Sheriff Tom declares a quarantine of Homestead, and is also in charge of the whole relief effort. Dave is still in the hospital. Russell finds an injured military scuba diver at the ranger station, and the diver has injuries that look a whole lot like the ones Dave got in the swamp from the mysterious non-gator creature. Mariel finds a weird pod-like thing that seems to be living in the scuba diver's head wound. Jesse and Rose are creeped out by their pod mother, so they sneak out and go to Russell's house. Mariel gives the pod-like thing to Russell for testing, and reveals that she didn't even notice that her kids left her house. Mariel confesses to Sheriff Tom that she hasn't been feeling herself lately, and Sheriff Tom blames it on overwork. Dave and Russell go back to check out the skeleton they found, but it's...gone! Larkin goes to interview the diver's wife, and it turns out that she thought her husband was still stationed overseas and didn't know he was in the hospital. Sheriff Tom and Mariel take the kids back, like, is the whole episode going to be about the kids going back and forth between their parents? Larkin wants to do a big news report about the military diver, but her boss informs her that the diver is dead. Mariel lost her wedding ring while she was out in the hurricane overnight, and Russell and Dave find a wedding ring in the trunk of the car where the skeleton once was. Gasp! Rose confides in Sheriff Tom that she saw the lights, and Sheriff Tom says that he saw them, too.
Russell needs one more peek at the goopy skeleton in the truck of Dave's car. Plus, the crew set the camera and lighting and stuff for that shot, and it seems like such a waste if they only use it for ten seconds. Russell stares at the goopy skeleton and thinks really hard. Some static comes over his radio and he jumps; in a funnier show, he would have totally bonked his head on the raised trunk. Let's just pretend that he did, okay? Anyway, it's Rose on the radio, and she's still talking about damn Car-leeeeeeeet-a, her cat. Rose is worried that her mother and "Daddy Tom" aren't home yet, and Jesse and Kira are making dinner. It's so creepy that she called the Sheriff "Daddy Tom," I can't even tell you. Anyway, Rose asks her father plaintively, "Are there monsters?" Russell stares hard at the goopy skeleton and then lies, "No." he slams the trunk closed. Rose brings up the lights she saw in the sky, and says that she thought they might be monsters. Russell says they weren't, and Rose asks, "Then what were they?" Russell doesn't even answer his daughter! He just starts up his car and drives somewhere. Dude, that's cold. Are we sure he isn't a pod person?
The mayor gives a press conference outside the hospital about what they're doing to rebuild and clean up from the hurricane. A reporter asks about a possible quarantine, and the mayor says they're still working things out. Sheriff Tom rocks the mic and gives all the reasons might have to have a quarantine, including contaminated water and possible damage to chemical facilities. The mayor interrupts to say that no one has authorized a quarantine yet.
Dave, who's still in the hospital, calls Russell on his radio. Does everyone have a radio on this show? And if so, why couldn't they use them last week, when they were all out searching for each other in the hurricane? Anyway, Dave wants to know if Russell has checked out the skeleton yet. Russell says he's driving Dave's car to the station or the lab or whatever right now. Dave gets all pissed off because his car is "a collectible."
The reporters ask Mariel if she would support a quarantine, and Mariel takes the mic and says that she actually suggested it. Larkin asks whether the Sheriff's office will coordinate efforts, and Sheriff Tom basically says that he's calling all the shots. I'm trying really hard here not to make Katrina comments, because that seems a little too soon, but just know that I'm thinking them, and then feeling guilty.