Xander 2

Eureka, "Maneater"

In which Carter is bewitched, bothered, and bewildered...

GD is being made to attend sexual harassment training. Taggart is injecting wolves with hormone cocktails to promote mating. Eureka's AC is on the fritz, and the tunnel-hacking dude who maintains it has gone missing. Laundromat Chick is coming on to Carter and he's being hinky about it. Particularly after he turns into a chick magnet.

Unlike Xander's self-imposed predicament in BB&B, Carter's is short-range and not his fault. The blame is some random spore, which by means of tech tech the tech tech, overstimulates production of a hormone that drives chicks wild. Can we stop calling this show science fiction? This cranky old-style written SF fan thinks that the Magic Described with Terms from PseudoScience thing is getting old already.

However, that's a pointless grouse about a problem I knew the show would have from the start. Really I should grouse about how character illumination and growth can't happen when these predicaments are external in origin. It would have been more interesting if character choices had caused the problems and some kind of character movement had resulted. This is the difference between comedy and drama: Eureka is comedy at its heart and will continue to be so long as the focus is on happenstance.

Things I liked: Carter-Jo banter. Taggart getting some screen time. The tiny progress made in the overall arc. (What is Stark's motivation, really? Why don't they just talk to Henry? He'd probably help.)

Things I didn't: the spiky-haired jerk whom they seem to have decided is Jo's love interest. Bleah. The mild fun poked at female sexual desire is something familiar to us all, and also a feature of the somewhat troubling Buffy script.

Question: Why didn't Vincent react to Carter? We know he's gay... but I guess the magical hormone that makes "female brains" crazy doesn't affect a gay male brain. Somebody with more patience than I can untangle the implications here.

And it appears to be time to find a Eureka icon.
Question: Why didn't Vincent react to Carter? We know he's gay... but I guess the magical hormone that makes "female brains" crazy doesn't affect a gay male brain.

I wondered the same thing when love spell zapped Xander. Where was Larry then?
Ha! Good question. I wonder what the exact wording was for the spell Amy cast-- did she mention women specifically? Lessee...
Diana... goddess of love and the hunt... I pray to thee. Let my cries bind the heart of Xander's beloved. (lowers the necklace into the brew) May she neither rest nor sleep (the brew sparks) until she submits to his will only.

Leaving aside the extreme inadvisability of invoking the virgin goddess in a love spell, er... well, it says "she". I say Noxon skates by on that one.
I assumed they were discussing androstenone, a very hip, up-to-the-minute pheremone, or perhaps androstadienone. I couldn't hear it clearly. In any case, I think in your curmudgeonly old age you have grown perhaps senile. If you can describe exactly how something works without the slightest whiff of technobabble, that's not science fiction, that's science. Really, it's reasonable to suppose that there is such a thing as a pheremone that drives women wild (though actually it will drive only 20% of women completely bonkers, disturb 40%, piss off 30% and kill the rest outright) and a foreign substance causing overproduction of a hormone is practically the usual case. And then shrink it down to a TV shows meager limits and voila...

As for Stark, his primary motivation is pride, which is in part tied to regaining his ex-wife, and his secondary motivation is protecting the kid which also ties into his relationship with the ex. He thinks of Kim as dead and bringing her killers to justice as a "nice to have", though of course he might also be able to exonerate himself; he is subordinating this to Allison's desire to protect the kid. They are shutting out Henry because he is Jack's best friend and they expect one of them will eventually figure out that their kid is worth investigating.

Spiky haired jerk...dunno what's going on there.

No particular reason to think there's anything about a gay male in heat that's much like a female. The pheremones have to mate with receptors which trigger a cascade of arousal hormones: soem of which may be general, but some of which are probably gender specific.
Henry might care about investigating the kid, maybe, but there's a longer friendship there. Jack probably doesn't care about the alien whatsit at all, except inasmuch as it causes crime. Here, he might say, "Gee it's nice your kid has a connection. Let's go get lunch now."

In re male brains vs female brains: I suspect the writers were making sweeping statements they weren't aware of making about the mechanisms behind male homosexuality. It ain't all that well studied, because both sides of the political issue freak out when you do, but prenatal hormonal stuff seems to be one big factor. (E.g., your theory about overpopulation and its amusing effects.) Feminization of male brains and masculinization of female brains results. What happens then... I dunno. But I would have expected Vincent to react. Or for his non-reaction to be interesting.

Perhaps all this means is that the producers are being cagey about his character.