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'Frequency' recap: 'The Near Far Problem'

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Frequency

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
1
run date:
10/05/16
broadcaster:
The CW
genre:
Drama

“This is weird,” Present Raimy tells her dead father when he says he’s babysitting her younger self that evening. “Nah, you think?” he responds.

We do think, Frank. Frequency is definitely weird, but that’s what makes the show so intriguing to watch. There’s an almost thriller-like aspect to each week as we watch Frank race through the past to fix Raimy’s present. I’m still not sure how this will solve all the problems they keep creating, but they did save one woman who didn’t exist in Raimy’s timeline, so there’s hope.

“The Near Far Problem” picks up where we left off last week: Raimy tells her father how Thomas Goff’s shed is missing and there’s an underground bunker where it used to be. Frank grabs Satch, whose garage he’s living in, and they head back to the Goff house in Jersey. Thomas’ mom puts up a fight again, but Frank isn’t playing around this time. He goes straight over to the shed and breaks the lock. They smell bleach and ask if she’s helped her son clean up blood lately — the look on Marilyn’s face says it all.

As Raimy stares at Maya’s case file on the computer, Frank runs through the woods and finds her barely conscious. When Raimy refreshes the file, she sees Maya’s status changed from “missing” to “rescued.” That’s one for Team Sullivan! Unfortunately, it also says Thomas Goff has been a fugitive since 1996.

When the father-daughter duo talks on the ham radio that evening, Raimy says Goff has to be the Nightingale killer. Frank isn’t so sure — Maya doesn’t really fit the profile — but Raimy insists this is how they’ll save her mom.

Speaking of Julie, her family wants to have a memorial service for her. When Raimy continues to say no, Gordo tells her he’s handling it anyway, so she goes to drink at a bar. While she’s there, she flashes back to her second date with Daniel, where they shared their first kiss in a photo booth. Cliché, but they’re cute, so I’ll allow it. She returns to the present, where she’s alone, and the bartender buys her a shot in honor of her dead mother.

The girl is not having a good night in either timeline. Her younger self is packing up to stay at Frank’s house (a.k.a. Satch’s garage) while her mom goes to work. Frank offers to sweeten the deal with a movie and gummy bears, which he immediately rescinds. He and Satch go off to find Thomas while Young Raimy stays with Satch’s wife, Leah. Not even the thought of Leah’s lasagna can cheer her up.

NEXT: It’s all about the Goffs

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As Frank and Satch stake out the phone booth Marilyn Goff was receiving calls from, Raimy interrogates Future Marilyn. Playing bad cop with no good cop in sight (speaking of, does Raimy have a partner? Isn’t that a thing all detectives have?), Raimy tells Marilyn her son’s DNA has been linked to 11 women. Marilyn doesn’t believe it — we’re not told if that’s actually true, either — but when Raimy promises he’ll be brought in safely, she gives up his location.

Raimy kind of lied to Marilyn about that, though: When she finds Thomas living like a hobo in an abandoned building, she tries to cuff him, but he puts up a fight. She finally gets him cuffed and into her car, but instead of going to the precinct, she goes to an empty lot and drags him out of the vehicle. She’s asking about her mom and kicking him in the stomach; she gets angrier with every kick when he won’t give her the answer she wants to hear. She pulls her gun and is ready to shoot him when he suddenly disappears. That’s because Past Thomas walked into traffic and died instead of allowing himself to be captured by Frank and Satch. That’s two for Team Sullivan?

Raimy runs home expecting to see her mother, and she’s immediately crushed when she sees her house is still full of sympathy flowers. Frank tells her on the ham that he knew Thomas wasn’t the Nightingale killer, but she wouldn’t listen. Raimy tells him that if this odd crime-fighting duo is going to work, he has to rein her in when she goes dark like that.

And if that weren’t bad enough, Raimy runs into Daniel later that night. She took Gordo to the bar from her date with Daniel, and it just so happens to be Daniel’s favorite spot. He thinks she’s stalking him…and she kind of is.

And if that weren’t bad enough, she later gets an earful from Satch, too. She says she’ll cover the phones while the rest of her squad goes to her mother’s memorial. She’s refusing to go (because in her world, she can still get her mom back), but Satch says people need to see her to know her mom lived on in some way. “For the first time, you’re letting me down,” he tells her before walking out.

Meanwhile, Past Julie is just sitting on her porch trying to enjoy a glass of wine while being watched by a man (?) with rosaries hanging from his rearview mirror. The Nightingale is alive and well.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Do you think we’ve met the Nightingale killer? Do you think there’s any hope of Raimy connecting with Daniel in the altered timeline? Will Gordo ever get a story line? Will we get to meet Leah? So many mysteries…

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Episode grade: B

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