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Recap / The Gifted S2E10 "eneMy of My eneMy"

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The Underground and the Inner Circle unite to try and rescue Thunderbird.


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  • Absentee Actor: Reeva and the Frost sisters don't appear this episode.
  • Attack Reflector: Clarice uses a portal to send a Purifier's bullet back at him.
  • Bittersweet Ending: John is rescued, but Turner is now firmly on the warpath. And Andy isn't coming back to his family.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Narrowly averted, thanks to Turner running out of ammo before he can kill John this way.
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  • Cassandra Truth: Turner refuses to believe John's story about the Inner Circle at first, since they're off the radar. While he comes around near the end, Lorna and Andy showing up to help the Underground convinces him that John was lying to buy time.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Ted wants to force the truth out of John with power tools, but Turner shoots that idea down in favor of less destructive methods.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Purifiers don't stand much of a chance against the Underground, supported by Lorna and Andy.
  • Dirty Coward: The Purifier who tries to shoot Lauren in the back and then pathetically begs for his life when he is at Andy's mercy.
  • Easily Forgiven: Reed and Caitlin are very happy to see Andy. Lauren, however, is still resentful due to him attacking her before. At the end of the episode, Reed and Caitlin are also shocked to see how much their son has changed.
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  • Enemy Mine: Lorna and Andy help the Underground to rescue John.
  • Flashback: One that goes three years back, to a happier time, where Lorna, John and Marcos promise to always be there for each other.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Initially, Turner acts as the good cop to Ted Wilson's bad cop, who wants to brutally torture him from the start. Ironically at the end, the roles are reversed, with a vengeful Turner trying to torture and then kill John and Ted trying to get him to leave.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: When Andy is called on his torture of a Purifier, he rants that such people shouldn't be allowed to continue breeding, rhetoric no better than the Purifiers he hates.
  • Internal Reveal: Reed tells Andy about his power.
  • I Owe You My Life: Despite their animosity with the Underground, Andy convinces Lorna to help John as he also saved them before.
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  • It's All My Fault: Clarice blames herself for John's capture, due to their argument beforehand.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Andy brutally tortures a Purifier who takes a cheap shot at Lauren, breaking both his legs before Lauren pulls him away.
  • Loud of War: Turner tortures John by forcing him to wear headphones playing loud rock music, knowing John's sensitive hearing will make it nearly unbearable.
  • Motive Rant: Andy makes it very clear to his family that he is standing firmly behind his conviction and that he will not leave the Inner Circle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Turner starts to believe John's story about how Lorna and Andy joined the more militant Inner Circle, which Turner concedes to Ted would make a lot of sense in light of the wildly divergent operations they've been witness to. Unfortunately, the rest of the Underground manage to talk Lorna and Andy into helping rescue John, convincing Turner that John was just stringing him along. He nearly kills John out of anger, and makes it clear they've driven him even further down the slippery slope.
  • Not So Different: Turner describes some ways he's similar to John.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Turner sees that Lorna and Andy are helping the Underground in spite of John's claim that they defected to another group, he completely loses his temper and rants at John about everything he lost before shooting John in the chest several times with a shotgun. John's Super Toughness keeps this from killing him, and Turner thankfully runs out of shells before he decides to go for a headshot to finish things.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After he thinks that John lied to him, Turner promises that he will kill every last mutant in the Underground.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Clarice calls Lorna and Marcos out for their senseless bickering, as they should be focusing on rescuing John.
  • Working with the Ex: Lorna and Marcos team up to save John.

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