Meanwhile, Mike approaches Hal and Karen, who are hauling water, and asks which direction the harnessed kids were going. They were headed west, but could have changed directions, apparently. Mike never asked Hal if he saw his son, because he figures Hal would have told him if he had. Hal admits that once he saw Ben, he didn't see anything else. They'll be on the lookout tonight when they go on their mission, and Mike says that he'd like to go with them. He leaves and then fucking Lourdes approaches, asking Hal if he needs help carrying his water jugs. He doesn't, but Karen offers to let Lourdes take one of hers. Lourdes starts to grab one and Hal says that Karen is kidding. Trust me when I tell you that Karen is not kidding. Lourdes says that she saw Hal walk by the outpost sentries and that he looked tired. He wonders why she was there, and she says that she was in the nearby church, praying. It was Episcopalian and not Catholic, but in this particular context her religious fervor has to endure a downgrade or two. Karen rather sarcastically wonders aloud if the Skitters have a God, and fucking Lourdes replies in the most irritating manner possible, "I know a lot of people have lost their faith, but mine is stronger than ever." Karen suggests that the next time she's down on her knees she request that God give them an operational B-2 bomber loaded with nukes. I'm sorry to tell you, Karen, but the next time Lourdes is down on her knees she's going to be blowing your boyfriend. Piously, I'm sure. Fucking Lourdes replies, "I don't pray for God to give me things. I don't think that's how it works. I ask God to show me what I can do for him." God's answer is, "Nuke the Skitters."
Hal and Karen go into one of the houses and wind up in a girl's bedroom. They wonder about its former occupant, with her Harry Potter books and horse figurines. Tom used to read the Harry Potter books to Hal and Ben, and Karen suggests that Lourdes might enjoy a little bedtime story with Hal. Hal thinks that Lourdes is nice and Karen thinks that Lourdes wants to get into Hal's pants. One of these people is right. Then Hal tells Karen that there's no competition and just as they start to make out Tom interrupts them. He tells them to get a room and Hal points out that, in fact, they did get a room. Tom shares the bad news that they're going back to the armory tonight, and will get Ben tomorrow. Karen says that she's going with them to get Ben, and from elsewhere in the house a few other people pipe in that they'll join as well. Tom notes to the young lovers that there are thin walls. Sadly, they are not even in the mood anymore.