Miles, Charlie, and Nora shlep on down to Georgia to try and prevent Monroe from blowing up Atlanta. The man Monroe sent with the nuke is, of course, yet another person Miles has wronged, in this case his former protégé Alec. Miles trained Alec to be a vicious, remorseless killer, but then he sold Alec out and sent him to be tortured in Texas after Alec failed to assassinate the general in charge of the Texas military junta or whatever they have down there. Alec is kind of pissed about that and repeatedly tries to kill Miles.
Miles gets arrested and brought before the president of Georgia, Kelly Foster, whom he also horribly wronged at some point in his past as a black-hearted bastard. Foster threatens to castrate Miles, but then lets him go so he can stop Alec, which he does, ultimately killing him. Charlie and Nora aren't much help. And then Foster tells Miles she can give him men and weapons so the rebels can join the war she's planning to launch against Monroe.
Rachel and Aaron, trekking west in search of the Tower, run into Rachel's old colleague Jane Warren, played by the crazycakes vice president from Scandal. After Jane roasts alive a couple of bandits who were trying to rape Rachel, she introduces the love of her life, Beth, who it turns out has had cancer for the last sixteen years, but has survived because of the same technology that kept Danny alive—and that's keeping the lights off. Jane is adamant that Rachel give up her crazy quest, because if she turns the power on, Beth will die. Beth overhears and makes Jane tell Rachel what she needs to know. Rachel and Aaron plod on, westward.
Previously on Revolution: Monroe got power. Our heroes split up, with Rachel and Aaron heading west to the Tower, and Miles, Charlie, Jim and Nora continuing the anti-Monroe resistance. And the family Neville has gone rogue.
Philadelphia. One of Monroe's peons tells him the Nevilles have fled, probably because spies report that Jason Neville is still alive. Monroe is way more stunned and wounded-seeming than a guy in charge of an empire should be. All we've learned about Monroe is that he deals swiftly with traitors and any hint of dissent, so wouldn't that indicate that he's had at least a little experience with, you know, traitors and dissent? He says he's clearly been too kind and trusting since Neville felt he could lie to him. Captain Peon says he didn't know any of this, but Monroe doesn't think he can trust the captain not to betray him as well, since he and Neville were so close. Captain Peon protests that he's loyal, but Monroe shoots him dead anyway.
Galloping! Adventurously! The man on the racing horse stumbles into camp and Miles pulls him off the horse. The man is bleeding and Miles hollers for a medic, but he dies as Miles pulls a small, bloody square of paper from the messenger's pocket. He gives it to Nora and they tell Charlie four of their spies died to get them the news that Monroe sent the bomb to Atlanta. He's confident Monroe will use it if Georgia doesn't surrender.
Rachel explains to Aaron that this week they are looking for a Dr. Warren, who's an expert on the Tower.
Monroe Republic-Georgia Federation border. Charlie, Miles and Nora creep through the razor-wire fencing and she stops to look around, standing out in the open. Miles asks Charlie if she actually has a death wish, but she just muses, "I've never left the Monroe Republic." Miles mutters, "My God, you're a hick," and not for the first time regrets boning Rachel nineteen years ago.
Georgia has steam-powered buses and the occasional Vespa, it seems. Charlie just stares at everything, goggle-eyed. Wait 'til she sees Chick-fil-A. Miles exposits that Georgia is filthy rich because of the warm weather that lets them have a longer growing season. He's even heard they're trading with Europe. Nora asks how he plans to get into fortified Atlanta. His plan: They stake out a house that's flying the Georgia flag (which is, crucially, not the Georgia flag you might think they'd revert to, so thanks for that, NBC), and Miles tells Charlie to kill the guy who answers the door so they can steal uniforms and get through Atlanta's gates disguised as Federation soldiers. Charlie is totally okay with killing innocent people in cold blood now.