By the end of last week's Intruders series premiere, Shepherd had killed three innocent people, Jack's wife had disappeared, and Madison—a nine-year-old girl possessed by a tough-guy named Marcus—killed her own cat then wandered into the night. This week, things only got weirder.
As Madison's mom Allison frantically searches for her daughter, Madison—or is it Marcus?—stands in a train station. Judging by the confused look on her face, she's back to Madison—but she's having flashbacks to her time as Marcus. Disembarking a bus in Portland. Visiting an Asian woman who says "welcome back." In the present moment, in her pocket, Madison finds a book with the number 9 printed on it's front. Inside, there's a train ticket to Seattle, an envelope filled with cash, and keys to… somewhere. And there's an inscription: "In the beginning, there was death."
In Seattle, Jack is still trying to find Amy. He drops by the office where she works, but Amy isn't there. Instead, he's greeted by a suit named Todd Crane—who doesn't seem friendly. Todd explains that Amy wasn't in Seattle that week—at least, not at his office. But he offers to take the phone in case she drops by.
Then things get tense: Todd asks if there's anything he should know about Amy. Jack asks—in a very pointed way—if there's anything he should know about Amy. Is Todd the Unknown from Amy's phone? We don’t know. In any case, Jack sees himself out. And as he waits for the elevator, two men make sure he gets on.
The next morning, Jack wakes up with Amy tossing by his side in their bed. When Jack explains that she was having a bad dream, Amy starts speaking another, Russian-sounding language. Then she gets out of bed and opens the curtains. Jack, still thinking she's sleepwalking, tries to shake her awake. Amy seems to snap out of it, and Jack asks if she's all right. "Yes," she whispers, "Amy's all right. Because in the beginning there was death."
At that moment, their clock radio flips from 8:59 to 9:00.
Jack suddenly wakes up in his car. Was that a dream? A memory? There's a voicemail on his phone: it's his Brud Zimmerman, asking when he's bringing the car back. Then Amy's phone rings—the Zimmermans. Jack doesn't pick up, but instead starts flipping through her pictures. Is that the Asian woman Madison/Marcus went to see?
While the police question Allison, Madison's father comes rushing through the door. The cop tells him to wait outside, but Allison says no. She may hate her ex, but in that moment she jumps up and hugs him.
In El Cajon, California, a man named Tim Truth is covering for Oz Turner on his podcast. Officials have rules Oz's death a suicide, but Tim knows better. Clearly it's not a coincidence that Oz turned up dead after talking about the murder of Bill Anderson's wife and son—and after revealing the name of a secret society called Qui Reverti. "If you're out there right now listening, Mr. Anderson," Tim says, "We are all here to make sure you evade capture."
At Madison's house, Shepherd knocks on the door—never good news. He says he's with the FBI, and he's going to bring Madison back from whence she came—"happily ever after," he adds. So her parents let him inside. At first, Shepherd asks normal questions: when was the last time they saw Madison, stuff like that. Then the interrogation gets scary.
Shepherd asks if Madison displayed any strange behaviour, and her mother says she would moan. Then he asks if she ever spoke in a foreign language, or said that she had to go to Portland to visit a Mrs. Ng in Chinatown, or said anything about what goes around comes around. Allison, horrified, asks to see some ID. So Shepherd drops the bomb that Allison has been sleeping with a man named Nick Olson.
Jack finally gets a call from Amy's number. Except it's not Amy. Someone using a voice modulator issues a threat: "Go home," they say, "Even if you find Amy, she's gone." And on a bridge overlooking where Jack has parked his car, a man watches him.
With Madison's parents outside fighting, Shepherd starts poking around the little girl's room. He sees the sand dollar on top of her bedside table, smashed. Then he finds her journal, but it's blank—though one page has been ripped out. He takes a stick of charcoal (cause he's the type of dude who carries charcoal on him??) and rubs over the imprint on the following page. The revealed text: "What goes around comes around."
In Seattle, Jack asks random cabbies if they know George, the driver who found Amy's phone. He causes enough of a ruckus that the dispatcher calls George, and tells him where he can find Jack.
At a nearby bar, Jack ignores another call from the Zimmermans when George walks in. Jack tells him that Amy is missing—George is the last person who saw her. And here's a weird coincidence: George's wife also walked off the year before. They share a beer, and George starts to talk. He says Amy creeped him out: he overheard her on the phone, saying she lived in Russia. Not only that, but she said she was with the Tsar's secret police, and had assassinated a labour strike leader in 1883.
In line for her train, Madison starts flipping through the book she found in her pocket. As she reads the words, she experiences quick flashbacks: there's some kind of fight, and Shepherd pulling out a gun. The book says something about how death is not a punishment, and how "only Qui Reverti can understand." Whatever that means.
Then Madison reaches the front of the line—but the ticket-taker won't let her onto the train! Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Madison's pupils enlarge. "You're not sorry, but you will be," Madison/Marcus says, "What goes around, comes around."
Marcus really likes that line, eh?
Shepherd busts into Mrs. Ng's building. She's not intimidated, but rather asks Shepherd what he's done—they've never had a nine year old before. She knows it's Marcus, but says "no book was made for Marcus Fox." Which means "he won't understand it." (And at this point, we don't understand it.) Shepherd asks where Marcus went, but Mrs. Ng just says, "They'll kill us for what you've done!" So Shepherd kills her¬—and her son—before she can tell them. Whoever "them" is.
George drives Jack to the location where he dropped Amy off—it's near her office. Then George drops a bomb: Amy had a guy with her. Jack asks if it's the dude in a photo on Amy's phone, but the photo is too blurry to tell. As they drive on, Jack notices a building a couple blocks away: it's the same one from a different photo.
Meanwhile, at the train station, Madison/Marcus tries to bribe a man into posing as her dad, but he says no. Then she notices that Shepherd has arrived onsite, so she bolts.
Shepherd chases her onto the street, where Madison tests the handles on every car door she passes. When she finds an unlocked SUV, she opens the trunk—but doesn't actually get in. Instead, she hides under a nearby sedan, where Shepherd doesn't think to look.
That drama done, Madison approaches a woman packing the trunk of her Jeep. "I need to get to Seattle," the kid says, and holds up several hundred dollars.
After staking out the condo building, Jack sees Todd Crane drive into the garage. He pulls up Todd's face on Google images, and asks George if he's the guy from the cab. But before George can answer, two men come out of the shadows and start beating them up. Jack is a surprisingly good fighter, and handily takes both guys down. One of them pulls out a gun, but the other says no. Or rather, he says, "She said no."
The men stumble off, and George gets the hell out of there too. ("I'm done," he says.) Left alone, Jack is irritated when his phone rings—Brud again. He answers, and explains that the car is fine, but Amy's not. She went missing in Seattle. Then the call is intercepted. It's Amy! She says she's at home. Like she said she would be.
Jack is confused. And up on a balcony in the building, Todd watches him.
As for Madison, she's doing some light reading her way to Seattle. "We do die, but we can return," her book says, "Welcome back, Reverti."
Lingering questions of the week
Who was Mrs. Ng? What's her relevance to the story?
What is Qui Reverti? What the heck is that all about?
Is Amy having an affair with Todd Crane? Or is it something worse?
What was Bill Anderson doing with his frequencies?
Why does Marcus Fox hate Shepherd so much?
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