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"Veritas" is the seventh episode of the second season of Sanctuary, and the twentieth episode overall in the series.


When Dr. Magnus is charged with murder, Will steps in to defend her innocence. However, the evidence he finds does nothing but incriminate her further.


Cold Open

An upset Dr. Will Zimmerman follows Declan MacRae to the Sanctuary's morgue, where Declan reveals the body of Bigfoot. Will demands to know who is responsible for his friend's death, to which Declan answers that all evidence points to Helen Magnus.

Act I

Declan tells Will that Bigfoot contacted him two days ago about Magnus behaving strangely, and that combined with the physical evidence -- the weapon used in the killing belonged to Magnus -- he had to invoke Article 9 of the Sanctuary Charter. Will visits Magnus in isolation, who tells him that she has no memory of the past week. She believes someone deliberately erased her memories to set her up, and begs Will to help her.

Henry Foss mourns at the foot of Bigfoot's sarcophagus. Kate Freelander joins him and tells him that Will wants to see them. In his office, Will explains to Kate that according to Article 9, the apparent wrongdoing has to be reviewed by the other house heads of the Sanctuary Network. They begin to investigate the crime scene and Magnus' encrypted files.

At the crime scene, Will and Kate discuss Magnus' behavior; Kate remembers receiving irrational orders from Magnus per e-mail, which Magnus later denied to ever have sent. Moments later, Will discovers what seems to be the remains of a removed surveillance camera.

Back at the Sanctuary, Henry has finished hacking Magnus' computer and found a number of brain scans she made of herself. He shows them to Declan, who concludes that she knew her condition was getting worse, and brought Will into the Network to replace her. The House Heads have charged Declan with collecting evidence in the case, and sent a Triad of telepaths to check Magnus' mind.

Act II

The Triad has arrived at the Sanctuary: Emma Correia, the only female of the telepaths, is led to her room by Will. She unwittingly reads his mind and is flattered by his obvious attraction to her. She also explains that she and her colleagues will scan Magnus in the afternoon.

Henry informs Will that the surveillance video from the removed camera had been deleted from the police network by the Chief of the OCPD at Magnus' request.

Kate meets with one of her informants, who informs her that Magnus recently bought a bunch of Red List abnormal material, but does no know what exactly it was.

At the Sanctuary, Magnus is scanned by the Triad in the presence of Will and Declan. They ask her a number of questions, but Magnus cannot remember anything. The telepaths try to talk to her calmly, but she is very upset and shows signs of dementia and paranoia. Will ends the session and reconvenes with Henry, who shows him another e-mail.

Will angrily confronts Declan, who asked the house heads to put him in charge of the Old City Sanctuary. He explains that he only wants to be in charge so that everyone can continue their work the way Magnus would want them to. At that point, Henry calls: he has found a backup copy of the surveillance video.

It shows Bigfoot being shot by Magnus.


Will is informed that Magnus is being declared unfit to lead the Sanctuary, and will be transferred. Declan is put in charge of the facility. Will talks to Magnus, who is becoming increasingly paranoid, accusing everyone around of conspiring against her. Realizing that something is indeed wrong with Magnus, he wants to leave her room, but she knocks him out.

Henry continues to go through Magnus' files, while Will and Kate try to find Magnus in an abandoned storage facility. Meanwhile, Henry finds a suspicious encrypted file in the Network's computer systems and calls Will. They have to meet somewhere safe, as Will cannot return to the Sanctuary with the knowledge of Magnus' whereabouts.

At Dead Bridge, Henry explains that he has found some kind of encrypted ghost drive on a project called "Big Bertha" in the Network's system. Will then returns to Magnus, but is followed by Declan, who arrests Magnus.

Act IV

Later, Emma explains that "Big Bertha" was an extremely powerful abnormal, who was able to alter the magnetic resonance in her own body to manipulate tectonic plates. Magnus tracked, captured and killed her, or so it was thought; there are indications that she is still alive.

Declan makes Henry open the Big Bertha file, which reveals that the abnormal is indeed alive and currently transferred to a new location. While the Network makes preparations to retrieve her, Will decides to quit. Emma tries to talk him out of it, but he is unwilling to believe in Magnus' mysterious "degenerative brain disease". Afterwards, he visits the sedated Magnus one more time to say goodbye. Just when he wants to leave, Magnus begins to shake violently with a seizure, and Will calls for help.

Act V

Magnus is drugged in order to stop her seizures. News arrive that Big Bertha has been stolen by mercenaries off the African coast.

Will visits Bigfoot's sarcophagus, and opens it, only to discover that it is empty. He suddenly realizes that all the events are part of a scheme by Magnus: she faked her brain scans and used an Ozone Beetle to manipulate her own thoughts in order to hide her knowledge of the fact that Big Bertha is actually dead. The other evidence was planted to bring the traitor in the Triad to the conclusion that she was still alive.

Some time later, Emma meets with the mercenaries she paid to steal Big Bertha, but the container they took only holds a tracking device: Sanctuary intervention forces led by Will and Declan arrive and arrest Emma and the mercenaries.

Magnus recovers and tells them how Bigfoot's death was faked (his skin can handle a few bullets) and that the whole plan was worked out in order to frame Emma, who had been leaking information from the Network for some time.

In the end, Bigfoot and Henry, who is still a little mad at his best friend for pulling the whole stunt, meet in the elevator. Henry declares that if Bigfoot does anything like this ever again, he will personally shoot him.


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  • This episode has a dvd commentary track. Commentators: Martin Wood, Amanda Tapping, and Gordon Rempel.
  • This episode has a podcast commentary track. Commentators: Jaclyn MacRae, Amanda Tapping, and Martin Wood.
  • Making-Of Featurette - Amanda Tapping Directs "Veritas"


  • The title of the episode, "Veritas", is the Latin word for "Truth".
  • This is the first episode of Sanctuary directed by Amanda Tapping, who is also the producer and lead actress of the series.
  • Big Bertha, who will be a central character in the season finale arc Episode 2x12 - "Kali, Part I" and Episode 2x13 - "Kali, Part II" and Season Three opener Episode 3x01 - "Kali, Part III", is mentioned for the first time.
  • Will states that he is a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor, an M.D., who specialized in mental disorders during his internship and residency. This is often confused with a psychologist, who does not attend medical school but does study the human mind. If the writers got this right then expect Will to display an M.D.'s knowledge of medicine.
  • Reference: "The Amazing World of Kreskin" (1972) (TV Series) - Kate refers to the Triad telepaths as 'The Amazing Kreskins'.
  • Reference: "Back to the Future" (1985) - Kate calls Will 'McFly'.



SanctuarySeason 2
● 01 End of Nights, Part I ● 02 End of Nights, Part II ● 03 Eulogy ● 04 Hero ● 05 Pavor Nocturnus ● 06 Fragments ● 07 Veritas ● 08 Next Tuesday ● 09 Penance ● 10 Sleepers ● 11 Haunted ● 12 Kali, Part I ● 13 Kali, Part II
Story Arc   :   Big Bertha
VeritasKali, Part IKali, Part IIKali, Part IIIFirewall