Sophia is making plans to make room on Earth for two and a half billion aliens, and her first step is going to be killing President Martinez. I don't think she's going to get anywhere by killing one person at a time, especially since she has to enlist Vice President Jarvis's help. He's one of the people on the show that's already failed once at killing the president, and she wants to use him? Crazy. If only she had a secret mole in the White House she could use instead.
Senator Lewis whips up some paranoia about the First Lady maybe being an alien, but the First Lady convinces her husband that the only thing she has to hide is that her parents were really from the Dominican Republic, but they were pretending to be Cuban in order to get political asylum. So they were in the country illegally.
Leila's unhappy about being a bird in a gilded cage, and also about being locked in with a bunch of people that are about to kill a few billion humans. So she tries calling 911 with a stolen phone, but it turns out they can't trace your call if your phone doesn't have GPS enabled. So she calls Sean, who's actually got his phone still turned on even though he's in France.
So, Sean. He rescues Vicky from a very slow-burning chateau, but Dempsey is there to steal his gun. Then Dempsey gives a weird speech about how he's part of a tribe of sentinels that protect humanity from non-terrestrials, and Sean's the only one who can stop Sophia. Because he's got the power of implausible escapes and successes, apparently. Then, to convince Sean that he's serious, Dempsey shoots himself in the head. Betcha didn't see that coming!
This episode has lots of previouslies, because they skipped a week right when things got complicated. I think it's too late for that sort of thing, which is part of the reason that shows like The Event can get in trouble. If you're just now tuning in, you're not going to catch up. Unless you read all the recaps, anyway. You're not going to get caught up by watching a few minutes of random images from the series so far.
For example, we start with someone we've never seen before. It's like this show goes out of its way to keep viewers from knowing what's going on. Whoever this is is some kind of scientist, because he's wearing safety goggles. He's also got a goatee, but I don't think that means anything. He's got a cylinder made of ice that he took out of a big freezer filled with other cylinders of ice. Outside, there's a SWAT team and an FBI agent getting ready to bust in there. They plan to take Mr. Scientist alive. All the scientist is doing is slicing a disc off the end of the ice cylinder, in much the same way that Val Kilmer does in Real Genius. But unlike Val Kilmer, he does not use the cylinder to get a free soda. Instead, he just looks at his cylinder under various high-tech doodads. Then a beeping noise alerts him to the SWAT team currently running through the hallways. He's getting plenty of warning here.
Sophia's iPhone goes off. I can't believe she's still using an iPhone. Hasn't she heard the news about how it tracks her location? That seems like exactly the sort of thing that a fugitive alien doesn't want going on. She's being called by Scientist Guy, who tells her he's on the verge of a breakthrough but is about to be invaded. She tells him he should send her his results, but he can't leave any trace of what he's been working on. Oh, and he's named "Herbert," which is basically like being named "Scientist Q. Scientist." You'd think they could use their magical portal technology to bring him over, but apparently those only work when the stars are in alignment. So he hangs up and runs around pulling levers that emit steam. The ice cylinders melt really, really fast. He also types frantically on computers, which is how you delete everything. Finally, the SWAT team busts in so one of them can shout, "Herbert Mills, you're under arrest!" Then Herbert the Scientist jumps out the fourth-floor window rather than surrender.
Sophia no longer cares about her peoples' moral code or anything. She's holding another of those council meetings where the attendees are most of the aliens that have gotten names, along with a few others thrown in for variety. She says that she has to "affect change" and "winnow" the "native population" to make room for her 2.5 billion people. Herbert Mills (you might remember him from such paragraphs as "the one before this one") was working on something, but he had to kill himself. She assigns someone to start working on whatever Herbert was working on, which will give them a weapon against humanity. As a member of humanity myself, I think I have to object to this plan. Someone complains that if the US Government could find Herbert, they could find the gated community they're hiding out in. They sure could! Especially if people keep using their iPhones. Sophia agrees that the government will become a problem. She doesn't come up with my brilliant plan, which is basically that they should all move to a different country, ideally one that isn't actively looking for aliens in their midst. But instead, her plan is to kill President Martinez. Surely that will make everything better!