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The eighth episode of the FOX Network series “Wayward Pines,” begins with the calm before the storm, as we hear Jason Higgins’ voice addressing the town’s citizens on the dawn of a new day. Higgins tells the residents that they’ll defeat their enemies and one of the ways they’ll show their determination’s to live their lives normally. He finishes his speech with the words “Go to school, work hard, be happy and enjoy your lives in Wayward Pines.”

What Higgins and the rest of the town’s unaware of, is that they’re in the midst of a life and death situation. Theo Yedlin and Kerry Campbell enter the superstructure in the mountain at the same time and they ride the elevator together. Yedlin’s got some disconcerting news for Campbell, after going through te results of the tests he performed on her, Theo tells Kerry due to medical issues she’d be unable to carry a child to term. Campbell’s normally cool and calm demeanor gives way to the devastation she feels hearing the news, crying that she can’t fulfill her obligation as a member of the First Generation. The elevator stops at her floor and she tells Yedlin to let her know if Megan Fisher gets in his way. It’s at that moment we realize they’re clueless to the danger in their midst, but that will change quickly.

Yedlin realizes something’s wrong when he reaches the lab and the lights are off, he turns them on to find Fisher’s lifeless body sitting in her wheelchair, the floor soaked in her blood. Theo then discovers Margaret’s escaped and he pushes the button sounding the alarm. The soldiers arrive along with Kerry and Jason and they start searching the superstructure for Margaret, but they soon realize she’s escaped the facility.

Higgins starts barking out instructions to Mario, but Yedlin interrupts him and tells Jason he’s got to inform the residents of the situation. Jason automatically tries to dismiss Theo’s advice but suddenly turns to Kerry and says Yedlin’s correct, they’ll tell all the residents to immediately get indoors, unless they want to help in the search.

Before the announcement’s made, we join Rebecca and Xander for an awkward but illuminating conversation. The couple may have started living separately six months before, but apparently they’d been intimate far more recently as we find out Rebecca’s carrying Xander’s child. He asks her why she hadn’t told Yedlin and she tells him that she still has feelings for Theo.

Margaret’s trying to get to the spot she used to get inside the electric fence to escape, when she slips and starts to fall from a cliff. She hangs on with one hand and attempts to pull herself up, however when she realizes that won’t work she jumps to the ground below unharmed.

The announcement goes out to all the residents to seek shelter and lock the doors. Over at Wayward Pines Academy, Frank Armstrong tries to convince one of his pals to hunker down in the school’s basement. However his buddy gives him a wink and  a smile and says if it’s truly the end of the world, he’s not about to waste it in the basement as he and his girlfriend walk off holding hands.

Frank’s younger sister Lucy pleads with her brother to take her to Rebecca’s hair salon and after she tells her brother she’ll feel safer there, he agrees to her request. What they don’t realize is the trip to the town square will put them dangerously close to Margaret.

Adam Hassler and Yedlin team up to try to capture Margaret, each carrying a gun and Hassler asks Theo if he knows how to shoot? The doctor says his father taught him when he was a kid, but he stopped shooting when he became a doctor and realized how much damage a bullet could cause. Adam tries to console Yedlin, saying Wayward Pines has caused many residents to break promises they made to themselves. He then suggests that once they bag their trophy they should celebrate in the town square. Theo says that Margaret’s not a trophy and Hassler responds that Yedlin best hope she becomes one.

Margaret’s spotted on the roofs of the shops in the town square, Mario and his soldiers spray the roofs with gunfire but don’t come close to hitting her. When one of the soldiers makes it to the roofs they realize she’s escaped once again. The soldiers start getting various reports that the female Abbie’s been seen all over town, so they split up and start searching.

Frank and Lucy walk to Rebecca’s salon and Armstrong attempts to keep his younger sister calm by talking about her upcoming spelling-bee. However the Armstrong’s are unaware that Margaret’s about 30-yards away and recognizes Frank from their encounter at the merry-go-round, but she lets them pass. She then discovers Frank’s buddy making out with his girlfriend in the woods, but she lets them be as well. The third couple she comes upon aren’t so lucky, as one of the soldiers kisses his wife goodbye before heading to join the other soldiers. Margaret recognizes the uniform as the same as what the soldiers that captured her wore and as soon as the wife goes inside her house she attacks the soldier and quickly kills him. She then picks up his corpse and carries his body on her shoulders.

The Armstrong’s reach Rebecca’s salon and she hurries them into her shop, where they join Arlene and a young married couple. Suddenly Xander comes into the shop carrying a canvas bag filled with weapons he’d been hiding. The couple says they want to help in the search, so Beck gives them each a rifle and tells them not to point them at anything they don’t intend to kill.

Rebecca says that they could determine where Margaret’s heading far easier if she had a copy of what the Abbies settlement looked like before Pilcher destroyed it and built Wayward Pines on top of the ruins. She suddenly remembers that there’s a copy of what she needs in Jason’s office inside the mountain and says she’ll retrieve it. Xander begs her to be careful.

Hassler and Yedlin see blood on some foliage and believe it’s Margaret’s so they start following her trail East but then they discover the corpse and realize that Margaret purposely mislead them. Hassler believes they should start heading South, while Theo’s convinced they should remain going East. They then hear gunfire coming from the East and the men split up with Yedlin heading towards the gunfire, while Adam continues South.

When Theo reaches a housing development, he finds the source of the gunshots he heard. Turns out that the married couple from the salon suddenly se Margaret at the same time that Mario and three soldiers do. The husband attempts to shoot Margaret but his shot goes awry and he instead hits Mario in his abdomen. One of the soldiers reflexively fires back and hits the husband in the throat, killing him instantly. When Yedlin arrives he sees the wife and the soldiers with weapons pointed at each other. Theo takes charge and orders them all to drop their weapons so they can get Mario to the hospital. Yedlin’s authoritative demeanor gets their respect and they all drop their weapons and then one of the soldiers asks Theo what next sir? They carry Mario to the hospital.

Rebecca shows up at Jason’s office door and tells the soldier guarding it she needs to go in there, but the soldier refuses saying she’s not authorized. She smiles and said that Jason sent her there and that he should call Higgins to verify her story, though he may get a tad upset as he’s in the midst of trying to capture Margaret.

The ruse works as the soldier lets her into the office and she quickly finds the document she seeks, but she’s soon joined by Kerry asking what Rebecca’s doing in there? Rebecca says she found what she needed, the schematics of the Abbies settlement, so they can determine where Margaret’s headed. After sniping at each other for a bit, Rebecca heads back to the town square. However as she’s walking back she suddenly looks right into Margaret’s eyes as they’re about 20-feet from each other.

Margaret raises her hand to attack and Rebecca reflexively puts her hand on her belly as she’s concerned about her child. Margaret immediately realizes that Rebecca’s carrying a baby, as we see Margaret flashback to the Abbies settlement before Pilcher destroyed it and we see an Abbie holding her newborn. Whether she was about to show Rebecca mercy or not, will never be known as Xander appears from out of nowhere and hits Margaret with a shot to the forearm. Badly injured she growls at Beck and runs away and Rebecca and Xander kiss passionately.

Jason pulls Kerry aside and takes her into a room she’d never seen before containing cryogenic chambers. Higgins smiles and says this is their escape, they’ll go back to sleep and return after the Abbies die out and they’ll become the new Adam and Eve. Kerry breaks down and tells Jason she can’t have children and Higgins says he feels so sorry for her and had he known that he would have planned things differently. She then tells him she loves him and he responds the same way. However will Jason decide to choose a new mate?

Mario wakes up after surgery and Theo tells him the bullet passed right through him, missing his liver by about an inch. Mario looks Yedlin in the eyes and asks are we dead? Theo says that Mario should make a full recovery, but the soldier shakes his head and asks Yedlin are WE dead? Theo admits he was doesn’t know and the brave front Mario puts on disappeared as he broke down crying.

Margaret finds the drain pipe she used to enter the town and she’s about to enter it when she hears a rifle being cocked. She turns around to see Hassler pointing his rifle at her. Margaret’s fearful at first but she flashes back to Adam in the lab saying they needed to set her free. Realizing Hassler’s aware of her intelligence, she suddenly stands tall and stares into Adam’s eyes. He gestures with his head for her to enter the drainage pipe and she doesn’t hesitate and takes off. Hassler waits a few minutes then lays his rifle on the ground and heads into the pipe.

After studying the schematics, Rebecca and Xander head to Jason and tell him they know Margaret’s escape route. Along with Kerry and some soldiers, they arrive at the drainage pipe too late and they realize that Margaret either took Hassler or he allowed her to escape. To keep the Abbies from using the drain pipe to invade the town, Higgins had the soldiers collapse their end of the pipe with grenades.

On the other end of the pipe we see Adam emerge to find a swarm of males waiting for him. They appear ready to pounce on him when Margaret growls at the males and signals for them to let Hassler pass safely. As soon as he gets out of the area Margaret collapses into the arms of two other Abbies who attempt to comfort her. Margaret flashes back to the day that Pilcher destroyed their settlement.

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The true barometer of a good mystery is when the author sends you down one path and eventually deposits you in a place you never expected to reach. In what could arguably be the strongest episode of its second season, the FOX Network’s Summer series “Wayward Pines,” left this viewer rather shocked at its conclusion. We watch David Pilcher’s utopian community evolve from another perspective, that of the brooding CJ Mitchum, and we find out that Mitchum witnessed the fall of humanity. However, bearing witness took a tough toll on Mitchum, that he’s never truly recovered from.

We begin the evening in the cryogenic facility and a graphic informs us that it’s April 19, 2034, twenty years after the true-believers went into suspended animation. We watch Mitchum get revived for the first time, a process he’ll repeat every 20-years, until 4014. There’s a large blackboard divided into squares and CJ climbs a ladder to record the date in chalk in the upper left square. Mitchum puts on Classical music and opens the windows of the facility, allowing the sun to pour in.

We then watch Mitchum begin rituals he’ll carry out each time he’s revived. He breaks open a roll of pennies and tosses one into a glass container, likely to check oxygenation levels. He makes the first move on a chessboard, then works out on a heavy-bag. He then monitors TV and radio reports, we hear that North Korean refugees being welcomed into the United States and that each immigrant’s being screened for a virus. CJ watches the sunset and asks aloud was it a mistake? He then heads back into the chamber for the next 20-years.

Theo Yedlin storms into the lab where the Abbies are caged and asks Megan Fisher why she never told him about the brand on Margaret’s palm? Fisher says it’s just a tribal marking and Yedlin responds that to have tribes and to utilize the tools to create the brand proves the Abbies are intelligent beings. He then tells Megan that Hassler told him the brand signifies that Margaret’s a leader and says they need to find a way to communicate with her.

Theo grabs some flash-cards and sets up a rudimentary communications system with Margaret, teaching her concepts like yes, no, friend and leader. We can tell that Margaret’s pleased with these new tactics by the look in her eyes and perhaps a war can be avoided.

Mitchum’s revived again in the year 2514 and we can see by the dates on the chalkboard that he’s gone through this ritual every 20-years. Civilization’s crumbling as only one TV network’s broadcasting and the only signal Mitchum picks up on the radio’s an alert. CJ leaves the facility and starts exploring the area when he’s startled to find he’s not alone and he pulls out his gun. A young man stands in front of him, we can see that he’s started to evolve into an Abbie, although he wears clothes, has a  full head of hair and talks to Mitchum. He introduces himself as Griffin and tells CJ, he doesn’t carry metal.

The pair explore the area together and Mitchum’s pleased to find a river with potable water and he’s delighted when he sees a school of fish swimming in front of him. Griffin reaches into the river and we realize his hands are claw-like and he grabs one of the fish and then growls.

That night the two build a fire and Mitchum sits in front of it while Griffin sleeps. However we hear Griffin alternate between moaning and growling as he sleeps and CJ gets creeped out and tries to quietly sneak away. He doesn’t get far before Griffin catches up with him and pleads for Mitchum to take him with him. CJ attempts being diplomatic but Griffin grabs him and asks why Mitchum can be saved while he can’t. The two start to struggle but Mitchum breaks the other man’s neck pretty quickly. He then apologizes that he couldn’t save him and heads back to the facility.

The attempt to communicate with Margaret’s making progress as Fisher tries to give the female a cookie, but the Abbie points for Megan to give it to the three males caged beside her. Yedlin’s pleased to see Margaret’s reaction, as she’s showing empathy and more concern for others than herself. Megan scoffs at Theo’s excitement and asks Yedlin if he truly believes communicating with Margaret’s going to solve anything? Theo responds it better, otherwise it’s likely that a war’s coming that the Abbies will probably win.

We rejoin Mitchum in the year 3234 and the weight of the responsibility he carries has gotten the best of him. As he sits at the chessboard he suddenly sees a vision of his late wife Eileen in front of him. He tells Eileen he’s tired and wants to join her, but the vision tells him he’s got a job to carry out and he must fulfill his responsibility.

Adam Hassler comes into the lab and tells Yedlin and Fisher they have to release Margaret or the Abbies will soon storm the town. Megan goes off to get Jason, while Theo tells Hassler that he’s on his side. He then explains that Margaret wanted to be found, that she appeared in front of the carousel and he tells Adam he’s started communicating with her.

CJ reaches the year 4014, and revives the group of true-believers that will prepare Wayward Pines before they revive Group A. When all get revived Pilcher thanks Mitchum for getting them all safely to this point. The pair then leave the facility and start exploring their surroundings and quickly realize they’re not alone when they see they’re standing in the middle of an Abbie settlement.

Mitchum suggests they go back into hibernation but Pilcher decides that the Abbies are mankind gone wrong and says that they’ll push the Abbies back and build an electric fence around the town. We saw in the previous episode the methods Pilcher used to reclaim the land.

Megan returns with Jason and Kerry and Yedlin says that they need to negotiate with Margaret and Higgins says that he won’t be party to that. However Kerry thinks it’s worth a try, and then her and Megan start trading insults. However Yedlin gets his way and they start utilizing the flash-cards again. When Theo explains to Margaret that Jason’s their leader, the Abbie makes it clear she wants to negotiate with Yedlin. Jason of course gets disgusted by the suggestion.

Theo then tries to show Margaret he means the Abbies no harm and punches in the code to open the cage of the male next to her. With palms raised in surrender and repeating the word Friends like a mantra he enters the male’s cage. The Abbie tries to attack Theo, but Adam pulls him from the cage before he’s harmed. Margaret then snarls at the male who whimpers in response. Yedlin defiantly proclaims that proves Margaret controls the males, Higgins declares the experiments over and then kills the three males with one shot each. Before he can shoot Margaret, Theo wrestles the gun away from him. Higgins demands Kerry give him her gun, but she says if he still values her opinion that he’ll let Margaret live. Although he’s unhappy with the resolution he leaves the lab with Kerry.

We rejoin CJ in the year 4018, awakening day for Group A, and Fisher asks Mitchum to join in welcoming the group to their new lives, but Mitchum says he’ll pass on her offer. He tells Megan that he had 2000 years to adjust to the future and Fisher expects these people to adjust instantly. She tells CJ that all will adjust splendidly to their new reality. However her optimism proves unjustified as the people of Group A freak out which leads to their destruction.

Adam leaves the lab telling Theo that he’s Margaret’s choice to replace Jason, but the Abbies are humanity’s replacement. Megan’s visibly shaken by the statement and says she can’t accept the concept that the Abbies are superior beings. Yedlin’s just disgusted with what he’s witnessed and tells Fisher he’s heading back to the hospital to take a shower and try to clear his head and says he’ll return in a couple of hours.

Jason and Kerry seek out Mitchum and ask him if he thought the Abbies were intelligent when he first encountered them with Pilcher? Mitchum asks with all that’s going on why are they suddenly asking that question. Higgins ignores Mitchum’s question and says that he won’t allow the destruction of humanity to occur on his watch.

The final scene takes place in the lab as we watch Megan typing on a computer when she suddenly looks like she’s about to pass out. As the shot widens we see blood dripping down Fisher’s leg and the floor’s covered in her blood, she suddenly says Margaret and we realize the female Abbie released herself from her cage by punching the same digits Yedlin used to open the male’s cage. She then gutted Fisher with a scalpel and Fisher takes her last breath. Margaret walks through the pool of blood as she escapes from the lab.

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Underestimating one’s opponent can prove to be a fatal flaw, a lesson that goes back to Biblical Times, when a giant took on a scrawny kid with a slingshot. Jason Higgins, the hand-chosen successor to David Pilcher, to become the leader of “Wayward Pines,” can’t bring himself to accept the truth.  Despite the mounting evidence Higgins refuses to accept that the Abbies are capable of thought, let alone be humanities intellectual superiors. His refusal to alter his mindset has put the 1178 residents of the town in a possible deadly situation. However this episode begins with a flashback that shows the viewers how the conflict between humans and Abbies originated.

The first images of the evening shows what looks to be an idyllic society of Abbies in the wild eating and playing together and showing signs of affection and a mother with her newborn. Suddenly one of the Abbies looks to the sky and starts snarling, we soon see a helicopter hovering above them. Without any warning the chopper starts firing on the Abbies with an automatic weapon and wiping out most of the tribe. When the helicopter lands, Pilcher emerges and we hear someone tell him the area’s now clear and they can start building their fence. Once again humanity starts off with an Original Sin.

We cut to Higgins and Kerry’s bedroom and Jason tells her they should have a baby and at first she seems pleased with the idea. However she soon starts focusing on the problems of the town and any thoughts of romance between the couple that night quickly dissipates.

Theo’s trying to get drunk from the less than satisfactory liquor at the Beer Garden when Rebecca walks in and sits down on the stool next to him. She says to Theo that she really tried to find him, whether she’s being truthful remains a mystery, as one would think that as the town’s designer she’d have some clout. She says that at first her and Xander’s marriage was comparable to two prisoners sharing a cell. Yedlin asks her if she still got feelings for Xander and she responds she chose Theo first. He says that doesn’t answer his question, but just then they see hundreds of people walking briskly through the town square.

Outside the fence Adam Hassler carves a stake, while many of the scouting party sleep. Suddenly, he sees the flames of the corn crops on fire and yells for everybody to clear out. However some of the Abbies already breached the camp and they kill some of the scouts while also suffering losses. Hassler runs into Theresa Burke’s tent and sees one of the Abbies mauling her, Hassler stops the Abbie with two shots to the head but Theresa’s badly injured.

In Megan Fisher’s lab suddenly all the male Abbies start snarling and shaking the bars of their cages in an effort to break free. Fisher looks over at Margaret the female Abbie and sees that she’s standing perfectly still but she’s glaring at Fisher and it causes Megan to feel quite uneasy.

Theo and Rebecca find out that the Abbies have set the cornfield on fire and there’s a woman’s voice on a loudspeaker asking for all able-bodied men to report to the fire-station. Kerry pulls up and tells Yedlin she needs him at the hospital, he asks her why they’re recruiting civilians and she responds to fight the fire while the soldiers fight the Abbies.

Yedlin addresses his staff and tells them they’ll set up a triage unit and treat victims by how severe their injuries are. He then tells the staff he’s got confidence in them to handle the situation. Oscar the senior medical student starts praising Yedlin and the surgeon tells him to shut up.

Jason and the soldiers gear up to battle the Abbies and Higgins says if they can’t save the cornfield they’re all dead.  However the Abbies lit the four corners of the field realizing the flames would spread to the center. The soldiers are badly outnumbered and 35 people die at the hands of the Abbies, while the crops got burned to the ground.

The hospital’s a scene of barely contained chaos with blood everywhere and the screams of pain from the victims fill the air. CJ and Hassler arrive with Theresa and Yedlin realizes she’s got a collapsed lung. Theo tells Burke why she can’t breath and says that she’s going to feel pain but this will help her breath, then sticks a syringe into her chest. Theresa winces in pain but soon she’s breathing normally.

Jason’s having an episode of self-doubt and Kerry calls him out on it, telling him he’s acting like a sniveling loser. She says she thought he was the man that was trained from birth to lead Wayward Pines and he says she’s correct. Kerry then tells him to never display a lack of confidence in front of the others, because then they’ll lose their faith in him.

Jason and Kerry meet with Mitchum, Yedlin, Mario and Fisher to assess the damage and discuss their options which CJ says don’t exist. He says that the Abbies learned to use fire, after the soldiers killed some with flamethrowers and says that they knew what they were doing when they set the crops on fire and when they ambushed them. Higgins won’t accept the fact that the Abbies are capable of thought and reason and gets agitated when someone suggests otherwise.

Mitchum says that even if the Abbies were to retreat from the fence, the soil they used would need months to recover. CJ tells them that they’ve got less than six weeks worth of food in storage. Then Yedlin hits them with the second punch, they’re dangerously low on antibiotics and somebody could possibly die from a sinus infection or tetanus. Theo says he could possibly synthesize a penicillin type drug, but that’s about it.

Hassler was also badly injured by the Abbies and wakes up after his surgery and sees Oscar standing over his bed. Adam asks if Theresa’s alive and Oscar says he can’t discuss other patients with him. Hassler flashes back to Seattle in our era and he’s sitting on a city bench when Megan approaches the bench and sits next to him. He asks where Pilcher’s at and she says he couldn’t make it so she came instead.  She says that Ethan Burke belongs to the future and that Adam can now pursue the woman he loves Theresa. Then she says Pilcher told her that Hassler tried to call it off and asks him if he’s in love with Theresa why would he do that. Hassler replies that his feelings don’t justify his actions and walks away.

Hassler leaves his room and starts looking for Theresa and he sees her in a room comatose and hooked up to a ventilator. He walks over to her bed and takes her hand and apologizes for destroying her life. He then flashes back to our era and we see that he witnessed Ethan and Theresa surprising Ben with a birthday cake in the park, then he sadly walks away. Right then Burke wakes up momentarily and pulls her hand away from Adam then closes her eyes again. We see that she’s having the same memory of surprising Ben and then she flat-lines.

Theo heads to Fisher’s lab and Megan’s got Margaret in an MRI chamber per Yedlin’s request. He tells Fisher he wants to examine Margaret’s brain to determine how large her center of language and advanced thought is and then the surgeon gasps. He says a chimpanzee’s brain contains a center that’s one-third the size of a human and that Margaret’s center’s twice the size of a human’s. Megan asks if that means she can understand them, unaware that Margaret’s actually communicating telepathically with the Abbies outside the fence.

Theo heads back to the hospital and starts questioning Hassler about female Abbies, when Adam asks what Theo knows about the females, he replies they’ve got one in captivity. Adam’s eyes show his fear and he asks Theo if the female has a raised brand on the palm of her hand.

In the final scene we watch the radar detector pick up more and more Abbies gathering around the fence, the amount of dots on the screen increase from about a hundred to what looks like thousands. Suddenly the sound of the Abbies outside the fence permeates the air, causing everyone to come out to the street. As the hospital staff stand in front of their building, Arlene asks Yedlin if they’re going to be alright.

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Photo Courtesy Of Sergei Bachlakov/Fox

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Once again the creative team behind the FOX Network Summer series “Wayward Pines,” pulled off a pretty neat trick, confirming some of the clues viewers picked up on, while also revealing some jaw-dropping surprises. The show took the audience back to our era, as another complicated relationship gets explained and the true reason behind Theo and Rebecca Yedlin living in Wayward Pines gets revealed. As many viewers deduced Rebecca played an instrumental role developing David Pilcher’s vision and one of Pilcher’s original band of “True Believers.”

Rebecca’s a Harvard educated architect working for a firm in the Boston area and finds out a project she’s been working on got assigned to another architect. She’s also informed that she’s got a visitor in her office, a man who refused to wait in the reception area. Her visitor introduces himself as Dr. David Pilcher and asks if she’s read his book? He tells Yedlin he’d like her to consider designing an ambitious and historic project and suggests they discuss it over dinner.

Pilcher hands Rebecca her Harvard thesis over a restaurant table and says that he’s noticed that Yedlin’s a fan of Henry Clubb and she smiles and says Clubb inspired her to become an architect. Clubb built a settlement in 1856 called Octagon City in Kansas, that Clubb envisioned as a Utopian Society for Vegetarians, with all the buildings being eight-sided. The settlement failed miserably as occupants fled after only a few months, but both Yedlin and Pilcher got inspired by Clubb’s vision of a Utopian paradise.

He tells Rebecca that he believes a flood is coming and he wants Yedlin to build an arc. She responds it would be very expensive and Pilcher without hesitation says he’s willing to pay whatever it takes. He then asks her if she’d like to build the community that she got inspired by? Pilcher then says he’s looking for dreamers and asks if she’s one of them?

We return to 4032, as Jason Higgins dispatches two jeep-loads of soldiers to deal with the Abbie near the merry-go-round that scared Frank in the final scene of the previous episode. Although Jason instructed his men to kill the Abbie, Kerry realizes that they’ve encountered their first female Abbie. So the female’s spared and brought back to Megan Fisher’s complex to be studied. Fisher notices a swirl mark on the palm of one of the female’s hands and says perhaps it’s anthropological. However she makes it clear, that her only interest in studying the Abbies is for her to learn how to kill them all.

Outside the town’s gates CJ Mitchum leads the mission to determine the best place for the town to plant new crops and he asks Adam Hassler to help some guys taking water samples. Hassler suggests he grab a shovel so he can start digging graves. Mitchum says they’re not planning on dying out there, but Hassler responds that the Abbies won’t give them a choice in the matter.

Theresa Burke tells CJ that she’s staying outside the fence when the rest of the team return to town. Mitchum says they can’t be certain that the Abbies have left for good and advises her to return with them for her own safety. She says that her son died out there and she’s not leaving him again and she’ll be fine without Mitchum’s protection. CJ says that she might want to tell Hassler the same thing and Theresa shakes her head and says Adam’s the reason her son and husband died. Mitchum acknowledges that, but he says Hassler’s the reason she’s still alive.

Rebecca’s brought to Idaho and introduced to some of the other “True-Believers,” including Megan Fisher who raves about Yedlin’s designs for the town. Pilcher tells her they’ve already set up a base of operations and Rebecca will have plenty of time to explore the facility after they have dinner that evening.

Jason’s obsessed with trying to determine how the female Abbie got inside the fence and pays Rebecca a visit at her hair salon. He asks her if the fence’s secure and she replies that it is, he asks her what if she’s wrong and she replies then they’re all dead. Ever the punk, Higgins feels the need to give Yedlin a dig and asks how everything’s going at home? Rebecca says all’s well and Jason smirks and says that she must have told Theo everything then and says it’s never good to keep secrets.

Frank reports for breeding-duty and tries to reschedule, but the woman ignores the request and tells Frank his locker and breeding room number. The session ends pretty disastrously as Frank shows little passion in bed and the poor girl says it’s obvious he doesn’t like her. Embarrassed Frank tells the girl she’s right he prefers blondes, she gives him a dirty look and says maybe he’s not a good match for anybody and says she’ll tell the authorities that as she leaves the room.

Theo and Kerry have a conversation in Yedlin’s office and he tells her that he wants to be put in charge of research on the Abbies. Kerry says she could do that but Theo would be stepping on some toes, she’s delighted to see that doesn’t deter Yedlin and the two head to the facility. Fisher’s about to extract some spinal fluid from the female without sedation. Theo tells her he’s in charge now and orders her not to perform the procedure and says he’ll be by first thing in the morning to layout the new protocols. As soon as Yedlin walks away Megan orders her assistant to extract the fluid.

Rebecca’s informed that Pilcher’s glorious project will come to fruition in 2000-years as Fisher explains they’ll be in cryogenic hibernation until after the crisis they’re expecting passes and they’ll be members of a new start for humanity. Yedlin realizes they’re serious and wants to back out but she’s afraid of the repercussions of making that choice. We now know exactly why Rebecca was in such a terrible mood on her vacation with Theo in Hawaii, because she knew those were their final days in the 21st Century.

Here’s a fun fact, the First Generation Of Wayward Pines believe that the only definition of the word Gay signifies happiness. We find that out when Frank comes to get examined by Theo after he strikes out with Meadow at his breeding session. Turns out that this wasn’t Frank’s first attempt and he had just as little success the first time.

Yedlin asks him if he believes he’s Gay and then we realize that concept’s never been explained to the youngsters. He tells Frank that perhaps he’s attracted to members of his own sex and the teen freaks out and asks Theo to cure him. Yedlin tells the teen there’s nothing wrong with him, but Frank replies if he can’t reproduce they’ll kill him. Theo assures him he won’t allow that to happen.

Outside the fence, Adam tells Theresa that she and Ben were never supposed to follow Ethan to Wayward Pines. He’d been in love with Theresa all along and sent Ethan to Idaho to get rid of him so Hassler could have a shot at winning her heart. However when Ben and she followed Ethan, he decided he had no life in our era without her. He apologizes but she doesn’t display any anger.

We’re hit with our third straight bombshell in the next scene as Theo comes home to find Rebecca and Xander waiting for him. Rebecca tells Theo that she and Xander are married and have been for about a year, but they haven’t been together for six months. She tells Yedlin she got kidnapped and woke up all alone in this mess and thought Theo died. Xander explains they got matched up and says it’s not Rebecca’s fault. Yedlin lets his wedding ring hit the floor and then causes Xander to hit the floor when he connects with a right to Xander’s nose.

Adam tells Theresa that he realizes why she doesn’t want to go back to the town as she’s given up and just wants to die. He tells her that he’s been there but he’s at peace now and just needs Theresa’s forgiveness. She says they’re stuck together so they can talk but she’ll never forgive him.

We get one more flashback, as we see when Rebecca’s first revived from her 2000 year nap. The scene very much resembles when we got introduced to Theo, but Xander’s there to greet her instead of Kerry. He tells Rebecca she got knocked out in the storm. When Xander drives them through the town square she realizes they’re in the town she designed.

The final scene shows us that the Abbies have returned and embraced fire as their own weapon, as they each clutch a torch and start burning down the cornfields. However suddenly they stand still and silent as it appears that the female Abbie might be communicating with them telepathically.

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Who truly are the monsters on the FOX Network Summer series “Wayward Pines,” the Abbies or the remaining humans who reside behind an electric fence in an Idaho community? Four episodes into the second year of this series, the answer to that question’s at best debatable. While the residents of Wayward Pines, fixate on doing everything they can to survive, many of them have lost their humanity in the process. They readily eliminate threats from throughout their ranks, while forcing others to enter situations they’re not yet prepared for.

Contrast that behavior with what we saw earlier this season, as the Abbies readily sacrificed themselves in order for some of them to get past the electric fence and enter the town. Would the remaining humans in the year 4032, put themselves in danger for the greater good? Although there are some characters we’ve encountered that seem selfless enough to give up their lives to save another, they appear to be very few that would comfortably fit in that category.

Dr. Theo Yedlin, Ben Burke and Xander Beck, got exiled from the town at the conclusion of the season premiere and while Yedlin got saved early in episode two, Ben and Xander’s fate remained unknown until this chapter. Beck’s alive although he finds himself at the bottom of a pretty deep pit, possibly an abandoned well. He climbs the rocks that line the sides and nearly reaches the top when an Abbie pushes him back down to the bottom. The Abbie then jumps down and starts attacking Beck, but Xander gets the creature in a headlock and chokes the life out of it. Then to confirm his opponent won’t rise again, Beck smashes a boulder against his skull.

As despicable as Jason Higgins, the current leader of Wayward Pines has proven himself to be, there’s a special place in Hell for Megan Fisher. She somehow survived her brush with death on Invasion Day, however her second chance didn’t alter her perspective or her personality. She’s a controlling, manipulative, woman that despises to be challenged and that happened a couple of times during this installment.

Jason, Kerry Campbell, CJ Mitchum and Fisher were in the midst of a meeting when we joined them, as Megan gets the First Couple up to date on their big fertility push. A number of the young teens are far along in their pregnancies and more girls have started ovulating. Mitchum, seemingly disgusted with the conversation gets up to leave but Jason asks him to stay. CJ says he thought the meeting concerned sending out a squadron miles away from town to check out soil samples and the water situation, so they could plant more crops to feed the town. Mitchum wants to take full advantage of the Abbies vacating the area.

Fisher tries torpedoing the idea asking Jason what would Pilcher say? Higgins responds that Pilcher would back the plan and he tells CJ and Mario to start planning for the upcoming mission. Megan involuntarily stiffens in her wheelchair, when Higgins’ disregards her advice. However we can see that Mitchum’s pleased as more crops gives the town a better chance for survival.

Beck’s getting a drink from a brook when a stranger with a long beard and long stringy-hair comes up from behind him and covers Xander’s mouth and holds a blade to his neck. Turns out the stranger’s Adam Hassler, Ethan Burke and Kate Hewson’s boss in the Secret Service and one of the dozen nomads that David Pilcher sent out when he revived the people from Group A. Hassler’s the only one of the nomads to return to the town and he’s got the physical and mental scars to show how harrowing his experience was.

Adam tells Beck that the Abbies have a system and if you can survive long enough you can figure it out. He says they usually send a scout to a new territory first and if you can hightail it before the scout reaches the rest of his group, you’ll survive. He then tells Xander he’s got to go back to town as there’s somebody he needs to talk to and suggests Beck join him, saying the worst they can do is not let him in. However both men are allowed through the gates without a problem and a buzz of recognition fills the air as some of the soldiers realize that the man with Beck’s Adam Hassler.

Hassler’s brought into an examination room where he meets Yedlin and they introduce themselves. Adam says his mission was to leave town and look for other survivors and we’re aware that he made it to San Francisco, from a videotape Theresa Burke found last year. The only human that Hassler met outside the gate was Xander and Theo muses that perhaps they’ll never know for certain if any other humans remain. Adam grabs Theo and whispers “Oh we know. They’re not are enemies, they’re our replacements.”

Hassler then grimaces in pain and Theo tells him to lie back and show Yedlin where the pain’s emanating from. It’s his abdomen and when Theo lifts up his shirt we see how badly Adam’s torso’s been repeatedly sliced. From his chest to his waist, his body’s covered in scar tissue.

Later that morning, Theo’s doing paperwork when Jason comes into Yedlin’s office and starts asking the doctor questions about Hassler, as Adam won’t talk to him. Theo says he won’t violate doctor/patient confidentiality and he tells Higgins that if he wants answers from Hassler, then go question Adam.

Crisis time for Lucy Armstrong the young girl that helps Rebecca Yedlin in her beauty-shop. Lucy’s had her first-period and she’s terrified Megan will find out and immediately try to pair her up with a boy and get her to start spitting out kids. Lucy’s crying and tells Rebecca that she’s not ready to have children, but Rebecca tells Lucy she needs to go back to school or they’ll realize something’s wrong.

Hassler’s fallen asleep in the hospital bed and he dreams about a battle he had with an Abbie in which he killed his opponent with a sword. He wakes up startled, then realizes he’s in the hospital and puts on his coat and starts to leave, however that’s when we realize that Adam’s hallucinating and keeps seeing nonexistent Abbies. He heads downtown and his appearance raises a ruckus, as he’s scaring little kids and he keeps getting visions.

He ducks down an alley however Theresa Burke sees him and follows him, when she’s certain it’s him she asks how he could have worked with Pilcher and why did he involve her family? He asks where’s Ethan and she tells him he’s dead and there’s good probability that Ben’s dead as well, as they threw him outside the fence. She screams that she lost her family because of him and that they had trusted him. She then turns around and stomps away.

The grade school students put on a play commemorating Pilcher’s decision to put the Wayward Pines project into action and the cast featured a seven year-old portraying Pilcher as well as singing pine trees. Lucy’s emotions overcome her and she leaves the auditorium and breaks down crying. Later that day Fisher approaches her and says she’s noticed the girl used the bathroom a lot that day and Armstrong says she ate something that didn’t agree with her. Megan accepts her response but Lucy realizes Fisher didn’t believe her. She tells her older brother Frank that Fisher knows, but he tells her not to worry and promises he won’t tell Megan.

That vow doesn’t last too long, as Megan invites Frank for a chocolate ice cream soda and reminds Armstrong that the “First Generation Of Wayward Pines,” aren’t allowed to keep secrets from her. Frank says it’s his job to protect Lucy and Fisher tells him she understands that but says that the needs of Wayward Pines outweigh those of any individual. Frank admits his sister’s ovulating.

Theo goes to talk to Mitchum about possibly rethinking the mission he and his crew are about to embark on, telling CJ that he believes Pilcher’s protégé underestimates the Abbies. Mitchum assures Yedlin that’s not the case, then he tells Theo that they’re carrying out this mission to give the people hope.

Rebecca returns to her shop to find Megan inside talking to Lucy and Yedlin asks what’s going on? Fisher says she and Lucy are talking and then she tells Lucy to head back to the Academy with her. Lucy refuses and Rebecca tells the girl to wait outside. She then tells Megan to leave the girl alone and Fisher says she’s meeting with Jason in 15 minutes and she’s going to report this incident to Higgins. Yedlin breaks into a huge grin and she says that Fisher should try that and then says that’s a fight Megan’s bound to lose then pushes Fisher’s wheelchair out of her shop and onto the sidewalk. Yedlin tells Lucy she’ll stay with her and Theo for the next few nights.

The convoy starts to leave town and Theresa stops the vehicle with Mitchum in it. She tells CJ she’s going with them as she has  to find out Ben’s fate. Mitchum asks her what’s the story with him as Adam climbs into another vehicle and she tells CJ that’s Mitchum’s concern not hers.

The convoy reaches it’s destination and we see snow-capped mountains in the distance. Theresa approaches Adam and asks him if he’s there to help her and he responds she’s correct. She tells Hassler the general area that the harvest crew last saw Ben, he forages through the underbrush with a flashlight. Unfortunately Ben wasn’t as fortunate as Xander and Theresa has to lift the tarpaulin off his corpse to identify her son.

The following day Frank sees his sister and asks what’s going on and she tells him that she realizes that despite his promise he told Fisher about her period. Frank says he had to and Lucy says she could tell Megan things about him, he seems concerned and asks what kind of things? Lucy ignores the question and tells her brother she hates him. Whether he felt bad because of what his sister said, or concerned with what Lucy would tell Fisher, Frank’s moody and morose the entire evening. He finally puts on his hoodie and heads downtown where he’s about to eat a sandwich when the merry-go-round suddenly comes to life briefly. However just as abruptly it powers down and Frank’s terrified when he sees an Abbie’s standing on the ride and staring back at him.

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The FOX Network mini-series “Wayward Pines,” has set the table for a truly spectacular finale, with a taut and exciting  penultimate episode entitled “A Reckoning.” Finally, the entire population of the small town in Iowa, are discovering the truth about their situation, however an ominous final montage leaves one wondering if the truth and  the residents of Wayward Pines, will survive the final episode? The town’s sheriff Ethan Burke, averted a crisis early in the episode, but that threat was back in play at the end.

Our first image’s a wide-shot of a neighborhood at night, suddenly phones start ringing all over town and we see the lights getting turned on in the houses. We move to the town square, the spotlights on the platform where they perform reckonings, come on. Then we watch Ethan walking onto the platform holding a knife to Kate Balinger’s neck and asking the crowd if that’s what they want to see. The crowd cheers lustily, but there are 14 residents who are allies of Kate and although undetected, they’re holding weapons.

We then go back several hours, to see the events that lead up to the reckoning, starting minutes after one of Kate’s crew drove through the electric fence with a 30-foot dump-truck. The driver left the cab with the body of a comrade who died on his way to the fence. Seconds later they got devoured by three Abbies, one eating the corpse the other two killing then eating the driver.

As they finish their meal, one of the Abbies realize that the fence’s disabled. He crawls underneath the truck to the other side of the fence, then crawls back to signal his mates. However he’s killed by Ethan slamming into him with his jeep. The other two Abbies attempt to escape by crawling under the truck, but Burke shoots out all the tires and the truck falls on them and crushes them to death.

Back at Burke’s office, Kate’s in one cell while Franklin and two other members of their team are in another. Franklin’s not the guy I’d want to be spending my final moments with, as he’s the voice of doom and gloom. He keeps repeating their dead, that Burke’s going to come back and then have a reckoning for each of them. Kate says that Ethan’s not Pope and they’ll all be fine. She says she knows Ethan and he’s not going to kill them. Franklin counters with she used to know him before they got to him.

Ethan’s secretary Arlene’s sitting at her desk playing solitary, when three teenaged boys walk into the station and demand to see Sheriff Burke. She tells them he’s not at the station, then asks them what gives them the right to demand anything? The loudmouth of the trio, flashes his school ring and says he’s a member of the first graduating class of Wayward Pines Academy.

He then says that Wayward Pines has rules and punishment for breaking those rules and he wants to know when the sheriff will hold reckonings for the guilty. Arlene says that’s none of his business and tells them to leave, one of his buddies tells the loudmouth Jason that they should leave. Jason says tell the sheriff if he doesn’t want to do the reckoning he knows people who will gladly take care of it. Then they leave.

Ethan’s got a construction team repairing the fence when David Pilcher arrives. Burke says he’s got the situation under control and Pilcher responds that the rebels won’t stop. Ethan says the reason that they drove through the fence was Pilcher’s fault for not leveling with the residents. The creator of Wayward Pines blames his sheriff’s leniency as the problem, telling him he must kill Kate Balinger.

The doctor says that the rebels will fall apart without her leadership. He then asks Burke if he could have killed the Easter bomber, before he killed so many, would he have done it? He says to Ethan it’s one life for the safety of the whole town.

Burke drags Harold Balinger into an interrogation room and shows him pictures of the remains of the two guys who crashed through the fence. It’s clear that they’ve been eaten by some monster, but Harold asks Ethan what he did to them? Burke looks him in the eye and says if he killed them, he’d have shot them instead of eating them. He then tells Balinger that he needs the names of the other members of their team, or this will happen to all of them.

Pamela’s sitting in her office and going through some books, when she finds a picture of David and her when they were children.  She smiles at the memory at first, but then she gets up from her desk and leaves her office. Pamela believes her brother’s lost his way, a rift formed between them over Reggie Hudson and her days of unquestioning loyalty ended.

Theresa Burke steps out of Ben’s room at the hospital and Pam asks her how Ben’s doing. Theresa says that Ben slept through the night and Pam says that’s great. She then quietly asks her if Ethan told her the truth about Wayward Pines and Theresa uncomfortably nods yes. Pilcher asks if she believes him and Burke responds she doesn’t know what to believe. Pamela says that’s a good attitude, to question everything.

She then tells Theresa to go home and get some rest, that they’ll take good care of Ben. However, she tells Theresa not to take Main Street, instead to take the route that passes Lot 33 and see what you find. Theresa smiles weakly and leaves the hospital she looks at the pass that Pilcher slipped into her hand, granting her total access to the town.

Ethan goes to the surveillance center of the complex and tells Pilcher that he’s got 14 names, they are the rest of Kate and Harold’s team. The surveillance operator says that they’re all together at the Bier Garten, but when they pull up the video feed the bar’s empty. A call by Pilcher to the bartender, reveals that all 14 tracking-chips are in a beer-mug.

Ben’s in his hospital bed when he starts hearing these codes alerting doctors to  a crisis in Amy’s room. Ben unhooks  himself from the monitors and walks into the hall and sees Amy’s mom and dad leaving her room crying. He tries to go into the room when Pam stops him, she tells him Amy’s developed a swelling of the brain and she needs surgery. Ben breaks down crying and Pam hugs him.

Theresa heads to Lot 33 and knocks out the surveillance camera with a steel pipe. She then heads into the shack on the lot and quickly realizes that the rickety wooden floor boards, hide a metal trap door. She opens it and sees a ladder heading down to the basement. She takes the ladder down and uses a flashlight at first but the lighting system senses her presence and starts lighting the hallway. She comes to a door that reads passes and it says total access granted and the door opens.

Megan Fisher comes to Ben’s room at the hospital and asks about Amy’s condition, he tells her the surgery’s completed and it will be a couple of hours before the doctors know anything. She then asks if he thought any more about their conversation the previous day, when she said that Ben needs to share his thoughts publicly. She then tells him about the crashing of the fence.

She says the town’s coming apart and he needs to be a leader and talk to the people, telling them he doesn’t approve of the leniency the rebels are getting. She says you’re not alone and suddenly there’s a sound outside Ben’s window that  sounds like marching. However it’s all the students from his class standing outside his window, slamming their fists into the palms of their other hands, a gesture that looked like they wanted revenge.

The surveillance operator sees the commotion outside the hospital and pulls it up on the giant monitor and calls for Burke and Pilcher to check it out. Just as they walk over, they see Megan and Ben come outside and Ethan asks the operator for audio. Fisher tells the students to let Ben talk and he thanks them for coming and tells them about Amy.

He then says that Amy’s a really good person and whom ever was behind hurting her deserves to be punished. He then apologizes for his father letting the town down. Jason and his two buddies are in the crowd and Jason asks Ben when his father’s going to have a reckoning, Ben replies he’s not having one. Jason and his buddies turn around and storm off, then the rest of the students leave soon after.

Jason and his pals head back to the sheriff’s station, Arlene tries to lock the plate-glass door, but Jason bashes through it. He then tells Arlene to give him the keys and she spits in his face, he picks her up and throws her against a wall. Then he handcuffs her to a filing cabinet and takes the keys, he opens the rifle rack and starts loading three with ammunition.

Kate recognizes him, he was in their toy-store when he was just eight-years-old and he bought a wooden soldier that Harold had carved. She says she remembers it like it was yesterday and says he was a really good kid. She says it doesn’t have to end like this and one of Jason’s buddy’s says she’s right, we’ve made our point. Jason screams at him this isn’t about making a point, then asks if his pal was deaf throughout their school-years.

First he opens the cell with Franklin and the other two men, he tells them to come out and get on their knees. He then opens the cell with Kate and Harold and she tries to grab him to ask for sympathy and he responds with the butt of his rifle to her head. While she’s on the floor he tells Harold to get out and join the other men on their knees.

He then makes all four men repeat, “Work Hard, Be Happy And Enjoy Your Life In Wayward Pines.” He then takes his rifle and puts it to the back of Harold’s head. Harold mouths I Love You to Kate then we hear the rifle fire and we see Harold’s blood and tissue all over Kate’s face. He then shoots the other three dead and heads into the cell and points the rifle at Kate’s head. However Ethan comes in right then and kills Jason with one shot, then tells the other two teens to drop their weapons.

Ethan brings Kate into an interrogation room and says that the only way the other 14 people will be safe, is if she tells him where they are, so he can protect him. She responds like you protected Harold? Then she says the only way he can protect them, is by stop protecting her. He says he won’t do that and she says if he doesn’t kill her, another Jason will.

Arlene runs into the room and says she thinks more vigilantes are there, she just heard something. However when he goes out front, it’s Theresa and she says she needs to show him and Kate something. They head to Lot 33 and Theresa sits down in front of a computer containing video archives and pulls one up and starts playing it. They soon see Adam Hassler who says the date’s September 15, 4020 and they’ve finally reached the city, but have found no survivors.

He then says a band of Abbies are following them and he believes it’s the same group they saw earlier in the trip. He then turns the camera to the Golden Gate Bridge and its either in pieces or partially submerged. The video then cuts out. Theresa says there are hundreds of video journals from cities all over the country, nothing’s left.

Ethan looks over at Kate and asks if she believes him now and she asks why Pilcher hid this from them. Burke says Pilcher’s a control freak but they have to tell everybody. Theresa asks how they’re going to tell people without Pilcher finding out? Ethan says just show this to as many people before midnight as possible, he’ll take care of Pilcher. She asks why midnight and Kate and Ethan say in unison there’s going to be a reckoning.

Burke heads over to Pilcher’s office and the surveillance operator tells David that the sheriff’s in his office waiting to talk to him. When the doctor enters his office, he sees Ethan sitting there drinking liquor, Burke says he decided that reckoning Kate Balinger’s the only solution. However he needs all the residents at the reckoning, Pilcher gives him a remote control which controls all the phones.

Which brings us back full circle to the opening scene as Ethan and Kate walk across the platform, while Burke asks the crowd if they want Kate dead. He then lets her go and puts down the knife and tells the crowd he’s not going to kill her, instead he’s going to tell them the truth. The world they know is long gone, Wayward Pines is it. He then says they’ve been ruled by the man they know as Dr. Jenkins, who in reality’s David Pilcher. He says he’s ruled through fear and violence for too long.

Somebody screams from the crowd that Burke’s lying and then Kate says he’s telling the truth, that she saw it for herself. She says all these years she’s just wanted to know the truth, but she never expected that they were the last surviving people. Then Theresa says she saw it as well, then Arlene says she also saw it, followed by some other residents.

Kate says that Pilcher thinks they can’t handle the truth and will turn on each other, but she says they can show him he’s wrong. Suddenly Megan Fisher steps forward and shouts Kate down, asking how she dare talk about Dr. Pilcher. She calls Kate a terrorist and Theresa steps up and slaps Fisher across the face. Megan’s shocked and then she asks if they’re all going to just stand there and everyone remains silent. Then the lights go out, first in the square then all throughout Wayward Pines. We see its Pilcher turning off the power via a keyboard and then we see the electric-fence power down. Our last image’s the hand of one of the Abbie’s starting to scale the fence.

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The townspeople gather on main street. A reckoning is afoot. Ethan marches Kate to the platform, knife pressed against her throat. Some of her supporters are amidst the crowd with small weapons, seemingly prepared to respond. Flashing back to sometime before the reckoning, there is a much larger problem descending upon the fence. It takes one of the Abbies seconds to deduce that food very well could be on the other side of this large metal box that breached the fence. Luckily, Ethan arrives in time to introduce this Abbie to the grill of his truck. He then quickly smashes two more crawling under the dump truck by shooting out the tires.

In their holding cells Franklin begins to freak out a little while Kate remains calm. Franklin anticipates Ethan doing his ‘job’ like Sheriff Pope. Kate disagrees. Her previous experience with Ethan would seem to dictate just the opposite. Franklin insists they are already dead, it’s just a matter of time.

The apparent spokesmen for the first senior class of Wayward Pines abruptly pay the Sheriff a visit. Even though Ethan is not there, they are less than polite about their agenda. The children, even the old ones, take the rules very seriously. Their point of contention is that Ethan is holding terrorists with no intention of a reckoning. Arlene does her very best to stand strong between these kids and the detained. They reluctantly leave.

In what I at least I see as an underwhelming follow-up to a significant cliff hanger, we find Ethan and David Pilcher observing the repairs on the wall. One Abbie got through and Ethan killed it. Two more attempted to get through and Ethan smashed them with a parked dump truck. The gist of the collective fanbase’s anticipation for this episode in particular had to do with how much damage the Abbies would cause and is Wayward Pines equipped to fight them off. Taking three of them out before they could organize and fixing the fence is extremely underwhelming.

Ethan and Pilcher debate the causes of the predicament they find themselves in. Ethan believes this happened because Pilcher won’t tell them the truth. Pilcher believes this will only get worse the longer the rules violators go unpunished. Pilcher suggests that without Kate, there is no rebellion. Reckon her and everything goes back. A notion, that for now, Ethan refuses to get on board with. Then Pilcher does something that might be ill-advised. He threw the Easter Bomber in Ethan’s face as a cautionary tale before the dramatic walk away.

Ethan forcefully escorts Harold into the interrogation room…for the second time now. Harold tries to resist Ethan’s approach until he sees Kate. Ethan shrugs that off and drops two 8×10 photographs of Allen and Eric. Or what’s now left of them. As predicted, Harold is having a difficult time accepting the evidence in front of him. Ethan wants names.

Pam feeling nostalgic or fearful, finds Theresa and pulls her aside. This private conversation begins with the importance of questioning things. This is either Pam opening up or setting Theresa up for something bad. She suggests Theresa take Boxwood instead of Main St home. Just to see what she’ll find. Pam was touchy/feely for a reason. When Theresa reaches the elevator she discovers a key card in the sleeve of her cardigan. They same type of key card that unlocks the cryo-chambers.

All of the names Harold gave Ethan are conveniently in one place. Or so it would seem. Surveillance puts them all at the Biergarten. Which at the moment is virtually empty. The barkeep gets a phone call from Pilcher. No words are heard, but upon hanging up, the bartender finds all of their tracking devices at the bottom of a beer glass. The 14 dissidents are off the grid.

Amy develops a swelling in her brain. The commotion draws the attention of Ben who is under the impression that she is recovering just fine. Like any caring person in a hospital scene of this type, Ben almost cannot be contained by Pam. His emotions run over. Pam eventually convinces him to trust the staff.

During the painful time that Ben must wait to hear back from the hospital staff on the progress with Amy’s swelling, Megan Fisher re-enters Ben’s hospital room spewing her tired rhetoric. She stops speaking to let the student body’s fist pounding outside can be heard. Fisher is a rabble-rouser. She has collected the children and lobbied for Ben’s involvement to create added pressure for reckonings.

During the surveillance to find the dissidents, HQ’s staff finds this temporarily non-violent protest outside the hospital. Ben speaks to the crowd. At first it’s somber about the situation with Amy. But then it transitions into the same lines about rules and the safety of the town. Even including an apology for his father’s failures. This prompts one of the seniors to demand an answer.

Jason (senior): So when is your Dad going to reckon them?
Ben: He’s not going to.
(the senior storms off)

Naturally, the key card in Theresa’s possession would lead her to plot 33. What Theresa finds looks more like a bomb shelter than anything else. Once below, one swipe of the key card and ‘level 13 clearance’ appears and the door opens.

The Dead Poets Society rejects (seniors) return to the Sheriff’s office. This time with a bat and less calm. Jason subdues Arlene and handcuffs her to a filing cabinet before breaking into a weapon locker. At this point, Kate tries to reason with Jason by recalling a story involving Jason and a toy soldier about ten years earlier. The story only causes him to hesitate momentarily. At gunpoint, Jason forces the group out of their cells. Harold tries to retaliate after Jason strikes Kate but it doesn’t work.

Jason begins reciting the motto. He stands behind Harold, gun pointed. Then in a cinematically dark turn of events, shoots Harold in the back of the head sending blood all over Kate’s agonizing face. He continues to take out the remaining men with no abandon. Just before he shoots Kate in the head, Ethan arrives and shoots Jason.

Once moved to the interrogation room, Kate is tight-lipped. Almost catatonic. She eventually gives in. Ethan can’t protect the dissidents as long as Kate is being protected. Her plan is to reckon her to prevent others from dying. Before they can decide on this, Theresa comes in and tells Ethan she has something to show him, and Kate should see it too.

Lot 33 seems to have a library of videos of some specific relevance. The first of which shows Adam Hassler in the year 4020. He has found the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s half-submerged in the bay. He also references the Abbies and how they have been tracking him. This is another source that confirms what Ethan has said. Ethan has decided these videos need to be shared with the town. But it has to come before midnight. That’s when there will be a reckoning.

Ethan has invited himself into Pilcher residence. He tells Pilcher he plans to reckon Kate. Ethan will reckon Kate, but that’s it. No more killing. Pilcher gladly agrees. Ethan’s one other stipulation is that everyone, and he means everyone, has to be there. This brings us back to the reckoning scene from the cold open. However, he does not kill Kate. It was all a ploy to get everyone within earshot of Ethan to hear the truth.

Pilcher watches on a monitor as Ethan uncovers Dr. Jenkins as Dr. Pilcher and the man behind the curtain. The world they know no longer exists. Kate chimes in supporting Ethan’s claims. Then Theresa. Then Arlene and so on. Fisher interjects to push back and proclaim David Pilcher the savior deity she believes him to be. Megan rants on demanding Kate be reckoned. That’s the precise moment that Theresa slaps the gumption out of Fisher’s rant. Then…Pilcher cuts the power to the entire town. Including the electricity to Amy’s hospital room. And for what? To show them the horror he has been protecting them from. The final frame shows an Abbie grabbing the fence with no consequence for doing so.

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Ethan frantically carries his injured son into the hospital. Pam greets him and tries to put his mind at ease by reiterating that the children are their most precious resource. Shortly thereafter, Pam escorts Theresa into Ben’s room. The prognosis is better than expected, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Dr. Pilcher runs in and Pam intercepts him. He is understandably irate. Pam’s solution to the fallout is to have a ‘celebration of life in Wayward Pines’.

Harold and some of the dissenters are in the woods with an injured man. Assumption being the driver of the delivery truck. Harold gets the news that Kate is in jail and others are in the wind. One of them, while sympathetic has to leave to save himself.

While Kate sleeps, we see a flashback dream sequence of her in a padded room with Dr. Pilcher. She seems crazy, but really is having a difficult time coming to grips with the situation. With the limited truth the adults are given, it’s not far-fetched that she still believes this is a government program/experiment.

Pilcher attempts to quell the rumors being discussed in the coffee shop when Ruby gets a phone call. A gathering tonight, attendance is mandatory. Pilcher surveys the room after this news. Ruby looks awkward and removes something from her left ear. They appear to be pine needles. Her chip indicates that she’s at home in bed. Pilcher wants to look deeper to see how many other chips suggest they are at home in bed.

Ethan visits Kate demanding to know where the others are. He tells her about what happened to Ben and when she shows sincere concern, he lashes out. Then Kate brings up the question that we haven’t seen posed on-screen. Why did they choose Ethan to be Sheriff? Was it really just because he killed the Sheriff and then must assume his responsibilities? Kate believes that when it comes right down to it, Ethan will always follow orders.

Pam meets with Pilcher in his home to update him on the status of Amy and Ben. He interrupts her to tell her that he believes Ruby is ‘one of them’. Pilcher believes there is someone on the inside helping them to evade surveillance. Pam’s suggestion of conducting a security review doesn’t seem to do much for his concern.

Pam begins her questioning. She leads them down standard questioning then throws each one a curve ball. Thus far, they are giving all the right answers. Until interview #3. He is skeptical about how much he should be hearing. He believes she’s opening up for him to be honest. In turn, he gives honest answers. Not the best idea. “It’s just human nature to ask questions”.

Ben wakes up with Theresa bedside. His first concern is Amy. As Theresa leaves the room to check on Amy, Mrs. Fisher sneaks in to speak with Ben. After the initial small talk, she begins to plant the seed that this all happened due to Ethan’s poor choices in letting people go. She’s clearly doing damage control. She continues putting more thoughts in his head as to the severity of the situation. Up to and including the suggestion that he was a survivor of a terrorist attack.

The group of dissenters in the woods discover that their driver has died. They begin to dig a grave for him when one of them stops. He refuses to bury this man inside the fence.

At the gathering, amidst the side conversations, Pilcher suggests that the Mayor say some words to bring the people together. The Mayor doesn’t get three sentences out before Ethan asks to address the crowd. His message is just the opposite. Ethan thinks this gathering is a bad idea. Ethan gives details to what happened last night, which is exactly not what Pilcher wanted.

Ethan visits Ben and tries to make light of the situation. Here’s where Mrs. Fisher’s words influence Ben’s thinking. Even when Ben mentions the notion that Ethan let Harold go because he’s married to Kate. Bringing up previous issues they dealt with in Seattle over two thousand years ago. But, Ethan lets him speak. Saying to Theresa, he can say whatever he wants. Ben is clearly angered by this. Theresa tries to suggest that Mrs. Fisher is filling his head with this, and Ethan cuts her off. Then Amy walks in.

Pilcher and Pam meet again. It seems no one is intentionally breaking any rules. He says that it would be a tough line to cross if they had to punish someone on the inside. Pam claims they won’t have to. This grabs Picher’s attention. He grows a devious smile. It seems he is becoming suspicious of his own sister.

Letting the man go that would eventually cause a bigger problem would not be the first time it’s happened with Ethan. Ethan tells Theresa about the ‘Easter Bombings’, the previous example. This is the incident that lead to his infidelity with Kate.

Theresa confronts Mrs. Fisher. Theresa is not wrong, but squaring off with the Principal and residential hypnotist is probably not the best direction to take. She suggests that the best thing Fisher can do is to stay as far away from her family as possible.

Ethan gets a call about a stolen truck. In their effort to open the fence, for freedom or burial opportunities, Harold and the other man from the woods have stolen a 30 foot dump truck. Instead of assuming that there will be another bomb, Ethan thinks that the truck may be the bomb. Or at least the tool to open the fence.

Our second flashback of the night shows a more compliant Kate discussing her progress with Dr. Pilcher. She compares the difference between the same questions here and there. Wayward Pines provides a place where the imminent fear of terror is dramatically minimized. She feels safe regardless as to the answers. She can live moment to moment. Her compliance of course is only an act. Pilcher visits Kate in jail. They discuss the balance between risking loss of life for the truth. Both stand firm on their convictions. Despite that, Pilcher will not tell her what the truth is. Even after she reveals that she knows his name is David Pilcher and not Dr. Jenkins.

Pilcher: It’s not a question of keeping people in the dark. It’s a question of keeping people alive. Freedom or safety. Not both. (Pilcher walks away)
Kate: And who anointed you to make that choice?
Pilcher: I did.

Pilcher returns to his study where Pam pours him some tea. She leaves to get him some pie. Pilcher picks up the phone and quietly asks for security. The first stop is interview #3. Pilcher informs Pam of the interviewer. Pam is resistant to the idea of punishing him. Pam’s own humanity is showing through despite Pilcher’s panic. Pilcher gathers all of those ‘on the inside’ to witness what he thinks will be the last killing. With Reggie (interview #3) in cryo-stasus, one of the workers walks up and pushes a button on the panel and the unit fills with dirt. With Reggie still in it.

Harold tells his associate that he cannot continue without Kate. As he tries to walk off out of view, Ethan spots him from his truck. After a short chase and a few rounds shot in the air, Harold stops. Harold won’t give anything up and tells Ethan its too late.

Pilcher gives a Pilcher like speech to his team about vigilance. Meanwhile the man in the dump truck rams the fence. Successfully enough. He grabs his dead friend and ventures into the other side. He has a moment reviling in their success. Believing that they’ve made it. It only takes a few moments for the Abbies to find him. His moment of success becomes his moment of realization, just before they eat him.

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Ethan spent the night contemplating what he now knows. In the morning Theresa comes downstairs to find him in the kitchen still pondering what he discovered the night before. Despite instructions from Pilcher, Ethan decides to gradually tell Theresa enough to get her to stop considering a move back to Seattle. As we’ve discovered from ‘group A’, she just can’t wrap her head around the idea. She predictably thinks he’s been somehow brainwashed. He tries to explain that what he’s telling her came from what he saw with this own eyes and not a drug induced haze from a treatment at the hospital.  He mentions the ‘creatures’ and even the bombshell that it’s not the 21st century.  The number ‘4028’ is actually the date.  Shortly thereafter, they all get in Ethan’s truck and he notices something peculiar.

Ethan suggests they start walking. In short order, Ethan finds the culprit under the hood. Ethan takes the metal cylinder to his new office and discovers what looks like a small amount of C4. Pam walks in after Ethan pulls a file from the hiding spot in the floor.

On the walk to school, Theresa clings to Ben as she has since they arrived. Ben, unlike Theresa knows and has embraced the truth. He has accepted this fate and is good with it. Theresa’s mind can’t seem to get past the Seattle that no longer exists. Theresa tries to follow Ben inside the building but Mrs. Fisher won’t permit it.

On her way back from the school, Theresa again stops at Lot 33. Despite its plain appearance, she finds what appears to be a trap door in the ground.

Ethan meets with Franklin (the man from the file). He finds a way to bring up Franklin’s previous experience with explosive demolition, which prompts Franklin to leave abruptly.

Mrs. Fisher begins their Biology lesson by encouraging the children to open their text books and snicker if they’d like. This appears to be a lesson in sex education as procreation is the most important job the kids of Wayward Pines have. Reliving a sex ed class is very awkward to relive. The creepy factor rises a little when Mrs. Foster suggests that part of her job is to help them find their eventual mate.

Ethan finds Harold meeting with Franklin shortly after Ethan’s meeting with Franklin. After some small talk, Ethan asks Harold why he found a bomb in his truck then ask Harold to accompany him to the Sheriff’s office. Once outside, Harold tosses a pedestrian towards Ethan in the hopes of escaping. Harold doesn’t get very far.

Behind closed doors Ethan and Harold chat. Harold doesn’t admit to anything but does suggest that taking down the wall wouldn’t be a bad thing. “Don’t you want to get out, anywhere?” Ethan turns it back around to the ‘group’ of those trying to take down the wall. Specifically asking for names. Harold predictably jumps on the grenade taking credit for everything. Ethan writes a note intended for Kate, adding further confusion for Harold.

Clearly the note was to meet with Ethan as soon as possible. Kate is absolutely the leader, but we already knew that. We flashback to one of if not the first meeting of this clandestine group, then Ethan asks her to stop. Then she asks the magic question. “Why would I stop?” Ethan explains just enough. It’s not the 21st century out there. Kate seems to take this as more lies and she gets distant quick. Ethan gives her the ultimatum to cease and desist, but one must believe that’s not going to happen.

Amy catches up with Mrs. Foster to discuss Ben. Not as an assignment, but that Amy is legitimately falling for Ben and is considering taking their not quite relationship to the next level. Or in other words adding a level of physical intimacy into the equation.

Kate returns to the toy store and heads to the back. She and Harold believe ‘they got to’ Ethan. As we learned in the flashback episode, the adult mind refuses to accept the new reality. Kate decides to advance the time-table. They take the wall down tonight. But before that, its their turn for their annual fertility assessment. It’s obvious that the powers that be are intent on progressing towards that first completely original generation. Kate and Harold play the part well, but at the very least Pam is becoming suspicious.

Theresa and Kate accidentally meet in an elevator. After a short uncomfortable pause, Theresa asks to talk. About Ethan. They share what they know and accepting the truth is not on the table. To further complicate things, Kate tells of the only phone call she was able to successfully make to an outside like. There was a message from Ressler. Kate was entering a governmental program and would be severely tested. Possibly from another agent. And that her good-bye felt final.

Ethan pulls up right as Amy outlines her plan for her and Ben’s romantic evening.

Kate’s group attempts to set their charges when Ethan breaks up the party. Franklin disarms the bomb and Ethan accompanies them all to their respective holding cells. Kate doesn’t back down. She let’s be know very clearly that whatever this is, it’s only just begun. Once Ethan deduces that Harold is in charge of the backup bomb, she stands even more firm.

Ben makes his escape from the house (quite nimbly I might add) to meet up with Amy. They wait for the delivery truck to pull up. The same delivery truck that possesses said backup bomb. With the assistance of Pam and a very Dark Knight-esque surveillance system they locate Harold and the delivery truck driver passing a package. That package is in the delivery truck currently. Which is where Ben and Amy are. Amy finds the package and opens it. Another Ballinger original music box, which Amy uses as ambiance. Amy pulls Ben down behind a stack of sand bags and the kissing begins.

Ethan pursues that lead, but a group of Kate’s followers set up a roadblock to slow him down. It did, but just enough. Just as Ethan arrives on foot behind the delivery truck the little ballerina stops and the back-end of the truck blows up before Ethan can get there. After the explosion, Ethan finds Amy. Then shortly thereafter an unconscious Ben.

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Ethan Burke wakes up in the woods just as a figure escapes from view. He ventures out and the figure is not gone. Its racing past him repeatedly and even slices his arm as if to say, ‘still here’. Ethan fires his shotgun blindly over and over. One shot sounds like it might have hit something. Or someone.

Ben has begun to take a real interest in Amy. The bigger issue here is that perhaps he’s begun to accept the situation. Last week, the Mayor admitted that the town focuses on shaping the minds of the children. Ben is doing what he must to fit in, or so he says. It also doesn’t hurt that Ben is received like one of the popular kids.

Theresa following her son’s example decides follow-up on the real estate job she was handed. Her boss or at least immediate supervisor is loud a brash. Theresa’s first assignment is to ‘give’ the newest addition to Wayward Pines (i.e. ‘accident’ victim) a new house.

Ben and a couple of others have been summoned to ‘orientation’. Three kids in numbered seats in a white room. Mrs. Fisher enters without a word and sets up a projector. Fisher shows them students. All of them that came before them. This orientation is very ominous. Using phrases like “only accept”, “if you make it through” and “first generation of”. Only those kids ready for the truth will proceed.

Ethan continues to map the terrain, I assume to map out an effective escape route.

Theresa makes her way to the hospital to greet the accident victim she is supposed to give a house to. Mr. Johnson (the victim) is resistant to her help. She then tries to sympathize with him and his attitude changes. They connect as both being accident victims. Only Mr. Johnson saw something. He implicates Pam but before he can go too far, Theresa gets closer and warns him that this place is not safe. Great approach, if Nurse Pam wasn’t eavesdropping around the corner.

Fisher shows them more slides. This time of the same section of land over time. 14 years ago, a few years after that, and 3 months ago. She asks the kids what they see. Ben points out a figure in the left third. This the first official introduction of what they call ‘abbies’. These figures are the result of genetic mutations or aberrations. The photo is blurry, but it vaguely resembles the Marvel character Abomination if it was normal human sized. They resemble humans because they once were.

While Ethan tracks his route, hoping to avoid what his son is currently more informed on, Fisher continues with the lesson. She hands each kid a dirty coin. Ben asks to scrape off the sediment. What he finds is even more unexplainable. It’s a United States quarter whose date would indicate it came from about 80 years in the future. The Abbies are devolved humans. And the long and short of it is, they don’t have quarters from 80 years in the future, they have quarters that are over 2,000 years old. It’s not 2014, it’s the year 4028. Wayward Pines, it seems, may be an attempt to repopulate the human race into a world whose civilization died centuries ago.

Fisher explains how this is possible. Ethan finds the edge of Wayward Pines to discover what I assume used to be Boise, laid in ruins. Theresa talks to Mr. Johnson in the new home with dryer running. He remembers waking up and looking out of a window not unlike that of the dryer. Cryo-sleep. And why? These people were all chosen to survive the human race.

A doctor foresaw the devolution and decided to collect a sample of people to hopefully stave off the mutation that affects all people or things outside the walls of Wayward Pines. His name is David Pelcher. They will never meet him, but he is always watching. Essentially making a doctor a God.
Out on the edge of civilization a black helicopter approaches and lands in front of Ethan. Out of the helicopter steps Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones). Only he is not Dr. Jenkins. His real name is Dr. David Pelcher.

The kids are on strict instructions not to share this new information with their parents. The idea being that adults have lived too long in the old world and their minds cannot handle this new reality. This way, the children are the guardians of the arc that is Wayward Pines.

Following orientation, Fisher escorts them to a dark room where all of the other kids stand holding candles. Amy welcomes them to the first generation. The kids all begin pound their palms repeatedly creating a fraternity like ritual.

At the helicopter, David gives Ethan the hard sell. Reluctantly, Ethan agrees to get on the chopper just as the Abbies descend upon his previous position. As the helicopter rises avoiding the four Abbies in pursuit, Ethan sees the desolation in the surrounding areas.