WOW, talk about a plot twist. (If you haven’t watched the episode yet, major spoilers are to follow). I mean, the big reveal of the episode probably should have been obvious, but the way the writers made you believe one thing only to be led to another was veeeery sneaky. Before I get going too much, let’s jump right in to the story-
The episode begins in terrifying fashion. Astrid is preparing for an audition at a local School of Music but when she walks into the room the “judges” are behaving strangely. The head woman asks her to step back from the microphone (where a plastic tarp is layed out on the floor) and tells her that they “don’t want to make too much of a mess” before they all pull out guns and start shooting. The scene fades out as Astrid begins to scream and the unknown people begin to shoot. Then the episode jumps to “48 Hours Earlier” where Stephen and Hillary are sparring again. Jedekiah shows up and Hillary begins asking him what the policy is on humans knowing about Tomorrow People’s power to which Jedekiah responds “zero tolerance”. Obviously Stephen picks up on what she’s doing and immediately gets to Astrid to see if she may have accidentally told anyone about his powers. Naturally she didn’t (she may be the one person in a lot of shows I’ve seen that hasn’t slipped up like that) and tells him he’s just being paranoid. However, with an uncle like Jedekiah Price running an agency like Ultra, can you really blame Stephen for being even remotely nervous for his best friend’s safety?
Luca walks down from the attic and informs an out-of-the-loop Stephen that Peter has planned to take them all on a camping trip. Stephen automatically panics believing that Peter may just turn out to be a Tomorrow Person psychopath planning on killing them all in the woods. After Stephen’s encounter with Peter blocking him out of his mind he’s been on edge about what this new guy wants. He agrees to go along to keep an eye on his mom and brother on the condition that Cara or John watches over Astrid while he’s gone. Cara disagrees and also tells him he’s just being paranoid about it but as he leaves in frustration John catches up to him and tells him that his fears aren’t unwarranted and that he’ll look after her just in case. That’s when we’re introduced to a flashback of John’s when he was just a kid. He used to read a newsstand man’s mind for when a shipment of his favorite comics came in and would meet him to be the first to read it. The old man was held at gunpoint one day while John was reading nearby and to save him John used his powers in front of the man. When Jedekiah confronted the young recruits about who did it John stepped forward and apologized profusely for his actions. Jedekiah told him he understood that he was under a lot of pressure being the youngest recruit and that it would all be okay. However, he, John, and several agents drove out one day to the old man’s newsstand and John was forced to watch as the man was killed. Moral of the story, John understands why Stephen is on edge.
Astrid is headed to the audition on the train when she begins to feel as though she’s being watched and followed by a man in a suit. She moves to another part of the train where John teleports to and let’s her know that he’s just watching out for her and gives her a way to get in touch with him if anything should happen. It ends up coming in handy as the agents raise their guns to her in the audition room and he teleports in and gets her out just in time. However, in their escape attempt John gets shot and is too weak to teleport them out of there. He tells Astrid she has to stop the bleeding so that he can gain enough strength to get them out or they’ll both die. Ultra agents are swarming the hotel and if even a blip of teleportation pops up they’ll be on them in seconds. John ends up losing consciousness so Astrid finds a way to get in touch with Cara who, with the assistance of TIM, walks her through removing the bullet until she can get there.
Hillary is the one who informed Jedekiah that Astrid is aware of Stephen’s abilities and the Tomorrow People. She’s the one that has put them all in this situation. Of course she’s done this all for her own benefit to become an agent but Jedekiah reprimands her for it when she follows up with him about the situation. He tells her that they indeed planned to kill Astrid but that if she finds that to be a “cause for celebration or personal achievement” that she’ll be the next to go. He makes her understand that “sacrificing people for the great good” is not a pleasure but in their eyes an unfortunate necessity. As John swims in and out of consciousness, Cara finds a way to teleport close to the hotel to not show up on Ultra’s radar but also finding a way to get both Astrid and John out in time despite having to take them separately. She’s taken to the Tomorrow People’s shelter for safety but as she finds out it might have to be a long term solution to keep her safe she grows angry at Stephen for even being put in this situation.
Meanwhile, Stephen has been left with his legs knocked out from underneath him. Peter takes them camping to a spot right beside the river which interferes with Stephen’s telepathic abilities with Cara. Stephen believes he did this on purpose but Peter seemingly maintains a low profile. Peter almost drops his camera but it stops midair and he doesn’t even blink which he says was “lucky”. In an effort to get Peter to use his powers openly Stephen pushes him over a cliff to the river below but Peter does nothing. Stephen uses his power to save him but his mother is absolutely enraged at what he’s done and Peter suggests getting help for him. When they return home Peter tells Stephen’s mom that he needs “space” but in reality breaking up with her. Stephen apologizes but all his mom wants is for him to be honest with her about anything and everything. Stephen heads off once he finds out what has happened with John and Astrid but Luca wants to talk to him. He ends up telling him that they’ll talk later and leaving anyway.
Stephen gets to Astrid and he and Cara awkwardly inform her that they’ll need to protect her from Ultra agents, possibly forever. She’s not happy and overwhelmed by the days events leaving her understandably angry with everyone. Stephen then goes to see John to thank him for going out of his way to protect Astrid and taking a bullet which John repeatedly brushes off despite Stephen’s overwhelming gratitude. Finally he tells Stephen to sit down and shares a flashback he has as a kid of Stephen’s father being nice to him. The young John is emotional about what happened to the old man and Stephen’s father tries to calm him down by just talking to him. He tells John that he has a son not too much younger than John himself and that he hopes that John can one day be there for Stephen in case he isn’t around. Cara asks how it went with Peter and Stephen tells him that Peter didn’t show any signs of powers despite everything that happened. Cara asks if it could have been someone else but Stephen says there was no one but him, his mom, and his brother..BINGO. How could he have not though of Luca? He finally knows by Luca probably wanted to talk to him and that it was actually him breaking out and not Peter after all.
Of course nothing is confirmed yet but obvious is it that Luca is most likely a Tomorrow Person? It’s hard to say since Luca spent the entire episode in such a calm manner until the end but could he be the reason Stephen was having difficult with everything? It’s amazing considering who their father is that they took this long to break out. So what happens with Luca now if he really is a Tomorrow Person? Will Stephen try to hide it from Ultra or will they eventually catch on? The one thing people can never say about Cara and John is that they don’t have a heart. John was willing to take a bullet to protect Astrid even though she was just a “human” and Cara was willing to risk both their lives to protect Astrid and especially John as well. They have a great thing going and their actions definitely speak louder than their words. The episode was definitely one of the better ones for The Tomorrow People but where did the “need-to-find-Stephen’s-father” story go to? It’s been such a big deal lately and now it’s just gone? That was a little strange but it was definitely a nice change for Astrid to get more screen time and to be an integral part of the story. Her and Cara being badasses together could be a weekly thing and I don’t think anyone would mind. What was your favorite part of tonight’s episode? What are your theories? Be sure to let us know by commenting or by tweeting (@lmfsrush or @ThreeIfBySpace)!
The Tomorrow People returns next week at 9pm on the The CW! Until then!