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Emily Rome
April 30, 2013 AT 06:02 PM EDT

The slowly unfolding truth about the Blackout was pushed aside in the latest episode of Revolution, which focused on emotion-charged stories for Monroe, Miles, and Aaron, who all in some way found themselves facing long-lost people they had cared about deeply.

Revolution always jumps between a few locations and a few storylines, building the suspense with the switch from one to another, but in this episode (called “Home,” another title Eric Kripke also used for Supernatural), every storyline was particularly strong and compelling – Aaron finding his wife, Monroe’s plan to draw out Miles, and Miles’ solo rescue attempt of another woman from his past.

Things kick off with Miles and Jim Hudson after a battle, where they, alongside Georgia Federation soldiers, defeated a group of Monroe’s men. But Miles and Jim are wearied and pained to hear the results of the battle from their superior, Captain Dickson: There were no militia survivors, nine rebels were killed, and 13 Georgians were killed. For the military man in Miles, this is of course good news and a victory. For the Miles trying to get back in touch with his humanity stripped away during years as a militia general, it’s tough news to swallow.

“I hate that guy,” Jim says when Dickson leaves. Throughout the episode, it’s never made explicitly clear what all Dickson does to so deserve their hate, but he is a nuisance – taking a long break to get water on the road while Charlie is eager to get going and find Miles, hovering over Miles and Jim, and a constant reminder that though President Foster asked Miles if he’s ready to be a general again, the Georgia Federation doesn’t entirely trust him.

In Philadelphia, Captain Jeremy Baker (yes, Mark Pellegrino is back!) is filling Monroe in on their losses in battles against the rebels and Georgians. Monroe is more determined than ever to kill Miles, and kill him immediately – “now, not next week, not next month. Now,” he says.

Monroe, Baker, and more militiamen board their helicopters and swoop into a small town, which we soon find out is where Miles and Monroe grew up.

Back at the Georgian and rebel base, Charlie is in a tent sorting through guns she’s lifted off of militiamen killed in the battle – they got three dozen enemy rifles, she tells Miles. But she’s being cold and quiet with her uncle. He asks her what’s wrong. “You wanna talk?” Charlie says. “Let’s talk about what happened between you and my mom.” She still doesn’t get an answer because just then Dickson walks in and tells them a militia messenger is in the camp, asking for Miles.

Monroe’s messenger insists on speaking to Miles in private. Though Dickson is reluctant to let Miles go unwatched, he leaves the tent where the messenger is tied up. Miles learns that Monroe is in their hometown and wants him to be there by dawn. “Forgive me,” the messenger says as he’s about to deliver Monroe’s words verbatim: “Miles, you are to come alone, and you’ll turn yourself in to me, or else I’m going to kill everyone in our hometown, I swear to God. Anyone you ever cared about or loved will die, just because they know you, starting with Emma.” Really tough words to hear for the man already mourning the people close to him who have been hurt through his own fault.

NEXT: Miles and Monroe — they meet again

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