The grown-ups survey the child army's accommodations. They live in the bones of a wrecked building and it's not pretty. Aaron asks Nora what the kids did with their parents and says kids skeeve him out. Nora recalls that Aaron was the village teacher back in Ben Matheson Country, and Aaron points out that there isn't a lot of call for software engineers in a world without electricity. Also, I know a fair few teachers who are skeeved out by kids. Seventh graders are truly awful representatives of humanity.
Michael tells another kid that he's in charge while Michael's gone, but Miles and Charlie have no interest in running off into the woods with wee Michael until they get some answers about the parents and their hidden whiskey caches. Michael says a long time ago, the militia came, so the parents hid all the kids in the basement and said they'd be right back. The kids heard screaming. He gestures to a tattered American flag and says they think it had something to do with the flag -- that the militia didn't like the colors. He says eventually he and Peter came up and found all their parents dead. Ever since, Peter has been their leader and protector and Michael wants to get him back.
Michael tells a smaller kid to put together all their weapons (which seem to consist exclusively of pointy things), and Charlie says they can't go up against the militia and then, of course, volunteers her services. And thus the ballad of noble, heroic Charlie Matheson begins... in her own head. Aaron isn't sure this is a great idea and I agree with him. Michael asks why she'd want to help and she says it's because the militia took her brother, too. Notice how she hasn't been particularly successful in repatriating one person from Monroe's forces, but now she wants to go for two. Miles looks like he's reconsidering recreational heroin.
Aaron pulls Charlie aside for a word and tries to talk some sense into her. She has all the clear-eyed conviction of a babbling zealot and Aaron tries to get Miles on his side, but Miles has gone round the bend, too. He declares that they'll save Peter. As the fab four head out, Charlie tells Michael to stay put and stay out of trouble. Let's hope he's better at following instructions than she is (spoiler alert: he is not).
Philadelphia. Danny and Rachel are having lunch -- well, Rachel is. Danny is lounging in his chair sulking about how they're in a cage. Rachel's like, we're not starving and we have proper linens. This is the life, kid. Danny says they have to leave and she shushes him. A militia soldier comes in and says Monroe wants to talk to Rachel.