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It's a Race Against the Clock for the Survivors in La Brea Season 1, Episode 9
This was a heart-pounding episode.
La Brea Season 2 is officially returning to NBC on September 27 at 9/8c. And with that date just a few weeks 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 9, titled "Father and Son."
The group reacts to the news about Isiah.
Eve, in disbelief, begins telling the others what Aldridge told her at the end of the last episode: Isiah is Gavin, a.k.a a younger version of her husband. Once she tells Josh, he refuses to believe her, while Eve is more convinced. Aldridge, who is continuing to recover from her stab wound, says that Gavin was born in 10,000 B.C. but arrived in modern times in 1988. She goes on to say that there's currently a portal on the top of a hill in Topanga that leads to 1988, and it's incredibly important that Isiah goes through it. If he doesn't, Gavin and Eve will never meet and Josh and Izzy will never be born and will die.
Since Aldridge said the Topanga portal closes in less than 24 hours, the group sets out to look for Isiah and Silas—who we see are hiding somewhere in a cave. Silas says he won't give up Isiah because the boy is the only family he has left. Josh finds Isiah wondering around alone—and about to be attacked by a saber-tooth tiger. Before the beast can hurt him, Josh runs over the tiger with a Jeep. Eve and Levi catch up with them, and help tend to Isiah's wound. That's when they discover that his injury matches an old scar on Gavin's hand, officially convincing them of the boy's identity.
Eve eventually tells Isiah the truth about who he really is and how he has to travel through the portal. But that's when they see Silas chasing after them with fellow Tongva. They're now all in a race to the Topanga portal, which leads them to a bridge that Eve and Gavin cross. It's there that Silas catches up with them and captures Levi and Josh, but before Silas can reach the other side, Levi chops down the bridge. Silas then threatens Eve to meet him at a ravine nearby, or he'll kills Josh and Levi.
Aldridge continues to be cryptic.
While the rest are off searching for Silas and Isiah, Riley and Sam stay back at the Tongva village with Aldridge. But Aldridge takes something from Silas' tent and insists that she has to be taken back to the Sky People's clearing. She then tells Riley—without further explanation—that everything she's doing is to keep Josh safe.
When they arrive at the clearing, they tell the survivors about the Topanga portal to 1988, with Aldridge explaining that "time is like a circle, with everything moving at once." The Sky People then have to decide if they want to stay or travel back to the future.
Aldridge then finds Lilly (and somehow already knows her name). She rips a page from Silas' book and tells Lilly to read it because it instructs her to do something very important.
Scott finds a cow.
Yes, while he's out smoking in the woods, Scott finds an actual cow. But when he brings this information back to the survivors—excited about how it could improve their conditions—no one takes him seriously. The only one who goes with him to look for the animal is Veronica. She tells him that she grew up on a farm in Texas and can help him. Plus, she feels like people have judged him too quickly and wants to help him prove them wrong.
Veronica continues to open up to Scott and tells him she ran away from home when she was 14 and hitchhiked to L.A. She was living on the street when Aaron kidnapped her, and they found Lilly a few years later. In the end, they find the cow and bring it back to the clearing. Scott discovers that it has a bar code printed behind its ear, leading to another mystery.
Ty and Paara get closer.
While in the woods looking for Isiah and Silas, Ty finally tells Paara about his brain tumor and that he's dying. After the emotional confession, the two share a kiss.
Gavin, Izzy, and Nathan meet Ella.
Ella is rightfully taken aback when she finds Gavin, Izzy, and Nathan in her backyard. Gavin tells her about their past and being from 10,000 B.C., but she doesn't remember much. He tells her about his visions of the past, and it's clear that Ella has them, too. But unwilling to believe him or disturb her current life, Ella wants nothing to do with her past and what Gavin's saying.
They decide to get her proof, with Gavin stealing a dragon fly fossil from DHS's sinkhole site. They bring it to Ella because it matches a drawing she did. The rock jogs a memory, which leads to the big reveal that Ella is actually an older Lilly, who's currently in 10,000 B.C. Ella finds a box of things she had with her the day she was found in 1988 and in it is the map from Silas' book given to her by Aldridge. On it are multiple sinkhole locations in California and one in Seattle that opens the next day.