Back to the present, where Cameron has finished stripping the T-888 down to its endoskeleton, and is dusting it with thermite. Charley strolls in, because Sarah thinks he might find more gauze out there. Yeah, people always store their gauze in the shed and not the BATHROOM. Naturally, the sight of the Terminator stops him cold. Then, for some reason, he asks if it's really necessary to destroy it, since it's dead or "powered off" or whatever. Cameron affectlessly explains that every component has to be destroyed beyond repair lest it influence technological evolution, thus hastening Judgment Day. Sounds reasonable, although Cameron might consider at least CLOSING THE SHED DOOR while she has the skeleton laid out, so that anyone CAN'T JUST WANDER IN, like Charley here. "You know, little girl, you freak me the hell out," he says. He adds that on the outside she's just "as pretty as a picture" and he actually uses his hands to describe an hourglass shape in the air, like thanks, Bob Hope. "But on the inside, you're just a ..." He trails off. "Hyper-alloy combat chassis," supplies Cameron. Charley asks if that's a complicated way of saying "robot." Well, it beats just trailing off, Charley. Cameron explains the difference between robot and cyborg, which goes right over Charley's head, so he calls her "scary robot," since he can't believe she's just carving this guy up like he's chum. "He's not a guy, he's a scary robot," says Cameron. Yeah, really. I think it's fine that Charley's rattled by Cameron (although I think it's rude to remind everybody that she's not just eye candy), but should he not be even more rattled by the bad Terminator lying there? Guess not, as his comeback is if the T-888 is a scary robot, then Cameron is a very scary robot. She's also on your side, Charley. Or at least on the side of people who care about you.
Cameron actually finally seems offended, and tells Charley he should go, as it's not safe for him to be around while she does this. She lights a flare and holds it above the T-888. Charley doesn't move. Cameron drops the flare in, and the T-888 lights up. Charley stares at Cameron a few more moments, and then walks away before the thermite melts his face. And since the point of the thermite is that it burns hot enough to destroy Terminators, shouldn't Cameron stand a little farther away from the fire?