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Extant' recap: Arms and the Humanich

Molly spends quality time with JD’s baby momma, Lucy crosses the line, and we actually root for Julie.

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TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Halle Berry, Brad Beyer, Goran Visnjic
Sci-fi, Drama, Thriller

Thank you, Extant, for not making the entire episode the war scene. This week’s episode went straight to the action, showing the Humanich soldiers attacking the hybrids at their flower-power camp. They were slaughtered, and Molly found herself in possibly her worst situation since season 1 when she returned from space pregnant with an alien-hybrid. Julie also surprised me this episode, and—dare I say it—I actually liked her. Maybe like isn’t the right word—I just wasn’t thinking, “Julie you suck!” the whole time. We had numerous deaths this episode, and many characters’ story lines shifted dramatically. Let’s break it down.

The attack on the hybrids’ camp panned out as expected—Aris convinced the hybrids to stay and fight their attackers, with Molly realizing too late that the soldiers were Humanichs, not humans, thus making them immune to the hybrids’ eye-mojo. The hybrids were slaughtered, and Lucy attacked Molly. Trying to protect Tara—the adorable little girl hybrid—Molly jumped in front of the bullet Lucy shot, injuring her shoulder. Before Lucy could finish the job, JD came in and blasted the side of her Humanich body. Of course JD would come back for her after seeing the helicopters fly in! Tara runs away, so JD takes Molly to get bandaged up.

Molly and JD meet up with Adhu, who tells them the Humanichs have gone, but several hybrids are dead. Confused as to why the Humanich army left so abruptly, Adhu begins to appear ill. Molly realizes that the Humanich army came in to release the virus, and they were successful. Molly doesn’t have any immediate symptoms, but Adhu is quickly fading, so she has JD take them to his house to map out a game plan to save her son’s life.

A few episodes ago, I thought Adhu was some weird alien-pervert, and in this episode I found myself wanting Molly to save his life. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, season 2 is light-years from season 1. It’s like it’s a different show, and I’m totally fine with it. Also, I’m still attributing this season 2 shift-for-the-better to Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

When the gang arrives at JD’s place, his ex-wife Dorothy (Dot) shows up. She’s understandably pissed about Kelsey being taken by the government and JD being called a terrorist all over the news. JD tells her that he’s protecting the two injured people that went into his house (Molly and Adhu), and Dot storms in to tell them she’s turning them in to get her daughter back. A natural reaction, Adhu does his eye-mojo to her, scaring her to death. She picks up a gun, not understanding who or what Adhu is, and “Momma Bear” Molly uses her own mojo to get her to put the gun down.

A glass of bourbon and a chat with JD later, Dot now knows that Adhu is an alien-hybrid. JD tells her that he can’t turn them in, knowing that they will be killed, so he is going to turn himself in to the GSC in exchange for Kelsey’s release. Molly shares she is leaving as well to find the scientist who helped her produce the virus, hopefully obtaining a cure for Adhu. They leave Dot to take care of Adhu, and while hesitant at first, she agrees to stay and keep him stable.

Dot almost calls 911, but after speaking with Adhu she decides against it. She learns he can read minds, and he shares how JD cares deeply for her and their daughter, but he didn’t need to read JD’s mind to know that. He calls JD a hero for trying to save the last of his hybrid-race and tells her he understands if she calls the police. Realizing that calling 911 to turn in a dying man while his mom is out trying to find a cure to save him is probably a crappy thing to do, Dot decides to sit with him during the last hours of his life.

Meanwhile, Lucy was brought into the Humanich’s lab for repairs. Can I just say I laughed out loud when she was wheeled into the lab like she was a human going in to the ER? Ethan blew up in season 1, and his new body is rocking and rolling just fine. Considering how much money has been invested in Lucy, though, it explains the urgency to get her repaired. She tells Ethan that Molly hurt her, continuing to manipulate him into becoming her right-hand minion.

Proving further that she’s off the rails, Lucy blackmails Charlie while he works on her “injuries.” He tells her that a Humanich’s expiration date cannot be removed without shutting them down completely. She responds saying that unless he finds out a way to do so, she’ll tell Julie about their makeout session and how he never installed her limiters. She even pulls up the video on the screen in the lab, letting him know she isn’t messing around.  

NEXT: Charlie takes Lucy’s threats straight to—Julie?