Sublimation
S2 episode 3 Aired on January 26, 2017

Warning: Recap contains spoilers for Colony 203, “Sublimation”

Will (Josh Holloway), Charlie (Jacob Buster), and Devon (Carolyn Michelle Smith) take desperate steps to get out of the Santa Monica bloc, knowing that there will be retribution for Will wiping out Solomon’s (Johnny Whitworth) gang. In the L.A. bloc, pressure from her new boss puts Jennifer McMahon (Kathleen Rose Perkins) breathing down Katie’s (Sarah Wayne Callies) neck, as Katie prepares to be separated from her family.

Attack at Red Hat recruitment

The episode begins with an attack at a Red Hat Recruitment Center, as a bomb goes off and would-be recruits are quickly penned in and picked off from masked snipers above. The shooters seem to be part of the Resistance, but it’s an unusually bold and bloody hit on still-innocent civilians. One of the gunmen murders a man in cold blood, telling him: “You collaborate, you die.”

Inhospitable work environment

HR would have a field day with this one. Jennifer McMahon’s work situation gets even more tense as her new boss demands results, or else. Former CIA, Interpol, and MI6 officers are being sent to the L.A. bloc to handle security. Dan Bennett tells McMahon that nothing in her work so far makes him think she’s worth keeping around. So McMahon turns up the heat on Katie, telling Katie if she doesn’t turn over Broussard, she’ll have no choice but to turn Katie in. Katie tells McMahon about the listening device the Resistance has at Homeland Security, but that isn’t enough for Bennett. It’s starting to look like McMahon is going to have to choose between protecting Will’s family and herself, especially after Katie puts her in an impossible position.

Fish out of water

As the new kid in his labor camp, Bram (Alexander Neustaedter) is jumped by a group of men for his boots. His new friend Maya urges him to retaliate so he doesn’t seem like an easy mark, directing him to the supposed thief. When Bram confronts the man, he’s immediately sucker punched and a fight breaks out. Maya takes advantage of the distraction to steal supplies. Alan Snyder (Peter Jacobson) breaks things up by Tasering the bully. Bram is sent to solitary and things look bleak until the guards bring him to Snyder. The teen gets a steak dinner out of the deal, and some new boots – which he rejects, pointing out he’ll just get beaten up again for them. Snyder has noticed the fights always break out in the loading dock, nowhere else. Bram realizes what Snyder already understands: People are stealing when no one is paying attention. Snyder makes the teen an offer: If Bram spies, Snyder will get him out of the camp. Bram agrees. He confronts the girl who set him up, wanting to know exactly what she’s up to.

Will and the wall

After Will dispatches with Solomon, Devon points out that his business partners will be coming for Will. They need to get out of Santa Monica bloc. Charlie suggests a coyote. After Devon forks over her house, the coyote leads them out into the woods, where the wall is “only” 100 feet high and they can supposedly climb across on a rope dropped by a drone. But when they are nearly to the top of the wall, a drone spots the group and starts firing. They’re sitting ducks. Will watches as Devon is obliterated and is sure he and Charlie are next. But then the drone flies away, leaving Will to wonder why he was spared.

Katie on the edge

Katie is having a crisis of confidence, about a season too late. She thinks she put her ideals above her family and with McMahon on her back, she’s about to pay the price. She swallows her pride and apologizes to Maddie (Amanda Righetti), then asks her if she’ll look after Grace if anything happens to her. Katie goes about slowly, gently de-programming her daughter by introducing her to various other books on faith, to show Grace that the Greatest Day doesn’t have the market on promised salvation.

When McMahon tells Katie that time has run out to deliver Broussard, Katie insists she has no way to contact him and offers herself up instead. This is bad news for McMahon, who promised her boss Broussard. Katie races home to pack up Grace and thinks she’s too late when there’s a knock on the door. Instead, she’s overjoyed to see Charlie and Will. But how long will she get to stay around to enjoy them?