Just so you aren’t confused – this episode, for the most part, takes place while Priscilla and Aaron are walking toward Willoughby. Last week’s nano event, where Rachel is blasted by lightning and Aaron fixes the nano to save her, has not yet happened. Forget all that. Forget you’ve seen it (I’m waving my pocketwatch in front of your face).
And now that you have your timeline straight, you can let out a little release of the frustration we’ve been carrying around – the secret behind the Patriots is finally going to be revealed. YES! Finally. Two thirds of the way through the season. But let’s deal with the rest of the episode first.
After returning from New Vegas, Miles insists that Monroe come with him to see something they’ve found. “I’ve just been walking for four days, can’t I just sit on my ass for a minute?” Monroe says. But Miles takes him to see the new camp that’s been set up, which seem to be a training base for Willoughby’s kids. On their way back to Rachel and Charlie, they find two of those kids, sent to spy on them, and take the kids prisoner. The teens won’t talk to them. Rachel and Gene insist that they be returned home. When they bring the kids to the girl’s father, she tells him that every night, they’re blindfolded and brought to a black house, and when they wake up in the morning, they don’t remember anything that’s happened. She doesn’t know how she got the black eye she’s sporting. When her father goes to look at the black eye, he sees that she has a small numbers tattooed on the inside of her eyelid. He reads it out, and it triggers something – she shoots him, then grabs a knife and slits her throat.
Neville enlists Truman’s help in capturing Monroe, trying to get him before Doyle does (which would mean Julia’s death). Truman, who has been pushed around and insulted by Doyle, helps – but do you think the Nevilles can take on the Monroes? Never.
We come closer to finding out both Miles’ and Monroe’s motivations for fighting the Patriots. Knowing they’re wanted men, the group could just walk off and find somewhere else that’s quiet to live, but they’ve decided to go to war with what looks to be a large, organized force. In this episode, Monroe says more than once that he wants to win, that he thinks winning is the objective. Miles asks Monroe, “Why do you want to win?” Monroe replies, “I want revenge.” Miles says, “You don’t care about saving the town. You don’t care about anything except saving yourself. Maybe your kid. All of this is because you want to get the Republic back. You want to set up some sort of half ass father-son kingdom, a family business.” Monroe, not denying it (and this is what he’s told Connor before), “At least I got vision. At least I know what I’m fighting for. What do you think is going to happen? You’re going to retire? Play house with your two girls? That isn’t you. And you know it. So what are you fighting for? Tell me.” What does Miles want? Monroe seems much more willing to take Miles on as a “teammate,” and Miles regards Monroe as a necessary evil. Within the next few episodes, this clash of motivations will set up a split between the two, I believe.
And on to the Patriots – we are treated to flashbacks, shortly after the blackout. Six months after blackout, Truman is a low-level corporal assigned to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, wondering why they’re feeding the prisoners housed there when they haven’t heard anything from the mainland for months. A large fleet of ships sails into the bay – looking like the entire US government arriving on the island. A year after the blackout, Jack Davis, the former Secretary of Defense, addresses the assembled group and tells them that the President and Secretary of State were killed when Air Force One went down. “This wasn’t a blackout,” he says. “Long before, our nation was ruined by perverts and parasites. I believe the blackout was our punishment, but it is also our chance to atone. I am proposing a coup.” His assistant, Randall Flynn (remember him from the Tower?) is prepared to act. And the Patriot movement is born. Doyle is introduced as a consultant, a specialist in interrogation and reeducation. “It doesn’t matter whether people join us willingly or not, as long as you’ve applied pressure in all the right places. This is our moment, you will be the new founding fathers.”
Back to current Washington – now-President Davis tells a frightened aide that the cadets at the Willoughby re-education center better be ready to act – that their whole plan to take over the country depends on Willoughby. He’s a scary guy – affectionately rubbing the head of his beautiful toddler son while threatening the aide’s life and lives of his family.
Jason is brought to see Doyle, who reads off the small numbers tattooed in Jason’s eyelid- and the change comes over Jason, too (remember, he was briefly in a re-education camp in Georgia). Doyle tells him, “Let’s have a chat about your father. I’d love to know what the man is thinking.”
Aaron and Priscilla are seen in snippets throughout the episode, making their way back to Willoughby. Priscilla begins to be interested in resuming her relationship with Aaron, but something seems odd with her – the last scene is Priscilla standing alone, arms up to the sky, surrounded by the nano fireflies. What is her part in this – does she have some control over the nano? Next week!