The Purge: A survivor update from Season 2, Episode 2

THE PURGE -- "Everything is Fine" Episode 202 -- Pictured: Jaren Mitchell as Doug Vargas -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)
THE PURGE -- "Everything is Fine" Episode 202 -- Pictured: Jaren Mitchell as Doug Vargas -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network) /
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THE PURGE — “This Is Not A Test” Episode 201 — Pictured: Paola Nuñez as Esme Carmona — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network) /

What happens the night after the Purge? We catch up with the survivors in this episode and let’s just say, some are definitely coping better than others.

The beginning of Season 2, Episode 2 offers some answers I’ve been curious about since the franchise first began. How are things handled in the aftermath of such a violent and chaotic night? This week’s episode of The Purge fills in those details.

A cleaning service called Zippy Maids wipes the bloodstains off a dining table so a mother and her children can have a father-free dinner. The bodies are deposited in neat black bags on the curb where they’re taken care of by a body recovery service. Everything is very routine.

The addition of this little cold open is one of the reasons I was anticipating this season. Allowing the series to take its time telling stories of trauma from one purge night to the next is a brand new playground for the character. Speaking of trauma, how are the main characters of this season faring after Purge night?


We pick up with Marcus and Michelle in the aftermath of the attempted murder. Marcus comes face-to-face with his would-be killer soon than anticipated. It turns out, Marcus is a doctor. As one would expect, the hospital is stuffed with purgers when he arrives. But the only patient to interest him is the man who broke into his house the night before. Unfortunately, he dies before Marcus can get much out of him. All he hears is two words, “Ivory Road.”

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Lucky for Marcus, he has a tech-savvy young son, Darren, who attends the same college as Ben. Oh, and his former teacher was the same woman Esme was friends with. We see Esme attend the memorial service for her where Darren gives a speech about her presence in his life. This season is introducing the characters links much faster than Season 1.

Back to Marcus. Darren knows what Ivory Road is. It’s a website on the Dark Web. Remember how Marcus took the guy’s phone when he found it outside? Well, Darren is able to discern a secret app on the main screen that opens Ivory Road. He immediately spots a bounty offer. Marcus’s life is worth $75,000. If he doesn’t find out who put out the hit, someone else will try to kill him on the next Purge night.