The mysterious Dr. Horn is definitely as bad as we thought he would be, but his motives are still unclear. What does he REALLY want from learning about Aaron’s deadly power?
As the episode opens, Miles has captured a soldier and is beating him to try to find out where Horn is. The soldier tells Miles that Horn is looking for them. “And when he finds you? Know what he’s going to do?” “Of course I do,” Miles says. “That’s why I ‘m going to find him first.” Charlie overhears Truman talking to the townspeople, saying that Miles — as Stu — was behind the bombing, and tells them who Miles really is. He says Miles was acting in retaliation for the “execution” of Monroe, and that Aaron was an accomplice. Porter tells the townspeople that while Rachel was with them, she had nothing to do with this, that they were manipulated. Aaron and Monroe are hiding out, and Monroe is concerned that Miles hasn’t met up with them yet, and figures there’s been a change of plans. Aaron says they’ll wait for Miles. Charlie goes back to Rachel, and tries to get her to leave. Rachel says they can’t leave yet, they have to kill Horn so Aaron will be safe.
Horn threatens Rachel and Charlie if Porter doesn’t bring Aaron in, and says they should get everyone Aaron knows into square and begin executing them one by one. He tells Truman if he gets his hands on Aaron and figures out what he knows, they can take the continent in months, not years. Charlie tells Rachel, “I know you’re angry, but we don’t know why Grandpa did what he did.” Charlie says she hated Rachel for a long time for abandoning her and Danny and for killing Nora. Hating Rachel was easy, but letting go of it is hard, she says. Miles comes back, and says he found where HQ is.
Aaron talks to Cynthia. She asks if he killed Carl, her former husband, with the fire in the car. He tells her that Carl hit him, and he couldn’t control the rage. She tells him to leave her alone, that he lied to her and she’s had enough liars.
Miles sees infection spreading from the cut on his hand. Rachel and Charlie begin building bombs. “I always had this dream of cooking with my daughter, just not like this.” Charlie asks what happens if Porter is in the building when time comes to use the bomb. Monroe starts to leave to go find Miles, Aaron tries to stop him. Soldiers find them, Monroe kills several of them, then abandons Aaron and Cynthia, saying they won’t kill Aaron, but they will kill him.
Horn injects himself with something. Flashback to 18 years before blackout – we learn that Horn’s father didn’t believe in using medicine, and Horn’s mother died, even after Horn got medicine for her from a friend’s father. Miles sees guards in the town square. Charlie and Rachel go to HQ building with the bomb. Porter walks through the square, and Miles tries to wave her off dropping the bomb. But when a wagon carrying Aaron and Cynthia pulls in, Miles stops her. Horn has Aaron restrained. Porter says he’s staying – if Horn is going to hurt Aaron, he wants to be there to help Aaron. Horn makes Porter leave, and we hear Aaron screaming.
Miles, Rachel and Charlie grab Porter, who asks why they haven’t run yet. Rachel says they can’t, because Aaron’s part of their family. Porter tries to justify his actions, saying that they were going to kill Rachel and Charlie if he didn’t help. He tells Rachel that her mother died of an awful disease, and all he could do was watch, but suddenly he had chance to help, nobody else had to die, and he didn’t realize who they were until it was too late. “You’ve never done a bad thing for a good reason?” Truman finds them and tells them to surrender. Porter tells them to leave him behind to buy time. Porter tries to bluff Truman, and Miles, Charlie and Rachel escape.
Horn has cut Aarons’ arm several times, but it keeps healing. He wants to know why only Aaron has this power. Horn says Aaron’s going to teach him how to use it, but Aaron says he can’t because he doesn’t know how. Horn tells Aaron he has a tumor in his brain, and it’s getting worse, so now he needs Aaron to deliver a miracle.
Neville has found Justine’s husband, and offers to let him bring her into custody as a traitor. Allenford is skeptical, but goes with Neville. When they get back to her, Allenford tells her he loves her, then shoots and kills her.
Horn says emotional trauma is what creates Aaron’s fire reaction. Cynthia is brought in. “We need to elevate you to a proper emotional state. Maybe you can heal somebody else.” In the final scene, a guard stabs Cynthia, and we see fire starting.
Neville and Jason have been relegated to a brief side-story. I’m not sure I care much any more about what Tom Neville is doing – we see so little of him, and nearly nothing happens. Neville is a terrific character, but is sorely underused at the moment – I hope we see more of him and Jason, and more of a story line on the Patriot headquarters! Why are they here? How long have they been plotting this coup? And we saw Commander Allenford looking over stolen art – I know these scripts are written months earlier, but it’s interesting that just in the last couple of weeks, hundreds of Nazi-looted artworks were found!
This show definitely has issues, beyond the slow Neville storyline. Maybe some of these things bother me (and other reviewers) more than the general viewing public – we have access to episode photos ahead of time, and were provided with not-completely-edited versions of the first two episodes – and some of the things we saw, and were intrigued with, haven’t appeared in the final versions. One of those was the tease of a heated kiss between Miles and Rachel – I think this even appeared in a teaser for Episode 6, but was cut. TVLine.com was given an exclusive deleted scene of that kiss – if you want to see it, and the back story as to why it didn’t appear in the issue, click here. Other deleted scenes have made reference to events immediately after the Tower scenes – I can see why some of these may have been cut (to not slow down the Willoughby story line – at this point, does it really matter how they got out of the Tower?), but they were intriguing. In this episode, Monroe took off – I fully expected him to show up again to help Miles and Rachel, but he seems to have gone into hiding. Sorry, Revolution, I think he’s taken some of my interest in the show with him! Let’s hope that the rest of the season picks up.