Even Jim's not so dumb that he's not going to eventually find the spy in the House of Taylor, but not before Skye lies to his face and enlists Josh to do the same. But Skye's exit point is discovered, and a newly installed video camera reveals Skye's outside-the-gate excursions. Rather than confront her directly, Taylor and Jim try to bait her with info about a convoy, which they secretly kit out to try to ambush Mira in the inevitable raid. But the attack never comes, which lets Jim realize that Skye's not providing the Sixers with any information that would put any colonists in harm's way.
As this unfolds, though, Lucas has completed his work on the two-way portal and he uses Skye to factor and reconcile his work using The Eye, which is just a bit of gobbledygook that doesn't have any kind of plot application except to make Skye make an extra trip. Anyway, Lucas's formula is apparently A-OK, and he's got big plans. Skye's finally confronted by the head honchos, and she comes clean about what's going on with her mother. Fortunately for everyone, Curran -- the murderer-turned-double-agent Taylor has stashed in the Sixer camp -- rescues her mom and brings her back to Terra Nova.
Maddy's terrible plotline involves the core in her "plex" -- the agenda/Kindle/iPod she uses -- is burned out and the material for a new one isn't readily available, so she goes through back channels --- that involve her asking the market guy with no legs, and then Boylan, who at first refuses her, then almost agrees to her offer to help organize his papers. Then he realizes she's the daughter of the sheriff and decides he'd rather not give the sheriff's daughter access to his books.
Anyway, Taylor's mad, his son Lucas (who, it turns out, blames his dad for his mom's death) has gone back through the portal with the threat of returning with the people that will depose Taylor and mine Terra Nova for everything it's worth. Going to be difficult to write the family Christmas newsletter this year, I imagine.
Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. He wonders why the one guy in Terra Nova in a wheelchair has to bargain with desperate people to get a wheel replaced. Surely someone could help him out? Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hooray for pterosaurs that are only somewhat obviously CGI or whatever the technology is used in the opening! I'm easy to please. As long as there's SOME effort to show us these prehistoric creatures, I can be patient. It makes me think that someone might get eaten (Josh, I hope. We can all agree on that, right?).
Anyway, Jim and Taylor are at the portal terminus with a patrol that's there to keep an eye on it, what with the Sixers trying to ruin everything for everybody all the time, and the eleventh pilgrimage due in a couple of days. Jim and Taylor are engaged in the portion of the show where they tell each other things they wouldn't need to tell each other were it not to bring us up to speed, characterized by sentences that begin with things like, "As you know...." Anyway, Jim is still conducting "interviews" to find the spy, and there are a couple of soldiers that he's chatting with, including Riley, who visited the infirmary because her idiot partner -- the super-eager soldier who demanded a reason when Taylor went OTG last tine -- smashed her thumb in a rover. Jim's interviewing technique is barely above, "Are you the spy? No? Damn. Well, thanks anyway." And while they're there, you think maybe they could give the portal a coat of paint? The thing is looking surprisingly rundown for something so crucial to the future of humankind. And in fact, I find it a little surprising that it doesn't already have round the clock protection.
The interviewing continues back at the base, with Skye showing up for her turn in the hot seat. Jim asks her where she was during the time when the Sixers were communicating with someone on the base, and Skye is obviously lying (and I don't mean obviously because we SAW her communicating with them -- I mean it's obvious in the way she hems and haws) but Jim doesn't notice and doesn't press her on the injury to her hands despite the fact that it would seem the infirmary clue is the one to follow. We're too busy being uncomfortable over Jim essentially telling Skye that she doesn't have to tell him if she's fucking his son.
Over at the Shannon household, Josh and Maddy are getting on each others' nerves, with Maddy having a minor meltdown because her "plex" -- which is I guess what they call those clear electronic tablet computer things -- burned out its core, and her mom says there's a colony-wide shortage of the "promethium" so she's going to have to make do for now. Josh quietly tells her the name of someone, Casey Durwin, who might be able to help her, as long as she brings something to trade, because he won't be happy until every one of his family members is in trouble with the law.