The episode opens with a flashback. We finally get a glimpse behind Eph, Nora and Jim’s friendship. (Yay for seeing Sean Austin back on screen) Even though we all know exactly why Kelly is not too peachy about Nora, we get to see how it all started; a classic love triangle. Nora’s first flirting session at a press conference landed her a job beside Eph. Jim wasn’t so thrilled with Eph’s decision to have Nora on board since he saw it as a move made out of frustration. Eph has been struggling with his marriage long before Nora came along; however, Eph found the happiness in Nora that he lost with Kelly. Nora clearly brought happiness back into his life. She was there at his lowest to pick up the pieces. Eph’s preexisting friction between Kelly reached its climax with Nora’s arrival.
We snap back to the current time where Nora gets an unexpected call. They have found Zach’s grandparents, Kelly’s parents. Nora suggests that Zach should join them. Eph quickly rejects the idea. He wants Zach by his side, but Nora convinces him that sending him out of the city is the safest option for Zach. Eph struggles with the idea, but the decision becomes clear as soon as they reach out to Kelly’s parents. Zach breaks down talking to his grandparents. He has already gone through enough craziness, especially with his mom, Kelly. He needs stability more than ever at this point. Eph and Nora heads out to see the Councilwoman Justine Feraldo to get permits to move Zach out of the city.
Meanwhile, Gus and Angel “drive” in to a prison. They are on a mission to find Quinlan his human army. Angel steps out sporting a white cross. Gus is amused by his game face; “We are here to kill ‘em, not bless ‘em.” Once inside, they come across a heard of Strigoi nesting. Uh oh, are they too late? They find one of the guards Gus knows too well, trapped in a cell. He begs them to release him and gives his ID card hoping Gus would release him. Instead, Gus grabs his ID and walks away. Snap! Gus and Angel arrive at the main control room to release the surviving prisoners. He offers all the inmates a deal; fight for Quinlan and the loot is theirs to keep.
Gus might be a street thug, but he still has a heart and a conscious; he eventually releases the guard from his cell. Their exit plan goes haywire as soon as the guard gets shot by one of the scorned inmates. The sound of the gun vibrates throughout the entire building waking the nesting Strigoi. The inmates get their first training session; “Strigoi Beat Down 101”. As soon as they exit the building, Gus’s life immediately gets threated by the very inmate that caused the chaos. Gus’s guardian angel swoops in to save the day. The hot iron takes down the scum. Human army rule number one, do not mess with Gus.
Obviously, Dutch is a complete wreck right now. She is fighting to overcome her traumatic experience. Fet walks in on her trying to leave a note breaking up with him. Dutch choses Nikki over Fet. Outch! Poor Fet keeps his cool and completely respects her decision. I call that unconditional love. He is officially a saint; a definite tear jerker. Even though he is devastated, he lets her go. Dutch’s shattered nerves have pushed her away from the fight. She wants a “normal” real life, but she is actually just running away from her problem.
I guess Eichorst really chased the fight out of her. Dutch leaves Fet just to find out that Nikkie is leaving her. Oy vey, what a mess! Nikkie knows Dutch is meant for the fight. It’s something she strongly believes in and this is just a setback. She will never be a “stay at home” girl. Dutch will get back out there; the girl Nikkie fell in love with is long gone. Has the volatile relationship finally reached the end if it’s rope? If you think saying goodbye to Fet was awful, I can’t imagine how Dutch is going to face him when she runs back to him. I don’t even know if she’ll go back. She might just turn into a lone wolf.
Councilwoman Justine Feraldo has set camp in the most fabulous building in Manhattan. A camp worthy of the Manhattan Elite; high ceilings, chandeliers, walls draped with designer displays, plush leather couches, banging fireplace, fresh cut flowers, bodyguards that look like 007 agents and Jews fondling with gold. Furious with the “rich people tax”, Mayor Lyle storms in demanding Feraldo resignation. If not complied with his terms, he threatened to indict her. Justine barks back claiming the protection comes with a certain cost. The offices are risking their lives to give the residence a fighting chance. It’s a small price to pay. Even Captain Kowalski snaps back at the Mayor in her defense. Justine does not react well to threats and throws the Major out of the building. Unfortunately, the Mayor’s influence on all the higher ups doesn’t give Justine much comfort. Red Hook might be her last battle.
Meanwhile, Fet and Setrakian are back on the road chasing the Lumen. They pay a visit to Alonso. After striking a deal with Rudyard, Alonso currently possesses the Lumen. I guess it’s not lost after all. Yup, the Lumen is under Alonso and we all know very well that he won’t give it up so easily. The interaction between him and Setrakian is more civilized this time around. Being a fighter in his own way, Alonso is an opportunistic survivor. He learns more about the creatures through Setrakian. He compliments himself on the choice of his new grill; “I picked the right bling to bite ‘em all back”
Setrakian verifies of the Lumen’s authenticity. Right when he was about to seal the deal, Alonso drops the ball. He is playing the field and could care less about the consequences just like the rest of the previous owners, it’s just business. Greedy humans, they never learn. Remember what happened to the last guy who tried playing the game? This will get bloody ugly.
Back in Manhattan, Justine gets a visit from a detective. Curve ball, the Mayor bites the dust. Yup, he gets an unwelcomed guest in his mansion. They are obviously suspecting Justine to be behind the murder. Justine immediately assumes Captain Kowalski has something to do with it, but both are dumbfounded by the recent event. Regardless of their involvement with the shooting, they know all the heat will fall on them. Not long after, Palmer pays her a visit. He conveys his full support and even goes as far as to appoint Justine in charge of all the security in the city. Palmer wants her on his side. You can’t help but wonder, is Palmer behind the Mayor’s death? He definitely has the resources to carry it out with ease.
Justine’s meet and greet is not done yet, Eph and Nora pays her a visit. They share their findings with her; the bio weapon that could finally eradicate the night crawlers. In return, Justine granted them passes to head to Washington where they’ll retrieve the reacting agent and drop off Zach with the grandparents. Nora joins the trip this time around. It seems like she patched things up with Fet. Their relationship is still pretty dicey, but they are slowly recovering.
Eichorst visits Palmer and Coco. He insists on dealing with the Lumen since The Master does not trust Palmer with a task with such importance. Their passive aggressive conversations are entertaining to say the least. Eichorst micromanages Palmer to makes sure he stays in line. He knows exactly what to say to hit the perfect nerve. Palmer gets a reality check. Right when he feels untouchable, he finds out that The Master’s “white” is not a permanent solution. He requires a regular dose to maintain his health. That’s how The Master keeps them on a leash. Palmer’s gold for the Master’s white.
After centuries, Quinlan either has a very impressive savings account, or he has made some stellar connections. For a guy who is not interested in materialistic things, he sure knows how to dwell. Instead of hiding in a dark corner, he chills in a wickedly awesome penthouse; such a baller. Setrakian goes to him with the dilemma. Quinlan doesn’t truly trust Setrakian with the Lumen. Nevertheless, they come to an agreement. Quinlan supplies the gold and Setrakian delivers the Lumen to the ancients. It’s so great to see Quinlan, but I really hope we’ll get to see him in action next week. We need more Quinlan next season!
Quinlan is too smart to leave his work up to faith; he covers all ground. Gus comes back after a successful mission gaining their human army. Quinlan doesn’t trust Setrakian to honor their agreement, so he assigns Gus to “convince” him to give up the Lumen after the auction by any means necessary. I doubt Gus has what it takes to kill him, but let’s just hope it won’t come to that.
OMG, the finale is next week. I can’t even…
Until next time, Happy Hunting!