Okay, first things first. Does anyone know where the Buchanans lived? Because Sean and Leila drove there from Snyder, TX without even taking a commercial break. One scene they're leaving the motel where Collier is failing to get any information out of Carter, and the next scene they pull up at the ol' homestead, ready to rummage through a crime scene. What they find is a folder full of newspaper articles about Alaska. Oh, and a crazy, gun-toting conspiracy theorist who derides people for not knowing The Truth but is also willing to shoot them to keep them from finding it out.
In more interesting news, Simon apparently had a torrid love affair in 1954, which he had to leave when Thomas yelled at him. But then he saw the woman again when she was old and they had a touching reunion. It was way more interesting than Sean and Leila, so it's a shame that Simon might have gotten crushed by a collapsing building. See, he broke his FBI Agent cover to confound Sophia's tracking device, and then he had to thug out someone who was looking for him, and then Thomas opened a Hellmouth under this building. So you can see how Simon had no choice but to get crushed, unless he mysteriously escaped in some way. But that doesn't sound very likely!
Oh, and Sophia got away. She and Thomas climbed down a trap door that got vanished by a Hellmouth. It's possible that they magically teleported away, which would be a lot more impressive if Sean weren't constantly doing the same thing every time he gets in a car.
Welcome back! This week's action-packed thrill-ride starts with Sophia sitting on her empty subway train. I wasn't 100% sure it made sense for the train to be empty, so I went back to the previous episode to see what exactly the deal was. So, and I realize this may be a little confusing, here's a recap-flashback, in which the recap will flash back to the deal Thomas proposed.
Thomas's threat to kill all the Avias Air passengers has been countered by the president's threat to kill all the detainees. So Thomas offers to give up the antidote if the Prez will release Sophia. Thomas says that Sophia should be brought to the Farragut North Metro Station and put on the Red Line train that's scheduled to depart at 8:16. No one is to be on the train or in the station. "And no stops when she boards. Just keep the train moving."
Okay, so that means that the police presumably hustled all the regular passengers off the train at some earlier stop. And they emptied the Farragut North Metro Station, which I don't care whether it's real. I just assume that all subway stations on television are bad mock-ups that will offend somebody with how fake they are. So Sophia is on this train all alone, except possibly for a conductor. And the train will never stop, which seems like it's going to be inconvenient eventually.
Having established that, it seems odd that Sophia notices a brown paper bag a few seats away. She takes out a Bluetooth headset on which Thomas immediately calls her. I realize that cataloging the various plot holes of this show probably isn't fair, but it's also the main source of entertainment. So: how come the cops didn't notice that bag when they were cleaning out the train? Did Thomas sneak the bag in at some point after everyone left? Does he just have an "in" on the 8:16 out of Farragut North? He didn't spend a lot of time deciding what train to put Sophia on, so I guess this is a standard escape route that They use? Also, how did Sophia know which train car to get into? Because if she'd sat in any other seat in the train, she never would have seen the bag with the headset. Oh! And that's not how Bluetooth headsets work. You need to pair them with a phone. Is there a phone in the bag too?
Okay, now that we've established all those objections, I accept all of them. Fine. This is the perfect time for Sophia to yell at Thomas about threatening to kill all those people. They know she's being tracked somehow, so Thomas tells her to change into the clothes he left in the bag. And that Simon will contact them later with details about something. You know, it might be a good idea for them to use a code name for Simon. I mean, between the cell phone and the bluetooth headset and the fact that the feds had plenty of time to plant a listening device on Sophia or in the train, there are a lot of chances for someone to hear them talking casually about Simon.