Settling pains plague all alphas this week. Dr. Rosen is out of the institute, but still requires heavy surveillance, because, well he is known to go rogue at times. FBI agents swarm the offices and everybody’s feeling cramped. The Alpahs work better with some space and all these people are beginning to bring out the worst in them. Rachel’s OCD is aggravated and she’s cleaning her office space excessively. Gary’s disturbed because his personal space is being violated all around (the shelf in the fridge, people touching him). Bill is pissed at Dr. Rosen, rightly so because all this is his fault. Not just the fact that he took that step without consulting the team, but also leaving them to deal with the consequences, shell-shocked at his revelation to the world. Since Dr. Rosen left, Bill’s had to take over the leadership responsibilities, something he does not enjoy, but he feels more protective of the gang after Dr. Rosen’s abandonment.
The best way for Dr. Rosen to get back in the team’s good graces is to help them capture the newest alpha (causing havoc) and show them that his fate wont be the same as the others before (who were sent to Building 7). Eli is an alpha who displays super speed as an ability brought on by his exceptionally fast metabolism rate. The adverse effects of which mean accelerated aging. At 22 Eli looks like a man who is 40-something, and is trying to find answers from the doctors who experimented on him when he was a kid. They’re unable to remember him, unwilling to help him and hence face the wrath of a very confused and disturbed young man. Dr. Rosen is the only one who is able to empathise with him and to help him relax a bit, but an unfortunate walk-in by Dr. Rosen’s daughter Danielle makes him lose his composure again and he kidnaps Rosen to take him to the hospital where he was experimented upon. Clayton, his team and the Alphas follow them into a church. Danielle tries to help him achieve some calmness, to ease his restlessness, before much more can happen though he is gunned down by an unknown assailant.
Hicks and Danielle have been secrelty hooking up, but now that Dr. Rosen is back things seem like they will get complicated. Gary reads Hicks’ texts and figures out his secret and lets Bill and Rachel in on it too (very tactless, very Gary, very funny). Nina’s grand gesture of apology is stone-walled by Hicks admitting he is seeing someone and subsequently being pushed by Nina to reveal who. Stanton Parish does not initially approve of the match, but then concedes they deserve to be happy.
By the end of the episode, Rosen’s making amends by having the FBI team relocate to another floor and letting the team in on his theory about Stanton Parish; creating a circle of trust, honestly and no secrets between them any more.
- Stanton Parish ran shady hospitals to experiment on children showing alpha abilities. He also mercy kills his progeny and kinda dictates the love life of his followers. The man is old-school and at least 200 years old.
- This was a brilliant, brilliant Gary episode. Highlights.
- Rachel calls Hicks out on his hypocrisy for hating it when Nina used her powers on him, but loving it when Danielle does. She is right, but there is a difference between the two.
- Nina is voted “Most Likely to Join Stanton Parish”. She is very conflicted by Building 7, the detention of alphas and Dr. Rosen’s role in all of it. She also pushed Dr. Rosen pretty hard, considering he had, over the years, mastered how to avoid the situation.