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The Whispers recap: Homesick

When the children who ‘played’ with Drill get sick, Wes quarantines them—to disastrous results.

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The Whispers

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Drama, Suspense

Drill must really hate Wes. First he kills his wife (RIP Lena), and then he possesses his daughter—apparently, anyway (more on that in a bit). So what’s next, Drill? A scene where Wes must sacrifice himself to save her? Is that where this season is headed? Drill, you devious little alien minx.

Speaking of minxes, our favorite human Minx is definitely the one everyone thinks has been possessed by Drill, thanks to the group of tattletales kids pointing at her. But just because all the tiny adults have decided to band together and accuse Minx, I’m not 100 percent sure she’s the culprit; the final scene is too chaotic to tell if it’s Minx who burned the president’s daughter, and earlier in the episode, we see one of Drill’s other friends calling Minx a spy for her dad and getting the group to gang up on her. (And as we all know, making up rumors about another kid = bullying, and bullying = bad, and Drill = bad, so according to the transitive property, rumor-spreader girl = Drill. Maybe. I don’t know. I’m just guessing Minx isn’t the one possessed by Drill. Anyone else agree? If we’re wrong, well, we tried.)

But how did we get to that chaotic cliffhanger? It all starts with Wes, who’s understandably distraught after Lena’s shocking (sorry) death. He gets even more distraught when Minx spots him punching a mirror during the funeral and then faints while talking to him because of a pounding headache and fever. At the hospital, Dr. Benavidez returns to deliver even more w h i s p e r s exposition: Kids who had been “friends” with Drill have been checking into the hospital all day, with the same symptoms of headaches and fevers. After scanning their brains, she noticed that all of the children have been “marked” by Drill. Wes, who really should not be making the calls at this point, makes the call to quarantine all the children in the area experiencing these symptoms.

With Lena dead and Wes busy rounding up children like a tyrannical babysitter, the Scooby Gang has now turned into the Scooby Duo, as in, just the Bennigans. Sean and Claire head to the hospital, where Claire follows a series of flickering lights and finds Harper (!) sitting alone in an examination room. Harper tells her Drill was just there, and that the children will get better once he finds “O’Ryan.” (At least, that’s how Claire spells it when she briefs Rollins later.) The two try to keep Henry from being taken away, but an adamant Wes isn’t having any of it.

Wes drags Henry and all the Drill-affected children to a site cut off from power lines so Drill can’t reach them. (Best luddite day camp ever!) The children say the headaches have gone away, but Wes brings in Dr. Benavidez to examine each of them again. She talks to the children, but it’s not until they’re asleep that she notices something peculiar while on the phone. She’s about to say what it is when—oh no—Drill strikes and kills the unlucky doc, leaving a burn shaped like a child’s hand on her arm. Wes figures out what’s going on: Drill had possessed a child before they were moved to the quarantine site, which is why the headaches cleared. Now, all he has to do is figure out which kid in the 100-plus he’s gathered is being controlled by an invisible alien. Shouldn’t be too hard.

NEXT: Duck, Duck, Drill