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S1 E9
January 02, 2018 at 08:00 AM EST

Frank, armed with the knowledge of the kids trying to save the day, takes said knowledge and…goes to Jonah with it. But what does he say?

We’ll find out soon enough. Right after the Yorkes discover that Molly has left Graciela’s, and that Graciela doesn’t trust them, Jonah calls the Pride together for a meeting. Meanwhile, Nico shows Alex what Amy received on her phone before she died. She surmises that someone, perhaps one of the parents, killed her sister — but before they can talk further, Robert barges in, hoping to take a photo of the two of them before the dance.

Eventually, the “Lyft armada,” as Gert puts it, arrives at the dance. (Gert’s brought Old Lace along, just in case.) They all head inside to mingle and put up a front, and Gert makes a beeline for Chase, who greets her warmly. The two of them put all of their feelings on the table: Gert is candid about how invisible she feels around him, while he tells her that he’s always noticed her. (It’s sweet, but…it doesn’t totally track, considering how he began this season by flaking on her. Oh, well! Teens will be teens.) Soon enough, they’re slow-dancing in a room away from the main dance floor, things get hot and heavy, and then we…cut to Karolina and Nico heading inside, looking for them, and then also having a heart-to-heart. Hey, why not? If they fail to stop whatever’s happening at the construction site, the world ends, and no one will get to kiss anyone at all. At least, that’s Karolina’s point of view, as she plants a kiss on Nico. Just then, Chase and Gert stumble back out into the hallway, so both couples spot each other, decide to say nothing, and leave.

The Pride meeting is just as eventful, in a more sinister way. Jonah toys with the parents, asking them if they know where their children are. He then reveals that he’s been disappointed at how all of them have tried to double-cross him — Leslie called Frank first about Victor, Dale stole some of the serum — so he’s happy that he had a source (ugh, Frank) who told him exactly what he needed to know. At that, the parents all scramble home to confirm their kids have conspired against them: Tina finds the Staff gone, the Yorkes discover Old Lace has left her cage, and Geoffrey realizes Alex took a key to the construction site.

So off they head to the same destination as their children — and as Darius, it seems. In a scene that feels like it belongs in an entirely different show, Geoffrey’s mortal enemy explains that he’s intent on finding out what Geoffrey knows, and so he parks himself outside the premises, waiting to see what happens.

And what happens is this: The kids arrive and discover that instead of the Wilders running the joint, it’s now controlled by the Church of Gibborim, as ordered by Jonah. Karolina tells the guard that they’re there for a school project, and the guard calls Frank to confirm her story. Frank does — but of course, he’s no longer on his daughter’s side. Instead, he’s literally sitting right next to Jonah, who praises Frank for his leadership. Wait, so Frank’s suddenly up for throwing his own daughter (even though she’s not) under the bus? Why did he become so heartless? Just so he can have a job?!

Anyway, Darius follows the kids inside, and when they arrive at the dig, they split up into teams. Chase and Gert work on shutting down the drill, but instead, they get sidetracked on shutting, well, themselves down. It’s only been an hour since they had sex at the dance, and now their insecurities have made them question whether it was a one-time thing. Oof. Again, teens will be teens! It’s just a little exhausting.

On the other side of the site, Molly musters all of her strength and pushes a truck down into the hole, trying to make it stop whatever’s going on underneath. Nico then raises her Staff and commands it to fill the hole, but just as the sand starts rising around the team, the Staff leaves her grip. Tina’s called it back — and she’s arrived with all of the rest of their parents. As the episode ends, they stand in formation, ready to battle each other. Molly’s eyes glow, and so do Karolina’s — moves that shock their parents. Leslie, after all, didn’t know this was possible, but she admits that it’s what she was afraid of.

The final showdown will take place in the final episode. But this penultimate one felt all over the place, moving the players to where they needed to be so quickly and so haphazardly, it felt like the show was jumping through as many hoops as possible to make sure the season would reach an ending. Characters turned on each other for no reason other than because they could, and characters got together for no reason other than because they should. Well, at least Old Lace is there, and looking her best and battle-readiest. Here’s hoping the melee delivers.

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