If you thought you had the craziest familial ties of anyone, I advise you to think again after watching the appropriately titled “Things Fall Apart”. This episode took on the overall theme of how far family can push you to the limits and beyond. We’re introduced to a new breakout who is leaving a wake of chaos everywhere she goes. She’s started out by robbing a bank..and leaving the money behind? It would seem she missed the point there..however, when policemen pull up to her on her bike during the escape, she simply makes their vehicles disappear while simultaneously pulling all of the bullets out of their weapons. She quickly drives away but not before leaving a message etched into a wall behind her “Hi Dad”. Whatever her issues seemed to be, they were much bigger than a bank robbery.
She’s clearly one of the most powerful breakouts (as Cara and John point out several times) they’ve ever dealt with and John explains that this most likely means that she’s a “synergist”, or the offspring of two Tomorrow People meaning her abilities are double what a “normal” Tomorrow Person’s might be. She’s clearly had a lot of training or time to hone her skills to be that powerful. Also, Stephen has the ability to connect with her telepathically when even Cara doesn’t have the capability to do so. Are they connected in some way? Long story short, if they want to find her before Ultra does they’re going to have to send Stephen in covertly. This wouldn’t be such a problem if not for one very important flaw in the plan: Stephen. He’s grown up a lot since the beginning but he’s still an awkward teenage boy in all essence..Russell’s woman skills are all they have to save this plan!
Meanwhile, Astrid has still been trapped staying with the Tomorrow People for her own safety. Ultra has her logged in their system as a threat to all that they do since she is aware of the TP. Despite her growing unrest with being away from her father and home they stay strong in keeping her until they’re sure she’s safe to return topside. The whole situation has thrown Stephen for a loop and he’s hellbent on seeing Jedekiah about what he did. Jedekiah, ever stubborn, basically says that Stephen has no one to blame but himself for Astrid almost being killed. Stephen, in one of his boldest moves yet (besides killing himself in a sense to talk to his father in “limbo”), quits Ultra and tells his uncle that they are officially done having any involvement with one another. The only drawback to this is that Stephen is now an open target from one of the most hated people among Ultra: The Founder.
Walking down the street, Stephen runs into The Founder and though he makes some kind of attempt at escape, The Founder finds a way to corner him. They sit down to have a typical chat where the founder says that he wants the new breakout brought in because, of all people, the girl is his daughter. Her name is Cassandra Smythe and he’s willing to give Stephen the one thing that will make him happiest in return for bringing Cassandra to him: Astrid’s freedom. The Founder promises to have Ultra “call off the kill squad” on Astrid and clear her name from Ultra’s database if Stephen will bring in his own daughter. The Founder is putting a lot of faith in Stephen to bring in someone like his daughter but he makes a good point that Stephen has a way of figuring out what most seem unable to. Stephen takes the deal and thus begins the plan of Stephen going undercover to bring her in to a waiting Cara and Russell and then Ultra. In an odd twist, Jedekiah makes a house visit to warn Stephen against trusting any offer The Founder might have made to him since he only does things for personal gain. Really Jedekiah? Anyway, Stephen figures out where Cassandra is and heads off to “accidentally” run into her, literally. After he makes some not so smooth talk they head off for the roof where he easily gets a suppression cuff on her wrist right before Ultra agents show up to bring her in. They take down the Ultra agents and he teleports them to the TP lair telling her that she’s in an “Ultra safehouse” before being processed and taken into custody. She admits to Stephen though that she knew the whole time he was playing her and that she actually wanted him to do it. She becomes all too eager to be taken in to Ultra and have her powers removed. Cara goes through her mind telepathically and figures out that some of Cassandra’s memories aren’t real and that they’ve been placed there as a cover up for the experimentation her father was doing on her. This would also explain why she left in the first place and would rather have her powers removed than be at the mercy of her father anymore..
Stephen is privileged to the information of The Founder’s experiments and takes off to find the lab in Cassandra’s memories to find out what was going on. He’s caught and threatened with The Founder going through his mind by means of a special port which will allow him access to everything no matter how much Stephen tries to block him out. Stephen is also in danger of having his abilities taken away. John, going against Cara’s orders, grabs Cassandra and offers her the choice to run or turn herself over to Ultra/The Founder in order to save Stephen. She walks in to the room right before The Founder is about to go through Stephen’s head (thus leading him right to the Tomorrow People and Stephen’s involvement with them). He releases Stephen and turns his attention to his daughter while Stephen returns to the Tomorrow People. Stephen takes Astrid home after The Founder promises that he will follow through on his end of the deal to clear Astrid’s name.
John admits his feelings to Cara early in the episode and kisses her and she returns the kiss. However, when he tries to discuss it with her she tells him that she has to focus on her new place as leader of the TP and can’t let personal feelings get in the way of professional forthgoings. When he defies her (despite the fact that he might the right call in giving Cassandra the choice to run or turn herself in) she tells him in front of everyone that she will not let him do it again. He angrily tells her that he won’t apologize for doing the right thing and he’ll do it again no matter who is in charge to which she replies that he needs to pack his stuff, say his goodbyes, and leave. Stephen’s mom has spent the entire episode trying to get Stephen to open up to her about everything that has been going on. In her frustration she tells him that she let him get close to Jedekiah in hopes that it would put any misgivings about his father to rest but instead he was turning out to be just like him before he disappeared. She also knows that he knows where Astrid is since he hasn’t been the least bit concerned with her “disappearance”. Stephen finds a moment alone with Luca to tell him that if he has anything to tell him, he should do it now thinking Luca will reveal himself as a breakout. Instead, Luca tells him that his “big secret” is smoking bong…meaning that whoever was messing with Stephen during the camping trip was neither Peter or Luca. Stephen’s mother, Astrid, and Astrid’s father go out to lunch and The Founder goes back on his word sending a kill squad to finish her once and for all. Cassandra warns Stephen telepathically of this just as Stephen’s mother turns around at the table they’re sitting at and tells Astrid and her father to take cover behind the table. Stephen shows up as the Ultra agents finish shooting at the restaurant but as he runs up to the shattered building he finds his mother standing up, unharmed, because she’s stopped all of the bullets in their tracks. He’s clearly upset and all she can say is “I’m sorry, I should have told you sooner”.
Even though it should have been obvious considering Stephen’s abilities, his mother did one heck of a job of hiding this from him. So considering who Stephen’s father is and now knowing that his mother is also a TP, Stephen is a synergist just as Cassandra, hence his ability to read her telepathically when know one else could! And even though it isn’t happening in this episode, wouldn’t that mean Luca will eventually breakout as well? I applaud the writers for hiding it as long as they could but at the same time this was a storyline that had to be coming from the beginning. Now that she’s revealed herself as a TP, I hope she’ll be showing off her skills in the remaining episodes because something tells me she will be one woman not to be messed with. On another note, I’m truly glad to see the well overused love triangle disappear for the time being, but all the drama between John and Cara is getting out of hand. Whether they’re supposed to be together or not, I just hope they figure it out soon. The snippets of love/hate the writers have thrown in at this point are just taking away from the important stories at hand. However, maybe this is all just pushing them in the direction they need to be going in. What’d you think of the episode Tomorrow People fans?