In “Second Opinion”, Sam’s birthday arrives and Kiera is no closer to getting home. Neither she nor Alec can find anything on Mr. Escher, and on top of that, Carlos is hounding her about her son, visitation rights, and her friend’s death.
Kellogg meets up with Alec to show him the new digs, assured of his partnership with Alec, who’s still mulling the idea over. While Alec eventually says yes, after haggling a few minor details such as who gets majority partnership, final say on projects and the use of them, and a living space, he’s still uncomfortable around the enigmatic Kellogg.
“Second Opinion” sees the big guns pulled out: the authorities above the VPD, who escort Dillon out and fire him as they try to uncover the mole. Agent Gardner, of course, is thrilled with the development and the zeroing in on Kiera as the most likely suspect. No one is allowed to leave, or access their phones or computers. While I’m sad Dillon is gone from his post, I don’t think we’ll see the last of him. Kiera walks out and asks what she can do to help him, and he replies, “I’ll keep in touch.”
Alec is being followed, and it turns out to be Jason, who hands him some time travel machine schematics. Alec, distracted by Jason, doesn’t pick up when Kiera asks for help. She’s cornered by Inspector Harris and Agent Gardner, who disclose that they know she has a family, and that there isn’t such a thing as Section Six. When Kiera drops the toy soldier Sam gave her, Agent Gardner swipes it and Kiera screams at him. A man appears at his side, but only Kiera can see him. He’s Mr. Fairweather, part of her CMR coding, come to hold a psych evaluation.
Kiera’s stress levels have triggered a visit from the therapist encoded in her CMR. If she cannot return to complete efficiency, the CMR will delete the stressful memories, including those of Sam. Kiera tries to reason with the cognitive therapist, to show him that they aren’t in 2077 but in 2013, but before she can do so, Betty arrives and begs Kiera to help her.
Betty went to a Liber8 meeting on Dillon’s request to find out how they organized. It was never sanctioned, and since Betty and Kiera’s files are encrypted, they have a little time to sneak into Betty’s office and erase the files. Only Kiera can do it, since Betty is called away into an interview. Kiera succeeds in showing the CMR that she is in the past and that it hasn’t even been invented yet.
Kiera then relents and this becomes the best part of “Second Opinion,” and possibly one of the best scenes of the season. Kiera lets her guard down and talks about her fears revolving around Sam, after a prompting from the therapist: that she never got to say goodbye, she doesn’t know if what she’s doing is hurting him, and most especially, she knows that he will blame himself for her absence. Kiera must learn to accept the fact that she may never return to 2077, but that doesn’t mean she has to stop trying.
After unburdening herself of the grief she’s been carrying around for so long, the therapist announces that she is functional again and shuts off, restoring her CMR. Kiera uses her suit to become invisible, sneaking into Betty’s office and erasing the compromising files. Alec finds that Liber8 put an electronic mole on Betty’s computer to make it look like she was feeding them information, and Agent Gardner and Inspector Harris are unable to charge Cameron since they have no proof; the files are gone.
Alec tells Kiera he’s glad she’s back online, but turns and notices that Kellogg’s been listening the entire time. Kiera tells Inspector Harris that she does not have to reveal any information, that she technically doesn’t work for the police station, and that she’ll work with them if they want her help with Liber8. She leaves as Alec asks Jason to work on the time machine schematics, telling him there may be a way to reverse engineer a way home, and Betty exits the police station to jump in a car with…Ingram. She was the mole all along.
Although Kiera still can’t trust anyone but Alec with her secret, she has progressed to the point where she is dealing with living in the past. I think she’ll have to trust Carlos eventually, but right now with Betty being the mole, I’m glad she hasn’t confided in many people. I was not expecting Betty’s alliances to be with Liber8 and I’m very curious to see where this leads, especially since she owes Kiera favor for erasing the files. What does she have on Kiera?
Alec continues to worry me. His alliance with Kellogg is most disconcerting, as there is no way I would trust Kellogg as far as I could throw him. I’m still wondering if he’s Mr. Escher, or if he’s under orders from Old Alec Sadler, and if Young Alec Sadler knows that (or knows something else about Kellogg).
Rachel Nichols is not my favorite actor on the show (it’s definitely Erik Knudsen), but “Second Opinion” was a great display of the depth of her talent. Her breakdown was perfection, and her words were so full of emotion that I choked up just watching.