'The Returned' recap: 'Lucy'
The Returned crew gets a new member.
We have a new Returned on our hands: Lucy, the waitress Adam attacked episodes ago. And she’s actually speaking to the dead this time—maybe?
Unlike previous flashbacks, this one doesn’t really give us any new information. All we see is Lucy showing up to the bar a year before, getting a job, sleeping with Pete, and talking about Camille while on top of Pete (the perfect time to talk about his dead daughter). But in the present, some crazy things are happening.
A doctor pronounces Lucy dead, but then she wakes up, gasping for air. She doesn’t remember being stabbed, and there’s no gash under her giant stomach bandage. It’s like the attack never happened.
Tommy comes in to question Lucy and shows her a picture of Simon, asking if she recognizes him. She does, but she can’t say he was the attacker—even though Tommy’s very obviously trying to get her to say that. Although Tommy seems a bit misguided, with the cameras in his own house and all that fun stuff, his hunch against Simon doesn’t seem so out of place. I’d be suspicious too if my fiancée’s dead husband suddenly reappeared—I probably wouldn’t try to get him arrested for an almost-fatal (or fatal?) attack, but, hey. Tommy’s dealing the way he knows how.
After his unsuccessful chat with Lucy, he tries to get some information out of the doctor. But he’s never seen something like this and is completely flabbergasted. To him, Lucy’s recovery is a miracle.
Lucy’s also flabbergasted because she’s now hearing a flurry of whispers that sounds awfully similar to the sounds in Poltergeist. She admits to Jack that she lied about being able to hear dead people while she’s having sex, then tells him it’s actually happening now: She’s communicating with the dead, and she’s communicating with his father’s killer.
It’s strange how the other Returneds came back years after their deaths, but Lucy came back minutes after hers. It’s also strange that she has this sudden ability with “the other side”—sure, it makes “sense” that the dead would be able to talk with the dead, but the others can’t do that. Or if they can, they haven’t talked about it yet.
Lena’s missing, but Camille doesn’t really care. “It’s not like she’s dead or anything,” she tells her concerned parents. “Lena’s fine.” At first, she comes off extremely cold, which, okay, is understandable: Lena hasn’t exactly been the most welcoming big sister. But also, her sister—who was just in the hospital with a horrible gash—is missing. That should be upsetting no matter what.
But then Camille goes on to tell her parents about their connection, about how they can feel each other. Jack and Claire both look weirded out and not quite convinced. Camille’s right though: Lena’s fine—for now. Adam (the former cannibal) found her in the woods and took her back to his place, where he spreads an herb mixture on her wounded back and resists eating her stomach. Then Tony comes by and Adam tells him their mother’s back… and she doesn’t want to see him. Tony gets in his truck and peels away, leaving Adam and Lena alone.
Lena sees Tony and figures out that Adam is like Camille. At first, this scares her, but then it evidently turns her on: They end up making out and taking off each other’s clothes (doesn’t all that action hurt her back!?).
Before this happens though, Lena calls her mom to say she’s okay—but she refuses to tell her where she is. She’s mad at the way Claire’s been treating her since Camille’s back, so she’s going to make her pay. But let’s remember: This is set in the present day, so there’s probably some way to locate Lena’s phone and track her down. Alas, this is TV, so they probably won’t take that easy route.
Although Adam seems to be trying really hard to turn over a new leaf, he’s still not trustworthy. And Lena would probably agree if she found out what he did in his past life. It’d be too predictable for Adam to attack Lena, and this show thrives on being unpredictable—but even so, this budding relationship doesn’t seem like a good idea. For either of them.
NEXT: Julie has a revelation.
Helen was the last person seen with Victor, so Nikki brings her in to talk about their relation. Helen tells her the truth—that she was George’s wife—but Nikki thinks she’s crazy. Just in case she’s not, though she calls in Julie (George’s doctor) to talk to Helen and try to get some information out of her.
Every conversation with Helen is interesting, to say the least, and this one presents Julie with a possibility: that she’s dead too. She also describes what she heard during the flood when she died: “It was like a strong wind, but there was no wind.” This sounds similar to what Lucy’s hearing now, but less defined. Could there be a connection?
Afterward, Julie tells Nikki Helen’s suggestion. She says it’d be a relief to find out she’s dead, that there’s a reason for her recent emotional numbness. Nikki, like everyone in this town who isn’t privy to what’s going on with all these once-dead people coming back, doesn’t quite get it.
Pete takes Victor to the cemetery to show him Richard Gregory Finch’s gravestone. Finch is the guy who killed Victor and his mom, and he paid for it: Pete tells Victor he died a long death, battling cancer for five years before it took his life.
He tells Victor this as a way to show that Finch was punished for what he did, and to give Victor the opportunity to punish him too. “I’m asking for your forgiveness, Henry,” he says. “But I understand if you can’t give it.” Then he hands little Victor a gun, blacks out, and has a vision that someone in a black mask is shooting him, and flashes back to reality to find the gun in his own hand pointed at his own head. What? (For the record, Pete leaves the situation unharmed.)
Later on, Julie stands on the edge of a building. Earlier, Helen said there was only one way to find out if she was indeed dead, and this is that one way: attempting to kill herself and seeing what happens. But Victor approaches her before she can do anything, and they have a sweet conversation that is fairly hilarious out of context.
Victor: You are the fairy. My mom said you would protect me.
Julie: I’m not a fairy.
Victor: I know you are.
Julie: Okay, I’ll be the fairy. Whatever you want.
So Julie’s Victor’s fairy. And it seems like the Returneds have conversations with their fellow dead before making their return to Earth—how else would Victor know what his mom said?
For many reasons, Victor saving Julie from jumping was a relief. I’ve had suspicions before that she’s returned, but she does have those scars on her body from the attack, as we saw in one of the earlier episodes. None of the other returned folks have physical marks on their bodies from their deaths, so it wouldn’t make sense for Julie to. If she isn’t one of them though, she has some sort of other connection to them—it’s just not clear what that connection is.
Just to keep track: Helen, Victor, Camille, Simon, Adam, and Lucy have returned. They all died at different times, and they all died in different ways. Six episodes in, there’s still no string connecting them together—and there’s still no explanation for a lot of things. The drowned deer, the black liquid, Lena’s back, just to name a few.
Also notable: Rowan and Simon were completely absent from this week’s episode. This could mean they escaped together and are living happily ever after—but it’s more likely something went wrong. Then again, what’s the worst that can happen when you’re already dead?
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