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The Whispers recap: Meltdown

Drill writes riddles, Minx threatens grownups, and the Bennigans reunite in the strangest of settings.

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The Whispers

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Drama, Suspense

All things considered, Drill has done plenty for little Henry Bennigan: He gave him back his hearing, helped him make a new friend in Minx, and led him to his father. With all that altruism, maybe Drill isn’t that bad. Grownups know nothing!

Hahahaha, scratch all that. Drill does nice things quid pro quo, and all of his deals are completely uneven. Tonight, he helps Henry initiate a not-so-heartwarming Bennigan family reunion in exchange for a way to overheat the power plant so enough energy is released to allow him to…uhh…disappear in a bright blue ball. Wait, what? What just happened in those final 10 minutes? Whaaaaat?

Okay, never mind those last 10 minutes; the beginning is spooky enough. Minx shows up at the Bennigans to introduce herself to Henry and act as Drill’s messenger. (Despite being able to manipulate electricity, lights, and little children, Drill can’t manage to be in too many places at once.) Minx’s delivery: A sheet of paper with five clues that will help Henry reach what he wants. Henry, after a moment’s hesitation, decides to go for it. He’s following the instructions of the invisible entity that gave him back his hearing. What could go wrong?

Over in the adult side of the story (that sounds totally wrong, but you know what I mean), Homeland Security has arrived at Harper’s Point after Claire and Wes tipped them off. Along for the ride is Rollins, who is definitely over the whole third wheel thing at this point, especially after seeing how touchy-feely and close Wes is to Claire (and he does use every opportunity he can to stroke her in some way—oh no, that sounds wrong again). “I didn’t realize the DOD and the FBI had a carpool program,” he quips. Come on, Rollins, do you really want to get yourself involved in the Claire-Wes-Lena triangle of adult angst?

Luckily, the three teams all get back to work when they spot Sean’s abandoned car near the facility. Unluckily, Sean’s figured a way inside: He triggers the evacuation signal, which causes the facility’s protocol to kick in. Four exits open to allow workers to vacate, which means Sean—and poor, poor Dr. Benavidez, still—can stroll right in without anyone spotting him. Homeland Security watches every camera, but can’t manage to find a greasy, long-haired man dragging a harried woman into the facility against the tide of employees rushing out. When they do come close, the cameras, phones, and even door locks fail to operate. Drill: powerful enough to control all security and electrical systems in a nuclear facility, but too shy to reveal himself just yet.

Back at the Bennigans’, Henry has already departed to go on his Drill-imposed scavenger hunt. Clue #1 :The first thing you have to do… is take your bike to Black Eyed Sue. Black Eyed Susan is a ferry; Henry rides his bike to board it. Clue #2: One step closer to your answer. Look out for the yellow dancer. The yellow dancer is an inflatable man of both car dealership and dancing Dee fame; Henry follows it. But wait, hang on… Why does Drill suddenly speak in rhyme? How much time did he spend coming up with all this? Most importantly, when did Drill turn into this guy?

Actually, never mind that, he’s more like this guy. Per Drill’s instructions, Minx picks up a knife in the Bennigans’ kitchen, and while Henry’s grandmother heads upstairs to give them a snack, Minx creeps up behind her and… shows her she “accidentally” cut herself. Well played, Whispers writers. I nearly believed Minx would do something horrible to the woman.

Back in adult land (you know what, I just need a better name for this plot line… the Claire and Wes Show?), the situation has started to get dire at the plant. Sure, most of the workers are evacuated, but the temperature continues to rise, and there’s no easy fix to bring it down. (At least, I think that’s the consensus. All that arguing in the Homeland Security van isn’t helping much of the technical mumbo-jumbo make sense.) Claire uses this time to give her mother a call so she can check on Henry. Of course, when her mother reveals Henry was playing with Minx, Claire races to find Wes and tell him she thinks the entire nuclear facility emergency is just a “wild goose chase” so Sean could distract them and get what he wants. “Which is what?” Wes asks. “His son,” Claire replies.

Maybe, but it doesn’t look like that’s what Sean’s after so far. He and Dr. Benavidez get inside, thanks to some tampering from Drill (unlocking doors is another one of his special talents). When Sean reaches his destination, he draws his gun… and hands it to Dr. Benavidez. “If I do something bad, I want you to shoot me,” he tells her. She looks shell-shocked, but before she even gets used to holding the gun, Sean begins to shake and tremble on the floor, until security arrives to take them both away. 

And that’s exactly when Claire finds Henry’s abandoned bike. 

NEXT: Oh, the places Henry will go!