Just as predicted, Sarah is right at Cal’s side when this episode begins. The connection they once had has obviously not been forgotten by either of them. When we see Eddie, he seems distant, angry even. I can see his wheels turning. When he and Sarah hear a report over the radio about a local church handing over illegal immigrants to I.C.E. after vowing to help, he makes a comment that lets me know he still doesn’t trust the movement. He says, “Well, that’s organized religion, you know, good intentions, but no follow through.”
He is still watching Cal closely as well. Cal rushed to the car when Eddie and Sarah arrive back, desperate to use it. Eddie catches on to the shady feeling behind it and offers to assist him with this, “UR business with a denier.” Perhaps Eddie fears he’s after Alison? Regardless, whatever it is clearly set Cal off because when they arrive he makes Eddie promise it stays between them, no matter what. It doesn’t take long to see Alison is exactly who they’re looking for, and to my surprise, Cal said it was because she stole $40,000 from the San Diego center. And it looks like this is news to Eddie too. I know if I were him, I wouldn’t know who to trust, everyone seems to have their secrets. So when he sees her hiding on the balcony he seems to have that same thought. Luckily it was him checking the balcony and not Cal, because I’m sure things would have escalated very quickly.
As for Sarah, she has her hands full with some surprise guests. Hawk’s IS girlfriend Ashley and her family were finally evicted and he knew exactly what to say to his mom to allow them to stay at their house. He used his Movement’s strong conviction for helping others; smart kid. Clearly Hawk is still at battle with himself between how he was raised and his hormones, and as of now, they’re neck and neck. Ashley's mom and Sarah seem to be trying to find mutual ground, while both clearly uncomfortable with each other's spiritual stance. Sarah is trying to respect that Ashley’s family doesn’t practice any kind of religion while still holding firm in her own way of life.
Sarah’s brother is team Cal, as we learn that he has been helping Cal in his search of Alison and the money she stole. Cal tells him they need to alter their approach next time they locate her, insinuating it hasn’t been the most docile.
Flashing back to Eddie and Sarah, we see Eddie once again stand up for Hawk. Sarah tries to freak out once again, she thinks they’re losing him. You can tell Eddie is getting tired of pretending he is a blind believer. He breaks and tells Sarah maybe they don’t know the truth of the situation, but it seems he’s implying a much bigger truth. And he lets his guard down even more when he tells her about Cal’s behavior when he tagged along earlier in the day. He warns her about potential changes and the violence he senses. Her defense of him is slightly alarming, but I think she senses Eddie is right. Or at least I hope so.
And is anyone else creeped out by the fact Cal once again tries to go to Mary when thinking about Sarah? He seems annoyed at Sean, the man who, need I remind you, who he told her to be with, is there. So he pretends to be there to talk to Sean about moving across the country to start a new chapter of the movement. Convenient and oh so creepy. But Sean isn’t stupid thank goodness, as he sees the truth in it and knows instinctively Mary has a history with him and something is up. Maybe Cal picked too good of a guy to toss her at? Cal seems to be getting in the way of even his own manipulations, he’s slowly crumbling at the seams, and so is his cover for where Steve is.
Agent Gaines has figured out Alison’s husband was trying to buy very expensive pancreatic cancer medications before he died. Kind of strange since we know Steve is bed ridden from some kind of illness? Perhaps Cal ended any chance of Steve getting the medicine from Alison’s husband by staging his suicide? At this point, I wouldn’t put it past him.
I was glad to see more than just Agent Gaines looking into Alison. It seems Eddie did awaken some kind of doubt in Sarah. She confronted Cal and then did some digging herself, only to be distracted by her own sister’s file. At this point, I don’t know what to think because of how fanatical Sarah is with the movement. I just hope she doesn’t try to bring her sister back in, especially with all the stuff going on she has yet to learn about within the movement. Sarah now knowing her sister’s address, sneaks into her house to snoop. Just when you think Sarah is happy for Tessa, she sees her medicine cabinet full of prescriptions. This little trip Sarah made further solidified my belief that she is just as coo-coo for coco puffs as Cal. I mean who does that? And to steal a shell and try on her lipstick? That’s some single white female stuff, sister or not. I sure as heck would never do that to my sister.
I have to say the most shocking thing to me in this episode, is Sarah being so rude to Meg, Ashley's mom, at dinner. She says “systemites” lack compassion, but her words cut deep enough to push her to go to their gatherings as they call their sermons. And all that seemed to do was the opposite of what she hoped; push Hawk further from her and the movement. As made abundantly clear when he ran after Ashley during the gathering as he gave into his hormones. I didn’t see any use of protection which makes me wonder, do they teach them where babies come from in the movement? Regardless, they are going to Scarlet Letter her big time when they find out. But the kicker to this gathering? Cal’s surprise reveal. He has brought the illegal immigrants to stay with them. A way to one up Eddie and his family for taking in Ashley and her family? Or is this yet another play for power and control? I vote both. But I guess we will have to see how this plays out.