As if things weren’t sticky before, now that Dani is dead, the hunt for Stanton Parish is going to kick into high gear. I’m still a bit surprised that they killed her off and even had the thought that maybe she wasn’t dead after all. Maybe, it was set up so that Parish would think she was dead. Of course that’s just my over active imagination and too much television getting the best of me. This episode starts out with Rosen replaying parts of Dani’s childhood in his head while trying to choose a coffin for her to be buried in. He seems rather vacant and has pretty much disengaged from the rest of the team. As he goes through the process of planning a funeral, remembering Dani as a child, we also see flashbacks of Rosen being debriefed by Cley, giving him details of the incident that caused Dani’s demise. The doctor in him takes over and it becomes very clinical. I found it especially interesting when he used the word “expired” instead of died.
While Rosen is working through the different stages of grief, the rest of the team tries to regroup at the office, even though it’s a Saturday. Even Cameron is there, but he remains holed up in his office turning away any offers of help. Bill tries to get everyone on track since they still have work to do, that is until Cley and his men show up to comb through all of Rosen’s research on Parish. Cley’s surprised to see them there and informs them that their office is going to become the base of operations in the hunt for Parish and that his team needs all of the information they have. Bill reluctantly agrees to help, and tells the others to do the same.
Rachel asks Nina what she can do, but Nina tells her that she’s got it covered and tells Rachel that she should go home and enjoy the day. Rachel makes her way to the elevator and runs into John, who went to the office looking for her, knowing she would be upset. His act of compassion comforts her and she thanks him for it. Then she kisses him and tells him to take her home. In the wise words of George Takei……oh my!
Cley wants Gary to help his team out by zipping through some info since he can do it quicker, but it’s Gary’s lunchtime…and Saturday is pizza day. Gary leaves to get his pizza and on his way back, he’s stopped at the elevator by a lady with a baby. She asks if this is where Dr. Rosen is located and he tells her that Rosen is his boss, but she’s not supposed to know about him. She pushes the baby carrier to him, and tells him that Rosen needs to help the baby because the baby is special. Gary has no choice but to take the baby upstairs.
Nina interrupts Cameron’s mourning when she tells him that she needs to get the Parish info off of his computer. She asks if there is anything she can do for him, but he declines the offer. After she has what she came for, she goes to leave, but he stops her. He tells her that there is something she can do for him. He wants Nina to push him so that he’ll forget because he can’t go on feeling like this. She’s all sympathy, but tells him that she can’t. She tells him that she knows how much Dani loved him, because that’ll make it better. He gets angry because she won’t give him what he wants, and tells her to leave.
Bill walks in to see Gary holding the baby and wants to know what’s going on. Gary tells Bill and Nina about the lady downstairs and they go to the video to try to find out who she was. Meanwhile, Gary seems to be quite taken with the baby and doesn’t want to let him go.
Rosen makes his way to Dani’s apartment and tells the guard outside that he’s cleared to enter and that he wants to make sure that the Homeland Security team didn’t miss anything. He goes through her art pieces and things, and just sits there. It’s actually pretty sad. Cameron shows up and the two start sniping at each other about fault and what not.
Meanwhile, at Rachel’s, she’s taking that next big step with John and the two end up having sex. The sensations are too much for her and she disengages mentally. John however, suffers from his own issues stemming from his burns and doesn’t want to take off his shirt. Afterwards, they talk about it in the kitchen over tea, and each of them comes clean on their issues. Just then, Rachel’s dad walks in to see the two in various states of undress. Mortified, Rachel books it to her room, leaving John standing in front of her father. John excuses himself and goes back to Rachel’s room, and her father yells that he’s leaving for two hours, giving them some more time alone. Awwww…Rachel is getting pretty daring these days!
Cley tells Bill that even though his team won’t be heading up the investigation into Parish, they will be helping out. Cley also tells them that Rosen gave his approval to take point and come in to get all the research he has gathered. This bit of news floors the team, but under the circumstances, it’s probably for the best.
Gary’s able to find the name of the woman who gave him the baby, but Nina comes in to tell Bill that the parents are there to retrieve the child. Bill verifies their ID’s and the birth certificate and tries to get the baby from Gary. Gary has gone into protective mother bear mode however and tells Bill no, that something doesn’t fit. He looked into the “parents” and only found drivers licenses but nothing else to prove they are who they say they are. Bill goes with Gary’s instinct and splits the couple up to question them. Bill takes the husband, and Nina takes the wife. Bill gets the same story as before, while Nina, using her ability, gets the truth. Come to find out, both are alphas and the baby came from a lab. Both Bill and Nina take a few licks, but ultimately they overpower the couple, who are eventually hauled off.
Nina calls Rosen back to the office, suspecting that the baby has an effect on those around him. Rosen runs Gary’s blood and finds out that the infant has the ability to heighten the protective instinct in those the he touches. Rosen gives Gary something to combat the effect, but they still need to find a home for the baby. Problem solved when Bill and his wife take custody. I had a feeling that’s what was going to happen.
Rosen approaches Cameron, who is just sitting on some steps thinking. Both come to the conclusion that even though they each blame themselves for Dani’s death, the truth is that Parish is at fault. Cameron mentions that if Cley gets him, Parish will be locked up, and he doesn’t think that Parish deserves to be locked up. Rosen simply replies “No, he doesn’t.” Rosen then tells Cameron that he’s going to need his help.
With the look on Rosen’s face as he delivered that “no he doesn’t” line, I do believe that shizz just got real. These are two men scorned and driven by revenge. Not a healthy combination at all. I loved Gary’s interactions with the baby and I also like that John popped back up in this episode. Nina has come a long long way since how her character was at the beginning of the season, and I have to say, I like it. Laura Mennell has done a great job of conveying all the different emotions that Nina has gone through, so big kudos there. Looks like there are three episodes left and still no word on a third season. Fingers crossed we’ll find out soon!Tags: Alphas, Alphas Life After Death, Alphas recap, Alphas Season 2 Episode 10, Azita Ghanizada, David Strathairn, Erin Way, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie