After a break last week, we are back in action with the Mutant Underground — which is kind of funny, since this episode picks up immediately where the last one left off. It’s even called “afterMath.” The mutants managed to rescue a bunch of asylum patients and bring them to a mutant-friendly clinic, but of course, all Caitlin can think about is the fact that they didn’t bring back Andy. She whines and whines about it until John finally has to put his foot down and remind her that they did the best they could.
Thankfully, Lauren’s alive. She wakes up from her head injury but needs some time to rest. So Caitlin sends her off with Reed while she and John help take care of the patients at the clinic. Health care is hard enough when you don’t have to worry about mutant biology, but one of the patients literally has acidic skin. Neither Caitlin nor the doctor can get close enough to him to inject a needle of badly-needed medicine, but John has had enough of losing. He puts the needle in himself, and even though it burns him (not as bad as it would have hurt the others), it obviously feels good for him to help accomplish something. There’s an added benefit: Once the dude’s system is stabilized, he gives them the name of the patient the Hellfire Club took: Rebecca.
Soon enough, we get to meet Rebecca for ourselves. So far, she’s not meeting the Inner Circle’s expectations. She just lays on her bed, staring at the wall, refusing to say a single word to anyone. When the Cuckoos try looking into her mind, they see only torture and pain. They can’t figure out what’s wrong with her, but they know they need her for the next stage of Reeva’s plan. That’s when Andy comes up with a crazy idea: Why don’t we just treat her like a person instead of a thing? Sure enough, when he tries talking to her, he gets her to open up a little. Since she’s been locked up for over a year, he offers to take her outside. She really loves that idea.
Caitlin might be proud of her boy if she could see him now, but she also has other concerns: Namely, that the Purifiers are raiding the clinic under Jace’s leadership. These clear fascist analogs were ready to go full Charlottesville against this new, Inner Circle-inspired mutant uprising (they even wanted to say the same phrase as America’s neo-Nazi marchers: “They will not replace us”) until Jace suggested a different idea: Help round up the escaped mutant patients, and thereby prove that the Purifiers are here to help.
NEXT: Who are we rooting for, again?