Erica has been suspended from duty after the Visitors' second-in-command was almost assassinated on her watch. She's okay with that, though, because she wants to spend some quality time with her newly reunited family. Anna has different plans, though, because for some reason the fate of the alien race depends on that doofy-faced carbuncle named Tyler.
Anna wants Eli Cohen's head on a silver dinner plate, and Ryan is only too happy to deliver. Unfortunately for him and his sick daughter, Eli Cohen does not go gently into that good night. Eli captures him and calls Erica, promising that Ryan is going to be dead and maybe made into a belt and some matching shoes, too. Anna has a tracker following Ryan, and the Visitors decide to call the FBI to incite some human-on-human violence while they sit back and eat popcorn and laugh. Once the FBI surrounds Eli Cohen's HQ, Erica comes up with a plan to pretend she is Cohen's hostage. The second the story hits the news, Joe (the ex) and Father Jack (the next??) head to the siege. The Visitors show up, too, with some super-helpful technology that allows the FBI to see into the building. I hope this ends as well as The Alamo!
With the help of a secret Visitor agent, Joe breaks in to the building to save Erica and do what a billion FBI agents couldn't. So romantic and it's not even Valentine's Day. Erica and Eli (and the rest of us) have no idea what Joe is doing there and quickly realize that something is up. Anna must be helping the FBI and setting up Erica and Joe to die so Tyler will be in need of a mother figure and rush back to Anna. That's a logical conclusion, right?
The FBI is about to storm the building when Eli buys more time by activating a legion of suicide bombers and taking hostages. Then he and Erica exchange some meaningful dialogue about faith and causes and what you're willing to die for. Eli passes the mantel of Fifth Column CEO to Erica, because he is willing to sacrifice his life to save the human race. Then Erica and Joe exchange a kiss and some meaningful dialogue, too.
Father Jack got layicized and Father Travis evicted him from the rectory. He has to surrender his collar and be escorted out by HR. As he's going, he sees the news report about Erica and rushes to the scene. Father Jack wants Kyle to help, but Kyle is a bit busy being conscripted by the Visitors to cause a big 'splosion and kill every human inside the building. Seems the Visitors have someone Kyle loves and will only tell him her whereabouts once he blows the building up. It seems unlikely that they would live up to their end of the bargain, but Kyle buys it. Erica makes a deal with the FBI to free the hostages; the Fifth Column's second-in-command will blend in with the group. But as Erica leads the hostages to safety, Kyle blows up the building, and all heck breaks loose. The Fifth Column (maybe?) starts firing over the heads of the hostages, and the FBI starts firing back. The hostages that weren't killed by the falling debris from the building are caught in the crossfire. Joe is hit and dies in Erica's arms. Tyler rushes the scene to cry alongside his mother. The silver lining to Erica's loss is that the FBI closes their investigation of her. The opposite of the silver lining? Tyler doesn't get shotâ€¦ and then he runs off to join the Visitors and avenge his father's death.
Also, Lisa finally meets her grandmother.
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Welcome back to V. As you may recall, the show took a very unexpected turn last week and was almost (dare I say it aloud lest I jinx it?) good. There I said it. It was almost good last week. Yes, as usual the cast appeared to be played by ventriloquist dummies who can't move the tops of their heads and can only deliver their lines via wooden lips, and I still don't understand why Kyle didn't shoot Anna in the head when he had her in his sights or why Ryan Nichols is, but still the show actually delivered on its premise of an escalating war between humans and aliens. Well done, show. Now keep it up and maybe the network will up your order... hahhahhaahaa, no, it won't. But if you go out in a blaze of glory at least fans might remember you fondly and your cast might get work and avoid the Hollywood dole.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Marcus' status is unknown. Chad Decker and Lady Chad Decker are holding an on air debate as to who is responsible for the attempted assassination and what it means for human-alien relations. Lady Chad points out that there is little doubt that the anti-V group known as the Fifth Column are responsible. She's also pretty sure that if this keeps up the Visitor's High Commander Anna is going to lose her cool and that whole "of peace, always" thing will be blown away in a hail storm of blue energy and every human on earth will be walking around like they are trapped in that video game Berserk . What? I went to the nickel arcade last night. Chad dickishly suggests that they agree to hope for Marcus' well-being and totally makes Lady Chad look bad. He's so not getting laid tonight. Is it considered incest if you sleep with your female doppelganger?
Up on the ship, Anna stands over Marcus' comatose body and promises to hunt down and kill every last member of the Fifth Column as revenge for his injuries. So yeah that peace thing is pretty much out the window. But it always was some focus group created PR bullcrap anyway.
Over at the Fab Four's underground luxury lair, Erica, who looks very well rested for someone who was raked over the FBI coals for six hours, tells Father Jack and Kyle that she has been benched. After Marcus got shot on her watch, she is in big trouble with the FBI. While they haven't been able to link her directly to the shooting, they are suspicious. Erica suggests that they call Eli Cohen and alert him to the fact that he will need to keep his head down for a while. As opposed to before when he could roll up in his gold Cadillac and be big pimpin' his hatred of the Visitors and his plans to eradicate them from the universe with 'splosions and shit to a flock of adoring fans. Kyle sagely points out that they should all keep their heads down for a while. But before they do that, they should really find Ryan Nichols and find out why he betrayed them. Erica wants to look him in the eye as he tries to justify his decision and sends Kyle off to find him, while she goes home to spend some quality time with her reformed family. Father Jack just stands there with lust in his heart and a concerned look on his face.