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Lauren's powers evolve, Reeva begins to implement her endgame, and the Underground tries to rally for a greater battle.


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  • Accidental Murder: Ted accidentally kills the kid he is interrogating.
  • Agent Provocateur: Not explicitly so just yet, but Reeva can be seen exchanging info with Benedict Ryan, and given the reputations the newest recruits at the beginning of the episode have as infamous terrorists, and Ryan's work drumming up anti-mutant bigotry, signs point to her instigating a bloodbath by baiting the Purifiers into an all-out war.
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  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Jace asks why one of the mutant kids ran, equating it with guilt, the kid, who is black, points out that Jace is part of a mutant hate group and that his grandfather didn't need an excuse to run from the KKK, noting that Jace should know where he's coming from. Though Jace tries to counter, it's clear this shakes him up, especially when Ted shoots the other kid a few moments later.
  • Bad Boss: Reeva quickly puts the three new recruits into place with her powers and the Frost sisters tell them that if they don't follow orders, they'll get their collars back on.
  • The Bus Came Back: Evangeline Whedon appears once again, calling John for an Underground meeting.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The music box Madeline Garber gave to Lauren turns out to contain a final message from Andreas von Strucker, urging his descendants to continue the fight.
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  • Corrupt the Cutie: Lauren becomes more aggressive and vicious this episode, not so dissimilarly from her estranged brother Andy.
  • Deadly Disc: Thanks to some Dreaming of Times Gone By, Lauren learns to focus her barriers into razor-sharp discs that can slice through objects.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: How Andrea von Strucker died.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: While listening to Andreas von Strucker's music box, Lauren dreams of the day Andrea Strucker died and learns a new way to use her powers.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Lorna, who had no problems with collateral damage before, is appalled at Reeva enlisting the three mutants who sunk an entire cruise ship, killing thousands.
  • Flashback: The episode opens with Andreas von Strucker picking up his music box, which he's had modified in some fashion. It ends just as he's about to kill the pawn shop owner who made the modifications.
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  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Reeva, who was previously so shocked over Rebecca conducting a massacre, has no problems whatsoever anymore with hiring mass murdering psychopaths.
  • Leave No Witnesses: Andreas von Strucker kills the pawn shop owner who repaired his music box, in order to keep his identity a secret.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's not really clear if the music box is enhancing Lauren's powers and making her more prone towards violence or if that comes from herself.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jace and Ted are extremely shaken up after the accidental death of a mutant teenager.
  • Not So Different: When Lorna complains about Max, Tico and Heather's presence, Reeva tries to compare their crimes to Lorna blowing up Senator Montez's plane.
  • Not What I Signed on For: All Polaris wanted was a future for mutantkind. Her misgivings with Reeva hit a new high when she finds out the latter intends to trigger a massacre, and she begins to work against her in secret.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Jace's wife calls him, having seen The Ryan Hour and come to believe he's doing things their daughter would be proud of. She doesn't know Ted shot a child unprovoked and Jace ends up hanging up the phone because the guilt of covering it up is eating at him.
  • Rabid Cop: The cops who are called to the Strucker's appartment are extremely on the edge. And when Reed points out that they have no search warrant, one of them deliberately breaks a vase and claims that he has now probable cause since he heard a crash.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Marcos pulls no punches in his displeasure of meeting Lorna again. She takes all of it and then still convinces him to do the right thing and help her.
  • Ship Tease: Very briefly between Marcos and Glow, as they even share a small kiss. Glow realizes pretty quickly however that Marcos still loves Lorna.
  • Skyward Scream: Andreas lets out one of these after Andrea's death.
  • Sword Beam: Andreas von Strucker draws his Sword Cane, points it at the pawn shop owner, and charges it with energy. We're not shown how this ended, though one presumes it wasn't pleasant.
  • Team Switzerland: Erg is still unwilling to take direct action.
  • Terrible Trio: Max, Tico and Heather, the mutant terrorists who sunk an entire cruise ship. Also count as Psycho for Hire, since they apparently take money for their deeds.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lauren, after hearing Andreas von Strucker's last message, to the point that she threatens their landlord to kkill him should he ever call the police on her and her family again.
  • Tranquil Fury: Only tranquil insofaras the volume at which she warns the landlord, as Lauren gives him a few threatening near-misses with her discs.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The Ryan Hour once again paints Jace and Ted as heroes despite the death of an innocent teenager.
  • We Are Everywhere: Having deduced that their landlord ratted them out to the cops, Lauren uses her new disc power to scare him into silence, while warning him that anyone can be a mutant and he'll never be safe if he talks.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: With a tearful apology and admission of guilt, Polaris patches things up with Marcos, following her misgivings with Reeva. While she hasn't shaken off her allegiance to the Circle right off the bat, she has begun spying on Reeva, and goes with Marcos on a stakeout where the two spot her exchanging dossiers with Benedict Ryan.
  • Wham Shot: Reeva meeting with Benedict Ryan. Though the viewer can't hear what's going on, they don't look happy to see each other and exchange information.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Clarice is pretty pissed at Marcos when he suggests going to the Morlocks, as he labelled her a traitor before for doing the same thing. He eventually apologizes.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • When Ted and Jace corner the mutant children at the homeless shelter and one of them activates his power, Jace warns that the kid's powers aren't faster than a bullet and talks him down. It's clear that Jace really doesn't want to shoot him, though.
    • While interrogating one of the mutant children at the homeless shelter, Ted freaks out and shoots the kid. It's not clear what provoked him to do it, as Jace notes from the blood spray that Ted must have shot the kid while he was seated. Jace covers for him by lying to the cops to make it seem like Ted was under assault.

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