'The 100' recap: 'Coup de Grace'
The 100 has gotten quite biblical in this season (an eye for eye/blood for blood; Jaha leading his people to the Promised Land, etc.), but apparently they missed the part about honoring your parents. Because Cage and Clarke were very disrespectful in “Coup de Grace”: Clarke brought a Grounder army up against her mother, and Cage usurped his father and straight up imprisoned him. Kids these days. So rude.
The episode started, as many have ended this season, with a scene straight out of a horror flick. Bellamy wakes up in the quarantine intake area shackled (and nearly naked!). He’s being doused and sprayed and burned and injected and then force-fed a pill. All of it just seems like overkill, but the Undergrounders never do anything halfway. As much as I loved seeing shirtless Bellamy (I mean why else do we watch The CW?), I was not enjoying watching him like that.
All of the treatments knocked Bellamy out, and when he wakes up, he’s in those damn cages. His cage neighbor, a Lady Grounder, spits on him when she realizes he’s a Sky Person. “I take it no one has told you we’re not enemies anymore,” he quips. It’s good to see confinement hasn’t dampened his wit. Although she’s not buying it, Cage Grounder Lady does want to know what Bellamy will do if he can get out: “I’ll kill everyone in this mountain.”
Little does he know, the actions of war have already come to Mount Weather. Jasper and Maya have been searching for Monty—who has now been missing for two days—and Harper to no avail. With some A+ acting from Devon Bostick, Jasper ignores Maya’s advice to act like everything is okay and decides it’s “time to do something stupid.”
That something stupid? Calling President Wallace out on his lies and pulling a sword on him. Unfortunately Jasper is too full of emotion and is easily bested—which is pretty sad considering President Wallace is a fragile old man who doesn’t even have the strength to go above ground. But nonetheless, Wallace flips the sword on Jasper and then does a surprising thing: Instead of telling the guard to arrest Jasper, he just asks for the guard to take him to Dr. Tsing and his son, Cage.
Cage is busy keeping his eyes glued to TV screens. He sent snipers after Clarke and Lexa. (Aside: I know this is a very large and ever-growing cast and that costs money, but I’m getting a little tired of the unexplained disappearances each week. No Lincoln, Jaha, Miller, Murphy, Lexa, Sinclair, or WICK?) Anyway, Lexa is mysteriously missing, so the snipers we see have their scopes set only on Clarke. Luckily, Indra has her back. One of the Mountain Men is killed with an arrow from her warriors; and the other is nearly killed by Indra’s protégé, Octavia. But Clarke sees a greater use for him: information-gathering.
A group of Grounders head off to warn and protect the off-screen Lexa while Abby tries to save the Grounder who was shot by the sniper and the Mountain Man. One lives and one doesn’t; and Indra is there to witness it all. She doesn’t understand how a warrior could die and yet the Sky People keep the killer alive. “You people are so weak,” she spits at them. I know these are her people’s ways, but it’s beyond frustrating at this point how little foresight she has.
Raven—who’s back!—must be in the Ark equivalent of Mensa, because that girl is a genius. When Jackson—who’s briefly back!—says he needs to get into the suit in order to save the Mountain Man, Raven says she can build a scrubber in the airlock. Okay, sure.
Abby goes from playing doctor to chancellor to mother in rapid succession. She tries to get Clarke to open up about being targeted; she tells her it’s okay to be upset. Clarke’s response? “Just another day on the ground.”
Maya, for her part, is just trying to go about her day under the ground when she stumbles upon a beautiful boy, hanging by his feet and being drained of his precious blood. She knows those exquisite facial features must have come from the sky, so she grabs a nearby needle, convienently labeled with a giant EPINEPHRINE, and wakes him up. They quickly connect the dots that they share a mutual friend in Jasper, so she starts to help him down.
Right then Lovejoy, a patrol guard, enters the room and asks what she’s doing. She’s able to pretend that she was just checking what was so special about the guy strung up next to her; and since she removed Bellamy’s monitors helps, she is able to get away with saying that she found him dead. Lovejoy begins to bring the body down, but as we know, Bellamy isn’t dead—and he fights back.
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What ensues was shocking and uncomfortable to watch, and I don’t think I breathed the entire time. Cage Grounder Lady helps Bellamy, and he has to kill the man in order to get him to stop. He then tries to thank Maya and ask her if she’s okay, but she’s clearly traumatized by witnessing that graphic death. (I know how she feels.) But to her credit, she recovers quickly and helps Bellamy throw Lovejoy down the body chute. Then they come up with a game plan: first the dorms, then the radio.
Elsewhere underground, President Wallace is walking with Jasper to find Dr. Tsing. They walk in on her at just the right moment, as she’s about to cut Harper open for the umpteenth time. Wallace orders her to stop, demands Monty be let out (which is followed by the greatest bro hug from him and Jasper), and places Dr. Tsing under arrest. Despite that, she says he can’t stop her: “The ground is our birthright. You can’t keep us from that.” I mean I guess this is the age-old question with war, but what gives them a claim to the land more than anyone else?
Wallace tells Jasper and Monty to go grab the other kids—they all are free to go. And Clarke is just about to do the same thing with her prisoner. After much discussion about torturing the Mountain Man, Abby continues to say no. All they’ve learned from questioning him is his name: Emerson. Clarke supports her mother in this decision until Emerson’s blood tests come back. His system has genetic markers for Sky People’s blood, which signals to Clarke that The 47 are already being drained.
In an extremely uncharacteristic scene, Clarke goes to Raven and says it’s too late. She’s giving up. But Raven pulls the “You killed my first love and I still didn’t give up” card, so Clarke sucks it up. She heads straight to the prisoner and demands the Sky Guard stay out of her way: “Don’t.” She only needs one word. Leading her Grounder army, Clarke begins to march toward the Camp Jaha exit when her mother stands in her way. Abby tries to pull rank as mom and chancellor, but Clarke won’t hear it. “You may be chancellor, but I’m in charge.” (My jaw dropped here.)
Abby tries to persuade Indra to stand down, but she also says no. The acting chancellor tries one last plea: People could get hurt. And like a (disrespectful) BAMF, Clarke says, “Not if you get out of my way.” (My jaw dropped even lower than I thought possible.)
Defying your parents is all the rage in 2149. Once President Wallace has taken care of Dr. Tsing (or so he thinks), he heads to the Control Room to find Cage. The father is ashamed of his son: “You’re a stain on our legacy,” he says. But Cage counters with the fact that they’ve had a blood-red legacy for far too long. And he’s taking control. The security guards place President Wallace under arrest and submit to the new President Wallace.
Cage is concerned with what’s going on at Camp Jaha, but little does he know that he has a threat right in his camp. Maya is leading Bellamy through Mount Weather while explaining it to him: There are only 382 people inside the mountain. On the mini-tour, Bellamy sees that some of those 382 are just children. He sees kids entering a pre-school classroom, and one of them stops and talks to Bellamy, who looks like a guard. The boy says his father is training to be a ground unit; Bellamy smiles… until he sees the kid’s name on his backpack: Lovejoy. It’s a dark and heart-wrenching addition to a show that’s already dark and heart-wrenching.
Bellamy realizes this isn’t a faceless war—the casualties could be great and many. He tells as much to Clarke when he finally reaches her on the radio. She tells him that he’s basically their only hope, their “key to everything”… and the window to attack is drawing to a close as Jasper, Monty, and the whole 47 are now on lockdown thanks to the young Wallace.
Realizing she has to keep Cage’s eyes on the outside, Clarke sends Emerson back to Mount Weather with a message: “Let our people go, and we’ll let you live.” Then she reduces the guard’s air supply to six hours for his eight-hour walk back. Remember the girl who used to sing songs to people as she mercy killed them? Well, she has turned into a ruthless, cold-hearted commander. Hopefully Indra is proud—because her mother sure isn’t.
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