The team tracks down Skylar, a former associate whose genius for gadgetry has drawn some bad attention. When it turns out that her pursuers are from the NSA -- nominally on the same side as the Alphas -- Rosen must choose whether or not to turn her over.
The central moral conflict of this episode was pretty cut-and-dried. Skylar is not a danger to herself or society-at-large (unless thugs come a-huntin' for her). The NSA wants her inventive abilities put to their use. This represents a pretty lopsided issue; it would have been nice to have someone at least voice the opposing view (as in, "the state and society would benefit immeasurably if Skylar's talents were put to directed use."). It's not a position I'd support, but I'd like even a feeble attempt to be made to give the conflict a little meat. It's a no-brainer, and no-brainers are, by their nature, dull.
This no-brainer led Dr. Rosen to defy his orders for the first time. Previously, he'd flirted with the idea of contradicting orders, but this is the first time he rebelled. (Somewhat halfheartedly, though, with a ludicrous cover story that, happily, didn't fool anyone.) So chalk up some character growth for Dr. Rosen.
Growth, too, for Gary, who's gotten more development than anyone so far. He rebelled against his mom, and chose the life of a secret agent over the soft, safe option she gave him. Gary's mom is totally believable as a woman used to raising her autistic son. The backstory here is not hard to guess: long ago, she dedicated her life to raising a special-needs child, and she's now unnerved to see her progeny leaving her protective coccoon for a life of considerable danger. Good performances enliven an unusual mother/son dynamic.
Bill, too, chooses sides, and chooses fatherhood. He worried, it seems, about whether his offspring might be "special" or not. Not a bad question to ask; the Alphas each seem to have their lives complicated is some way or other. So he got two competing visions of parentage: Cam's ordinary sons, who are removed from him, and Skylar's close relationship with her Alpha daughter. He may have concluded that there's no way of knowing how your children will turn out, and pointless to worry. It's good to start fatherhood from the point of view of no solid expectations.
Nina, surprisingly, got very little development for her amount of screen time. It was fun to see her interact with Skylar, a character who, liking things more than people, wound up falling out of touch. And it was fun to watch Skylar's gizmos in action. It would have been more rewarding to see something new in Nina -- after all, the moral conflict she was first to clue in on was, as I said, a no-brainer.
Little things continue to be rewarding. Rosen and Sullivan chatting about food while poring over expense reports, Cam fixing the toaster and Gary's robotic (but certainly heartfelt) delivery of "I love you too" to his mom are the parts that tether their extraordinary lives to our world. I'm glad that the show continues to dwell on these points. Without them, the big question -- "Are we the good guys?" -- would be cheapened and wasted in a pure fantasy setting. I'm looking forward to having this question explored further. I'm also ready for another look into Red Flag; three non-arc stories in a row, I"m okay with, but I'm getting the sense that there's a more interesting story happening off-camera somewhere.