It seems last week’s episode stressed out the “Previously on BrainDead” recap song guy that he had to switch the channel to a Gunsmoke rerun and give us a recap of that instead. I’m not sure his heart is going to be able to handle this week’s hugely pivotal development … and it’s about damned time considering there is only one week and two episodes left in the season.
So what’s happening this week? Oddly enough we did not get any follow-up on baby Grace, so we still don’t know if she is really infected or just enjoyed the lights and music from her mobile. But her dad certainly did get some big news as the Democratic candidate for president has placed his name into consideration for the head of the CIA. Now the only hurdle before him is … well, all of his mistresses (apparently there are many) and a wife who knows all about his dalliances. And all of them are quite willing to talk openly about their relationships with Luke Healy.
Of course, not being able to keep his pants zipped isn’t as big of a problem as is his sister and her crusade to convince people bugs are eating people’s brains (and she still hasn’t revealed to Luke their father is infected, and we haven’t seen her mother since Laurel removed her from the house). It also didn’t help that Laurel’s bug infested FBI agent ex was interviewed, but she was able to quickly defuse that situation with the vetting team by painting him only as a disgruntled ex, and any use of the word “infection” was only to infer poisonous ideas have infected the government, showing the men the documentary she put together in the previous episode (and what was with that bohemian artist get-up she donned for the interview?!).
But the evening held three major plot developments: Gareth finally witnessed a bug. Not just any bug, but Senator Wheatus’ queen. Hearing Wheatus talking what sounded like baby talk in his office, Gareth peered in and saw the queen on Red’s desk, then saw the queen lay eggs on a cherry blossom, and then saw Red put the queen back in his ear. It was a bit too much for someone who has only been tolerating Laurel’s obsession with these bugs to see one almost face-to-face.
Of course he had to tell Laurel what he saw, even drew her a picture, but even while he was trying to convince himself that he was losing his mind, why did she not bring up that night of their insane lovemaking with chocolate, salami, booze and The Partridge Family? That certainly could have gone a long way to convincing him that what he saw was real. And what was up with the busted electrical outlet in his bedroom? After speaking with Rochelle and Gustav (yay, he’s back!) and their friend at the CDC (and having Gustav nearly derail Laurel’s interview with the vetting team by barging in talking about bugs), a plan was hatched to kill the queen to kill the hive. But how? Gareth noticed that the air conditioning in the office shut off at 10:30 and when the temperature rose to between 85 and 95 degrees, the queen comes out to spawn. Yuck. Laurel and her friends have one chance to kill the queen and … they blew it. Even though it was 11 PM, they made so much noise trying to kill the bug and restrain Wheatus that his new intern came to see what was happening, distracting everyone long enough for the wounded queen to return to Wheatus’ cranium.
The second development involved what was happening in SRB-54. Red told Gareth to go down to that room and tell them he was ready to release “it” and the “it” turned out to be a new budget proposal. Having obviously worked on the proposal in secret with Senator Pollack, Luke was suspicious of what was contained in the documents especially since no one knew it was coming and there was no searchable file available. He had to get his team and interns together to go over every page with a fine-toothed comb. He even hired an expert on such things and he could find nothing suspicious; in fact, it looked like everyone was getting exactly what they wanted. But with everything else he’d been put through, Gareth knew exactly where to tell Laurel to look — the farm bill. That’s where Wheatus made two dozen corrections for some unknown reason. Finding dozens of small, non-farming towns to be recipients of tax dollars, it dawned on Laurel that she’d seen those names before — they were the names of the towns in which Red’s internment camps would be built. But for whom?
And lastly, Luke got another shock after being all but virtually tapped as the candidate’s nominee for the CIA position. To seal the deal, he was summoned to a meeting with the “director’s director,” the man who has the responsibility of bringing each new director up to speed, something he’s done through the last twenty-one changes in the position. Sitting Luke down, he explained to him that the news he was about to reveal was also given to the candidates and that it was of utmost secrecy on his part. Luke was told that, in fact, a meteor had crashed onto the earth and it was filled with intergalactic bugs that were entering people’s heads through their ears and eating one quarter of their brain as a form of mind control. Yes, this is an invasion of sorts, and the CIA was about to arrest Red Wheatus until Laurel and her friends screwed up the operation. He urged Luke to keep Laurel out of the matter and let them handle it. Stunned, realizing that what Laurel had tried to tell him was real, Luke agreed and left the meeting.
What he didn’t see was the director’s director then speaking with … Red Wheatus. They played Luke, knowing he would follow orders to shut down whatever Laurel was up to, leaving the world vulnerable to a total takeover. So who will win? We’ll find out (hopefully) in next week’s season finale.
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