Written by John Wirth and Natalie Chaidez
Directed by Bryan Spicer
Anna stages the
beating of her daughter and announces the departure of the
Visitors from Earth.
Read the detailed episode recap at
the V Wiki.
The episode opens with a sign in an alley that
appears to say "We (Heart) V's". Spray-painted over it is a
circle with a slash, the universal "No" symbol, in green.
Usually this universal "No" is red or black. Perhaps the green color of the paint is a nod to the Visitors'
After the off-screen beating ordered by Anna
herself, we see that Lisa's legs are not just broken, but
twisted sickeningly as she lays abandoned in an alley.
Besides the broken legs, bruises, and assorted
cuts and scratches, Lisa also has a "V" cut into her face.
As Anna holds her beaten and bruised daughter and
looks away from the nearby humans at 6:20 in the episode, her
look of motherly concern turns into an evil smirk.
There is some great verbal byplay between Erica
and Anna from 6:28-8:14 in the episode. Reading between the
lines of each woman's speech, it can be seen that they are
taunting each other (though Anna, for now, is a bit more in the dark
about Erica's true motivations).
When Anna makes the announcement
outside the healing center that
she has made the decision to
withdraw her people from Earth,
a crowd-member carries a sign
that says, "The V's are our
friends." The similar slogan
"The Visitors are our Friends"
was used in the original
miniseries in the 1980s as a
propaganda poster by the aliens.
A couple of times during the conversation from 15:57-17:29,
Hobbes refers to Lisa as the "princess". This seems to imply he
knows that Anna has been referred to as the queen among the
Visitors' own kind. Is this an early hint that he has more
knowledge of them than he lets on to the Fifth Column?
Dr. Parker tells Erica that he and some friends, working as an
informal think tank, developed an organic compound intended to
absorb carbon dioxide and slow down global warming, but it had
the unintended side-effect of an algal growth that infected some
fish, turtles, and amphibians. In answer to Erica's question
about effecting reptiles, he answers "possibly". This may
be the introduction
of V2000's version of
V80's red dust, a hybrid
bacteria that was deadly to the Visitors.
At 24:40 in the episode, a small bulletin board is seen hanging
on the wall of Dr. Parker's cheap hotel room. Pinned onto it are
what appear to be postcards, posters, and a calendar. From a
distance, the postcards and posters all seem to suggest travel
to tropical locations (one poster even clearly says Saint Lucia,
an island nation in the Caribbean). Are we supposed to believe
this is hotel decor? Has Dr. Parker been to these locations? It
seems unlikely he would hang information regarding where he plans to
go and thereby tip off any pursuers who discovered his room.
At 25:12 in the episode, Agent Malik looks suspiciously at
Erica after her explanation that she received the same tip to Dr.
Parker's location as the other FBI agents who have arrived
Perhaps the tip "from the restaurant owner across the street"
was actually a lead provided by the Visitors and given to Malik
personally, putting the lie to Erica's claim.
Erica's research reveals that all of Dr. Parker's associates in
his informal think tank have gone missing, indicating that the
Visitors have already gotten to them. This may be a subtle homage
to the "conspiracy of scientists" propaganda used by the
Visitors in the original V
miniseries of the 1980s which resulted in scientists
disappearing or being apprehended by the Visitors or
collaborating Earth authorities.
Although he initially denies her request due to journalistic
ethics, Anna continues to try to convince Chad to give her the
name of his contact in the Fifth Column, but we don't see
whether or not he finally caves in to her questionable logic.
The amassed soldier eggs on the mothership look similar to the
egg chamber from the classic 1979 film Alien.
The text message on Ryan's cell phone at 38:50 in the episode is
from Dr. Pearlman and reads "Val's water just broke." This
signals that the hybrid baby is about to be born.