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Falling Skies: season 4, episode 3 (TNT)

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'Falling Skies' recap: The great escapes

Season 4 | Episode 3 | “Exodus” | Aired July 6, 2014

Let Tom’s people go! Tom speeds around the ghetto, skitters in pursuit, giving a play-by-play recap of the chase in progress. He dumps the bike and runs up to the top of a fire escape, but the laser fence is still up. He burns the skitters at his heels with the flamethrower while yelling at someone to get the fence down.


Title card: 60 HOURS EARLIER

Hal and Tom monitor the zeppelin and discuss Led Zeppelin. (Come on, Tom. Everyone knows IV is the best album.) Tom updates Hal on what he learned last episode, and how they need to de-tether the Espheni zeppelin from the laser fence. Dingann explains that the Faraday suit will cancel the fence’s electrical current for 90 seconds. He has to go over a fence post rather than through the fence, as the current is diminished at the posts. This show is straining my science-fu, which isn’t great to start. Dingaan is not happy they’re using the volatile ammonium nitrate to blow the tether: “This is a situation where everything needs to go right.” Way to jinx the escape there.

Ben downloads Maggie on Lexi’s meeting with the Overlord. He’s willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, given that they’ve been safe so far, but Maggie is pissed she bought Lexi’s peace-and-love spiel when she’s conspiring with the enemy. Ben urges caution even as Maggie straps on her double-shoulder harness. Ben really likes Maggie in the double-shoulder harness. Maggie is not big on betrayal. Big surprise there. Ben wants to talk to Lexi first, but Maggie is bringing her guns no matter what.

falling-skies-exodus-102052They confront Lexi while she teaches acolytes about the secrets of the triskelion—”one entity can merge with another to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.” Subtle. Lourdes protests Ben questioning Lexi, but Maggie shuts her down: “Drop the high-priestess routine.” Lexi easily admits to meeting with the Espheni, as they are a part of her and she is the bridge between the species. Maggie doesn’t buy it anymore, but when she draws her gun, Lexi breaks her wrist with one squeeze. Fortunately, Maggie has a gun for each hand. Lexi claims the Espheni want peace, but if Maggie draws her guns again, it will no longer be safe for any of them. Forget it, Maggie. It’s Chinatown.

At EJ, Sheila has done her job and betrayed rescued her parents, who are now headed to a concentration camp transitional facility. Kent trots the parents in for show-and-tell, spewing propaganda about how now everyone will work together in the Espheni’s better world. Kent praises Sheila for turning in being loyal and saving her parents, and knows Matt the others will do same. Later, Mira worries the EJ are going to break them, and plans to escape using a pair of stolen wire cutters before she turns too. Matt freaks out, and rightly so, as Kent does a bed check in the morning and finds the cutters where Mira hid them under an empty bed. Before Kent can punish everyone or Mira can confess, Matt claims responsibility.

Tom and Dingaan scout the tether. Tom lectures his captive audience about Geronimo, whom he plans to emulate by drawing the skitters off to an ambush while Dingaan goes over the laser fence. Pay attention in history class, kids, and you too can one day use it to escape an alien ghetto. Dingann is worried about his own neck if Tom’s plan doesn’t work. Tom believes they have to save everyone, because the 2nd Mass is his new family and the only thing that’s kept him going. He wants Dingaan to be a part of that. “Without family, life is not much worth much living,” he says.

Anne and the freedom fighters are still headed west, or at least until Anne finally collapses from exhaustion and dehydration.

Tom lays out the plan—again—for Hal, Weaver, Tector, Dingaan and Pope. Once Dingaan blows the tether and the laser fence is down, Hal will lead the population out through the sewer tunnels, after which Tom and Weaver will blow their prison building to crush the skitters chasing Tom through the ‘hood.

Pope pokes holes in the plan and is insulted that Tom trusts “Dingo” more than him. But since the whole camp is scheduled for mysterious processing in two days, they have no choice but to work together on the crazy plan, even though Pope’s not buying the whole “humanoid skitters” threat. Go team!

Montage time! Tector goes off to build a bomb. Hal corrals the populace for their exodus. Weaver works on destabilizing the building while Tector sets the charges. The night before battle, Weaver keeps watch over the explosives. Tom joins him with a bottle of Scotch. They toast the mission and Jeanne’s birthday. Tom finally takes a moment to worry about his baby mama.

tom and weaver drinkAnne is lost in a fever flashback to her time imprisoned on the mothership, when Karen hooked up Anne’s pregnant belly full of baby Lexi to the Overlord via an Espheni umbilical cord. Creeeepy.

Tom takes his summit meeting with the Overlord. He’s got the map and watch strapped on his arm over his coat, so this is where we came in. The Overlord crows over Tom’s perceived submission: “Resistance will only ensure the extinction of your species.” Tom calls off the deal and sets the Overlord on fire. Apocalyptic diplomacy in action! The Overload falls for the ruse and orders all arms to pursue Tom.

And we’re back in the cold open, with Tom pursued by skitters through the ghetto. Dingaan prepares to don the Faraday suit, but a chasing skitter knocks a pipe off a roof onto his hand, breaking his wrist. Pope has to don the suit, while Dingaan gives him the best tutorial ever: “Beep beep beep beep—BOOM!” He’s got 90 seconds to get over the fence before he’s Vaporized Pope, not to be confused with Pope on a Rope. Incidentally, the suit makes Pope look like he got cut from tryouts for the Knights Who Say “Ni.” He gets up the fence post and when a black hornet attacks, Weaver uses his homemade RPG to shoot it into the still-live laser fence. As he reaches the top, Pope drops the bomb … literally. It falls off his shoulders onto the wrong side of the laser fence.

Hal hurries everyone they could find into the sewers. Tom rides through the ghetto. Weaver grouses that Pope is going to bail and save himself. Instead, Pope drops down to retrieve the bomb and try again. Now Weaver worries he won’t have enough time before the suit falls apart. Hal and his group wait while the two oldest people in the world slowly make their way to the rendezvous, catching a loitering skitter’s attention along the way. At the top of the post, the suit fails Pope and the current tosses him off onto the far side of the fence, unconscious.

The skitters follow the old couple to Hal’s group, but he does his dad proud defending them. Pope wakes up and blows the tether, but one strand remains and the laser fence stands. Hal and the others battle skitters. Tom runs into the solitary prison and onto the fire escape and burns the skitters. Pope takes an ax to the tether strand and the laser fence goes down. Tom blows the building and jumps into a lake. Hal’s people run through. Tect and Digaan jump on Pole. Weaver watches them: “Son of a bitch. Pigs can fly.”

Anne wakes up and realizes Lexi is close. Anthony wonders how she knows. “I had a dream,” she says. Where one day Espheni will be able to join hands with humans and … wait, wrong dream. My bad.

Cochise has found the EJ school and recognizes Matt as he’s led away by Kent’s stooges.

In Chinatown, Ben tries to reason with Lexi about Maggie. Lexi pays him no attention, as she’s already focused on Anne’s imminent arrival. She’s scared by the things she hears and sees: “I need you.” Anne creeps past the frozen mech and find Lourdes, Ben and Lexi. She immediately recognizes her daughter.

Pope indulges in fake modesty over his success, while Tom and Hal reunite again. They commiserate over those lost. Tom congratulates Pope, who tells him to trust more and counters Tect saying that he didn’t drop the bomb, but recovered his own fumble. He and Tom do that manly one-arm-hug-with-a-back-pat thing; meanwhile, Weaver moves away from the group and gazes up the hill at a new kind of alien just out of sight. Tom pulls him back and asks if he’s all right. “Just thought I’d heard something,” he replies.

End credits.

Finally they’re out of the ghetto! Think this episode is a step forward? Who’s betting that the creature Weaver saw is an already-been-processed Jeanne? Will Anne fall under Lexi’s sly spell? Sound off in the comments!

Falling Skies airs on Sundays at 10/9C on TNT.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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