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Caitlin tries to prove to Erg that humans aren't all bad, while Polaris races to stop a mutant terrorist attack

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January 23, 2019 at 11:29 AM EST

All through season 2 so far, The Gifted has been trying to demonstrate that the dividing lines between humans and mutants is not nearly as hard and fast as some characters think. This episode definitely does the best job of that, thanks to a focus on the Morlock leader Erg.

Our opening flashback for this week elaborates on the betrayal Erg mentioned to the mutants in the last episode. Back in the early days of the Mutant Underground, he and Evangeline were betrayed by a human ally, resulting in a mutant massacre that inspired Erg to split off and form the mutant-only community of Morlocks. One thing Erg didn’t mention to John and the others, though, is that this human betrayer was Erg’s lover. As we see here, she was caught by Sentinel Services and forced to act as an informant, which she did thinking that sacrificing some mutants to the authorities would allow her and Erg to live in peace. The only problem is this proposal revolts Erg; we see him retreat into the tunnels, refusing to ever have anything to do with humans.

In the present day, we see how hard that vow is to keep. Erg has finally convinced Blink to join the Morlocks after seeking to recruit her all season; her colorful eyes and hair are exactly the kind of visible mutant characteristics that he prizes in Morlocks. However, Blink has spent so much time with human friends and allies that it was only a matter of time until her presence disturbed the Morlocks’ “No Humans Allowed” clubhouse rules. Sure enough, on Blink’s very first supply raid, the mutant Glow gets shot by police. Remember her? She was one of the mutants freed from the mental institute; thanks to her light-based powers, she and Marcos have gotten along pretty well, and almost kissed one time until Marcos remembered just how in love he is with Polaris. Anyway, she’s been shot now, and a desperate Blink turns to the only person she knows who can help: Caitlin Strucker.

Once she’s been Blinked into the Morlock tunnels, Caitlin soon realizes that she needs the same kind of platelet medicine she used to help Marcos’ injury way back at the beginning of the show. In other words, she needs to return to the clinic. Erg, already furious at Caitlin’s presence in the Morlock tunnels, doesn’t want her to come on the raid, thinking she’ll just drag him and Blink down. But Caitlin has been fighting alongside mutants long enough to handle herself, and besides, she’s the only one with the right pharmacist knowledge. So the three of them head out.

While Caitlin is gone, Reed and Lauren discuss the Struckers’ music box. Reed tells his daughter that he too was drawn to it in his youth, and that she should be careful with it. But Lauren, tempted by Andy’s Frost-powered calls to her and alienated by Benedict Ryan’s anti-mutant broadcasts, decides to run away from home. It’s a classic “Parents Just Don’t Understand” situation. From what Lauren can tell, her parents just don’t understand what it’s like to have a genetic connection with your brother that can give you both the power to flatten cities.

NEXT: Things blow up

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