Weaver says that they'll split into four squads, with four separate charges -- one for each leg of the Skitter Bay Luxury Condos. He assigns north, south, and east, and says he'll stay on for the west leg. At 1900 hours he'll send Hal and Anthony to recon with the other squads. If everyone is in place, they'll wait until dark, move in, and position the charges. At exactly 2100 hours they light the fuses, and get the hell out. Pope assures Weaver that his bombs are high quality, and if the fighters get them there, they'll blow. Weaver says that everyone will be on foot after that, and they'll have to make their way back to the school however they can. That's like 26 miles! What's going to happen to all the cars that are currently residing in this spot? Can't they meet back up here? As everyone disperses, Anthony points out that they're going to have a long walk through some very pissed off Skitters. Weaver is like, "Oh well! That's the only plan we've got!" What about a plan involving vehicles? Pope requests a transfer to another squad, so he doesn't have to hang out with Anthony. Weaver knows better than to let Pope out of his sight, however, and says that he stays where he is. Anthony finds this to be hilarious, and actually gives Pope a little pat on the butt. Eventually, these two are totally going to be like the Thelma and Louise of the 2nd Mass.
Back at the school, Tom escorts Rick through the hallways and orders Lourdes to take him to the clinic. He gives Scott the transistor vacuum tube, which Rick was carrying. The kid couldn't at least smash it? I mean, please. Tom calls some civilians together and gives them the dirty lowdown: the Skitters know where they are, and there's a good chance they'll attack. He's very tactful in not mentioning Rick's role in this. Tom says that he'd hoped that they could wait until the strike team was back to move, but now that's too risky. He's decided to evacuate the civilians. They'll walk through the tunnel out of the auditorium and, once through, they'll move west away from the city. Maggie points out that if the Skitters are on to them, they'll be crawling all around the area and it won't be easy to get past them. Tom says that's why he's going to stay behind, along with a small group of volunteers. If the aliens attack, the lingerers will draw their fire and maybe leave an opening for the civilians to escape. Jimmy, so often the voice of reason, asks how they're going to hold off the Skitters and Mechs when their best soldiers are with Weaver. Tom knows how it sounds. Like a historical parallel! They're in the territory of the battles of Lexington and Concord, where no one thought a small force of colonists had a chance against the might of the British empire. He quotes Patrick Henry, who said, "The battle is not to the strong alone. It is to the vigilant, the active, and the brave. A small, disciplined militia can not only hold out against a larger force, but drive it back, because what they're fighting for rightfully belongs to them." Yeah, but: aliens. Either because they're standing in a classroom where Tom's lecture holds more weight or because they have no other choice, people seem resigned to the plan.