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'Intruders' recap: Madison just wants to go home

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Ave Verum Corpus” | Aired Sept 13, 2014

Since Intruders is 75 percent questions and theoretical possibilities, let’s start a list of the concrete things we know to be true about Qui Reverti. They mess with phones. They don’t ever seem to sleep. They have a thing for birthdays and the number nine. They’ll kill everyone you love, along with some people you’ve only just met. They spend a lot of time on the road.

On the road:

Shepherd gets a call from a woman using a voice scrambler. The woman, whom he calls Rose, scolds him for not taking Bill Anderson seriously. Shepherd assumes that Anderson is long gone, but Rose says that he’s still in Seattle: “Frank Shepherd saw him.” This probably confirms that Shepherd is a job title, and every Shepherd has taken it as a last name, like kids who assume that their teachers sleep at school because their job is their identity. How long has Richard Shepherd been a Shepherd? Does he even remember his life before this?

Seattle, Washington:

Fischer takes Jack to the building that Amy visited when she claimed to be at home. It belongs to one of Fischer’s clients, Joseph Cranfield, a wealthy businessman who seems not to have made a single misstep with money since the day he was born. A year ago, despite being in perfect health, Cranfield instructed Fischer to dissolve and disperse his entire fortune. All of Cranfield’s wealth will be gone by the time he dies, with only two exceptions. The first is a $10 million check that Bill Anderson refuses to cash. The second is the building where Fischer saw Amy.

The Intruders

The building is in the Crane family—as in Todd Crane, the partner at Amy’s firm. For the past 150 years, the Cranes have been trustees on the board of a charity called the Sycomacy Trust, which leases the building under the name of three trustees: Todd Crane, Marcus Fox, and Cranfield. Upon his death, Cranfield’s authority transfers to Amy. Fischer doesn’t think Amy can be trusted, so Jack instructs Fischer to send him everything he has on Bill Anderson and then never call again. As soon as Jack leaves, an old-fashioned phone rings in the otherwise empty office.

Jack heads to the Anderson house, where he gets a call from Rose. She warns him not to enter—if he does, he’ll be looking at his own future—but he does anyway. Jack has time to photograph the serial number on a machine in the basement before he’s caught by the police. The cop who interrogates him is convinced that Anderson killed his wife for the life insurance, but Jack points out that if he were looking for money, he could just cash the $10 million check. The cop also knows something about Jack’s past with the Los Angeles Police Department, and he doesn’t seem to think very highly of his methods.

Fischer posts Jack’s bail, and instead of apologizing for telling his friend to get out of his life, Jack pushes him to call Cranfield. When the only sound on the other end is a strange computerized noise, they go Cranfield’s house instead. A guard waves them away, so Jack has Fischer drive around back, where they hop the fence and spy on the events going down inside the house. Cranfield is wrapped in gauze like a mummy. Someone wraps his nose and mouth, and he struggles for breath as he suffocates. Amy holds him down. Once Cranfield is dead, she shuts the curtains. Maybe she should have done that before they killed a guy.

The Intruders

Since they won’t be getting any information out of Cranfield, Jack decides to reach out to Bill Anderson. The cop told him about Tim Truth’s radio show, so he calls in with an encrypted message that includes the serial number of the machine from Anderson’s basement. Anderson meets Jack and Fischer at a restaurant and says that he returned Cranfield’s check because it was conditioned upon stopping his research, even though Fischer never knew of any conditions. Bill explains that his research was focused on infrasonic signals vibrating at 19 hertz—signals not heard but felt. He was building a ghost machine. Before he has time to elaborate, Shepherd shows up and opens fire. Anderson mutters “Qui Reverti” as he dies.

Birch Crossing, Washington:

Amy is glued to a TV program about a Jazz Age musician named Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, who died at 28. Amy is really into jazz for someone who was theoretically in the Czar’s Secret Police. Has she come back more than once? Was she, like Marcus, alive for thousands of years before she died? She touches the image of Bix’s face like she’s remembering a long-lost love. Maybe he was the one who was intruded. In any case, she believes that she’ll see him again. She whispers “soon” at the TV, then flashes back to her miscarriage and smashes the screen with a fireplace poker. Later, her phone rings. It’s the same computerized noise that Jack heard when he called Cranfield, likely summoning her to the house. She smiles.

Seattle, Washington:

Madison, who must have sweet-talked her way into another car, wakes from a dream about the day she and her parents rented their beach house. She somehow knew how to play the piano, despite never having taken a lesson. “I just want to go home,” she tells her driver, but she doesn’t know where that is: “The man makes me not remember.” Instead, she heads to the children’s corner of a local library, where a book by a woman named Alison (aptly titled The Returned) reminds her of her mother. Obviously not satisfied by the library’s plate of cookies, she orders breakfast at a diner, where no one bats an eye at a 9-year-old girl ordering coffee. Then again, this is the Pacific Northwest.


A newspaper headline jogs Madison’s memory of her mother’s phone number. Her parents try to get her to say where she is, but she’ll only say that she really wants to go home, even though the man inside her would rather visit some man named Crane. She passes out, and when we see her next, she’s marching into the office of Todd Crane, demanding that he get in touch with Cranfield. This is about when the whole “adult murderer in a young girl’s body” thing finds a way to get even creepier. Madison threatens to cry rape if Crane throws her out, makes pervy comments about his daughter, and asks if he’s “doing it” with his secretary. At that, she momentarily panics and apologizes, but Marcus regains control, and by this point, Crane has figured it out. He tells Madison that Cranfield can’t help anymore. As soon as she leaves, he calls Rose. They have a situation that needs handling. Until we see Rose’s face, I’ll just assume that she’s Olivia Pope.

We finally met Bill Anderson, who’s been looming over these characters since the beginning, only to lose him before getting a real sense of his work. What is a ghost machine? Does it allow the user to see people who’ve been intruded for what they truly are? And have we just lost our last hope for saving anyone? Share your theories, but don’t let Madison near your cookies or family photos.

Intruders, rated TV-14, airs at 10/9C on BBC America.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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