Last week Carroll's nerds intercepted a supposedly secure phone call from Donovan to the FBI protective-services division, so this week Roderick and three new followers go hunting for Claire in Pennsylvania. While they massacre all the FBI agents in the motel where Claire was hiding out, Ryan and Claire manage to escape to the home of Ryan's former partner, Tyson, also known as that guy from Dexter who wore hats.
Tyson has been officially classified as dead and is in witness protection, so his house is 100 percent secure—except for that tracker that one of the followers managed to stick on Claire when he was trying to grab her in the motel parking lot. So Roderick, Vincent, and Brock show up at Tyson's house, shoot Tyson, and convince Claire to come with them. Yes—convince. She doesn't actually require kidnapping anymore. All you have to do is dangle a little Joey carrot in front of Claire and she'll jump into a car with anyone. Charles Manson. Stalin. You name it.
At the cult house, Jacob is refusing to talk to Emma, and he's also hallucinating Paul's ghost. And he's having fantasies of murdering Emma. So that's great. Apparently the cult house comes with free room and board but does not include mental-health care, because these nutbars could sure use some. Carroll tells Jacob to hear Emma's reasons for leaving him and Paul to their deaths and inadvertently forcing Jacob to commit his first murder, smothering his precious boyfriend to death. Jacob listens for, like, a minute, until Ghost Paul drags him out of bed with Emma and tells him to kill her. He doesn't—yet.
Tyson makes it to the hospital, so hopefully he's going to live and show all these idiots what not screwing up all the time looks like. Maybe he and Mike can get together and commiserate about how Ryan keeps getting them almost murdered. In the flashbacks to Ryan and Tyson when they were partners, we meet one of Ryan's ex-girlfriends, Molly. Who is also Carroll's newest follower. Probably should've seen that one coming.
Previously on The Following: Carroll escaped from prison to live in his luxurious cult house with his kidnapped son, so Claire is in protective custody. Amanda tried to kill all the other Claire Matthewses and forced Ryan to admit he's still in love with Claire. And after Ryan stabbed Paul and Emma abandoned him and Jacob to fend for themselves, Jacob smothered Paul, then showed up at the cult house to glare pissily at Emma.
Jacob wakes up in the cult house and Paul comes out of the bathroom, a towel around his waist, all muscles and tan skin and, notably, no stab wound in the gut. Paul sits down on the edge of the bed and tells Jacob to get in the shower already, silly, and Jacob's freaking out, because, of course, Paul is dead. Jacob wakes up, goes into the bathroom, and sees Emma, throat slit and covered in blood, in the tub. And then he wakes up for real, screaming.
Richmond. Parker tells Ryan that Amanda has been babbling about all her idiotic opinions, like her horoscope and how she doesn't believe in evolution, but she's not saying anything related to Carroll. Ryan wants to talk to her, but it's the D.C. feds' show now. Ryan appeals to Donovan, who says he'll only recommend it if the others can't break her. Then he tells them about the break in their security, the one that allowed Roderick to figure out where Claire's being held. Donovan wants Ryan to call Claire and convince her to move locations, but Ryan demands to speak to Claire in person instead, and to be in charge of her security now. Donovan's all, you don't actually work here! But as usual, they let Ryan have his way.
At the cult house, two new followers are explaining how they'll get to Claire, and Carroll asks if they're ex-military. They say they're better -- they were raised in "Constitutional extremist" militias. Carroll tells Roderick to go with him, but he has to go to his legit job today. But it wasn't a request -- Carroll reminds Roderick that he's fucked up twice, so this time he better not fail to come home with Claire.
Emma brings Joey into the front hall, and he's delighted to see Jacob, who sweeps the boy up into his arms. Joey asks where Paul is. Emma repeatedly asks to speak with Jacob alone, but Jacob's not having it. Rather, he asks Joey to give him a tour of Lunatic HQ.
Huntington County, PA. The motel where Claire's hiding out. She's pacing around in her room while FBI agents monitor the room on closed-circuit cameras. Ryan arrives, greets the FBI agent who introduces himself as Ferguson, and goes in to speak with Claire. She hugs him and asks what the hell is going on--why isn't she allowed to watch TV? Ryan tells her about last week's ClaireHunt, and she exclaims about why the FBI hasn't been able to track down Carroll. Because there are five more episodes in this season, Claire. None of what Ryan tells her--his followers have excellent tactical skills, some are ex-military--reassures Claire, since these loonies have her son. Ryan tells her they need to move some place safer.