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On Syfy's "Warehouse 13," airing its second episode tonight, Eddie McClintock plays Pete Lattimer, a rough-and-ready Secret Service agent assigned to guard a warehouse full of mysterious artifacts, located somewhere in South Dakota.
On hand to help him are fellow Secret Service Agent Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) — who's a little more tightly wound than her partner — and longtime agent Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), who oversees the facility.
Overseeing them all is the enigmatic Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder).
"Yeah, it's pure hell," McClintock says of being stuck between Helfer and Kelly. "It's tough. The thing is, I had never seen 'Battlestar Galactica.' I had heard the whisperings about Tricia, so I went to the IMDB and looked her up. I think I was more excited about it than, say, my wife was.
"She came to set and sat and got to talk to Tricia, and you realize that Tricia is just so smart and married and just a good person. She really is a great lady, and someone that Lynn, my wife, got along with very well."
Pete and Myka were thrown together against their mutual wills, and their relationship, while cordial and professional, has its prickly side. Turns out it's not that different on the set.
"Joanne and I get along great," McClintock says. "She's a lot like her character. Yeah, she'll probably punch me in the face for saying that, but she's a lot like her character, and our relationship is a lot like it is offscreen.
"I look at myself as the kid brother who's constantly pulling her pigtails, and she's always punching me in the arm and yelling for her mom. I'm constantly at her. It's the same thing that Pete and Myka are going through right now, these growing pains.
Myka doesn't appear to take a lot of guff from Pete, and McClintock says, "No, and Joanne's the same way. She doesn't take much from me either, but I try to give her as much as I can."
Lest you think that McClintock's "kid brother" reference is a sly way of making you think he's younger than Kelly, think again. McClintock is more than happy to label himself a "geezer."
Before "Warehouse 13" premiered, some Internet commenters pointed out that the duo of Pete and Myka looks a bit like the crimefighting pair of FBI Agent Booth (David Boreanaz) and scientist "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) on the Fox series "Bones."
McClintock is familiar with the show, having played Brennan's temporary partner, FBI Special Agent Tim Sullivan.
"I did four episodes of 'Bones,'" says McClintock. "I know David, he plays it very loose, too. I think that this show is even a little more relaxed than 'Bones.' But, yeah, I definitely could see the similarities.
"Frankly, if people want to compare the two shows, that's fine by me. I think it's a great show.
If he has concerns, McClintock can always turn to TV and film veteran Rubinek, whose credits range from Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" to "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Leverage."
"I look at Saul," McClintock says, "I'm Grasshopper, and he's Master Po. I'm always trying to snatch the pebble out of his hand.
"Saul is such a pro. For me, he's a great example of somebody that I can learn from. I listen to what he has to say. The best advice he's given me — I question my process, because it's not like everybody else's process. It may not be like some other people's processes here on the show.
"So, I think 'I'm not doing enough…' He's like, 'Dude, no, that IS your process. Trust what you do, because whatever it is that you're doing, it works. Just have faith in it. Don't doubt that.'
"He just told me not to compare the way I work to the way other people work."