10 years ago, in the town of Reedsville, a young boy named James heard a noise he thought it might be a UFO. The boy's stepfather told him there was no such thing. The stepfather was later attacked by a Visitor named Ryan Nichols, who was sent to kill him for betraying his own kind. The stepfather was able to elude capture that night. As he disappeared into the woods, Ryan yelled out to him, "You can't escape, John May!"
In present day, Erica and the others want to use John May's old communications device to contact Joshua. The plan is to coordinate a rescue effort for Georgie with Fifth Column members on the mothership. Ryan believes John May's stepson, James, may know where the device is located. Time for a road trip!
When the team arrives in Reedsville, Ryan tries to convince James May that his stepdad initiated the resistance against the Visitors. In another room, Erica and Hobbes have a chat with James's girlfriend, Grace, who just happens to be a V sleeper agent. She attacks Erica as claws jut from her fingertips. Hobbes grabs Grace from behind, snapping her neck. When James sees the claws on his dead girlfriend, he knows his houseguests are telling the truth. Looks like the Resistance just got a new recruit.
The team heads to storage unit and recovers John May's communications device. Unfortunately, Grace was able to send a distress signal to the Visitors. A deadly seeker sphere tracks them down, but Erica blows it away before it anyone is hurt. Once they are in the clear, Ryan contacts the mothership. Joshua promises to do whatever he can to save Georgie.
In an effort get information, the Visitors implant menacing little creatures called "scours" inside Georgie. The pain is unbearable as the scours rip through his insides, but it's not enough to make him betray his friends. Anna says, "Love is the greatest flaw of humans and our best tool to break them." She replays for Georgie the images of his family being killed by the V's. It's worse than any physical pain, but the only name Georgie gives up is Alex Morgan. It's what he was going to call his unborn daughter before she was killed by the V's.
James May always believed that his stepfather committed suicide. In truth, John May did leave a disingenuous suicide note while having a private conversation with Ryan in his study. It was during that chat that Ryan realized that he was beginning to experience human emotions. But, at the time, he thought it was too late to do anything about it. That's why Ryan killed John May.
Everyone is shocked to learn that John May is dead. Ryan is truly sorry for what he did. But he believes that every time Anna sees the message "John May Lives," it's like a dagger in her eye. The Fifth Column exists because of John May. He taught them what it feels like to be human. They must continue to fight in his name. And there can be no more lies.
Anna coordinates an interview session with Chad Decker to find candidates for the Visitor "Live Aboard Program." Chad realizes that every person Anna picked was full of potential that, for one reason or another, was never realized. He threatens to expose this little trend unless Anna can give him a bigger story. Chad seems to exhale in relief once Anna agrees that they'll continue to help each other in the future.
Joe calls Erica when he discovers that Lisa spent the night in his house. He says, "Tyler needs to know that I'm not his father." An eavesdropping Lisa breaks this tidbit to Tyler, who doesn't take it well. Erica tells Jack that doctors told them that Joe wasn't Tyler's father when they gave blood after their son's motorcycle accident. Erica knows the blood results were a mistake, but Joe never believed her. Now Tyler doesn't believe her either.
While cleaning up around the house, Valerie discovers a safe hidden behind a fake closet wall. The contents inside reveal all of the secrets he's been keeping from her. There's a gun along with dozens of fake passports. Valerie also finds two sets of x-rays. One shows the fetus of a human baby, the other is a picture of the baby growing inside of her, complete with reptilian scales.
Joshua contacts the team on the ground. He's with Georgie, who is barely alive. Ryan promises that they'll come for him, but Georgie says no. This fight is bigger than him now. He's made a decision. Georgie says, "I'm ready to see my family now." Upon Georgie's request, Joshua gives him a fatal injection. On the ground, Erica, Ryan, Jack and Hobbes know that their friend is now gone. They vow that his sacrifice will not be in vain.
Marcus tells Anna that Georgie is dead and that the "John May Lives" message seems to have created a groundswell with the Resistance. Anna says, "Let them have this one victory because I'm about to deliver them a thousand defeats." Her army is ready to be born.