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La Brea Season 2 is officially returning to NBC on September 27 at 9/8c. And with that date just a few months away, we can't help but look back at the inaugural season of the show.
If you're in need of a recap—or watching the series for the first time—each week NBC Insider will break down the major plot points of every episode of the first season. Below, the highlights from La Brea Season 1, Episode 3, titled "The Hunt."
The camp loses its food.
During ration handoffs, the survivors' mealtime is interrupted by a giant ground sloth, which eats all of their food. This is when Scott tells the camp the truth we learned last episode: Ground sloths lived thousands of years ago around 10,000 B.C., meaning they've all traveled back in time. Eve backs him up, explaining how she recognized the Hollywood Hills while searching for the ambulance.
Later on, while foraging for more food, Eve and Ty are chased into a cave by a bear and become trapped. And as it turns out, Lucas and Marybeth are there, too. They successfully escape but not before finding a dead body with a Mojave College sweatshirt, which signals there were others who traveled back in time before them. They decide not to tell the other survivors. The good news? The group finds and brings back plenty of mushrooms to the camp.
We meet Levi.
Air Force pilot Levi is brought in by Homeland Security to attempt a La Brea sinkhole rescue mission. And as it turns out, Levi is Gavin's former best friend from combat, but the two became estranged when Levi was stationed in Germany. At the time when he revealed the news, a drunken Gavin lashed out.
In the present day, Levi confesses to Gavin that while he was suffering from his visions and alcoholism, Levi and Eve had an affair, which was a big reason he left for Germany. Despite it all, the two reconcile before Levi flies into the sinkhole. But in a turn of events, he appears to crash. But he's not dead. Instead, he's traveled to 10,000 B.C., too.
Lucas and Marybeth aren't on the best terms.
When Marybeth finally found her son Lucas during episode two, he wasn't very excited about their reunion. This theme continues as he remains hostile towards Marybeth despite her best efforts to show she cares. Now, we don't know much about what started their rift, but we do know it ended with Marybeth having to kill Lucas' father. "About your father, what I did, I didn't have a choice," she said. "I didn't want it to go that way, and I'm not 'gonna stand here and apologize for it."
However, the two do stumble upon an important discovery. Lucas finds a tiger trap, signaling that there are other surviving people living amongst them—and they're much more experienced with knowing how to work the land.
Sam needs surgery.
The surgeon reveals that his back injury has gotten far worse, and he can't feel his legs. He explains to Riley it's because excess fluid is putting pressure on his spinal cord, and she must drain the fluid to ensure he walks again. Riley asks Scott and Josh for help, enlisting them to find something to numb the pain for Sam during the procedure. Scott nabs some of the heroin he and Riley found in the first episode—which we now know is Lucas'. Sam agrees to take some of the heroin, and Riley successfully completes the procedure.
Ty makes a confession.
For the past couple of episodes, we've seen the therapist struggle to keep up with the group. He finally confesses to Eve that it's all because he has a terminal brain tumor. But seeing the dead man in the cave changes his mindset, and he hands his gun over to Eve (Ty was planning to die by suicide).
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