The promo for this week’s episode made it look like Charlie was going to have to sell her body for drugs to save Nora. Which was going to be Miles’ decision which opened a can of worms touting misogyny, and given some unfortunate implications by the casting department, they might not have been that far off. That’s a story for a different day. Thankfully, this episode actually had nothing to do with the promo. Which means next week will likely have nothing to do with why the power went out.
So, what did happen this week? Aaron flashbacks, Charlie having a slight nervous breakdown, and Nora continues to do nothing. Not for nothing guys, but Nora doesn’t really do anything to add to the plot. Not yet, anyway. Miles was all “We need her to rescue Danny!” but what has she really done since then? Let’s tally, shall we? First, she made them steal the sniper rifle, giving Charlie her first kill, which let them on a little detour to the rebel army. Then she joined up with another rebel and tried to kill Danny by blowing up the train. Which resulted in her getting stabbed again which led to the next side trip to Drexel. So, really, the only thing she’s done so far is get them distracted from the main plot. Shape up here, writers. I don’t think characters are fantastic and necessary just because you tell me they are. Show me Nora doing something that actually advances the plot instead of leading us on a little side adventure. That said, I hear she has her own episode coming up soon, so hopefully we will actually get to see what purpose Nora serves.
Alright, Nora’s wound has gone septic, so Miles takes her to a guy he knows who just happens to deal in drugs. Drexel just had his poppy fields burned, and he wants revenge. Specifically, he wants Charlie to deal with it, because she’s the only one who will be able to get past the man’s defenses, by telling him she was one of Drexel’s girls. Charlie agrees to do it, and after Drexel pays for her funeral expenses, Aaron tells Miles that he needs to go after Charlie. Because even if he and Nora die, family is more important, and Charlie’s Aaron’s family too.
Once Drexel discovers Miles is missing, he tells Nora and Aaron that they are to have a showdown. Whoever pulls the trigger first, gets to leave the estate. I suppose he would have been Jigsaw’s next apprentice had the blackout never occurred. Aaron turns the gun on himself instead, but shoots the flask in his breast pocket. When Drexel goes to investigate, Aaron shoots him and tells the other guards to let them leave. Apparently, loyalty was not Drexel’s strong suit.
Over in the neighbor fields, Charlie gets the guy in question alone and knocks him out cold. She’s just about to kill him, a huge change from the Charlie at the beginning of the season, but Miles stops her. Yup, you couldn’t save Monroe’s innocence, so try again with Charlie. Maybe you’ll get better results next time.
On the Republic side of things, Danny finally arrives in Philadelphia. Monroe offers him anything he wants and tells him Neville will be taken care of. In this case, promoted. After reading Nate’s report, Monroe decides to take things to the next level. Which teaches us three things. Monroe knows who Nora is, he disapproves of her relationship with Miles, and the rest of them can die so long as he gets Miles back.
The real heart of this episode, however, is Aaron. We learn what happened with him and his wife after the blackout, how he gradually learned to believe that he could do nothing to save her. It first started when was contracted dysentery and the hot guy had to help her. And it escalated from there. Eventually, Aaron thought he could do nothing more for her and left her with the safety of the group. A far cry from the Aaron who risked everything to save Nora. After this episode, is anyone else thinking Nora and Aaron would make a great couple?
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