Keeping track of truths and lies, good guys and bad guys was as difficult as ever this week, but most people managed to survive it. Most people.
Let’s start by seeing which lies crumbled in the past on the Farm:
The lesson of the week involves deciding whether or not to approve a drone strike. Of course, it was introduced with Owen trying to be vague and deep about it: “It’s not always our actions but their aftermath that haunts them. Today we’re going to find out who among us is strong enough to face themselves.” First, the gang was told the issue existed in the past and they were weighing in on something that had already happened. Then he told them it was for real. And then, when they voted NOT to call the strike, he called it anyway. Dirty.
His justification for that mood? Also kinda dirty. “Pain doesn’t know right and wrong. It lives with you regardless,” Owen says. “I want you all to know the target that was killed was guilty. There’s no doubt. It’s easy to live with a righteous kill.” Yeah, well, something tells me this is going to turn out not to have been so righteous and Owen’s not going to have such an easy time living with it… in prison (more on that later).
That story Harry told Sebastian about his boyfriend committing suicide? Well, Mr. MI6 told Ryan that such a tale was B.S…. and unbeknownst to Harry, Sebastian overheard it. Still, Harry gave big speeches about going with his gut this week, and his gut must have told him that something was up with Sebastian, because Harry closed the episode by telling him that he lied to Ryan to protect a personal life that was none of his business. Personally, I’m going to go with door No. 2 here — the story is complete and utter hooey.
Still, we’ll give Harry a little love for spotting the love between Alex and Ryan, and offering to cover for Ryan so he could comfort Alex on the anniversary of Simon’s death. Maybe he’s a romantic at heart, despite all signs to the contrary. But probably not.
Shelby and León are a hot and heavy thing… and that might just lead to Shelby getting to go undercover and get some dirt on him. But even before Nimah suggests such a move to Miranda, we discover why Caleb has been texting Shelby so much: because that’s how she put León’s number in her phone. Seriously girl? You couldn’t think of any name other than that of your twisted ex?!
It may have felt like a bit of an afterthought, but this week’s episode was the one-year anniversary of Simon’s death. That wasn’t a lie. In his honor, we got a rather lovely scene of Nimah, Alex, Ryan, and Shelby visiting his gravestone and reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish. I felt a bit of a lump in my throat myself, because I genuinely miss Simon — none of these new characters have stacked up (at least not yet).
This episode also featured more father-daughter fighting between Owen and Lydia, but zzzz… Let’s move on.
NEXT: That death and whatever else happened in the present