Monday, July 6, 2015

End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee

Penryn, Raffe and Paige are on the run after an epic showdown with angels.  Penryn is so tired and confused.  As an archangel Raffe is a member of the invading army, yet Penryn is drawn to him.  For his part, Raffe knows he is forbidden from the daughter of man and with an impending fake apocalypse in the works by Uriel.  Pookie Bear the ancient sword is determined to through it's own issues into the mix by delving into Raffe's past.  Penryn has fallen deeply for Raffe but after seeing that he hasn't always been faithful to his friends, Penryn must decide if she can trust him not with her heart but with the fate of all humanity.  Which side will the archangel choose?

I really went into End of Days hopeful but alas it seems that my hope is sadly misplaced.  I wanted End of Days to be absolutely epic, particularly given that World After (book 2 in the series) felt like a placeholder.  End of Days ended abruptly after a large battle scene and Ee swiftly brought about the HEA as though there was always one way for this book to end - Penryn and Raffe becoming a couple. There are plenty of instances where the typical YA HEA just doesn't make sense and End of Days is certainly an example of this.

It made absolute sense to me that Raff is resistant to a relationship with Penryn for much of the book. To be clear, Penryn is a 17 year old girl and Raff is not only immortal but has been alive since before Lucifer was cast out of heaven.  What could he possibly have to talk with Penryn about? Other than the circumstances which brought them together and keep forcing them together, there is no basis for a romantic relationship.  Affection between Raffe and Penryn make sense considering all they have been together but romantic love?  The very idea is ridiculous.  

Penryn's idea of dealing with Raffe's reaction is to ask him repeatedly if she's his daughter of man.  When that doesn't get her the answer she wants, Penryn takes the opportunity while Raffe is sleeping to place his hand on her breast.  Ummm that's assault.  It doesn't matter that Raffe awoke and caressed and squeezed Penryn's breast of his volition.   This incident really moved Penryn into just an annoying, lovestruck teen into someone who doesn't believe in consent and is absolutely selfish.  Her continual mooning over Raffe, often at the most inopportune moments couldn't erase reading about Penryn assaulting him.  

When the HEA does finally happen, it doesn't feel joyous or wonderful, it feels like Raffe capitulated because he couldn't take Penryn's badgering him anymore.  The cynical side of me pictures Raffe realising that Penryn, while only 17, is still human and destined to die and therefore; whatever commitment they have to each other will be short lived.  The fact that Penryn is mortal and Raffe is immortal and ageless is more than enough reason for them to never ever be a couple.  Ee softens tries to make Raffe's declaration of love makes sense but even Ee cannot hide the capitulation despite the pretty words she has Raffe say.
‘Don’t you know a heartfelt declaration of love when you hear one?’ 
I blink dumbly at him with my heart pounding.

 He caresses a lock of my hair out of my face. ‘Look, I know that we’re from different worlds and different people. But I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter.’

‘You don’t care about the angelic rules anymore?’

‘My Watchers have helped me realize that angelic rules are for angels. Without our wings, we can never be fully accepted back into the fold. There will always be talk of taking a newly Fallen’s wings and transplanting them onto us. Angels are perfect. Even with transplanted wings, we’ll never again be perfect. You accept me just the way I am, regardless of whether or not I even have wings. Even when I had my demon wings, you’ve never looked at me with pity. You’ve never wavered in your loyalty. That’s who you are – my brave, loyal, lovable Daughter of Man. (pg 262)
Even if Raffe goes home, he will never quite fit in again after all that's transpired and he most certainly cannot become a Messenger.  What options does he have left at this point but to decide to be with Penryn while she lives out her mortal life?   It would have made sense of Raffe left with the angels and little overly persistent Penryn learned you can't always get what you want.  Putting Raffe and Penryn together was always going to be coarse and ridiculous because as a romantic couple, they are absurd at best.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Last Ship, Season Two, Episode Three: It's Not a Rumor

Thirteen days ago at Biscayne Bay Florida, Niels Sørensen aka patient zero, sits with a young boy named Johnny. People questions where Niels came from because he apparently washed up on the beach in the morning.  On the beach a Russian boat sits.

At the White house, Tom looks at a destroyed picture of Lincoln.  Green reports that compound is clear with no sign of life and the bunker is impenetrable and no sign of answer.

Back at the Nathan James, Scott reports that the lab in Baltimore have been more successful than hoped for.  Apparently 10,000 doses have been created thus far.  Michael Neustadther enters the room and smiles at Dr. Scott. Scott says that they are transporting 12 other scientists to the naval base in Norfolk Virginia but hope to find other boats and planes to transport the cure.

Tom is back on the ship and learns that the crew is holding up well. Foster offers her condolences to Tom on the loss of his wife.  In return Tom promotes Kara and questions how she is feeling, reminding her that the old rules don't allow women at sea after being 20 weeks pregnant.  Kara promises to keep that in mind.  Why is Tom even bringing that up?  Where is Kara supposed to go? Kara suggests that Kirkland can do the job and Tom says that Kara is more qualified.

Tom then heads to sick bay where he meets with Russ to discuss Alisha.  Physically Alisha is doing fine but has been keeping to herself.

On the deck, Slattery reports that the are short on everything, including crew.  Tom agrees that they cannot keep sending Greene and Burke out on missions because the two men are fried.  Tom says as the only one with his family here he is doing fine.  Slattery get contacted and informed  that they have broken down the decryption from the White House.

Slattery, Garret, Scott and Tom meet to discuss the infection rate.  Kara pulls up a video file from teh Secretary of the Navy.  The secretary says that there's a network which has been chosen to produce and distribute the vaccine but the location of the labs has been kept secret. The secretary has embeded a code in the file so that the labs can be contacted.  Tom orders Kara to find the labs. Later, Tom learns that several labs are operational.  Scott gets a message that Dr. Hamilton wants to speak with Scott.  An emotional Scott talks with her mentor and reveals that they ahve a cure.

At Biscayne Bay Florida, Niels Sørensen walks amongst the dead.  It seems that he infected everyone who had gathered there since he is the carrier of the disease.  Niels picks the pockets of the dead before walking away.

Tex is helping a member of the crew work out.  Scott enters the room and Tex says that when he heard The Nathan James was headed south, he chose to hitch a ride.  Scott believes that Tex stayed around because he likes the people of the Nathan James and asks why he left in the first place. Tex explains that he went after his daughter who he heard was in Jackson.  Tex hasn't actually seen his 14 year old daughter in three years.  Scott says that they will be in Jackson soon enough and thanks Tex for sharing.

The crew is meeting because they are going to be landing in Norfolk soon and hope for real distribution of cure.  Those with loved ones in Norfolk will be assigned sectors to search where they can find their families.  Slattery promises that everyone else will have their turn soon enough.

Later, on deck, Slattery notices that the Nathan James is being messaged by a seal.  The Nathan James makes it to port and Tom speaks with a member of the military about what is going on in Norfolk.  They learn that people are being held up in different safe zones and the city is in the process of being cleared.

Russ reports to Garret that the seals didn't recognize any names on the list of missing loved ones. Garrett stops to talk to Kara about what they will find on land.

Tom talks to military personnel about turning the tide through the distribution of the cure. The airforce pilots hope in their planes and take off. Michael Neustadther shakes Dr. Scott's hand saying that he will never be able to thank her enough. Scott reminds Michael Neustadther that he must do his part. The crew of the Nathan James watches the planes fly overhead with a smile on their faces.

Slattery leaves to find his family and Tom wishes him good luck.  On board the ship, Alisha tells Russ that she already found her family and all that's left is what she became.  Russ says that desperation brings out the best and worst of people. It seems that Alisha thought about staying in Baltimore to help repair the damage her mother had created. Russ however is certain that Alisha's place is aboard the Nathan James. Alisha cries and says that her own bunkmate won't look at her. Russ tells Alisha that no one blames her but Alisha is certain that they walked into the mess in Baltimore because Tom placed his faith in her. Russ assures Alisha that not everything is just on her.

Tom watches his family as they fish.  Kelly stands with Tom and they discuss how his children are holding up given what they have seen or done.  Kelly assures Tom that what's important is that the kids are with their father now.

Kara and Green have arrived at her mother's house.  Similarly, Garrett has arrived at her home, to find her husband's car gone. The vulture team lead by Slattery and Tex have arrived at one of the safe zones.  Inside her home, Kara finds her mother's home abandoned as though the woman hasn't been there in months.  Kara  snarks about her mother finishing all of the booze, before finding a note from six months ago saying that she is at the bowling alley. When they arrive at the bowling ally, Kara snarks about her mother chasing men around.  That's some nice slut shaming right there.

Killjoys, Season 1, Episode 3: The Harvest

It’s time for the results of D’avin’s killjoy exam – with lots of nerves and John expecting to be his brother’s co-boss. He’s interviewed by a woman is kind of awesome in pushing him into telling him exactly why he wants to be a Killjoy. He passes – and renounces all loyalties to become a Killjoy

And he’s cleared for level 4. That’s one level higher than John. Poor John is not happy – but first D’avin has to pass a psych eval. Oh course, like any good brother, D’avin rubs this in most cruelly. Of course, there’s still the psych eval.

Over to Dutch and she’s been busy torturing the guy she was sent to kill to try and find out why Khylen wants him dead. He convinces her that he honestly doesn’t know why Khylen wants him dead – and she releases him.

Baxck to the brothers we get some more dystopian background scenes and learn it’s “Harvest week” which means lots of flush folks getting drunk and causing problems which also means D’avin and John have to break up a fight in Pree’s bar in exchange for all those free drinks they get.

No allegiances, no loyalties, but you do not mess with my local. ‘kay?

Except D’avin goes from “bar fight” to “strangling to death” which is a little excessive, thankfully Dutch arrives and quells the entire room with her aura of awesomeness. Dutch also brings up D’avin’s psych eval and throws him to Sarah Power who has a room upstairs running a clinic (she’s the drunk woman D’avin helped in the bar fight). She agrees to sign his eval if he will get her to get Dutch to give her a ride to Leith (Dutch doesn’t like her) so she can go to the bazaar. He also tries for some sleeping tablets which she refuses

John’s own dealing is spilling all his brother issues to a woman he is having sex with who massively Does Not Care. But hey if he’s talking she’d love to talk about her husband Vincent who hasn’t come back for Harvest. He’s vanished and if he isn’t back in 2 days his visa expires – which means 10 years hard labour and since she signed it, that will apply to her. Damn, this place is run by UKIP (well the moderate wing of UKIP anyway). She’s going to put out a warrant to find him and she wants John to take it

Never ever make business deals when you’re naked in bed with someone. It’s so damn awkward to say no. He tells Dutch this and she says no and also adds he needs to stop being friends with everyone he sleeps with, it’s “weird.” He throws more not-subtle and very fun guilt at her (I love how these two interact. He’d also quite like a fun run with the two of them without D’avin (me too) and he’s noticed she’s stressed

The Last Ship, Season Two, Episode Two: Fight the Ship

Kara is having an ultra sound performed on her by Dr. Hammada, as Tex and Scott race through the facility, terrified that if Amy gets what she needs from Kara, there won't be any reason not to kill everyone on The Nathan James.

In the meantime, Green shuts down the power before the amniocentesis can be performed on Kara. Amy orders a direct attack on the power plant and that Alisha be secured. In the tunnels, Tom and Throwald learn that Granderson has sent men out and they prepare to breach the facility.

In the surgery room, the nurse takes the opportunity to release one of Kara's hands when Dr. Hammada has his back turned. When Hammada returns to Kara, she stabs him in the chest with the needle he has prepared for her amniocentesis.  Tex and Scott burst through the door and they save Kara but leave the nurse who helped her behind.

Slattery continues to make his way through the ship.  In another area, members of the crew approach the armory which has conveniently been left unguarded.

Kelly and Ava huddle together in mourning for Quincy.  Garnett is approached about the crew making their move against the invaders.

Now that they are inside the facility, Tom splits off from Thorwald on his mission to find and secure Dr. Scott but is accompanied by some of Thorwald's men.

Slattery has made his way to some kind of surveillance area on the ship and immediately looks to locate Granderson's men.  In the process, he discovers crew members in the armory.

Granderson is informed that Dr. Scott, Alisha and Kara are missing.  When Amy hears gunfire, she orders all exits to be sealed and gives the order for Alisha to be found.

Tex tries to lead Scott and Alisha and is forced to change his plans when he sees Granderson's men.In the meantime, Amy's men have arrived at the electricity plant. Green fires his weapon but is clearly outnumbered.

The armed members of the crew begin to make their way through the ship, as Slattery watches.  Slattery turns the lights off and on to signal his men.

Passing a butter knife person to person, the crew of the Nathan James cuts away the zip ties and frees their hands. They don't get to act because the free crew men burst in and free them. Garnett once freed, orders everyone to their battle stations, announcing that it's time to take back their ship.

The master chief has returned to the Chandlers.  When someone pulls up in front of the house, they move quickly to blow out the candles.  It seems that the girl who was watching Russ has lead one of Ganderson's people to the house in exchange for food.  Amy's men attempt to take the house and Jed and Russ fight them back but decide to move in case more men come.

Tex meets up with Tom and explains Kara's presence in the facility. A near emotionless Kara admits to killing Hammada. Scott reveals that Quincy is dead.  Tom confirms that Thorwald's men will get Kara, Scott and Tex out and continues through the ship.

In her office Amy listens to a report on the attack, as Throwald makes his way through the facility. Amy is told that she should evacuate but she stubbornly refuses to leave and instead contacts the power plant, not aware of how close Throwald is to her office.

Kara and  Scott continue their escape, after Tex hands them a gun and instructs them to leave without him.

The lab is secure now but Green reports in that he cannot hold back the people at the powerplant any longer. Tom gives the order for Green to retreat and Green rushes quickly to comply.

The crew of the Nathan James is steadily capturing Ganderson's men as Slattery watches.

Russ and Jed take the kids to the Avocet van when they hear a report from Green that he is on foot and has at least six people following him. Greene says that he is going to go to Sartoga and Fremont. Jed suggests that Russ and he split up, so that Russ can help his shipmate.  Russ gets on the radio and tells Green that he will be there in less than five.

Ganderson's men get the electricty up and running.  In her office, Amy uses the intercom to tell the people that they are under attack my rogue members of the navy. Amy warns her people that if they see a navy uniform, they are to run.

At another area of the building, Alicia is trying to free the people but when someone sees her navy uniform, the people begin to turn on her.  Alicia is forced to make a run for it but she doesn't get far before being stopped by one of Ganderson's people. Alicia begs, saying that there are a lot of innocent people who need their help.  When Alica grabs for the run, she is shot in the abdomen.

Green and Russ have now arrived at Avocet.  Throwald continues to try and make his way to Ganderson's office.  Amy orders the building sealed when she realises that her people aren't actively fighting the incursion.

Defiance, Season 3, Episode 5: History Rhymes

Opening flashback – that’s rare – back to before the Votan dystopia. It’s the day the alien fleet arrives with a girl and a boy. Irisa watches – and Nolan joins her, the boy is him as a child and the girl his sister Rebecca.

In the real world and present Amanda has got Nolan to Yewl (who doesn’t just leave him to die) and is happy to take the help of vet Samir to try and save him. He ends up only alive because of machines – and Amanda asks Samir for a second opinion which does not amuse Yewl. Though Yewl rather graphically reports why she has a very very good reason to kill Amanda and Nolan. They do find Arctech in Nolan’s brain – under the same scar that was on Irisa’s head. Yewl demands Irisa be brought in

Which means Amanda has to find her to save Nolan – as she tells Berlin. Oopsie Berlin. She goes looking for where she left Irisa, pretending to follow a trail of blood to find her.

Bringing her to the clinic they identify the same tech in both of their heads – and they do better when they’re actually together because their brains are inter-dependent, which happened in the pods to help human Nolan survive in a Votan pod. Yewl is gloriously snarky and presents the only answer – cut open their heads and remove the tech.

To do this she needs Omec technology which means talking to Kenzi – who agrees but only if it means they don’t owe them anything. She threatens Yewl, Yewl is way better at word games because she’s awesome like that.

While the doctor keep them alive, Irisa and Nolan continue to get flashbacks of Nolan’s memories: of him and his sister fighting in the war – and young!Nolan refusing to kill an Irathient pretending to surrender who then killed his sister. Irisa tries to talk to Nolan about it who refuses before angsting about how it was his fault they were both enlisted in the first place and how she loathed the war. They have another flashback to 1 year after Arkfall and the end of the war. Nolan has little child!Irisa with him and this is when they become Archunters, making money off selling Arc wreckage; and how Nolan back then denied being Irisa’s dad. And how he was still violently into killing, torturing and mangling Irathients.

Irisa is not impressed by this memory – and child!Irisa looks at her. It leads to Irisa asking just why Nolan would keep her around when he loathed Votans –ultimately because Nolan saw a child. And her being born on Earth made her different to him which Irisa is excellent at countering and makes it very clear she is a Votan, just like the others. But he also considered her untouched by the atrocities of the Pale Wars. There’s a lot of complex there

More memories, including teaching child Irisa to be ruthless – and make her kill a helpless Castithan. Which kind of puts the lie to the whole idea that she was untouched by horror. Which leads to more debate between the two – Nolan upset that it hurt Irisa more than she knew, but still standing by the importance of the lesson. Which leads to another flashback with child!Irisa nearly stabbing Nolan while he slept – oops, Nolan didn’t remember that one. Nolan is aghast that it happened but Irisa tells him she was scared of him.                           

The Last Ship, Season Two, Episode One: Unreal City

When last we left the Last Ship, the Nathan Lane had been taken over by Amy Granderson's people. The crew finds themselves surrounded by armed people.  Garnett assures the crew that there will be a time for them to fight back but warns that they are to wait, otherwise they will be mowed down by a hail of bullets. Garnett tells the Quincy's family to lie about how they came to be on the ship because they have been captured by people who want to steal the cure.

On the bridge, Quicy is bleeding out. Slattery warns that Quincy is the insurance policy in case something happens to Dr. Scott and demands that the ships doctor report to the bridge immediately.  On deck, the seamen continue to talk about what they are going to do.  O'Connor suggests that they rally at a particular locker and manages to jump overboard.

Tom is escorting his family to safety with the help of Russ.  The two men manage to steal a van and Chandler's family hop in. 

In her office, Granderson gives the order that nothing is to slow down at Olympia and snarks about Tom's men being easy to find because they are wearing navy uniforms.

The Doc Rios arrives to take a look at Quincy and says that he needs to be taken to medical bay right now.  Rios is informed that this is not possible and starts to work on Quincy's wounds.  It's Slattery who notices that the doctor is the one who has the cure hidden in his medical supplies.

Tom discusses with his men what they're next action is going to be and he decides to go after Scott.  Tom then goes to see his family and says that Russ is going to stay with them while he gets a few things done.  Even in the navy, it seems that the Black guy gets the role of baby sitter.

Ganderson informs Dr. Scott that her team has successfully taken down the Nathan James and that with Scott's research, Dr. Hamada will learn to make the cure.  Ganderson suggests that Scott join her efforts but Scott is unwilling to only save a selective few. Ganderson lists all of the horrors that she has seen, adding that the apocalypse is here. In concession, Ganderson agrees to adjust some of her sensibilities, if Dr. Scott will help. Dr. Scott decides to test Ganderson's resolve and asks to save people who are already sick because right now, the cure is being given to healthy people.  Ganderson finds Dr. Scott's suggestion ridiculous and indulgent given the state of the world but agrees to her proposal.

Russ leads the Chandlers to a house and after ensuring that the home is indeed abandoned, the Chandler's rush in.

O'Connor has snuck back onto the ship and turns up the heat to let his people know he is there.

Ganderson's people are freaking out because they have yet to find the primordial that Scott used to create the cure.

An armed Tex walks on the street only to be shot at by a young kid.  Tex is questioned about being sick and says that he just needed a place to crash.  Tex tries to offer food but is rejected.  The kid refuses to deal with Tex, secure in the belief that Tex is with Ganderson's people. The kid is shocked to learn that Tex doesn't know anything about what Ganderson has been up to.

Alisha Ganderson is being escorted to nicer quarters on the order of her mother. On the way, they pass a room where school is being taught.  Ganderson wonders if all of the people know what her mother has doing and is told that people are grateful and all chip in.

Back on the ship, Ganderson's people are still upset about the missing Primordial.  Quincy is warned not to move otherwise he will bleed out in minutes. The doctor is ordered to give Quincy a shot of adrenalin to perk Quincy up and so informs Ganderson's people that adrenalin would kill Quincy.

Bodies are being placed on a conveyor belt to be burnt for energy.  Tom lies amongst the bodies, pretending to be dead and his men are dressed in the uniform of the facility. Unfortunately for Tom's men, it quickly becomes apparent that they have not been seen before.  A gun fight breaks out between Gunderson's people and  Tom's men.  It doesn't take long for Tom's men to corral Ganderson's.

Scott pulls up to a street corner where she finds someone selling fake cures.  Scott rushes forward and tells the people that she has the real cure.  Neustader tells Scott that he had no idea what Ganderson was doing and thought he was helping.  Scott replies that Neustader can redeem himself when Tom comes for her.

Tom and his men continue to make their way through the facility, shooting and killing anyone they run into.  Tom then runs into a man who claims to be a rebel and offers to take Tom to their leader.

Ashley looks out the window in a panic because her father has not returned.  The kids are given some soup to distract them while Jed worries about the fact that he may have let Tom down.  Naturally, Russ assures Jed that he is a hero for surviving as long as he is.  Sam puts down his bowl of soup, saying that he doesn't feel so good.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Under the Dome, Season 3, Episode 3: Redux

So last week everyone escaped the Dome Matrix and two apparently imaginary people came out as well.

So all the soggy people emerge – to find that they’re still trapped behind the Dome. This doesn’t do a lot for morale. The rest of the world breathes a sigh of relief that these silly silly people are still locked up.

Barbie explains the wonderful beautiful world they had, a world where Julia and Big Jim were both dead. Oh it was magical. She tells him that Melanie killed Barbie’s dad (and Melanie’s dad).

Big Jim and James have a reunion where James reminds his dad of all his abuse (and mixes in the time he was locked in a bomb shelter to stop him kidnapping) and Big Jim hits him and says how weak and feeble he is. Alas, they’re not both randomly killed by a new Dome shenanigan, because the Dome loves to make me suffer.

Christine and Eva did, apparently, have a history before the Dome. In fact, they found the egg 3 weeks ago (when the Dome went up) and were transported to the Dometrix. They were anthropologists – and working for Acteon to find the egg. They also have some ominous purple rock. Eva’s also dealing with the trauma of thinking she was pregnant and now dealing with Barbie being here and with Julia.

To Hunter, Norrie and Joe with the weird revelation that Hunter now doesn’t need glasses and the budding love triangle. Oh we need a love triangle, really. Joe angsts about his relationship with Norrie since she feels different and moved on in the Dometrix.

Melanie, meanwhile, is in her tunnels and all sad about her dead butterflies. Christine visits to tell her how terribad she has been at her one job – leave everyone cocooned so the egg could “enthuse them with life force” which sounds a lot better than it probably is. It also intended to turn the whole town into a collective by means of drugged goo. They were chosen because they found the egg first – Melanie was first but she clumsily died while the egg tried to copy its whole agenda into her brain so, instead, Christine got it all. Nice, could they download that agenda for the rest of us? It would help convince us the writers aren’t winging it every week.

So plan B, Christine is going to the town meeting to judge the town while Melanie gets ready to murder Julia if necessary (it’s necessary!)

Wayward Pines, Season One, Episode Seven: Betrayal

Pilcher drives Ethan back home and reminds him not to tell anyone what he has seen or heard because the survival of humanity depends on it.  The next morning, a very upset Theresa questions what Ethan learned and Ethan explains that there is no Seattle and how they came to end up in Wayward Pines.  Theresa is convinced that something has happened to Ethan and he is adamant that he wasn't at the hospital. Ethan then tells Theresa that the year is 4028.

Later, Ethan, Ben and Theresa get into the car but Ethan tells his family that they should walk instead of starting the car when he notices something wrong.  Ethan pops the hood as soon as Ben and Theresa leave and examines the wires.  It seems that Ethan was right and the car was indeed messed with.  Someone placed a bomb in the car. 

Inside the police station, Ethan disassembles the bomb then takes out the secret files he has on the Wayward Pines residents. He pulls out the file on Franklin Dobbs, who was apparently an explosives engineer.  Ethan is interrupted by Pam, who questions if Franklin is involved with the subversives.  Ethan promises that when he finds out, she will be the first to know.  Pam says that she is just there to help and will even work with Ethan because she will do anything for Pilcher.  Pam adds that she can be a very good friend, so Ethan asks for access to the surveillance system to see what Franklin has been up to. 

Theresa walks Ben to school and he is not impressed to be escorted by his mother.  Theresa claims to just want to spend some time with her son.  Theresa asks Ben if he misses Seattle and he says that he never really thinks about it and reminds his mother that they are not supposed to think about the past.  On their way, they pass Pilcher.  Ben says he likes it in Wayward Pines and suggests that Theresa would like it as well if she gave it half a chance.  When they arrive at school, they are greeted by Megan and Amy.  Theresa moves to enter the school and is blocked by Megan, who informs her that school is for children and that Theresa's job is to feed her child and keep him safe. When the bell rings, Megan excuses herself.

On her way to work, Theresa stops at the empty plot.  As she walks across the ground, she hears a sound like metal striking.  Theresa then heads to the little shed on the property and grabs a metal pole before heading back to the spot where she heard the metal.  Theresa repeatedly strikes the spot and the metal sound in the ground clangs again.

Ethan is sitting in a restaurant with Frank, claiming that he wants to get to know the shopkeepers on Main st.  When Frank points out that he never had such a meeting with Pope, Ethan is quick to remind Frank that they don't talk about the past in Wayward Pines.  Ethan brings up gophers and claims that they are destroying his lawn, adding that when he looked in Frank's file, he learned that Frank worked in explosive demolition.  Frank is quick to claim that he cannot help Ethan and excuses himself.  Ethan follows Frank outside.

In biology class, Megan explains that that their textbooks will remain in class.  Megan instructs the kids that procreation is beautiful and that this is the kids most important job.  Megan calls Ben and Amy to the front and then explains that the male and female bodies are designed to fit together like hand in glove.  This causes the class to giggle.  Megan tells the kids that Wayward Pines needs a new generation and instructs the kids that they will one day have the chance to parent the first generation of 100% originals.  Megan asks the kids to look around the room and suggests to the kids that chances are, their mate is sitting right there in the room.  Megan informs the class that it's part of her job to make sure the kids find mates, before excusing Ben and Amy.  

Pam is back at the hospital and she follows the sound of a whistle until she gets to Pilcher.  Pam informs Pilcher that in the course of her fertility consults this morning, she learned of two new pregnancies.  Pam is excited about having two new members of the first generation but David is distracted. David however is more concerned that Wayward Pines is on a path to destruction.  Pam tries to calm her brother by saying that Ethan will find the troublemakers and get them through this difficulty, claiming to trust Ethan because David does.

Ethan follows Frank and finds him sitting with Kate's husband Harold.  Frank quickly excuses himself and warns Harold to be careful.  Ethan takes a seat and asks Harold to come with him so they can discuss the bomb in his truck.  Harold is quick to deny knowing what Ethan is talking about but Ethan is determined to take Harold in.  The two men head outside and Harold makes a run for it, only to be quickly caught.  

Back at the station, Ethan tells Harold that Franklin made the bomb and that Harold or someone who works for Harold planted it in his truck. Harold is quick to say that he doesn't know anything about the bomb in Ethan's truck.  Ethan however points out that this doesn't mean that Harold doesn't know about the other bombs.  Ethan says that Harold wants to take down the fence and Harold questions if Ethan wants to go anywhere.  Ethan asks for names and Harold says that he acted alone, thus admitting that he planted the bomb in the truck and was lying about it when he denied it.  Ethan writes a note on a piece of paper and asks Harold to give it to Kate, excusing Harold for now. Harold is shocked and repeats that he confessed but Ethan sends him on his way.