Chris finds his truth
Chris goes back to Tiffany’s and finds beer cans and bottles of alcohol everywhere and her passed out on the couch.
We see the reality of Vic’s words hitting him like a ton of bricks. He cleans it all up, throwing it all away. I feel this is a turning point for Chris. I have a feeling him and Tiffany are done and maybe he will find his way back to Linda after getting help. But we shall see.
Joe who is helping Maggie get to her rehab and doctor appointments is worried she’s slipping back to her drug habits. Maggie swears she’s not. He cares about her deeply, as we can see in this scene.
Later, he finds her on a bench, where he tells her the junkyard lady came through and cops are going to her Wraith. She is unresponsive but conscious and he finds the pills she was hiding in her pocket. Maggie wakes up to a note from Joe that says “I know times have been tough. You’re staying here till you’re better. I believe in you”. He is such a great surrogate dad to her but you know with this kind of show, this isn’t going to end well.
And it doesn’t. She heads downstairs to find the water and his police car running, with the lights going. When she goes out to the car she finds a candy cane and Joe’s sheriff card Joe had given to Mrs. Meyers leaving Maggie in distress. Even though Maggie doesn’t know what happened, we do and that brings us to…
Bing and Manx
Manx has become really old since Jolene and Vic took down the Wraith. He hitches a ride with a father and son and we learn that he doesn’t think kids have to learn any manners or listen to their parents. He calls Bing from a car shop and tells him to fly to Colorado immediately. Now we know where Charlie lives.
He talks to Bradley, the little boy’s father and gives him a candy cane behind his father’s back. We may have Charlie’s next victim here.
Meanwhile, at the school Vic confronts Bing and tells him about Peter Ives, the man Manx killed in the first episode. She warns him he’s dangerous and he could kill him next. In a shocking twist, Bing proves he’s just as dangerous, slamming Vic against the lockers and tells her she’s lying. Thankfully, the bell rings and he has to let her go.
Fixing the Wraith
Bing and Charlie go to Mrs. Myers, the old lady who Maggie and Joe visited seeking out a water pump for the 1938 Wraith. Bing asks if he is going to hurt him like he hurt Ives. He tells him if he remains on his nice list, he will make it to Christmasland. Manx questions where the questions have come from and Bing admits he’s spoken to Vic.
Recognizing the car and Manx, she says she’ll check and when Bing leaves she calls the police. Bing gets to work putting the hose in and Manx gets anxious as he’s getting older plus he hears the approaching police cars. Bing finishes in time but refuses to put the oil in until Manx promises not to kill him like Ives. Mrs. Myers wants to stop him, but it’s too late.
Manx promises and Bing puts the oil in the car. Manx gets younger before our eyes as the shock kills Mrs. Myers. When the police arrive they totally ignore Manx and Bing who are sitting in the Wraith. Bing mentions they can’t see them and Charlie replies that they didn’t notice them and drives off.
Scissors for the Drifter
Dropping Bing off outside the gate, he heads into Christmasland. The place looks just like it sounds, Christmas lights and snow everywhere with Christmas carols playing twenty-four seven. No wonder the kids have become little monsters, that would drive me crazy.
Letting Joe out of the trunk, Charlie honks his horn, and the kids come out. Daniel runs up and hugs Joe and tells him now the can play scissors for the drifter and stabs him with scissors. All the other kids join in and start eating the poor guy except for Millie, who goes and stands next to her dad. Father/daughter psychopaths forever.
I love the fact the show isn’t afraid to tackle hard to talk about topics.
Ebon Moss-Bacharach’s performance in tonight’s episode was amazing. His ability to make this monster of a dad have a sense of humanity is spot on.
I also enjoyed seeing Jahkara Smith bring out Maggie’s vulnerable side. It was brilliant and I’m guessing with Joe gone we shall see more. I can’t wait to see how Vic plans to take down Charlie without her knife. And will she be able to get Maggie back on her team?
To find out continue watching NOS4A2 on AMC Sunday nights at 10/9c.
With contributions from Ariel B.
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