Tonight’s episode was supposed to be the thrilling conclusion to the “Sanctuary” two-parter, but as it turned out, the story line ran out of gas in its second hour. We last left our not-always intrepid survivors handing their children over to a mysterious older man, who, based on the comments from last week, didn’t fool any of you. Unfortunately, the 2nd Mass was a little slower to catch onto Terry Clayton’s schemes, and as we all found out, their little mistake cost them a soldier. (Sorry, Mike.)
The hour kicks off with a trick the writers borrowed from Lost. Jimmy looks like he’s running from the cabin, but just like Jack and his friendly game of catch with Tom Friendly, he is actually playing soccer with the 2nd Mass kids against the sanctuary brats. During the match, one of the sanctuary residents, Tessa, gives Hal some goo-goo eyes, but Lourdes intervenes, leaving us to question just how many potential love interests Hal can amass. (Does anyone remember the name of Hal’s captive girlfriend? Something with a K. Kim? Kathy? Yeah, I don’t think Hal remembers either.) Tessa’s dad reminds her why the 2nd Mass is at the cabin and tells her to not “like him too much,” which, when coming from a father, usually means something entirely different.
Elsewhere on the Neverland Ranch, Pope still sits (apparently) captive complaining about the smell of boiled asparagus, and anyone who has ever eaten boiled asparagus is forced to agree. Clayton comes to visit with Tessa’s dad to give Pope one last chance to change sides. We learn that Clayton’s men captured Pope after he broke into the food shed and stabbed Tessa’s uncle in the process, another cool thing Falling Skies chose to talk about instead of show. A cool thing we do get to see is Pope escaping from his ties with some broken glass and putting the hurt on Tessa’s dad.
At the school, Tom is beginning to get worried. None of the things Clayton told them, including the 3rd Mass joining up with them, have come to pass. Weaver tells Tom he’s a little more hesitant to suspect Clayton of any wrongdoing, but agrees to let him go out with Dai to check out the ranch.
One of the benefits of staying at the sanctuary is the grub. I mean, you have to ignore the whole getting traded to the skitters for safety thing, but other than that, you eat pretty well there. At dinner, everyone refuses to acknowledge the two 800-pound gorillas at the table. Both Clayton and Rick have had a hard time disguising they are an evil douche and an evil alien, respectively. Thankfully, the crew catches on to Clayton not long after dinner. But before then, Hal takes a little more time to forget about Karen (that’s what her name was!) and talks to Tessa. Again Lourdes breaks up the party, but this time it is to share something she discovered with Hal and Mike. She found Eli’s backpack, the one he was wearing when he took off with Mom Bonnie and Pop Clyde. Mike, like Weaver, is hesitant to accuse Clayton of being as creepy as he actually is, but Hal agrees with Lourdes, noting that the sentries only guard the house as if they are there to stop runaways. Still unconvinced, Mike goes snooping around for some evidence, and luckily Eli wrote his name on everything he owned because Mike finds his jacket. Clayton’s got some splainin’ to do! When creeper shows up seconds later aiming a gun at Mike, he admits to trading kiddies for immunity and looks to his old friend to keep things quiet, hoping he’ll understand.
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