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TV Show
Teen Drama
S1 E9
January 02, 2018 at 08:00 AM EST

Poor, poor Molly. Ten years before the events of the series, the Runaways’ youngest member lost her parents in a fire — a fire, it turns out, she was in but survived, thanks to some glowing rocks she was playing with at that very moment. That night, her parents had been reporting a strange discovery to their closest friends, the Yorkes: The “renewable energy source” at the bottom of the tunnel they’re digging for Jonah yields glowing rocks that may have nothing to do with renewable energy.

But just as they plan on taking their findings out of their lab, the door closes, and someone’s left a bomb inside. The lab explodes, and it’s Leslie who walks away, telling Tina she “handled it.” Inside, Molly sits sheltered under a table, her pupils glowing for the first time.

In present day, the kids have gone all the way back to square one, thanks to Chase smashing up Alex’s laptop. (Ugh, Chase!) Nico now needs Amy’s phone to yield answers, but just as she’s about to pick it up, Robert interrupts, telling her Tina’s given him a second chance. …Yay?

Karolina, frustrated with what happened with Chase (ugh, Chase) tells Frank everything. In response, Frank explains that it’s time she and the kids let the adults handle everything. Karolina’s not so sure, but for the time being, he’s the only adult she can talk to.

Over at the Steins’, Janet has been doing damage control, telling the press that Victor will be out of the public eye for a while because he has to recover from his tumor. And when Chase (ugh, Chase) asks about whether Victor will be okay, Janet lies, before telling him not to rock the boat. At the very least, he agrees to be careful, before heading to school and finding himself in a vortex of people telling him they’re sorry about his dad’s condition.

From the other side of the school, Alex, Gert, and Karolina glare at how Chase is being so well-received after what he did to their evidence. It gets worse when Chase walks over to join them, and Nico arrives as well, as none of them want to talk to Chase, and Nico and Alex are still on shaky terms. Gert, though, tells them they can’t disband now; they don’t even have a team name! (“Runaways,” in honor of the kids they’re trying to avenge, is deemed “too dark.”) And more importantly, they can still be together, Gert insists. Besides, Molly’s back.

Yup, Molly’s managed to sneak away from Graciela and head back to Atlas Academy by herself, asking for help with the tape she retrieved. Alex thankfully recognizes that they can watch it using a VCR, and takes the team to an old one in the AV Club’s headquarters. There, they watch as Molly’s parents deliver a message to their daughter: It’s one they filmed in case of their death, telling her about the Pride’s mission to dig up something buried beneath the city, and that they’re not so sure if it’s something they should be pulling out of the ground. In fact, if they disturb it, it’ll cause earthquakes. Molly’s parents apologize for what they’re putting her through, and as Molly watches, she cries.

At that, the team comes up with a plan. They’ll use the dance that night as a cover, getting dolled up and seemingly being at school before sneaking away to see exactly what their parents have been up to at the construction site.

But maybe it’s not their parents they should be worrying about. The Pride, after all, have been running around like chickens with their heads cut off ever since Jonah woke up: Even Tina’s shaken after everything that’s happened, thinking back to how threatened she felt when Jonah once stopped by unexpectedly to advise her with parenting tips. The rest of the members look frightened when Jonah summons them to the construction site, telling them they’re at the edge of history. A large tower has been placed over the middle of it, and as Jonah activates the tower, Leslie looks stunned.

Outside, Darius (remember him?) waits for one of his plants, a security guard, to tell him what’s really going on at the construction site, but as it turns out, Jonah has fired all of the guards. What exactly is going on? (Next: Thanks for nothing, Frank…)

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