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""Love and Other Acts of Courage""
Season 2, Episode 5
Episode 15
Air date 8 July 2012
Written by Joe Weisberg
Directed by John Dahl
US Viewers 3.64 million
Episode Guide
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Cast Guide
Noah Wyle as Tom Mason
Moon Bloodgood as Anne Glass
Drew Roy as Hal Mason
Connor Jessup as Ben Mason
Maxim Knight as Matt Mason
Seychelle Gabriel as Lourdes Delgado
Peter Shinkoda as Dai
Sarah Carter as Margaret
Will Patton as Daniel F. Weaver
Also Starring
Ryan Robbins as Tector Murphy
Luciana Carro as Lee Tedeschi

"Love and Other Acts of Courage" the fifteenth episode of Falling Skies and the fifth episode of the second season. It was written by Joe Weisberg and directed by John Dahl. It first aired on TNT on 8 July 2012 and drew 3.64 million US viewers.

Plot SynopsisEdit

The 2nd Mass discover the existence of a resistance among the skitters when they stumble across a battlefield with no human's involved. The rebel faction is lead by Red Eye and has been disrupting the Overlords plans. Ben has been aiding the rebels and Tom is angry at his son for keeping their communication secret. Tom meets with Red Eye and they form a cautious alliance.


The episode begins with a group of skitters howling at the rising sun on top of a building. Soon they are joined by Ben who proceeds to do the same.

At the second Mass's headquarters, Hal reveals to Tom that Ben's spikes were glowing at the Harness facility but gets his dad to promise not to push Ben about it. An explosion nearby puts everyone on alert and Weaver sends Tom with some others to investigate.

The humans come across the remains of a firefight with many dead Skitters but no signs of humans. Even stranger, the Skitters are found to have been killed by Mech shots. Finding it bizzare that the aliens are attacking each other Hal makes a discovery in the rubble thinking he has found Ben only to find Rick.

Not wanting to take chances, Weaver has Rick put under guard until he comes around and can explain what happened. He also sends Hal and the Beserkers out to look for much needed medicine. Maggie leads them to a nearby hospital that is found to have been overlooked by the aliens. It is well stocked and perfect to set up camp for the next leg of their journey.

Rick eventually comes around and, while disoriented, says that Ben was at the battle and is out there badly injured. Weaver authorizes Rick to be brought along to find Ben whom they find in an abandoned building guarding the Red Eye Skitter. The humans want to kill the creature, especially Tom, after the torture he went through at the hands of that Skitter. Through Rick, the Skitter says that torturing Tom was the only way to keep him safe and he did release Tom when he could have killed him with the other resistance members. The Skitter collapses and Tom decides for now to take it back to base for information.

While Anne works to keep the Skitter alive, Tom is angry with his son for hiding the fact he was communicating with the skitters in secret. He is also skeptical of Ben's claims of an underground resistance within the Skitter ranks. Ben claims that Tom's torture was the only way Red Eye could keep in favour with the Overlords and be able to move around the ship to collect intel and find others like him without arousing suspicion. Tom is informed by a soldier that the Skitter is awake and wants to speak with him.

Meanwhile Hal and the others take cover on the way back from their discovery when they encounter a troop of mechs. Hal and Maggie get a little closer but Hal is still grieving the loss of Karen in first season.

After sending the others away in order to speak with Red Eye through Rick, Tom demands answers. The alien promises him answers but says there is little time since there is a death Squad on the way to eliminate him. Tom is skeptical of the Skitter resistance despite the alien's claims that the death of his allies this morning should be proof enough.

Red Eye explains that the Skitter homeworld was once much like Earth and they lived in relative peace until the Overlords came. They ravaged their planet and enslaved them with the harness like they are now doing with human beings on Earth. All this took place 100 years ago. As time passed, the Overlords became careless as the Harnesses are not as effective as they once were, allowing some Skitters to retain their free will and individual identities. However this has never happened in a large enough number for effective resistance and the Overlords kill any who have the defect.

Resistance seemed impossible until they came to Earth. While the Overlords think of humanity as primitive and savage, the Skitters have been impressed by the humans. Despite being pushed into a corner, humanity has managed to keep fighting and deal the invaders blows that they had not expected.

Other CastEdit




Significant EventsEdit

  • The Skitters are revealed to have resisted the Overlords as well on their own planet, and some still continue.
  • Rick Thompson is killed.
  • Maggie and Hal kiss for the first time.
  • Ben reveals plans to Matt of leaving the Second Mass.

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