What comes down must... go back up again?
Four seasons ago, 100 delinquents were sent to the ground to see if it was habitable and if they could live there. It was, and they did, but now the earth has become uninhabitable yet again, and a handful of these kids are heading back to space to see if it’s still habitable there. It’s poetic and full circle in a way that this show loves. It was unexpected, but good because five years of The Real World: Becca’s Bunker couldn’t be that interesting. Let’s get to tonight’s episode, “The Chosen.”
Since Octavia’s proclamation that everyone will share the bunker, Grounders are taking over and kicking Skaikru out. They’re all locked out from the main floors and left in the entryway to decide which 100 will stay. Err, make that 80. Abby says they’re going to let all children under 16 in (thank god because that kid Ethan is adorable) and “essential personnel,” a.k.a. people we know, so that leaves 80 spots.
Clarke and Bellamy have spots, but they want to go get Raven before the door closes in 23 hours. Abby helps them suit up and tells them they’ll have just enough time to make the 10-hour drive and get back. Emori and Murphy decide to join them — Abby says she’ll make sure Murphy’s name is in the lottery, but she can’t guarantee Emori’s.
When the four teens are safe above ground, Murphy tells Bellamy they really just want to get to the bunker on the island. He knows it won’t keep them alive, but it’s the best chance they have. And who should overhear that but the show’s very own cockroach Echo.
Underground, Kane is telling his people about the lottery. People aren’t pleased and take it out on Niylah, whom they begin attacking. Grounder Queen Octavia comes in and shuts it down. She says Niylah is with her and they have one spot less to fill. Jaha begs her to allow her people into the bunker. “I’m one of you?” she spits at him. “You made me hide under the floor. You floated my mother. I’m not hiding now.” How the room didn’t burst out into applause for her is beyond me.
Kane begins the process — every Arkadian writes his or her name on a piece of paper and slips it into the large bowl. When Miller’s dad comes in, he puts his son’s name on the paper instead of his own. He wants to give Nate the best chance to survive. That sound you might hear is my sobbing. Miller’s Dad, I never could remember your first name, but I’m going to miss you.
After Miller’s dad (his name is David, but that just sounds weird) leaves the room, Abby tells Kane that he needs to draw 81 names because she’s not going to stay in the bunker. She says her life isn’t worth more than anyone else’s, because that brain lesion has apparently made her forget she’s the only doctor alive.
Before the names are read, Jaha cooks up a scheme with Ethan’s dad, Jeff. Angry his people are dying with Grounders in the bunker, Jaha has a plan to open the doors and take it over. So when Kane starts reading names, he sees Jaha nod to Jeff and then disappear. Kane asks Jackson to take over reading names and goes to investigate. (Recap continued on page 2.)