WARNING: If you don't want to know what happens in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
We're back in the world of Season 2 as attractive young people lounge about poolside, seemingly not giving a damn about the zombie apocalypse. A lovely lady delivers a phone to a table and an elderly-looking hand picks it up ...
... making a call to a well-dressed bald fella known only as The Man. The Man's got a metal container full of hooded prisoners, which are the people on his notorious 'List,' and there's one name yet to be scratched off: Dr. Harold Teller.
Dr. Teller is holed up at Mercy Labs, now an isolated compound where a handful of survivors make their home. They won't give up Teller to The Man, so The Man takes a near-feral child he refers to as Nature Boy hostage and says he'll be back in 24 hours, when Dr. Teller better reveal himself.
After a brief run-in with Nature Boy's sister, Red, the gang returns the siblings to the compound. Soon, they're recruited by Dr. Harold Teller to help defend the place against The Man and his armed minions.
Rumor hath it that The Man is some sort of avenging angel, punishing the scientists that are somewhat connected to the outbreak of the zombie virus; as he was allegedly only working on fungus-based painkillers, Dr. Teller doesn't understand why he would be on The Man's list.
The true nature of Teller's work is revealed when Murphy starts hearing whispering voices. He follows them to Teller's lab, where he finds two grotesquely deformed people locked in a room, begging to be given mercy. The discovery becomes even more disturbing when it's revealed that one of them is Dr. Teller's wife, Sarah.
Y'see, Teller and his wife were working on a fungus-based cure for the Z virus. When zombies attacked the lab, the 'cure' became airborne, protecting those contaminated from becoming Z but turning them into horrible fungus monsters instead.
Meanwhile, 10K has been bonding with Red and Nature Boy, whom Doc refers to as '5K' after the kid starts dressing like his new hero (jet-black hair and all). 5K was raised by crows (seriously), so he's definitely got survival instincts; he's now also pretty good with a slingshot, thanks to 10K's lessons.
As the sun sets on this very strange day, Roberta does a recon around the perimeter and catches sight of The Man. It ends up being a zombie decoy, and Roberta is knocked unconscious by The Man and his troops. The Man throws her in with his hooded prisoners.
Roberta's capture has everyone rattled, but Doc insists they stick with 'Plan A.'' So what is Plan A? It involves a lot of red paint, as the walls of the compound and large metal sheets have all been given a fresh coat, turning the lab into a rather intimidating-looking fortress. Everyone's dressed for battle in their red hazmat suits, too, basking in a color scheme that brings to mind violence, blood and heat.
Is it enough to rattle The Man? Well, he's brought his own red item: Roberta's bandana, and he wants to swap her for Dr. Teller.
The metal container is delivered to the fancy house we saw at the beginning of the episode. The prisoners are escorted poolside, where their hoods are removed and they face their unknown host. Could this be the fabled Zona we've heard so much about?