|Season 2, Episode 1|
|Air date||17 June 2012|
|Written by||Mark Verheiden|
|Directed by||Greg Beeman|
|US Viewers||4.46 million|
"Shall We Gather at the River"
Three months have passed since Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) boarded the spacecraft, and the 2nd Mass has been on the move. In the opening scene, a small group, part of the 2nd Mass, led by Captain Weaver (Will Patton), attack a group of Skitters and Mechs patrolling the streets. Ben Mason (Connor Jessup), who was captured by the Skitters months earlier, has since grown to despise the extra terrestrials. Weaver orders the group to cease fire and conserve ammo. Ben, however, notices a Skitter still alive. He jumps from the rooftop on which he was firing, and slits the Skitters throat. His brother, Hal (Drew Roy) follows him. They both hear a noise and notice another Skitter. Ben shoots it. However, at that point, Tom Mason was wrestling with it. The bullet goes through the Skitter and wounds Tom.
The group bring Tom back to their camp. Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) and Lourdes (Seychelle Gabriel) operate on Tom. While Tom is in surgery, flashbacks appear; filling in the gaps of his 3 month departure. He is apparently tortured by the alien “Overlords” while on the spaceship. Later, the Overlords wish to speak with him. They communicate through Karen (Jessy Schram), who was once part of the 2nd Mass. It tells Tom about a “Neutral Zone”, in which survivors can live in peace – detained in a camp run by The Overlords. Tom quickly realizes that negotiation with their invaders is out of the question and he immediately refuses. He attacks a nearby Skitter, and is knocked unconscious in the process.
Later, Tom is dropped off in a field somewhere. There, he discovers that other people were held captive on the spaceship as well. A Mech kills everyone, except for Tom, presumably to tell others about what he witnessed. He begins a pilgrimage back to Boston. On his way, he finds a girl, Teresa (Laine MacNeil) being mugged. Tom helps her. Teresa’s mother was murdered and Tom and Teresa bury her. They leave together on Teresa’s motorcycle. Later, they hear Mech fire and people. Teresa decides to leave and go to the mountains. Tom stays to find other survivors. There, he finds a Skitter. While attempting to kill it, Tom is shot by his son, Ben.
His story complete, Tom awakens to find Anne by his side. She tells him she knew he’d return for his sons. He tells her that he came back for her too. Tom then reunites with his children before greeting fellow members of the 2nd Mass. They appear happy to see him. Pope, (Colin Cunningham) however, appears not so happy to see Tom. He tells Weaver about his suspicions.
- The Overlords are able to speak telepathically through harnessed humans.
- Tom's brief altercation with the Overlord on board the ship was the first instance of a human inflicting harm upon an Overlord.
- The massacre of every person released except for Tom was very similar to the experience Hal had in Prisoner of War. Hal turns his attention to an appearing Skitter, along with 5 harnessed kids. The Skitter points at Hal and then shoots the kids in front of him as Hal screams. The Skitter then allows Hal to leave. This might be a scare tactic Skitters use in order to send a message. Although the similarities may just be a coincidence.
- The shortest distance from the closest point in Michigan (Detroit) to Boston is about 650 Miles, cutting across Canada. It is not mentioned what obstacles Tom came across on his trip or what route he took, how long the trip itself took as opposed to the time he spent on the ship, or even at what point in his travels he came across the girl and the motorcycle. We just know it was three months until he met back up with the 2nd Mass.