The Gifted season 2 midseason premiere recap: eneMy of My eneMy


The Gifted returns with some uneasy alliances.

While The Gifted left things off on dark note in the midseason finale, but “eneMy of My eneMy” does start out on a light note. The episode picks up with a flashback back when the Underground was just forming where Lorna, John, and Marcos are playing pool. Naturally, Lorna easily defeats John thanks to a magnetic table but he has other things on his mind. Namely, discussing the status of their relationship. Marcos and Lorna fess up, but John isn’t interested in breaking up the two lovebirds. Instead, the three agree to have no secrets and trust each other moving forward. Well, we know how that turned out, don’t we?

Flashing forward, Andy goes to the apartment to talk to Lauren. We’re quickly clued into the fact that it’s a dream again, but even in a dream world, Lauren isn’t all that forgiving. She’s still hurt and distrustful following his attack, but Andy doesn’t want to talk about that. We know he’s grieving Rebecca’s death but he can’t exactly be upset when his sister doesn’t give him the warmest welcome after his latest actions.

Despite Andy feeling sad and lonely, he’s still not ready to return home. Lauren tells him either he can have his family or he can have the Inner Circle, but not both. She slams the door shut and Andy angrily uses his powers again which wakes her up. In the car, Caitlin encourages Lauren to continue contacting Andy via the dreams to help bring him back. However, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Andy’s darkness is beginning to effect Lauren.

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Their family discussion is interrupted by Marcos, who calls to inform them of John’s kidnapping. The Underground assembles to decide on their next move, ultimately choosing to ally with Lorna. Clarice is disgusted about having to rely on Lorna but she wants to get John back so she decides to play ball. Marcos offers to trade Fade for the Inner Circle to just attempt to find John. She agrees because she does still care about the two of them and to make up for Fade’s attempt on everyone’s lives. While Lorna wasn’t aware of Fade’s intentions, she doesn’t exactly confront Reeva immediately either.

As for John, The Gifted is putting him through the wringer. He’s been taken by the Purifiers, but no one has been able to track him down. It’s a nice touch to have the Underground struggle with tracking now that John is out of commission. He hasn’t had the most compelling storyline this season, but he has always been the key to finding lost mutants. Jace takes the lead on interrogation by playing the good cop to the head Purifiers’ bad cop. He brings up John’s time in the Marines and tries to convince him to join their side. When he refuses, Jace blast music to hurt his supercharged ears and prevents the Purifiers from physically torturing him.

THE GIFTED: L-R: Natalie Alyn Lind, Jamie Chung and Sean Teale in the “eneMy of My eneMy” winter premiere episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Jan. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Annette Brown/FOX.

He does eventually begin to cave and tells Jace they should be looking at the Inner Circle regarding the attacks. The Purifiers don’t believe him because Lorna and Andy were a part of the attacks. However, we have a feeling after this episode of The Gifted, he’s going to set his sight on the new group.

Clarice has a heart-to-heart with Lauren on the rooftop, where the two chat about this upcoming alliance. Lauren is struggling with the decision to talk with Lorna because it’s just a reminder that the Inner Circle has unlimited resources. She believes this is why she’ll never get Andy back. Clarice comforts her though, and promises they will fight the Inner Circle again after saving John.

Shockingly, Andy is the one who convinces Lorna to officially help out the Underground. John saved his family and her in the past, they owe it to him. Not to mention, he sees this as an opportunity to try and get the Underground to see the good in their group. They head to the apartment, but Lorna reminds Andy not to have expectations. He’s hoping this will convince his family to join him but she encourages him not to get his expectations up.

Immediately, we can already tell this family reunion is going to end badly. The Gifted does give Caitlin and Reed a happy moment to hug their son. Andy is equally ecstatic, showing off their new gear to the family. Lauren and Marcos aren’t impressed though. Lauren, especially, makes it a point not to give her brother more than glare as a greeting. It is nice to see Andy trying to impress his parents though, like a typical teenager trying to get their approval. Unfortunately, we know both sides aren’t going to see eye-to-eye anytime soon.

Speaking of not getting along, Marcos and Lorna are on pretty terrible terms. They’re bickering in the car and Clarice has finally had enough. She takes charge and tells them both to put their differences aside for John. Marcos says he’ll go back to hating her later after they finish this mission. In the other car, Caitlin and Reed are chatting with Andy like they’re a big happy family. Reed comes clean about being a mutant, something Andy is excited to learn but disappointed to know Lauren never told him. They leave out the fact that Reed will probably die when the medication runs out. However, just being a mutant won’t convince Andy to return.

THE GIFTED: Natalie Alyn Lind in the “eneMy of My eneMy” winter premiere episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Jan. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Annette Brown/FOX.

At the Purifier compound, Marcos and Lorna agree to distract one side while Lauren and Andy work together with Clarice. He finally opens up about Rebecca when Lauren points out no one murders a bank full of people as a “mistake”. She does empathize with his pain over her death, even if he doesn’t admit his part in it. Could the Strucker siblings be reuniting soon?

Marcos and Lorna are back together like the old days to easily distract the Purifiers. After Jace just finally began to trust John, he sees the two together and tries to kill John. In a fit of rage, he attempts to kill John as quickly as possible but even the Purifier leader wants Jace to run. Fortunately, before he can kill John he runs out of ammo. The Struckers and Clarice are able to get there just in time to break him out. Andy furious at a Purifier who shoots at Lauren and begins to attack him on the way out. He breaks the guy’s legs and Lauren is barely able to stop him.

His family isn’t as proud as he expects about his act of unnecessary violence. He’s furious at them for not seeing his side of things. Apparently, he’s completely been radicalized after Rebecca’s death. He now wants to kill all mutant haters to prevent them from reproducing. It’s amazing how he doesn’t realize that he’s becoming exactly like the people he hates. What’s even more interesting is that Lauren bites her tongue when he angrily asks if she thinks she’s better than him. Any other sibling would’ve immediately responded with a defiant “yes”.

Andy is back at the Inner Circle, ready to train. However, Lauren is now prepared to destroy the Inner Circle to save her brother. Caitlin seems to encourage it, and this seems to mark the Strucker siblings officially taking their place as the new generations of the show’s version of the X-Men and the Brotherhood.

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Meanwhile, Lorna kisses Marcos before leaving and we’re wondering if The Gifted will have this family back together before the end of the season. We miss seeing them on the same side and this episode served as a reminder that they’re better together.

What did you think of “eneMy of My eneMy”? Do you think the Struckers will have to eventually join sides or will they destroy one another trying to save the other? Be sure to tell us in the comments below!