It seems that most people who don't like this show seem to think that it's awfully slow to reveal what's actually going on. I have to say that I do agree with that. It has been slow in letting us in on the full story, but it's been methodical at least. Plus, you have to admit, whenever they do let something out of the bag, it's usually mind-boggling. Last night was no different. Fairly slow episode, but the last few minutes made it so worth it and gave you plenty to keep up a buzz about it until next Wednesday night.
We left off last week after Tom kidnapped the children. We find out that he took them to some cabin out in the woods for a night of BBQ, relaxation, and karaoke. Kira doesn't seem to think it's odd because Tom barely speaks to her, but Jesse is convinced that Tom had another reason for taking them out to this place. Obviously he was right because at one point during the night, Jesse glances down the hallway and sees Tom walk by dragging a huge black bag - large enough to hold a body.
Meanwhile, Russel and Mariel search her house for clues as to where Tom may have taken the kids. No such luck. They even break into Tom's office which almost deserves its own post. It was crazy. Lots of weird Greek sculptures and a copy of The Art of War. That can't be good. Even weirder is that Mariel's house is the only one on the block that has power and phone service now, although it seems phone service is being restored all over because Russel is able to call Larkin.
At one point, Russel notices someone poking around in the front yard and he chases them down. But another hooded figure shows up and Russel gets the crap kicked out of them. Back at the cabin, Jesse pokes around in the black bag and finds presents for everyone. After Tom gives the kids their gifts, he locks the bedroom door and under the bed is an identical black bag... that'd be the heavy one he dragged in. That night Tom dumps the bag in the water.
Larkin shows up at Mariel's because she's worried that Russel is cheating on her and they call the police once they realize that Russel got kicked one too many times. Two deputies show up and one looks like he was assaulted. It's blatantly obvious that these two idiots were doing some recon for Tom and they were the ones that went to town on Russel. Tom calls Mariel and he promises to bring the kids back if Russel can take them for a while. Mariel is reluctant but she agrees and Russel has no idea what's going on but he tells Tom he knows what happened to him.
And now for the ending. The black bag washes up on shore and 5 shirtless male teenagers (including Derek, remember him?) grab the bag and throw it into the back of a truck. Also sitting in the truck is Christina, the woman who abandoned her child and killed her mother. They open the bag. It's filled with guns, ammo, and police uniforms. What kind of training camp they got going on here? Freaky stuff, but that seals it for me: Tom definitely knows what's going on and he's being quite good about not telling. This guy is scary.