Ben Edlund did not help with this script
SPOILERS BELOW. THEY’RE SPOILERS EVEN IF YOU SEE THEM COMING
*Miles tried to rescue Monroe
*Rachel tried to rescue Monroe AND Miles
*Miles, Monroe, and Rachel all rescued Monroe’s son, Connor
*Aaron was reunited with his wife
*And Grace was there
*People are getting sick in Willoughby
*Because of The Patriots?
*Because of The Patriots
*Tom’s not sure he can trust Julia
*Julia’s not sure she can protect Tom
*But it’s Jason who takes the fall for breaking into The Chief of Staff’s office
After a strong episode last week, this week’s Revolution spends the hour moving pieces into place for, well, I would have assumed the next few episodes, but I’ll get to that rant at the end. Right now let’s focus on who’s getting moved where.
As I like to do, let’s get Aaron out of the way first. It’s been two episodes since he arrived in Spring City, Oklahoma to find Grace and Pricilla, his ex-wife who he abandoned in the woods a decade ago, waiting for him. Grace must get paid by the minute, because she’s not even around to say good-bye in this episode, leaving a note to explain her departure. Don’t worry fans of Grace, I’m sure we’ll see her in the last three episodes of this season, just like season 1, followed by another 10 episode hiatus. Grace is gone, but Cynthia’s back for Aaron. Or, more accurately, the Nano-bots in the form of Cynthia are back. Now they want him to go to Lubbock, Texas. Why? I don’t know. I just know that Pricilla doesn’t want to go back to Texas. So she’s all ready to walk out on Aaron when the Nano-bots nearly drop a tree on her and change her mind. Boy, that is a good message. “If she won’t do what you told her, just resort to violence.” So “Mom” and “Dad” are off to Lubbock. This is exactly like when Aaron used to play Legend of Zelda as a kid. If he was terrible at Legend of Zelda and just went from screen to screen wandering around and not collecting any treasures.
Also returning to Texas are Rachel, Miles, Monroe, and Connor. They immediately find Aaron, Charlie, and Doc Porter are missing. Rachel and Miles want to find them, Connor wants to split, and Monroe comes down on the side of Team Matheson. Monroe explains to Connor that if they’re going to get the Monroe Republic: Part Deux off the ground they’ll need The Butcher of Baltimore’s help. Why Monroe thinks Miles will join him, I don’t know. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it blows up in his face. For the time being, The Band is back together. The Band quickly finds The Patriots quarantine camp and Rachel walks in to help her father and daughter. So now we’ve got Rachel, Charlie, and Doc Porter working in the camp, and Miles, Monroe, and Connor hiding on the outside. It doesn’t take Rachel long to get suspicious about the Typhus infections (she must have seen last week’s Next Time On) and a little bit of snooping uncovers that the disease isn’t spreading from person to person. It’s being given to them. Why? According to Rachel “they’re trying to make the town pure.”
I asked you back in “Patriot Games” please just don’t make The Patriots Nazis. Was that too much to ask? To just leave Godwin out of this? Paul Grellong helped write both “Patriot Games” and this episode. I’m not saying he’s pro-Nazi. I’m just saying he’s the common denominator.
Doc Porter soon comes down with Typhus as well, so Miles, Monroe, and Connor break into Willoughby to try and find the antidote. When that doesn’t work they take Truman hostage, infect him with Typhus, and order him to take them to the antidote. Connor is volunteered, as the only member of The Gang not currently on a Wanted Poster, to take Truman into town to get the medicine. Things quickly go south, and Connor ends up in a stand-off against three armed Patriots, with Truman as his hostage.
Meanwhile, on “The Neville’s Go To Washington”, Julia and Tom are trying to figure out how to get Jason back. There’s a trio of flashbacks involved, but the gist is Julia will distract you with sex and then Tom will slit your throat or shoot you in the head with a shotgun. That was it. I know I harp on this every time there are flashbacks, but it’s because the flashbacks are So Bad, you guys. So bad. If they’re not padding the run time, they’re retconning the story. If they’re not retconning the story, they’re providing justification that doesn’t justify anything. If they’re not providing justification that doesn’t justify anything, they’re giving you bad wigs. So Julia and Tom try plan Sex on the Chief of Staff to find out where Jason is and when that doesn’t work they go to plan Violence. Julia and Mr. Chief of Staff are having dinner with friends. Julia will leave a door open for Tom so he can break in, kill the friends (social acquaintances, is perhaps more accurate, all things considered), and then force Mr. Chief of Staff to take him to where Jason is being held. As soon as the classical music started playing as Tom approached the door, I knew something was going to go wrong. Either he’d be ambushed, or Julia sold him out, or she’d be dead. So it wasn’t a big surprise that Tom found himself staring down a regiment of Patriot guns while Mr. Chief of Staff held Julia at gunpoint. I’ll give the Chief this, he certainly figured out The Neville’s not-very-secret relationship pretty quickly. Though it’s also pretty paranoid to have your own wife tailed. No one gets dinner, and Tom and Julia are dragged off in separate directions to no doubt be tortured.
So there you have it. Lots of pieces getting moved into place. Now the rant I promised earlier, because according to The Next Time On, none of this means ANYTHING. We already know Connor escapes, because he’s wandering around New Vegas with Charlie. We know that The Gang gets out of Willoughby because they’re also wandering around New Vegas. Tom shows up out of nowhere, so he makes his escape easily enough and just happens to LUCK his way across the country, I guess, to find them all. I’m guessing the faith healer that Aaron and Pricilla run into in Lubbock is Peter from last episode. So yay, another character.
Oh, and Miles and Rachel are finally going to have sex. Because that’s what we’ve ALL been clamoring for. These are possibly the last 10 episode that will ever exist of Revolution and Miles and Rachel knocking boots is really that much of a priority?
So glad this episode existed to set up NONE of those exciting developments.
*So, were The Patriots injecting Typhus into the oranges or not? How could they make sure only the Un-pure ate the oranges?
*How is Typhus supposed to make Willoughby more like Guantanamo Bay? Does anyone in the writing room know what Guantanamo Bay is?
*Monroe’s look when Miles noisily opened the door into Willoughby was pretty classic
*Looks like Doc is as good as dead. You made it 12 episodes Steven, that’s more than most
*Tom shot that guy, in the head, with a shotgun, while his head was RIGHT next to his wife’s head. Insurance Adjusters do not play around