Enough of that. Back to the desert. Collier's driving now, but that doesn't mean she's in charge. In fact, the first thing that happens is that Sean orders her to pull over next to a crappy roadside convenience store because he's found a WiFi network that doesn't require a password. He announces that he's backdoored the password recovery system, which is a bunch of gibberish. Hey, remember the time he couldn't access the federal database without being physically located in the Yuma office? It was a big plot point last episode? Well, forget it. Something's been backdoored. That's all you need to know. And here's what all that backdooring has turned up: one of Vicky's seven identities has been paying rent on a place in Lubbock, Texas.
FIVE YEARS EARLIER! Leila and Sean get to the Buchanan place. Mrs. Buchanan gives us some incredibly nonessential backstory about how Michael used to fly international until Leila was ten, then switched to domestic. Michael asks about Sean's family, and Sean is extravagantly evasive, saying things like "They just move around a lot." Finally he settles on a story that his parents got divorced and that his father raised him but drank a lot. So he hasn't spoken to either his mother or his father since high school. No mention is made about how he's paying for college, but I guess he might have a scholarship or something.
Meanwhile (well, five years later, but you know what I mean), Leila's still in a darkened basement. There's a boarded-up window she can reach, but she can't pull the boards off. But then! She spots a piece of broken bottle over by the stairs! It would appear that the jerk left some of his broken glass behind. She grabs it and starts trying to saw at the rope that ties her hands together. I don't think she should bother with that, since the rope is pretty thick and the knot doesn't look that tight. Her hand are in front of her, so I bet she could just untie the knot with her mouth. It's not like she's in a strappado or something. The knot's right there. Upstairs, the jerk comes back into the house and Vicky reports that they haven't gotten any instructions yet. Thrilling!
Sean and Collier pull up in front of a house. Did they just drive to Lubbock? Seriously? That's 871 miles away from Yuma! I guess the Thanksgiving flashback is just there to tell us that Sean has no problem with driving sixteen hours on a whim. But wouldn't you think there would be problems with driving that far while you're a wanted fugitive fleeing the site of a mass murder of Federal agents? At the very least, when they had to stop for gas, they presumably had to pay cash so there wouldn't be a paper trail. And what about the relationship between Collier and Sean? They barely know each other, but they just spent fifteen hours together. Shouldn't that have some effect on the way they talk to each other? This whole thing makes me think that the makers of The Event never looked at a map. Yuma is way over on the west side of Arizona. It's only four hours from Los Angeles.
Okay, anyway. Sorry about that. Let's just move on. Vicky gets a call and says, "Hello. Got it. Understood." She says she'll handle whatever it is. Outside, Sean and Collier bicker about how to handle this. Sean wants a gun, but Collier doesn't trust him with one. "Just stay behind me and keep those eyes open, all right?" is not what Sean was hoping to hear. We're cutting around between Sean and Collier outside, Vicky and the jerk inside, and Leila downstairs. Leila's mostly just digging at the rope with the glass, though, so I might not mention her every time. The jerk and Vicky load their guns. Sean and Collier sneak up. The jerk opens the front door. The door in front of Collier opens ... and it's a completely different person. Ah, the ol' Silence of the Lambs trick. Leila continues to dig at the rope and notices Vicky watching her through a hole in the door. What kind of weirdo house has a door to the basement with a peephole in it? Did this house used to be a speakeasy?
Martinez is in the Oval Office, and he's very angry. There's a lot going on that he could be angry about, but the specific thing he's picked is that someone managed to sneak a phone into his son's backpack. A secondary issue is that the Secret Service can't track the call. It's not clear why he's yelling at Simon Lee, since he's in the CIA, not the Secret Service. Sterling points out that there must be some limits to Their power, since otherwise they'd just teleport Sophia out of custody.
TWELVE MONTHS EARLIER. Remember then? Were we ever so young? Sigh... but this isn't about us and that mad, crazy summer. This is about the time President and Mrs. Martinez met with Sophia. It may or may not be interesting to know that Sophia is vegan. Also, the Martinezes' parents met on a raft from Cuba and I'll just jump to the part where I lay 5-1 that Mrs. Martinez is one of Them. Sophia is pleased that an immigrant's son became president and draws some parallels to her people.
Now it's time for another scene in which Martinez interrogates Sophia. He starts by lecturing her and telling her that he knows she had William killed last episode. Then he switched from Bad Cop to Good Cop, which gets Sophia to tell him about the man who called him: "His name is Thomas. He is intelligent. Charismatic. A natural leader. But we've always had different ideas about how to adapt to our presence here. He is less patient. Impulsive." First of all, he's not particularly charismatic. We've seen him. He was boring. If he's got some charisma, get him on screen. Second, how impatient and impulsive can he be? "I'll wait 66 years, but 67? No way! Break out the ultra-technology!" Sophia tells Martinez he should give Thomas what he wants. "Or what?" "I don't know." Productive!
In the bio-quarantine area, Michael Buchanan has a nosebleed. So do all the other passengers. And as we all know, nosebleeds are a sign of Superflu. The place is suddenly swarming with people in Plague-Fighting gear, which makes sense for a bio-quarantine facility. If you're going to have a Superflu outbreak, this is a good place for it to start.
Sean and Collier are sitting in the living room of the house they were at. The woman they're talking to denies recognizing Vicky. Sean asks questions, but Collier cuts him off and tells him to wait outside. But he's a cunning little minx and shuts the front door without walking through it. Diabolical! So now he's free to tiptoe around this woman's house, so the first thing he does is grab a music box. It generates some music-boxy music for a moment. Man, Sean's terrible at sneaking around. And stealing, I guess. Suddenly! A door opens and a young child identifies himself as Adam. Sean makes some small talk ("Is this yours?") and it gets really uncomfortable. The kid asks if Sean is a friend of his mommy's, which gives Sean a brainwave. He shows Adam his phone's picture of himself and Vicky, which confirms that Adam is Vicky's son. But he never sees his mother, so he asks Sean to take a picture of him to show his mother how big he's gotten. PLOT POINT: Sean's phone's battery is running down. QUESTION: How does Sean still have his phone after he's been arrested twice? Not to mention all the other stuff he's presumably done between getting off the cruise ship and onto the plane.