Eli's family runs through the deserted streets of Acton, with Weaver, Tom and Mike hot on their tail, wielding guns. Weaver says that this is what happens when people lose focus -- they get careless. Tom interjects to say there's no way Anne could have seen this coming and Weaver is all, "I'm talking about you, dumb-ass." He points out that civilians are Tom's responsibility, and notes that the longer this hostile alien takeover goes on, the more desperate people are going to get. On cue, Eli's dad fucking shoots at the three of them, and yells to leave his family alone. Mike is ready to blast him, but Tom tells him to hold his fire since they've got a kid with them. If Tom weren't so interested in keeping little kids alive, this whole operation would be going a lot smoother. Weaver is not about to let Eli's family go unless they give the drugs back. Eli's dad gets mondo crazy face and shoots at them again, while his wife wonders if divorce court is still operational in this post-apocalyptic world.
And then there's a shot that comes from neither Eli's dad nor our 2nd Mass soldiers! It's a suave, silver-haired dude that comes up from behind Eli's dad and tells him to drop the bag of drugs or die. Put in those unequivocal terms, Eli's dad decides to listen to reason. He drops the gun and says he just wants to get the hell away from there. The silver-haired fox is all, "Surrender the drugs, and don't let the door hit you in the ass when you leave." Weaver yells to find out who the heck this mysterious cowboy is, and he announces himself as Terry Clayton of the 7th Mass. He asks if Weaver is, in fact, Weaver. Weaver, as you know, is Weaver. Is your mind blown yet? Anyway, this guy clearly knows Weaver. As Eli's dad decides what to do about the ultimatum, his wife proves the stereotype that women are a lot smarter and more sensible by taking the bag and giving it to Clayton as they run off. Overall, I'd say that Eli's dad could have thought out that plan a little better.
Weaver shakes hands with Clayton -- who would totally be played by George Clooney in the movie version -- and says it's good to see him. Mike and Tom know Clayton, too, and Tom notes that he's a long way from home since the 7th Mass was holding tight outside of Wilmington. Clayton gets a sad, squinty look on his face (squinty = military dude emotion!) and says, "We were. The 7th Mass is gone." Gone! The Skitters hit them hard, and they're coming this way next. Despite his heroic entrance, Terry Clayton is not a bearer of good news. Back inside the school, Tom, Mike and Weaver get the rest of the story. Clayton's second-in-command, Phillips, grabbed his daughter Megan and tried to pull her back, but another Skitter came up behind him. The rest of the tale is too gruesome to be spoken, I guess. Once the Skitters had all of their kids, they opened up. Clayton ran, and still hasn't been able to forgive himself for it. That makes him one step better than Dr. Wings. OR DOES IT? (Spoiler: OR IS IT?)