of him casually handing bottles of beer to the trio. And carefully chopping lime slices to place in the mouths of the beer bottles, because that's just how the polite Terminator serves Corona in Texas.
- Sarah sarcastically asking Carl if his wife and child are Terminators as well.
- While the rest of the scene is a Tear Jerker due to Sarah's understandable rage-filled guilt over meeting the Terminator that killed John, his demeanor is still The Comically Serious as per tradition:[Sarah shoots him in the chest three times, as Carl barely reacts, if at all]
Carl: This will be very hard to explain to Alicia.
Sarah: [exasperated] It's a Terminator!
- Carl making his case to the women:
- When the group learns that Carl's wife and stepson don't know he's a Terminator, Sarah incredulously asks how Alicia doesn't notice he weighs 400 pounds. Carl replies their relationship isn't physical.
- Right after showing the group his arsenal of weapons:Carl: These weapons will be vital to protect my family. Also... this is Texas.
- Before the team set off, he picks up the iconic sunglasses in the bathroom...and then puts them back down. You certainly expect he'll wear it for the nostalgia, right?
- This becomes far less amusing when you consider that those are the sunglasses he was wearing when he murdered John at the start of the film, and the possibility that he ditched them out of respect for Sarah.
- Carl's extended monologue/rant about the specifics of drapery. While this is happening, there's a brief shot of Dani looking slightly dazed after this, as if after all that's happened to her over the last few days, this is the thing she's having the most trouble comprehending.Carl: There's much more to it than just picking the right color. It's the texture, the weight of the material. One wrong choice, it can destroy the look of the entire room. There was this one customer that came to me, he wanted to have a solid color drapes in a little girl's room. I said "DON'T DO IT. You need butterflies, polka dots, balloons."
- Once Carl reunites with the ladies before the final showdown, heavily damaged from his brawl with the Rev-9:Carl: You look terrible.
Grace: At least I still have all my face.
- After Sarah (understandably) storms off, and Dani goes to try and help, Carl and Grace are left kind of awkwardly starting at each other.
- The Rev-9 even gets a couple, in spite of him being a terrifying Implacable Man.
- This exchange, as he impersonates a Mexico border patrol officer and walks through a metal detector:Rev-9: Expect a big ping, brother. My whole body's a weapon.
Metal Detector Officer: Save it for the ladies.
- The metal detector officer is also played by the same person who got his eye stabbed through by the T-1000. Poor guy just can't catch a break.
- Right after losing the heroes and falling off an aircraft, the Rev-9 lands right on top of some poor bastard's shed. He gets up and walks it off like nothing, with a half-assed apology. And Dwight Yoakam's "Guitars, Cadillacs" plays during this scene.
- His introduction has a minor one that doubles as Nightmare Fuel. Once he's sent back in time, he comes across a witness. Rather than just slicing her head off immediately, he actually just walks up, says "Buenos dias", and casually uses his liquid metal skin to copy the clothing she's holding, all with a friendly smile on his face. All while said witness goes "What in the actual fuck is this thing?" And the Rev-9 still lets her live. And since he only had a shirt to work with, this means he was walking around bare-assed for awhile.
- After massacring the border guards who piled upon him, he tries to pass off as innocent to the police outside, saying "I prayed more in five minutes than I have my whole life."
- This exchange, as he impersonates a Mexico border patrol officer and walks through a metal detector:
- Right before cutting a strap keeping a Humvee from falling off a dam:
- Sarah bluntly tells Carl that she's not calling him by that name. Carl looks somewhat offended by her attitude.
- Then during the film's climax, Sarah does call him Carl in a moment of desperation, but the way she says "goddammit" right before makes it sound less like "I now acknowledge you as a person" and more "you're going to force me to say it, aren't you?!".