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'Falling Skies' finale recap part I: The daddy-daughter dance

Season 4 | Episode 11 | “Space Oddity” | Aired Aug 31, 2014

Lexi has returned from the Dark Side. Tom is less than welcoming. Pope wants to kill her. Tom and Anne confront their daughter, who is all, “Sorry for crashing the car, Mom and Dad. My bad.” She admits that trusting the Espheni was a mistake. Anne realizes Lexi’s eyes have returned to their original shade. Lexi claims to see clearly now the Espheni reign is gone. Tom says it’s not that easy since they all hold her responsible for killing Lourdes and destroying Chinatown. Lexi begs to be allowed to make it up to them.

Pope retrieves Tect’s rifle to kill Lexi. Weaver tries to stop him.

Lexi asks her parents to let her be their weapon, as the Espheni had meant to use her. But Anne and Tom can’t trust her enough to let her back into their lives. Pope and Weaver argue about killing Lexi. Pope cold-cocks him and runs off to shoot Lexi.

Lexi grabs the bullet out of the air; that’s sure to reassure everyone. When she insists they have no reason to fear her, Tom reminds her they have plenty of reasons to hate her and repeats there’s no place for her with them anymore. Anne chases after him to argue that there’s no proof the Espheni didn’t control Lexi, and she did just destroy the attacking beamers. She begs for the chance to find out if their daughter is salvageable, and promises to keep her away so the other don’t lynch her.

weaverPope is suddenly consumed with the need to avenge all the dead and buried. Tom realizes Pope’s heart has grown three sizes that day. He insists the 2nd Mass are Pope’s people too. “I guess you are,” Pope sniffs. “Were.” Camaraderie gone, Tom orders Pope to stay out of his family drama. ‘Cause that usually works.

Outside, Tom deals with his sons’ angst over their sister, then orders the launch back on. In the ship, he and a minion struggle to load the bombs. Wait, they were seconds from leaving when Lexi showed up and they’re only now loading the bombs? Cochise worries about all the yet-unknown variables. Tom: “That’s why I stayed up late and read Space Flight for Dummies last night.” Heh. He points out that with all the advanced technology on the ship, all he really needs to do is fly straight up. Cochise is still fretful because, in case anyone forgot, he won’t be along for the ride since the beamer rejects all things Volm. He begs Tom to wait for his father to respond to the long-range transmissions Cochise has been sending to Mars, or wherever they’re hiding. If his father gets the message and if he responds, he could be a great help with the moon plan. Tom picks up on all the “ifs” and Cochise finally admits he didn’t part well with his dad, who wanted Cochise to go to college with them and abandon Earth. Tom realizes Cochise and Shaq and their crew make up the entirety of the 2nd Mass’s Volm support.

Anne leads Lexi into her room with Weaver as guard. Lexi tries to appeal to Anne’s maternal side, but Anne isn’t sure Lexi isn’t still under Espheni control. Lexi apologizes for killing Lourdes and wants to make up for everything: “I’m your best chance if you want to make it to the power core and destroy it.” She focuses, and the Breeze of Power riffles her hair as she listens in on Tom and Cochise talking about the bombs in the beamer. Lexi believes the trip will fail unless she goes with them. This works for Weaver, but Anne is still freaked out by her kid’s super-hearing. She again tells Lexi there’s no coming back from the choices she’s made, and she no longer has a place with them. Weaver interrupts to tell Anne that she and Tom are making a huge mistake about Lexi.

Weaver pitches Lexi’s offer to replace Ben to Tom. He likens their situation to the Allies’ alliance with Stalin to beat Hitler, because we haven’t had a WWII callback in a while. Tom doesn’t believe they need Lexi to win the war since their plan is so stellar. Anne reminds him that having someone who can operate the Espheni technology would be an advantage. Tom reluctantly agrees that when everything is considered, Lexi is the best choice.

Matt wants to christen the ship with a bottle for luck. When Tom refuses, Matt threatens Lexi if she harms Tom, and rather effectively too. Ben objects to being replaced, given that he won the lottery (one in which his father cheated). Ben: “It’s not fair!” Tom: “If it were fair, I’d be teaching second-period American history right now.” Snort. Lexi tries to reach out to Ben, but he disses her. Maggie “thanks” Lexi for being the first and last person she allows to tell her who to be. Hal mock-commiserates about Lourdes being dead, given she’s the only one who might’ve forgiven Lexi. Anne reminds Lexi she wants both her and Tom to return alive. Hal pulls Tom aside to give him a fast-acting poison that the Volm carry on them in case they’re captured to use against Lexi. Tom doesn’t even blink, though he hopes he won’t need it.

lexi beamer yogaInside, Tom cops a squat in the back, while Lexi uses yoga to launch the beamer. And they’re off!

They clear the atmosphere just before Tom asphyxiates. There’s science talk that basically means the ship can now source the homing beacon. Lexi sets the autopilot: “Nothing left to do now but wait.” Oh good! More talking!

Lexi accuses Tom of still not trusting her. He’s reserving opinion until the mission is over. She pulls a map out of the air so they can watch the ship’s course. Tom gets a weird look on his face when she plays with her hair the way Anne does. They run through the plan again. Lexi realizes this is the longest conversation she’s had with her father. Clearly they need to take more road trips in a Volkswagen Rabbit. Tom wonders why it’s getting cold in the ship. Not sure, but it could be because you’re in space. Lexi figures out there’s a hairline fracture in the hull where Tom et al repaired the hole they blew in the ship to dig out Tom and Dingaan. The launch weakened the mending job, and now the beamer is leaking energy and life support. It can only be repaired from the outside: “Unless we lower the [life support] to a minimum, this will be a one-way trip to the moon.” Hope the old man put that tractor beam outta commission, or this is gonna be a real short trip. What? I’m the only one who went there? Come on.

Lexi decides their only hope is to use a cocoon as a stasis chamber, the way the Espheni do for long trips. She powers up and conjures webbing between her hands and wraps Tom in it. He resists when she moves to cover his mouth. She tells him to breathe deeply and he recoils: That was exactly what she said to Lourdes before she killed her. “Did I?” Lexi idly wonders. “How strange.” She pours the webbing down a now-struggling Tom’s throat. “Sweet dreams, Father.”

Anne and Hal claw Tom out of the web cocoon. Turns out he’s back on Earth, and Lexi took care of the whole blow-up-the-power-core deal all by herself while Tom slept. Lexi is now totally human, complete with brown hair and eyes because, according to Anne, the radiation blast from the power-core destruction blew the Espheni right outta Lexi, like a cancer. Whoosh! Lexi: “For the first time since I was a little girl, I feel normal.” Lexi promises to spend the rest of her life making up for her crimes. Anne swears that none of it matters and Lexi is one of them now. “You’re family,” Anne says. Tom hugs his boys and grins.

Oh yeah, this is totally a wish-fulfillment dream.

Outside, the moon is bright and full except for the new crater where Lexi detonated the bomb. Maggie and Lexi make up. Weaver is just shy of totally crackers, so—par for the course there. He updates Tom on how the shortwave radio is burning up now that all the ghettos walls are down and Burned Overlord—or Scorched Overlord, as they now call him—has pulled back. Later, off-screen, Hal and Dingaan take out Scorched Overlord’s stronghold with zero casualties. Even Pope took himself off right after the beamer launched.

Tom isn’t quite convinced. Later, he can’t quite get into the mood with Anne. He thinks it’s weird how Weaver blew him off and puzzles that if the stronghold is 30 miles away from Chinatown, how’d Hal and Dingaan get there so quickly? Anne has an answer for everything, but Tom finally realizes that it’s all too perfect. Anne promises to fetch Lexi over and adds that she’ll also try to find Doctor Kadar. The dead Doctor Kadar.

Tom finally clues in because Lexi doesn’t know Doctor Kadar is dead. He bursts out of the room to find himself in the destroyed and empty ghetto dreamland, where Lexi uses hallucinations of Tom’s family as avatars for her angst over the fact that he didn’t try to save her from the Espheni the way he saved her brothers and Anne. The Ben avatar tells Tom that Lexi wants what all his kids want when they make a mistake. Tom: “An escape from reality or an escape from responsibility?” Both? Is both an option?

tom at campfireUltimately, Lexi is afraid Tom will never forgive her for killing Lourdes or love and accept her no matter what she does. Tom realizes this whole dreamscape isn’t about the mission; it’s about him and Anne and his family. Lexi is hiding behind the avatars because she’s afraid that no matter what she does, they’ll never forgive her for what she’s done, which is exactly what the Lourdes avatar just said.

Human Lexi finally reveals herself in the dreamscape, the creation of which was accidental; now she doesn’t know how to reverse it. In the real world, she and Tom are in the same stasis cocoon, dreaming together. Tom admits there are things he wishes he could undo, and most of them have to do with Lexi. He realizes he needs to try to forgive her. “But first, we need to wake up,” he says.

They try together to wake up and bingo! Freed from the cocoon, Lexi confirms the life support is still more than half-charged. Tom praises her for making the right call with the cocoon plan. She and Tom look out the window at the moon. “I’m the 25th human to visit the moon,” he says with awe. “Which makes me the 26th,” Lexi replies. You give him that reality check, kiddo. Tom takes her hand and vows to make their dream a reality. Lexi assures Tom they’re going to make it: “I can feel it.” But her smile fades and she apparently feels something else entirely as, in the back of the beamer, the bombs spark as fluid drips from them onto the floor.

But wait! There’s more! ‘Cause this is a two-hour season finale!

Read Kiersten’s recap of part 2 of the Falling Skies finale here.

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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