Episode 5 begins with Thomas telling the President that if he does not release Sophia and the rest of the detainees, people will die. He quickly hangs up, and off goes another flashback. Back again to the 1940s when the detainees arrived and Sophia tells Thomas to let her go, she also promised him that they will see each other again. Then we see Thomas and Simon (the CIA agent who is one of them) enter a cabin, and they notice that the planet they just landed on has no where near the technological advances they need to go back to wherever the hell they’re from. Simon tells Thomas that Sophia chose him as the leader for a reason, and that deeply resonated with Thomas.
Off to the White House, or the CIA, where the CIA Director advises the President that the country has a “not negotiating with terrorists” and if they negotiate with the antidote, they will demand for more in the future. The President tells the staff that they will join together again in 2 hours when Thomas calls back. Simon makes another secret phone call to Thomas, telling him that he needs to give the antidote to the government so they won’t be seen as murderers. Thomas refuses to give the antidote, saying that the President will budge when “push comes to shove”. Thomas calls back and he doesn’t budge on giving the antidote, and says that the people will die. The President counters the threat with telling Thomas that if he doesn’t hand over the antidote, Sophia and the other detainees would be executed. Thomas says, “you wouldn’t”, but the President was absolutely serious. The next day is approaching, and Thomas gives one final call, threatening the President again with “one final chance”. The President is tough as nails as he tells him no, and was going to hang up saying that the death of Sophia and the detainees will be on his hands. He tells the President to wait, and gives him a new offer: If he hands over one of the detainees, he would hand over the antidote. The President agrees and asks him which prisoner, he says Sophia. Thomas gives specific instructions on releasing Sophia, in an empty train and train station with no stops. Everything goes as planned and she gets freed on the train as the antidote saves the plane survivors.
Next: Sean and Leila, where Leila is trying to call Sean and the phone (which is dead) keeps going directly to voicemail. She asks the officer (from the corrupted police station) if there’s a chance that he’s called back, he assures her that when he calls, she’ll be the first to know. The officer goes to Vicky and asks her if Sean will show up, she tells him that there’s no way in hell that he won’t. Yet another flashback comes, going back 5 years ago when she was ordered to kill a whole family inside of what seemed like a mansion. She goes in the house and kills the family members one-by-one until she notices crying in another room, and its a baby. She ends up not killing the baby, and actually keeps it for herself. Sean uses a payphone to call an old friend from college to help track Vicky’s phone, but nothing comes up. Agent Collier tells Sean that she probably has her phone turned off. He tells her that when Vicky turns it on, his friend would let him know. Meanwhile, they buy some chips, and a cell phone charger for a car. Sean turns on his phone while in the car and checks his voicemail, where he hears Leila’s message for the first time. He quickly calls the number that she called from, and the cops get her on the line–FINALLY! Leila and Sean speak to each other for the first time since the pilot! With relief on both sides, Sean asks Leila how she feels and how far they are from getting her. I loved this scene, they are both close to tears because they’ve missed each other and were so happy to hear each other- it was the highlight of the episode. It soon gets scary for Leila as she finds out by looking at the computer screen saver and the cop’s badge that something wasn’t right. She asks here the bathroom is located. The cop tells her. When she goes in, she turns on the sink and turns on the hand dryer and attempts to escape from the building by breaking a window with a trash can. The cops hear it and grab her, preventing her from escaping. They throw her in a room where they keep her locked. Sean arrives at the police station where his friend calls him and tells Sean that Vicky is in Snyder, the same city where Leila is in the police department. Agent Collier advises Sean to not go in there, its too much of a risk, but Sean comes up with a plan. He sends Vicky a text message with the picture of her son, and immediately calls her to tell her that if he doesn’t get Leila, the picture of her son and his address will “go viral”. He walks in and Vicky points the gun to him, she then turns and starts shooting the officers in the police department, and tells Sean that Leila is in the back room. He finds her, and (another great moment) they are both extremely relieved to finally see each other again. They escape, with the other guy (who’s always with Vicky) in the back of the car.
Things that get answered this episode: Leila’s fate! She finally gets saved by Sean. Also, the fate of the plane passengers, they don’t die because of the life saving antidote.
More questions raised this episode: Sophia gets released, but what will happen with her and Thomas? What will happen to the guy that hung out with Vicky all the time? Now that Sean has Leila, how will happen with them?
That’s what happened in episode 5 of The Event! Come back next week to get an episode 6 recap, where the teasers show Sophia escaping from the train which was not planned-either by the President, or by Thomas!
It keeps getting better and better, and something we all love: More Answers!