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'The Returned' recap: 'Rowan'

Rowan stands up to Simon.

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Joseph Lederer/A&E

The Returned (A+E)

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
1
run date:
03/09/15
genre:
Drama

A year ago, Rowan was cleaning the house when she saw something: Simon. But this Simon was, presumably, a figment of her imagination. “You’re just like me,” Ghost Simon told her. “That’s why we belong together.”

After the exchange, Rowan wrote two letters—one for Tommy, one for Chloe—and went upstairs, where Tommy later found her unconscious on the bed. This is when Rowan tried to kill herself. This is why Tommy had those cameras installed.

The episode cuts to the present before we can see what happens with Rowan that day, so it’s unclear if she, like Lucy, died for a little bit. But for now, she’s very alive—and very angry.

SIMON

Rowan was all about leaving with Simon—until she found out that Simon killed himself the day of their wedding. Now, she’s completely Team Tommy and there seems to be nothing that will change her mind.

She’s so done with Simon that she goes for her usual appointment at the psychiatrist’s office and basically breaks up with her doctor, claiming she’s tired of wasting her time and money to get over Simon. The psychiatrist, bless his heart, calmly tries to get more information out of Rowan, but she seems more intent on making a dramatic exit than being specific: “Goodbye,” she says as she tosses a few bottles of prescription pills on his desk. PSA: Leaving your doctor in the midst of a personal crisis is not the way to solve said personal crisis.

Rowan seems happy enough though when she goes to pick up Chloe from camp, but that good mood vanishes once Chloe reveals Simon—or the “angel,” as she calls him—came by to say he’d be coming to the house after dark to pick them up. He makes good on his word and shows up at the back door once it’s dark out. But instead of facing Rowan and his daughter with suitcases in hand, he faces a disappointed Rowan (drinking a red wine glass, because lord knows she needs it).

“You told me you were happy,” she says. “I told you I was pregnant. And you killed yourself.” Simon says he doesn’t remember doing that, that that wasn’t him. And he’s probably not lying: It seems like none of the Returned remember their deaths or the moments immediately leading up to them.

But there’s no way he can talk himself out of this—mostly because Tommy’s right around the corner. He eventually pops out, points a gun at Simon, and barks some orders at him. Instead of obeying the police officer with a gun though, Simon keeps talking and inching closer and closer to Rowan. All the while, Tommy’s shouting “Don’t move!” Simon doesn’t listen, and pays for it: Tommy shoots him in the heart, and he falls to the floor.

This is complicated for many reasons, the biggest being that Simon is already dead. Is it possible to kill an already-dead person? I would think not, but then again, we do see blood—you know, the stuff that comes out of real live humans—soak Simon’s shirt. Something bad must be going on inside his body.

And then there’s the question of how this will affect Rowan’s relationship with Tommy. It’s clear she knew Tommy would be there, and likely knew he’d have the gun—but no matter how mad she was at Simon, watching him reel from a gunshot must be traumatizing. Probably time to kiss and make up with that psychiatrist, Row.

CAMILLE

Last time we saw Camille, she was making out with Ben… and then scaring Ben away. He knows who she is, and he wants to get to the bottom of it. Literally.

Ben and two other friends head to the cemetery to dig up Camille’s grave so they can make sure she’s in there. Instead of finding bones though, they just find black water—the same black water we’ve seen in bathtubs and sinks before. Before they can further investigate, a gravedigger calls the police and the three end up at the police station where Tommy questions them. I’m beginning to think Tommy is the only cop in town (Nikki’s also one, but she’s too busy trying to get back in Julie’s pants—we’ll get to that later, though).

Ben ends up telling Tommy that they think Camille is back, so Tommy goes to her family’s house to see for himself. Claire lies though and says “Alice” is out with her friends.

NEXT: Camille makes her official return.