This episode begins with Nina having a flashback to when she was a little girl. Her father had his bags packed and was walking out of the house, leaving her and her mother. Nina cried and begged her father to stay and when he bent down and made eye contact with her she said, “you can’t leave.” Her father repeated her and it is quite clear that this was the moment Nina realised that had the ability to push people.
The scene then shifts to a man walking around with a baby singing to her. When a cop approaches he mentions that an alarm is going off and the man responds that he is returning the baby to its mother. He and the cop struggle, and the man drops the baby as he is tazed. He then begs the officer not to hurt the baby, but the officer is shocked because the man was not actually holding a baby but a bag full of money. Did Nina push this man into committing a robbery for her?
Back at the office, Rachel is obsessing about John. Rachel tells Bill that when John said no to the date that his pupils were dilated and his heart rate increased. Bill accuses of user her power as a lie detector because John turned her down for a date. Bill tells Rachel that she shouldn’t use her abilities this way and calls her a freak. When attributes being called a freak to her abilities, Bill responds, “no, you are a freak for a million other reasons.” They see Gary run into his office in a bath towel and follow to discover that Gary is freaking out because he didn’t get up on time. This is when Bill and Rachel learn that Rosen said that Gary could stay in the office until he found his own apartment.
In his office, Rosen is having Kat put together carburetors and is astonished at her ability to learn. Kat wants to know when she gets to do the cool stuff like track the perps and points out that she has such a short memory that she spend 1/3 of her life auditioning for him. Of course Rosen tells her that he is not auditioning her but trying to help her. Right, because Kat wasn’t doing just fine on her own all this time and every single alpha is in need of Rosen’s guidance. Let me to tell you the ways in which I hate this character. He wants to help counteract her memory loss but Kat is fine with the way she is. Rosen pushes and asks if she wants to know what her favourite song is and tells her about how he attaches memory to music. They are interrupted by an officer who says to Rosen, “we have another one.” Before he ends their session, Rosen hands Kat a device so that she can start recording her memories.
The man who stole the money is reported Rosen. It seem that there have been a string of these incidents in the last 72 hours. Rosen is handed a copy of the man’s MRI by the cop. In the office, Hicks asks if Rosen believes that Nina pushed the man who robbed his own bank. Rosen says that the results suggest Nina but Rachel counters pointing out that the robber took over and hour and Nina’s ability does not last that long. Rosen suggests that she could have grown stronger and Hick pipes up that when they were together that Nina pushed her once and he was out for half a day. Rosen says that for her own safety they have to bring Nina in because the government has always feared her. If Rosen is in charge of what happens to Nina, there is no guarantee that she is safe at all despite the line he is selling Nina. He suggests of course that Nina could end up in Binghamton. Rachel agrees to work with Gary to track down Nina’s favourite places and leaves. Hick to Rosen letting Bill take Kat out on this one in the belief that Nina won’t want to see him, but Rosen says that Nina trusts Hicks. When Cameron asks what they should do in the event that Nina does not one to come in, Rosen answers, “bring it in whatever it takes.”
Rachel approaches John in the breakroom and says that she is pretty and smart and that if doesn’t want to go out with her that she gets it but wants him to have decency to tell her the real reason. He tells her again that it’s because they work together. Rachel does her lie detector routine and answers that his heart rate is up and he is sweating, and is therefore lying. John tries again and says that it’s not her but Rachel is not willing to accept that as an answer and starts to leave the room. John stops Rachel and tells her that he was in a convoy and got injured. When he shows her the burns below his collar, Rachel examines them visually and is clearly shocked. When she doesn’t say anything, John tells her that it’s okay and that he’s leaving. I have to say that Rachel’s behaviour in this scene from beginning to end was just disgusting. The desperation to get a man and the inability to just gracefully accept a no was beyond grating.
Rachel and Hicks end up in a club and they separate when Rachel thinks she smells Nina’s perfume. Rachel meets up with Nina and Tomy and quickly tells Nina that Rosen needs to see her and they need to leave. Nina responds that she doesn’t need to leave and Tommy asks Rachel about her senses. When Tommy goes on to ask Rachel if she can actually get off just from someone kissing her, Rachel turns and asks Nina if she told him that. Nina simply says that Rachel needs to learn how to enjoy her powers and what makes her special. Nina then pushes Rachel into kissing her. I am so not impressed that the very first same sex kiss in Alphas was absolutely predatory and totally about the male gaze. When Hicks finds Rachel kissing Nina, he separates them. Nina says that she is just helping Rachel have some fun. Hicks grabs Tommy and Rachel jumps on Nina and kisses her until Nina breaks the embrace saying, “you don’t have to kiss me anymore.” Nina then instructs Hicks to let Tommy go. When Nina confesses to doing the robberies, Hicks says that this not her at all but Nina counters by saying that with Tommy she doesn’t have to pretend and that Hicks does not know her at all. Rachel asks what Nina did to her. In the end, this confrontation is score one Nina as Hicks comes to marching Rachel over his shoulder in a fireman carry.
Back at the office, Rosen injects Hicks with a drug to help ease the effects of Nina’s push. On the scan, Roesn says that Nina’s powers have grown tremendously and this means that her pushes are going to last much longer. Rosen asks if Rachel is doing alright and she says that she is fine and heads for the door to get Gary. Bill is shocked that Nina did that to Rachel, given how sensitive Rachel is. Hicks wants to know how the guy is and Rosen tells Hicks that he believes Tommy was her first boyfriend and is important to her. Of course he learned this during therapy and I suppose that tells us exactly how much Rosen respects doctor/patient confidentiality. Nina says that they need to think of Nina as an addict now and that they must find her. Bill says that Clay has been asking about the bankruptcy and admits that he lied to protect Nina.