Zoe is reluctant about signing up for an advanced physics course, but proud dad Sheriff Carter talks her into embracing her scientific side. Someday she’ll get to build things that endanger Eureka’s populace.
Carter his first intro to the world of biogenetic dogs when he meets Fifi, who explodes soon after their encounter. Fifi’s owner is convinced one of her rivals in the upcoming dog show is behind it. They take this robot dog show more than a little seriously, it seems. But when is there ever just one problem in Eureka?
A scientist who specializes in synthetic mucus is convinced one of the dog show fanatics broke into his lab to steal some. The synthetic- uh, fake snot helps make the robo-dogs more realistic. While Deputy Jo checks the rest of the crime scene, Carter witnesses a localized earthquake that gets him slimed.
How localized? Carter’s the only one that felt it. And he can’t convince anyone else in town it happened, since Eureka doesn’t have any known fault lines. Meanwhile, The Fixer is up to her usual shifty stuff. She’s asked the newly pardoned Henry Deacon to do a radiation scan of an area she plans to put a hotel on. Yeah, right.
Dr. Stark has a little job for Carter. Stark needs a logic diamond from Eureka’s mega-computer lab and he needs a law enforcement signature to get it. It gets better, he wants the ginormous diamond as a wedding gift for Allison. Ouch. Carter, still on the hunt for the elusive earthquakes, consults local seismologist Dr. Hood. Hood lost his scientific mojo a while back and even he doesn’t believe Carter, until Carter mentions he saw lights before the disturbance.
Hood knows that could lead to something and tunnels under Eureka discovering there’s a pocket of magma under the town. Side note: Why do people around here not automatically believe the most outrageous scenario possible? That’s usually the right one. Scully from the X-Files would fit in perfectly.
It turns out the magma pocket is accidentally manmade by a rogue scientist in the computer lab using sound to cook logic diamonds. She was, of course, completely oblivious to the side effects. Stark, Carter and a lovely robotic doggie journey to the center of Eureka to find the magma pocket.
They planned to blow it up and let it drain off but nature’s a step or two ahead of them and it’s Magma Race 2000. The magma drains harmlessly into a nearby lake. Before we leave, Henry tells Carter there’s a form of radiation at the “hotel site” that before today was only theoretical. Showdown with The Fixer is coming up, fans. Considering how the usual scientific miscue in Eureka goes, what in the world do you think she could be screwing up?