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Season 4 | Episode 6 | “Door Number Three” | Aired July 27, 2014

Maggie and Ben are making out. Check that, Maggie and Ben are making love. Someone pounds on the door. Ben thinks it’s Hal, but Maggie shushes him. The door bursts open: It’s Hal, clutching the bloody hole in his chest and asking, “Where were you?”

Someone pounds on Ben’s door, startling him awake from his dream: It’s Maggie. She tells him how Lexi let the Overlord go and they need Ben to help with the perimeter sweep. Ben needs a moment to fit back into his cargo pants first. Well, he should.

Lourdes rushes into Lexi’s ashram, worried now that Maggie and the rest are looking for the Overlord. Lexi thinks everyone is afraid of the Overlord. “I think they’re afraid of me,” she moans over Maggie’s defection and how humans are so afraid of change. She needs to be ready: “My father is returning.” When Lourdes is gone, Lexi reveals that a liquid gel is crawling up her arm like an amphibious second skin.


Hal and his diaspora creep through the outskirts of Chinatown. He looks at the moon and sees a lime-green light explode on it, but it’s gone before anyone else sees it. They’re challenged by Chinatown’s perimeter guards, who are quickly out-flanked by Tom and Weaver who’ve made the scene. Father and son reunite, but Hal shoves past Tom the moment he sees Matt. Ben rounds the corner and leaps on his father and brothers. Anne is right behind him. The Masons are back together again. Tom asks after Lexi, and Anne reassures him his daughter is there in Chinatown: “She’s changed.”

Screen-Shot-2014-04-21-at-20.08.15Inside, Lourdes has brought tea for Lexi, but drops it with surprise when she sees that Lexi has metamorphosed into an Espheni cocoon. Hal’s group enters Chinatown via the mech entrance. The refugees wander through Chinatown getting food and blankets from the residents, which includes a jar full of Hershey’s Kisses. Product placement! Anne and Tom have a tender moment in the Chinese garden. Before Anne can share the full crap-load of changes in their kid, Lourdes interrupts. She embraces Tom: “Lexi said you would come!” She tells them something wonderful is happening. She leads Anne and Tom to the Lexi Cocoon. Lexicoon? Anne is alarmed. Tom is confused. Panicked, Anne draws her really big knife and lunges for the Lexicoon. Tom physically restrains her and promises they’ll get Lexi out once they figure out what the Lexicoon is and what it’s doing to her. Anne spills how Lexi has been meeting with the Overlord and thinks he’s her father. This gives Tom pause: “I’m her father!”He wants to know what the Overlord has been telling Lexi, but Anne doesn’t know.

tom and anne in ChinatownHal has looking for Maggie, but she sees him first. They have a romantic reunion and mack. Ben watches and when they finally notice him, he relates that Tom wants them all inside. The Masons, Maggie and Shaq all stand in front of the Lexicoon and listen as Doctor Kadar explains how he learned Lexi had both human and alien DNA way back in Charleston. The once-dormant alien DNA in Lexi has now fully activated, which will eventually transform Lexi into … something. Tom recognizes the cocoon as the same pod that Karen used to hold Anne and Baby Lexi. When Anne mentions she’s been having memory flashbacks, Doctor Kadar offers to try repressed memory therapy. The ‘rents go off with the doc. Ben wants to keep Lexi’s condition from the others, as they’re already nervous about her. Hal thinks the people have the right to know what’s going on. He’s worried Lexi will turn out like Karen. Ben says they need to give the ‘rents a chance to find answers.

In Doctor Kadar’s Sunglass Hut, Anne is set up for her memory walk. The doc gives her some barbiturates and instructs to think of her child. She first remembers reading Peter Pan to her son Sammy pre-apocalypse, right before a mech blew up their house and killed her son. Anne wakes up screaming his name. Tom wants to stop the memory walk, but Anne insists on continuing: “I couldn’t save him; I’m going to save her.” She demands double the dose. Doctor Kadar looks to Tom for approval. The hell is up with that?!  “Why are you looking at him?” Anne demands. Well, OK then. She scoffs at the men and gives herself the dose over their protests, vowing that this time, she will think only of Lexi. Doctor Kadar tells Tom he’s essentially useless there and promises to take care of Anne, who is busy lying back and thinking of Lexi.

24051_008_0533_R_6165_-679x452Weaver finds Tom in front of the Lexicoon. Tom admits he was always afraid to have a daughter, what with all the tea parties and tiaras and dating. Don’t forget the pink. Beware the pink. Weaver muses that it’s not so bad. Tom realizes now he has a fully grown daughter he barely knows. He should be protecting the people from what the danger she could pose, but all he wants to do is protect Lexi. Weaver touches the Lexicoon and gets burned. Hal arrives and he and Weaver strategize while Tom tunes out for a few moments. This is not the family reunion he’s spent these last months anticipating. When Hal runs down, Tom admits they’re all great plans, but he just got his family in one place, in one piece, and he’s not going anywhere. Hal challenges him as to what to tell the people: “Take a breather?” Tom suggests he tell them whatever he likes: “I’ve given everything to these people; to this fight. Today, I’m gonna be here for my daughter.”

Maggie warns the 2nd Mass refugees that while the new digs are comfy, it’s all a lie and it’s all Lexi’s fault: “If we want to survive, we’ve got to do something.” Hal joins the group and wants to know about Lexi’s powers. Maggie tells them about the Winds of Power and that Lexi has been meeting with the Overlord. Pope of course, wants to kill Lexi, which is when Tom arrives. He admits he’s not blind to the situation, and they don’t know what Lexi is or what she’s becoming, “and no one’s gonna touch her until we get more information!” Hal runs after him and they argue about how Tom sang a different tune when it was Karen taken over by the Espheni. Hal: “Lexi is a 21-year-old half-Espheni who’s having secret meetings with the enemy.” Enraged, Tom shouts that until they know what’s going on, no one goes near Lexi, “especially not you!”

Ben confronts Maggie about her rally against Lexi. He wants her to consider him another choice and reminds Maggie how she thought the downed mech was a miracle that made her feel as though anything was possible. She reminds him Lexi is meeting with the Overlord, but Ben wants to give Lexi the benefit of the doubt and asks Maggie to choose him hope. She won’t.

In her memory walk, Anne sees Karen carrying Baby Lexi and monologuing about how Lexi is her creation and will soon help bring an end to the war. Karen returns Baby Lexi to memory-walk Anne for nurturing and locks them both in the pod. She breaks down over not being able to save her daughter. She turns to see Doctor Kadar trying to rouse her still-unconscious self from the memory walk. Anne is a memory ghost.

Weaver realizes lines are being drawn over the Lexi sitch, and if it comes to a fight, they’re going to be outnumbered. Tom confabs with Lourdes to get answers. Lourdes thinks the problem is fear. She believes Lexi is the Espheni and is human, that she’s uniting them: “She is the intersection. Once everyone is here, there will be peace.” Tom enlists Lourdes to help keep the rabble away from Lexi. Lourdes isn’t worried: “I can’t wait for Lexi to come out.”

Hal talks things over with Dingaan, and Shaq arrives to tell Hal the Volm know a few things about the situation, just not how to get Lexi out alive. “Worst-case scenario: she kills you all,” he says. Espheni hatchlings are particularly violent and Volm kill them all on sight. When threatened, the cocoons radiate heat that attacks body and mind. Shaq isn’t willing to take that risk, and he and his Volm are retreating to a safe distance. Pope and Tect swing by, and Hal decides he needs to talk with Tom. Despite saying he has to go alone, Hal and Tector go with him.

Weaver comforts Matt, who watches the Lexicoon. Tom see Weaver’s burned hand, which is getting worst. Before he can go to Doctor Kadar’s Sunglass Hut, the Lexicoon releases a blaring alarm and goes to DEFCON 4, burning bright red and throbbing. Pope and a mob stalk across the courtyard. Lourdes and her followers form a human chain in front of the ashram. Hal and Maggie run up to get through to talk to Tom. Pope threatens Lourdes.

Pope, Hal, Maggie, Dingaan and Tector make it past Lourdes. Hal swears he only wants to talk, but Pope, naturally, makes it all worse. Hal asks Maggie to tell Tom what she’s seen. She looks at Ben and backpedals that she’s not ready to kill Lexi until she’s sure Lexi deserves it. Ben smiles a little as Maggie crosses the divide to stand with him. Hal tells Tom how and why the Volm are leaving. Tom believes that he can stop whatever Lexi tries to do: “She’s my daughter.” Tom vows to stay with Lexi while everyone else moves out of harm’s way. Ben, Matt, Weaver and Maggie decide to stay with him. Disgruntled, Pope hustles the others out of the courtyard. Hal lowers his gun and steps up to join his family in guarding Lexi.

Back in Doctor Kadar’s Sunglass Hut, Ghost Anne spirals over not being able to save her children. The doc tries to revive Real Anne. “Mom?” someone asks. Ghost Anne looks over and sees Ghost Lexi, who takes her mother into her own memory—where Karen wants to take Toddler Lexi to meet her Espheni father—but Toddler Lexi refused to leave Anne. “I’ll always need my family,” Ghost Lexi tells Ghost Anne. “I’ll always choose my family.” She tells Ghost Anne the metamorphosis is not a bad thing and that Anne doesn’t have to save her. Both Toddler Lexi and Ghost Lexi urge their mothers to wake up.

Anne wakes in the clinic and runs out to see the Lexicoon. She tells Tom about the memory walk and that Lexi isn’t going to hurt them. She puts her hand on the Lexicoon and promises the Lexicoon Lexi she’s not going anywhere. Lexi places her hand up against Anne’s and opens her eyes.

End credits.

Should Lexi be eliminated before she can hatch? Can the Lexicoon be harnessed for energy use?  With all those fresh vegetables, will Pope cook everyone a four-course meal while they wait? Is Lexi going to emerge with black hornet wings and kill them all? Sound off in the comments!

Falling Skies airs 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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