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HERO FOR A DAY Danny plays a crucial but risky part in the fight against the amplifier-powered militia.
Okay, here is the part where we need to talk about Miles and Rachel. As in Miles/Rachel. Or Miles+Rachel. However you want to say it. In a recent EW interview, Elizabeth Mitchell hinted that our inkling of a romantic history between these two was on point. And in this episode we got to see more hints at this supposedly amorous past of theirs.
So, I will now proceed to the portion of our program where I round up all the significant Miles/Rachel moments of this episode.
Miles/Rachel moment #1: During that brief everything’s-fine-and-dandy scene when hugs and kisses are exchanged, Nora pulls Miles in for a long, firm kiss, which Miles returns, but a few seconds in, he opens his eyes – to stare right at Rachel. But Rachel doesn’t see his eyes boring into her. She’s already turned away out of politeness – or perhaps because she really can’t bear to watch.
Miles/Rachel moment #2: When Rachel decides to track down John and his Locket of Power, Miles tells her, “You know I’m coming with you, right? Somebody’s gotta keep you in one piece.” Rachel challenges him, “And that’s you? You’re the one that’s gonna make sure that nothing bad happens to me?” – with ever so slight an emphasis on “bad.”
Miles/Rachel moment #3: Later on, it’s just Miles and Rachel, the two of them, alone, on this trip to John’s house. Their horse buggy pulled over for the night, they take awkward steps around each other. Miles, barely looking at Rachel, says, “We ever gonna talk about – you know – this?” Rachel says there’s nothing to talk about, but Miles keeps pushing: “Rachel, I saw a body. It was you. You gotta know that I would never, ever have left if I thought you were alive.” He asks if Monroe hurt her. Rachel doesn’t respond. She makes a move for the buggy, but somehow that one step just ends up shrinking the space between them. Still unable to look Rachel in the eye, Miles says, “Everything that happened – it’s all my fault.” He apologizes for it all, and he bows his head toward Rachel’s, their foreheads just an inch apart. Rachel closes her eyes for a moment, then says softly, “Step back. Please.” A wider shot reveals Miles was gripping her arm. He takes a step back, and Rachel climbs into the buggy.
So what’s up with these two? What happened when Miles thought Rachel was dead? What exactly is this apparently romantic history of theirs? Did Rachel start to fancy her brother-in-law while she was “away getting food”? Or does this date back further? And when and why did things turn sour between them?
Well, I guess answers on all that will have to wait. But theories don’t. (Have at it in the comments section, guys.)
And there’s still more left to theorize upon. Onward: Nora, Charlie, Danny, and Aaron make it to Central Command, where Nora is reunited with Nicholas (who we met in the show’s third episode) and they meet Commander Ramsey, who’s convinced that now that Monroe has electrical power, all hope for the resistance is lost.
Meanwhile, Jason Neville is starting to lose hope too – and faith in the militia. As Jason has accompanied his father on his mission to locate all the rebel bases, he’s seen too much. Killing everyone in a rebel camp – mothers, fathers, children – does not sit well with his conscience. And when Jason and Major Neville start spying on the Annapolis base, Jason can’t hide his change of heart anymore. He doesn’t want the militia to kill all those rebels – and more specifically, he doesn’t want them to kill Charlie, whom he catches a glimpse of through his binoculars. He wants out, and he tells his father as much. “With those choppers, we’re not fighting. We’re butchering,” he says. Neville strikes his son. “You are a shameful disappointment to me,” he growls. And they start throwing punches at each other. The senior Neville, of course, gets the upper hand, striking down Jason with one final blow. He orders Jason to never come back home.
What’s next for Jason? He doesn’t really know – there aren’t many places for him to go, but he does know step one: Warn Charlie. He finds her much like they first met, when she’s gathering water in the woods. He tells her his real name (now Charlie knows he’s Neville’s son), and he warns her about the incoming airstrike, which will be there in 12 hours. “You should get out of here,” Charlie says firmly. Jason tells her all about how he’s finished with the militia, but Charlie doesn’t let him come with her.
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