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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 5, titled "The Fort."
They discover the Tongva tribe camp.
Picking up from Episode 4's cliffhanger, the plane radar signal leads Eve, Josh, Levi, Riley, Scott, and Lucas to discover and enter the camp of the native Los Angelinos: the Tongva tribe.
While exploring the camp Eve and Levi discover a dead body in a cave laying in a rock formation shaped into a hand (the same exact way Veronica and Scott found her father's body). He also has the same markings as the man Lilly found in the woods. Levi then reveals to Eve that the man is one of the scientists from the Mojave sinkhole exploratory team.
At the same time, Lucas confronts Scott about his hidden drugs, but they're violently interrupted and captured by who they thought were the Tongva. However, the tribe members seem to also come from modern times and speak English. The rest of the group is eventually found and chased around camp by the tribe. Eve and Levi hide in a tent with the local children, which leads them to meet a young native boy named Isiah. He helps Levi and Eve hide and try to escape from the warriors and reveals that his grandfather calls the sinkhole survivors the Sky People.
As they escape, we see the same old man that was in the woods at the end of Episode 4. He's leading the tribe's chase, and his name is Silas. Thanks to the mercy of the tribe's leader, the group successfully escapes and returns to the sinkhole crash site.
Riley friend zones Josh.
Josh attempts to warn Riley about Lucas, telling her that she shouldn't trust him. But she senses that his warning has more to do with jealousy of the drug dealer, with Riley then clarifying something about their budding friendship.
"You're a really nice guy," she says. "I like you, just not like that. You're in high school, we're a life stage apart." Can someone say ouch? However, by the end of the episode Riley seems to have a slight change of heart thanks to the day's events. She even gives Josh a kiss on the cheek.
Gavin, Nathan, and Aldridge plan another rescue mission.
Unbeknownst to Homeland Security, Gavin, Nathan, and Aldridge begin planning another La Brea sinkhole rescue mission. This time Gavin will fly Aldridge's plane and attempt to save the survivors. Nathan also reveals why she's willing to betray DHS: her fiancé Diana has been stuck in the Mojave sinkhole for three years, and she'll do anything to get her back.
Nathan returns to DHS to carry through on her part of the secret rescue mission, but she's delayed by her suspicious boss. And impatient Aldridge then tells Gavin and Izzy they must return to L.A. and fly into the sinkhole that night—but she won't tell them why until they get there. They then fly to L.A. without Nathan's signal where Aldridge takes them to the ruins of the La Brea sinkhole survivors camp. Aldridge's team found a letter written by Eve to Gavin and Izzy. In it she reveals that after five days the green sinkhole light is beginning to close. This means that Gavin has a limited amount of time to travel through the sinkhole before it closes.
Lilly and Veronica's secret is revealed.
Determined to get more information from Lilly and Veronica, Ty continues to get to know the mysterious sisters. Veronica tells him that their father was a "God-fearing" but suspicious man and told her and Lilly to not speak to or trust the other sinkhole survivors.
Later on Lilly makes a shocking confession to Ty. Veronica is not her sister, and the man they traveled through the sinkhole with is not her father. A year ago, they kidnapped her. Veronica runs away when Ty tries to confront her.
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