Nuts! This was a "Day Trip" for sure....
The 100 have fought the elements, each other, the Grounders and, on The 100 Season 1 Episode 8, they were forced to fight their inner demons.
Some of the teens had darkness inside them that needed to be worked through. The hallucinogenic nuts provided a means for a psychological cleansing.
The group was lucky that the Grounders didn't attack while they were incapacitated. The hallucinations didn't appear to harm anyone and many came out the other side for the better. Even though, they went through Earth Skills education, the effect of these nuts was just another notch on the authenticity chart for the writers.
Octavia didn't eat the nuts and was of clear mind throughout the episode. Well ... as clear as a woman smitten by a mysterious Grounder can be.
Just as the Grounder was protective of her, she was of him. My favorite moment between them was when he smirked and almost snickered when Octavia called Bellamy "a dick." It was the first real sign that he understood English and had a personality.
The Grounder has a name! It's Lincoln. He didn't want to die without Octavia knowing his name. She continued to impress with her smarts, heart, and determination. For someone who lived their life under the floor and then behind bars, she's quick-witted and strong. She used the hallucinogenic nuts to clear the way for Lincoln's escape.
Lincoln kissed Octavia! Hearts around the world swooned, right? Sigh. It's too bad he had to leave.
Even though Bellamy promised not to kill him, Lincoln's life was in danger as long as he remained in the drop ship. With the guard high from the nuts and wearing a red hoodie, Lincoln made his way out of the drop ship. His getaway wasn't clean though. He walked right into Finn.
Finn's slight nod to Lincoln embodies everything that makes Finn the admirable, honest and forgiving person that he is. He's the moral heart of the 100 and I hope nothing ever changes that about him. The group needs his sensibility. I wouldn't be surprised to see Clarke become the primary leader with Finn and Bellamy her two disparate confidants.
Bellamy and Clarke went on a search for supplies and found guns. It remains to be seen whether they will have a negative or positive impact on the group. When the 100 first arrived down on Earth, guns probably would have been a bigger danger than now. The group currently has a sense of order, a camp, food, and supplies. Plus, the in-fighting has been stopped for the most part.
Guns weren't the only thing that Bellamy and Clarke brought back with them. They returned with a new refreshed sense of self, especially for Bellamy. While hallucinating he was forced to confront his decision to shoot the Chancellor and ditch the radio causing 320 deaths.
The hallucinations were cathartic. He forgave himself and realized running away was not the answer. Clarke didn't quite come to terms with forgiving her mother, but she's definitely closer. The heart-to-heart between Clarke and Bellamy bridged the gap between them and cemented their connection. She saw his pain and heart, which allowed her to begin to trust him.
Bob Morley did an amazing job of expressing Bellamy's struggle during the conversation under the tree. Given Bellamy's previous obstinance, the tears and heartache could have come across as false, but Bellamy's emotional breakdown was palpable. After that, even the biggest Bellamy hater had to feel for the guy.
With Clarke's help, Bellamy was able to rid the fear of retribution from the Council. Jaha made the smart decision to pardon Bellamy in exchange for the person who ordered the Chancellor's assassination. He also reached out to Octavia. With a blanket, their relationship was repaired (even though she lied to him about Lincoln's escape).
With the threat of the grounders out there, it's unlikely the after-nut experience peace will last long. As soon as the 100 start training with guns, they will become a greater enemy and one to be defeated. It's a risk that Bellamy and Clarke are willing to take.
Should Bellamy and Clarke have brought the guns back to camp?