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How La Brea's Season 1, Episode 6 Ended In Another Failed Rescue Mission

The sinkhole survivors just can't catch a break.

By McKenzie Jean-Philippe
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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.

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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 6, titled "The Way Home."

The sinkhole portal begins to close.

Since they landed on the other side of the sinkhole, the Sky People noticed a green sliver of light in the sky that they soon realized was the portal they fell through from La Brea. From Scott's calculations, the survivors have around 18 hours until it closes. The survivors later learn that it takes a total of 24 hours to close, meaning they have until nightfall that day to escape 10,000 B.C. if they have the chance.

News spread about Lilly and Veronica's secret. 

Ty wastes no time in telling Marybeth and Sam about Lilly being kidnapped and the fact that Veronica has run away. In addition, Lilly tells Ty that Aaron actually kidnapped Veronica, too and "she's not a bad person."

Ty eventually finds a scared Veronica at Aaron's gravesite and tries to persuade her to come back to camp. But when he turns his back, she hits him in the head and knocks him out cold.

Eve tells Josh about Gavin's visions.

Eve lets Josh know that not only are Gavin's visions real, but back in present day La Brea, he can see everything that happens to them in 10,000 B.C. Josh, who had a strained relationship with his father, doesn't receive the news well. 

Gavin is determined to save Josh and Eve.

Back in present day La Brea, archeologists discover the remains of Levi's crashed plane and multiple dead bodies. Unbeknownst to the Sky People, this means that Levi's attempt to fix and fly his plane to safety fails. Determined to save his family before it's too late, Gavin tries to fly Aldridge's plane, but Homeland Security stops and arrests him. They say the risk of causing another earthquake as he passes through the sinkhole is too great.

Fortunately, Nathan reveals she's been deceiving Homeland Security in order to ensure Gavin can travel through the sinkhole. She breaks Gavin, Izzy, and Aldridge out of custody and drives them to Aldridge's plane—but not before Gavin sends a drone through the sinkhole with a video message warning them about the crash, which Eve, Levi, Josh, Marybeth, and many other survivors all see. He asks Eve to not let the flight take off and promises that he'll arrive to save her with another plane.

Gavin and Aldridge successfully fly the plane out of her compound, but when DHS threatens to shoot down the plane, Aldridge dips and jumps into the sinkhole. But not before cryptically telling Gavin that, "everything that's happened to you is for a reason," and he should "go back to the beginning" to save his family. She also tells him to remember the date November 16, 1988.

Needless to say, Gavin does not complete his rescue mission and he's taken into custody—again.

Levi continues his rescue mission.

Despite the many bumps in the road since he landed in 10,000 B.C., Levi is determined to find a way to return to La Brea. Surprisingly, while trying to reach someone over his radio he gets a response from Sgt. Diana Hoskins of the U.S. Air Force, a.k.a Nathan's fiancé Diana who got trapped in the Mojave sinkhole three years prior. She reveals she's on the beach in Santa Monica, which leads to Levi and Eve setting out to find her.

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When they find Diana, she tells them that she believes she can use a part from her team's crashed plane to fix Levi's, therefore ensuring they have a way to get back home. Of course, this news is incredibly well received across the survivors camp as they all prepare for the flight. So when Gavin's message arrives, it splits the camp into those who want to take a risk and take the flight, and those who want to play it safe and wait for another rescue opportunity.

In an attempt to save their sons—who both still want to get on the plane—Eve and Marybeth hatch a plan to derail the flight's takeoff. They confront Levi and Diana at the plane site to try and stop them, which ends in Diana and Marybeth pulling guns on each other. Diana ends up shot and killed, while a bullet destroys the plane's fuel tank, rendering it useless. And with Gavin's failed mission, the sinkhole survivors are stuck in 10,000 B.C. and watch the portal close.

Lucas searches for his drugs—but finds something else.

After getting his name picked for the first flight out of 10,000 B.C., Lucas is determined to find his drugs that Scott hid and forces him to find them with him. As they're digging, the two uncover a trunk full of Civil War-era gold.

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