Torchwood: Miracle Day continues with episode 8, "End of the Road." The team may finally be on their way to getting concrete answers as a new category is created and Jack encounters someone from his past who should be dead.
Olivia takes Torchwood to the Colasanto residence, and Esther waits in the car, connected to them via Rex's phone. Olivia tells Jack that Angelo devoted his life to finding out the secret of immortality, and though he's still alive, her grandfather is not young. He's hooked up to machines. Meanwhile, someone takes out the guard outside. Angelo has photos of Jack everywhere. Olivia explains that Angelo kept himself this way but didn't cause the miracle. She tells them about three men who each represent a familyÂ—Ablemarch, Costerdane, and FinesÂ—and had his blood. They witnessed his resurrection, and he remembers them making a deal. In 1998, they found a message: blessing. The families found the blessing, and now they need to find the families. However, Esther says those names don't exist. That's when Friedkin shows up with a gun to her head.
Some of the CIA has arrived to arrest them. Friedkin wants to talk to Rex alone and tells him Shapiro's arriving soon. Rex is wearing the contacts, and everyone watches as he says the families own him and are everywhere. Rex had laid a trap for him by using his phone so they could trace him, and he's taken away.
Shapiro wants answers and has Olivia escorted out. It looks like Torchwood has joined the CIA to get answers fast. Friedkin is put in a car with Olivia, who tells him the families won't be happy with him. He says he told them no before and wishes he could again before blowing up the car.
Death returnsÂ—brieflyÂ—to Torchwood: Miracle Day
Jack rejoins Angelo and says his life hasn't changed. He's surprised he was watching him and asks if he saw Ianto. When the machines start beeping, he disconnects them and says no one dies. However, when he scans him with his wrist strap, he discovers that Angelo's dying. Shapiro clears the room, and Rex wonders if the world changed back. It didn't, but Angelo still died. How? Shapiro wants answers, and once he leaves the room, Jack confirms to Gwen that they're in trouble because Angelo died.
They need to find out how Angelo died so they can use it because countries are declaring bankruptcy. They're having CIA agents back in the officers look into the family names. Esther finds out her sister's under psych observation from Charlotte while Rex has Noah look into Oswald.
In Dallas, Oswald's getting ready to preach about salvation, and though Jilly's trying to tell him what he has coming up, he doesn't really care. He asks her to get him a redhead for the night. When she heads to her room, an intern approaches her wanting to work for her. She sends her to get her a sandwich and remarks that she won't be putting up with Oswald much longer. Out in the hall, Shawnie texts the CIA that she's in.
When Esther talks to Sarah, she finds out she wants to volunteer herself and her girls for the list of category 1s. Gwen talks to Rhys on the phone, and her mother says to tell Gwen not to give up and get those responsible. Gwen says Jack's keeping secrets. Her father's not doing well, and Rhys tells her that the camps will open up again if they get a recession. It looks like this has been planned for decades. Esther joins them and notices that the bed's on a platform that can't be part of the original design. Jack says to leave it, but when Shapiro enters, Esther tells him about it and he has men lift the boards. He wants answers, and when Gwen defends Jack, Shapiro has her deported.
Shapiro says he'll dig it up and take it back for analysis, and Jack says he can't. He says it's some sort of transmitter and proves his theory that a morphic field is involved. They need a structure like that panel as big as the whole planet. Shapiro tells Jack he has to make it safe for them to take back to Langley.
Jilly's rising up
Oswald's woman for the night arrives in his room, but she wants to leave when he wants her to pretend he's normal. She tells him he's running out of time to be a changed man because he's now a category zero. When he goes to Jilly for answers, she explains category zeros are those who have "earned" spots in the ovens. He argues that they can't kill him yet because they found them. He wants to know how long she's known and hits her. She fights back, but he punches her. He takes her laptop before leaving.
Jack scans the blocks with his wrist trap and asks Rex and Esther to hold them. He explains he nullified them so no one outside can hear them. It's alien technology and the only examples on Earth were buried in the ruins of the Torchwood Hub. Angelo salvaged it, and it seems to be triggered with his DNA. He tells them they have to get him out of there. The technology would send the world to damnation. Null fields could hide bombs, shield from radiation, and more. Esther realizes he's right because it's control over life and death. He needs them to get him and the alpha plate away from the house.
Jilly and Shawnie are walking through the hotel halls when the man who approached her before shows up and tells her she's being watched by a CIA agent. He shoots Shawnie and tells Jilly she's being considered for a promotion for "family business." She's interested. He tells someone he has her, and Charlotte hangs up her phone at work telling Noah it was "a family thing."
Rex and Esther help Jack escape, but they can't go with him. Jack gets shot, and Rex knocks out the shooter. Esther has to go with Jack because the shooter saw her. The radios report that the banks are closing down. Esther checks on Jack in the backseat, but he's out Meanwhile, Gwen's on a plane, crying. Esther doesn't know where to go or what to do.
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