Ed Araquel/Fox
July 27, 2016 at 09:51 PM EDT

How do you save humanity when humanity is in the way? How much can humans do when Abbies rule the world? How much does fighting to survive matter?

It matters enough — to Theo, at least. He devises a self-sacrificing plan, but after an episode of tying up loose ends and literally tucking them away — into cryostasis pods, but still — the one who carries his plan out turns out to be Kerry instead. After all, Kerry was always the one with a special destiny, not “just another patient” Jason. The episode begins with the once-hailed leader being taken to the hospital, where he flatlines and Theo fails to save his life. Kerry watches as he dies — and Theo rushes to tell the rest of town, without even taking his blood-soaked scrubs off beforehand. He gives them a speech, saying they need to honor Jason’s legacy, by following through with the evacuation plan.

Oscar notices Theo may have made a deliberate mistake, but Theo brushes him away just as Arlene comes to tell him all about how her past jobs (toll booth operator, hockey mascot, adult bookstore manager) fail to compare to working for him. He shrugs her off, too — but when he finally makes his way to Jason’s body, Oscar finds him again, this time to tell him that Jason had one of the rarest blood types in town, and the only other person to share it who’s awake is, well, Kerry. “That’s weird, right?” Oh, Oscar, you don’t know the half of it.

Meanwhile, CJ reports that the pods are almost ready, and so is he, to carry out the plan Jason had set forth: They’ll take “intact” families first (those with both parents around), and then move on to children and essential adults. Theo wonders if they should tell everyone first. “They will know,” CJ responds, “but only after the rest of us are safe.” Plus, it’s too late to choose at random; they might as well go through with this awful plan.

And so, extraction teams begin rolling through town and the First Generation promises they’ll send shuttles back around for the next group. As boarding continues, a father is told to stay where he is, while Lucy and Frank, who was told to stay in the Academy, wind up separated. People begin to freak out — Rebecca protests when she’s told she has to go alone without Xander, who’s a part of group 2.

Beginning the plan isn’t the only way Theo “honors” Jason’s legacy. Finding Kerry alone, he explains that she’ll have a spot in the Mountain before casually mentioning that her file had been changed by Pilcher and that, wow, isn’t it interesting that Jason was placed in a pod days after being born, and that days after that birth, she arrived in a pod as well? And isn’t it curious  that Jason had a rare blood type, and so did she? Yeah… and as Kerry realizes what he’s implying, she vomits into a trash can.

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In other words, Theo’s not very good at his bedside manner. He’s just not very good, period, with controlling his emotions. Back at his office, he smashes Pilcher’s photo and arms himself with a gun before heading to the research lab, where he and CJ get another chance to talk what’s right and wrong. Theo wonders if Wayward Pines ever really worked as an idea and as a town. “Everyone here was going to live their lives, die horribly or peacefully, but naturally,” he says. The town took away that life, and we see the result of that as Main Street gets shattered to pieces. Xander wanders in with his gun, but there’s nothing he can do to stop the violence: The ones left behind are breaking windows, looting stores, and even toppling the statue of Pilcher in the square. And as Abbies continue to gather by the fence (Margaret sent scouts to bring more back), Theo makes a final call.

Picking up a voice recorder, he leaves a message for whoever eventually picks it up. “I hope whoever hears this understands all this more than I do, but you need to know that David Pilcher was wrong about everything,” he says, before adding that he will inject himself with typhoid, Marburg virus, and the bubonic plague (strains of which Pilcher had brought into the future because… why not?) so he can walk outside the fence after the incubation period and be consumed by unwitting Abbies who will infect as much of the rest of their population as possible. “So. That’s all,” Theo concludes. “This idea of the greater good? There is no greater good. It’s only good, no matter how small the act.” Or, in this case, how big.

NEXT: Ain’t no Mountain empty enough…

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