It’s Day 9 and Prince is holding a press conference. People ask about the mood in the compound and the possibility of mass suicide. One reporter asks what he thinks it will take to drive the people inside out. He says a sign from God.
Steve is pissed that the FBI cut the power off. He tells Noesner as much and they talk about making progress after the milk exchange. Noesner goes to his boss about getting the power turned on but they don’t seem to be on the same page.
Rachel rummages through the supplies and finds that someone has been drinking while the others get their breakfast. Michele and Thibodeau talk about their parents. Steve and Wayne have been tasked with fixing a busted generator. They know it’s a foolish errand and that’s when the lights come back on. David comes in and gets the tv on. A judge has declared them all unfit parents.
David is agitated and yells at Noesner on the phone about not believing in God and the idea of good parents. Noesner wants him to send more kids out but David won’t do it. Noesner needs another plan. He goes to see the kids and comes up with one. He films the kids and sends the tape in.
One mother sees her youngest son all alone and calls Noesner. She sent three sons out. Why were they separated? The older two had a different father and he came for the kids. She agrees to come out for the sake of her youngest. David is not happy.
Thibodeau’s mother has been living in her car for the last few nights. David’s mother makes a peace-offering. She has space in her room but Thibodeau’s mother blames her. Michele and Thibodeau talk about her daughter’s birthday. He wants to have a party but she is opposed. David will not give his blessing to the woman who is leaving.
He tells her as much. He also tells her to take another guy with her. The other guy has been drinking and failed a test as a result. Rachel gives the mom a hug and the man and woman leave. David stares at the door. He admits to Judy that God isn’t speaking to him anymore.
Day 17. The FBI rolls in a tank and it trounces their cars and the fence. David takes to the phone and talks to Noesner about the tank. He says they aren’t scared of the government. They will fight fire with fire. Noesner goes to Prince and Rogers. He doesn’t like hearing what the FBI is doing from David.
They argue about what the best strategy is. Noesner is adamant about waiting it out but Prince wants an ultimatum. Noesner won’t do it so Prince calls David and does it himself. He gives them till morning. On Day 18 CBS is covering the standoff. Noesner watches it on tv.
Steve thinks everyone should prepare for another attack but Rachel isn’t sure that that it is the right plan. Thibodeau suggests leaving and Steve says it’ll land them in prison. Thibodeau would take that over death. He thinks they need a lawyer which Judy isn’t sure they would get them.
Noesner goes to see Prince about reconsidering the ultimatum. It makes things worse. He gets his open flow of communication. Prince is moving forward with psych ops. Psychological torture to hopefully drive the folks inside out. Noesner calls David and tells him that his friendly advice would be to come out now. David hears him but he’s not coming out.
Thibodeau gives Michele’s daughter a little cake and a drum key to celebrate her birthday. That’s when the psych ops start. The power is cut and spotlights are turned on the compound as well as jungle sounds. Everyone inside crowds around the windows to see what’s happening.
Morning rolls in on Day 20. Most of the kids are sleeping in the hallway. Thibodeau is watching out the window. Prince holds another press conference. He plays dumb on psych ops. Thibodeau’s mom yells at him about talking to her son and tactics. Michele and her daughter are freezing in bed. Thibodeau brings them water and offers to get another blanket.
Michele stops him to tell him that he’s the best. Wayne and Steve are trying to get the generator running. No luck even though Wayne has taken it apart and put it back together twice. Thibodeau goes to see David. He tells him that he doesn’t want to die in the compound.
David says that he wishes that they had more time. He knows that the way things are going they are all “going home.” Thibodeau asks if he can take Michele and her daughter if he leaves. David tells him that he won’t hold his leaving against him but Michele and his daughter are his. He will protect them. He isn’t letting them leave.
The news reports that the FBI fears a mass suicide. Thibodeau’s mother is out of money for gas. She takes David’s mother up on the offer of space in her room. Steve tapes a message from Thibodeau to his mother. He says on the tape that people are counting on him so he has to see this through.
Another night. More spotlights and noise. The mothers try to help their kids but it’s no use. Day 25 dawns and Noesner goes to plead his case with Rogers. He wants to give the people inside a chance to think straight. Rogers isn’t interested. The whole situation just makes the FBI look weak. Rogers is not about to let that happen.
Wayne gets the generator going. It’s only got about 10 minutes of gas but David knows what he wants to do with it. Steve finds a phone and calls someone on the outside. He says that he knows there has been talk on the news of suicide but if they end up dead and that’s the story, it’s a lie.
Prince tells Rogers to cut the music. David has his generator up and running. He’s got 10 minutes and decides to use them by playing music with his band. He’s sending a message and everyone outside hears it loud and clear.
Thibodeau leaves at some point. He must. He wrote the book that this whole thing is based on. I still don’t understand why Steve is staying inside. He knows what this looks like. It’s so frustrating that Prince and Rogers won’t listen to Noesner. Also I feel bad for Thibodeau’s mom.