Lauren Strucker is a main character on FOX's The Gifted. She is the mutant daughter of Caitlin and Reed Strucker. She has inherited the same ability to manipulate matter at a molecular level, which manifests as barriers of compressed air (otherwise known as shields), from one of the Fenris twins.
She had known for years that she was a mutant. However, she kept this secret from everyone, including her family, in fear that her father would send her away to a detention center for mutants. It was only when her brother Andy had lashed out with his powers and showed that he was a mutant that she finally revealed that she was a mutant herself.
Lauren and her family were almost killed by a car accident, however, she was able to prevent the accident by triggering her mutant abilities. For weeks, her mother had been saying that it had been a miracle that they hadn't been killed that day, while Lauren knew the truth.
Once, when Lauren had gone to a party, a boy had gone and tried to force himself on her. Lauren then lost control and used her powers to shatter the windows which made him get off her. Mutants were blamed for it but no one knew it was her. Lauren was picked up by her father and she cried in her arms. He told her not to worry as it was his job to prosecute mutants and he would protect her from them. After that, Lauren resolved to never say a word about her being a mutant.
For years she was forced to keep her powers a secret, smiling and pretending that everything was normal, when she knew that it wasn't. She had been content to wait until she turned 18 and graduate from high school before moving some place far away, like Florence.
In "eXposed", Lauren joins her brother Andy and their mother Caitlin at dinner after Facetiming with her boyfriend Jack. Her father can't make it because he was called in to interview a suspect at the Garland Detention Center. Caitlin asks Andy how his day was at school. In social studies class, they debated a law that would require people to be tested for the X-gene. He mentions someone in the class who freaked out because his cousin, according to Andy is a "mutie". Lauren, angered by such a derogatory term, tells Andy how racist he sounds. They get into an argument before their mother interjects, complaining about how they can't have one normal conversation.
Lauren makes plans to see her boyfriend at the school dance and when she gets into her car, she finds Andy in the passenger seat. She refuses to take him with her because he has neglected to tell his parents about attending the party and has chosen, instead, to sneak out. Andy reassures her that his disappearance won't trace back to her as he could make an excuse that he just went to Ian's. Despite being bullied at school, he still wants to attend the school dance because he feels like he's being raised like a veal, cooped up in the house. After a lot of effort on his part, Lauren reluctantly decides to take him with her.
They enter the dance and Lauren kisses her boyfriend Jack before parting ways with Andy, who makes his way toward the bleachers. While dancing with Jack, Lauren notices Andy entering the locker room with some other guys. After a while, the school suddenly begins shaking. The intensity increases. Soon, the lights and ceiling fixtures begin to explode and fall, prompting students at the dance to run out of the school. Lauren refuses to evacuate, going the opposite direction as the moving crowd, in an attempt to find her brother. As she advances toward the locker room, she uses abilities to shield herself and other students from falling debris. Seeing Andy's tormentors exit the locker room, she runs inside and finds him in the middle of the showers screaming with the faucets bent backward and the entire room falling apart. Lauren calms Andy enough to stop his wild fit, and the two exit the school and go straight home.
Once home, Lauren and Andy tell their mother what happened. In disbelief, she asks how this could happen. Lauren quickly comes to Andy's defense saying this was beyond his control as the X-Gene is often triggered in moments of stress or danger, and she knows this because she has a secret of her own, that she is a mutant and has been hiding her abilities for three years after they first manifested when she saved the family from a near-fatal car accident when they were coming back from a concert at church. Caitlin is saddened that Lauren didn't confide in her all these years. Caitlin shows her naivete by failing to understand why Lauren would keep her powers a secret from her and her father, who imprisons mutants for a living.
Agent Jace Turner and Agent Weeks from Sentinel Services knock on the door. They've come for Lauren and Andy following the incident at the school. Under the amended Patriot Act, it is Sentinel Services' duty to secure the safety of the community. When Caitlin refuses to comply, they force their way into the Strucker house, knocking Caitlin down in the process, which angers Andy, causing the entire house to shake. Agent Turner urges Andy to calm down and to come with him for questioning but as Andy grows angrier, the shaking intensifies, forcing the Agents to draw their weapons. However, Lauren obstructs their path with a barrier, giving the Struckers enough time to escape in the family's van. While attempting to flee with agents surrounding them, Andy tries to use his powers but can't seem to control them. But Lauren on the other hand has better control. She creates a shield between the van and the agents, allowing them to escape.
Lauren, Andy and their mother reunite with their father in a diner on the outskirts of Atlanta, where begins his professional evaluation of the situation, asking Andy if he was the one who initiated the confrontation. Caitlin reminds him that this isn't a deposition and that a legal understanding of the matter will do little to help against Sentinel Services. When she mentions the Sentinel Services' part in all of this, he finally understands the life and death reality of the situation. Sentinel Services is a federal agency with little oversight. They've made mutant suspects "disappear" in the past and Reed won;t allow that to happen to his children. The only reason they got away was that Sentinel Services didn't have enough time to put a full team together. Soon, the pressure will pick up so they need to find someplace safe, not as Caitlin suggests, which is that they stay with her sister Jenny in Phoenix. Reed is thinking more along the lines of someplace with less strict mutant laws, like Mexico. He promises to figure something out as Lauren leans on him for comfort.
At the Caravan Motel, Lauren and Andy discuss their abilities and Andy's frustration with his inability to control them. Lauren explains that her powers are comparable to when you put your hand out of the window of a moving car. You can feel the air and somewhat guide it. She can push air together. Water too. Lauren tells Andy that with time he will learn to control his powers because she will teach him. She goes onto demonstrates her ability by knocking popcorn loose from a vending machine and encouraging Andy to do the same. When he attempts this, initially having some control, his powers escalate when his emotions from the incident at the dance take over, resulting in the machine being destroyed.
Before long, it is time to move again as they spots a Sentinel Services drone circling the area. While it can't see them from inside the room, it knows the license plate of their vehicle and it won't be long before Sentinel Services agents are at their door. With that in mind, they exit the motel, stealing a truck as Lauren creates a sheild to protect them from the car owner so they have enough time to steal it and drive away.
With everything going as planned, the Struckers meet up with Eclipse, a member of the Mutant Underground, in an abandoned warehouse facility. From there, Eclipse will 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 them. 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'd get them new IDs. There are also churches of people who will help them. Unfortunately, their plans never initiate as it doesn't take long for Sentinel Services to track them down and surrounded them. When they are instructed to surrender and get on the ground, the opt to run just as Thunderbird and Blink arrive with an escape route.
The seven of them sprint through the warehouse as Sentinel Services unleash their mutant-hunting robots, the Sentinels, which Thunderbird sees coming ahead of time due to his foresight. When they are cornered, Eclipse and Lauren try to fend them off by using their mutant abilities while Blink creates a portal for them all to retreat through that'll lead to the Mutant Underground Headquarters. Everyone except Andy and Reed goes through the portal. With Andy hyper-focused on destroying the sentinels, he telekinetically rips them apart before joining the others through the portal. Blink can't hold the portal open for much longer. Just as Reed is about to go through, he gets shot before he gets the chance. Having strained her abilities, Blink collapses, causing the portal to close and for Reed to be left for capture on the other side.
In "rX", one year ago, Lauren went out to the bowling alley for family night with her mother, father, brother and grandmother. Lauren went up directly after Andy who scored a strike. She rolled the ball down the aisle, hitting only nine out of the ten pins. However, on her way back to her seat, she subtly waved her hand in a swiping motion, knocking over the tenth pin, thus awarding her a strike. Moments later, Lauren bared witness to an altercation one lane over between a father, his mutant daughter, and the obnoxious group of people that were heckling her because of her mutation, which caused her to vibrate uncontrollably. Lauren looked to her father, hoping he would step in, but as far as her mother was concerned, it was none of their business. The incident only escalated from there. Between all the yelling from the mutant girl's father, and the cruel group of individuals making fun of her, the girl temporarily lost control of her powers, and in doing so, her screams to calm the commotion resulted in a huge gust of wind forming. It was then that Reed decided to intervene, suggesting that the man leave with his mutant daughter before the situation worsened. Reed then returned to his family, though Lauren was unsatisfied with the outcome, questioning why the mutant girl and her father had to leave when they were the ones being attacked.
Present day, after crossing over through Blink's portal, Lauren screams out for her father who had been shot by Sentinel Services and left behind in the abandoned warehouse. Lauren repeatedly asks Blink where her father is, but Blink is not responsive given that she is barely conscious, and as Eclipse explain they know no more than anyone else. After learning from Thunderbird that they had been taken to the Headquarters for the Mutant Underground, Lauren, Andy and Caitlin demanded that they go back for Reed. However, even if they could get back, doing so would be suicide. It won't help Reed if they all end up getting killed. So, for the time being, they are to focus all their attention on helping Blink, who has grown ill from the extended teleportation.
Lauren interrupts John and Marcos' discussion to inform them that something is wrong with Clarice. Her mother, who is a nurse, explains that Clarice is in respiratory distress and her temperature is spiking. With her having portaled for miles, it must've taken a massive amount of energy. Unfortunately, despite the size of the network, a doctor is one thing they don't have. The only thing they can offer Clarice is first-aid and pain killers. When her mother 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. 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.With John's physical invulnerability, he is able to shield Lauren and Andy from any harm.
After John helps Lauren and Andy back to their feet, Lauren rushes over to check on her mom, who has been hurt during the crash. John and Marcos then move Clarice to a table, where her abilities manifested once more and began to have a physical strain on her body. 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, John grabs his wrist and urges 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.
The next day, with their mother off with Marcos to retrieve Clarice's medicine, Lauren and Andy learn from John that Clarice was a refugee that escaped from jail before they found her. Clarice was apprehended after using a portal to steal food from the back of a supermarket. It happens often with mutants who can't pass as humans. They usually can't get jobs and one thing leads to another. John is cut off as Clarice's powers being to manifest yet again to the same road. This time around, the road is filled with Atlanta PD. Fortunately, Lauren manages to close the portal, but not before John uses his super senses to overhear the officers call in the SWAT. While John heads off, Andy tells Lauren that her closing of the portals is insane.
Lauren, Andy, John and Sonya gather around Clarice as her condition worsens. John wants to begin evacuation as Clarice continues to open portals, but Sonya objects to the notion of abandoning the Underground. John calls out to Clarice as another portal opens, but this time it's larger. Lauren attempts to close it but fails. With S.W.A.T closing in, the Underground is left with no other choice but to fend them off. As one of the officers enter the portal with his weapon drawn, John disarms him of his firearm, lifts him to the ceiling, and then tosses him back onto the other side of the portal. Just as the rest of the S.W.A.T team prepares to open fire, Andy runs out in front and in a great display of power, sends the officers flying backward into the air, as well as Clarice, who is knocked to the floor, and falls unconscious, causing the portal to close. However, after the closing of that single portal, many opened in its place within the Underground. And so John instructs Sonya, Lauren, and Andy to evacuate the building.
Lauren and Andy stand on the steps of the station, helping refugees evacuate as their mother and Marcos return from the hospital with the supplies they need to save Clarice. Lauren embraces her mother with a hug, though the reunion is short lived, as Caitlin has to go back inside to give Clarice her medication despite Lauren and Andy pleading with her to stay with them.
Later that night, as the Underground recovers from Clarice's portals, Lauren and Andy sit with their mother, who tells them that she is proud of them both for their heroic actions. As for their father, she assures them that he will be found. A lot of people have been fighting the war for a long time, and now it id their turn. They will fight to bring not only their father home, but to bring everyone home.
In "eXodus", Lauren and Andy set up a game of Monopoly, during which time they discover that the money is covered in mold. Since the ten dollar bills are stuck together, they decided to use the ones as tens, and the paper nubs as ones. However, none of it matters to Lauren given that she is going to win it all in the end. Though, Andy reminds her of the last time they played, which apparently resulted in Andy winning. However, Lauren claims that she let him win because it was his birthday. She then decides to be the nickel while Andy reaches for the shoe, which Lauren opposes because their father is always the shoe, telling Andy to be the battle cap instead.
Lauren and Andy are awakened from their sleep during the late hours of the night by their mother, who tells them that she is leaving for their uncle uncle Danny's house, but she will be back tomorrow, even though there are clear rules against leaving as it can compromise the station. Caitlin is hoping that he can help locate their father. But Lauren reminds her mother that they haven't seen their uncle since their grandmother's funeral. Furthermore, there is no way that Andy or Lauren are going to allow their mother to leave alone. If Sentinel Services tries to apprehend her, she'll need someone to protect her. "We already lost dad, we can't lose you too". Lauren says. After realizing that she is better off with them than without them, Caitlin agrees. And so, the three of them quietly sneak out the station, going unnoticed as they head into the woods.
Lauren, Andy and Caitlin have successfully made it out to downtown Atlanta though not with out risk as Atlanta PD patrols the area. Lauren and Andy remind their mother 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.
Lauren, Andy, and Caitlin catch a cab out to their uncle Danny's house. He greets them at the front door before inviting everyone, though not without informing them that the police had stopped by the house after the incident at the school. While their mother speaks with their uncle about their current predicament, Lauren and Andy chat with their cousin, Scott, who is fascinated with the idea of them being mutants on the run. He asks if they had to fight off cops. Lauren explains that it wasn't like that. They mostly ran, but they destroyed a few Sentinels along the way, Andy adds. Scott then asks if they had been hiding out on the streets. So Lauren tells him about the Underground and how they helped them. Disturbed by their topic of conversation, uncle Danny suggests that they play video games instead.
Lauren scrolls through her social media while Andy and Scott play video games, during which time Scott nicknames Andy "De-Struckto" and asks him about his abilities. Curious about what he is capable of, Scott begs Andy to destroy his little league trophy but Andy has yet to learn to control his abilities. Lauren adds that he shouldn't do it anyways and that Scott should stop encouraging him. While scrolling on Instagram, Lauren makes a startling discovery. It is a post of their home, which has been vandalized by kids from their school. Seeing this, Andy grows angry, so much so that he tears Scott's trophy apart. When their mother enters the room to ensure that everyone is alright, Lauren covers for them, claiming that Andy and Scott were simply roughhousing. Andy then asks if Danny is going to help them, and their mother replies that they're working on it.
The next morning, Lauren and Andy come downstairs to find Thunderbird and Eclipse in the living room. They had come to bring Lauren, Andy and Caitlin back to the station, as they aren't safe anywhere else, proven by the angry mob that arrives outside soon thereafter. As for how the mob knew that were there, 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.
Thunderbird can get them through a wall, but if the mob begins shooting while they run, there will be a fight. Andy questions why they should have to run when they could easily take them. Thunderbird explains that if that happens, people will die which Andy doesn't seem to have any quarrels with. He thinks it's time that people learn to stop coming after them. The man leading the mob is Chuck Sanders. 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. 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.
Despite driving off in the SUV, they are still being pursued by the "local mutant welcoming group". On their way back to Headquarters, Thunderbird and Eclipse call Dreamer, hoping that she can save them from this predicament as they can't afford a fight, especially one that will leaves corpses. The SUV is repeatedly shot at, and unfortunately, Lauren can't shield what she can't see, thus rendering her abilities useless against the gunfire. So Caitlin instructs Lauren and Andy to stay down. Luckily, it would seem that Dreamer was successful in coming up with plan. With the pursuit still in full form, they round the corner to the sight of Blink, standing in the middle of the road, holding open a portal large enough for the entire truck to pass through. After passing through the portal, they find themselves just outside the entrance of the Underground with everyone miraculously unharmed.
In "eXit strategy", Lauren sits alongside her brother and mother as the Underground discuss saving Lorna and her father. 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, Lauren and Andy sits on their beds, discussing how everyone chose not to assist in the mission to save their father. Andy's concern for their 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 their mother, 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.
The next day, Lauren learns that there is a convoy of military vehicles that is taking her father and Lorna to a military airport. She also overhears the team planning on intercepting the convoy in a warehouse district by stopping the transport bus. After hearing this, Lauren heads out to find Andy, hoping that the two of them can work together in finding a way to stop the bus without arousing suspicion. She asks if he can destroy a truck wheel like he did the parking meter. Andy clarifies that he only meant to break one but actually ended up breaking several. He lacks control over his abilities, meaning he could tear the entire truck apart with their father in it. So, Lauren suggests that they use her abilities to focus Andy's. She tells him to focus on the lamppost. As he starts to tear it apart, Lauren uses her shields to focus his destructive telekinetic fields, thus resulting in a more precise attack, causing the light to burst.
Lauren and Andy demonstrate their new found ability on the tire of an old and abandoned cab for their mother and John. 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 that 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 next day, on one of the rooftops of the warehouse district, Lauren, Andy and Caitlin get in position while awaiting the convoy's arrival. Lauren notices her mother struggling with the medical supplies, so she volunteered 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 As the convoy approaches, Lauren and Andy prepare to combine powers to disengage the transport bus, however, Andy fails to come through on his end. Perhaps motivating him through anger will work, so Lauren blames Andy for ruining their lives, antagonizing him even further by claiming the bullies who tormented him were right about him. She even challenges Andy to prove them wrong. Allowing his rage to fuel his power, Andy and Lauren attack the tire of the transport bus and successfully bring it to an abrupt stop. Lauren apologizes for attacking him, adding that he is better when he is angry. Having fulfilled their end of the mission, Lauren, Andy, and Caitlin prepare to leave the area.
Lauren, Andy, and Caitlin hear gunshots firing all around the warehouse district as they head back towards their SUV. However, upon approaching the vehicle, they discover a Sentinel Services agent examining the SUV. Lauren attempts to take him out with a shield, but her powers are deactivated, forcing Caitlin to take matters into her own hands. She approaches the agent from behind and injects him with an unknown substance that immediately renders him unconscious. Caitlin then hands Lauren the keys and tells her to take the car and go without her. What about you, Lauren asks. Her mother reveals that she is going after their father alone, because she doesn't want to lose the two of them as well. However, they don't agree with her decision to go alone. Their mother plans to find their father and meet them back at Headquarters. However, for the time being, she needs Lauren and Andy to leave. The three of them shared a hug and part ways.
In "boXed in", Lauren and Andy are reunited with their father at the station as they run into his arms to greet him with a hug.
Upon her parents' return, Lauren informs them that Sentinel Services shot Harry during the convoy attack and that a lot of people are in bad condition after Sentinel Services raided every place suspected of being mutant sympathizers. As they headed down the stairs, her father is attacked by Fade, who accuses him of working with Sentinel Services to set up the Underground for attack. Fortunately, John intervenes and instructs everyone to calm down. Lauren is the first to admit that while her father used to prosecute mutants, he later stood up to Sentinel Services when he found out about them being mutants. However, Lauren is unaware that her father had wore a tracker into Fade's bar. Reed then steps forward to apologize for his actions, reasoning that he did what he had to do in order to get back to his family.
Lauren and Andy follow their mother into the vault to help treat Harry for his gunshot wounds. Their mother 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. Their mother then calls them over to assist with aiding Harry.
As Lauren applies pressure to Harry's wounds, they discover that they are running out of supplies, Saline to be exact, which leaves Andy wondering if Harry is going to survive. What they truly need to possibly save Harry's life is actual blood. So Andy offers to donate his blood given that he he is 0-negative, a universal donor. Caitlin then begins the transfusion.
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.
That night, just as Lauren prepares for dinner with Andy and their mother, Reed returns from his mission with Fade to redirect the police search from the station. All four of them sit around the table, enjoying their first meal together as a family in quite some time. Andy then asks what is next for them, if they are still headed for 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", Lauren and Andy are tasked with handing out supplies to the new wave of refugees that had arrived at the station. While Andy is grateful that they at least got beds before the rush, Lauren reminds him that they are the reason for the rush. Sentinel Services is looking for them, making it all their fault. As Andy heads back down to get more water, Lauren is approached by a refugee named Wes. He has the ability of image manipulation. He asks Lauren for her name, though she isn't interested in conversation as she is busy with the refugees. What if you were already done, Wes asks, as he seemingly makes a once crowded room of unsettled refugees into a secure sleeping quarters within seconds. Although this is merely a mirage, which Lauren disrupts upon touch. While impressed with his ability, she still has refugees to attend to.
Lauren watches from the window above as Andy and their father gears up to leave with Marcos for the Federal building in Baton Rouge to uncover the top secret program that Sentinel Services had been working on. Wes joins her by the window to ask if everything is okay. She explains that their current predicament is weird considering that three weeks ago, their craziest family outing was to Six Flags. With the way things are going, Lauren isn't sure about anything anymore, though she doesn't have time to talk about it with work piling up.
After ensuring that the refugees are taken care of, Lauren joins Wes, Naya and Skyler for training with Lorn]. In the real world, they will be playing for keeps, so the same rules apply during training. Skyler steps forward as Lorna grabs a hammer from a toolbox. She asks if he is ready before launching the hammer in his direction. Prepared for the attack, Skyler is able to repel the hammer. Wes volunteers to be next up, creating an illusion in the shape of flowers to appear in place of Lorna's metal tools. While the others are amused, this angers Lorna, who scolds Wes for his childish behavior. Despite all that has happened, they still fail to grasp the dangers they face. Lauren then comes forward as it is her turn. Although, she is prepared for whatever Lorna has to throw at her, her mother 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.
Lauren is taken to the "office furniture graveyard" by Wes who wants to get to know her. He asks about her mother and her reaction to the training session. Lauren explains that her mother doesn't understand her powers because she had just found out about them three weeks ago, even though Lauren's powers had manifested years before. Wes questions why Lauren would hide her true self. Lauren explains that she wanted a normal life, though to Wes, Lauren's situation of pretending that she was normal when she knew she wasn't, was worse, which she agrees with. She tells him that it was terrible pretending as if everything was fine while secretly counting down the days until graduation, when she could move far away to someplace like Florence. But with the way her life is going, that is never going to happen. Wes then creates an illusion of Florence before her very eyes. Even the water is moving, which is something he'd never done before. Wes suspects that he is better when with Lauren. Unfortunately, what Wes believed was Florence, is actually Rome, which Lauren points out, as she can see the Vatican. It's beautiful just the same, she tells him before leaving.
Lauren, Caitlin and Lorna learn from John that Marcos, Andy, and Reed are heading into an ambush after successfully recovering the secret files from the Baton Rouge Federal Building. 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. John and Caitlin stay behind while Lorna and Wes head out to save Marcos, Reed, and Andy. Lauren also wants to join them, reasoning that if her plan didn't work, they'd need her. However, the only thing stopping her was her mother, who eventually agreed to let her go.
Lauren, Polaris and Wes arrive at the nearby stadium to get a skyline view of the roadblock being set up by police and Sentinel Services in preparation for Andy, Reed, and Eclipse's arrival. While on the phone with Eclipse, Polaris instructs him to tell the driver to keep going no matter what, and that they will handle the rest. Polaris then tells Lauren that they're going to use her shields to get the truck through the roadblock. But whether or not they are strong enough for a truck to drive over is a question that not even Lauren can answer. Polaris tells her to focus and forget about everything except the target. After that, it is up to Wes. As the truck nears the roadblock, Sentinel Services and Atlanta PD open fire. Polaris ferrokinetically halts the bullets being directed at the truck while Lauren forms a row of shields on the road, acting as a ramp, which propels the truck clear over the roadblock. Wes then creates an illusion of the truck going down two separate paths, all while cloaking the real truck that kept driving ahead.
In "eXtreme measures", Lauren has been taken out to the roof and onto the scaffolding by Wes. He has something to show her. Lauren wants to head back inside out of fear that they will be seen on the roof, a forbidden area, though Wes convinces her otherwise. She joins Wes further onto the scaffolding, looking over, only to see the ground. Wes tells her to close her eyes, as he grabs her arms and places them in an outward motion. After creating an illusion of the two of them being high up in the air, over a river in the mountains, Lauren and Wes lean over the rail, to simulate flight. It is gorgeous, she remarks. They then lean in to share a kiss, but Andy interrupts to get Lauren for lunch, at their mother's request
Lauren and Andy soon make their way downstairs, joining their 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 again, 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 mother. If they wanted to train, they'd have to study as well.
Lauren returns supposedly from the basement as some of the refugees needed more towels. However, her mother and father 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 her father shows her Wes' file that he recovered from the encrypted drive from the federal building. 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 her dad 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.
Although, she doesn't want to ask, Lauren knows that it has to be done. Lauren finds Wes to ask if he is the wanted mutant fugitive that was being depicted in the police file. He confesses that he is indeed the mutant from the file. His explanation is that he was a mess after his parents kicked him out. He was living in shelters and eating out of dumpsters until he was found by a group of guys that allowed him to join their crew. He was merely their front man, essentially tasked with covering things up and tricking people. Lauren is especially frustrated with Wes' actions after he had just told her not to hide her powers, having made it seem as if he used his powers proudly. Wes claims that he was desperate back then and that he needed Lauren to trust him, though she finds it difficult to trust him considering that he lied to her. "You're just like one of your stupid mirages", Lauren states upon her exit.
That night, while eating with her family, Wes interrupts to let them know that he had spoken with Sage and the others, informing them of all he had done. He also told them that it was all behind him and that he was going to be a better guy moving forward. They discussed it and decided to give him a chance to prove himself. He then apologizes for lying to them all and thanks Lauren's father for a talk that they had earlier. Lauren wonders if this means that he is going to stay at the station. Unfortunately, it doesn't. There is a group going to a station in Augustus and they had asked Wes to join them, much to Lauren's disappointment.
The next day, as Wes heads out for the Augustus station, Lauren joins him outside to give him a goodbye kiss, then watching as he drives off.
In "threat of eXtinction", Lauren, Andy and their mother learn from their father that Sentinel Services has been working with a defense contractor called Trask Industries, which is the same company that his father (Lauren and Andy's grandfather) used to work. Lauren and Andy had always been told that their grandfather ran out on their father and grandmother years ago, but that isn't entirely true. He actually lives out in Chattanooga, which is only two hours away, yet Lauren and Andy have never even met him, which her mother explains was intentional because their grandfather wasn't good to their father when raising him. Lauren and Andy's grandfather was a difficult man that was always working and never close with his family. When their father was a child, he got sick and almost died, yet their grandfather didn't even bother coming to visit him at the hospital. Sympathizing with her father's pain, Lauren holds his hand. Their father and grandfather haven't spoken since before Lauren and Andy were born, but that will have to change if they desire to know more about Trask Industries and their affiliation with Sentinel Services.
After saying goodbye to her father, who was leaving for Chattanooga with John, Lauren helps her mother pop back in the arm of one of the newest mutant refugees at the station. He was injured during a fight between one of Trask' Hounds (later to be identified as Chloe Tan) and Thunderbird, Eclipse and Blink, following the attack on the station in Perry. Andy then steps in to assist Lauren with putting on the refugee's sling.
Upon further examination of the apprehended Hound, who they have locked in the cell, they begin to suspect that she is suffering from drug withdrawals given that she has all the symptoms. Marcos asks if they've ever seen a mutant on Kick, which is a power enhancing mutant drug that is highly addictive and makes the user feel invincible. However, as Lauren explains, the effects are only temporary. If that is the case, then her mother believes they can treat Chloe, which only frustrates Lorna, who thinks treating her will only allow the prisoner to get stronger and provide her with the opportunity to kill them. However, 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 world where people can live together.
Lauren and Andy volunteer to restrain the prisoner in order for their mother 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 their mother 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 and locking her down onto the table, Lauren, Andy, Lorna and Marcos watch as Caitlin inject Chloe with medication to help with her withdrawals, though it won't matter given that Chloe is dying from the massive amounts of drugs that Sentinel Services has 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.
While her mother treated Chloe, Lauren is approached by one of the new refugees, a larger man, who is quite intimidating in size. He is upset that they have taken the prisoner out of the cell despite what she is capable of. While Lauren understands his frustration, she asks that he stay back because they need to figure out who she is and where she came from. In doing that, they'd be keeping everyone safe, but the man doesn't seem to care much for what she has to say, forcing Andy to step in. He warns the larger man to back off, making the station shake as he does so, which works as an effective form of intimidation. The larger man's attitude quickly downsizes and he backs off. Lauren thanks Andy for coming to her aid. He tells her that she is his sister and that only he can talk to her like that.
Despite her mother's best efforts, Chloe dies from her withdrawals later that evening, just as they suspected she would. Although, they did discover that Sentinel Services killed her husband and took her daughter, and that she was connected to Trask Industries, which they now know is North of the station thanks to Esme, another new refugee. Lauren later greets her father with a hug as he returns from Chattanooga with devastating news. He enters the room, visibly upset. From him, they learns that his father was murdered during an attack by Sentinel Services. Hearing this, Lauren and Andy hold hands while their mother comforts their father.
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 their father is apologetic for that, but his work keeps him busy. He inquires about the kids. Supposedly, Lauren has been distant lately, but her mother writes it off as normal teenage behavior. After doing a couple tricks of his own, Andy convinces Lauren to let him teach her how to skate. When Lauren falls, Andy grabs her hand to keep her from falling, and when he does, their hands begin glowing when their hands touch and they combine powers. Lauren and Andy look at each other in shock, but when their dad asks if they're alright, they decide to keep it secret.
That night, whilst everyone slept, Lauren and Andy lie awake with the startling revelation of their grandfather being a mutant. However, Andy had come to learn that it wasn't just their grandfather who was a mutant in their family. He found a book in the station's library that covered a portion of their family, more specially their great-grandfather Andreas Von Strucker and his sister Andre. During the 1950s, they were known as Fenris. They supposedly wiped out an entire building full of people within seconds by holding hands and combining powers. They were also rumored to be part of a shadowy international organization known as the Hellfire Club. They disappeared fleeing from the X-Men. However, they were some of the most powerful mutants ever. Lauren is applauded at her family's history and decides to cut their history lesson short.
After explaining the news to Lauren and Andy that they might share the same ability as their ancestors to combine powers, their parents suggests that they test to see if they did in fact inherit 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. Lauren, Andy, Reed and Caitlin 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. Lauren and Andy explain that it was like they could feel everything around them and could've torn the entire building down with everyone in it. Reed and Caitlin are frightened.
Lauren and Andy explain that when they combined their powers, everything around them more so disappeared. They weren't two people anyone, but a conjoined force, almost as if they were seeing out of the same eyes. Reed recalls them saying that they could've destroyed the building. He questions how they knew that. Lauren replies that she could feel it. Andy pushes things apart while she does the opposite by pulling them together. Combined, it was like they could do anything. They were looking at the wall in front of them and they could've vaporized it. Andy wants to practice to hone this newly discovered ability, but Lauren agrees with their parents in it being too dangerous. Andy storms off when Reed points out that he can barely control his own powers let alone his and Lauren's. So Lauren chases after him.
Lauren calls out to Andy to explain that their parents only want to protect him. But Andy sees it as everyone else viewing him as a freak because he doesn't hate his powers. Lauren corrects him when she reveals that she doesn't hate her powers either, in fact, she never felt more powerful than when they joined abilities. It scared her because it felt good. They both recall the first time it happened at the park a year ago, which was before Andy even knew he was a mutant. He started messing up in school around this point because he couldn't get that out of his mind. All Andy wants to do is try combining their power again, which forces him to question if this means they're going to turn out like the von Struckers
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. Reed and Caitlin 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.
Lauren, Andy, Reed, Caitlin, Dreamer and Blink later arrive at the substation. Reed and Caitlin stay inside the surveillance van to monitor the cameras while Blink portals everyone else inside the substation. Dreamer, Blink, Lauren, and Andy progress forward into the power station. After waiting for a couple employees to pass, Dreamer guides the team throughout the building. However, she isn't entirely sure she knows where she is going because the guard that she borrowed the memory from had only been in the substation a few times, thus the memory is a bit hazy. After the team passes the conference room, Reed warns them of an incoming guard. Dreamer slowly approaches the guard with a friendly demeanor until getting close enough where she can blow smoke into his face, resulting in the guard dispatching of his gun and radio before walking pass them.
The alarm begins to sound as Dreamer, Blink, Lauren and Andy proceed throughout the building. To make matters worse, a Sentinel robot and armed team is quickly approaching. So the team begins looking for an exit as it is time to abort the mission. Unfortunately, Blink is unfamiliar with the building's structure. So she can't portal them out. As the Sentinel turns the corner, Andy attempts to rip it apart, but to no avail. The four of them start to run in the opposite direction. However, they don't make it far. Blink is the first to be apprehended, as the Sentinel jumps onto her back and pins her to the ground.
With Sentinel Services seconds behind them, Dreamer, Lauren and Andy make their way to the basement of the building. Dreamer unlocks the basement door for Lauren and Andy to pass through. However, she shut the door behind them, sacrificing herself in order to provide them a chance to escape. The two siblings enter a vacant lot panicked and scared, realizing there is no way out. Lauren convinces Andy to combine their powers to get out as they did before. She wants to take the building down. Andy agrees and they conjoin hands. However, Andy comes to a realization and pulls away from Lauren. Andy explains that they're in the basement of the building. If they use their conjoined power, the whole building will come down, killing everyone inside, leaving them with no other option but to surrender as Agent Turner, Agent Weeks and their team enter the lot with their weapons drawn. Agent Turner tells them it's over as they get on their knees and ability suppressing collars are placed around their neck.
In "eXploited", at the Sentinel Services Regional Headquarters, Lauren and Andy are placed in neighboring cells. Andy notes that the power suppressing collars itch. Hopefully, that's all it does, Lauren retorts. As Andy grows restless and anxious, Lauren attempts to calm him. But she fails as his powers begin to manifest, which triggers the collar to give Andy a high voltage shock. He wonders what is going to happen next. They have to be charged at some point. Lauren surmises that they'll be brought up on charges of terrorism. Leaving them both in a state of fear. Andy begins to regret his decisions to not combine powers in the basement to escape, but Lauren assures him that he made the right decision as a lot of innocent people would've died otherwise.
Lauren, Andy, Sonya and Clarice are transferred to Trask labs. Lauren and Andy are brought into Dr. Campbell's office. Immediately, Lauren questions what was done to Clarice and Sonya. Dr. Campbell assures her that they are fine. His concern is only Lauren and Andy, who are now wearing skintight jumpsuits that'll measure their biometrics. It'll help give Trask an accurate reading on the full extent of Lauren and Andy's abilities. They're the great-grandchildren of Andreas Von Strucker. He and his sister Andrea shared a trait that Campbell believes Lauren and Andy have inherited. The ability to combine their powers. However, Lauren claims to have no knowledge of what Campbell is referring to. Although, he isn't buying it. Their father has been exploring his past, which includes their grandfather Otto's Trask research. Dr. Campbell orders that they be taken to testing to determine whether or not they share their ancestors' special gift.
Lauren and Andy are taken into an indestructible cell lined with adamantium. An extremely rare, metallic alloy. Took a while to acquire, but they had found some in a defunct military installation in British Columbia. Dr. Campbell tells them to face the sensors, join hands to combine abilities and demonstrate what they're capable of. With their collars turned off, Campbell requests they give it all they got, but they refuse. So he shocks Lauren. But even then she still refuses, as does Andy.
In the adamantium cell, Lauren and Andy wonder how much longer they will be kept inside. While the shocking hurts, Lauren refuses to combine her and Andy's powers for Campbell. If they hold out long enough, Lauren is sure that someone will come for them. Dr. Campbell returns, this time around with Sonya and Clarice as additional motivation. Dr. Campbell holds Sonya and Clarice at gunpoint and threatens to kill them should Lauren and Andy refuse to comply with his demands. Despite knowing the dangers she faces, Sonya tells Andy and Lauren not to combine their powers, which angers Dr. Campbell. When she repeats this sentiment to the Strucker kids once more, Dr. Campbell grows tired of both her interference and Andy and Lauren's refusal to obey. So as a show of force, he shoots Sonya in the chest without hesitation. She dies instantly as her lifeless body hit the ground and pink smoke exits her mouth.
Dr. Campbell points the gun at Clarice's head and demands that Lauren and Andy face the sensors or else Clarice will suffer the same fate as Sonya. Andy looks to Lauren for answers though neither of them know what to do next. Lauren even appears to be in shock. With Clarice still being held at gunpoint, shaking her head no, Lauren and Andy decide to conjoin hands and combine powers in order to save her life. Just like before, their hands glow and their hair blows upward in a dramatic motion. As they hold hands and the light seemingly courses throughout their body, Lauren and Andy direct their blast at the sensors. However, they are approaching the limits of the sensors though Campbell isn't concerned as the room is supposedly indestructible. Lauren and Andy disprove that theory by greatly denting the wall of the adamantium cell and completely destroying the wall of the neighboring lab.
That night, Lauren and Andy sit in their cells, upset over Sonya's death. They blame themselves for Campbell killing her. She told them not to do it, but they did it anyone, essentially making her death meaningless. Lauren can't believe that Campbell just blew her away so effortlessly. Andy looks to Lauren for reassurance that everything is going to be okay, but not even she is sure anymore because Campbell now has whatever it is that he wanted from them.
Some time later, Lauren and Andy are boarded onto a transport bus by Sentinel Services, along with Clarice and Esme's identical sisters Sophie and Phoebe. Before they even make it past the front gate, one agent kills two of his fellow agents before killing himself while under telepathic mind control. Lauren, Andy, Clarice and the other mutant prisoners then exit the transport vehicle after removing their collars.
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.
Afterwards, Caitlin asks Lauren and Andy 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. Their father understands that the station is now filled with difficult memories. It's one of the reasons that he and their mother have been considering moving on. However, Lauren and Andy disagree with their decision to abandon the station as they see it as giving up. Reed and Caitlin 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 Lauren and Andy believe they can make a difference while with the Underground.
Esme and her sisters stop by the station unannounced soon thereafter. 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.
Lauren approaches Andy while he sketches a picture of a wolf. She comes to get him for the school that their mother had arranged. Andy can't believe that Lauren's bothering him about school when there's more important matters at hand, like Esme and her sisters. Andy then comments on their mother also abandoning the school she started at the station. Lauren didn't want to leave either, but maybe with everything going on, it's best they leave. While Clarice didn't tell anyone what they did in the lab, people know that something happened. And with Esme and her sisters around, it's a bad time to be at the station. But Andy argues that it may be the best time.
As Lauren's on her way out to join her family as they're leaving the station for their own saftey, Clarice tells her that just leaving isn't going to solve anything because the Underground is going to have a real problem on their hands with or without the Frost Sisters. Lauren explains that it was neither her idea nor choice. So Clarice offers her a word of advice. Running isn't going to solve anything they're facing at the moment. At some point they're going to have to take a stand. Lauren recalls doing just that, but it got Sonya killed. However, Clarice insists that Sonya's death isn't Lauren's fault. She learned the hard way that hate feeds on fear. So, if they run, hate wins.
The Struckers arrive at the Fairburn station. 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.
The next day, at the Fairburn station, Lauren and Wes handle the supplies. Wes tells Lauren that she doesn't have to help, but she wants to. It feels better when she's doing something as it's been getting harder for her to sleep. Wes heard about what happened at the lab with Sonya. Lauren can't help but wonder what if she had done something different that maybe Sonya might be alive. While Lauren can't take back what happened, she can let it make her stronger. Wes likes to think a lot of bad stuff happened to him, but it had to happen, because it led him to his current situation. With her family going to Mexico, she won't be there much longer. That's fine with Wes. As long as he got to see Lauren one last time. They then kiss.
Later, Reed announces 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. Sentinel Services then 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 by Sentinel Services and the Hounds. Agent Turner and Dr. Campbell watch from the surveillance van as the Hounds tear the building down. They can flush out the mutants without Turner needing to send his men in harms way. 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 struck the a massive wave of energy and knocked unconscious. Lauren sees the manacle around the Hounds' hands and realize that this is why Dr. Campbell wanted them to join their powers at Trask.
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.
Back at HQ, Lauren joins her mother 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. Clarice comments that both Wes and Lauren are tough kids for holding out and lasting as long as they did against the Hounds. Lauren replies that she had to because like Clarice said, hatred feeds on fear. Clarice is glad that Lauren is back as they can use all the help they can get.
In "eXtraction", after seeing Wes off to Augusta, Lauren finds Andy in the vault reading about their ancestors Andreas and Andrea Von Strucker. Andy's curious about their family history though Lauren can't be any less interested. Andy explains that Andreas wasn't a psycho as the book portrays him to be given that it was written by humans, and by Andy account is therefore bias. According to Andy, Andreas and Andrea were apparently trying to build a separate place for mutants. However, as Lauren explains, that's exactly what the Underground is. Andy disagrees as the station is merely a place to hide while Andreas wanted more for them. Lauren argues that the Underground is more than just a safe house. They're saving people while Lauren and Andy's ancestors on the other hand were murders. Lauren then begins to suspect that the Frost Sisters have gotten in Andy head after he praised them for at least treating him like an adult. Lauren claims they're liars but Andy thinks they're the only ones telling the truth.
Andy is frustrated that he and Lauren have been tasked with watering plants while there are more important matters to be attended to, like Campbell, who is likely moving ahead with his program. Lauren tells Andy that the Underground is going after him, but Andy wants to be apart of the assault. He recalls the Hounds that ambushed them at the Fairburn station and how they combined their powers. Andy feels responsible as Campbell managed to combine their powers through him and Lauren giving Campbell what he wanted back at the lab. But Lauren explains that going out and attacking people will solve nothing. The Underground is a team and they're part of that. Their parents interrupt the discussion to inform them that Sentinel Services is going after their grandmother, and that they have to get to her first.
The Struckers arrive at Southern Worldwide to retrieve grandma Ellen. Their mother and father goes up to the office while Lauren and Andy stay on the ground to guard outside. Their mother tells them if there's any kind of trouble to return to the station. Just outside, Lauren and Andy stand guard for Sentinel Services. While Lauren is prepared to run should a problem arise, as advised by their parents, Andy wants to fight. Which Lauren fears will only make matters worse. However, considering what they can do, if Sentinel Services does show up, Andy says that he and Lauren won't be the ones in trouble. They agents will be. Lauren again tries to reason with Andy, explaining that their powers come with responsibilities and the last thing they want is for people to be scared of them. Andy counters that maybe they should be scared. Maybe if they were more scared then they wouldn't be going after their grandmother Ellen just because she's related to them.
Lauren calls her father to inform him that Sentinel Services has just arrived. Reed, Caitlin and Ellen quickly make their way out the office to meet with Lauren and Andy downstairs. As the agents approach, Lauren plans to find an exit, but Andy prepares to fight. Andy steps out into the open and the two agents immediately draw their weapons and demand that he put his hands in the air. Andy makes them regret that request when he puts his hands up and sends the agents flying back. Although, Andy doesn't want to stop there. So Lauren makes him stop by obstructing his path with a shield. He gets angry and turns his powers on her. But Lauren counters his attack, which blows up in both of their faces, knocking both of them to the ground. At that moment, Caitlin, Reed and Ellen exit the building. Everyone gets into the SUV and they speed off.
Lauren and Andy stay back at the SUV as their mother and father speak with their grandmother. Lauren and Andy refuse to even speak to one another after the incident outside of their grandmother's work place where they used their powers against one another. While the Underground is coming to pick them up, their grandmother however, won't be going with them. She would only hold them up. Though, she has no intentions on going home either. She has a friend in Boca Raton who lives way out of town and she has enough money to get there. Lauren begins to cry as she explains that they are still the same people they've always been. Ellen says that this isn't true. They're so much more. She then gives Lauren and Andy a hug before parting ways.
Noticing that something is wrong, their mother confronts them on their odd behavior towards one another. 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", Sage and Shatter informs them that something went wrong at the Humanity Today Summit. They'd been been monitoring the police reports and all they know for sure is that Campbell escaped. 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 their parents urge them to stop fighting amongst each other and act like family, 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 their mother are coming after him as they are human, though Andy claims he didn't mean it like that before brushing past his father.
Lauren finds Andy to talk with him after he decided to bunk upstairs with Naya and Skyler. She explains they were both effected by the their time spent at Trask Industries. That day changed everything for them. Lauren can't get the death of all those people out of her head. But they must focus on making things better, like when they rescued their dad and Lorna and saved Trader when he was shot. While this admittedly felt good, there are people trying to hurt them and Andy has the power to stop the. Or destroy them as Lauren points out as being Andy's true intention. Andy counters that she's the one that denied her abilities and almost destroyed the family.
Pedro spots Sentinel Services just off the road. He tries to scare them away, but when that doesn't work, he alerts Shatter, who then begins evacuation of the station. Lauren is sent to find Andy while her parents help with evacuation. Upstairs, Lauren finds Naya, Skyler, Andy and the others packing. She tells him that Sentinel Services is coming and that they will do whatever they have to protect everyone.
Her mother tries to break through the wall down stairs for a way out while her father leads the combat ready mutants upstairs, which includes, Lauren, Andy, Naya and Skyler. Considering that Pedro spotted them from the road, it means that Sentinel Services will be focusing on attacking the front. So their job is to stop them there. Naya and Skyler are doubtful that they can do it on their own, but Reed informs them that they only have to hold the agents off long enough for the others to create another exit. Lauren and Andy also assures them that everything will be okay so long as they stand up and fight and remember what Polaris told them, to stick together and watch each others' backs. Naya and Skyler are ordered to take the right while Lauren and Andy take the left, with Reed in the middle. Lauren reminds Andy that they're trying to save the station, not settle a score though Andy doesn't seem to show much interest in what she has to say.
The Underground watches as Sentinel Services slowly approaches. About a dozen or so agents move in. When they do, the Underground attacks at once. Reed fires a shotgun as Skyler and Naya attack using their abilities. Lauren shields them from gunfire while Andy also attacks the guards, forcing the agents to fallback per Agent Turner's request. 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. Lauren, Andy, Caitlin, Reed, 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, 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, Lauren and Andy volunteer to stay behind after everyone's out so that they can destroy the building in order to cover their tracks. Reed and Caitlin reluctantly agree, telling Lauren and Andy that they will see them outside. Just as their parents exit, the Gravity and Inertia Hound enter the station. Just behind those Hounds are the Clairvoyant and Molecule Hounds, who unleashes a sonic scream, causing the building to crumble. As the Hounds proceed further into the station, they are met by Lauren and Andy, 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.
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. Lauren reminds Andy of their childhood when they used to play X-Men. They did that because they are heroes. She begs Andy not to leave her, but Andy does so anyways, explaining that the X-Men are gone and that they aren't kids anymore.
In eMergence, Lauren and Clarice are alerted by Reed that Sentinel Services is raiding Liberty Park Apartments. Thunderbird tracked two groups of mutants from Liberty Park Apartments. He and Eclipse take one trail while Lauren and Blink take another. They track the group into the storm drains on the north side, hoping that they've reached them in time, though Lauren isn't so sure they have, leaving Blink to question her doubtful attitude. Lauren apologizes, as she's merely stressed at the fact they they're dealing with the third raid of the month. Blink and Lauren find the mutants trapped on the other side of the wall. Blink opens a portal, allowing Lauren to guide the mutants out while simultaneously holding the steel door shut with her shields, prevent Sentinel Services from breaking through.
The next day, Lauren, John, Marcos, Clarice, Reed and Caitlin are held up at the Potomac Salvage junkyard. Reed speaks to the group, as he's very much aware that losing Liberty Park Apartments is difficult to stomach. But it is because of what they did that ten mutants and their families get to start new lives today. So he would like to try and focus on that instead. Furthermore, he has organized transportation for the people they took in and got them documents. Shatter's crew in Baltimore are going to get most of them someplace safe. However, Lauren is concerned for Cristina, a rescued mutant, who doesn't wish to leave without her sister Jazmine. While the trail is a day old, John and Clarice will continue their efforts to find Jazmine, and until then, Cristina will stay with them. Lastly, Marcos had been asking around, and in doing so, got in contact with a group of mutant hackers who can get into computer systems. Marcos spoke to the man in charge, Wire, personally but everyone isn't happy about it because of the risk they face reaching out.
As Lauren prepares dinner and her mother surfs the web for mutant related school incidents, her father returns from his trip to Baltimore, where he dropped off the rescued mutants. They got lucky at the check points, and everyone made it through safe. He then asks about the shelter, which Lauren claims is fine, however, she hasn't made any friends there. So her father encourages her to find a job where she can meet people her own age. However, as her mother explains, most of the information they have Lauren got through people she met at the shelter. While her father is aware, he doesn't think her sole focus should be finding Andy, though her mother disagrees, arguing that it's a priority. He simply wants Lauren to live her life, but Lauren doesn't seem to mind working at the shelter. She then excuses herself, as she wishes to be alone.
In what appears to be the next day, Lauren walks down the street, until entering a parking garage, where she finds Andy on the top level. She calls out to him and rushes over to give him a hug. She's pleased to see him, but shocked by his new appearance i.e. his hair and clothes. She almost wasn't sure it was him. Andy then grabs Lauren's hand to combine powers, but Lauren is against it. He questions why she continues to fight who they are and who they are meant to be. Lauren strongly disagrees, jerking away from Andy and demanding that he let her hand go as it starts to glow, but he refuses, forcing Lauren to pull away even harder. When she can't and their power grows, she wakes up from her sleep screaming in fear. As it turns out, she was simply having a nightmare.
Lauren's screams bring her mother and father into in her bedroom. Lauren claims that it didn't feel like a dream, and Andy looked older and different. Lauren reveals that the dream took place at a parking garage, from where she could see the Capital. When her mother pushes for more answers, her father suggests that she ease up. Caitlin is happy to hear of Lauren's dream, as it could mean they're getting closer to Andy. She recalls Lauren saying that she and Andy can see through each other's eyes, but her father believes that it may have just been a dream. Furthermore, Lauren back tracks, claiming that she can't fully remember the dream and that it might not have even been Andy at the parking garage.
The next day, John and Clarice return to the apartment unsuccessful in finding Jazmine. They relay this information to Lauren and Cristina. They tracked Jazmine across the city. Seems she was trying to get out of town. She got to the bus station, but it looked like she got picked up, but there was no sign of a struggle. So they're still hoping that one of their people took her in, and so they're reaching out now. Lauren explains to Cristina that this is good news because if Sentinel Services found her, there definitely would have been a struggle. Clarice promises to find Jazmine, but it's going to take a little while. They're going to follow up with their contacts and Christina is going to stay with them. Then, Marcos and a hurt Caitlin enter the room. They reveal that they arranged a meeting with Wire, which went south. While they still don't know where Andy and Lorna are, it is a step in the right direction.
That night, Lauren disagrees with her mother's claim that Andy was taken from them. She states that he left. As did Lorna. And they can't just keep acting like Andy was kidnapped when in actuality, he knew what he was doing. Her father agrees. This war came to Andy. And this is what he chose to do about it. Caitlin reminds Lauren that Andy is her brother, but it is because of this that Lauren knows Andy better than anyone else can possibly imagine, which is why she's so adamant about Andy leaving them.
A little while later, Marcos knocks on the door, telling them both to come to the roof. Marcos, Caitlin, Reed and Lauren make it to the roof, where they see the surging of lights throughout the entire city. Marcos is certain that this is Lorna's doing. Reed argues that they don't know this for sure, but Marcos knows what her powers look and feel like. Given the circumstances, Caitlin concludes that the disruption in the magnetic fields is due to Lorna's contractions, meaning she's in labor.
Lauren tracks the surge on the road with her parents, which gets stronger as they get closer. Her mother looks back to her, telling her than her dream was right and that Andy is in D.C. Unfortunately, before they can track the surge to its source, the entire grid shuts down, preventing John from tracking it any further. Marcos questions what this means, if Lorna or the baby are dead. Unfortunately, no one has the answers for him. In an emotional state, Marcos drops down to his knees in agony as his hands glow.
In unMoored, Lauren and Clarice have good news for Cristina. A source said that a girl matching Jazmine's description turned up in a church shelter in Alexandria. Clarice and Lauren plan to pick her up in the morning. Cristina asks to join them, but Clarice and Lauren advise against it as she is a fugitive. Cristina becomes aggravated, which causes her to unintentionally shatter the light fixture on the wall. Cristina apologizes, but she can't risk losing her sister again as she's the only person Cristina has left. Lauren is familiar with the feeling. She hasn't seen Andy in six months. All her life, he's been there, and now he's just gone.
2:53 that morning, Lauren sleeps in her bed. She's having the same recurring nightmare with Andy on the rooftop of the parking garage. Andy grabs her hand, telling her that they're meant to be together and that Fenris is their destiny, but Lauren continues to resist. She pulls away from Andy, shouting at him to stop. When she does manage to pull away, she does so with such force that she falls over the wall, plummeting to the ground below. Andy panics, looking over the wall, to the ground, but Lauren isn't there.
Lauren informs her father that she and Clarice are heading out to pick up Jazmine. When Lauren inquires about his activities, Reed claims that he is simply looking at old family photos. They reminisce as they browse through the photos. Lauren then asks if he's okay, which he claims he is and that Lauren doesn't have to worry about him. Nevertheless, she tells him that it's fine if he's not okay.
Lauren and Clarice later return with Jazmine. The sister reunite since being separated during the Liberty Parks Apartments raid. Her father imagines that it can't be easy on her to see siblings reunited when she and Andy are still torn apart. He encourages Lauren to tell him if there's something wrong, but Lauren insists that she's fine. However, Reed knows this to be untrue. Lauren can't believe that he's lecturing her on the truth when he and her mother are constantly fighting about Andy and pretending that everything is okay. While Lauren wants Andy to come back, she can't forget how they killed fifteen people back in Atlanta. Lauren had been looking them up. She knows their names and their kids names but Reed and Caitlin never talked about what it might mean for Lauren to have Andy come home. Reed apologies, but there isn't much he can do.
After a while, Lauren and Reed are on their way back to the apartment from the clinic. They don't say a word to each other or look at one another. They simply ride in silence.
In coMplications, Lauren joins Reed on his run to Baltimore to meet with Shatter and retrieve medical supplies. While on their way back from Baltimore, Lauren admits that she regrets saying what she said, however, Reed is glad that she told him because he wanted to know what is going on with her. Reed then gets a call from Caitlin, who is looking for the files they have on the Inner Circle. Reed lies and tells her that the cabinet is broken, so he's replacing it. Caitlin then notices the crack in the wall and Reed begins to become unsettled as Caitlin suspects that something strange is going on. Reed hangs up in a panic. When he does, his powers begin to manifest before Lauren's very eyes. In fact, the steering wheel crumbles in Reed's hand, forcing him to slam on the brake, though not in time to prevent them from slamming into the back of a parked truck.
Lauren's fine, but Reed is bleeding after cracking his head on the windshield. Lauren is in disbelief after witnessing his powers, but they don't have time to address Reed's sudden powers as nearby civilians are aware of the crash and are quickly approaching. Reed and Lauren escape through a fence and hideout behind behind a wall of an abandoned building, where Reed apologizes for not pulling over sooner. Lauren questions how long he was going to hide his powers. Reed claims that it's not that simple. Before he can continue, they are forced to move as police sirens approach.
Lauren plays look out as Reed hot-wires a getaway car. Once he does, Lauren drive off with him in the passenger seat and unbeknownst to them, Jace Turner in their rear view mirror.
On their way back to the clinic, Reed asks Lauren to keep his powers secret from her mother. Lauren is in disbelief that he wants to keep secrets. Lying is the reason that their family is in shambles, Lauren says. Lauren recalls Sophomore year of high school, where Reed picked her up from a party at her friend's house, where a group of mutants supposedly came by and broke out all the windows. Lauren was terrified, but not for the reason that Reed remembers. She actually broke those windows with her powers. Some boy was trying to grab her. He backed off as soon as stuff started breaking. But, Lauren was so freaked out that she could barely dial the phone to call her father. She was going to tell him, but when she got in the car, he told her not to worry because his job was prosecuting mutants and to protect her from them. Tears run down Lauren's face as she relives this moment. After that, she never said anything because she didn't want to hurt their family. But she can't help wonder if she had. Maybe things would be different with her. With Andy. Maybe none of this would have ever happened.
Once Lauren arrives at the clinic with her father, he informs her mother that he has powers. Lauren watches from outside the office as they hug.
Academically very gifted, Lauren is organized and socially aware. She shows streets smarts and self-preservation skills by being aware that she must keep her mutant abilities a secret due to the consequences, however, she is a very caring person towards her family, and has no trouble using her powers (semi-)publically to protect them. She is also patient and nurturing, evident by the fact that she taught her brother how to swim when they were younger, and is willing to help him learn to use his mutant powers. She also gets defensive when people look down on mutants because she is a mutant herself.
Unlike her brother, Lauren is appalled by the actions of her great-grandfather and great-aunt (from whom they inherited their mutant abilities) and believed them to be nothing more "psychotic murders", similar to her grandfather, Otto Strucker.
After Andy's departure, Lauren has become somewhat hardened, depressed and withdrawn. Though she still loves and misses him greatly, she has developed a slight resentment of him for leaving her. She has also begun to grow an independent side, shown when she shamelessly confronted her mother with the fact Andy chose to leave their family and that he wasn't kidnapped and that she should stop pretending that he was.
Molecular Manipulation: Lauren possess the ability to manipulate matter on a molecular level.
Shield Generation: Unlike her brother, who utilizes a destructive form of telekinesis to destroy things, she uses her powers to create shields. She can compress molecules together. In doing so, she forms force field-like barriers that can both cut through solid objects as well as push them away. At its lowest level, Lauren's power allowed her to push a bag of popcorn off a vending machine slot with a wave of her hand. Her shields are strong enough to deflect bullets, push away oncoming cars, and forcefully close the portals generated by an unstable Blink. She has demonstrated a full understanding of her abilities, using them in both offensive and defensive setting, and has also proven herself to be able to improvise new uses for her powers on the spot. She was also able to create a barrier small enough to cover and apply pressure to an individual artery, which she demonstrated when she helped her mother save a wounded man. She may be able to use her power to create “constructs” by pushing the molecules together in a certain fashion. She used this to create a ramp strong enough to support a truck holding her brother, father, and Eclipse facilitating their escape from Sentinel Services. Now, she is able to manifest her shields with just the extension of her hands. Her sheilds now also have a golden hue while using them. Her shield are now powerful enough to block a moving SUV, and has shown she has somewhat of a physical connection to her shields, as when the Inner Circle’s SUV was obstructed by her shields, the force of the SUV on her shield caused hero to be pushed back as well. She can manifest her shields as arcs, or rectangular shapes that can cover large areas. It is even possible to manifest shield inside people, imploding, exploding, or asphyxiating them if she so wishes.
Telekinesis: As seen in season one episode one, she can move her shields. When they were trying to escape in the car, she made a shield and pushed a car away so they wouldn't hit it. She also made a shield to push a bag of popcorn of a slot in a vending machine. So she does not have full telekinesis, more like pushing, but she kind of does have a portion of this ability.
Limitations: Lauren finds air molecules to be the easiest to manipulate, while other substances, such as water, present more of a challenge. She must be able to see what and where she is applying her shields to, and she also needs free use of her hands in order to focus her abilities. Lauren typically uses her powers through gestures: when she is making barriers this is performed by holding her forearm nearly parallel to the ground while curving her hand into a half-moon shape and pressing her palm in the direction she wants the molecules to go. When using her powers to focus her brother's powers or to close Blink's portals, she will gesture with both arms, keeping her arms in a round shape with her palms facing each other in order to compress the force of their respective powers into a smaller mass. Lauren's power is not effective against Andy's. Because she's pulling molecules together and he's pushing them apart, they cancel each other out, as seen in eXtraction. When this occurs, a blast of energy is released, strong enough to launch both Andy and Lauren back several feet.
Fenris Force: A powerful force of incredible strength. If Lauren and Andy hold hands, they are capable of producing an incredibly strong and destructive blast of light. According to Lauren and Andy themselves, they become a single collective entity. They feel everything around them, especially when inside buildings. They combine Andy's power to push things apart and Lauren's power to pull them together and produce a force they describe as being able “to do anything [they] want.” Whatever they feel, they can destroy. They were able to unleash enough energy to create a large dent in a room made of the supposedly indestructible metal adamantium. When used in full strength within the confines of a building of any other material, the building is said to essentially vaporize. The effect of this force when used in an outdoor environment is currently unspecified.