Welcome back, residents of Patience! Resident Alien‘s season finale is, hands down, its best episode yet. I’m talking out of both seasons combined. “I Believe in Aliens” is not only hilarious, but it deftly balances the heartwarming moments with the propulsive ones, keeping the narrative surging forward at a brisk pace. Plus, that ending will undoubtedly be a memorable one for the show.
Ready to delve into “I Believe in Aliens”? Let’s get to it.
Sandwiches, Goliath and Greys
We open with shots from the alien documentary Peter Bach referred to in last week’s episode. We see Mike Richardson, CEO of Dark Horse Media (where the Resident Alien comics are published), revealing when he saw a UFO as a child with his friend.
Meanwhile, Asta (Sara Tomko) and D’Arcy (Alice Wetterlund) eat at the diner. Asta lies about Harry attending a medical convention, but he’s back now. Harry sends Asta a barrage of texts about sandwiches. That checks out. D’Arcy talks about potential apartments for the pair as they prepare to move in together. Next, Jay (Kaylayla Raine) asks for her old job at the clinic, which Asta heartily grants.
Then, Harry (Alan Tudyk) speaks to Goliath (David Bianchi), a.k.a. himself, about The Greys overtaking Earth. Asta watches from afar. Goliath informs Harry that General McCallister can save the planet, but he killed her. The Greys developed hybrids — half-human and half-Greys- making them formidable and difficult to spot.
The alien baby perches atop Asta’s head, which is how she bore witness to the Harry/Goliath exchange. Well, more like Harry/Harry. Anyway, Harry reassures Asta that he kept McCallister alive. He also rattles a list of possible names for the alien baby, including Moishe, Brad and Jebediah. Obviously, Brad is the winner here.
Harry, a Family Man
Asta persuades Harry to team up with McCallister to eradicate The Greys threat; however, Harry believes he’ll fail, so why bother? Besides, he’s a father now. Harry feeds his alien baby with a milking vest of sorts. He’s also adopted Robert (Paul Piaskowski), the late Peter Bach’s son. Harry, the Family Man!
Next, Sheriff Mike (Corey Reynolds) asks Ben (Levi Fiehler) for an update regarding his requests. If the resort is on Patience’s horizon, he’ll need a surplus of police aids, including more deputies and weaponry. Perhaps even a, his words, “hooker jail.” To Mike’s dismay, Ben breaks the news of his refusal to support the resort. After the sheriff collects himself, Ben gifts him a Hot Wheels car as compensation. Fair enough.
“Dickhead says what?”
Meanwhile, Harry snags 10 hamburgers at the diner for parenting reasons when all of Patience freezes. Joseph (Enver Gjokaj) waltzes in, cocky and confident. He informs Harry that humans have conceded Earth to The Greys. Joseph tells Harry about an escape pod meant for him, so our fave resident alien can finally go home. He texts Harry the coordinates.
If Harry doesn’t put up a fuss and departs as requested, it’s all good. Joseph leaves. Then, we see another segment from the documentary with James talking about his alien encounter. He shows the camera phone footage featuring two glowing orbs that change shape.
Later, McCallister (Linda Hamilton) orders her soldiers to make preparations to move the base after Peter and Harry’s infiltration. She wants Peter’s file, but it’s heavily encrypted. We see footage of Joseph breaking into the safe where the alien baby was. Now they know he was an enemy in their midst.
Deputy Liv (Elizabeth Bowen) watches a news segment about a man dying in a fiery vehicular crash. The news anchor identifies him as Peter, which is obviously fake. Liv sits there, incredulous, asserting that Peter was murdered. She even examines his car. Meanwhile, Mike believes the moon is “man-made,” and there’s probably an Arby’s and a strip club with “moon titties.” Reynolds is on fire this episode with the hilarious Mike scenes.
Next, Harry comforts his child while gushing about their homeworld. He conducts a family meeting with Robert, who insists he’s 28 years old and doesn’t need adopting. Harry vows to bring Merle (?) and Robert with him to his home planet. However, Robert would rather live his life, so Harry gives him the alien ball. He promised Peter he would protect his son. The alien tech will keep Robert alive.
Then, we transition into another scene from the documentary. This time, Osvaldo talks about seeing three dots of light in a triangular formation while on his balcony during a blackout.
“A knife in the ass can feel a little slicy.”
Kate (Meredith Garretson) finds Ben sleepwalking in their kitchen again. He had the same dream as before. The following day, Max (Judah Prehn) runs into Harry, who whips out a self-portrait to give to him. It’s a picture of Harry in his human form since Max can’t see it. However, Harry simply drew a stick figure, indicating nothing of his actual appearance. Harry bids farewell to his frenemy, but Max doesn’t believe Harry’s leaving.
Meanwhile, Mike orders Liv to return Peter’s van, which she stole and stored in her garage. The sheriff tells his deputy she must return it to the impound. Back in Documentary Land, a couple, Jef and Jessie, claim they spotted a flying saucer during their camping trip.
Then, Harry records a goodbye video for Asta, his BFF. Sahar (Gracelyn Awad Rinke) barges into Harry’s cabin to reunite with her baby. His name is now Chaz, undoubtedly the worst moniker Harry’s chosen thus far. Sahar embraces Chaz and thanks him. She gives him a stuffed octopus and some snacks for the voyage. She doesn’t leave Harry out of the snack equation either. Chaz refers to Sahar as “momma.” I’m not crying; you are.
Harry finally settles on Bridget as the alien baby’s name. Liv encounters a couple of cops asking about a stolen van. They ask to search her garage. Liv, thinking she’s in trouble, opens said garage to find Mike and her husband John (Trevor Carroll) playing cards. The cops depart.
“If you say it’s about aliens, maybe this time I’ll listen.”
After they leave, we learn Mike and John hid the van. Oh, and those cops aren’t actual officers of the law. So, who are they? Mike seems more amenable to listening to Liv if she believes aliens are behind this. Yay!
Next, Harry walks through the windswept tundra with Bridget in tow. As the pair descend into the escape pod, Harry realizes why Goliath gave him the baby — he’s different now. He no longer wants to eat his child! Thus, he puts Bridget on the ship bound for his homeworld and stays behind.
Jay asks Asta if she’ll accompany her on a shopping trip for a winter formal dress, and Asta reassures Jay she’ll be there. Dan (Gary Farmer) lets D’Arcy in Asta’s room to look for a sweater she left behind. After D’Arcy locates said sweater, she finds the white and red cooler with Human Harry’s note to Sam and the botulinum toxin that killed the doctor. Uh-oh. Asta shows Harry the farewell video he sent her, but Harry reveals he sent Bridget home alone. He misses Bridget already. Asta comforts her friend as they embrace.
Random Ass Weirdo
Then, D’Arcy barges into Harry’s cabin with the cooler. She accuses Harry of killing Sam (which, true) and Asta of lying to her for a year to support this “random ass weirdo.” D’Arcy, in a rage, tells Asta they can’t be friends anymore. Asta convinces D’Arcy to stay even though she can’t reveal why she lied. Harry, touched by the emotional potential friend breakup, transforms into his alien self to save the day.
D’Arcy takes one look at Harry and calls him a “dinosaur.” She seems nonchalant about this reveal. D’Arcy forgives Asta, relieved that Harry’s identity is her “big secret.” The pair embrace, their best friendship still intact. Harry corrects D’Arcy, informing her of his extraterrestrial status. Besides, dinosaurs are extinct.
Liv finally sits in front of the camera to share her story in the documentary. She talks about how her teacher didn’t believe her. When asked what she would say to her teacher now, Liv tears up, stating, “I believe in aliens.” What a powerful moment from Bowen. Jay and Asta go dress shopping, and Mike interviews a new deputy. We see it’s Joseph, and Mike seems keen on hiring him. Double uh-oh.
Teaming Up With McCallister/Beaming Up Robert
Meanwhile, Harry, Asta and D’Arcy eat pizza together as everything comes to light. Asta and Harry put all their cards on the table, telling D’Arcy the truth about what’s going on with them. Suddenly, soldiers swarm Harry’s cabin. Asta and D’Arcy retreat to Harry’s bunker. He knows who’s here. The soldiers find Harry sitting quietly at the table, alone. They smuggle him to McCallister’s new base. She takes Harry underground, and that’s that.
Robert sits on a bench, munching on a snack when a spotlight appears over him. We see it’s an alien tractor beam, lifting Robert into their spaceship. Next, The Grey leader (George Takei) snatches the alien ball out of Robert’s hand. Robert is bound and gagged to a slab, as is Ben, who squirms next to him. The Grey leader tells Ben they have his baby. We see a flashback featuring Kate from three months ago, wherein she’s elevated above her bed while sleeping. That’s how she lost the baby. Said baby looks to be inside an incubator of sorts.
Everyone brings their A-game performance-wise for this outing, but Corey Reynolds and Alan Tudyk are especially hysterical, with Elizabeth Bowen delivering so much heart in one short scene. Gracelyn Awad Rinke reminds us why she needs more scenes. Here’s hoping we see more of Sahar in Season 3.
“I Believe in Aliens” sets the stage for what’s sure to be a pulsating, white-knuckled, thrilling third season. So many chess pieces are at play right now. Joseph has infiltrated Patience, starting a job with an unsuspecting Mike as his boss. D’Arcy knows the truth about Harry. Harry is partnering with McCallister to save the planet from The Greys. The Greys kidnap Ben and Robert, and we learn the aliens abducted Ben and Kate’s baby months ago. In short, sh*t has hit the fan. I can’t wait to see what Season 3 has in store for us.
Overall, Season 2 of Resident Alien suffered slightly from a sophomore slump, with a bit of disjointedness in the narrative and occasional pacing issues. However, the joyfulness, biting humor and “comfort food” heart we loved in Season 1 was still present in the second season. Long live our fave resident alien — a pizza-loving, random-ass weirdo.
Resident Alien Season 2 is now streaming on Peacock and the Syfy app.