A good rule to follow when dealing with Wayward Pines, the town, is to accept that life will definitely suck no matter what you do. A good rule to follow when dealing with Wayward Pines, the show, is to not overthink every twist. So, when we learned this week that the good citizens of Wayward Pines have to harvest the crops growing outside the fence — the soil inside has become too toxic for crops to grow — it’s best to not wonder how exactly the soil inside went bad. Plus, does it even make sense for everyone to trust that plants growing outside will be safer to eat? Probably not. But it doesn’t matter.
After all, turning a blind eye and aggressively forging ahead with survival is what Pilcher would do. As he explains in a taped fireside chat that Head Douche Jason dutifully plays for his citizens, the “savior” of humanity says that Wayward Pines is a place only fit for “men and women who know how to work” — so, uh, did Rihanna make it? — and that rule-breakers will face consequences. Consequences like… getting attacked by Abbies the first day you’re there!
Yup: Theo, Ben, and Xander are still in the van just outside the fence, and Jason has no qualms with showing the Wayward Pinesians their impending deaths. He’s okay with it until he realizes
the protagonist of the show can’t die just yet the Abbies might be gaining on the fence. He orders the feed cut (to make people panic, natch!) and heads to the fence with soldiers, who do an adequate job of fending off the World War Z-like pile of electrocuted Abbies that have allowed some to clamber over the top of the fence — until one of them wounds Kerry.
Unfortunately, the doctor is out, so Jason has the soldiers rescue Theo and bring him to the hospital, where he can bitch to Theo in person. Theo uses Kerry’s critical condition as leverage, forcing Jason to summon Rebecca and to tell him the truth about Wayward Pines. It goes badly: Theo calls Jason an “underage cretin” (nice!), Jason tells the truth (good try!), Theo bodyslams Jason into the wall (woohoo!), and Rebecca finally steps in to convince Theo to save Kerry (boo!).
He does, and when she wakes up, she talks Jason down from punishing Theo because, well, Wayward Pines could really use a doctor. And on the other side of town, Rebecca does the same for Theo, trying to persuade him that a life in town is possible. She reveals she’s been there for three years and that everything Jason said was true. Theo’s gobsmacked, but it’s not like he can go to the police. He tried that on Day One.
Meanwhile, we meet CJ! CJ’s a soft-spoken man with a penchant for talking about harvesting — for now, anyway. As the bearer of bad news for the episode, he tells Jason all about how they’ll have to harvest outside the fence, but bristles when Mario, a Jason minion, proposes using flamethrowers to protect the harvesters. (I’m with him: Flames and flora don’t exactly mix.) Jason, however, pushes forward because he’s the worst and probably a pyro.
The next day, Theo trudges through the hospital to his new office, stands in front of his many diplomas, and then disposes of the photo of Pilcher. (I think I’m finally liking Theo.) Arlene enters all, uhh, “tuned up” and ready to be his new receptionist. Theo sees his first patient — a boy who stopped by the Yedlin house earlier — and explains that he’s in need of vitamins, but as his students tell him, the town doesn’t exactly have enough for everyone. Jason arrives to make matters worse, telling Theo fully trained doctors will be available after they learn from him first. Theo, annoyed, points out that Wayward Pines doesn’t just need doctors; it needs an overhaul of its government, too. Once again, Jason pouts to Kerry, who rationally reminds him they need Theo on their side.
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Not that what they’ve done to Ben will be any help in that. Theresa, having noticed how Theo’s walking and talking but her son hasn’t returned from Abbie territory, finds Rebecca at work — Rebecca’s now a beautician running “Wayward Beauty,” which doesn’t sound enticing — and insists on seeing Theo. How much does she even expect the doc to know?
NEXT: That was Ben, this is now