We’re back in Texas, this time experiencing the earthquake at the Garvey’s. Gotta love the leaky faucet and the practical touch of Nora’s placing baby Lily into the makeshift crib (a cardboard box) as she looks for Kevin. As she notices the disruption next door, she goes outside to ask if everything is alright, and hears the dreaded words: Yvie is gone.
Meanwhile, their dog is roaming free, leash still attached. It doesn’t take more than that for her to literally lose the ground beneath her feet. This is exactly what she came to Jarden/Miracle to avoid, and her nightmare is coming to life. She tries the TV first, then the computer, then dials 911. Is it happening again?
Luckily, she is spared the complete meltdown. Kevin comes home.
But he’s not alone. Patti is there, of course. A constant reminder. Cue the title sequence.
Kevin might be keeping Patti’s ghost/hallucination/whatever this is close to his chest, but at least he has no problem coming clean about his whereabouts, now that he’s admitted his sleepwalking to both Nora and Jill. He tells them what happened and talks about going to the police, but really, what is there to say that will help the situation without implicating himself? His lost cell phone, probably back at the pond, isn’t going to help much, either. Of course he leaves out the part about the cinder block tied to his ankle.
A search and rescue team pretty much commandeers his car, and now he and Nora are both out at the drained pond looking for the girls. Nora advises Kevin to go search near the place where he crouched when he heard the car coming, so that if his phone turns up, he’ll have a valid reason for it being there. Nora is one smart cookie. So far it looks like a straight-up missing persons case, and not an actual departure, so she’s keeping her wits about her.
Her brother is at the site too, although he isn’t exactly being useful. A circle prayer never brought back a missing person that I know of. Nora agrees with me.
Back at the Garvey home, Jill is babysitting and looks out the window to see Michael at the porch next door. He seems so nice, and he know show to fix the sink! There’s got to be a catch.
Well, if being Christian is a catch, then this must be it. Jill asks him why he’s not out there looking for his sister, and he says, with some conviction, that she’s not there any more. Does that mean Michael thinks we have a departure on our hands? People like Jill look at him like he’s crazy, he says. People like Jill = people who don’t believe in God. [So now it’s okay to just assume someone’s not a believer?]
Back at the pond, things are getting chaotic, but not because of the search: people are flocking to the site because apparently it’s open season on sacred/holy/miraculous pond water. Okay then.
Nora leaves to go grab Kevin a pack of smokes at the convenience store. The old guy Michael keeps taking food to shows up, tells her he’s sorry about her loss, introduces himself, buys her the cigarettes and gets shooed out of there by the store clerk.
It’s now night time and still no Yvie, but Patti shows up. She’s got answers to his questions, if only he’ll stop ignoring her. She prods him about the cinderblock and the reason why he kept it from Nora. Despite his continuing to ignore her, Patti helps him find his phone. And she Rick-rolls him! That has to be the most bizarre thing I’ve seen on this show, hands down.
A car approaches, Patti warns him not to get in. It’s John, offering to give Kevin a ride back home. He takes it. John’s birthday present is still in the car, unopened. He’s heartbroken and it shows all over his face. He pops open a can of beer and drives straight ahead, past the turn they should take for their street, straight out of the town gate and into the trailer park/camping site where all those people wait for a chance to visit the miraculous little town. They just want to feel save, like Kevin and his family does.
His firefighter buddies pull over and Kevin watches as he has a heated discussion with them about the palm print on the side of the car door. You know, the one Kevin left? Patti pops in, long enough to tell him he framed someone without even trying. Nailed it there, Patti. Too bad she was too crazy in life and had to die; her insights in the afterlife are dead-on.
John puts two and two together: his old buddy Isaac – you know, the one who predicts people’s futures? the one whose house John burned down? – had told him something bad was going to happen. Now his daughter’s missing. He’s got to have something to do with this. So he drives on to some decrepid motel to find him and get some answers, with the help of a baseball bat.
Kevin has a better idea: he was a cop. If Isaac knows, he’ll know. Lose the bat, John. Just wait outside.
Patti returns, of course. Poor Kevin just can’t get one minute of peace. She tells him a story about her ex husband and his cheating. Bizarro-moment #2: not only was he cheating, he was a… coprophiliac. Namely, he liked girls to poop on him. Seventeen years I was married to that asshole, and he never once asked me to shit on him, says Patti indignantly – and rightly so. Patti’s story is just a nice segway onto Laurie. She actually wonders if Laurie ever told Kevin that story. Maybe doctor-patient confidentiality doesn’t apply to spouses?
While Kevin is being distracted by the scatological anecdote, he realizes he was led to the wrong room number, as John tries to break down Isaac’s door with the bat. He busts a window, barges in, Isaac shoots, the fight continues as Kevin rushes to John’s aid. Or maybe to Isaac’s? John is definitely out for blood.
Isaac doesn’t know anything about Yvie, and his reaction is pretty believable.
Nothing more dangerous than a man who don’t believe in nothing, he says.
Grammar aside, that’s quite a bold and ominous statement. There’s plenty of references to belief on this episode, whether it’s God, or a man who can see into the future.
Kevin takes John to the hospital. Meanwhile, at the Garvey residence, Nora and Jill have a drink as they discuss Kevin’s sleepwalking. He’s not in charge any more, not in Mapleton, so why all the stress? Jill’s reply is very succinct:
Wherever you go, there you are.
Young lady, you are wise, says Nora, and we just have to agree.
Jill tells Nora that Michael thinks Yvie’s departed. Nora says she knows that’s not true, and tells a story about her old job at the fraudulant claims department. People took advantage of the departure to skip down, bail on their families, but she tracked them down. The departure was a once time event, she says. She desperately needs to believe it. We also get a timeline established: the departure was three years ago. [That’s quite a lot of time she spent grieving and getting prostitutes to shoot her; it’s also a long time for all the Guilty Remnant cult members to be spreading their crazy around.]
This is quite the episode for introspection, isn’t it?
Erika takes care of her husband’s bullet wound, as he’s still clutching his unopened birthday present. She gently removes it as the anesthesia knocks him out.
Father Matt gets a surprise visit from his sister. She wants to know if this place is real. What she’s really asking is, are they safe? Matt replies with an account of his own Jarden miracle, although short-lived: the first night they got to town, his wife woke up. She was herself again, and they talked for hours. The next morning, she was back in her vegetative state. He’s frustrated, because the people in this town don’t want to discuss the miraculous aura surrounding Jarden, but the one thing he knows is that it’s real.
Jill pays her neighbors a visit to return Michael’s pliers, which he’d left at her place when he was fixing the sink. She asks about the orange stickers, placed on each home by government services who came into town to verify that there had been no departures. Michael starts to cry, and Jill hugs him.
Back at the hospital, Erika sheds some light into the crazy house-burning habit her husband has developed. He used to only give people warnings, she explains to Kevin. After the departure, a lot of people made false claims, and he was there to witness that there had, in fact, been no miracles. Yvie was one, Erika says. She and Michael were twins, but she was born 2 months early, at 24 weeks, but grew up to be a healthy, beautiful girl. As she talks about her daughter, she starts to fall apart. Why would anyone want to hurt her? She is exceptional. Just like this town. Things are going to change, she predicts.
Kevin takes a walk outside, and of course Patti is back. Now she’s on his case about his way of handling his family situation. The Murphys are solid, she says; Kevin and Nora and Jill are just clinging on to eachother, brought together by tragedy. Nora’s loaded so she’s calling the shots, like she did when she bought that ridiculously high-priced house for them. And Kevin doesn’t love them or trust them enough to tell them about Patti.
That does it; Kevin finally acknowledges her and yells at her to shut up. He hasn’t told his family about her, because she’s not there. At this point it’s pretty hard to decide whether Patti is a ghost, a mirage, or just Kevin’s conscience materialized to give the viewer insight into his long brooding silcences.
He speaks to her long enough to tell her he loves his family. Then why did you try to kill yourself? Patti asks. She was there. She saw it all happen. There are people who try to commit suicide for attention; and then there are others who really want to die, like Patti and Kevin. If not for the earthquake, which Patti calls divine intervention, he’d be gone now. Those are not the actions of a family-loving man. Kevin is bewildered. He doesn’t want to kill himself, he says. Patti doesn’t mind – she’s just glad they’re finally talking about it. But that’s not the big reveal: even though Kevin never asked, Patti volunteers the information. Those girls vanished. One minute they were there, and the next – poof! Erika was right: things are gonna change. And then she Rick-rolls him again.
And just when you thought Kevin has enough on his plate, the old hobo guy on top of the tower chimes in, to ask him who his friend is. Is Patti real after all? Or do Kevin and the hobo have more in common than one would think (i.e. they’re both off their rocker)?
Kevin walks into the house, and we’ve gone from Rick Astley to a beautiful slow rendition of the Grease ending song. Nora reassures him that she doesn’t believe he had anything to do with the girls’ disappearance, but that’s little comfort for him right now. She just can’t handle him disappearing into the night like that. The solution? His old handcuffs. That should make for some very uncomfortable sleeping, but at least he won’t find himself at the bottom of the pond again. They fall asleep in each other’s arms, but not before Nora asks what’s really bothering her: will the girls ever turn up? Kevin doesn’t think so.
And if Kevin can go to sleep after a long, long day, Jill is having a sleepless night. There’s a scratching sound coming from next door: Michael is removing the orange sticker from the wall.
Once again, we have more questions than we got answers, but it was good to see what the Garveys are up to, after last week’s respite.
Until next week!