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'The Returned' recap: 'Lucy'

The Returned crew gets a new member.

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The Returned (A+E)

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We have a new Returned on our hands: Lucy, the waitress Adam attacked episodes ago. And she’s actually speaking to the dead this time—maybe?

Unlike previous flashbacks, this one doesn’t really give us any new information. All we see is Lucy showing up to the bar a year before, getting a job, sleeping with Pete, and talking about Camille while on top of Pete (the perfect time to talk about his dead daughter). But in the present, some crazy things are happening.


A doctor pronounces Lucy dead, but then she wakes up, gasping for air. She doesn’t remember being stabbed, and there’s no gash under her giant stomach bandage. It’s like the attack never happened.

Tommy comes in to question Lucy and shows her a picture of Simon, asking if she recognizes him. She does, but she can’t say he was the attacker—even though Tommy’s very obviously trying to get her to say that. Although Tommy seems a bit misguided, with the cameras in his own house and all that fun stuff, his hunch against Simon doesn’t seem so out of place. I’d be suspicious too if my fiancée’s dead husband suddenly reappeared—I probably wouldn’t try to get him arrested for an almost-fatal (or fatal?) attack, but, hey. Tommy’s dealing the way he knows how.

After his unsuccessful chat with Lucy, he tries to get some information out of the doctor. But he’s never seen something like this and is completely flabbergasted. To him, Lucy’s recovery is a miracle.

Lucy’s also flabbergasted because she’s now hearing a flurry of whispers that sounds awfully similar to the sounds in Poltergeist. She admits to Jack that she lied about being able to hear dead people while she’s having sex, then tells him it’s actually happening now: She’s communicating with the dead, and she’s communicating with his father’s killer.

It’s strange how the other Returneds came back years after their deaths, but Lucy came back minutes after hers. It’s also strange that she has this sudden ability with “the other side”—sure, it makes “sense” that the dead would be able to talk with the dead, but the others can’t do that. Or if they can, they haven’t talked about it yet.


Lena’s missing, but Camille doesn’t really care. “It’s not like she’s dead or anything,” she tells her concerned parents. “Lena’s fine.” At first, she comes off extremely cold, which, okay, is understandable: Lena hasn’t exactly been the most welcoming big sister. But also, her sister—who was just in the hospital with a horrible gash—is missing. That should be upsetting no matter what.

But then Camille goes on to tell her parents about their connection, about how they can feel each other. Jack and Claire both look weirded out and not quite convinced. Camille’s right though: Lena’s fine—for now. Adam (the former cannibal) found her in the woods and took her back to his place, where he spreads an herb mixture on her wounded back and resists eating her stomach. Then Tony comes by and Adam tells him their mother’s back… and she doesn’t want to see him. Tony gets in his truck and peels away, leaving Adam and Lena alone.

Lena sees Tony and figures out that Adam is like Camille. At first, this scares her, but then it evidently turns her on: They end up making out and taking off each other’s clothes (doesn’t all that action hurt her back!?).

Before this happens though, Lena calls her mom to say she’s okay—but she refuses to tell her where she is. She’s mad at the way Claire’s been treating her since Camille’s back, so she’s going to make her pay. But let’s remember: This is set in the present day, so there’s probably some way to locate Lena’s phone and track her down. Alas, this is TV, so they probably won’t take that easy route.

Although Adam seems to be trying really hard to turn over a new leaf, he’s still not trustworthy. And Lena would probably agree if she found out what he did in his past life. It’d be too predictable for Adam to attack Lena, and this show thrives on being unpredictable—but even so, this budding relationship doesn’t seem like a good idea. For either of them.

NEXT: Julie has a revelation.