The episode begins with Miles, Rachel and Charlie resolving to rescue Aaron Google from the clutches of Zeljko Ivanek. They approach the Patriot base with guns, ready to turn Patriots into toast. But they are surprised to see lots of dead Patriots lying around. It would appear that Aaron has worked his firefly nanite mojo on them after Zeljko Ivanek ordered his henchmen to stab Aaron’s lady friend.
Inside they find more dead Patriots and no Aaron. They find a hole in a wall leading to a tunnel and assume that Aaron left that way. They follow.
Meanwhile discovering the carnage Zeljko Ivanek orders some more henchmen to go after Aaron.
At the other end of the tunnel Miles, Rachel and Charlie exit somewhere outside the walls of the town. Rachel wants to go back and help Stephen Collins but Miles insist she comes with him. They hook up with Monroe and Miles is annoyed that Monroe let Aaron get caught. Monroe just wants to know where his mystery son is and then he’s leaving. Miles begs for help from Monroe and shows him his badly infected arm.
Aaron wakes up in a school building. His lady friend is lying next to him and is alive. Aaron is pleased at this development. But he doesn’t know how he got to the school. Then he realises some kid is standing looking at him. At which point I immediately think “that kid is a figment of Aaron’s increasingly deluded imagination.”
(Oh, by the way, there’s a picture of Stephen King on the wall along with some other authors. Yes, I get it. The Stand. Again.)
Aaron talks to the kid and the kid says he’s actually the nanite hive mind. Somehow Aaron woke them up when he was trying to turn the electricity on. (Or off. Remember, back in the tower? It was one of the two… It was on. No wait, it was off, definitely. Or was it on…)
Anyway, the point is that the nanites became sentient and they have been doing what Aaron wants, e.g. killing folk or healing them. Aaron insists he didn’t want anyone toasted. This confuses the firefly kid and he says Aaron had been thinking of killing so that’s what they nanites did. Aaron gets angry and tells the kid to go.
Zeljko Ivanek turns up with his goons and they invade the school building. Miles and his gang follow and get into scrapes. Zeljko Ivanek corners Aaron and orders Aaron to cure his brain tumour. When Aaron doesn’t cure his head Zeljko shoots Aarons lady friend. Then the firefly kid turns up and Aaron orders him to kill Zeljko. And quicker than you can say “you’re toast” we get one toasty Zeljko Ivanek.
Then the kid asks if Aaron wants the lady friend healed and of course Aaron says yes. But the kid is confused. You told me to go so I’ll go, he says and promptly vanishes leaving Aaron with an ex-lady friend. Aaron is understandably upset by this development.
Elsewhere Miles is not well (the whole infected arm thing he has going on) and is about to confess his love to Rachel, as backed up by some flashbacks where he unconvincingly said he didn’t love her.
This week’s Tom Neville story has him escort his new Patriot buddy to a steam train to the White House. Along the way he is surprised to see his wife with some Patriots. He gets her along and she explains she was not in Atlanta when the bombs fell and married a Patriot to survive. Tom Neville is simultaneously pleased and not pleased by this development.
So in summary we finally have some answers to why Aaron has his firefly super powers. I predict we’ve not seen the last of firefly kid.