Clayton leads the kids along the tree line, and then directs them to go through a path in the woods. Hal, who is pretty sharp in addition to having such a masculine jaw, notes to Clayton that, according to the map, they should be turning north at that point. Clayton says that no, they're going to turn here instead. He rationalizes it in a way that doesn't make all that much sense, except that they get to stay in the woods. It's a shortcut! And safer! OR IS IT? Judging by the way Clayton is suspiciously looking around, it's clear that something wicked is afoot. OR IS IT? No, dude it is. It TOTALLY is. The kids make it to the Hidden Frontier Ranch, which is indeed a pretty idyllic looking farmhouse. Hal and Ben get big smiles, because the place looks so awesome. There are some existing people there, who don't say much to their new guests. Despite the fact that it's still not actually dark, Clayton says that they should get everybody to bed and then they'll do a tour in the morning. Nobody disagrees with him.
When it finally IS dark, we see Clayton heading down a staircase with a lantern. And then we see a bag with a Blue Hills Ski Area patch on it. Yes bitches, it's Eli. He's sitting in a room alone, and Clayton enters. Eli immediately asks where his mom and dad are, noting that the man who found him said he could see them today. Clayton tells Eli that he can see them right now if he likes, and Eli jumps up. He's probably just relieved at this obvious lie, and not thinking that you should never trust the same dude who locked you alone in a room all day. And then, the creepiest and greatest thing of all time happens. Maybe not as creepy and great as when the Skitter presided over the kid nest in the last episode. Or maybe greater. I just can't decide.
Anyway, Eli and Clayton head out in the creepy dark woods, and eventually meet up with a young girl. With her giant yet dead eyes open wide, the girl says that her name is Megan. Yes! The Megan that Clayton talked about earlier in passing -- his second-in-command's daughter who was abducted by Skitters. Eli tells Megan his name, and she says that she really likes it. I guess that's how zombie kids make smalltalk. Megan comes closer and tells Eli that she can take him to his family. She turns and he sees the glowing harness on her back and is all, "Dude, that's okay, I'm all set." He tells Megan that they can go in the morning, and she says that it's better if they go now -- his family is waiting for him. Eli doesn't want to go and tries to pull away and run, but it's all for naught. He is shot through by a Mech laser. Through no fault of his own, that kid just can't win.