Abbies aren’t exactly simple-minded creatures living outside the fence, it turns out. This episode, they show they’re capable of strategizing, of outsmarting humans, and of creepily staring at Megan (Hope Davis) until even she freaks out at the sight. And, as we see in the opening scene, they’re a quiet community in the woods when humans aren’t interfering: Before Pilcher‘s helicopter comes to shoot them dead, they’re docile — and even after Pilcher’s massacre, two Abbies help carry an injured comrade out of the woods. They’re cooperating to save one another!
The same can’t really be said of the humans in the present (er, future to us) day. Jason and Kerry have a romantic moment alone together until Jason mentions having a baby and Kerry ends up arguing with him about the safety of the town as a whole. In the Biergarten, Theo mocks the “revolting” beer, and then lashes out again at Rebecca, who tries to make him see why she married Xander while Theo was asleep. “I’m tired of secrets,” she says, before saying she’s ready to answer any question he has. “Did you try to have a baby?” Theo wonders.
Before she gets a chance to answer, the town’s citizens start running down Main Street. The Abbies have started their attack — and the First Generation doesn’t stand a chance.
How could they, when CJ and his harvesters can barely protect themselves outside? After the Abbies, now brandishing torches, set the humans’ crops on fire, they head straight for CJ’s camp, where one enters Theresa‘s tent and begins ripping her apart. (Oof.) Adam saves her — the first time he’s ever saved a Burke! — but the camp’s totaled. Even CJ’s accurate headshots fail to protect everyone.
Inside the fence, alarm bells sound and “all able-bodied men” are told to report to the fire station and help with the crisis. Theo and Rebecca pause their argument to get going — Theo heads to the hospital with Kerry, who tells them they lost contact with CJ and that civilians have to help fight the fires, while Rebecca walks in on Xander rounding up a group of men who decide to arm themselves with guns found inside the mountain’s armory. Xander doesn’t trust Jason with protecting them, and he’s right to feel disloyal. Outside the fence, Jason can barely hold off the Abbies, losing both the crops and half of his First Generation soldiers. Exhausted, he collapses, forced to accept that the humans he was meant to lead might die of starvation in the end.
Chaos reigns at the hospital as well. Covered in blood, Theo runs from patient to patient while fending off the needy Oscar and tending to Theresa, whose collapsed lung is the least of her worries. Jason, being as Jason-esque as ever, chides him for not taking care of the First Generation members, well, first. (Seriously, Jason?) Theo manages to ignore Pines’ Chief Douche, and Jason slinks away, despondent over his failure. On his hospital bed, Kerry tries to comfort him, but he falls into an existential spiral. “What good am I?” he wonders, before stewing over why the soil doesn’t work inside the fence. (Good question, Jason!) Kerry brushes all this aside and reminds him that Pilcher groomed him just for tough times like this. “Who the hell are you?” she asks. “Are you the man born to lead?”
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He says yes — but right now, Theo looks far more composed. Even when Xander stops him to talk, Theo gets in a few jabs at his wife’s other husband. Not until Theo goes to see Rebecca in his office does he finally seem frazzled. There, they finish their earlier, chilly conversation. She tells him she and Xander were like cellmates when they first got married, living under surveillance and strict rules. But feelings developed, she admits — and Theo’s left devastated.
But, hey, at least the woman you love is still alive, right, Theo? (Too soon?) In another part of the hospital, Adam visits Theresa, despite being badly wounded himself. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn Adam had ordered Ethan’s kidnapping because he wanted Theresa for himself. And in a twist of karmic retribution, Theresa chased Ethan until she got kidnapped as well, prompting Adam to follow her into the future. But in the past, he just pined — sorry — for future Pinesian, even watching her while she and Ethan celebrated Ben’s birthday. That memory is the last thing Theresa thinks about as she pulls her hand away from Adam, who had been trying to apologize. And then she flatlines.
NEXT: Are you there, Abbies? It’s me, Margaret