They have their imprisoned Skitter that’s now active and awake – and it remembers Tom. We have some essential Bad Assery as Tom stares it down. Meanwhile Captain Weaver (who hasn’t been eaten) has been talking to Pope who knows about a motorcycle shop that may not have been picked clean of supplies yet – and he wants Tom to go check it out. Tom isn’t pleased – he wants to rescue Ben not bike parts. But as Captain Weaver points out, rescuing children who are Harnessed takes a lot of heavy drugs which, in turn, requires bikes to scout and find them. Damn it, I hate it when he makes sense. I still want something to eat him. Tom is also convinced to bring Pope since he knows where the shop is and they’re down a rider with Karen missing
Time for some emotional meetings between Tom and Ann, Tom filling her in on why he doesn’t like Harris, making it clear he doesn’t blame Mike for screwing up the mission when he rescued Rick. And it seems Ricky has been cured of his cystic fibrosis by the Harness. And Margaret tells Weaver (who hasn’t been eaten yet) that she was never with the Convict Gang and doesn’t need people watching her. There’s also the question raised by Hal and Pope both about Matt and Tom’s insistence of not teaching him to fight. Tom wants him to have a childhood, but that’s not the world he is living in.
Lourdes and Jimmy have some back story discussion, I think to remind us the characters exist as much as anything. Matt and the teacher, Uncle Scott are playing with radios and hearing static. Ann and Harris are busy trying to communicate with the Skitter. Ann by trying to offer it water, Harris by showing it dead Skitters. They argue over the best way to communicate with the Skitter – Ann for compassion, Harris for cutting it up. Even if you ignore the compassion standpoint, how does Harris intend to communicate with something by making it scream?
Ricky wakes up from his Harness/drug coma – but doesn’t recognise Mike, his father. From that Mike goes to talk to the Skitter, giving it a chance to communicate before they kill it. It doesn’t point to the pictures after hearing Mike’s English instructions, so they point a gun at it. Every time Mike threatens the Skitter, the radio Uncle Scott is using with Ann and Matt makes more static. Ann puts 2 and 2 together and suggests autopsying the dead Skitter they have to see what they can find – with Harris dripping arrogant contempt all over Ann. (what, they didn’t autopsy this thing the minute it came into their hands? Really? For all they know it could reveal some terrible sci-fi weakness like an allergy to silver or water or something. Hey, Signs got away with it)
Ricky wakes up again and sees his detached Harness – and puts it back on, healing the connecting needles. Mike, Ann, Scott and Harris run in and find they can talk to the Stirrer through Ricky – but Mike can’t stand it and rips the Harness off again - though it doesn't kill him.
While heading to the motorcycle shop, the racist Pope and Arthur argue – with Pope considering Arthur a gang member and Arthur revealing he was actually a police officer including Arthur threatening to shoot Pope for click’s death. I’m glad there was some acknowledgement and we’re not all fast forwarding the “let’s redeem Pope” story. And Tom and Dai discuss how Hal, only 16, is coping with Karen’s capture. Dai makes a good point on how he feels lucky to have had no family to worry other in such dark times.