- The gang was reunited plus 1 with Monroe's kid reluctantly helping out. And, of course, they were thrown right into a messy situation with the typhus outbreak. Rachel already had suspicious of foul play and discovered that the outbreak was created in a lab by the Patriots. I think we all had our suspicions of that considering what Jason Neville discovered last week. I know last week we thought we had concluded that the oranges were drugged with the "reprogramming" drugs, but now I'm suspecting that it was the virus. Still, things don't add up.
- Rachel also discovered that the Patriots are targeting people that don't meet up to certain standards of life. People with disabilities, alcoholics, etc... They are culling out the inferior to create a super race!? Here's the thing, it seemed like they were drugging ALL of the oranges being handed out to people, so is that really how they spread the virus? Maybe they were selectively injecting oranges, but I'm probably already looking way more into this than I need to be. Probably more than the writers did!
- Gene also contracted the virus, so it would seem they are planning to eliminate their threat through this virus too. But, of course, our heroes are going to fight back! Monroe, Miles and Connor earlier went on a wild goose chase to find a cure, but the 2nd time around the injected Truman with the drug to force him to lead them to the antidote.
- They sent in Connor with Truman to retrieve the antidote. When they got to the stash, Truman must've given someone a signal because the Patriots came in guns blazing. This was our cliffhanger of the episode. I think we're pretty certain that they'll get out, and Truman will probably allow it since he needs the cure.
- Another thing to note: Monroe and Connor had a chat about rebuilding the Republic. It's something they both want, but they're going to have to deal with Rachel and her need to save her family because Miles loves her. The point? Monroe needs Miles to reform the Republic. It'll be interesting to see how they coerce him into that. Monroe might be playing the long con here to ease Miles back into his old ways. Or, maybe Monroe has turned a leaf and wants to form a New Republic that is better for everyone. I'm going to lean towards "long con" until proven otherwise!
Spring City, OK
- Aaron found out Grace ditched Spring City in order to remain in solitude.
- He was later visited by Cynthia (aka the Nannites assuming her likeness). Similar to how they sent him to Spring City, they are now telling Aaron he must go to Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock, similar to Spring City with it's ball of twine, also had a defining trait. It has the world's largest concrete cowboy. Exciting! Cynthia kept telling Aaron, "You have to face it" which could possibly take on more meaning in Lubbock. It could be a Field of Dreams like thing with "Go the distance" or it could just mean he has to face the fact that he indirectly created the consciousness of the nanotech.
- Aaron kept asking the nano why they left and let Cynthia die. I'd assume that the nano, like any child would want their parents to be together and would probably reject any obstacles that stood in that way. It would explain why Priscilla's family left her too.
- The nano told Aaron all his questions would be answered in Lubbock and that he and his ex-wife Priscilla would be in danger if they didn't go.
- Priscilla was very reluctant to listen to any more voices and she tried to leave, but then we saw a tree fall and almost kill her, but Aaron was able to pull her out of the way. Clearly, the nannites mean business here! So, it would seem we're off to Lubbock!
- We had some flashbacks to 2 years after the blackout when Tom and Julia were struggling to keep Jason fed and alive. We learned that the 2 would go to any lengths to save their son. Julia offered up her body to 2 guys who had hunted their food. But while she was doing that, Tom sliced one guys throat and shot the other guy. This was the start of their journey towards what they have become in the present day.
- Of course this mirrored the situation in the present day as well with them trying to find where Jason was captured. They plotted the whole episode. Julia was not so subtly asking her chief of staff husband about his whereabouts and status. Of course, the veil was lifted at the end to find out he had been tailing Julia for a long time. He knew about her meetings with Tom, her snooping around his office, and that they were plotting to take out a couple at their dinner party so that they'd force him to get Jason out of his confinements. Tom walked into a room full of Patriots with guns pointing at him, and Chief of Staff dude (He'll always be Ted Beneke to me) with a gun on his wife. Looks like Tom has faced his first true setback of the season!