Madison/Marcus may be laying low after last week's murder/car theft combo, but Amy's mysteries are finally coming to light. At the end of last episode, we found out that she is Rose. This week, we find out what that means.
"If your pitch is to her, don't waste our time" Rose tells Shepherd at the beginning of this week's episode, "Amy has gone to sleep." That doesn't bode well for Jack, but Shepherd didn't come to the Le Soleil to talk to Amy. He knows about Rose's side-project, and is willing to pick up where Frank left off. Rose asks why, and Shepherd says it's because they have a past. "Your past was with Amy, not with me," Rose says. Does that mean Shepherd and Amy once had a thing?!
In any case, Shepherd is going to help with the job—and it's a tough one. Rose wants to bring someone back who wasn't Riverti, which is strictly prohibited. If found out, they'll both be killed. She seems hesitant to partner with Shepherd, but he insists she needs his help. So Rose writes a name on a piece of paper and passes it down the table.
Jack gets home, pours himself a big drink, and calls Amy—i.e. Rose. "Where are you?" he asks. "Home, working on the couch," she says, referring the empty couch Jack happens to be standing beside at that moment. She tells him to come home. He says he's on his way.
Then he starts frantically searching the house. He pulls a gun from his case, which sparks a painful flashback to the time he shot three dudes. (What was that about?) He finds a tiny onesie in Amy's dresser, which sparks a painful flashback to her miscarriage. And he grabs a whole bunch of heavy-duty prescription meds—presumably to help get those painful flashbacks under control.
A few other finds: divorce papers, and a locked safe. It takes a little jimmying, but Jack pretty easily pops it open. Inside, he finds two #9 books—each written in different languages, but with the same text—and some trinkets that look like they were made in the Jazz Age. As he pockets everything, a dark shadow moves outside the house.
Jack runs to the hall and aims at the door. The lock begins to turn. "I have a gun," he says, "I will shoot you."
But it's just Brud and Bobbi. They heard noises from the house, and came to check up on things. They are, however, concerned about Jack. Bobbi asks if he's okay—is he in trouble again? Jack says he's fine.
But the question is: are they? The Zimmermans act like ho-hum retirees, but something about this pair seems a little zuzpizious.
Meanwhile, Shepherd shows up at a Chinese restaurant. It's closed, but after impressing the hostess with his perfect Mandarin, she lets him sit. When a waiter approaches the table, Shepherd asks if his name is Peter. "My friend Frank has told me some interesting things about you," he says, handing over a #9 card. "He must have been talking about the shrimp shu mai," Peter says, "I'm not that interesting."
Back at Jack's excessively gorgeous house (is that a moat outside the floor-to-ceiling windows in the kitchen?), the Zimmermans reveal that they are, indeed, up to no good. Bobbi tells Jack to move on—"she" has. (An obvious reference to Rose, not Amy.) And Brud tells Jack it's time for him to go. While pointing a gun at him.
Shepherd gets Peter's attention by playing some jazz over his cellphone. Peter pauses a bit while clearing the table, and Shepherd asks if he's having déjà vu—which, according to Shepherd, is when you re-experience a moment from a past life. Peter looks perturbed, and gets the hell out of there.
So Shepherd calls Rose. "It's him," he says. She's pleased.
Brud supervises Jack as he packs some things. But Jack isn't actually on his way out: as the Zimmermans walk him down the hall, he uses his bag to smack Brud, then pulls a gun on Bobbi. "Who are you?" he demands.
But before they can answer, Rose lights a cigarette from across the room, all cool. "I came here to tell you that Amy is gone," she says, adding that the life Jack knew is over.
Jack wants Amy to explain the books, but Rose just laughs. She says that Amy is almost completely gone—"far down inside, asleep."
When Rose starts to walk off, Jack shows her the trinkets. That gets her attention. She explains that the objects are her "lives"—they trigger her back. Then she starts going through her inventory: the pen was from her stint as a Russian, she stole the coin from the Trevi Fountain in the mid-1700s, and the rock was from India a century later. The nail polish is probably the most significant item: Bix, her jazzy boyfriend, loved it.
Even though she's done a pretty impressive job of speaking multiple languages, Jack isn't buying it. "I don't believe in Rose," he says. He thinks Amy's miscarriage has made her go haywire. Then Rose drops the bomb: she was the one who killed Dylan, Amy and Jack's son. She didn't want a baby.
Furious, Jack grabs Rose's neck and pushes her against the wall. But before things go too far, Amy (seemingly the real Amy) manages to squeak out a little "Jack, please." Jack lets go.
He starts crying, and Rose offers a few words of comfort. Amy didn't know that Rose terminated the pregnancy. And Rose apparently buried the baby in a special way—so that he, Amy and Jack could all be together again. Before taking off, Rose leaves Jack her wedding ring. "A trigger for your next life," she says.
Meanwhile, Madison's parents pull up to Larry's house—i.e. Marcus' old house—only to find his rotting corpse inside. And no Madison.
Jack drinks whiskey and remembers the details of Amy's miscarriage. There was a lot of blood. Afterwards, Jack called the hospital to make arrangements for the body, but Amy had already taken care of it. And when Jack insisted they make the decision together—for closure—she said she had already had the body cremated. So later, they went to the woods and scattered the ashes.
"The body is just a box," Amy said, while lying in bed crying.
Then Jack has another memory: Amy, coming home late from the woods one night. Scrubbing her nails clean in the bathroom sink.
The same police officer who questioned Jack about Bill Anderson—and found the bodies in Marcus' house—is on Larry's case. And as soon as he sees the body, he knows who did it. "Marcus Fox," he says, "I hoped you were dead."
But even if he knows Marcus is alive, he proooobably wouldn’t suspect he's been reincarnated in the body of a cute nine-year-old girl.
Before sending Rose in to meet her former lover, Shepherd does some of the most straightforward plot exposition we've had so far on Intruders. "We're part of a group that can live forever," he says, "If you do this thing now that they forbid, we're no longer a part of that group. We can no longer live forever." Ya got that?
Shepherd seems pretty convinced this is a bad idea, which makes you wonder why he agreed to help Rose in the first place. She says the risk is worth it.
They knock on Peter's door. Peter wants them to go away, but Shepherd holds up the little metal doohickey from Rose's box—presumably some kind of jazz thingie—and his pupils gets big.
Rose is all giddy about being reunited with Bix, though he just seems confused. She says she didn't properly "induct" or "orient" him when he died—in her arms—so there might be some glitches. Headaches. But they'll pass. She kisses him on the cheek and says welcome back. Staring straight ahead, Bix asks, "How did you find me?"
Madison's parents are devastated that they didn't find their girl. And while Allison reminisces about her pregnancy with Madison, Jack starts frantically digging through the woods.
Allison and Jack are two parents in pain. Just as Allison tells the cop that she feels like a failure for losing her baby, Jack finds his: Dylan's tiny body, wrapped up like a Qui Riverti mummy. It's a devastating discovery.
Questions of the Week
• Why is Shepherd rebelling? Is he going to turn good?!
• Is Bix happy to be back or just freaked out?
• Where's Marcus? He was conspicuously absent this episode.
• And if Rose isn't the leader of Qui Riverti, who is above her?