Hey, we're back! The big broadcast from that communications satellite turns out to have been "Preparations are being made for your arrival," which means that everyone assumes there are more aliens coming. Oh: and it's relatively official that they're aliens.
In the Sean and Leila arena, things start moving a lot quicker: they find and rescue Samantha, and are then reunited with Leila's father. That's Michael Buchanan, who flew the plane that was supposed to smash into the president.. So the whole Buchanan family is reunited! Except for Mrs. Buchanan, who got shot dead in the first episode and has hardly been mentioned since.
In "new post-hiatus plots," we've got an Alaskan Senator who's nosing around the Inostranka facility. She'll matter more in later episodes. More immediately, Thomas has decided to bust everybody out of Inostranka, presumably so that everyone can stop flying up there for one scene per episode.
Welcome back! It has been three months since this show was on the air. Did the writers spend their time shoring up plot holes and making sure everyone's motivations made sense? Or did they just spin the Wheel of Plot Complications? Let's find out together, shall we? Here's something interesting from the Previouslies, though: they're explicitly being called aliens now. So that's interesting. Up until now, it's just been the characters making assumptions. So I guess they're definitely not just humans from the future or angels or something.
That communications satellite from the end of the last episode disintegrates. We see newscasters in Detroit, Houston, and Denver talking about reports of people seeing the rocket. Later on, we're going to be told that the government's cover story worked perfectly. Boy, these people are terrific at cover stories, aren't they?
President Martinez tells his cabinet that an unknown number of "non-terrestrials" have been living among them. Included in this scene is Roger Bart as Richard, the Chief of Staff. He's a new character. Because obviously we need someone new around who doesn't know all the secrets. Martinez says that the satellite broadcast a seven-second burst, then self-destructed. The NSA and the CIA now have as their top priority decoding the message. But since they don't even know what language the aliens use, that will be difficult.
Somewhere in a computer-filled room, we see a graphic on a computer, and a science nerd announces that he's got something. Blake Sterling gets a call in the situation room, and he puts the first line of the translation on the Big Screen: "Preparations are being made for your arrival." That's pretty formal language. Wouldn't you think they'd have some sort of signal system worked out? One if by land, two if by wormhole? And given that they're just going to broadcast a message like that, shouldn't they include Earth's coordinates so that the recipients know where they're going?
Sterling and the President have a confab in the Oval Office. Sterling thinks it's a declaration of war. Because that's what he thinks everything is. The Chief of Staff thinks he's overreacting. After all, the sleepers have been here forever and never did anything. Blake says that the absolute best-case scenario for when more non-terrestrials arrive is that all of humanity will be enslaved. At worst, they'll be exterminated. So, would you say it's time to crack each other's heads open and feast on the goo inside? A general (not Tony Todd, unfortunately) thinks they're outgunned and don't even know where to hit. So the army won't be able to help much at the moment. Blake has a brilliant new idea: interrogate the detainees! That'll make a nice change. After all, they've only been interrogated steadily for the last 66 years. This show is full of people deciding to interrogate someone who's already been interrogated several times. President Martinez thinks that sounds like a good idea, and Sterling is assigned to personally supervise the interrogation. Even though he's also supposed to be personally in charge of a bunch of other things. For example, I believe he's supposed to be searching for Sophia and Thomas. And interrogating the mole they found, although he doesn't know that Simon framed that guy. Oh! And he's also probably supposed to be leaning on Vice President Jarvis, who just recently admitted to being the guy who authorized the attempt to fly a plane into the president's compound. I bet the only reason they took three months off was to see if I'd forget all these details. Unfortunately for the producers, I'm great at remembering stupid plot details. Names, not so much.