Everyone gets a map with food stores marked on it. As of last week's recon, the stores were all in tact and secure. The medical and science people will be traveling with Porter, since they're still working on "the harness situation." Apparently, nobody's quite figured out how to go about harness removal without also killing the kids to whom the harnesses are attached. In fact, two more died this morning. Porter dismisses everyone, and tells them that they'll all move out in the morning. Tom lingers, then tells Porter that he's making a mistake giving Crazy Weaver civilians. Porter points out that Weaver's credentials include eight years active army, six years reserves, and that crazy-making Desert Storm call of duty. He adds that Tom -- whom we now learn is PROFESSOR Mason -- has by contrast read a lot of books. A great deal of those books were military history but, like, come on. Unless you're trying to choke the aliens with an ascot or they have a fatal allergy to suede elbow patches, you have to go with the actual military guy. Professor Tom, however, is charged with doing what he has to in order to defend the civilians. I think that we can say with certainty that, if left to his own devices, Crazy Weaver would just use them as a shield. As Tom leaves, Porter tells him that it's not over. He doesn't add that it's sure as heck not looking good.
We cut to some soldier types telling enthusiastic tales of how they saw someone kill a Skitter with a point-blank shot right to the head. Hal stalks off with a smoldering look of intensity (he would be played by Taylor Lautner in the movie version, I think) and the others ask what he's looking at. It's the big old alien ship, which one of the guys -- whose name is Anthony -- notes hasn't moved since yesterday. Hal says that he's wondering how to get at it. He fantasizes about finding his way inside, heading upstairs, finding the head lizard in charge and kicking some alien ass. Another guy on the crew named Dai says he would just blow that shit right up. Little Jimmy asks how they'd get up there. And it's then that Professor Tom stalks over and tells them that no, the outside is like a fortress. You have to get inside. Like -- historical parallels alert! -- the Trojan Horse! Or the WWI something or other that involved tunneling underneath something else and planting a lot of TNT under the center of it! Or like the Romans at Pontus! Or like how Professor Tom has built a tunnel that enables him to stick his head in the cavern of his own ass and blow himself up...with knowledge! I mean, this guy is just asking for a cock-punching right now. Everyone's tired enough that they can only mildly tease him about it and then the greatest bit of dialogue happens: