Mia in the Morning:
Mia (Gemma Chan) and Ed (Sam Palladio) have “done it”—and we know what we mean by done it. When we see them there lying in bed, naked and postcoital, and Ed wants to know if Mia “felt something”. She acknowledges that she did feel something, though you can tell she still trying to sort out how she should feel. As it is, she’s happy, and she wants to spend more time with Ed because he makes her feel good.
Later, they both go to visit his mother, with Mia pretending that Ed is her owner. When they are with his mother and Mia knows are not being watched, she drops the act and shows the woman some compassion because she knows Ed’s mother will be suspicious.
Once they’re back to the shop Mia is able to fully understand why Ed is acting mopey: he’s way behind on payments to the care facility and he needs to come up with a lump payment fast or his mom is out. Ed’s buddy shows up a few moments later and seems to insinuate to Ed—while Mia is not present, of course—that he knows there’s something going on between the two…
Leo’s Excellent Adventure:
While Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) and Hester (Sonya Cassidy) recharge at a public station, Leo (Colin Morgan) is searching the Internet for reports of malfunctioning synths. He finds one and tells her where they can meet—which just happens to be somewhere that, while not quite public, is fairly open. When the trio arrive they find a synth waiting, but before they can approach Hester has an idea: she wants to wait for the people to come and pick the synth up so they can follow the van and discover the location of the silo. While Leo is down with this, Max thinks it’s bullshit and decides to leave Leo and Hester to each other.
As Hester expected someone shows up for the synth and loads it in the van. They follow the van in their car and discover the location of the silo: Qualia Headquarters, UK. Needless to say, Leo is not happy.
The Two Dicks:
Leo is not the only one to pick up the story on the malfunctioning synth: D.S. Pete (Neil Maskell) and D.I. Karen (Ruth Bradley) have heard about it as well. Pete asks Karen to check up on the synth has he’s got a lead on a contact who is dealing in the Seraphims.
Karen speaks with the synth owner, who is not all that eager to speak. Being the nosy Detective Inspector she is, Karen eventually finds a business card and learns the truth: someone came around and told the owner they would give them a lot more money than the synth was worth if she would just let them take possession—oh, and don’t talk to the police about this.
Pete meets with the Seraphim dealer later that evening. Pete sucks at undercover work and the dealer picks up on it right away. Pete gets an ass beating from the muscle who’s traveling with the dealer and he’s warned off, being told that he’s in over his head. Karen eventually shows up and takes Pete to the hospital.
Athena’s Real Story:
Athena (Carrie-Anne Moss) is busy working right along when she gets the message: Milo Khoury (Marshall Allman) is in the UK and wants to have lunch. When they meet Milo gets right to the point: he’s been monitoring her workstation and has figured out that she’s up to something kinda shady and he wants to know why he shouldn’t fire her. She says she could leave and take her work to someone else, where they’ll learn all of her secrets, but Milo lets her know that anything that’s on his servers he owns, so she now knows if she did leave it wouldn’t matter, he’d be able to replicate her work.
She then tells him she’s very close to cracking how to download a human consciousness into a synth body. And when she figures out how to do that, she’s basically figured out how to cheat death. But there is one thing she needs: one of the special synths built by Leo Elster’s father. Once she has one of those, she feels she can solve the last part of this problem…
Niska’s Delicate Situation:
It’s not looking good for Niska (Emily Berrington). She simply is not showing the sort of emotions that would lead one to believe she is a conscious being. Ah, but Laura (Katherine Parkinson) has and ace up her sleeve and she plays it—she brings in Astrid (Bella Dayne), Niska’s girlfriend from Berlin.
Astrid came as soon as she heard Niska was in trouble and has no idea what’s going on. That changes slowly over the next few minutes as she becomes aware that the woman with whom she was falling in love wasn’t even human—which Niska confirms by removing one of her contacts and exposing a glowing green eye. As much as this news is bothering Astrid, one can see it’s bothering Niska as well.
Later, Niska and Astrid are permitted to speak in private. Niska is as upset as she can get: she never wanted or expected Astrid to be pulled into this problem. For her part, Astrid still has feelings for Niska and even admits that she could have fallen in love.
Though Laura has somewhat proven that Niska is capable of acting so much like a human that she can fool other humans, it seems it doesn’t matter. The person supervising the hearing lets Laura know that no matter the outcome of the hearing, there’s no way in hell Niska will ever be allowed to go free.
Hard Times at the Hawkins:
With Laura off defending Niska, most of the family duties have fallen to Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill). He tells Laura that he’s concerned Sophie (Pixie Davies) is spending too much time emulating a synth, and a child psychiatrist more or less confirms this. Their solution: don’t expose Sophie to a lot of synths. Lots of luck there, assholes!
Joe asked Mattie (Lucy Carless) to help him hack in to the mail server at work so he can take a look at the emails that led to his termination. She does so and finds the chain, and this leads to the first big mystery of the episode: at no point in the process of setting Joe up for termination was a human involved—it was all done by synths. Joe heads in to work and tenders his resignation, taking a financial package that he had originally been offered. Before he leaves, however, he manages to go off about how the robots are not going to rise up and take over, but will rather move all the humans out while they work looking.
Toby (Theo Stevenson) manages to convince Renie (Letitia Wright) to come over and help him with math. When she shows up it’s Sophie who lets her in and begins mimicking her actions immediately. After Renie helps Toby, he later asks if she’d like to stay and watch a movie on his computer, to which she agrees. While watching she breaks her synth character for just a moment and smiles, something that Toby notices right away. Though she gets upset Toby manages the chill shit out, telling her that all he wants to do is to get to know her.
Odi (Will Tudor) decides he wants to go for a walk and Mattie goes with him. He heads to his old home where he lived with George and though they are unable to get into the house, he wanders about the yard telling Mattie about his life here. He lets her know that he’s bothered by the fact that when George died he was unable to feel anything for it—not the way he feels about it now.
The Coming Storm:
While nearly everyone is at the Hawkins home a synth comes to read the meter. Joe shows it where the mete is and goes back to sitting on the sofa with Laura. A few moments later it comes into the living room and tells Laura that she’s to drop her case with Niska immediately, and that she is to give confirmation that she will do so. Joe tries pushing the synth out of the house but the synth does not want to move; it simply keeps repeating the same statement about her dropping the case and confirming over and over—at least until he gets to the point where it reminds Laura that she’s easy to get to. This goes on for about a minute until Odi and Mattie return home and Odi manages to knock the synth down and shut it off.
Back at Ed’s shop Mia is finishing sweeping up and has come up with an idea: Ed and she should go away for the weekend, go somewhere where no one knows either of them so they can be allowed to be themselves, just like any other couple. Ed thinks that’s a great idea and begins tenderly stroking her cheek right before he reaches under her chin and hits her shut off button. Mia immediately powers down and we see Ed turn to the entryway at the back of the store where his friend is standing…
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Niska — Emily Berrington
Mia — Gemma Chan
Max — Ivanno Jeremiah
Hester — Sonya Cassidy
Leo — Colin Morgan
Laura Hawkins — Katherine Parkinson
Joe Hawkins — Tom Goodman-Hill
Mattie Hawkins — Lucy Carless
Toby Hawkins — Theo Stevenson
Sophie Hawkins — Pixie Davies
Detective Sergent Pete Drummond — Neil Maskell
Detective Inspector Karen Voss — Ruth Bradley
Dr. Athena Morrow — Carrie-Anne Moss
Milo Khoury — Marshall Allman
Astrid — Bella Dayne
Ed — Sam Palladio
Renie — Letitia Wright
V — Chloe Wicks
Odi — Will Tudor
Humans airs in the US on AMC at 10 PM EDT.