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Season 2 Episode 6

Fog of War

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This is not how our story ends, Marcus.
"I have a message from the Commander. Leave or die. We have two days.""
Jaha

Two days after the massacre at Lincoln's village, Clarke and Bellamy are sitting outside in the bar area of Camp Jaha. They are reviewing Clarke's map of the tunnels through Mount Weather and are discussing an action plan to get the Delinquents out. Finn and Murphy approach and Clarke admits she has not talked to Finn since they got back. Bellamy leaves to get drinks and Finn asks about the Mount Weather plan. Murphy tells Clarke they were cleared because the pardon the Delinquents received for being sent to Earth includes their time on the ground. Clarke still will not really talk to Finn so Finn leaves. Raven arrives and tells Murphy to leave before she reveals to Clarke that she figured out why they had not heard from any of the other stations: Mount Weather has been jamming their signals. Major Byrne witnesses the conversation and tells Abby about the new development. Later, while Raven is explaining to Clarke how Mount Weather has been jamming their signals and even crashed the Exodus dropship that came down on Unity Day, Abby interrupts them and tries to stop them. Clarke and Raven convince Abby that they need to take down the radio tower on Mount Weather so they can find any other Ark survivors to help build their army. Abby tells Byrne to stay behind and guard the camp because Abby will be going with them to Mount Weather.
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Meanwhile, at Mount Weather, Dr. Lorelei Tsing is trying to convince Dante Wallace to allow her to continue experimenting on the 47 Delinquents. Dante refuses and tells Cage Wallace that if he gives the order to Harvest the kids, then he will not deserve to see the Earth again. He leaves, saying he is going to find volunteers instead. Cage and Dr. Tsing plan that if there are no volunteers, then they will proceed anyway.

Clarke, Abby, Raven, and several other Sky People are hiking to Mount Weather to take out the radio tower. Clarke and Abby discuss Finn's situation and how the Council cleared him.

Kane and Jaha are both trapped in a Grounder prison. Jaha tells Kane that their time is not up yet because they still have work to do. Gustus enters with some warriors and they start to beat up Jaha. Kane tells them they came in peace. Gustus tells them about the massacre in Tondc and says that "blood must have blood". He leaves behind a dagger and tells them that one of them will die by the other's hand and only then will he hear the terms of their surrender. He leaves behind a girl, Lexa, to make sure the deed is done. Lexa tells them that if they refuse to do it, the Commander will use the knife to slit both of their throats.

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As Jasper is released from Medical, Dante approaches him and explains to him about the radiation problems the Mountain Men deal with and how their current methods pale in comparison to the Delinquents' blood. He asks Jasper to try to get his fellow Delinquents to volunteer to help out the Mount Weather residents.

Clarke, Abby, and Raven have stopped to survey Mount Weather and look for the radio tower. Abby realizes that Bellamy and Octavia have taken off on their own to find another way into Mount Weather. She sends Sgt. Scott and two other Ark Guards off to go find them. Finn volunteers to go after them, too, but Clarke stops him. Finn gets upset because of the way everyone is acting toward him since the massacre and storms off with Clarke following after. Acid Fog suddenly starts rolling toward them and Clarke and Finn take off for the bunker.

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Bellamy and Octavia are looking for another way into the mountain when Sgt. Scott stops them and tells them to come back. Critters start scurrying across their feet and Bellamy realizes that the Acid Fog is coming. Octavia follows the bugs and discovers a hidden door leading to an underground parking garage. Bellamy and Octavia rescue Sgt. Scott and one of the Ark Guards but the other guard is swallowed up by the fog.

When Clarke and Finn get to the bunker, Clarke sees Delano's corpse still sitting there. Finn covers it up.

Abby and Raven have taken cover in a tent from the Acid Fog as Raven attempts to get a signal. She picks up an encrypted channel and realizes they will be able to listen in on Mount Weather.

In the parking garage, Sgt. Scott gives Bellamy a gun and he and the other guard split up from Bellamy and Octavia.

Clarke and Finn discuss the awkwardness between them and Finn gives Clarke back her father's watch that had been around the dead Delano's neck.

Jasper is trying to convince the other Delinquents to volunteer to give blood but no one wants to. Monty tells Jasper that he is going after Clarke just as Maya enters. She starts talking to them about "pizza day" while holding up a pad of paper saying that "they're listening" and to follow her. She takes Monty and Jasper to a storage room where it is private and explains to them that she found out the breach was not an accident. She then reveals to them the Harvest Chamber and that she is scared they are going to be next. She explains to them that without the treatments, everyone would die. Monty wants to try getting out like Clarke did, but Maya says it will not be possible now since security has been increased. Jasper says that for now, they need to buy some time by volunteering.

While they are still trapped by the Acid Fog, Raven breaks the encryption on the radio channel and they overhear the Mountain Men discussing "the veil". Abby tells Sgt. Porter to get ready to blow the radio tower to find out if there are any other Ark survivors, but Raven tells her if she does blow the tower, then they will not be able to listen to the enemy anymore and that she knows what Clarke would do.

Sgt. Scott and the other guard are looking around the parking garage and into cars. Sgt. Scott finds a wind-up toy that plays Christmas music. They are suddenly attacked by Reapers. Bellamy and Octavia hear the screams and go to investigate where they find two Reapers eating the Ark Guard. Bellamy shoots them both before they find a third Reaper hovering over Sgt. Scott's body. Octavia recognizes it as Lincoln and calls out to him but Lincoln attacks her. She shoots him in the leg and Bellamy knocks him out and they flee.

Kane and Jaha discuss the difference between murder and sacrifice as they decide whether to follow Gustus' orders or not. Kane picks up the dagger and offers it to Jaha, telling Jaha to kill him; however, Jaha refuses. Kane then cuts his own wrist and Jaha begs Lexa to help him. Lexa tosses him a bandage before Jaha takes her as a hostage.

Bellamy and Octavia are hiding in the back of an abandoned car, discussing what they're going to do with Lincoln. Bellamy promises Octavia that they will get Lincoln back.

Gustus and the guards enter where Jaha is holding Lexa hostage. Lexa then takes out Jaha and holds the knife against his throat before revealing that she is, in fact, the Commander. She says that Jaha will be used to send a message and they drag Jaha away because "the massacre must be answered".

Octavia calls Lincoln to her and Bellamy uses the Ark Guard's shock baton to knock Lincoln out. He then tells Octavia that they're taking him home.

As the Acid Fog lifts, Clarke tells Finn that she doesn't know who he is anymore and he says that he does not either.

Back at Mount Weather, several of the Delinquents are "volunteering" for harvesting. Dante tells Dr. Tsing and Cage that all they had to do was ask. Dr. Tsing leaves and Dante grabs hold of Cage, telling him that he knows about the breach and if he finds out Cage had anything to do with it, then Cage would never assume the presidency after Dante.

The Delinquents are recovering in their dorm as they discuss waiting on Clarke to break them out of Mount Weather.

Once Clarke and Abby meet back up at Camp Jaha, Abby tells Clarke that they decided against blowing the radio tower because they're not sure if there are any Ark survivors but they are sure that there are 47 Sky People trapped in Mount Weather. Just then, Jaha approaches and tells them he has a message from the Commander: "leave or die. We have two days".

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  • Actually, That's My Assistant: Kane and Octavia are astounded to learn that the slave girl Lexa, who forced into their cell with them is actually the Commander of the Grounders. Turns out she wanted to listen to them to see if their intentions are honorable.
  • Arc Words: The Grounder phrase "Blood must have blood" is uttered for the first time, first by Gustus and then by Lexa.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Kane at first looks like he is going to try and kill Jaha to satisfy the Grounders, but then hands him the knife and demands Jaha kill him instead.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Kane slices into the artery in his wrist as an attempt at suicide to save Jaha, and immediately collapses from bloodloss. You'd never know it from watching though, as it's a shallow enough cut that Jaha can improvise a bandage in a few seconds that's enough to save him, without the pool of blood you'd expect from someone bleeding to death that fast.
  • The Bus Came Back: Harper returns as a member of the 47 delinquents held in Mount Weather.
  • Cacophony Cover Up: Jasper uses a speaker to blast music to hide a conversation in the dorm between himself, Miller, Monty, and Harper. For added fun, he plays the song "Confession" by the band d'Artagnan, whose members include Christopher Larkin, Monty's actor.
  • Call-Back: Several:
    • Abby decrees that the blanket pardon for all of the 100's crimes on the Ark, which Jaha gave out under pressure from Clarke and Bellamy in Day Trip, also applies to all crimes the 100 committed on the Ground. This means that Murphy is pardoned for his murders of Connor and Myles and accidental maiming of Raven, and Finn is for his massacre of the Grounder village.
    • The mysterious signal monty heard on the Black Box of the Exodus Ship in I Am Become Death turns up again. Raven discovers it's actually a jamming signal from Mount Weather, which also makes destroys the range the Ark survivors' radios and keeps them from contacting any potential survivors from the other crashed stations.
    • The Acid Fog returns. This time the Ark survivors are prepared for it with pop-tents.
    • Jaha mentions his hallucination of Wells to Kane, saying how Wells told him he still has work to do.
  • Cerebus Call Back: Finn and Clarke return to the "Art Supplies Store" bunker, originally a symbol of their love for each other and an escape from their troubles. Now they return to find Delano's corpse and blood on the ground, evidence of Finn's first murder, and a symbol of how his love her Clarke has corrupted his mind.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Clarke kept the orientation map given to her during her introduction to Mount Weather. Now it's the only intel the Ark group have on the Mountain's layout.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: A subtle one. Lexa's outfit doesn't hide her waif-ish physique, but her headscarf does disguise her intricate set of braids, which her cover as a slave girl would not reasonably have.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Ark survivors have started carrying pop-up tents to shield them from the Acid Fog. They are amazingly effective, provided they have enough warning to deploy them.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Maya pulls the "read, don't listen" variant, using written messages to communicate with Monty and Jasper while talking about trivial things, as the dorm is bugged with mircrophones.
  • Dwindling Party: The expedition to destroy the radio tower. Forced to divide into three parties, the acid fog kills one Guardsman, and the Reapers kill three more, leaving Octavia and Bellamy's group alone.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Clarke makes it clear to Murphy that, pardon non-withstanding, she definitely has not forgiven him.
  • Foreshadowing: Keenan Mykulak, the woman in charge of giving the orientation to Mount Weather for the 47, is seen getting a blood transfusion from Monty near the end.
  • Heroic Suicide: Kane attempts this again by cutting his wrists when Jaha refuses to kill him to satisfy the Grounders's demand for one of them to die.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Apparently a side effect of the Psycho Serum the Reapers are addicted to. Lincoln is shown just after taking a few bites out of Sgt. Scott after killing him.
  • Implied Death Threat: Dante gives one to Cage, as he has come to suspect that Cage was deliberately responsible for the radiation leak that nearly killed Maya.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: Gustus makes it clear that the only way Kane and Jaha are getting out of their cage is if one of them kills the other, and he will except the total surrender of the Ark from the survivor, and leaves behind a knife.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Maya reveals the "standard treatment" for radiation poisoning for Mount Weather residents, that of caged Grounders to provide dialysis to
    • Octavia and Bellamy learn Lincoln has become a Reaper, and capture him to try to help.
    • The Ark survivors learn of Jaha's survival.
  • Made of Iron: Lincoln was this before he was turned into a Reaper, and is even more so afterwards. Bellamy puts an automatic rifle round in his side and it barely slows him down. Ironically it's a problem because they don't want to kill him, but the normal incapacitating measures to knock him out don't work.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Jasper tries to give a rousing speech to the 47 to encourage them to volunteer to help Mount Weather metabolize radiation. It falls completely flat and all of them refuse.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Lexa, while posing as a slave girl, has a subtle limp, implying she has been abused by her masters. It disappears once she reveals her true identity.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Per Word of God, Clarke and Finn removed Delano's body from the bunker and buried it. This is despite the fact that his corpse outweighs either of them and they had to get him up a ladder to the ground.
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone when they see the Acid Fog.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: We get a very creepy rendition of "Carol of the Bells" while the Guardsmen are being hunted by the Reapers in a parking garage. Bonus points from coming from an actual wind-up-toy a Guardsman salvages from a car i in the parking garage. Appropriately, the episode originally aired in December.
  • Plot Hole: Finn's line that "It was an accident." seems like a particularly audacious version of Self-Serving Memory, as nobody could possibly believe his massacre of the Grounders was any such thing, especially as he's talking to witnesses. However, according to Word of God, he's not actually talking about the massacre, but an actual accident involving Raven. In a deleted scene, Finn pulled away from Raven and she fell down because she only has one good leg. Rothenberg and the editors removed the scene for various reasons, but they forgot to edit out Finn's line.
  • Ragnarok Proof: Played with:
    • Averted with Mount Weather. Dante reveals to Jasper that the facility wasn't meant to last a century, and trace amounts of radiation from the outside seep in from time to time.
    • Octavia and Bellamy discover a commercial parking garage full of dusty, but still recognizable cars and vans. One of them even has a working wind-up radio.
  • The Reveal: The Acid Fog is not a natural phenomenon as the 100 originally assumed, but an artificial weapon deployed by Mount Weather. They call it the Veil.
  • Silent Treatment: Clarke starts the episode giving Finn this.
  • Soft Glass: Sgt. Scott punches through the window of a parked car with ease. In reality he would probably have broken his hand trying this.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: President Wallace is adamant that the 47 not be experimented on in any way, feeling it would be a betrayal of the trust they have placed in Mount Weather, and that Mount Weather won't deserve to see the ground again if they hurt them.
  • Time Skip: A tiny one. The episode picks up two days after Finn's massacre.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Maya reveals that Mount Weather's use of Grounders for dialysis is their secret, as everyone knows about it but no one asks questions, as they need the treatments to survive.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Finn returns Jake's watch to Clarke.
  • Wham Line: Jaha ends the episode delivering a message from Lexa.
    Jaha: Leave or die. We have two days.
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