This week an actual scary demon shows up while Katrina, John Cho, and Clancy Brown chill on the back burner. It’s probably not good when the best episode yet doesn’t include one of the main actors.
Abbie joins Irving at the Sheriff Police station and meets a forensic psychologist with unfortunate bangs. (The Unfortunate Bangs is the name of my bluegrass/Lilith Fair fusion band.) Abbie is surprised to learn that Ich is interrogating a suspect. How exciting, once again we’re starting with a dream sequence that is obvious from jump! The forensic psychologist says the suspect is claiming to see things to set up an insanity defense. Turns out the suspect Ich is interrogating a teenaged Abbie. We get the first of many “reflection” images of the night.
Abbie insists that she didn’t do anything wrong. But she refers to herself in the third person. When she enters the interrogation room Ich tells her to stop lying to herself. His eyes have gone completely white and he’s fifty-seven times scarier than the Terrorizing Paper Bag Demon has ever been. The doors slam shut, the lights go freaky, and Abbie can’t get out of the room. Suddenly a tall, half-naked, scary dude rushes her, sand streaming from his eyes.
Abbie wakes up and answers her cell phone to find out she’s needed at a crime scene. She meets up with Ich there and he opens the conversation with, “What kind of dream?” (She called him and said what? “Meet me at 3rd and Main. I had a bad dream.”) Irving tells Ich that a doctor is about to jump off a building and will only speak to Abbie. Abbie’s never met her but heads up to the ledge. Dr. Vega, in her pajamas, refuses to look at Abbie. She says it’s her fault, everything “she” saw was real. Vega believed her but lied about Abbie’s sister, Jenny. Then she finally looks at Abbie.
Abbie realizes this is the woman from her dream. Vega says she deserves this and then jumps off the building to her death. Even though it was full dark when Vega jumped, by the time Abbie gets to the bottom of the stairs and out of the building the sun has risen. That’s a really tall building. Abbie tells Irving and Ich that Vega seemed to be sleep walking, was talking bizarrely, and her eyes were glazed over white. Ich tells the medic he wants to see the body so Irving strides over demanding to see her eyes. It must be embarrassing when the recently resurrected Colonial dude out polices you. As the medic shows them an eye it suddenly explodes and sand trickles down Vega’s face.
The eye/sand stuff in this episode is so well done. It’s insanely creepy and disgusting and gives me goose bumps every time I watch it. Though I am a bit hypersensitive about eye stuff since I burned my left eye with lye while making soap. (Not kidding, actually happened, and if you’ve seen Fight Club you know lye burns are not fun.)
Back to my actual job here, everyone jumps in shock/disgust. Irving orders that no one is allowed to see the body until he says. That’s kind of an empty threat given how easily a body literally walked out of your morgue last week. More worryingly, no one thinks “airborne toxin/spore” or in anyway acknowledges that everyone who was nearby should be quarantined.
When Irving asks, “What is going on here?” Ich responds with one of his patented “let me recap the last scene for you” speeches. It includes the word transmogrify. Is that a word a Colonial dude would know? Or did someone get him the entire Calvin and Hobbes series to read during his downtime? Abbie tells them the doctor mentioned her sister. Irving be-boops on his phone and discovers the doctor was on staff at the asylum Jenny has been in and out of for years.
After Irving leaves Abbie tells Ich that the nightmare included him, a faceless monster, and the doctor, even though they’d never met. (To be fair he wasn’t faceless, just mouthless. And shirtless. Someone is always shirtless on this show.) Ich points out she had a prophetic dream which proves she’s one of the two Witnesses from Revelation. Ich believes the monster in her dream was one of Spiro’s army of bad guys out to stop them.