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Season 2 Episode 4
Many Happy Returns
- "You fought well."—Anya (to Clarke)
Jaha has crash-landed in what appears to be a desert. A young boy finds him and sees that he is holding tightly to a chess piece in his hand.
Anya has taken Clarke captive and is bringing her back as a prisoner when they're discovered by the Mountain Men who shoot tranquilizers at them. Clarke and Anya take off with Clarke grabbing one of the tranquilizer darts that missed them.
Meanwhile, Bellamy, Murphy, Finn, Monroe, and Sterling are following the map created by Delano to get the missing Delinquents back from the Grounders. They come across the massive debris field of the Factory Station that crashed into the side of a cliff and it doesn't appear there are any survivors. As they're about to leave, they hear a lone survivor, Mel, calling for help from down below. Sterling recognizes her and decides to go after her while Bellamy and Finn argue about whether or not to leave her. Finn wants to leave because he thinks they're running out of time and the longer they wait, the more likely the Delinquents will be killed.
Back at Camp Jaha, the residents have just electrified the fence that is surrounding the crashed Alpha Station. Raven has been cleared for duty and says that her leg is not a factor in her ability to work. She is assigned to build a radio beacon to help them find other survivors of the Ark.
Jaha awakens in a tent to find a young boy, Zoran, giving him something to drink. His mother, Sienna, enters and tells Jaha that strangers are not welcome.
Clarke and Anya are still making their way through the woods; however, the Mountain Men are easily tracking them. Anya blames Clarke for being loud and smelling too much and slathers her in mud to try to cover her scent.
Sterling is trying to rescue Mel from the side of the cliff yet none of the others are doing much to help him. The rope Sterling is using comes undone and Sterling plunges to his death, shocking Monroe and Murphy. Finn wants to leave Mel behind but Monroe protests and Bellamy refuses to leave Mel. Bellamy tells them to find some materials to make a new rope.
Jaha awakens to Sienna offering him food. She tells him he landed in the Dead Zone, which is on the way to the City of Light. Zoran enters and Jaha is startled to see his face is deformed. Sienna explains that Zoran is considered a stain on the bloodline and usually children born with such deformities are left to die. She and her husband, Osias, decided to leave their clan instead.
Raven goes to work on the radio beacon when she runs into Wick. He tells her that he designed the schematics for the beacon and he also made something for her: a leg brace. Raven criticizes his efforts as they get to work on the beacon.
Anya is still blaming Clarke for the fact that the Mountain Men are able to follow them. Clarke, however, realizes that they're not really following them; they're tracking them. She tells Anya to look for a bump under her skin and Anya finds one in her forearm. Clarke asks Anya to untie her so she can remove it for her, but Anya ignores her and tears out the tracking device with her teeth.
Back at the Factory Station wreckage, the Delinquents have made a rope out of seatbelts for Bellamy to climb down and rescue Mel.
Raven is attempting to climb up the radio tower to fix the radio beacon but refuses to try the brace Wick made her. She struggles to climb up the tower but eventually realizes it's now impossible for her to do so with her bad leg. She has to admit defeat.
Murphy, Finn, and Monroe are helping to pull Bellamy and Mel up the cliff face when they suddenly come under attack by Grounders. The rope breaks, with Murphy being the only thing stopping them from falling to their deaths like Sterling. Monroe starts shooting at the Grounders and is hit in the leg with an arrow. Finn and Murphy continue struggling as they try to pull Bellamy and Mel up. A foghorn is heard, warning of an Acid Fog attack, and the Grounders flee. When Bellamy is pulled up, he realizes that Murphy had saved their lives. As they're about to take cover from the incoming Acid Fog, Octavia appears and they realize she blew Lincoln's horn and saved their lives.
Wick admits to Raven that he asked for her specifically to work on the beacon with him because she's the best mechanic they have. He tells her that she needs to figure a way around her injured leg by letting her friends help for once. Raven finally agrees to try his leg brace.
Jaha convinces Zoran to come talk to him and shows him the chess piece he brought down with him from the Ark. He tells Zoran about his son, Wells, and how he taught him how to play chess.
Clarke and Anya are still wandering around the woods when Clarke jabs her with the tranquilizer dart, telling Anya that she can find her way home from there and Anya is now her prisoner.
Zoran rushes into the tent to tell Jaha that he needs to leave immediately because "bad men" have come for him because they saw him fall from the sky.
Bellamy helps Mel tie up her injured arm while Octavia bandages Monroe's wounded leg. Murphy asks her about Lincoln and she tells them he is gone. Because of Monroe and Mel's injuries, they need to get them back to Camp Jaha. Bellamy allows Finn and Murphy to continue the search for the missing Delinquents and gives them two guns for protection before they part ways.
Clarke has managed to drag Anya back to the drop ship and spots the faded and unrecognizable writing on the side of the dropship with only her name clearly legible. Anya wakes up from the tranquilizer and the two engage in a bloody, long-lasting brawl until Clarke finally gets the upper hand. As she's about to kill Anya, she spots a glinting light far in the distance and sees a weather balloon high in the sky. This causes her to realize that other Sky People are out there still.
Raven and Wick had come up with the idea of elevating the radio beacon by using the balloon but it is literally shot down by Major Byrne who tells them they've created a target. Wick tells her that he thinks the Grounders already know where they are because they fell from the sky in a "football stadium." Byrne commands all the guards to the walls and to shoot any Grounder on sight.
Jaha has disappointed Zoran because he refuses to run from the "bad man." Sienna explains that there is a bounty on Sky People and her family needs the horse in exchange for Jaha in order to reach the City of Light. Jaha doesn't want them to get hurt so he goes to the "bad man" who knocks him out.
As Clarke and Anya approach Camp Jaha, Clarke tells Anya that their only chance against Mount Weather is if they fight together. Anya says the Commander was her Second and that she can get an audience. They part ways with Anya heading back to her people when a gunshot rings out and Anya falls over. Clarke runs to her side and tries to help Anya but Anya ends up dying.
- Absentee Actor: All the character in Mount Weather, Abby, and Kane and his rescue team do not appear.
- Apologetic Attacker: Sienna is clearly regretful that she sold Jaha out for a horse to reach the City of Light. He's quite understanding though.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Clarke sticks a thumb in Anya's recent arm wound during their fight. It knocks her off balance enough for Clarke to overpower her.
- Big Damn Heroes: Octavia appears out of nowhere and blows Lincoln's acid fog horn, which saves Finn and Bellamy's group when they are pinned down by Grounders and about to be pulled off a cliff.
- The Bus Came Back: Wick turns out to have survived the journey to Earth. It's also revealed that, while on the Ark, he had a Technician vs. Performer style friendly rivalry with Raven. This continues on the ground.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Anya openly admits that she can't kill Clarke, because Clarke understands what the Mountain Men are doing to the captured Grounders and can tell the Commander, while Anya only has a vague idea.
- Character Development: Murphy and Bellamy have both come a long way in the past episodes, and following Sterling's death don't even hesitate to risk their lives to save Mel. Remember, this is these two were the murderer and hedonist respectively in Season 1.
- Chekhov's Gun: Several:
- Sinclair previously stated that not everyone would survive the Ark's reentry. The prologue shows Bellamy and Finn's group finding the broken bodies of those who didn't make it, along with the wreck of one of the stations.
- Clarke pulls a tranquilizer dart out of a tree after the Mountain Men miss shooting her. She later uses it to incapacitate Anya.
- Covered in Gunge: Anya's method for evading the Mountain Men is disguising her and Clarke's scent with swamp slime, and using it as camoflage.
- Crossing the Desert: Jaha was attempting this in the opening, but doesn't get very far before passing out from exposure.
- Determinator: Three:
Anya: I will not go back there.
- Anya. When she and Clarke discover the Tracking Chip implanted in her arm, she doesn't even give Clarke time to try and remove it with a knife, instead nonchalantly ripping it out with her bare teeth.
- Subverted with Raven. She tries to be this by climbing the radio tower with one good leg, but Reality Ensues.
- Murphy of all people briefly pulls this off when he's nearly ripped in half by catching the makeshift rope holding Bellamy and Mel, but manages to hold on long enough for the others to help him.
- Downer Ending: Jaha is betrayed and sold the Grounders by his new friends, and beaten senseless to boot. Bellamy and Finn are forced to split up, with Finn (who is increasingly unstable) and Murphy going to try to find the 48, while Bellamy, Octavia, Mel, and Monroe return to camp. Clarke and Anya make it to camp, with Anya promising to help her form an alliance with the Grounder Commander, but she's then promptly shot by the guards and dies, while Clarke is captured because she looks like a Grounder. This makes Finn and Clarke's separate efforts All for Nothing.
- Eat That: Sienna gives Jaha a bug to eat, as there isn't much else to eat in the desert.
- Foreshadowing: Sienna tells Jaha of a fabled "City of Light" where all are welcome. That's all she tells him about it, but the idea appears to take hold of Jaha.
- Handicapped Badass: Anya, post tranqilizer dart. It's the only reason her and Clarke's fight doesn't end in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Hope Spot: Anya agrees to speak to the Commander to help negotiate an alliance between the Ark and the Grounders. Then's she's shot by a guard on the wall from the camp.
- Mutants: We have previously seen the animal variety with the two-headed deer and the glowing butterflies. Jaha meets a human boy named Zoran who has a deformed face as a result, and lives in exile with his parents due to the prejudice of Grounder culture towards his kind.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Anya and Clarke manage to give one to each other during their fight. In the end, they are both covered in mud and blood, Clarke nearly caves in her skull with a rock, and it neatly averts Beauty Is Never Tarnished.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: It's a bit hard to tell just how long has passed since the Ark crash landed, but at least 3 days. Mel has been hanging out on a sheer cliff face, exposed to the elements with no food or water, for at least 3 days straight.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Finn's sanity slippage is continuing, and he immediately argues for abandoning Mel on the cliff to continue their mission. We would expect this behavior from Murphy (who is actually game to save her), not Finn.
- Percussive Maintenance: Raven's first scene involves angrily hitting her partially paralyzed leg. It does nothing.
- Real After All: It would have been easy to discount the chess piece Jaha found with the hallucinatory baby as just another fantasy. Nope, it's real, and he brought it to Earth with him as a Tragic Keepsake to remind him of Wells. Jaha later gifts it to Zoran.
- Reality Ensues: Several times:
- Jaha had almost no time to plan his descent from the Ark, meaning he had very little supplies with him, and couldn't target the main forest where he thought the 100 were. He landed in the middle of the desert, and ends up nearly dying as a result.
- Specific knots exits for specific purposes, and are much stronger than ones haphazardly thrown together. This is why professional mountain climbers learn to tie knots that can hold many times their own weight in their sleep. Sterling doesn't, and it gets him killed when he uses the wrong kind of knot on a climbing mission, as it easily comes apart.
- It doesn't matter how much of a determinator Raven is, she can't climb a straight up radio tower with a paralyzed leg, less than a week after major spinal surgery.
- Abby's message to Clarke on the drop ship was written in chalk and exposed to the elements. It's no longer legible by the time Clarke finds it, having been mostly washed away by the rain.
- Red Shirt: Stirling, the other male delinquent accompanying Bellamy and Finn's group. Just as he is getting a bit of characterization by staging a daring rescue of Mel by repelling down from her, his knot comes loose and he suffers a Disney Villain Death.
- The Reveal: The Grounders shun mutants from their communities, forcing them to live in the desert.
- Shout-Out: Murphy of all people quotes Romeo and Juliet to Bellamy.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Wick pulls a combination of this and Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! on Raven to snap her out of her despair.
- You Got Spunk: Anya is clearly impressed with the fact that Clarke is able to beat her in a fight, hence the page quote. She honestly seems to be on the verge of Defeat Means Friendship, and it's apparently enough to make her reconsider her opinion of Clarke, and she agrees to help form an alliance between Grounders and the Ark.