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Recap / The 100 S 05 E 08

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"This is how we get to peace."

While Octavia finalizes her battle plans, Clarke makes a treacherous play to prevent war. Abby pleads for Raven's help after making a breakthrough.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Apologetic Attacker: Twice:
    • Abby is not happy about shocking Raven to prevent her from destroying the lab equipment, openly weeping as she incapacitates her.
    • Bellamy really did not want to have to poison Octavia.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Bellamy tries to argue that murdering Cooper is acceptable to save hundreds of their people, Monty snaps back that the exact same thing is true for killing Octavia. Bellamy has no response to this logic.
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  • Belated Backstory: We finally learn why Vinson wears the collar. He's a Serial Killer who used to cut off the hands and feet of his victims and keep them as CreepySouvenirs. Other than that he's a nice guy.
  • Call-Back: Twice:
    • Bellamy mocks Miller by pointing out they were both part of the !00, which Miller dismisses.
    • Octavia points out that once again Bellamy is trying to save a woman he loves that committed treason. This time it's Clarke, not Echo.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Inverted. Echo realizes they HAVE to kill Shaw in order to keep the prisoners from being able to fly the ship.
  • Catchphrase: "My sister, my responsibility," in what is quite easily the most dramatic use of the phrase so far in the series.
  • Character Death: Kara Cooper bites it this episode in pretty brutal fashion.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Two of them:
    • The nearly-lethal first batch of Monty's algae was been mentioned several times over the last two episodes before Bellamy uses it to take out Octavia.
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    • The BFG used by the miners comes back. Turns out it's actually a mining tool designed to use sound waves to pulverize rock. Vinson comes up with the idea to modify it to help dissolve the abscesses in the prisoners' lungs.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The prisoners begin to take turns using the shock collar on Shaw.
  • The Dead Have Names: Subverted. Kane thinks that the list of names in Diyoza's journal is this. However, it's actually far less morbid.
  • Descent into Addiction: This episode marks the lowest point thus far in Abby's addiction, as she is willing to lie to Raven and then torture her with the shock collar so that she will help her in order to continue receiving pills.
  • Eureka Moment: Vinson gets a toned town one when he realizes they can modify the mining equipment to treat the prisoners.
  • Enemy Mine: Murphy and Emori align with Mccreary after Diyoza abandons him. Complete with Trojan Prisoner ploy.
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  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The list of names in Diyoza's journal. They are the first names of the female writers and writers' assistants on the show. Fridge Brilliance reveals they are not the list of the people that Diyoza has killed, as they are only women's names. Her reveal of her baby's gender makes it clear. They are potential baby names.
  • Gargle Blaster: When Monty is trying to reason with Cooper that with the Algae they can make protein and biofuel and beer, he admits that the beer would taste awful, but nobody would care because it would get them drunk.
  • Genre Savvy: Octavia immediately sees through the attempt to frame Cooper's death as an accident.
  • Hope Spot: Kane and Diyoza discuss his dream to build a community in the Shallow Valley, complete with a school and a medical center. It moves Diyoza enough that she reveals her pregnancy.
  • I Choose to Stay: Monty and Harper make a plan to stay in the bunker and work the new combination of Hydropoics and Algae Farm and avoid the violence of the coming war.
  • Implied Death Threat: Again from Octavia to Bellamy, when she warns Bellamy that, if he interferes in Clarke's arrest, she might think he was involved. And then they would have enough prisoners for a fight in the pit.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: The virus killing the prisoners is beginning to take on this characteristic.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Emori admits to John that she "has a desire to rip [his] clothes off" when he is in survivor-mode in the woods, and that this is the John Murphy she fell in the love with. Subverted in that Emori knows it's not healthy and that it won't last and she tells him they can't be together when it's all over.
  • Instant Sedation: Bellamy uses the soaked rag variety on Cooper. Later he uses a protein bar dosed with Monty's poison Algae to drug Octavia as well.
  • Internal Reveal: A few:
    • Diyoza reveals her pregnancy to Kane.
    • Raven discovers Abby's addiction.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Although it is unlikely to be fatal, Bellamy choses to poison Octavia to postpone Clarke's execution and navigate peace on his own without her getting in the way.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Clarke and Bellamy plan to stage Cooper's death as accident by worm, with Indra as the first responder who kills the worms instead. Unfortunately, Octavia sees right through this.
  • Mama Bear: Bellamy actually refers to Clarke as one when discussing the lengths she would go to protect Madi.
  • Not So Different: Kane makes the point that Diyoza and Octavia are becoming more alike in their ruthlessness.
  • Oh, Crap!: Three:
    • Dioyza's reaction when McCreary returns, given that she had told Murphy she wouldn't do a prisoner swap for him. ** Indra when Octavia reveals she wasn't going to use the worms for a weapon, but their eggs.
    • Octavia when she realizes Bellamy poisoned the protein bar.
  • Prisoner Exchange: Murphy and Emori attempt to swap McCreary for Raven, but it doesn't work because, as it turns out, Dioyzo doesn't really care if he comes back alive or not.
  • Reaction Shot: The camera lingers on Bellamy for a full 8 seconds after Octavia implies that he loves Clarke.
  • The Reveal:
    • Vinson is a serial killer.
    • Octavia wants to use the worms' eggs, not the worms themselves.
  • Ship Tease: Octavia taunts Bellamy after she arrests Clarke, referring to the latter as "the traitor who you love." Whether or not she means romantically or platonically is left up in the air.
  • Slasher Smile: Octavia gives a subtle one when she declares that "The War is here."
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: A nonverbal example. When Raven deduces that Diyoza is threatening to hurt Abby to force her cooperation, Abby gives a meek not. In actuality, if the prisoners die, Abby will lose access to the drugs that feed her addiction, and Diyoza has never once threatened to hurt her.
  • Title Drop: Once by Diyoza and once by Clarke.
  • Trapped with Monster Plot: How Bellamy and Clarke murder Cooper. They sedate her, dress her in a radiation suit, and lock in the bio lab with the sand worms, with a strategic hole cut in the hand of the suit for the worms to enter through.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Monty gives one to Clarke and Bellamy after he discovers that they are planning to murder Cooper. Played with in that he is not trying to talk them out of it, as he has given up on that, but is simply trying to make them feel ashamed of what they are about to do.

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