Hawkins House. Sarah and Hawkins still haven't quite gotten their trip underway. Darcy appears in the kitchen with her arms crossed. Sarah goes to wait outside. Hawkins tells Darcy that he should be back before dark. Darcy wonders at what point she should start to worry. Not answering, Hawkins tells her that this is the last time, and that after today, he's back for good. Hawkins leaves. I like how Hawkins had the foresight to bring a few African tribal masks to hang tastefully on the walls.
Greenhouse. Dad returns home and tells Mom how ineffectual a hunter he is, and that Jake is now out on the hunt. Mom and Dad discuss the cold house, and that April's at the clinic, but that she promised Mom she'd take a nap. That right there? That nap thing? Would totally be meaningless if April wasn't pregnant, but since she is, we can now rest assured that something's going to go wrong with the baby, and that we're going to be dealing with an emergency situation. I welcome that, because maybe it means we'll see Aasif again. "Feels like a storm's coming in," Mom predicts. Dad thinks they need to seal up the doors and windows. Mom's been collecting old sheets and linens to do just that. Haven't any of them heard of weather stripping or nailing plastic over the windows? It also seems like it would be a good idea to close off most of the house to keep the heat in a smaller area. Mom then drags a bottle of bourbon off a table and says, "Look what I found hidden in Jake's closet." Mom and Dad laugh fondly at their son's underage drinking. "At least he was drinking the good stuff," Dad says, examining the label. "I used to hide the most awful rotgut in the world behind my mother's china cabinet." Mom and Dad get thoughtful for a moment and wonder, "What do you think?" "On an empty stomach?" "I'll get the glasses." Dad chuckles and unscrews the cap to get a whiff of the bourbon.
Hawkins and Sarah pull up to a small house; while they're looking around, someone is looking at them through binoculars. All SWAT teamy, Hawkins and Sarah pull guns, go inside, and crouch around. Hawkins feels for a secret door, and they enter a room full of busted electronics. Sarah wonders, "Why would anyone destroy all of this? If they wanted it out of commission, they could have just taken it. Be worth a fortune after the EMP." I don't get this part. Does she mean that all this equipment is EMP-resistant? Hawkins suggests that the person or persons unknown either didn't care or just didn't care about the stuff. He then finds a body and determines that it's been dead for a couple of days, "give or take." On that timeline, Sarah could be the murderer. "But we just heard from him yesterday," Sarah counters. So, this is the Old Man we've been hearing about for...two episodes? I feel gypped -- he doesn't even look old. As Hawkins points out, "We heard from someone, remote uplink," we see that the guy watching them from outside is also listening to them. Sarah wonders, "Who could have done this?"