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Falling Skies: Cochise season 4 episode 9

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'Falling Skies' recap: Time for a wedding!

Season 4 | Episode 9 | “Till Death Do Us Part” | Aired Aug 17, 2014

Cochise examines the moon through a scope. Tom explains that the “solar panels” on the underground beamer came on as soon as the moonlight hit them, “which I guess makes them lunar panels.” Much like the dirigible powered the ghetto’s electric fence, the Espheni are powering all tech off one power source beamed down from the moon. Cochise realizes this is why his recon teams have been unable to locate the Espheni’s new power core. “Excalibur! Bushwalk!” he exclaims, or near enough, as I don’t speak Volm. The humans confab, and Weaver finally concludes the moon base powers the entire Espheni war machine on Earth. “We’re gonna need a bigger spaceship,” Tom decides. OK, no he doesn’t, but he does think they need to get up to the moon and blow up the power core. The others outright laugh at him.

Tom climbs up onto his desk the rubble as Hal peppers him with practical questions as to how they’re going to get to the moon, to which Tom repeatedly replies “I don’t know.” Tom imitates JFK: “We choose to go to the moon not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.” Anne chides Tom for joking, but he wants to finish the speech because when he first heard it, he was crazy enough to think JFK was speaking to him. Never mind that Noah Wyle was born in ’71 and JFK made that speech in ’62.

Espheni go home.

Espheni go home.

Patriotic music swells as he continues reciting. It’s a good speech—go listen to it. Anne reminds him they cannot fly to the moon. He decides they don’t have to since all beamers are remote-controlled. If there’s a base on the moon, all they really have to do is reprogram the beamer under their feet to … go home. Espheni, go home. Cochise’s index finger lights up with a red glow (okay, it doesn’t). “We’re gonna shut them all down at the same time at the source,” Tom announces.

It’s daytime now, and the 2nd Mass has barely made a dent in the debris. Maggie shows up feeling rough and raw and wearing her double harness like a safety blanket. Tom thanks Anne for her support even though she hates his moon plan. She denies her support and still thinks he’s nuts, but isn’t going to rain on everyone else’s parade so long as they buy Tom’s brand of cray cray. Tom figures she’s still pissed at him for refusing to go after Lexi despite the fact that her daughter has flat-out started murdering people. He’s not wrong.

Weaver calls for more help. Everyone else is dead, Colonel, so unless you’re planning a crossover with a certain zombie show on another network … ? Apparently Dingaan and Shaq are down in the beamer trying to make it work even though the parts they need are still buried. Weaver wants them topside to help digging before the Overlord realizes they’re still alive. Cochise reveals there’s a Volm supply cache several miles away, which should include tools with sound-wave technology that would pulverize the boulders into sand. Don’t miss the burned Burger King emblem on the wall behind them. Subtle product placement.

Maggie’s spike-increased strength sends a heavy piece of debris flying across the square and almost onto Maggie 2.0 Sara’s head. Sadly, it only catches her wrist. Sara stomps off when Pope merely brushes off her injury. Maggie and Hal rush over to apologize, and now Pope orders Hal to keep his “skitter neck” girlfriend away. Maggie feels as if she’s operating new machinery and no one gave her the user’s manual. Ben offers to help Maggie adjust to his the spikes and Hal gratefully takes him up on it.

Anne plans to go on the cache run, if only for a change of scenery. She and Tom fight about his decision not to pursue Lexi. Anne finally admits she’s really pissed that she still believes and Tom doesn’t. He yells that he can’t afford to have faith, which is Anne’s department and why he needs her. Calmer, Anne decides they should both keep doing what they do: “I’ll kill skitters and patch people up and you’ll … fly to the moon.”

Pope finds Sara trying to rustle up some Vicodine for her wrist. He bitches at her, because he believed her big sobriety speech last episode when she dumped her pills into the bonfire.

Anne, Weaver, Cochise, Tom and Matt head off for the Volm cache. Chlorine fumes permeate their lungs because Cochise stashed the Volm cache in a chemical dump to prevent scavengers from finding it. Good thing there are gas masks in Matt’s duffel. Suddenly, Mira from the EJ School shows up. Wow. Talk about convenient.

7e14e884153c7bacd6b95484e06c127eMira claims she got out of EJ School by following Matt’s advice to go along with the training until she graduated. Suspicious, the adults confab. Mira admits she was taught to seek out refugees, gain their trust and raise the alarm with the whistle. Matt explains how the whistle calls down a beamer strike, after which the team leaders take the dissidents back to the Espheni. “So you just happened to come across us,” Anne says flatly. “At the Volm weapons cache,” Tom mutters. Yeah, she’s totally a converted plant. Tom ties her up.

Shaq and Dingaan work in the ship. Shaq explains that Espheni tech mimics the musculoskeletal system that connects and coordinates movement. Dingaan wants to get in the walls and map the connections to create a diagnostic of which cords do what, which they can’t do until the beamer has been unearthed.

On a rooftop, Maggie struggles with being able to hear everyone from a distance—in this case, Pope and Sara fighting. Ben promises she’ll learn to filter things out and that there will be a day when she loves her new powers: “You’re gonna be stronger and more badass than ever.” She admits that sounds pretty sweet. He takes her hand and they jump to the ground together, which makes Maggie grin.

Mira convinces Matt to cut off the rope. She tells him it was hard in the camp, but she’s glad she didn’t go with him, as she learned so much. “We were wrong about everything,” she says as she takes her whistle out of her shoe and blows it. Surprise!

Still buzzing from the adrenaline high of jumping off the roof, Maggie realizes she doesn’t feel the pain anymore. Ben thinks the spikes are accepting that they’re a part of her now. He explains that all of Maggie’s emotions will now be amplified. Their spikes light up and Maggie realizes she can feel his emotions as if they’re hers. Ben cautions she’ll have to be careful, as it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

The Volm cache includes weapons and a sub-space communicator by which Cochise can monitor Espheni communications and contact Volm who are light-years away. Handy. Matt drags Mira into the clearing. A beamer flies into view. Mira breaks free and Matt gives chase. Weaver grabs Cochise even though he hasn’t located the concussion ordinance yet. The beamer blows up the cache. Whoops.

7b38de0700499ead4043e057cbf0bd2aNight. Sara confronts Pope. Pope accuses her of being an addict. Really? We’re stopping mid-alien apocalypse to have an addiction intervention with a brand-new character who’s engendered zero audience investment or loyalty, just to give Colin Cunningham something to do now that the writers have killed off Pope’s entire posse? Nifty. Sara tells him the bottle is filled with aspirin and the labels got mixed up.

Team leaders from the youth camp arrive at the chemical plant led by Kent. Tom opens fire. Mira leads Matt into a trap where he’s shot with—something. Other EJ members run up. Weaver shoots one of the EJs, then leads the kids into a Cochise ambush. Anne catches a bullet but is OK. Kent calls out that they have Matt. He kicks over a barrel of chemicals, but tells Tom he doesn’t want to hurt them. Tom empties his pistol at Kent in reply. Kent ignites the chemical spill to light up the container in which Tom hides. Anne spies her gun on the ground and runs out as a distraction so Tom can stop, drop and roll out to grab it and shoot Kent.

f992050137f49cfc1100f6fd41659579Back at the dig, Pope finds out from Anthony that Sara picked up a rifle and some rations to bug out on her own to a nearby farm. Let her gooooo. Let her gooooo. Turn away and slam the dor-hor.

Ben has set up an obstacle course for Maggie to test out her new spike-related reflexes. This turns Ben on, and Maggie gets a full whiff of it through their spike connection. They mack. Hal sees them making out but doesn’t stay long enough to see Maggie break loose and apologize. The spikes make her feel drawn to Ben, but he realizes she didn’t feel the same way before she got them.

The recon group makes their way back to Chinatown through fresh snow. Tom counsels Matt to remember the feelings he had for Mira, as “it’s pretty rare in life to meet someone who cares about you as much as you care about them.”

Ben comes across Hal moving debris, who merely asks how things are going with Maggie. Hal double-checks that the spikes help Ben heal faster and then punches him in the jaw. He matter-of-fact reminds Ben he’s supposed to help Maggie: “Doesn’t mean it’s open season on my girlfriend.” Snort. I just got a major Dean-from-Supernatural vibe there. Ben protests, but Hal reveals he saw them making out. “I get it. She’s amazing. She’s gorgeous. She’s mine,” Hal says. Yeah, Maggie’s probably gonna hit Hal again when she hears that one. Ben finds his (alien) spine as he apologizes for not seeing Hal’s leash on Maggie. Hal orders his brother to stay away from his girlfriend.

Tom et al return to Chinatown. He asks about the bruise on Ben’s face, who claims it’s nothing while Hal innocently considers the hand that hit him. Cochise updates everyone about the destroyed cache, including the lost compression weapon. Tom gives Dingaan the whistle that can call beamers. With everyone dispersed, Tom returns to his two eldest, who silently agree not to tell their father about the “Maggie Situation.”

Tom joins Anne in their room and teases her about not doing the smart thing and instead running out without a weapon or a plan to save him. He decides he wants to spend whatever time they have left together, so he gets down on one knee and proposes.

In the morning, Colonel Weaver officiates their marriage ceremony. Tom gives his vows: “I promise to always have your back in a firefight, and I promise to try not to get killed.” Anne promises to do the same. Aw, that’s sweet. They even managed to rustle up some wildflowers for a bouquet. Anne and Tom barely manage the kiss before Shaq interrupts them. He’s figured out how to use the Espheni whistle, which acts as a homing beacon and, with the right signal, can be reconfigured to connect with the moon base. As an example, he uses it to raise the buried beamer. That’s one hell of a wedding gift. An ebullient Tom shouts, “We choose to go to the moon!”

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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