Falling Skies: "Looks Can Be Deceiving."

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Looks like they got the dry cleaner up and running, too.
Well, what a relief. The 2nd Massachusetts, after long months fighting aliens (and each other) and slogging through New England, has finally reached Charleston, site of the new United States provisional government. Things will be going smoothly from here on out, right?

Right. Let's not kid ourselves. As happy as everyone's going to be to get a hot meal and a bed, the odds that everything is groovy down South Carolina way are pretty slim. Tom Mason and company are about to get a reminder that man's worst enemy is himself, even when surrounded by bug-eyed monsters.

So Charleston is largely subterranean, which -- given South Carolina's climate -- is actually a good idea. The 2nd Mass enters the common area to a standing O, Old Glory displayed prominently for all to see, as if fundamental concepts of representative democracy haven't been pitched out the window in what is essentially a guerrilla military state.

But who cares? There's electricity, hot food, and...Jeanne Weaver (Laci J. Malley)? Daddy and daughter enjoy a hug-filled reunion, and the captain is doubly happy that Diego appears to be out of the picture. Meanwhile, Pope and the rest of the Berserkers aren't too keen on sticking around. What a shock.

Tom (Noah Wyle) also experiences a blast from the past in the person of his old American History mentor from Boston University, Arthur Manchester (Terry O'Quinn). He's also the current "majority leader" of the new government. "Charleston can use a man like you," he tells his former student. I guess Tom deals in human fulfillment.

Col. Porter (Dale Dye) introduces Weaver (Will Patton) and a newly gung-ho "Gunnery Sergeant Aloysius Murphy" (aka Tector) to General Bressler (Matt Frewer). After dismissing Weaver's offer of intel, Bressler tells him Manchester has no intention of picking fights with the aliens and threatening their relatively peaceful existence. On top of that, it looks like the 2nd Mass is about to be broken up, disarmed and spread out. A potentially violent confrontation (between Tom and some jerk-off Sergeant whose name I didn't catch) is defused by Weaver, who says they'll play by Machester and Bressler's rules. In other words, they're taking their guns from their warm, live hands.

Manchester asks Tom to stand with him during a pending confidence vote, while Tom wants Manchester to consider allying with the rebel Skitters. That's a big no-go, dude. Also, Jeanne is going to be one of those standing up to confront Manchester at the vote (she's unhappy he didn't agree to send patrols out to look for her boyfriend), and there are other signs not all is as it seems.

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