In the land that electricity forgot, Charlie, Miles, Maggie, and Aaron are still tromping all over Illinois looking for Danny. Miles attempts to go off on his own to find a friend of his, Nora, who can help them blow things up and also locate Danny (I think Miles puts a bigger premium on the former), but Charlie follows him like a mopey-eyed puppy. Miraculously, she only almost gets herself and/or others murdered like once or twice.
Along the way Charlie and Miles have a clash of opinions on what's right and wrong. See, Miles thinks that pretty much anything you have to do to stay alive is right, while Charlie still thinks it's a bad idea to stab people in the throat, even if they are trying to kill you. Silly Charlie. Eventually they find Nora and Charlie learns to shoot first and mope about it later.
Left behind by Charlie and Miles, Aaron tells Maggie about the shiny silver doohickey Ben entrusted him with before he died. He says Ben told him to bring the MacGuffin to a woman named Grace, who is the shotgun-wielding algebra teacher who saved Danny's life last week. Grace, as we learned, also has a MacGuffin, and she has glorious power! Also, someone has gotten into her house and it doesn't look like she's happy to have him there.
And over in Sebastian Monroe's camp of grouchy people, Charlie's mother, Rachel, is alive and looks pretty healthy for a prisoner (maybe? Or maybe she ran away from her family because they are all such WHINERS). Monroe pops up to tell Rachel that Ben is dead and he's kidnapped her son, and she's going to tell him everything she knows about turning the power back on.
Previously on Revolution: The power went out. Fifteen years later, Charlie's dad got murdered so she and her giant teeth showed up in Chicago and ruined her uncle's life. And now you're caught up.
We flash back to one week after the blackout. I'm hoping it didn't happen in summer, because if all the power went out in, like, July, wouldn't ninety percent of Arizona be dead with in a week? Anyway, little-kid Charlie tells her mom she wants to wear her ballet slippers, but Mom recommends walking shoes, because they're going to do like Dora and walk out of the city. Ben is bustling around packing things -- including a revolver. Charlie's mom instructs Charlie to keep an eye on Danny and never let go of his hand. It's very "Jack! Rose! Jack! ROSE!!" You just know Charlie would shove anyone off that door so she wouldn't freeze to death in the north Atlantic, though.
Outside, the Mathesons are pulling the kids and all their worldly possessions in red wagons through the streets of Chicago, which are already starting to look like an apocalyptic wasteland. And then we're in the present day, and Charlie is looking at the skyline dourly. Maggie asks if she's all right. Aaron is slumped over, clearly not enjoying all this there-and-back-again shit. In the distance they hear some metallic clanking. "Where's Miles?" Charlie asks.
He is next to a train and having another swordfight. Obvs. Because NBC taught Billy Burke how to swordfight, and they will damn well get their money's worth out of those lessons. Miles punches out the bounty hunter he's been dueling with, putting an end to the fight in the most Harrison Ford of fashions, and is about to skewer him through the throat when Charlie intervenes and is all, "You can't murder this guy who clearly wants to murder us!" UGH. Too stupid to live, this one. Miles relents and Aaron helps him drag the bounty hunter off to a boxcar, which they will lock him inside. As we pull out, we see that Nate is on the other side of the train.
The travelers arrive in Pontiac, Illinois. As they walk through a marketplace, a street preacher is saying that God caused the blackout, and Aaron observes dryly, "Great, they're having a sale on heroin." See, Ron Paul was wrong, people do need the government to keep them from doing hard drugs! Although I would probably turn to opiates sooner than later when my TV stopped working. Is there even a reason to live if I can't have Tami Taylor in my life?