Thomas's message to his home planet gets a reply: their sun is going nova a lot sooner than expected, as in the first blasts of deadly gamma rays reaching the planet in days. This means that Earth becomes far more crucial: it is the only place any sizeable number of aliens can survive. Forget about attack ships - the alien ships will be more like Noah's Ark.
But that doesn't mean that they won't be deadly to us. Or maybe not. At this point, all bets are off. Maybe Sophia can convince Thomas that a peaceful settlement - an agreement with we Earthlings - is the best way to go. Or maybe he'll convince her to try to exterminate us.
All that's clear now - and not completely - is that the dire message from the home world is bringing Thomas and Sophia closer together. Which, in addition to being likely good for the aliens, is also good for us - easier to destroy the aliens, if that's what we want, if they're mostly in one place.
This, apparently, is what our President wants. The episode ends with our human attack team surrounding the alien gathering...
Meanwhile, Sean and Vicky take another move from 24, and break in to a event back in Washington (Thomas and Sophia are in LA), with an eye towards getting the traitorous VP to tell them something useful about Dempsey. Actually, Sean blackmails Vicki to help him, so the tension is even better. The VP does give the two a little bit of info, with a gun to his head, but Dempsey's true role is still unclear.
It will be interesting to see how Demspey plays out, but if I were the producers of The Event, I would concentrate on the alien story, which thus far is far more interesting. Or maybe not... That Dempsey is one strange dude.
See also The Event Debuts on NBC ... The Event 1.2: Aliens! ... The Event 1.4: 24 Back in Action! ... The Event 1.6: Not Only Aliens, Immortals! ... The Event 1.7: The Portal and its Implications ... The Event 1.8: The "Republican" VP and the Anti-24 ... The Event 1.9: "Native Populations, Indigenous People" ... The Event 1.10: Satellite ... The Event 1.11-12: Hardball in Fiction ... The Event 1.13: A Little to Close to the Reality
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