So this week we start off with an iridescent butterfly in a very powerful segue into Ilian's introduction. The new series regular- played by Chai Romruen (of Mako Mermaids) - has a pretty grim intro as we see what he was forced to do under ALIE. Then we move into Kane and Abby having sexy times- nice to see them happy- but I got a bad feeling when Abby went off. Kind of worried about her at the moment. Ilian's in Polis now with the Trishanakru faction (where do they get these names?) and Octavia and Kane meet with Roan as the clans (or at least Ilian's) mutter about Roan.
Roan seems pretty chill with O and Kane but Echo is agitating for him to stop protecting Skaikru. They seem to be on a happy page though. Kane volunteers to go talk to Rafel, the Trishanakru ambassador, who is planning to challenge Roan. Problem is Roan is still too weak to fight. We then check in at Arkadia to find Clarke, Bellamy and Raven debating what to do. Raven says they need to find somewhere to ride out the radiation and Clarke reminds her it's not just about the five hundred at Arkadia- it's the Grounders too. Raven says they need to tell the people so they have more minds working on the problem. She's not wrong...
Monty pipes in to offer that Alpha station is where they can ride it out- so they don't need to leave they need to strengthen where they're at. But... they need a water reclamator (because of course) and guess where there is one? Farm station. Bellamy decides to go get it after Bryan agrees to show the way. Where Bryan goes Miller goes, and -yay- Harper as well. We need more Harper. So off they go- after Monty stops by a showering Jasper who reminds him there's some weed stashed at Farm too.
They arrive at Farm station but guess what? Ice Nation hangs out there and guess what else? They have slaves! Including Skaikru people. Oh oh. There's some nonsense about how Roan is considered a banished prince- what's that about?- but they agree Bellamy can take the water reclamator. Raven meanwhile is questioning why she's in charge (I was wondering that too) and Clarke gives her a bit of a boost. Jaha wants to help but Raven tells him to sort the scrap- not the best use of his abilities but forgiving Jaha is going to be hard for some people.
So Bellamy has a tough call to make. Leave with the water reclamator or free the slaves. Why not both? Well turns out there's something in the reclamator that can be set off- of course- and the group are not too happy with the idea of leaving people behind. Plus there's kids. A little girl drops a note that the slaves are being moved the next day, so there's not really time to return and rescue. Bryan and Miller are on opposite sides of this- Miller says go, Bryan says free the people- and it comes down to Bell after Harper sides with Bryan and Monty with Miller.
So... they blow up the reclamator and it's operation free slaves. And we find out the lead Grounder is the guy who killed Monty's dad. Ouch. What will Monty do? In a rather chilling scene Monty frees the slaves, who then take it upon themselves to, um, solve the problem. No more Grounder. Monty has his back turned as the slaves surge past him to basically pummel the guy to death. Everybody makes tough calls.
What else is happening? Well Roan and Echo spar, we see that Roan is still not in fighting trim, and... he tells Echo. About the radiation. Echo then wants to go to Arkadia (to no doubt cause trouble)- yeah that will go well. Clarke talks to Jasper as he's jamming to Boomtown Rats out in the yard and he tells her she's acting just like the council, deciding who get to know what. Valid point, but I'm pretty sick of Jasper at this point. He's being an ass. And Clarke gets advice from Jaha of all people. "Heavy lies the crown," he tells her, and she understands now the decisions he and Kane and the other adults made. Not that I'm excusing them, because they were still assholes, but obviously the theme here is that sometimes there are no good answers.
Oh and how could I forget? Octavia solves the problem of ambassador Rafel by killing him. "Long live the king," she says as she puts her hood up- after stabbing Rafel through the ear. Octavia's a machine. After Rafel's death is announced Ilian asks her if she's going to kill him also, but she denies involvement. Bellamy and crew return to Arkadia with freed slaves and Raven is furious about the missing equipment- she even zings Clarke after Clarke says sometimes hope matters more than truth- but again just like last week we have Clarke and Bellamy at the end, together. I'm liking it! "We save who we can save today," says Bellamy. I guess that's all you can do.