Next we get our one glimpse of the episode at that pill-shaped object that Rachel pulled out of Danny’s chest. The inside of the small, clear object looks like the innards of a computer. While Rachel looks at it under one of the hospital’s microscopes, she sketches out a circuit on a notepad. Any electronics experts know what any of that drawing means?
Nora and Miles reach Culpepper, Va., the town where they believe Jim Hudson is (based on information from his brother living 20 miles away). It doesn’t seem like Hudson’s kind of town – “It’s a little Stepford,” says Nora of the quaint town with signposts that point to the community garden and the library. That library is where we get our next sighting of Eric Kripke’s love for Stephen King – there’s a whole shelf devoted to the prolific author, and the apparent librarian is handing one visitor a copy of The Stand. That librarian turns out to be Jim Hudson (Alphas actor Malik Yoba), but that’s not the name he goes by anymore, and he is not too happy to see Miles there. Now he goes by the name Henry Beemus. He has a new quiet life, and a new wife. Miles tries to convince his old friend to finish the job he once helped him with (Jim got Miles into Monroe’s bedroom the day he tried to kill him), but Jim doesn’t want to be that man again. “You can’t run from who you are,” Miles tells him. “You can’t wash that much blood off your hands. Sooner or later it’s gonna catch up to you” – just like it caught up to Miles when he got a visit from his niece. But Jim isn’t convinced.
Back at Echo Base, Rachel and Charlie argue when Charlie returns from a raid with a large wound on her shoulder. Rachel doesn’t want her daughter to put her life in danger anymore. “I can’t lose you too,” she says. Charlie makes it clear it’s not Rachel’s place to boss her around. When Rachel insists, “I’m your mother!” Charlie snaps back, “Since when? You weren’t there for me. You weren’t there for Danny. You don’t get to be –” and smack – her mother slaps Charlie across the face. Rachel’s immediately horrified and apologetic, but Charlie storms away.
There’s not much time for Charlie or Rachel to take a breather from the heated moment because an air raid siren starts to sound throughout the base. Militia Humvees are in sight headed their way, and the Lockets of Power turn on again. Rachel, knowing exactly what both of these things mean – Monroe has power again and Randall has teamed with Monroe – springs into action, dumping chemicals into a sink to destroy the pendants. Aaron ties to tell her that it’s useless, that he and Miles already tried to destroy them. But Rachel of course knows more about the pendants than he does – she pulls out the flash drive from both pendants (“it’s a fricken’ flash drive?!” a frustrated and shocked Aaron says). Charlie has joined them by this point and frantically tells her mother that there’s no time, that they have to run. But Rachel knows Randall is tracking them – if she keeps the pendants, they’ll lead Randall straight to them. If she leaves them, then that’s more power for Monroe. She yells at Charlie, “Every pendant Monroe gets is another chopper, is another kid dead, okay?” So she tosses the pendant flash drives into the chemicals, successfully destroying them.
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