This week on NBC’s La Brea, a debate erupted among the survivors when two rescue options presented themselves. Did either plan come true before the light shut down?
Eve picked up where last week left off, explaining to a curious Josh how she’d just buried a “message in a bottle” so that Gavin would hopefully find – because, she explained to her unbelieving son, Gavin’s visions are: real, and he has in fact been able to see them. Levi, meanwhile, tried to reach someone using the radio he grabbed from the Mojave corpse found in the fortress, when a voice finally broke through. US Air Force Sergeant Diana Vasquez said she was looking for her colleague Jonathan (RIP), and told Levi she and her own plane were in Santa Monica.
Using a jeep that no one bothered to tell us had been repaired, Levi and Eve drove to the beach, where they found an understandably skittish Diana. Levi produced the photo of the Mojave crew to prove he’s a friend, then Diana explained that she and her crew flew through a storm years ago after going through the Mojave portal, landing in LA. When they learned of the exact damage to Levi’s plane, she believed parts of her could get him flying again.
Meanwhile, topside… When Gavin read Eve’s letter, he nearly flew into the sinkhole, but Officer Markman showed up to squelch that idea. They were then all called to part of the dig site, where the wreckage of Levi’s plane suddenly appeared on the underground radar… along with appear. This made Gavin more determined to fly down, but Markman had him, Izzy and Dr. Aldridge towed away.
However, Dr. Nathan resurfaced to visit them in their waiting room and said she led Markman’s team on a small, wild goose hunt (to Aldridge’s Oregon property). With that time bought, Nathan snuck them out and arranged for Gavin to inform the survivors of Levi’s doomed flight.
The survivors had just picked a spiky name from a hat to decide who would make Levi’s first flight when they saw that courier drone tumble through the light. They raced to recover it and found in a video recording of Gavin explaining that Levi’s plane was doomed, while he himself would soon be en route in a new plane. This news split the group of survivors in half, with some refusing to believe that the wreckage found in 2021 meant Levi would absolutely crash, and the other side was willing to wait for Gavin to arrive.
Eve noticed Marybeth’s silence during the bickering and took it accurately that Lucas’ mother was on her side and willing to wait. To push their schedule, they seized the working jeep and drove outside to see Levi and Diana, who had just resolved a potential complication with the plane.
A standoff ensued, with Marybeth eventually drawing her gun. That brought Diana, who is desperate to reunite with her fiancé Dr. Nathan, to pull her own. Diana fired at Marybeth and missed them, but caused an explosion with one of the plane’s engine things. Marybeth returned fire and delivered what turned out to be a fatal wound to Diana’s abdomen.
Meanwhile, back upstairs… Izzy and Dr. Nathan held back the FBI arriving at Aldridge’s ranch long enough for Gavin and Aldridge to take off on the plane. But as they approached the La Brea sinkhole, Markman radioed to warn that he had F-15s ready to shoot them down. Gavin was willing to go for it, but Aldridge got cold feet and decided to skydive – but not before cryptically telling Gavin that there’s a reason he has his visions, and that there’s an alternate path within him to get Eve & Co. to “go back to the beginning,” to “November 16, 1988.” After she jumped, Gavin informed Markman (and a panicked Izzy) that he would turn around and land.