NOS4A2 Episode 8
To start things off: We now have confirmation that we WILL be getting a season 2 of this amazing show!! I can’t wait to see what amazing things the writers bring next season!!
We have three more episodes this season.
We’ve learned a lot of crazy things about Charlie: like he’s in love with his car, he really doesn’t like to teach kids manners and he has a daughter. This week we find out something even more shocking… Charlie has a friend. Vic on the other hand isn’t having as good of a time.
Let’s start out with good ole…
Charlie needs a drink while delivering the young boy from the last episode to Christmasland. So he stops by Parnassus.
Fun fact: Parnassus is a sacred mountain in Greece and the Roman poets saw it has a home for the muses, no wonder someone like Charlie would want to go there being a strong creative himself.
As he enters, everyone leaves, including a clown that looks like the famous one with a red balloon, who also steals kids by luring them with promises.
He finally comes to a man hitting the juke box because his country music turned into what he called “holly jolly bullshit”.
Obviously Charlie has one friend, a man named Abe.
The two sit and talk about none other than Vic. Charlie mentions that Jolene July is dead and that someone was using the shorter way bridge.
Abe said he saw it open up on his map of inscapes and it wasn’t far from him.
Abe didn’t seem to like knowing that Charlie was pining after another, girl but Charlie didn’t seem to care. He is determined to take Vic to Christmasland no matter what and if she doesn’t go with him, he will just kill her.
While Charlie is having a drink with an old friend, another person has just lost a father. That person being…
The first we see of Maggie is her digging through the trash for her pill bottle, which she finds empty.
Calling her mom
After calling Joe’s phone, Maggie calls her mother and tells her she wants to come home. She even tells her she got rid of her scrabble bag.
Her mom tells her she was always allowed to come home as long as she follows their rules. (Basically telling her she couldn’t be herself.)
Too many children go through what Maggie has. Behind kicked out by their parents for being different. Be it a magical power like Maggie, being gay like Maggie, getting pregnant young and so on.
This episode does a great job showing just how kids who have gone through that suffer, because they have no one to turn to.
The tiles are back
Going outside, Maggie finds her bag of scrabbles that she had thrown away on her way back home.
She decides to use them and she asks them where Joe is. We know the answer, but it was heartbreaking to see Maggie’s reaction when it spelled out “Dead”.
Needing a fix
After cleaning up the spilled garbage and grabbing her stuff, Maggie goes to a local lesbian bar named Miss Trixie’s to drink off the pain.
While there, she meets a girl using pain meds and while dancing, drinking and making out – Maggie steals the meds.
When Maggie goes to the bathroom though she sees herself in the mirror and doesn’t like what she sees.
Leaving through the back, Maggie asks her tiles where Vic’s bike is and they spell out The Brat.
She then calls Vic and tells her that her bike is with her. She tells Vic that her and Joe were the only ones who understand her and for Vic to continue hunting Charlie, ending the call by quoting The Outsiders “stay gold, pony boy” and hanging up.
I think that Maggie using that quote from the outsiders was a good way to show how much she doesn’t want Vic to change because of all of this. Maggie cares, she’s just been hurt too many times.
Jahkara Smith steals the show in this episode. Her ability to bring out that raw emotion in Maggie is amazing. I can’t wait to see where Maggie goes next in her journey.
There’s one more person involved and that’s our heroine,
Vic receives a letter from RISD saying she got in and has a full scholarship.
She calls her mom who doesn’t seem all that thrilled, but Willa is and tells Vic that she’s having a party for her.