You know, I don't mind the occasional unnamed character. Really, I don't. It adds a dash of mystery. But I don't think we need three new ones all added in the same episode. Let's run them down.
First, there's the heavyset, white-haired gentleman who might be the mysterious figure responsible for the problems that have beset Sean and Leila. He's certainly giving orders to that goon we last saw in the FBI office in Yuma. That goon picks up a new team of sub-goons and shows up at -- wait.
Sean, Leila, and conspiracy enthusiast Madeline go to meet with her friend the hacker. I don't know what city they're in, but since they were in Atlanta in the previous scene, I'm going to assume they're now in Minneapolis. The unnamed hacker helps Sean decode a notebook they found in Michael's effects, so their next clue is a list of young girls and a holding company in Los Angeles. This is the place that goon from the previous paragraph shows up at, but the unnamed hacker blows the place up after everyone gets out. Madeline and the hacker vanish, leaving Sean and Leila alone again.
Meanwhile, in Sterling's past, he once had a wife who was a Russian spy. And his father (whose name I, um, didn't catch -- I assume it's "Sterling," though) shoots her and tells Sterling to take the credit. That's how you get ahead in the world, kids! So that explains why Sterling is so touchy about a mole in his organization. That would be bad news for Simon, but They have agents everywhere, and they switch some blood vials and frame that guy from last episode who wanted to check Simon for signs of radioactive isotopery. His name's Murphy, now.
And Sophia turns out to be Thomas's mother and she's ticked off about his tendency to kill innocents. He briefs her on the plan to get home, which appears to involve stealing a nuclear warhead so they can use the stuff inside to make one of those portals-to-Yuma, except instead of "Yuma," it will go "home."
And finally, Samantha gets injected with a mysterious chemical and is taken to a daycare where all the little girls have faces like old women.
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Hey, it's Former President George W. Bush! Looks like this show is going to get a lot more relevant. No, wait, that was the previous show, when he was being interviewed for an hour. Ha ha! I pretended that it was part of this show instead of the end of a different show. I'm awesome. You're lucky to have me.
We actually open with Thomas and Sophia climbing out a grate a few blocks away from the collapsing building. This is the perfect time for Sophia to yell at Thomas about killing innocent people, although the innocent people in question were federal agents who were probably planning on shooting one or both of them. Someone named Aaron greets Sophia, so now we know another of Them. Aaron tells them that it's time to go. How long has it been since the last episode? The building in the background is practically still collapsing. And what about the radioactive isotopes? They're supposed to work for seven hours, so shouldn't the situation room have a red dot representing Sophia?
Back in the situation room, they've completely forgotten about either finding Thomas or following Sophia. After all, you can't expect these people to remember their Number One Priority for more than ten minutes at a time. Right now, they're more concerned with the 15-20 agents that were in the building when it collapsed. I guess that's actually pretty reasonable, although I think they could deal with two things at a time. President Martinez wants to know how this happened, so Sterling tells him about the mole. And all he knows is that it's someone on his hand-picked field team, which Martinez is not thrilled about. It turns out that the guy they sent out last episode was named Murphy, which doesn't do them much good now that no one's seen him since he went to go talk to Simon. But they've dug Simon out of the rubble, so maybe he'll have some insight into all this.
FOURTEEN YEARS EARLIER, in Langley, VA. Sterling has a girlfriend! Or possibly a wife! I don't know, to be honest with you! I know that she's a teacher of stupid, stupid seventh-graders, but I don't know her precise relationship with Sterling. That's because this show has no idea what information is important. For example, they spend some time making sure we know that they're drinking wine from a winery in Barcelona near where they broke down one time, and that it's been ten months (plus some specific number of days) since something happened, but they don't tell us what exactly that was. I wonder if it was an EVENT of some sort. She goes off to cook some risotto (which triggers flashbacks to Hell's Kitchen in the mind of your recapper) and Sterling gets a call. A mysterious man needs to talk to him. In person, not on the phone.