I always end up writing to much, so I'll speed through this.
Gary and Rachel. It's good to see someone giving Gary his due, I love the actor, and he was right, there's a lot people can learn from him. Honestly, he's my favorite character, has been since the pilot. Rachel is my second favorite, so of course their combo was good. And way to go Rachel for sticking up!
Dr. Rosen's emotions. If it wasn't for the pointless pacing and pulse I could feel right through the screen at the end of the episode, after the trigger was pulled, and his plea that he should be held accountable, this episode would've gotten a lower score from me.
The twist with Bill. He got a little progress--leadership, never felt happier, can't amp!!!--even though this episode highlighted everyone else.
The good bad guy. Although cults and religion like that are topping my fear list, this guy I could remember was just a sad kid that wanted to help everyone. I liked him, and his turn at the end was a disappointment.
Cameron and Nina. Yeah, the scene was supposed to be trippy, but fusing into a glowing light? And the awkward "let's not talk about it"? I expected more out of the latter encounter. I think the show should make up for the lack of chemistry (they're too open to each other, seems to me) with honesty. They're sweet. They make me smile. But will-they-won't-they doesn't work with them so much.
The slow pace. It just seemed slow! I don't know why.
Rachel's decision to stay in the car. I agreed with her, and I would have done the same, which is a rare thing on a drama--doing the smart thing, doing as told, so I liked it. However, it seemed like a dead end cut scene. Maybe they could've been shot back to when she smells, I dunno, the gallons of gasoline being poured? Hears the hearts gather together?
I'm a positive grader, but I also love Alphas. I hope the next episode--2 weeks? awww--is not stand-alone, or if it is, it plays off some of the better developments of this episode: definitely Bill's impairment, maybe Gary/Rachel friendship and Rachel's new doctoring. Isn't that a classic? You save your father, he makes it a chore. Again, I find myself relating to Rachel with her stammered acceptance, knowing it's a good thing to do that spells bad news for me. So let's go, Alphas!