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Recap / The Sarah Jane Adventures S1 E3-E4 "Eye of the Gorgon"

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A mysterious nun haunts the residents of the local nursing home. It soon turns out that an entire sisterhood serves under an old famous mythical beast...

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  • Ancient Astronauts: The Gorgons of Greek myth.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Maria shows up at the climax and uses Bea's mirror to block the transfer and send the snake entities back at the Gorgon.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The nuns are generally outright evil, but when Alan walks up to one of them, she switches to what the script calls “Julie Andrews mode”.
  • Continuity Nod:
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    • Bea Nelson-Stanley, who was an Adventurer Archaeologist in her younger days, recalls having encountered the Sontarans among other alien races.
    • Clyde jokes that he'll never grow old because someday, he'll be able to transplant his brain into a robot. Sarah Jane responds with an exasperated sigh, likely thinking about the Cybermen.
    • Chrissie Jackson's taxi had an advert on it for Henrik's - the store Rose worked at in "Rose".
  • Dramatic Irony: Alan reckons he would look good as a Greek statue.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Mrs Randall claims this.
  • It Was Here, I Swear!: Chrissie returns to Sarah's house right after Alan is released from the petrification, none the wiser, protesting that Sarah has gotten carried away by making a statue of Alan, but now that he has changed back to normal, she cannot incriminate his neighbour for this, finally giving up.
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  • Light Is Not Good: Oh, so very much.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Luke in the cellar full of gardening tools.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Noodle Incident: Edgar had a run-in with the Sontarans at some point.
  • Retired Badass: Judging by her moment of lucidity, Bea Nelson-Stanley must have been a force to be reckoned with in her younger years.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stalker Shrine: Chrissie mistakes her petrified husband for one of these when she sees him standing in Sarah Jane's living room.
  • Taken for Granite: Several Innocent Bystanders, one alien collaborator and Alan; though luckily for Alan, the process hadn't finished so he got better. Also the gorgon.
  • The X of Y
  • You Watch Too Much X: The nun's response when Clyde guesses she has tentacles under her habit. It turns out that the nuns are ordinary humans brainwashed into helping parasitic aliens.

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