The people on the aliens' home planet have sent a radio message back already, which is impressive when you remember that they're ten thousand light years away. Thomas finds this message disturbing and gathers all of Them in one place. It's so important, he even calls Sophia and gets her to come. Unfortunately for them, this alerts Martinez to Sophia's exact position, so there are a bunch of Marine snipers surrounding the cathedral where Thomas is making his announcement. And that announcement? Oh, just a little matter of a supernova back on the home front. It's going to be a problem in a few weeks, apparently, so they need to get together on the plan to portal everyone to Earth.
Sean, meanwhile, has apparently decided that it's no fun being the good guy. At least, that's the only way I can interpret his decision to threaten Vicky's mother and son with certain death unless she helps him take down the conspiracy. Vice President Jarvis is back from the hospital, so they decide to infiltrate a party he's having. This involves stealing the identities of a couple of innocent stooges, but Sean won't let Vicky shoot them. No, he just hits them over the head with a gun, sending them to sleepytime dreamland with sleepytime concussions. When they get into the party, they get Jarvis alone so that Sean can wave a gun around and act twitchy. But they finally get the news: Dempsey has flown to France. Was that worth it?
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The previouslies are wide-ranging, but I can't imagine that anyone just getting here is going to understand any of it. Especially since it's all out of order, ending with the communications satellite from before the hiatus. And a surprising amount of time is spent reminding us about that bar fight that Sean got into in the last episode. I think the show is trying to set that fight up as the spot where Sean decided to become a hero. You know, like in Superman II, where Clark Kent gets beat up because he gave up his powers. Although I would have thought that Sean's turning point was actually the conversation where his sister told him to stop running.
Enough living in the past. Let's go! And we start with... a guy in a shack. To be fair, it's a shack that's surrounded by satellite dishes, so it's more "the observatory from Contact" than "Git off mah propertee!" The guy is kind of dozing in front of a computer, but he's soon roused to alertness by an, um, alert. A buzzing, let's say. There's a coworker there, too, so he has an excuse to explain that the dishes are picking up a pattern from outer space. And it's aimed right at them! He wants to call the NSA right away, but the coworker wants him to check a few things to make sure it's not a bogus signal. A computer screen goes all numbery, and the guy is elated. "It's a message. I was right," he says. Then he gets shot in the back of the head because the coworker is associated with one of the various interlocking conspiracies. Specifically, he turns out to be one of Thomas's people. I know this because he immediately calls Thomas to tell him that they got a message, and it's complicated. Then we stop hearing the observatory's end of the conversation and we have to extrapolate from Thomas's vaguely troubled expression that there must be a problem. Either that or he tried one of those Volcano Taco things. Thomas tells the guy to copy down all the information and then delete it, because the government can't know what's happened. And then, I guess, he'll do something about his dead coworker that doesn't arouse any suspicion. It's a good thing for Thomas that this was the only place on Earth that noticed the message from outer space. I guess nobody has those SETI Project screen savers anymore. Thomas tells Isabel that something terrible has happened back home, but that's all he says.