James Delos is in an apartment when William swings by to talk. Apparently James has been there for a while and is ready to get out. William tells him that he’ll be able to leave soon enough. They just have to talk to establish a baseline. James is over it and william slides him a piece of paper. Old man William is following some train tracks. Bodies are being used in the construction and the tracks are headed in the wrong direction. It’s all a game.
Charlotte dumps Bernard near a cave with a gun. He goes in and finds Elsie in the cave. she’s pissed to see him because apparently he’s the one that chained her up. He doesn’t remember it and tries to set her free. She knows he’s a host and resets him. When he comes to they talk for a minute and then she’s ready to ditch him there. He tells her that Delos isn’t sending anyone to save the people in the park.
He zones out and sees a version of himself going into the cave. He follows it. Inside the cave he finds a secret passage to a lab. Elsie didn’t know about it and Bernard doesn’t remember being there before. It’s the lab he was in with Charlotte though. They are confronted by a host 2.0 but Elsie takes it out. Bernard starts glitching and she has to inject him with the juice from the other host. That’s when she finds out Ford is dead.
Guests are being held prisoner by the natives. It’s not the guests though. Stubbs is there too. He says they have only been taking out hosts and people should wait for first responders. The woman he’s talking to isn’t looking to be saved though. Old William and Lawrence roll into the latter’s hometown. Things seem abandoned but it’s really Craddock’s doing. He’s got the townsfolk held up in a church. He wants to know where they stash their ammunition.
Lawrence doesn’t want to die there so Old William makes a deal with Craddock. He gives up the weapons and knows what Craddock really wants to know. Craddock is willing to play along. James Delos is alone in his apartment. It’s the same morning. William stops by. Everything is the same. On the piece of paper is a transcript of their exact conversation. He’s a host now. It’s been seven years. James wants to get out and starts fighting with William about it.
William tells him a little longer and that’s when James starts to glitch. When William steps out it becomes apparent that the apartment is really an observation room. William points out that it’s the same problem “as before” and a tech asks if they should terminate. William gives the all clear and the whole room goes up in flames. Craddock continues terrorizing the locals. Stubbs runs into a few problems of his own. In the lab Bernard tells Elsie that he doesn’t know if he’s on a mission from Ford or someone else. It all comes down to Peter Abernathy.
Then he realizes he’s been there before. They weren’t making hosts. It was something else. She knows that it all lays behind the locked door. He remembers men walking around the lab. He yells her not to mess with the door just as she tries to shoot the lock. Craddock tortures Lawrence in front of his wife. Old William throws down with Craddock and lets Lawrence have the last laugh. He blows up the twn.
James is going about his morning as usual when he gets a guest. It’s William, only this time it’s Old William. Things start out the same but when James glitches, William goes full tilt. This is the 139th reboot. His son, daughter and wife are all dead. No one cares about him on the outside so they are just going to leave him. He walks out and tells the tech to leave him in there. Elsie and Bernard are exploring the lab. She hears someone. It’s the James host.
Bernard explains what he knows of the work on him and what he thinks Ford is trying to do. He rememers another time in the lab. The 2.0 hosts killed all the techs and then themselves. One of the techs seemed to survive the bloodbath so Bernard took him out himself. Lawrence’s wife thanks Old William for his help in clearing Craddock and his men from town. Their daughter provides a mouthpiece for Ford though and taunts William. He isn’t having it and leaves. On a hilltop he encounters the woman that had been trapped with Stubbs. She calls him dad.
I was really distracted during this episode. I have a lot of trouble following the ones that jump all around like this. When were the Bernard scenes set in relation to his visit to the lab with Charlotte? Also, how long has Elsie been in a cave and what happened to Stubbs? And she knew Bernard was a host. Did everyone?