Tonight’s episode is titled “Hide and Seek,” but with all that running and chasing, “Tag” would have worked better. The FBI chases Wes, who chases Claire, who chases Sean, who chases… Drill? …another “player”? …his next tattoo design?
Sean Bennigan’s motive right now doesn’t make much sense, but at least we’re getting a better idea of what happened to his plane. The hour begins with a flashback of a boy who witnesses the plane crash—or rather, a hurtling fireball in the sky—and later finds Sean’s name tag and the mysterious footprints. When the boy’s light goes out, however, he screams, and we never see him again.
Let’s hope things turn out better for Henry, who’s drawing a picture of Sean (he even captions it with the wish that he’ll be a pilot just like his dad, aww, I’m not crying, you’re crying) and telling Claire about his “new friend,” when Claire hears the doorbell go off again and again. Someone‘s impatient. That someone turns out to be Drill (at least, I think it had to be Drill), who not only rang the doorbell to lure Claire away, but made the kitchen lights flicker and the microwave spin and the numbers “111215” to show up—the same numbers Sean has tattooed on his arm.
Speaking of Sean, he spends much of the episode awkwardly avoiding people and rummaging through things. The first time we see him, he’s walking through a park and glaring at people who stare at him, until he finds a bag of his things that he somehow remembers stashing in a tree. He removes what looks like a bloody fragment of fulgurite, examines it, then repacks it before walking toward D.C. The second time we see him, he’s in a storage facility, looking at a Wall of Crazy Carrie Mathison would be proud of (or tear apart for not being properly color-coded). The wall has a picture of Harper, several news clippings, and messages like “This man knows!” and “How many more?” scrawled across the pages. Whispers (!!!) echo through the hall, and lights flicker. Clearly, Sean (or Sean under Drill’s influence?) isn’t wasting any time.
Also not wasting any time: Lena. When she sees Wes sleeping on the couch, ignorant of all the calls from Claire, she tells him to talk to Minx ASAP—after all, their daughter’s got a creepy new friend in Drill, who’s encouraging Minx to print something. (Great game, Drill!) She looks crestfallen as she plays with her gigantic dollhouse and says she’ll think of another way to do his bidding, just as Wes steps into her room to chat. “You talk in nice voices but you don’t sound nice,” Minx tells Wes, dropping yet another one of her truth bombs. “Just because we don’t sound nice, that doesn’t mean we don’t love each other,” he replies. “No matter what, the three of us, we are a family. Nothing’s gonna change that.”
It’s an empty promise in the end, even if Wes doesn’t realize it yet. Right after he says this, he drives away from home, only to get cut off by Claire, who’s been waiting to ambush him ever since he called her about Sean not being dead. (Considering his lack of memory though, can we call him “mostly dead“?) Wes tells her to calm down and to stop harassing him, because he’s the Jon Snow of the show and knows nothing. Good thing she does: Claire shows Wes the picture of Sean she printed from her abnormally slow-running laptop, and when Wes grows worried about Sean being a national security threat, she provokes him. “Since when have you been worried about breaking the rules?” she asks. “Since I broke too many of them,” he (hokily) says. By the time he’s talking to the defense secretary about Sean’s case, Wes looks even more worried. He’s tasked with figuring out what happened to Sean, and forms his teams—one to investigate what type of weapon could have caused the fulgurite to snatch the plane, and another to find Sean. He begins by putting a tail on Claire—just in case Sean comes for her.
Claire, however, is intent on finding Sean first. When she gets back to work, she convinces Rollins they don’t have enough proof to tie Sean to Drill, so they go to talk to Harper again. Harper’s not as responsive as she was the first time Claire came to talk to her (though the actress is just as cute in real life), because Drill has promised he’ll wake her mom up if she doesn’t reveal anything. “Please don’t make me lose,” she begs Claire. “I want my mommy back.” Claire thinks she finds a loophole when she tries to have Harper talk to Dr. Benavidez, but just as Harper begins to whisper (!!!) in the doctor’s ear, the lights flicker, and she stops. Luckily, Claire gets something out of this encounter: Dr. Benavidez recognizes Sean in the police sketch, and tells her he was at the hospital. You’re getting closer, Claire!
NEXT: You’re it, Doc…