|“||This is a burden, yes, but it's also a gift.||”|
|— Caitlin to Lauren and Andy|
She is the wife of Reed Strucker, and mother of Lauren and Andy Strucker, two mutant teens. Her world is shaken to its core following the discovery of her children's abilities, forcing her family on the run from Sentinel Services.
Character Description Edit
"A woman who is struggling with her separation from her husband, Reed, and her increasingly challenging teenage children. When her family situation takes a dark turn, she finds that she's stronger than she thinks.".
Early Life Edit
Caitlin's father taught her how to use a gun when she was only four years old, however, she didn't have a good relationship with her late mother, they couldn't be in the same room without fighting - mostly about why Caitlin wasn't a "perfect" and well-behaved teenager like her siblings Jenny and Daniel. Caitlin was only able to fix their relationship when her mother was sick, just before she died.
Once, Caitlin and her family nearly got into a car accident with an oncoming truck but it managed to swerve out of the way, avoiding them. Unknowingly, this was due to her daughter's mutant powers manifesting and saving them. For weeks after this, she had said that them being saved was a miracle.
Two years prior to discovering her children were mutants, she and her family had gone bowling with her mother-in-law and she saw some people teasing a young mutant girl. She let her powers lash out, sending a small shockwave that rattled some of the people in the building and watched as her husband told the girl and her father that they had to leave before the police had to be involved.
Around that same time, her and Reed had taken the family out for a picnic in the park. They were happy to see that their children weren't fighting for a change. Unknown to her, the two had momentarily tapped into their joint power for the first time.
Throughout the SeriesEdit
In "eXposed", Caitlin and her husband, Reed arrive at Belleview Acres High School to address the bullying of their son, Andy. They meet with Mr. Baird, who assures them that Belleview has zero tolerance for bullying. However, they notice a recent change in Andy's behavior, which in return is negatively impacting his grades. Not to mention that he hasn't been sleeping. In situations such as this, Mr. Baird would recommend the C.A.R.E (communicate, adjust, reconcile, and empathize) system. Though Caitlin would rather more drastic measure be taken. The bullies are terrorizing her son, and they needed to be handled appropriately. Furthermore, should the school continue to neglect Andy's needs, Reed will sue them into oblivion. After Mr. Baird exits the office to retrieve someone more equipped for the task at hand, Caitlin comments on Reed's aggressive demeanor and scary glaring. Sadly, Reed has to leave soon thereafter as he is called in to interview a suspect at the Garland Detention Center. They exchanged I love you's before kissing him goodbye.
Caitlin and Andy return home that evening, where they are joined at the dinner table by her daughter and Andy's sister, Lauren. Caitlin asks Lauren if she will still be attending the dance at school that night, offering to show her daughter some of her best moves, which Lauren respectfully declines. She then asks Andy about his day, to which he comments was bad, mostly because she was there. As for his classes, in social studies, they debated over a law to reinforce the testing of people with the X-gene and the right to monitor them. Andy mentions how a student in the class freaked out because his cousin is a "mutie", forcing Lauren to address just how racist that sounds. Caitlin points out the fact that they are fighting over social studies of all things. She was hoping that they could have a normal conversation, but that seems to be beyond reach.
Later that night, Caitlin learns that Andy is a mutant, and that he was responsible for bringing down the school's gym during another bullying incident. Andy tried to explain for his actions, which resulted in the destruction of the gym, but Caitlin is simply in disbelief. She questions why there weren't any warnings, to which Lauren explains that that's how mutant powers manifest, in moments of great stress or danger. Reed talks about it constantly, though Caitlin is still confused by Lauren's sudden expertise in the subject. Lauren then reveals that she is a mutant as well, and that she's the reason that she and and Andy made it out safely. Lauren reminds Caitlin of an incident from three years ago, when they were coming back from a concert at church, and a truck narrowly missed them. Caitlin went on and on for weeks how it was a miracle that they didn't die, but in actuality, it was mutant intervention, Lauren's intervention to be more specific. After realizing that Lauren has been burdened with keeping that secret for the last three years, Caitlin asks her daughter why she never confided in her. Lauren says that she tried but it was difficult, especially with a father that imprisons her kind. As Caitlin explains, Reed prosecutes criminals, but this doesn't mean that he is against mutants.
Caitlin then answers the knock at the front door. On the other side is Agent Turner and Agent Weeks of the Sentinel Services, coming to take Andy and Lauren into custody after the mutant related incident at their school. Caitlin refuses to give her children up without a fight. She informs them that her husband is a prosecutor, which they are already aware of. Under the amended Patriot Act, it is their job to secure the safety of the community, meaning that Andy and Lauren would have to go with them for the time being, but Caitlin is reluctant in standing by, and just allowing them to take her kids, so she attempts to shut the door on the Agents, but fails as they knock her to the ground, which angers Andy, and causes the entire house to shake. As Andy grows angrier, the shaking intensifies, forcing the Agents to draw their weapons. However, Lauren obstructs their path with her force fields, which in return buys Caitlin, Andy, and Lauren enough time to escape in the family's van.
After their daring escape, Caitlin stops at a payphone to inform Reed of recent developments. In a diner on the outskirts of Atlanta, Caitlin, Andy, Lauren, and Reed meet up, and discuss their next course of action. Reed asks if anyone was actually hurt and if they instigated the altercation with Andy. Caitlin reminds him that it isn't a deposition, and that a legal understanding of the matter will do little to help against Sentinel Services. The only reason they got away is because Sentinel Services didn't have enough time to put a full team together. Soon, the pressure will be on. They need to find some place safe. Caitlin suggests that they stay with her sister, Jenny, in Phoenix, but Reed is thinking more along the lines of someplace with less strict mutant laws, like Mexico. As Reed promises to figure something out, Caitlin is pulled close and comforted by Andy.
The next morning, the Struckers awaken at the Caravan Motel. Caitlin joins Reed by the window, and Caitlin jokes that he may be a mutant as well, nut with a snoring ability. Later in the evening, Reed would be meeting with Eclipse, a powerful mutant and member of the Mutant Underground. Caitlin wonders how great their chances are in making it out. They don't have many options, Reed replies. Caitlin is aware that he is doing the best he could. She'd take one option over none. She then asks Reed if he knows how rough it is on the mutant fugitives who are constantly on the run from Sentinel Services. Reed knows it isn't easy, but they both remember how it is with the mutants fighting amongst each other, and innocent people getting hurt in the crossfire. Before long, it is time to move again as Reed spots a Sentinel Services drone circling the area. With that in mind, they wake the kids, and exit the motel, stealing a truck, and driving off.
With everything going as planned, the Struckers meet up with Eclipse in an abandoned warehouse facility. From there, Eclipse would get them food, water, and blankets before heading down to the border, though Caitlin refuses to go any further until she knows all of what he has planned for her family. Eclipse explains that he knows people down by the border with a specific set of skills, that'll allow them to get people under, over, or even through the wall. Once that is done, they'll get them new IDs. There are also churches of people who will help them. Unfortunately, their plans never initiate as doesn't take long before they are surrounded by Sentinel Services, and ordered to the ground.
Luckily, Eclipse is not alone. Two of his fellow mutants, Thunderbird and Blink, come to their rescue. The Struckers and the mutants run throughout the facility in search of an exit, all the while being pursued by Sentinel Services and the Sentinels. Despite their best efforts, they find themselves cornered by the Sentinels. With all hope seemingly lost, Caitlin grabs Reed's hand as the mutants fend off the attacking robots. Much to their surprise, Blink's ability is teleporting via portals. She manages to create a portal, and hold it open long enough for Thunderbird, Lauren, Caitlin, Eclipse, and Andy to make it through. However, Blink's ability to maintain the portal is wearing thin, and with Reed being attacked on the other end, he end up being left for capture.
In "rX", one year ago, Caitlin, Reed, Lauren, Andy, and Reed's mother Ellen have a family outing to the bowling alley for a family gathering. He recommended that Caitlin reconsider her professional bowling career after witnessing her poor attempt at a strike. Reed then looked to his mother, who shared no desire in partaking in the family's activity. She informed Reed that the love of bowling was one of many things that she and his father did not have in common. Their fun family outing quickly turned bad as they were interrupted by a dispute occurring one lane over between a father and his mutant daughter, and the obnoxious group of people that were teasing the daughter because of her mutation which resembled a vibrating motion. Reed attempted to ignore the dispute turning his head, but as the belittling and arguing continued between the two parties, the young girl briefly lost control of her abilities, and while no serious damage was done, Reed decided it was time to intervene in the conflict. He advised the father to leave the bowling alley with his child before the situation got any worse because damaging property with a mutant ability is a serious crime.
In the aftermath of the portal closing, Caitlin and her kids, Andy and Lauren, start panicking about leaving Reed behind. John explains that they are in the Mutant Underground's headquarters. As much as John and Marcos want to help the Struckers with going back to retrieve Reed, the chances of them being captured, or worse, killed, are greater. What is within their ability, however, is tending to Clarice, who has overexerted her power to save them from Sentinel Services, and ended up collapsing, thus shutting the portal she created, forcing Reed to remain on the other side.
As they are moving an unwell Clarice out of the room, they don't make it far as Clarice is barely able to stand on her own two feet. Marcos then places her on a bench by the stairs. The Struckers still panicking about going back for Reed doesn't make their siuation any easier, forcing Marcos to explain to Andy that Reed was planning to help him get his girlfriend, Lorna, out of jail, but as much as he wants Reed there, they can't think of that right now.
As time progress, Clarice's condition worsens. The Long-distance leap and holding her portal open for such an extensive amount of time took a lot of energy out of her. Caitlin, being a nurse, diagnoses Clarice as being in respiratory distress and with her temperature spiking, which means she needs medical attention that only a hospital can provide. Marcos offers first-aid and painkillers in hopes that Caitlin can make do. When she starts to question whether or not she's capable of saving Clarice, Lauren steps in to offer a few words of encouragement. Clarice then begins convulsing causing her powers to become unstable. Without the right medication, she could die, Caitlin explains. As Clarice goes into shock, her powers start to uncontrollably manifest, causing her to involuntarily open a portal to stretch of road where a truck is headed straight for them. As the truck tries to avoid them, it skids out of control, resulting in the truck being sliced in half. The back half unfortunately makes it through the portal, prompting everyone to take cover.
After helping the others, John carries Clarice to a table in the back of the room by the vault. Marcos asks Caitlin that if she said that Clarice is over-exceeding her powers, how is she able to create portals. Caitlin admits that she isn't an expert in the field. As Clarice starts convulsing again, a new portal emerges to the same road as before. Civilians with loaded rifles stand on the other side of the portal looking in. Seeing this, Marcos prepares for a fight. However, advises him to show restraint as they aren't to hurt innocent bystanders. Lauren walks in front of them and manages to close the portal using her shields, thus preventing any possible altercation. This shuts down Clarice's powers as she falls unconscious. Marcos and Caitlin then set forth a plan to raid the hospital for the medication to treat Clarice while Lauren agrees to stay behind and close any potential portals.
That night, Caitlin and Marcos head out for the hospital. Worried about her kids, Caitlin asks how long the mission will take. Marcos explains that Andy and Lauren aren't alone. They have John. He may be a tracker, but he is also bulletproof so Caitlin has nothing to worry about. Caitlin makes it clear that she expects Marcos to honor his deal with Reed to get their family out of the country. Marcos informs Caitlin that Reed was trying to send his girlfriend, Lorna, to prison up until recently. Caitlin defends Reed's actions, stating that he was only following the law as a prosecutor, but they have nothing against mutants. Marcos wonders if Caitlin or Reed would be standing up for mutants if it hadn't been Lauren and Andy in that gym at their school. Caitlin does not reply as she ponders on Marcos' question.
Caitlin and Marcos arrive at South Region Hospital later that day. They look inside to the sight of the over-crowded urgent care facility. It's not much like the hospitals Caitlin is used to. And the state is even considering closing down the hospital to mutant patients. He jokes that one of their best powers is bankrupting hospitals as they are born with the ultimate pre-existing condition. Caitlin notes that the ER is secured and the drugs are inside, meaning they need an emergency in order to enter the treatment area. Luckily for them, Marcos has a bullet wound from their previous escape, so Caitlin reopens the wound. Much to her surprise, his blood is like no others she had seen before. He seems to bleed some form of solar light; he's bioluminescent. They enter the hospital, with Marcos holding onto his bullet wound that is dripping. They use this to his advantage as he convinces the front desk receptionist that he desperately needs help.
As Dr. Watkin stitches Marcos' wound, he asks what caused this, to which Marcos replies that he was injured while climbing a latter. Skeptical about the story, Dr. Watkin calls Caitlin into the hallway. She had claimed that she was Marcos' girlfriend. Noticing the bruises on her face, that, unbeknownst to him, was the result of Clarice's portal bringing half a truck careening into the headquarters, Dr. Watkin's immediate assumption is that because she's dating a mutant there's a domestic violence situation at hand. Perhaps for the first time in her life, Caitlin begins to realize the degree to which people's casual prejudices adversely affect mutants. Although still baffled by his assumption, Caitlin reassures him that this isn't the case. She then grabs a pair of hospital scrubs.
Dressed in her stolen hospital scrubs, Caitlin sneaks into the medicine cabinet to take what she needs in order to treat Clarice, but on her way out, she spots Dr. Watkin talking to two police officers. So she regroups with Marcos and tells him that they need to leave immediately. Just when Marcos asks if Caitlin is sure that the doctor was talking to the police about them, the two officers come barging through the door. With their guns drawn, they demand that Marcos and Caitlin get down. Instead, they make a run for it. Caitlin and Marcos run through the laundry room and out the backdoor. As they make their escape, Marcos welds the door shut.
On their way back from the hospital, Caitlin asks if it is always that bad for mutants. Marcos reveals that what Caitlin saw was actual top quality mutant health care as the doctor at least bothered to stitch him up before calling the police. While there are civil rights acts, Marcos explains that there's always an exception for public safety. All they have to do is call a mutant dangerous and instantly, their rights vanish. When Caitlin asks how Marcos' family dealt with him being a mutant, he reveals that they kicked him out at 13 the first time he lit up. To survive, he had to do a lot of things he isn't proud of, and it was Lorna who saved him from that. She is more so his family than his own parents. Upon returning to HQ, Caitlin begins to panic, but he assures her that it's a security measure by a mutant Underground member to keep unauthorized people away. However, he notes that something is wrong with it being stronger than usual. Speaking to Pedro (the mutant responsible for the fear induction), Marcos learns that the building was being evacuated as Clarice's portals continue to violently open and close everywhere in and around HQ.
Caitlin and Marcos arrive to find Andy and Lauren assisting with evacuation. After a brief family reunion, Marcos stays back with the kids as Caitlin heads inside to tend to Clarice and hopefully stop the destruction of Headquarters. Caitlin enters to find the building in complete chaos. She jumps through one of the portals, transporting her to John and Clarice's exact location. Caitlin then injects Clarice with the medication they had stolen from the hospital to stabilize her potassium levels. Fortunately, it seems all of their efforts have paid off as the portals desist and the Underground is left intact.
Later, Caitlin expresses how proud she is of Andy and Lauren. As for Reed, Caitlin is determined to find him at all costs, however, Andy isn't so sure they will. Caitlin looks around before telling them that it is their turn to fight the same fight that many have been fighting for a long time.
In, "eXodus", Caitlin offers her input over a meeting where Marcos tries to rally support to try and get Lorna out of prison. Unfortunately for Marcos, John and Caitlin are in agreement that Clarice's powers are too unstable. Sonya reminds John that Clarice freed herself from jail, suggesting she may be possible of accomplishing what Marcos' plan calls for. John reluctantly agrees though Caitlin isn't backing down. She reminds them all that they still have laws to abide by. She recommends calling a lawyer as some members of congress are sympathetic to mutants, but John claims that she may be overestimating their sympathy. Caitlin has connections. She can reach out, but contact with the outside world is disallowed. They can't risk the exposure with Sentinel Services on the look-out. Much better odds, they will get turned on, which is a risk that Marcos and John refuse to take.
She then goes off to where Andy and Lauren are playing, and overhears them get into a small argument over a game piece that Lauren quickly quells when she explains that their father always uses that game piece when they play. It's then and there that she makes up her mind to go to her brother, Danny for help. So late that night, whilst everyone else slept, Caitlin wakes up Andy and Lauren to inform them that she is leaving the station and going to their uncle Danny's house to see if he can help find Reed. However, as Lauren points out, they haven't seen him since their grandmother's funeral. Nonetheless, there is no way Andy and Lauren are allowing her to leave alone. If Sentinel Services showed up, she'll need someone to protect her, and so they'll be there to ensure her safety. They had already lost their father,. They aren't willing to lose their mother as well, refusing to take no for an answer. With that being said, Caitlin brings them along.
By the following morning, the Struckers have successfully made it out to downtown Atlanta though not with out risk as Atlanta PD patrols the area. Andy and Lauren remind Caitlin that their uncle Danny lives across town and that the only way they'll make it without capture is to find a ride. However, their bank accounts are frozen and would never make it to Buckhead. Andy suggests that they rob the bank but Caitlin and Lauren rejects his plan as it is both dangerous and illegal. Lauren hopes to some day return their lives to a sense of normalcy, but as Andy explains, their lives will never return to what it once was. Instead of robbing a bank, Andy uses his abilities to rip open nearby parking meters, providing them with the needed change for cab fare.
Caitlin arrives at her brother Danny's house with Andy and Lauren. He embraces her and invites them all in though not before telling them that they were in a lot of trouble as the police had come by his house looking for them. Inside, Danny tells Caitlin that his wife Mary is out of town on a sales conference. Danny's son, Scott and Andy and Lauren's cousin Scott asks if they had to fight off the police. They didn't. But Andy did however destroy a few Sentinel robots much to Scott's amusement. Scott seems to take great interest in Andy and Lauren's recent adventures as he then asks where they've been living. Lauren tells him about the Underground and how they helped them.
After sending the kids away to play games, Danny tells Caitlin that she never should've come to the house, but Caitlin needs to find Reed and she has nowhere else to go. Danny knows members of Congress. So Caitlin is hoping that he can uses his connections to find Reed. However, it isn't that simple even with working on Senator Montez's campaign. Danny can't just call him up to ask that he pull some strings for what he considers to be outlaws. Caitlin begins to cry as she recalls their mother getting sick. When that happened, she left Danny alone as she knew that he didn't like seeing their mom like that. Caitlin never asked for help, but now she is. However, Danny tells her that he has to consider his family, in regards to his wife and son, but as Caitlin reminds him, she, Andy, Lauren and Reed are his family as well. Nevertheless, Danny can't risk them being at his home. They can stay the night and take all the money he has in his safe, but in the morning, Danny wants Caitlin and the kids out.
Caitlin hears some commotion coming from her nephew's room, and sees that he and her children look a little tense but Lauren tells her that it was all from Andy and Scott roughhousing. She then tells them to try and get some rest. When Andy asks if Daniel is going to help them, she lies, telling them that they will see.
The next day, as Caitlin sleeps on the couch, she was awakened by the surprise arrival of Thunderbird and Eclipse. Imagine their surprise when she pulls a kitchen knife from under her pillow from being startled. Thunderbird and Eclipse tell her that she and the kids are in danger and that they need to leave immediately. However, Caitlin is dead set on staying and finding Reed. Danny then comes out his room to find Thunderbird and Eclipse in his living room. Unfortunately, their troubles don't end there. Eclipse looks out the window to find that a mob has formed on the front lawn and is surrounding the house. When they demand that Danny come out to talk, he asks Caitlin who else knew they were coming to his house. Caitlin insists that she told no one. Scott admits that the mob forming out front is due to him texting a picture of the the trophy Andy tore apart to one of his friends.
The man leading the mob is Chuck Sanders. Caitlin was on the swim team with him. They even went to the same Church. She thinks she can use their past to reason with him, but Danny isn't so sure. Caitlin still seems to misunderstand the prejudice that mutants face and how it can bring out the worst in others. Danny goes outside to calm the mob, but they demand that Caitlin and the kids be sent out. Chuck claims that he is simply trying to protect the community, but Danny knows all about the $300,000 reward. When Danny fails to convince them that no one is in the house except for Scott, Chuck hits him in the head with the gun. As they proceed forward, Andy completely obliterates the door and sends Chuck and the mob flying back. As Chuck picks up his gun to fire back, Thunderbird pulls Andy to safety while Eclipse projects powerful rays of light from his hands to deter the mob. Thunderbird, Eclipse, Andy, Lauren and Caitlin then get into the truck and leave.
The next day, Thunderbird and Eclipse drive Caitlin out to meet with her brother Danny. Caitlin apologizes for being her drama to his home, but he admits that he is the one that should be apologizing for turning her away. For that, he is sorry. He then tells her that he and Mary bought a cabin in the Smokies and that she and the kids can hide out there. As for Reed, Danny had made some calls and discovered that Reed is in fact alive. Sentinel Services is taking him to a top-secret mutant detention facility along with Lorna. Danny tells Caitlin to face the fact that she's never going to see Reed again, but she refuses to accept that as the truth. She tells Danny that she loves him and gives him a hug goodbye before rejoining Eclipse and Thunderbird.
In "eXit strategy", Caitlin sits alongside Andy and Lauren as the Underground discuss saving Lorna and Reed. According to John and Marcos, they're being held in a cell at the Sentinel Services Regional Headquarters, and will soon be relocated to an ultra secure facility, which the Underground doesn't have much insight on beyond the fact that the people who go there, don't come back, thus forcing their hand in attacking the Sentinel Services head on. Many are reluctant in volunteering to help, Sage included. They lost 6 people the last time they went up against the Sentinel Services directly. This time around it is a prison they are attempting to infiltrate, whose systems have improved. Extrapolating from other attacks, the Underground has an 86.5% chance of failure, Sage determines. But as Marcos explains, if they do nothing, then there's was a 100% chance of never seeing Reed or Lorna again. Caitlin pleads with the Underground for help. Marcos reminds them how Lorna has risked her life for everyone in the room. With that, he asks for a show of hands from those willing to save Lorna. Unfortunately, Sonya, Clarice, and Harry are the only ones willing to help.
Afterward, Andy's concern for his father grows. Almost everyone bailed and Sage confirmed that chances of saving him are minuscule though Lauren is convinced that they will find a way, as is Caitlin, who tells Andy that they can't afford to think like that. Caitlin tells them that sometimes when taking risks, you have to hope for the best.
Marcos is applauded with how few are willing to help save Lorna though John says to give them a break as a lot of them lost friends the last time they went up against Sentinel Services directly. Five (John, Marcos, Sonya, Clarice and Harry) of them to break into a prison, and Marcos has not the slightest clue how they are to accomplish this. Caitlin then joins in on both the discussion and rescue mission. Making it an even six. Clarice informs them that if there's a window, she can portal them in, but there will likely be guards and cameras which they'll likely want to avoid. While Harry can cloak himself from the guards, the same can't be said about the cameras. Going in like that will mean never coming out. So Caitlin suggests that they don't go in at all, rather they make their move when Lorna and Reed are being transported. While in theory, the idea is plausible, they don't know the transit route. However, Marcos suggests using his connection to the Cartel to gain access on the route. John advises him against it but they are out of better ideas.
The next day, Caitlin and the others learn from John that Marcos discovered from the Cartel that a convoy of military vehicles is taking Lorna and Reed to a military airport. Based on the route, the best place to hit it would an old warehouse district off Peachtree. John asks Clarice if she can open a portal. She explains that if the driver can see out, then she can see in, but if the bus is moving, it can get messy, meaning they have to stop the bus. Clarice suggests that Marcos melt the tires, but Caitlin objects as that would be far from subtle. Should that happen, a battle will ensue, in which people die. The goal isn't just to get Reed and Lorna, it's to get them alive. John agrees. They need to find another way to stop the bus. Unbeknownst to them, Lauren listens in on the entire discussion.
With this information, Lauren finds Andy, and together, they combine their abilities, providing them with a possible way to stop the convoy. Lauren and Andy demonstrate their new found combined ability on the tire of an old and abandoned cab. John is impressed. So much so that he asks if they are capable of doing it from a longer range. Which they are. The best part is that no one will see where it came from. However, Caitlin is against using them as child soldiers to attack a convoy. John and Andy stay back while Lauren pleads her case with Caitlin. She reminds her mother than it was her who told them sometimes they have to take risks. They want to fight, no matter what, even if it means facing trained men with guns. Caitlin had always told them that there were things worth fighting for. Was that all just talk, Lauren asks. There are risks worth taking. While she is still hesitant, Caitlin agrees to allow them to stop the transport bus, but only if John can guarantee her that Lauren and Andy won't be in harms way.
The day of the convoy has arrived. Caitlin, Andy and Lauren get into position on top of one of the rooftops in the warehouse district. While awaiting the convoy's arrival, Lauren notices her mother struggling with the medical supplies, and offers to help. When Andy mentions how strangely quiet it is, Lauren remembers that it is Sunday, which is the same day of the football team's fundraiser breakfast, which she was suppose to make corn muffins for. Stopping a government operated convoy is the furthest thing from that. Caitlin stands back, watching as the convoy approaches. Lauren and Andy prepare to use their combined powers to disengage the transport bus, however, Andy fails to come through on his end. So Lauren motivates him through anger, blaming him for all their problems, which works, as they mange to stop the bus. Having fulfilled their end of the mission, Caitlin, Lauren and Andy prepare to leave the area.
Caitlin, Andy and Lauren make their escape. They hear gunshots firing all around the warehouse district as they head back towards their SUV. Upon arrival, they discover a Sentinel Services agent examining the vehicle. Lauren attempt to take him out with a shield, but her powers have been deactivated as well, forcing Caitlin to take matters into her own hands. She approaches the agent up from behind and injects him with an unknown substance that immediately renders him unconscious. Caitlin hands Lauren the keys and tells her to take the car and go without her. Caitlin will be staying to ensure that Reed comes back with them. But she is going alone because she doesn't want to lose the two of them as well. She tells them to return to Headquarters and that she'll meet them there with their father. Caitlin, Andy and Lauren then share a hug before parting ways.
Caitlin pulls up in a state issue Sentinel Services vehicle just as Polaris and Reed free themselves from the prison bus. Polaris, Eclipse, Thunderbird and Reed get into the vehicle. After a quick reunion, Caitlin and the others flee the scene.
In "boXed in", Caitlin, Reed, Thunderbird, Eclipse and Polaris pull into their rendezvous point; an abandoned lot. Reed thanks Eclipse for saving him despite having no obligation to, but Eclipse is more concerned with getting out of the open. While Caitlin and Reed embrace after being apart, Polaris, Eclipse and Thunderbird retrieve the untraceable getaway cars they had left nearby. Thunderbird then hears an incoming Sentinel Services drone. Eclipse and Polaris volunteer to draw it away while Thunderbird, Caitlin and Reed head back to Headquarters.
Caitlin, Reed and Thunderbird arrive at Headquarters to find the station crowded with new arrivals. Caitlin informs Reed that they are at the Underground station and that their room is downstairs. Reed wonders about their previous plan to go to Mexico. Caitlin explains that they could never leave him behind. Reed then calls out Andy and Lauren, and they come together as a family. After their reunion, Caitlin and Reed learn from Lauren that Sentinel Services shot Harry. Not long after his arrival is Reed attacked by a mutant named Fade. Fade and Reed exchange blows before the fight is broken up by John. According to him, the last time he and Reed crossed paths, Reed was working for Sentinel Services. Reed admits to wearing a tracker into Fade's bar. He was doing what he had to do to get back to his family. But he realized that what he was doing was wrong, which is why he stopped. Meanwhile, Harry condition worsens as he can be heard groaning in pain throughout the station. Leading Caitlin, Andy and Lauren to take action while Reed tries to make amends.
Caitlin joins Clarice in the vault as she applies pressure to Harry's wounds. Caitlin takes a look at his wounds before instructing Clarice to get her clean gauze and painkillers. Dilaudid, fentanyl, even codeine. Despite Caitlin's efforts, the Struckers are starting to draw a lot of attention. Andy notes how they are being looked at and with that believes that it's time for them to leave the station. Rather than running, Lauren suggests gaining the Underground's trust. Caitlin then calls Andy and Lauren over for help in treating Harry.
Caitlin, Andy and Lauren continue their efforts to save Harry. Unfortunately, they are running out of supplies and what they truly need to possibly save Harry's life is actual blood, during which time Andy offers to donate his blood given that he he is 0-negative, a universal donor. Caitlin then begins the transfusion.
After Reed has agreed to go out on a mission with Fade to lead Sentinel Services away from HQ, Reed says his goodbyes to Caitlin who isn't pleased that he's leaving after they just got him back. But Reed explains that he has to do this to lure the police away as there is nowhere else to go. The Underground needed to know what side he is on, so this is his chance to make it right. Reed gives Caitlin a kiss and tells her to tell the kids that he'll be back by dinner. Caitlin returns to the vault to find that Harry's condition is worsening. They can no longer postpone removing the bullet.
While Caitlin is far from being a surgeon, she has no other choice but to perform the operation. Caitlin tells Lauren to keep pressure on the entry wound while she makes a midline incision to remove the bullet, which had been lodged fairly deep. Caitlin, equipped with a scalpel, slices Harry's stomach open wide. After removing the bullet, Harry begins to bleed profusely. He is hemorrhaging, meaning that an artery must have been cut. Unfortunately, Caitlin isn't capable of stopping the bleeding without a cross-clamp. Lauren suspects that she may be able to stop the bleeding with one of her shields so she asks her mother to show her where the nicked artery is located. After getting the shield in place, Caitlin sews Harry up while Lauren continues to apply pressure via her shield. Thankfully, it seems as if all their efforts have paid off, as Harry will survive. In the process of saving him, they have also earned the trust of the refugees who quietly observe from afar.
Reed returns from his mission with Fade just as Caitlin is preparing dinner for the kids. All four of them sit around the table, enjoying their first meal together as a family in quite some time. Andy asks what is next for them, if they are still going to Mexico since that was the initial plan. However, they won't be leaving the station anytime soon given that it's still unsafe to travel due to the heavy police presence. Reed had also been talking to some of the people around the station who have questions about Sentinel Services, which he can help them with. So, for the time being, they will remain at the Underground, especially considering that they could use all the help they could get.
In "got your siX", Caitlin discovers that Skyler, one of the latest mutant refugee arrivals, suffers from high blood pressure. She wonders why that would be. Skyler tells her that he uses his power 2 or 3 times a day. Whenever he has to find food. This has been going on for a couple of years, much to Caitlin's surprise. He and a couple other mutant kids found a place on I-85 until the Sentinels came after them. After sending Skyler off to get some food, Caitlin observes Lorna training another arrival, Naya. She possess the ability to control and manipulate water. Caitlin interrupts to asks what Lorna's intentions are with training them. Lorna replies that she's training them for combat given that they are faced with constant persecution.
The next day, Caitlin watches from the steps as Reed and Andy load up the truck for the mission to the Baton Rouge Federal Building in order to learn more about the Hound program. Reed briefly stops to discuss bringing Andy on the mission with Caitlin. She asks if he is alright with taking Andy. Reed sees it as an opportunity to connect with Andy. "Nothing says "father-son bonding" like breaking into a federal building." Caitlin replies. She understands that this is their best chance, but it doesn't mean she has to like it. After loading up the truck, Caitlin tells Andy to stay close to his dad and she then gives Reed a goodbye kiss. However, she notices that his wedding ring is missing. They took it from Reed while he was in jail. They kiss one more time before parting ways.
While in the supply closet, looking for school books, Shatter offers to help. He finds her the books but wonders what she has in mind with them. Caitlin explains that she's going to start a school for all the refugee kids. As for how they acquired the books, Shatter tells Caitlin that Sentinel Services likes to target families while they're picking their kids up from school to get them all at once.
Caitlin later walks in on Lorna's dangerous training session with Lauren, Wes, Skyler and Naya, in which she hurls sharp objects at them. Caitlin will not stand for it, stepping in front of Lauren, and openly opposing Lorna's dangerous training methods. Lauren begs her mother to participate in the training session, but Caitlin refuses once more, telling Lauren to come with her.
Caitlin runs into Lorna after their last encounter. She understands that Lorna's trying to help the kids, but Caitlin believes that the idea is to give the kids a future. Lives after the fighting. While that is a nice idea, Lorna explains that they will all be fighting for the rest of their lives despite the fact that this isn't what Caitlin wants for Andy and Lauren. Lorna tells Caitlin that Andy and Lauren's powers are incredible. It's way beyond what they normally see. Caitlin states that they need some kind of normalcy, but as far as Lorna is concerned, the station is their normalcy as persecuted mutants.
The next day, Caitlin, Lauren, John and Lorna learn that Marcos, Andy and Reed are headed into an ambush. Despite getting away the first time, Lorna explains that the cops stopped them on their way to Baton Rouge. While they didn't find anything, the driver said he was going to Denver, so they were marked by the tollway cameras when spotted in Baton Rogue. With John failing to come up with a plan, Lauren devised a plan of her own, one that involves Wes creating on of his illusion. Caitlin and John stay behind while Lorna, Lauren, and Wes head out to save Marcos, Reed, and Andy.
Later that night, Reed prepares dinner for the family, during which time, he and Caitlin make jokes and reminisce. She then gives him a replacement wedding ring that she found in the storage room and they kiss. Reed wonders if now would be a good time to have that talk that Caitlin previously spoke of, but she suggests that he talk with Andy first.
In "eXtreme measures", Caitlin feeds Zingo while waiting for the kids to return. Lauren and Andy soon make their way downstairs, joining her mother for lunch. Although, she is curious as to what took them so long. Andy says that he couldn't find Lauren, so he looked on the roof, which is off limits, but he then covers for Lauren by saying that he didn't find her there either. When Caitlin asks where was she, Lauren lies and says that she was downstairs in the supply room, where she had lost track of time. Caitlin then reminds them about the homework she had assigned and how she wanted them turned in tomorrow. Neither Lauren nor Andy took her serious when she initially assigned it. Unfortunately, this is the deal they had made with their her. If they wanted to train, they'd have to study as well.
Caitlin teaches a biology class to the young mutant refugees. She teaches them about the passing down of specific traits, much like the X-gene. She halts her teaching to speak with Reed about Wes. Reed tells her that he is almost certain that Wes is in the mutant criminal files for conning people and robbing stores in Cartersville. While Caitlin agrees that this is bad, she tells Reed not to overreact as Lauren has been through a lot lately. Caitlin instructs him to talk to her because she won't be happy about this. The worst thing Reed can do right now is go on the attack.
Lauren returns, supposedly from the basement as some of the refugees needed more towels. However, Caitlin and Reed know this to be a lie. They tell her that they need to talk to her about Wes. Lauren immediately assumes that it's about them not wanting her to date a mutant. But Reed shows her Wes' file that he recovered from the encrypted drive. Lauren reads the file, but she's in denial that Wes has committed the crimes being accused of him. Lauren defends him by pointing out that they've all broken the law. But as Reed points out, they broke the law out of survival. Wes did it out of greed, by conning a jewelry store owner. Lauren realizes that her father hasn't changed a bit. He still assumes the worst of mutants with little to no proof. Reed wants her to look at the situation from clear eyes, but she pleads with him to stop as she walks off teary eyed.
Caitlin joins Reed as he contemplates his approach with Lauren. He never figured they would be arguing over mutant boyfriends. He just wants to protect her. Caitlin and Reed were blind to so much about the world, which is why Lauren hid herself from them. Right now, Caitlin tells Reed that Lauren needs a dad, not a prosecutor. That night, after Reed righted his wrongs, and Andy and Lauren slept, Caitlin and Reed proceeded to have sex.
In "threat of eXtinction", Caitlin, Lauren and Andy learn of Reed's father's past involvement with Trask Industries, the same independent contractor responsible for the Hound program. Andy recalls Reed telling them that his dad disappeared years ago, and that he ran out on him and his mom. However, this isn't quite true. He lives up in Chattanooga. Which is only 2 hours away. The kids had never met him, which was intentional, Caitlin explains. He was a difficult man that was always working and never close with his family. When Reed was a child, he got sick, and almost died, yet his father didn't even bother coming to visit him at the hospital. Lauren sympathizes with her father, grabbing his hand tightly. They hadn't spoken since before Lauren and Andy were born, but that would have to change if they desire to know more about Trask Industries and their affiliation with Sentinel Services.
Caitlin says goodbye to Reed before he leaves for Chattanooga. Caitlin wants to go with him since seeing his father for the first time in so long will certainly bring up all the disappointments and bad memories, but she's better off with the kids. Reed can cross examine a murder suspect, but he's shaken by the thought of talking to his father after 20 years. Regardless, if talking to him helps protect them from their latest threat then it is a small price to pay. Caitlin then gives him and hug and says that she loves him before sending him off.
Caitlin and Lauren pop back in the arm of one of the newest mutant refugees at the station after he was injured during the fight between an unknown woman and John, Marcos, and Clarice. Andy then steps in to assist Lauren with putting on the refugee's sling.
While Andy and Lauren do that, Caitlin tends to Esme, another new refugee at the station who was injured during the fight. She had suffered a terrible gash on her arm that will require stitches. Caitlin had heard of her heroic actions back at the Church. She deduces that Esme is a Psychic. Sort of, Esme replies. She can feel the thoughts of those within close proximity. Caitlin asks if Esme can read her thoughts. Esme's eyes glow bright blue while using her ability. She can tell that Caitlin is concerned about the war between mutants and humans, and she didn't want her and Reed to end up on opposite sides of their kids. Esme apologizes for prying, as she can tell that Caitlin is growing uncomfortable. Caitlin brushes it off, joking that Esme shouldn't go looking into her college experimentation days. Just for the record, Esme tells Caitlin that she is valued around the Underground.
Caitlin is approached by Lorna and Marcos, who are under the suspicion that the prisoner is suffering from withdrawal. Caitlin confirms that the woman has all the symptoms. Marcos asks if they've ever seen a mutant on Kick. A mutant drug that temporarily boosts their powers, making them feel invincible. But it's incredibly addictive. And if that's the case, they might be able to treat her. Lorna thinks treating her will only allow the prisoner to get stronger and provide her with the opportunity to kill them while Marcos believes that treatment may lead to their questions getting answered. As they argue, Caitlin reminds them that them that they're fighting for a word where people can live together.
Lauren and Andy volunteer to restrain the prisoner in order for Caitlin to be able to properly treat her, which will hopefully result in them getting answers from her. Andy will push her back towards the bars while Lauren holds her back with a shield long enough for Caitlin to inject with her the "sleep juice". However, Caitlin is merely guessing on the dosage in which she would inject into the prisoner. So if something goes wrong, she will look for Marcos and Lorna to step in, who are on standby. Just as planned, Andy pushes the prisoner back against the rails, which allows Lauren to hold her still with a shield while their mother comes up from behind to inject her with an unknown substance that renders her unconscious almost immediately.
After removing her from the cell, Marcos and Lorna lock her down onto the table. Lauren, Andy, Lorna, and Marcos watch as Caitlin injects the woman with medication to help with her withdrawals, though it won't matter given that she is dying from the massive amounts of drugs that Sentinel Services had given her. This is reason for concern as Marcos suspects that she won't tell them anything if she is already dying. Caitlin isn't so sure, however. She once treated a gang member with a fatal gunshot wound. As he was dying, he told the cops everything he'd done just to get it off his chest.
After looking through the hard drives from Baton Rouge, Sage returnd with the prisoner's identity. Her name is Chloe Tan. She used to live in a trailer park outside of Jasper. Her kid got sick, but the pediatrician wouldn't treat mutants, so Chloe destroyed the doctor's office and was subsequently apprehended by Sentinel services. As she wakes up, Caitlin attempts to speak to her. They know she was arrested by the Sentinel Services, but they need to know what happened to her while she was in their custody. Chloe attempts to speak, but Caitlin determines that she can't speak and she has not the slightest clue whether it is mental or physical. Caitlin suggests that they use Esme to read Chloe's mind.
Caitlin returns with Esme. Just as before, Esme eyes glow while reading Chloe's thoughts. She senses need and pain. A deeper dig reveals that Trask Industries, which is North of the Underground, had killed her husband and took her daughter. Unfortunately, Chloe dies on the table soon thereafter.
As the day comes to a close, Reed and John return to the station. Soon thereafter, Reed reveals to Caitlin, Andy and Lauren the death of his father. Learning this, Lauren and Andy hold hands while Caitlin comforts Reed.
In "outfoX", one year ago, the Strucker family have a picnic at a local park. It had been a long time since their last family outing and Reed apologizes for that, but Caitlin understands that his work keeps him busy. He then inquires about the kids. Lauren has apparently been distant lately, but Caitlin writes it off as normal teenage behavior.
Present day at the station, Caitlin joins Reed as he sits thinking. Reed can't sleep nor can he stop thinking about his dad. He hadn't spoken to him in 20 years and didn't think that losing him would hurt so bad, but it does. Caitlin can relate all too well. Her mother used to constantly remind of every screw up of her teenage years as a reminder of how perfect Danny and Jenny (her brother and sister) were. When her mother got sick, they finally managed to get past all that. Caitlin imagines that it's worst when you're not close to someone who dies because you realize how much time you missed. Reed then tells Caitlin about his father's work and how he's the reason that Reed's powers never manifested. For those 2 years that Reed was sick, they thought he had Leukemia and it destroyed his family.
The next day, Caitlin is found by Reed as she struggles with everything that has happened in recent weeks. While it isn't fair, Caitlin can't help but think how much different everything might be if Lauren had told them the truth about her being a mutant or if his father had just told everyone the truth. Reed doesn't want to think like that, but it's all Caitlin can do. Their whole lives could be different, from Reed's job to how they raised Andy and Lauren. Nonetheless, Reed explains that they did the best they could. He then looks to Caitlin and asks if she had known then what she knows now, would she have done anything differently between the two of them. Caitlin assures him that she wouldn't have. Hearing this, Reed shares one last thing with Caitlin, that Otto's father and Aunt, Andreas and Andrea, were terrorists and they had the same powers as Andy and Lauren. And when they combine those powers, they are massively destructive. Reed and Caitlin suspects that Andy and Lauren might be able to do the same thing and so they decide to test the theory.
After explaining the news to Lauren and Andy, Caitlin and Reed suggests that they test to see if the kids inherited the Fenris Force. They learned the hard way that discovering mutant abilities by accident isn't ideal so they decided to test it in a controlled environment. Caitlin, Reed, Lauren and Andy head to the vault, where Lauren and Andy conjoin hands. When nothing happens, Andy asks Lauren to try again. They join hands once more, and this time they begin to glow. The two begin to light up as their hair blows upward in a dramatic fashion. They proceed to build up their energy until Reed forcefully pulls their hands apart. Andy and Lauren explain that it was like they could feel everything around them and could've torn the entire building down with everyone in it. Caitlin and Reed are frightened.
The Underground hatches a plan to take down Trask Industries. So they call down the Struckers to ask Lauren and Andy can assist in disengaging the substation transformers, similar to how they stopped the prison convoy. While it is admittedly a lot to ask, they feel as if they have no other choice as everyone else with combat powers will be assaulting the lab. Hopefully, they can take down the power substation without putting Andy and Lauren in danger. Sage hacked the security cameras and the station only has a handful of guards. Clarice will portal everyone in, and from there, Sonya will guide them. They'd been through every option. Unfortunately, the plan with Lauren and Andy is the only one that can work. Having said that, both Lauren and Andy are willing to help in whatever way they can. Caitlin and Reed agree to allow the kids to take out the transformers, but only if they can monitor security. With a plan set in motion, they'll be moving out within the hour.
As Blink drives Caitlin, Lauren, Reed, Andy and Dreamer to the power station, Reed informs Thunderbird that they are in route. Caitlin then tells Andy and Lauren that what they're doing is a parents' worst nightmare. But they're doing it because they trust Andy and Lauren. They arrive at the power station soon thereafter. Reed then calls Sage to inform her of their arrival. Sage bypasses the fire wall, allowing Caitlin and Reed to view the security footage from the truck. She looped the feed so that security wouldn't see their team but they would notice eventually. Blink then rips open a portal for Dreamer, Andy, Lauren and herself to go through, leading them into the building.
With Caitlin and Reed in her ear, Dreamer, Blink, Lauren, and Andy progress forward into the power station, avoiding security and other personnel. Caitlin and Reed inform the team that the next few hallways are clear. Reed assures Caitlin that they're going to be alright but Caitlin can't help but worry. Caitlin wonders how Reed used to deal with the nerves whenever he went on busts. Reed tells her the first few times he threw up, which he never told her because they were still dating and he was trying to impress her. Reed found that if he focuses just on his plan, it gets better. Now their plan is to watch over the kids to keep them safe.
As Dreamer, Blink, Lauren and Andy proceed throughout the building, Caitlin and Reed alert them of a quickly approaching Sentinel robot and armed team. As the alarm begins to sound, the team begins looking for an exit, but they ultimately fail to get away. First Blink is apprehended. Then Dreamer. Andy and Lauren make it to the basement, but there is nowhere for them to go. Caitlin and Reed watches this unfold from the surveillance van. Caitlin wants to go in and help, but Reed convinces her to stay back as they can't help the kids if they get captured too. Andy and Lauren are then surrounded by numerous Sentinel Services agents, and told to get down on their knees. They do as they are told. Mutant Inhibitor Collars are then placed on them and they are arrested. All the while Caitlin and Reed watch helplessly from the van as this occurs. Caitlin, crying hysterically.
In "eXploited", the Mutant Underground is under distress following the apprehension of Dreamer, Blink, Andy and Lauren by Sentinel Services. Lorna wants to move in now to retrieve the team, but Caitlin and Reed argue that hitting Sentinel Services is far too risky. She reminds them that it isn't just her people with Sentinel Services, they also have Andy and Lauren, though Caitlin needs no reminder. John grows tired of their senseless bickering and breaks the table in a fit of rage while demanding that they stop because there is no more "yours" or "ours". Andy, Lauren, Sonya and Clarice are all of their people. While Reed argues that going in weapons drawn will only get someone hurt, Lorna worries that the longer they wait, the greater the risk of their friends being turned into Hounds become. As Lorna, Reed and Caitlin go back and forth, Marcos reminds them that the enemy is Sentinel Services and Trask Industries. So he wants to set up scouts to possibly get eyes on their people. John agrees and decides to send out Sage and Shatter while checking in with their police contacts.
Caitlin and Reed try to take a more political route in retrieving Andy and Lauren. Just outside their door, Esme eavesdrops on their conversation while also looking through Reed's thoughts. She sees Reed's encounter with Sentinel Services. Esme then enters the room to tell them that they are right about not attacking Sentinel Services as they both have family inside and another attack will only get them killed. She explains that it is a human problem that requires a human solution, and Reed and Caitlin are the only ones who understood that. She suggests going to Agent Turner and trying to appeal to him. Caitlin and Reed are skeptical due to their past with Turner, but Esme tells them that they can try to convince Agent Turner to take the mutants out of Trask labs and to do the right thing. Better them sitting in jail then being inject with drugs and turned into Hounds. Andy and Lauren's powers in the wrong hands can change everything.
Caitlin and Reed discuss the risk they take with Esme's plan. At least in jail, Andy and Lauren will have a chance. In that lab, they'll be turned into Hounds. So if they'e going to do it, they need to do it now. Without telling anyone since the Underground doesn't want them talking to anyone, much less a Sentinel Services agent. Caitlin wonders how they will even go about getting in contact with him. Reed suggests approaching him at home. The file work from the courthouse had the addresses of all the agents on the program, which includes Agent Turner. Caitlin tells Reed to get the address while she gets supplies and keys to a car.
Caitlin and Reed pull into Turner's neighborhood. It reminds them of their own neighborhood. Reed wonders how Patriotic they'd feel if they knew their fellow Americans were being used as Science experiments. Honestly, Caitlin believes that a lot of people would be fine with it, just as they were before everything that happened. Caitlin then turns her attention back to Turner. Reed wants to at least try to convince him to do the right thing. Turner on some level Reed believes is a good man, but he's just angry. Caitlin pulls a gun out of the glove compartment just in case things go wrong. When Reed asks if she's sure she wants to do this, she replies that her dad put a gun in her hand when she was 4 years old. As they arrive at the Tunrer's house, Caitlin and Reed force their way in with a gun.
Caitlin and Reed are told by Jace that kidnapping him and Paula will only hurt their cause. Furthermore, Sentinel Services doesn't negotiate with terrorist. Reed explains that it isn't a kidnapping and that they aren't terrorist. At the end of this, they're going to walk away. What happens after that is up to Turner. Caitlin explains that they're only there to talk about their kids and the other mutants who are being tortured. So Paula decides to hear them out. Caitlin and Reed are there because they've seen Agent Turner's record and more importantly because he's a father who has dealt with the pain of seeing his child get caught up in a war that they did not start, a war that began before they were even born. Caitlin and Reed want the Hound program shut down. But Agent Turner isn't willing to let an entire facility full of criminals to go free. All Reed is asking is that he uphold the constitution. However, Agent Turner counters that everything going on at Trask labs has been authorized by Congress.
Caitlin and Reed continue to plead their case to free Andy and Lauren along with the other mutants. While Reed insists that Turner knows what Trask is doing is wrong, Turner counters that what they're doing is perfectly legal. However, as Reed points out, that doesn't make it right. But the matter isn't up for debate as far as Turner is concerned. He reminds Reed that Andy and Lauren were apprehended attacking a key infrastructure facility. Which makes them terrorists. Whatever their circumstances, Turner points out that at least their kids are alive. Meanwhile, his daughter is dead. Caitlin then speaks up. She knows how upsetting this must be for Turner with them at his house as she recalls him coming into her house with a gun. So she's going to say what she has to say, then she and Reed are going to leave. Caitlin tells Paula that she's seen first hand what the Hound program does to people. It pumps the mutants full of drugs until they are helplessly addicted. They're also given mental conditioning so that they have to do as told. And then they are sent to kill everyone they love. They may be alive, but that's worse than death. Caitlin and Reed then exit the Turner's home.
Caitlin and Reed are confronted by Harry as soon as they return to the station after learning that they went to Agent Turner. Caitlin and Reed can't make sense of why Esme would tell everyone about their plan as she was the one that suggested it. They're now realizing that Esme has been lying to everyone.
In "3 X 1", couple days later, the Underground holds a funeral for Sonya. The entire station is in attendance. After Marcos and Lorna say a few kind words on her behalf, the Struckers place flowers on her grave.
Caitlin asks Andy and Lauren if they want to talk about what went down in the lab and Sonya's death, but they would rather not as talking about it only makes them feel worse. Reed understands that the station is now filled with difficult memories. It's one of the reasons that he and Caitlin have been considering moving on. However, Andy and Lauren disagree with their decision to abandon the station as they see it as giving up. Caitlin and Reed almost lost them a few days ago and don't want to risk that happening again. Besides, there was a lot of tension that they don't want to get caught in the middle of. They want to head up to Mexico as planned, but Andy and Lauren believe they can make a difference while with the Underground.
Their discussion is interrupted by the arrival of the Frost Sisters. They've come peacefully as they only desire to talk about the Hound program, which is expanding, and they want the Underground's help in taking it down. They need the Underground's help because Sentinel Services knows what they look like. So they can't take them on by themselves. They have information about Dr. Campbell's plans and resources to share. Meanwhile, the Underground has the muscle. While Caitlin and Marcos refuse to even consider an alliance of any kind, John seems more willing though he does kick them out after hearing what they have to offer.
After reaching out to the Fairburn station, Caitlin and Reed begin packing their belongings. Marcos finds them as they're doing so. He's surprised that they're leaving now despite all that has just happened. They are needed at the station, especially the help Caitlin has been giving with the school. But, they feel that it's time to move on, more so with Esme and her sisters coming back. Marcos doesn't want to align with them either, which is why the Underground needs to stick together, but Reed claims it's too late for that. The last time, Esme played them all against each other. They can't risk that she might do that again. Not to mention that she has already turned some of the mutants at the station against them because they talked to Agent Turner.
The next day, as the Strucker prepare to leave the station, Marcos brings them out some supplies as there isn't much to the Fairbun station. It's basically a meeting point for people heading South. Marcos shakes Reed's hand and gives Caitlin a hug after telling them to stick to the back roads and follow the speed limit.
The Struckers arrive at the Fairburn station some time later. When they enter, the station is seemingly vacant. However, as they proceed forward they learn that Wes is merely creating an illusion of an empty station. Lauren is thrilled to see him and they embrace. He'd been helping out with security, ensuring that no one sees them there unless they want to be seen. Lauren informs Wes that they're leaving for Mexico. They've got about 20 mutants and they're still arranging a ride. So until then, Wes gets them some dinner. Reed notes that it's good to see Wes again, before he heads off with Lauren to catch up. When Caitlin points out how relaxed Reed is with Wes, Reed explains that he's just happy to see Lauren smiling again.
The next day, at the Fairburn station, Reed tells Caitlin that he checked in with the transport people and there's a trucking company that might be able to help them. But there's still a chance they could stay longer, allowing Lauren to spend more time with Wes. Assuming they are staying, Andy wants to go back to Atlanta, but Reed reminds him that the whole point of leaving was to get away from Atlanta. Caitlin reminds him that they've already talked about this. Just as it seems that Andy is about to speak to his parents, Sentinel Services arrive. With the Inertia and Gravity Hound, who are wearing some kind of manacle that allows them to combine abilities, they snatch an entire window out of the building.
Fortunately, Wes manages to create an illusion and cloak them in time before they are spotted. Wes tells them to make a run for it while he covers them, but Andy wants to fight. He looks to Lauren for help, but before they can join hands, Andy is is struck with a massive wave of energy and knocked unconscious. As Caitlin and Reed check on Andy, they get a call from Thunderbird, who is aware of the attack, and is in route to the station with Polaris, Eclipse and Blink to save them. Unfortunately, Andy is hurt and still unconscious. Caitlin fears that moving him will only make matters worse. Wes' mirage is hiding them, but he can't keep it up forever.
As Wes struggles to maintain the mirage, Caitlin and Reed tend to Andy as he bleeds from his head. Thunderbird, Eclipse, Polaris and Blink make their way through the station while it is under constant fire. Unfortunately, Wes is able to maintain the illusion no more, making the Struckers vulnerable to attack. Lauren, however, shields them from Sentinel Services' gunfire. Thunderbird, Eclipse, Polaris and Blink find the Struckers and Wes on the south end and see them to safety though it is no easy task as the Hounds continuously strike the building with great power. Thunderbird, Eclipse, Polaris Blink, Lauren, Wes, Andy, Reed and Caitlin quietly move throughout the woods, hoping not to alert any nearby agents. To make matters worse, Thunderbird's foresight reveals that their car has been discovered. Andy then jumps to his feet and leads the group out of the woods, claiming that "they" said it was safe. "They" turn out to be the Frost Sisters, who are waiting by the road with escape vehicles.
After getting back to Headquarters, Caitlin monitors Wes. Lauren joins to see if Wes will be okay. Caitlin explains that he used his powers for a long time. His body's exhausted. Once he rehydrates, he'll recover.
In "eXtraction", the Struckers are settling in at the station and are partly glad to be back home. While Caitlin and Reed are unpacking, John comes into the room to inform them about their plan to kidnap Campbell and ask Reed if he was able to extract anything useful from Otto Strucker's old research notes. Unfortunately, Reed didn't uncover much. His father only gave him his old notebooks and Reed couldn't follow much of the science. Considering that Otto's research helped build the Hound program, John is positive that there must be something of use from his notes. If they're trying to take the program apart, it's best to start from the beginning. So Caitlin and Reed agree to look through Otto's research again.
While they're happy to be back, Fade is not pleased with the Struckers' return and he makes that known, to Caitlin in particular. Some people were happy when they left for Fairburn. Caitlin doesn't know what Fade's problem is, but she tells him that they're on the same side. She can say that as much as she wants, but as far as Fade is concerned, that doesn't make it true. Caitlin joins Reed and Sage in the monitoring cell as they comb through his dad's research, most of which was from his grad school days. They haven't found much of his work on mutants. Sage discovers that Sentinel Services is also tracking down everyone Otto Strucker's ever worked with and they're even sending agents to the Southern Worldwide Insurance company where Reed's mom works. Caitlin and Reed then interrupt Andy and Lauren's discussion to inform them that Sentinel Services is going after Ellen, and that they have to get to her first.
The Struckers arrive at Southern Worldwide to retrieve Reed's mom, Ellen. Caitlin and Reed go up to the office while Andy and Lauren stay on the ground to guard outside. Caitlin tells them if there's any kind of trouble to return to the station. While looking for Ellen's office, they run into one of her co-workers, who claims to know Reed but can't exactly pinpoint from where. Caitlin comes up with a cover story that they're "Ally and Mark Young" from last year's party. The guy seems to buy it, but they still don't have much time to find Ellen before Sentinel Services arrives. They begin to worry when they find her office empty, but are relieved when they find her yelling about the dirty dishes around the office.
Caitlin and Reed update her on every thing that has been going on since they went on their run, including the fact that Sentinel Services will be coming to pick her up to interrogate her on Otto's research, which she claims to have no knowledge of. Ellen hasn't seen Otto in years, but that won't matter to them. Reed and Caitlin just need for her to come with them. If Sentinel Services even thinks that she knows something of use, they won't stop coming after her. However, Ellen refuses to run away from her entire life though she starts to reconsider that when Reed reveals that Sentinel Services killed Otto.
Ellen now knows that Otto was a mutant, which he kept a secret from her for 26 years. Reed then reveals to his mother that his father is the reason behind his illness when he was 10. Otto was using a serum to block the X-gene in Reed, which is what Sentinel Services is in search of. Should they acquire it, they could wipe mutants off the face of the earth. Reed asks if his dad had another lab, but Otto had no other lab, at least not to Ellen's knowledge. Caitlin tells Reed that they can continue questioning her later, but they have to leave now. Reed then gets a call from Lauren that Sentinel Services has just arrived. Reed, Caitlin and Ellen quickly make their way out the office to meet with Lauren and Andy downstairs. Caitlin, Reed and Ellen exit the building. Everyone gets into the SUV and they speed off.
The Struckers stop near a gas station after narrowly escaping Sentinel Services. Ellen is fine, but she wishes she could be of more help. If Otto had some type of secret lab, he never told her. If not a lab, Caitlin and Reed asks about a possible research partner or even somewhere secret Otto would go. Ellen recalls a researcher that Otto used to talk to late at night. Ellen only ever met her once at the house. She came to see Reed around the same time he got sick. Her named was Madeline Risman. While the Underground is coming to pick them up, Ellen however, won't be going with them. She would only hold them up. Though, she has no intentions on going home either. Ellen has a friend in Boca Raton who lives way out of town and she has enough money to get there. The Struckers then share a hug.
Noticing that something is wrong, Caitlin confronts Andy and Lauren on their odd behavior after returning to the station. She demands to know what went down in the parking lot because when they came out both Lauren and Andy were on the ground and they haven't spoken to each other since. Andy claims it was only a disagreement, but Lauren explains it was much more as he almost killed the agents. Caitlin informs them that they need to stick together as a family, but Andy doesn't need to hear it, so he claims as he's the one person in the family that's proud to be a von Strucker. When he walks off, Caitlin looks to Lauren to work it out with him as they are family, but as Lauren explains, something has changed in Andy.
In "X-roads", At headquarters, Caitlin and Reed learn from Sage and Shatter that something went wrong at the Summit. They'd been been monitoring the police reports and all they know for sure is that Campbell escaped. Caitlin and Reed relay this information to Andy and Lauren. Andy wants to go out there and back them up. But with them being 2 states away, it would be too late by the time they got out there. Andy disagrees. He still thinks they should go out to help their friends, but Lauren reasons that with people to protect at the station, they better stay put. When Caitlin and Reed urge Andy and Lauren to stop fighting amongst each other, Andy loses his temper as he feels that he's the only one that wants them to be strong. But Lauren corrects him in saying that Andy really wants them to be the von Struckers again. Andy feels they should be ready for when the humans attack. Reed takes offense to this statement and rhetorically asks Andy if he or Caitlin are coming after him as they are human, though Andy claims he didn't mean it like that before brushing past Reed.
Andy packs his things to crash with Naya and Skyler upstairs. Caitlin's upset that he's leaving, but Andy assures her that it's not what she thinks. A month ago, he had a bedroom with a door where he could have some space if he wanted it. He no longer has that. Reed tells Caitlin that Andy's likely looking for a little bit of independence.
Shatter receives Pedro's warning and begins evacuating the station at Sentinel Services has found their location. He tells Caitlin and Reed that Sentinel Services is coming, and that they need to get as many people in vans as possible. Reed tells Caitlin to get the kids while he helps Shatter evacuate. Caitlin sends Lauren to find Andy. She then asks for Fade's help in evacuating the children in the first van and hiding them.
With evacuation underway, Caitlin sees the children (and Zingo) out to the van with Fade, who's taking them to the Nashville station. He wishes them good luck before pulling off. Just after that, Reed returns with unfortunate news of Sentinel Services' arrival. They need another van as there are more people, but it's too late. Inside, Reed, Mark and the others block off the windows and doors with large cement boulders in an effort to secure the station. Caitlin wonders what his plan is. If the refugees are captured, they'll end up as Hounds. Reed isn't sure how to get everyone out as Sentinel Services will have teams on all the exits. So Caitlin suggests making a new exit. Reed recommends the vault. It's partially underground. Sentinel Services is not going to have cover on that side of the building. If they can get through there, they might be able to get away. Reed then gives a speech to the Underground about unity and giving Sentinel Services a fight. Caitlin calls everyone who's been in combat training upstairs while everyone else is to help her in the vault.
Caitlin leads the charge inside the vault as Mark and the others remove the safe deposit boxes. Behind the boxes is a reinforced wall so thick that not even Mark can punch through it with his super strength. Caitlin calls in Shatter who crystallizes the wall, making it easier for Mark to punch through. As Reed leads the combat ready mutants upstairs, downstairs in the vault, Caitlin and the mutants continue to break their way through the wall.
As they continue to break through the vault, an opening appears, letting in a ray of light. Caitlin instructs them to keep digging so that they can crawl through while she gets the others. Caitlin heads upstairs to inform them that they're almost through the vault. Just a couple more minutes. Unfortunately, they may not have that long. While the Underground managed to hold off the S.W.A.T team, Sentinel Services is now bringing in the Hounds, who hit the station hard. Caitlin, Reed, Andy, Lauren, Naya and Skyler fight off the agents though they are no match for the Hounds, who shake the building with each blast. So everyone runs downstairs into the vault.
Downstairs in the vault, Mark and the others have finally managed to break through to the other side as the Hounds continue their assault of the station. While Shatter helps escort everyone out, telling them to go downhill and stay near the trees, Caitlin and Reed worry that the Hounds will see them and know where they went, resulting in their capture. So Andy and Lauren volunteer to stay behind after everyone's out so that they can destroy the building in order to cover their tracks. Caitlin and Reed reluctantly agree, telling Andy and Lauren that they will see them outside. Just as Reed and Caitlin exit, the Gravity and Inertia Hound enter the station. As the Hounds proceed further into the station, they are met by Andy and Lauren, who have conjoined hands and combined powers before unleashing a wave of power so strong that it kills the Hounds and completely vaporizes the station. Outside the station, Caitlin, Reed, Skyler and Naya watch the building explode just after escaping the tunnel.
Nashville, Tennessee, the Underground has regrouped at the Mutant Way Station. John, Marcos and Blink arrive some time later. Meanwhile, Caitlin checks in on Lauren and Andy to ensure that they are fine. Lauren's just trying to wrap her head around what happened, but it was either them or the Hounds as far as Andy is concerned. Lauren knows this, but the Hounds were mutants too. They didn't choose to be that. Campbell made them into monsters. Reed then tells all 3 of them that while what happened today was hard, the fact is that they recused the station.
John and Marcos announces that they need to start thinking about next steps, like rebuilding. With Headquarters gone, a lot of people have nowhere to go. It's not about the building. It's about the network and the people in it. Sage and Shatter doubt that it's even possible to start from nothing and they worry that that anything that they build, Sentinel Services is just going to smash it again. Sage then points out that since the Struckers arrived, half their stations have been destroyed, but Caitlin counters that the Hound program was coming one way or another.
Marcos explains that the X-Men didn't do this because they thought it would be easy. They knew it would be a struggle and take sacrifice. Lorna interrupts with Esme, and tells Marcos that there's nothing noble about struggle. And sacrifice is just a pretty name for losing. The Mutant Underground is dying, but that world that they've always talked about where they don't have to hide and live in fear, she wants to build that for them. Esme informs Marcos that they aren't there to ask for his help. The people they've come for know who they are, which includes Fade, Mark, and Sage. Last to join them is Andy. Reed and Caitlin refuse to let Andy leave, but ultimately, it's his decision. What they're trying to rebuild, the Hellfire Club, Andy explains that their family was apart of it. He feels as if it's his birthright. As Reed grabs Andy's arm to forcefully stop him, Andy pushes him off and causes the building to shake. He apologizes for that before joining Polaris, Esme, Sage, Fade, and Mark. Still unwilling to let her son leave, Caitlin tries to run after him, only to be held back by Marcos and Reed.
Caitlin appears to be level-headed, caring and a loving mother and wife. Upon finding out about her kids, Lauren and Andy, being mutants, knowing her husband's work as a district attorney prosecuting mutants, she still uses her maternal instincts and protects them from the Sentinel Services. She sternly believes that they don't always have to resort to violence though she is slowly accepting that there are situations where fighting is unavoidable.
Physical Appearance Edit
Caitlin is an attractive and slim middle-aged woman with brown eyes and long blond hair.