The 100 “Rubicon” Photo Recap – Swimming In Murky Waters (2.12)

You guuuuuuuuuuuys…. The 100 has become a giant moral arena and it is MUDDY AS ALL HECK. Who’s good? Who’s bad? No one, that’s who! There are so many blurred edges on this show I’m surprised we can all see straight. Remember when our darling Clarke was all, “I need to make a pulstice,” and now she’s like, “hundreds of people are going to die in front of my very eyes? Must be a Tuesday.”

While Clarke’s moral quandary was certainly the largest shock of the episode, she wasn’t alone. There were more flip-flops than a beachside campfire, and I was loving it! Awesome new Desert Grounder, the Mountain King, even our beloved Raven was all over the map emotionally. *Happy sigh* It just feels good when our favourite shows deliver violence, twists, adventure AND realistic, grounded, flawed, human characters. Oh man, now I’M getting emotional!

As always, there were so many things to pump our fists in the air in glorious triumph over. Octavia’s tough-love approach, the lady friendship hug, a very satisfying death, and of course, the Beautiful Creepster has a crush!

I’m still 100% uninterested in Jaha, but that’s nothing new so maybe I’ll just shut up about it? You all know how I feel. So let’s roast some marshmallows on the burning remnants of Tondc and dive right in!

Remember last episode when Clarke sent the Mountain Minion on his merry way with limited life support? Well, he looked to be having as much fun as I do any time I set foot in a gym.





His workout had a nice ending, though! One of the creepiest dudes that has ever been pushed through a woman came to rescue him and proclaim some big time stuff. The magic bone marrow works! Is it just me, or do you guys fear for the lives of every scene-partner this guys has? He always seems like he’s on the verge of murder. So delicious!

Inside, our resident villain was making an entrance with the type of swagger only found in Fast and the Furious movies.




This woman is a straight-up sociopath and I’m going to miss her!

Meanwhile, yet another disagreement / tender make-up moment between our heroines was interrupted by a phone call with a boy. It’s the age old story!




Bellamy gave her the skinny, that The 48 are now roughly The 19. Naturally, Clarke wanted to wait around to hear the exciting conclusion, so she told Kane to go to Tondc without her.



Looks like this relationship is still a bit tense. I guess usurping your mother will do that.



To prove the point, Jaha was showing just how wacka-doo he really is.


Hahahahahahahaha! Jaha was flat-out LOST, you guys! Luckily, they stumbled upon yet another poor, helpless Grounder girl. BECAUSE THOSE EXIST.




Oh, and also:


Our Beautiful Creepster has a crush!!! My heart couldn’t be happier. His new lady friend promised to get them to the mysterious City of Light as long as they pull her cart, which is NOT suspicious even a little bit.

In a VERY well-timed crawl through the air ducts, Bellamy stumbled upon the most important conversation he could have been privy to. Way to go Bellamy!






BAH! The Mountain Prince is going to blow up Tondc! Of course, there are no radios, so Clarke had to race off to save the day, but not before this:



First Monty and Jasper, now THIS! My heart can’t take any more swelling, but I will risk the cardiac arrest because this business right here is why I watch this show. Never stop, The 100. Never, ever, stop.

Speaking of awesome lady friendships:



Octavia was worried about Lincoln, and Indra was all, “ain’t no thing,” and then set her up on a very romantic date to watch the perimeter.

Back in the desert, the Beautiful Creepster was getting his flirt on with the the Beautiful Grounder.




Boy was INTO IT. And who wouldn’t be?

You all know my stance on Jaha. He’s an unrelatable, self-righteous, arrogant wacka-doo who, despite Isaiah Washington’s best efforts, is as charismatic as a packet of soy sauce. HOWEVER, if his descent into preachy unlikability gives us a storyline where we meet interesting new characters who are morally gray and have NINJA TURTLE HANDS, then I guess I can get behind it.

Back at Mountain Manor, our teen heroes were linking up like they were playing a game in the park.



They had a little kerfuffle, and look who got Jasper!


THEY WERE SO CLOSE! This wasn’t how I pictured this reunion going, but it was nice none the less. Oh, and he slipped Jasper a gun, which has ALWAYS worked out in the past.









The Mountain King, as you know, has quickly become one my favourite characters. He’s adorable and creepy at the same time, and he’s trying to be quasi-heroic. Let’s not forget that his moral waters may just be the murkiest on the show. Yes, he’s trying to free The 19, but he also captured and bled countless Grounders, and okayed the Reaper Boot Camp. So. There’s that.

Quick question – has Clarke spent all her time off-screen learning equestrianism? Girl OWNED that horse!





This moment was a downright doozy, you guys. Can any of us honestly say what we would have done in this situation? On one hand, she’s letting innocent people die as a war strategy (anyone here a Pearl Harbor conspiracy nut? I bet you had fun with this one!). On the other hand, if she had evacuated the camp, it would mean the likely deaths of everyone inside Mount Weather.

I suppose if we look at it on a larger scale, it wasn’t just choosing one group of lives over another. The Mountain Men are a threat to everyone. They control the Reapers, they have weapons and manpower and a desire for control. They’re not going to stop after killing The 48. Next it would be Ark Camp, then the Grounders, then THE WORLD. Stopping them SHOULD be her number one priority.

Then again… DAMN, CLARKE!

In a twist, our sweet, innocent Beautiful Grounder was NOT sweet and innocent!



Awwwwww! She stole all their supplies and then knocked him out. I am in LOVE. We’ll see her again, right?

In a DUH-DOI moment, Raven let it slip that Octavia is in Tondc. I wonder if the fact that his sister was in the village Clarke allowed to be bombed will come up later? OH WELL.

Speaking of – Octavia went to investigate some rumblings in the forest, like the brave little vixen she is, and ran across Lincoln snagging himself a Grounder for kool-aid payment. She tough-loved the shit out of him!




You guys, Octavia is swoon-worthy, and I don’t care who knows it.

Meanwhile, The Beautiful Creepster knew the general direction of the City of Lights, and Jaha was all for it.





Jaha actually said the words: “We have no weapons and no rations. If we go North and you’re wrong, we all die. If we go back, we live. Ah, f*ck it, let’s go.” I may have paraphrased that last part, but quick question – HOW DOES THIS MAN HAVE FOLLOWERS?? How did he get elected Chancellor in the first place?

I get why the Beautiful Creepster wants to go. For the first time since the show began, someone values him. Why not risk his life! But Jaha is just plain bonkers and I maybe think his followers deserve to die in the desert for following a wack-job.

Ugh, whatever, this shot was cool:


Clarke and Lexa were scampering off when Clarke tried to brainstorm.




Then she spotted her mother waltzing around Tondc like she owned the place.



I am not going to lie you guys, up until the very moment the missile hit, I thought something or someone was going to save the day. But, this is The 100, a show that kills 320 people including an adorable freckled father (#NEVERFORGET), even though some teens built some rockets. Of course the town blew up. Of course it did.



The scene that followed was heartbreaking.









My snark-bone is suffering repeated injuries, you guys. I don’t know how much of this it can take! The emotional range that Paige Turco showed tonight was outstanding. And Eliza Taylor, as always, killed it. She showed the perfect amount of panic that one has as they try to rationalize their own behaviour. Someone give these girls a high five and an orange creamsicle.

After a kerfuffle where Jasper shot a guard directly in his bulletproof vest (eye roll, Jasper, eye roll), he was taken! But then people’s faces started melting off.







I’m a little worried for the team’s mental health after standing in an elevator door watching a woman MELT TO DEATH, but it was still awesome.

Then the Mountain Prince went to see his father so they could have a creep-off.



Cage knew the Mountain King helped to radiate his own people (seeeeeriously murky waters!), and to punish him, he gave him a dose of the magic bone marrow! Doesn’t seem like much of a punishment, but okay! If this means the Mountain King can stick around after the actual Mountain goes to hell, then I am on board!

To end the episode, were delighted to a lovely wrap-up of the horrible death and destruction the missile caused.


Whoops, indeed, Clarke! Whoops. Indeed.

While this is something that’s going to irreparably alter our heroine, it was not a decision made by Dark Clarke. This was an impossible decision that she barely had time to process. A decision she never fully made, and tried to reverse until the very last moment.

Every character on this show lives in the gray, and our heroine is no different. I love how The 100 goes there. It doesn’t just make the floor disappear beneath our feet, but it makes us ask questions of ourselves we would never otherwise face. Because really, what would you do if it were you in that situation?

Yet another stellar showing from our beloved teen adventure. I am beyond pumped, and a little scared (but mostly pumped) about what state we’ll find our heroine in next week. The repercussions of what she has allowed to happen are going to touch every single character on this show. And I don’t see the ripples stopping any time soon.

High fives to all. Top drawer.


  • Kane and Indra were off skipping in the forest singing “tra la la” and putting flowers in their hair when the missile hit, right? They ducked and covered?
  • “Wick is out scrounging for parts.” – IS HE?? I would watch a full hour of that.
  • “Touch me again and I’ll end you. In a non-criminal way.” Oh Beautiful Creepster, never change.
  • “You showed true strength today. Don’t let emotions stop you now.” – Damn, Lexa. Just, daaaaamn.
  • What do you think would happen if Clarke put her hair in a ponytail or something. Doesn’t it ever get frizzy? Doesn’t her neck get sweaty? These are the questions burning my soul.
  • Which of the ninja turtles do you think is Emori’s dad? I bet it’s Raphael.

[Originally Posted February 2015 on]

One thought on “The 100 “Rubicon” Photo Recap – Swimming In Murky Waters (2.12)


    Dec 23, 2015
    ‘Explosive news’, ‘real blast’.. those Lexa puns, man 🙂

    Dec 05, 2015
    I can’t help thinking that Abby could do some corrective plastic surgery on Zorn or Emori and fix them up more or less completely. It’s not a PC subject, but since the Grounder society basically kicked them out, normalizing their bodies would probably change their lives for the better in a big way.
    My guess is that the Sky People even have gene therapies to allow people to repair their DNA from radiation damage, so even the descendants of mutants might not have mutated children if they got the treatment.

    Mar 24, 2015
    Is that Jasper telling Bellamy he missed Murphy in that screenshot, or vice versa? It looks like Bellamy’s the one talking, but he knows Murphy’s not in the mountain… Maybe he meant Miller. Boy’s so desperate for a bromance, what can you do.

    Mar 25, 2015
    GASP – I DID mean Miller! There are just so many M’s in this show! Miller, Murphy, Monroe, Madeline (that’s the Gorilla’s name). It’s too much for my peanut-butter-addled brain to keep straight.

    Mar 24, 2015
    I kinda choked several times throughout this episode – I almost attacked the screen when they almost took Monty and then Jasper today.
    And the TV broke half way through the second advert break; I freaked out and instantly became a rather awesome mechanic…
    Then settled down with my cushion on the sofa once more while threatening the TV to try a stunt like that again.

    Feb 28, 2015
    I’m dying again, thank you for this

    Feb 22, 2015
    Literally the only times I have laughed this entire week have been reading your recaps and re-reading the Hyperbole and a Half book. THANK YOU FOR BEING EFFING BRILLIANT.

    Feb 17, 2015
    I have important information regarding Wick…I found him in an episode of Hindsight on VH1…that must be where he’s been hiding.

    Feb 17, 2015
    Great recap lady! I would have commented waaaay earlier but we have been passing disease around my house like Murphy and his hemorrhagic fever.

    Feb 17, 2015
    Oh dear! I hope you’re not crying True Blood tears!
    Throw on The Princess Bride, eat all the junk food you can reach and whine to anyone who will listen. That’s what I do when I’m sick. Feel better!

    Feb 17, 2015
    Sound advice. You should give our dr tips. Apparently we are just supposed to stoically wait it out. Pffft! And I finally watched Sherlock. And as my friend Kelli says, there is a sapiosexual attraction there. Fyi. Just in case you were wondering.

    Feb 14, 2015
    Im a straight female.. But Lexa is sooo pretty, followed by Raven, then Octavia. Raven reminds me of Jessica Alba back then during her dark angel era..

    Feb 14, 2015
    what’s your obsession with wick? also who has not figured out tondc is really WashingTON dc

    Feb 15, 2015
    Can you blame he ? Wick is lovable
    Great guess about TONDC!!

    Feb 14, 2015
    Lexa looks like she wants to have sex with Clarke EVERY SINGLE TIME SHE LOOKS AT HER!! And can you imagine the 50 Shades of Grey style kink fest THAT would be!? Especially with Lexa’s strict no love policy. I’m willing to bet it would involve Clarke being tied to a tree at some point. And the way Lexa looks like she just wants to DEVOUR Clarke , and Clarke always looks like a sweet little doe-eyed deer in her headlights, is just delectable. 100 producers, I BEG YOU to hook these two up, even if you don’t want to do it on the show, just film a porno of it and send it to me. I’ll pay any price!!

    Feb 27, 2015
    i give you props for calling it (:

    Feb 14, 2015
    Is it just me, or does Beautiful Creepster (I actually have no idea what he name is) look really good in a desert setting? The yellow tones really suit him. Apparently that’s what I took away from this episode…

    Feb 14, 2015
    Its not just you. For the first time since the show started, i thought he looks pretty cute

    Feb 13, 2015
    hmm, I was kinda expecting a cap oh jaha saying “look, i got a jesus stick”
    oh well, lexa puns 🙂

    Feb 13, 2015
    OK so Murphy is so easy to like now that he’s the foil to Jaha’s cray cray. I mean are you serious with that stick? I get the Moses parallel they’re going for but it’s like an animation where Murphy is the genie or the donkey or that dragon Eddie Murphy played to Jaha’s Mulan.
    She got 5 kids to feed

    Feb 13, 2015
    Holy crap! I haven’t read one of these in a while; it was WORTH IT!!!
    I’ll be back for more! 🙂

    Feb 13, 2015
    I’m so glad our Pun Queen is back 😀 and since these photo recaps are all about making you feel better after watching a devastating episode like this and despite it being so emotional and thrilling I just laughed my ass off on several moments.
    let me point them out (in none-chronological way):
    1. Beautiful Creepster’s “in a non criminal way” line.
    2. When Dante shouted at Cage telling him something about costing his soul I couldn’t hear the words clearly and I thought he was pronouncing some sort of a spell I was waiting for him to miraculously pull a magic wand out of his pocket and Avada Kedavara his son straight away! 😀
    3. When I saw their faces watching that doctor melt, I’mean you could just grab a pickaxe and pick out some gold from Miller’s face #NotASingleFudgeGiven
    4.It’s a scene with Jasper after he shot the guard and the kerfuffleing was over. I have to show this scene with a photo caption (sorry for being impudent, Toni :D)
    I can’t possibly be the only one who burst out laughing when this scene came on right?!
    This episode was epic!

    Feb 13, 2015
    Hilarious XD
    “Kane and Indra were off skipping in the forest singing “tra la la” and putting flowers in their hair when the missile hit, right?”
    They MUST have been. Because… well… you know…. *some throat scraping* right…. uhm…. I’ll just cry my eyes out if they’ve been blown up. 😥

    Feb 13, 2015
    loool hilarious recaps as always.. Love the Lexa puns
    Speaking of ninja turtles Paige Turco (Abby) played April in the live action Ninja Turtles movie

    Feb 14, 2015
    I saw this movie IN THE THEATER, had the lunch box with Super Shredder on it, the picture book adaption, yes, I even own a VHS copy of Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap” video single.
    Now that I have impressed you all with my Turtle street cred, trust me when I say, the deformed grounder chick with hand elephantiasis in this episode, looked far more like a Ninja Turtle than any of the..whatever the hell they were supposed to be, Hulk-lizard things…in the Michael Bay “Ninja Turtle” movie that that recently came out.

    Feb 14, 2015
    Turtle street cred approved. I still own 3ft dolls of the turtle team.
    LOOL i feel your pain, that Michael Bay monstrosity was so bad it forced me to watch something i hadn’t seen for over a decade to console myself.

    Feb 14, 2015
    I saw the first Turtles movie in the theater also in 90. And had most of the Archie Comics TMNT Turtle Adventures from the early nineties, AS WELL as the Mighty Mutanimals! The comic book that featured all of the other random mutants from the TMNT universe, like Wingnut and Screwloose, and Leatherhead! Of course, I had all the action figures also -and I actually didn’t mind the Nickelodeon update of the cartoon that they did ( or may be still doing) recently but I had to stop watching it when I heard there was gonna be a Michael Bay Turtle movie! I think the original turtle toy line is second (SECOND!! now we just did a nod to the 100!) to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Still love those toys! Still looking for a vintage, in the box tmnt Wyrm figure at a reasonable price! A toy I have wanted since childhood!

    Feb 13, 2015
    What? No!… Really? Wow. I guess it was 24 years ago, but the only thing I notice as similar are her cheekbones.

    Feb 13, 2015
    I watched it not to long ago after the disappointment of the new one..Its her. I think she has aged magnificently.

    Feb 17, 2015
    She hasn’t aged AT ALL!! cyborg

    Feb 13, 2015
    On how Jaha got elected: he gives fantastic speeches, well until he said the words “city of light”

    Feb 13, 2015
    Haha, I do want to see just how far the writers and the actor can take Jaha’s crazy levels,
    he currently sits at Defcon level 3 crazy
    or 5 minutes to deranged on the crazy clock
    or a score of 9 point nutso!

    Feb 13, 2015
    OK, the 100 has made nods to nearly every post apocalyptic sci-fi film or story from Planet of the Apes to Logan’s Run, so seriously, when do we get to see a Thunderdome? Jaha and Ceepster ( Producers take note, that would be an excellent name for a buddy themed cartoon spin off) look to be about half way to Bartertown already, although, really Bellamy would be the character I’d most like to see square off against Blaster Master. Little known fact, in his high school year book, Bob Morley was voted “Most likely to fight a midget riding on top of another guy in a post apocalyptic wasteland”! ( It’s possible that this fact is little known because I only just now created it. ) Anyway, this could be a good tie in with the new Mad Max film! Let’s get thinking cross promotion here people!! Imagine , the possibilities, we could see all of our favorite characters square off in the Thunderdome! Mountain King vs. Jaha! Kane vs. Lincoln! Indra vs. The Gorilla! ( I had to pick the only character who I think could put up a reasonable fight against the gorilla) and much like a Gorilla, adding a Thunderdome to any story can only improve it’s overall quality. At this point, anyone who is an MST3K fan should feel obligated to say, “Come on Nick! Can’t we just get BEYOND Thunderdome!?” -any MSTies out there watch this show? Just me huh? Never mind then.

    Feb 13, 2015
    “Wick is out scrounging for parts.” – IS HE?? I would watch a full hour of that.” Me too.. me too

    Feb 13, 2015
    He should get his own spin-off…

    Feb 19, 2015
    I would watch the hell out of that…

    Feb 13, 2015
    This was the best one all season, and I personally LOVE it when you mock Jaha. The crazy crusader with a Moses fetish and the staff he stole from Gandalf deserves to be mocked. Isaiah Washington is wonderful, but Jaha is full on wackadoo! Lexa puns! Songs! Beautiful Creepster! Yay!
    You seem to genuinely love the show, and in some of the episodes this season it would be difficult to find the funny!

    Feb 13, 2015
    In response to your, “Guys Octavia is swoon worthy, and I don’t care who knows it” comment, I’m pretty sure anyone who could be referred to as a “guy” knows that already. Grounder pounder could turn Elton John straight.
    Quick question though, now that Octavia is sort of a “grounder” , is “Grounder Pounder” really even an accurate nickname anymore? Much as I like this whole subplot of her training as a second, I don’t know if I can in good conscience, support a story thread that would obviate that nickname.

    Feb 13, 2015
    The sight of Tsing dying a slow and agonizing death made me pump my fist in the air and shout, “Melt, you ghastly woman, MELT!” Now that she’s gone, hopefully the bone marrow extractions will lessen to give Bellamy more able bodied people to free the grounders.

    Feb 13, 2015
    As annoyed as I am with Clarke for leaving behind Octavia, it is nothing to how completely irritated I am with Abby. If Abby had listened to Clarke and didn’t show up at the village, Clarke may have actually had (just barely) enough time to find the guy before the full coordinates were entered. She wouldn’t even have had to change the coordinates or keep him from necessarily seeing her. If Lexa and her attacked him before he finished giving the coordinates, the missile couldn’t have launched and it wouldn’t have given Bellamy away because the guy was talking, like he could’ve simply been overheard or spotted.
    Also, Abby has clearly not seen the Imitation Game. If she had she wouldn’t have thrown so much shade at Clarke. The whole reason the Allies won WWII was because after they cracked the German code, instead of warning everyone immediately and alerting the Germans to the fact that they cracked the code, they allowed preventable sacrifices to happen in order to save everyone else. Aka the good of the many outweigh the good of the few. With the Mountain Men thinking they’re still in charge Lexa and Clarke have the advantage to save all of the Grounders and Sky People. It isn’t just about the 23? in the mountain. It’s about the 23 (26?) + the Grounders in the mountain + every Sky person and Grounder not in the mountain and who doesn’t want to be in the mountain or on a Reaper’s dinner menu.

    Feb 12, 2015
    Do you ship CLEXA.? Everytime you do their scenes I’m wanting you to point out their chemistry and Lexa’s heart eyes at Clarke. They’re chemistry is almost as good as Bellarke’s.

    Feb 13, 2015
    I ship everyone on this show. Is that allowed? Throw any two characters together for romance, friendship, leadership, tennis parters, anything, and I’m ABOUT IT.

    Feb 12, 2015
    Clarke and Lexa made the right choice… to sneak off into the woods for a make out sesh.

    Feb 12, 2015
    Every time Abby nags Clarke I hear “Mother knows best” from Tangled playing in my head.
    Your annoyance with Jaha gives me life. Will they ever make him interesting? The writers don’t even try anymore.
    The RavenClarke was the sweetest moment in the episode for me. The only happy moment, really.
    Anyone think it’s funny the Octavia became a Groudner/Warrior in 4 days? haha Love her, but seriously?
    Emori’s claw made me GASP. *gasp* I think Murphy was daydreaming about her using the claw for a specific something.
    Cackling at Bellante singing Unbreak My Heart. Why does the show what us to see Dante as a good guy??. He didn’t stop Tsing from draining the Groudners of their blood!!
    It’s murky but I think Lexa and Clarke made the right choice to save the most amount of people. It’s not just about saving those at Mount Weather, but defeating the Mountain Men once and for all. Wiping them out is what will save everyone, not just those in MW.
    Clarke didn’t say it was Lexa’s fault when Abby asked her, she owned up to her own actions. Love that.
    Agreed that was a decision of Dark Clarke. People are like “she’s evillll now, no humanity left” What? The fact the she was trying to figure out another plan the entire time shows her humanity is still intact. If they had more time, they could have come up with another plan, but there was none. She acred about those people and didn’t want them to die, but she also know they must win this war.

    Feb 12, 2015
    You are just the best, and these photo recaps are just the best. Keep up the great work!

    Feb 12, 2015
    Of course Indra and Kane were singing in the Forest….
    I don’t care for Jaha either but if something happens to Murphy it’s Going to take some ugly turn for him… Clarke, Octavia, Jasper, Raven and Bellamy may be mad at him for some very good reasons but he is still one of them…
    it might possibly be my imagination but even if the 19 looked at doctor Frankenstein while she died and enjoyed the fact that she died (with very good reasons) they don’t look like they enjoyed killing her … They looked creeped out

    Feb 12, 2015
    I think that at some point Clarke and maybe Abby too will realize that even if they tried to save everybody they did not have time… Clarke and Lexa made it out of the camp but they were still close enough to see Abby comming in TronDC (I thought it was TonDC because of the half erase Washington DC board at the gate but when they speak grounders the subtitles says TronDC I don’t know why they added a R) I think that if Lexa and Clarke had called up a meeting to tell the truth to everybody everyone would have been dead

    Feb 12, 2015
    It’s so nice to have something The 100 related that makes me laugh and doesn’t make me want to cry and question everything about life. In particular I liked your Bellamy/Clarke call, Murphy/Jaha/Emori, and your Bellamy/Wallace scene.
    I wonder how Clarke lying to Bellamy about Octavia is going to play out later, I don’t think she’s ever lied to him before…

    Feb 12, 2015
    I have to say I look forward to these every week! Keep up the good work with photo recaps 🙂

    Feb 12, 2015
    So do I


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