So when we last left off with BrainDead we were left to ponder the final image of Laurel and Luke’s father. Did Gustav’s frequency device pick up big communications coming from their father Dean? When trying to get closer to him with the device, the signal suddenly went dead. A false positive? Gustav believes the bugs, sensing the humans are getting a little too close for comfort, have suddenly changed their frequency. But that means they still have to break the news to Laurel that her father is a bug person.
But is he? Laurel paid him a visit and did the hearing test, which he unfortunately failed. But could there be another reason? Investigating his medicine cabinet, Laurel discovers various medications indicating Dean has Parkinsons. Aha! He’s not a bug, he’s just ill and the only reason Laurel is back in Washington is because he wanted her to be there to spend his last few months together. Except he never told her that news.
Still not convinced, Laurel paid a surprise visit to her father’s mistress — a very uncomfortable visit since he claimed he had not been with her for some time — and she reluctantly confirmed that he had been with her but he was not interested in sex. That was another red flag (his thirst for non-alcoholic beverages completed the trifecta). If any of those things weren’t enough, she caught him attempting to imitate a hand tremor so people would still think he is sick.
Confronting her father with the knowledge of what he is, Laurel was also confronted with the question of his own mortality. She wants her father back, he says he’s still her father, he remembers everything about his life and … he’s now completely healthy. (Which is interesting because Bug-Stacy told Laurel that Stacy was gone.) Would she prefer a man who will whither away inside of a year, or the man who stands before her now? It’s certainly a hard question for her to answer but she knows she has to protect her mother, so she reveals that the affair — which they all knew about — has continued, and that it’s time mom left her philandering husband. It was a tough choice for Laurel but she only has mom and Luke now. But in her haste to blow up Dean’s dirty little secret, Laurel didn’t bother to give her mom any of the big tests. Could she be bringing another bug person into her own home?
Meanwhile, Gustav and Rochelle have captured a man who had broken into Rochelle’s apartment (she managed to take him down with a frozen leg of lamb … how very Hitchcockian of her, plus all of her knives were missing). She and Gustav duck taped the man to a support column in her apartment and began questioning the man, Kevin, about the alien parasites’ mission. He denies being infected, rather convincingly, so Gustav decides it’s time to pull out the big guns — booze. Kevin tries to pull out the “I’m a recovering alcoholic” card but when asked where his two-years sober chip is, he stumbles, giving himself away.
Under their questioning (which included playing “You Might Think” backwards to no avail), he reveals that the aliens just want a place to live, trying to convince that they can all live together in peaceful harmony. He also reveals that by creating political turmoil, it’ll be much easier to take over. But then he says “you’ll probably take us out before we take you out” and that was all they needed to see the true danger at hand.
While Gustav and Rochelle are interrogating Red’s henchman Kevin, Red is on the warpath trying to find out who sabotaged the torture hearing (he’s got it pinned down to “those two black people,” i.e. Gustav and Rochelle) and launches another hearing to prove Islamic terrorists from Syria are responsible for developing a chemical agent that has been causing the CHI’s (head explosions). Obviously coached witnesses tell of experimenting on zoo animals — Senator Pollack’s weak spot is animals — while Wheatus helpfully projects images of pandas and baby seals to illustrate the point. By the end, Pollack is banging the war drum just as loudly as Wheatus but …
A representative from the CIA arrives and clears the room of the Select Intelligence Committee except for Wheatus, Pollack, Healy and committee chair Diane Vaynerchuck (guest star Brooke Adams, a hopefully purposeful nod to her role in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to drop a major bombshell on the proceedings — there is absolutely no evidence that Syria is conducting experiments with head exploding chemical agents and the hearings are to be ended. And this is top secret information that cannot be discussed publicly.
So what do Wheatus and Pollack do? Appear on live TV to reveal to the world that they are “shocked” by information the CIA has given them, and without so much as a shred of evidence, manipulating the public into believing Syria is responsible for the CHIs and increasing the volume on the call for military action. Are the bugs going to finally achieve their desire for a war to end all wars, giving them a planet all to themselves?
And let’s think back to one of the series’ most disturbing images so far. We’ve seen several heads explode up to this point, but the Wheatus/Pollack sex scene had to be the one that will be seared into our brains for quite some time. Not that they actually had sex, but the bugs in their heads did. Red’s queen exited his cranium while Ella’s male bug left hers, did the nasty and crawled back into their respective domes. Ick.
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