In Savannah, Ms. Justine chooses trusty Neville to join her security detail as she travels to Washington. But they're intercepted by a hostile faction of patriots, who try to assassinate Ms. Justine. Gasping with a bullet in her gut, Ms. Justine explains to Neville that she wrote a letter objecting to the patriots' practice of sending young, healthy people to reprogramming centers for brainwashing and forcible use of recreational hallucinogenic drugs. She convinces him to stay and help her by telling him Jason was sent to the center.
Miles's plan this week is to convince Texas Ranger John Fry to join him in war against the patriots. John isn't so keen on dragging his republic into a(nother) war (they already have one with Mexico, apparently), but he agrees to meet Miles and see what proof he has that the patriots are up to no good.
Meantime, Charlie and Monroe have come to Willoughby. (I'm not precisely sure how they get in, since my DVR belched away the first seven minutes of the episode. Let's just say they knock some guards bunnies and sneak in.) Charlie waylays Miles and reintroduces him to his precious boyfriend. Miles is even crankier than usual, because Bass didn't even bring him an I'm-sorry-I-tried-to-kill-you-again bottle of whiskey. And then the three of them almost get their heads blown off by a squad of patriots. Miles and Monroe go all Butch and Sundance while Charlie just flails about confusedly (because she lives in a world without Paul Newman, and this is the first thing that's made me sad for her) and kill all the patriot would-be assassins except for one: our old buddy Ugly.
M&M drag Ugly off to use him as proof to John Fry. But when Ugly bites down on his cyanide tooth and John, in the absence of concrete Patriots Are Bad, Mm'kay details, doesn't immediately accede to Miles's war idea, Monroe shoots him in the back. And here we go, Bass says proudly, a murder to pin on the patriots! He is our own Archduke Ferdinand!
While all this is happening, Aaron is freaking out about how he discovered he can set people on fire with his mind. Those two soldiers who were about to kill Miles last week weren't the first: after Aaron runs away from the home he shares with Cynthia, he confesses to Rachel that he accidentally murdered Cynthia's abusive husband, Carl (and Carl's unfortunate side piece), by setting him on fire. This seems like it could be useful, if only in brightening up some of the show's illegibly dark scenes. Aaron! Set that gaffer over there on fire so we can see Charlie sulking!
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Previously on Revolution: Monroe saved Charlie's bacon from a pack of rapists in exchange for her taking him to Willoughby. In Willoughby, the U.S. government showed up to save Rachel and Miles from getting slaughtered by Titus's reavers, but when Rachel got suspicious of the government's convenient arrival, her old buddy Ken tried to kill her in a basement. But she stabbed him to death instead. Neville is climbing higher in the government hierarchy in his mission to get revenge for Julia's death. And Zombie Aaron is a pyro-kinetic freak of nature now.
Charlie and Monroe, just outside the Willoughby gates, look through binoculars at the soldiers manning the walls. The American flag is flying prominently, almost ostentatiously, over the barricades. Monroe just looks queasy, since, you know, he ran a decade-long military dictatorship with a secondary goal of stamping out that particular symbol. Charlie is worried that the patriots have already picked up Rachel, but Monroe counsels her to be smart and wait. They see a group approaching on the horizon.
Inside Willoughby, Ed examines the two burned bodies from the train yard. Ugly tells him there was no accelerator, they just combusted. Ed tells them to send the bodies for analysis.
Miles, watching the soldiers mill around outside from an upstairs window, asks Rachel how well she covered up Ken's murder. She's pretty confident in her body-hidin', print-wipin' skills, and he's freaked out by that competence. Maybe a little turned on. There's a knock at the door; it's Aaron. He asks Miles if he was at the rail yard last night, and then continues, confessing what happened to him—that he's pretty sure the nanites let him set those men on fire. Rachel can't believe her technology would do that, and she and Aaron techno-babble at each other for a minute until Miles is all, "ANALOG, OH MY GOD, ANALOG". He's interrupted by a bell ringing outside.
The Texas Rangers have arrived! They ride into town, suspicious as hell, since they were expecting a dead town, apparently. The lead Ranger asks for Truman, and introduces himself as John Franklin Fry, secretary of the interior of Texas. And as such, he informs them they're an armed incursion into sovereign territory. Gosh, that sounds familiar. John asks why he shouldn't just shoot Ed right now. Well, because all Ed's pals have semiautomatics aimed at you and you have a revolver? Ed tells his men to stand down and tells John he and his men saved Willoughby from the Andovers.