In the aftermath of the failed patriot attack on Matheson-Monroe HQ, Miles and Gene return to Willoughby to try and recruit the townspeople to their side, even though all the children of Willoughby have been conscripted into the patriot army. They run into the owner of Willoughby's Only Bar, Marion, who also happens to be Gene's ex-girlfriend… and now Ed Truman's fiancée. Marion believes the patriot propaganda that Miles is a terrorist and Gene was working with him, but her old flame tries to convince her that Ed was behind the typhus epidemic and did all those other bad things.
While Miles and Gene are trapped in Marion's basement, listening to Ed eat his dinner with exquisite slowness, Monroe, Charlie and Connor meet up with the surviving half of Duncan's mercenary army. Turns out Duncan (and the dead half) fell victim to the patriots' attempts to cleanse the Plains Nation of its war clans, and now the survivors want revenge. Over Rachel's objections, Monroe leads a raid on the reeducation camp, and they kill, like, all of the children of Willoughby.
Just as Marion is starting to come around to Gene's way of thinking, the survivors of the reeducation camp massacre make it back to Willoughby. Marion blows Gene and Miles's hiding place, but they manage to escape with just a little flesh wound for Gene. Miles and Rachel flail about ineffectively because they're so very disappointed that their beloved Monroe and Charlie are nihilistic murderers (and this is somehow news to them).
And before the massacre, Victor Doyle tried to kill Neville, but apparently no one told him that there is no killing Neville. Instead, Neville strangled Victor with his own belt and now he's even more pissed off that his son has been turned into an eyelid-tattooed murder zombie.
Previously on Revolution: Charlie won herself some mercenaries, which Team Matheson is going to need, since Willoughby is now home to a patriot reeducation camp. Neville teamed up with Ed Truman to try to take out Monroe, but they fucked up utterly and now are in Victor's crosshairs. And it turns out the kids the patriots have conscripted all have numbers tattooed inside their eyelids that can be used to turn them into murder zombies.
Victor and a squad of patriot soldiers approach the (now empty) Team Matheson safe house, as Miles, Monroe, and Connor watch from a good distance away. Back at the water treatment plant, or whatever the place is where they had the shootout last week, Monroe wails about how Miles failing to kill Dillon means the patriots now know where they live. Miles insincerely apologizes for making "it harder for you and your kid to get your discount empire back." Now both Monroes are acting like peevish little babies rather than just the senior one.
Gene interrupts the bitching by declaring he's going back to Willoughby to get them some help. He swears the people of Willoughby are good people who will fight for their side. No one really believes him, since Gene will have to turn these people against their own children (and Gene used to be pretty fond of the "patriot Kool-Aid," as Miles calls it, himself). Miles agrees to take Gene to Willoughby, over Monroe's petulant objections.
Miles kills a couple of patriot soldiers in order to get himself and Gene through the gate at Willoughby. Inside the town, there's some distinctly Soviet-looking iconography decorating the sides of buildings, in case we were under the impression that the patriots weren't totalitarian bad-news machines.
In Ed's office, Neville is giving a monologue about how people don't bother to look beneath Ed's bland, inoffensive mask to see the conniving, ambitious bastard he really is. But Neville likes that about him! He wonders why Ed was willing to give the whole town typhus but holds back on going along with Neville's plan to kill just one dude -- namely, Victor Doyle. Ed's all…because if we fail he will totally stuff my balls down my throat? After Neville leaves Ed's office, two patriot soldiers pummel him bunnies and drag him off to see Victor.
Miles and Gene skulk about in the shadows, watching as a lady cleans up the outside tables at Willoughby's Only Bar. They let themselves in and surprise Marion, the owner, who's none too pleased to see Stu…er, Famous Mass Murderer Miles Matheson. Gene convinces Miles to put down his six dozen guns so Marion won't feel threatened, and then asks her to help him talk to the townspeople. But before Gene can get the whole sentence out, Marion runs for it. Miles catches her and they drag her down to the cellar (where Marion has the still for her homemade booze. How are we only just now meeting Marion? She seems like a good lady to have around).