Anna introduces her pilot program to invite select groups of humans to stay on each of the 29 space ships, Ryan must deal with the fact that Valerie's pregnancy is wildly accelerated, Tyler learns a secret about his mom, and one of the team makes a sacrifice to save Ryan.
11 minutes in
Ah Bliss. Who doesn't love the bliss? Well, apparently one Visitor who blows up himself, his girlfriend and those around him. According to ____ it's happened on other ships as well. The Fifth Column is everywhere. Marcus and Anna talk about the plight on the mother ship where Anna reveals that the Fifth Column has seemingly become immune to the Bliss and have somehow taken on human emotions. It's getting bad for Anna. And she's not going down without a fight. She wants Joshua ASAP so she can end this uprising.
Back at Erica's place, everything seems fine between Tyler and Erica. She even tells him it's cool to go up to the ship to help out. But alas it's all for the cameras — mainly the one in Tyler's jacket pointed right at her. Smile for the camera mom.
Over at the V Ambassador Building Marcus announces the "Live Aboard" program. Do you get credits for that? Father Jack and Georgie are in attendance and see Chad Decker. They need to talk to him.
Ryan and Erica talk about whether or not she should tell Tyler. Ryan gets through to her and says heck no! They continue to walk into the back of the church where Kyle Hobbes is not happy about their so-called army — at the moment only 5. However, he's got a plan to get the word out to all the other Fifth Column members. Get on board the mother ship and hijack their signal and transmit their OWN message in lieu of the one Anna has scheduled. It's risky, but nobody seems to want to do it. I can hardly blame them.
Over at the hospital, Valerie is getting an ultrasound to see what's up with her alien child. According to the doctor (the same doctor Ryan brought the R6 shot to) everything is fine. However, she speaks to Ryan outside in the hallway and tells him the images Valerie saw were of a healthy human baby. She hands him a photo and says, "This is her real ultrasound." And let's just say it could be a boy, but then again, that may just be its tail. Either way Ryan has to act fast because the growth is accelerating. Not only that, it's draining all of Valerie's phosphorus — something the V's apparently need. And if she doesn't get a shot of it soon to replenish, she'll die. And the only place they can get it is on the mother ship. Looks like he'll be going after all.
Back at the CIA office, Kyle Hobbes who is dressed all CIA-ish visits Erica? Apparently glasses and slicked back hair will get you through the front door. Anyway, Kyle says he'll go to the mother ship. He'll dress or look or something like the Vs and get in.
Over at some warehouse or back alley, all five of our rebellion meets up. In a nutshell, Ryan says he'll do it. He is a V and he needs to get that phosphorus shot for his wife. Although he doesn't tell them about the whole phosphorus thing. Not sure why, but my guess is he doesn't want the others to know about his kid either.
Back on the mother ship, Anna is watching Spike TV. Just kidding. She's watching every known devastating thing that's happened in human history. Joshua is recording her emotions and says that she basically doesn't have any — which is good because that means she's a normal V. Anna says to use her results as a base to test the rest of the ships to see who is Fifth Column and who isn't. She's either really mad or her mood swings are happening already. You know, being pregnant with a whole litter of lizards and all.
19 minutes in
Ryan lays the plan out for everyone. He wants Erica to get a name from the V diplomatic list. He's going to steal their identity. Hobbes is going to get him forged paperwork and new fingerprints. The rest is up to Ryan. He tells Georgie that if he doesn't make it back, he wants him to tell his wife whom he really is.
Erica and Georgie drive off and they talk about how they'll get Tyler to stop being around the Vs. Erica says she just needs to take him to someone who loves him more. Whatever that means.
Over at some random cemetery, Hobbes meets up with some woman who brings him a whole lot of info on the four people he's working with. She tells him that Georgie's family was murdered and that he claims it was aliens who did it. Father Jack testified against two staff sergeants in Baghdad and broke the rules of engagement. And Erica has a missing partner who was supposedly with some terrorist organization. Ryan she explains is probably the cleanest of them all. Maybe too clean.
Next thing we know, Erica drops Tyler off at his dad's place. It's obvious Tyler loves his dad, but Mr. Evans isn't quite sure why she's there. She tells him they need to talk. My guess is it has nothing to do with alimony or child support.
Ryan is on the mother ship. Visitors are getting checked as they come in by security with some hi-tech meaningless gadgets. He looks a little nervous, but it's probably because he has to wear that horrid zip-up shirt.
32 minutes in
Ryan gets to the front of the checkpoint and barely gets through. I think the next time my Visa card doesn't work I'll just have them run it again; it's probably a glitch. After Ryan gets through, however, he hears a baby cry and turns to look. It catches the eye of one of the V security guards who looks at the rest of the people in line who are paying no attention...or showing no emotion. Great. Ryan's already given himself away. What kind of Fifth Column guy is he? Two seconds and he's given himself away. Shameful.
Meanwhile, a V is being given the "human" test. This one fails, however, Marcus is concerned that the test is flawed since the subject is his most trusted assistant. Anna walks in and tells them that she wants Joshua to keep testing and to hold all those who fail so that she can deal with them herself. Hope she's not hungry.
Back at Mr. Evan's place, Tyler and dad are having a nice old time grilling out, but it quickly turns to Tyler thinking he split up his mom and dad. That if he weren't in that motorcycle accident they'd all still be together. Dad tells him it isn't his fault. Deep down I really want someone to just say yes it was your fault. What show will take that leap? I guess not V.
Back on the mother ship Ryan makes his ways through the halls. People are kind of giving him a weird look. Then the V security guard sees him and starts following him. Ryan enters some floating kiosk area and starts plugging in some numbers. Out pops phosphorus vile. He grabs the vile and just as he's about to leave the security guard stops him and asks what he's doing. Ryan calmly explains he's there for his supervisor. The security guard checks his fake visa and asks him to come with him. Looks like it could be bad news, but I think the V security guard is a Fifth Column member. Guess we'll find out since he takes Ryan to the testing chamber with Joshua who we all know is a Fifth Column guy already.
Back on Earth, Erica is at home watching another horrid Chad Decker report. We flash over to Chad signing autographs after his little telecast as Father Jack approaches him. Father Jack explains that he and his fellow parishioners really like Mr. Decker to make sure that the healing centers are for real and that they're not doing something funky that everyone isn't aware of before he whole-heartedly endorses their healing methods. Father Jack hands Chad his card and leaves. Oh, and he says good luck with sweeps since Chad is doing a five-part healing piece on his own aneurism healing sessions. That Father Jack is so funny.
Back at Mr. Evans house, he asks Erica what's going on with Tyler and why she suddenly showed up at his house out of the blue. Erica says she wants him to keep him. She basically lies and he's on to her. But he accepts the responsibility of taking Tyler and says they need to tell Tyler that it isn't his fault that they split up. And, here's the kicker, that they need to tell him who he really is. What??
42 minutes in
Georgie is over at Ryan's place talking with Valerie. Georgie sees a pregnancy book on the table and is taken back. Ryan hadn't told him that he's got a kid on the way. Uh oh.
Back at the church, Chad visits Father Jack. Chad has some questions, but Father Jack tells Chad that all the answers are on the ship. That he wants Chad to check out the secrets of the ship and what their plans are. Chad, of course, is a little bit skeptical and needs more proof of their concerns about the V's. Father Jack just says, "Call it a hunch". Chad says you expect me to risk my career on a hunch? Father Jack, the wise, tells him that he already has a hunch something is wrong or he wouldn't be there talking to him right now. Father Jack 1, Chad 0.
Erica gets a call from Georgie who is frantic. He's worried about Ryan because he hasn't contacted them yet. He's even thinking about going up to the ship to get him. Erica tells him that is a horrible idea and that she's heading back to the church right now. George says cool, but then we see him on a shuttle heading up to the ship. Oh that Georgie! What's he gone and done now? Erica tells Tyler and Mr. Evans that she's got to go. Tyler, at least for now, is going to stay with his dad.
Back on the ship, Ryan is getting tested and fails miserably. (And just as I thought Joshua and the V security dude are both card-carrying Fifth Column members.) Joshua shakes Ryan's hand and asks what he's doing there. Ryan tells him that he's there to embed a message for the Fifth Column to come to arms. Joshua tells him that he'll do it. He also says that Anna is birthing an army. Ryan hands him the message that needs to be embed and asks how he can contact him. Joshua says that John May had an outdated COM device that's undetectable. He says Ryan needs to find it. Just before Ryan leaves Joshua asks about the phosphorus. Well, not really asks since he knows what it means. He just tells Ryan that once he gives it to her there is no turning back. Ryan knows. Oh love you crazy creature.
50 minutes in
Anna walks in where Lisa is watching through the video Tyler's jacket picked up. Long story short, Anna tells Lisa to get Tyler up there with her any way she can.
Erica is back at Church headquarters where Hobbes tells her that Georgie is on his way to the mother ship. He even gave him a weapon to take with him. Erica didn't like that part obviously because she gives Hobbes a right cross. Hobbes, however, breaks down the situation to Erica pretty good though. He says they need Ryan because he's a V. Georgie, whether they like it or not, is acceptable collateral. Snap!
Back on the ship, Georgie is going through security. Ryan is on his way out and symbolically drops his V uniform. Then it's time for Anna's worldwide message. As she jabbers about feel good kind of stuff, Joshua is plugging in the pirate message. And just before her message ends, the words John May Lives appears on the video screen. Oh happy day.
Georgie meanwhile is walking down the V ship corridor. He sticks out like a soar thumb, but he does see Ryan. Unfortunately a suspicious V security guard sees Ryan too. As the V guard starts chasing after Ryan, Georgie runs up behind the guard and shoves a shank through his back. Georgie tells Ryan to go home and that his wife and child need him. As Ryan starts to run back to Georgie, the shuttle doors close. Georgie is pretty much toast, but he saved Ryan. "Long Live the Fifth Column!"
57 minutes in
Marcus tells Anna that a Fifth Column member put a pirate message into her worldwide message and shows her the V uniform that Ryan took off and left behind. He also says that he's in custody and they're seeing who else is working with him. Anna seems pleased though. She wants the Fifth Column to come out of hiding so she can eliminate them. She also thinks that she'll have the humans on her side to help. I think she's a little over zealous myself, but hey, if that's what keeps her going.
Back on Earth, Ryan walks in to his house to see Valerie painting the walls. She tells him that Georgie stopped by to say hi and that they have a lovely family. Ryan smiles and says he wants to make her some tea. Make that PHOSPHORUS tea (I heard it's tangy, but delicious). Ryan drops in the vile of phosphorus after a few seconds of thought and takes it to her.
Back on the mother ship, Anna is dealing with those who have failed the test. She hands each a pill and tells them this is their chance to redeem themselves. However, there doesn't seem to be much redeeming as nearly all the individuals swallow the pills and spontaneously combust into ash. Anna tells Marcus and Joshua that they now have their margin of error. She also says to skin the final three individuals who wouldn't kill themselves for her. I guess someone isn't happy.
Over at the church, Ryan walks in a little ticked off. He starts yelling at Hobbes for allowing Georgie to come after him. Erica calms him down enough to let him know that they need to make a plan to get Georgie back. Ryan says they have a small window because they won't kill him at first, but they will do it.
After the dust settles, Erica and Father Jack have a nice heart-to-heart. She tells him how awful she felt when she drove away from her ex-husband's house leaving Tyler behind. Father Jack said she did the right thing. "At least he's safe now right" Erica asks. Cut to Tyler opening the door at his father's place and wouldn't you know it Lisa is looking all human and hot and stuff. He asks what she's doing there and she says, "I missed you." Oh young lizard love. They're so cute at that age.
Over at Ryan's place, he and Valerie are asleep in bed. But Valerie is a little restless. Maybe that's because there's a lizard moving around in her stomach!
Up on the mother ship, Georgie is about to get the first class torture treatment from the Vs. And let me just say, they don't mess around! A V shoves a sharp hooking instrument right in the belly of Georgie and wiggles it around like he's jiggling a short circuiting light switch. Yikes! I'm thinking Ryan's "we have a short window" to save Georgie comment may have been a little off. Guess we'll find out next week.
Again, I'm not entirely thrilled with this episode. I will say that I felt better after this one than I did after the last one. I'm still wondering when we're going to get some action in this thing. From the looks of the previews for next week, it doesn't look like it's coming anytime soon. That being said, I can't really rate this one higher than last week. It didn't thrill me, but it didn't disappoint me either.
My Rating: 7 of 10.
What did you think of the episode?
Where's the Father Jack turning into a V story line? He seemed fine in this one.
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