Scott and Ben are still working on the jamming device – and Tom worries with Ann that the signal hurts Ben and doesn’t want him to go through anything else. Tom also hurries about Hal and whether Weaver’s plan will work and keep them alive. While Ann, Ben and Tom leave the room, Scott looks up to find Rick crawling up the wall like a Skitter – and leaping on him to protect the aliens.
We see Scott in the clinic being treated by Ann who doesn’t seem to think it’s serious – he was found and brought to her by Ben. Ben guesses it was Rick before being told, though he dodges how he knows – Rick has sabotaged the transmitter by stealing a part of it.
Ben goes looking for Rick and finds him and they have a big confrontation. Ben wants them out of his head, Rick wants the Harness back. Tom yells for help and Rick runs. Ben chases him yelling at people to stop rick – and one of the defenders nearly shoots Ben (though Margaret is there to stop them). Tom ends up going after rick alone (would that be a Big Damn Hero moment? Yes yes it would).
Rick runs into Megan, the Harnessed girl who was with the Sanctuary Collaborators. She’s already starting to change with parts of her skin turning green. She wants Rick to tell them everything about the 2nd Massachusetts. Tom finds Rick alone calling out that he wants to come back – Megan has apparently left him. Rick says he isn’t human or Skitter and doesn’t want to live in between any more. And Rick finally breaks down and cries – and cries for his father. Rick tells Tom he’s told them everything – including Weaver’s attack.
With the Skitters knowing where they are, Tom gathers the civilians and tells them they need to move before the Strike Team returns. He and a small group of volunteers will distract the Skitters while the civilians escape – time for a historic speech. Tom also has a bonding moment with Matt about Matt disobeying and hanging out with Pope and to make him leave with the evacuation. Ann gives Lourdes a pep talk about being a doctor and to go with the evacuation while Ann remains behind.
Tom also tries to get ben to leave but Scott and Ben points out the Skitters keep changing the frequency. They can’t use the jammer without Ben to constantly update it. And Ben wants to prove himself, wants to prove that being Harnessed doesn’t make him evil and means he can help. Jimmy and Margaret get in some bonding and reassurance. – just before the mechs arrive at the barricade. Time for the fight – and the first mech goes down to the new ammunition.
Then a whole column of mechs arrive. They don’t have enough ammunition to take them all down, while Scott and Ben frenziedly try to find the jamming frequency. They get the frequency but the signal isn’t strong enough – while the Mechs are busy with dramatic posing (really, they spend like 20 seconds staring at the barricade) they attach the transmitter to a metal flag pole and use it as an aerial.
The firing begins. Ben is driven to the foetal position by the signal – and the Mechs retreat. Time for much cheering.
Weaver’s attack column is moving out and Hal and Weaver now have a little affirmation moment. Arriving at the rendez-vous point where they should have met the 4th and 5th Massachusetts, they find they are alone and assume that the other regiments have been taken out. Weaver pulls out the Big Inspiring Speech and splits his group into 4 squads – one for each leg of the structure.
Weaver’s squad faces a large force opposing them and smoke from the other legs suggests the other squads may have been compromised. Weaver orders Hal to return to Tom and tell them to evacuate the civilians that, the other Massachusetts regiments are gone and to tell them that the attack went ahead. He has to carry the word.
Hal arrives back at the school after the attack to tell Tom what’s happening with Weaver’s assault. They conclude that Weaver is going for a suicide attack – but Tom realises that Hal got back through clear roads – so maybe they can take the jamming device to Weaver.
He goes to Ann and asks her to lead the people to safety – and to look out for Matt and Ben. And they kiss! Actually, while, there’s been affection I wouldn’t say there’s been that much sexual tension – I didn’t see this coming, not for a while yet.