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The Whispers recap: What Lies Beneath

Wes discovers a clue in the desert, while Claire finds another one of Drill’s young recruits.

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The Whispers

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Drama, Suspense

Another week, another t h e  w h i s p e r s. Will it finally be the week for us to find out Drill’s identity? With an episode titled after one of my favorite creepy Michelle Pfeiffer films that promised all the answers in the promos, well, I had high hopes.

And we came close. So close! Thisclose, as in the approximate amount of close Wes got to the glowing rock at the end of the hour. So #WhoIsDrill? Drill is a rock. (Drill is a mineral?) Drill is a glowing rock. Drill is an alien-like lifeform inside a glowing rock in the middle of the Saharan Desert capable of manipulating children thousands of miles away via an amnesiac Milo Ventimiglia covered in tattoos in order to absorb crazy amounts of energy—a summary that I hope is also your understanding of what this show just revealed, or I’m officially going insane.

At least we answered the big question with a new question: What is Drill? (Thanks, Claire!) After last week’s near-meltdown of the nuclear plant, Wes’ team has figured out what Drill wants, as the friendly neighborhood invisible entity managed to trap the energy of the meltdown—equivalent to “four Hiroshimas”—for future use. To find out whether that use will be for evil (it probably will), Wes has Sean take a polygraph test. Sean, however, can’t answer a single question, because aside from his visions and tattoos, he knows absolutely nothing about what Drill wants. 

But Wes isn’t convinced. He plays bad cop and interrogates Sean himself, provoking the poor guy by telling him he’s faking his amnesia. And that makes Sean angry. “How many times do I have to say, ‘I don’t know?'” he asks Wes. “Look at me. I have nothing.” (Nothing but a bad haircut and a desperate need for a shower! Who’s with me? Never mind!)

When Sean quiets down, he finally tells him what he does remember about the past few months. He remembers waking up in the desert with that giant piece of fulgurite stuck in his back (gross), making the decision to keep living so he can find answers (smart), and discovering he could receive instructions on his next steps from Drill (unfortunate). And just as he tells Wes this, his polygraph chart spikes.

Not too far from Sean’s holding cell, Claire and Henry have been checked for radiation (they’re clear!), and head home, where Claire immediately hires a security team to install cameras to her home. (Because that’ll help you catch an invisible entity…?) Henry’s confused about why Sean didn’t come home with them, but Claire promises him things will eventually get back to normal. Too bad Agent Rollins has the worst timing in the world: Midway through Claire’s heart-to-heart with her son, he shows up to tell her she’s been taken off the case and to hand over her files. Claire only asks to be kept in the loop in return.

Instead of waiting for Rollins to keep her satiated with updates, she visits Wes. She proposes that it’s not a “who” they should be looking for, but a “what,” as far as Drill is concerned, and then asks Wes to let her visit Sean. Wes hesitates, but brings her to her husband, who looks thoroughly uncomfortable at the arrangement. Claire doesn’t mind; she tells Sean who she is, and then offers him a packet of photos showing happier times between them, as well as super cute photos of baby Henry oh my gosh. Sean asks her if they were happy. She answers by telling him they were married, which is exactly the kind of evasiveness that drove their marriage apart. But no matter: Sean seems to respond to her story of how they met, and even takes pride in how he swept her off her feet. “I like that story,” he says. “He sounds like a good guy.” Claire tries to hold his hand, but he shakes head, admits he still doesn’t remember a thing, and proceeds to break everyone’s hearts.

While this is happening, Wes notices the odd patterns in Sean’s polygraph results and something in his mind clicks. He scrolls through his phone to find the photo of the crash site with the fulgurite, and when he compares the two, he realizes the patterns outline the shape of the crash site. One clue down!

Countless more to go. Somewhere far away, another young boy starts receiving a message from Drill. He’s putting something together, something that looks like a bomb, with its wiring and haphazard construction, which makes him Drill’s most handy recruit yet.

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