The New Tomorrow – Episode 22
Making for home and moving furtively through the forest, Sky and Dan hear the machines. As they fish, the Stranger watches them. When cooking their fish, they notice him and pursue him. They capture him and find his shelter and the things he’s stolen from the Ants and Barbs. Gwyn reports to Harmony that Dan and Sky have not been found.
Back at the Ant camp, Sal collects eggs. Kwarli and Omar garden and discuss Faygar and the Terrible Darkness, as well as Kwarli’s surprise that he’s ended up gardening.
Leanne and Erin play wakaball with a tomato, with unfortunate results for Leanne. Cass stands up to Flame, who is bored and Zora and Faygar discuss Flame, the leadership of their tribes and the Ants’ faith in the Ancestor.
The Ants and Barbs decide to free Flame and place conditions on his stay: it’s temporary, he mustn’t scare the little ones and he has to earn his keep. So Flame learns to garden, under the stern supervision of Sal.
Meanwhile Cass and Faygar cook, along with a reluctant Erin who thinks that cooking is “girl’s work”. As they work, they discuss Zora. When she arrives in the kitchen after seeing Flame at work, Erin tells her that Cass and Faygar were talking about her and there’s an awkward moment. As they share dinner, tensions show among the Barbs, the Ants and Flame.
Sky and Dan question the Stranger who refuses to respond to them, and set up camp for the night. By the light of the moon. Sky, intrigued, watches the Stranger staring into the fire.