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'Intruders' recap: This old murder house

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “The Shepherds and the Fox” | Aired Sept 20, 2014

It’s been nine years since the cops raided Marcus Fox’s home and found a wall of knives, a record playing Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” a fish tank lined with sand dollars—which are sometimes seen as symbols of resurrection—and stacks of dead bodies under every floorboard. Someone else is living in that house now. My condolences to any viewers who are currently renovating old homes. Enjoy your nightmares.

Seattle, Washington

Holed up in a hotel room, Shepherd gets a visit from Frank, the man who helped him shepherd Donna in 1990. Apparently, some members of Qui Reverti are starting to question Shepherd’s devotion to the cause. His elimination of Bill Anderson wasn’t exactly an exercise in subtlety. Shepherd says that he never found Anderson to be a serious threat, but even beyond that, he does seem to be doubting the mission. “If this is the way that life works,” he says, “then it’s not just theirs. It should belong to everyone.” Great. Am I eventually going to sympathize with Shepherd?

Frank’s only goal right now is to kill Marcus Fox, who never should have returned. He wants to know if Shepherd is the one who brought back Marcus, and Shepherd insists that he didn’t. The two seem close enough that Frank expects the truth either way, which made me wonder for a while if maybe Shepherd didn’t do it after all. He did. He’s just good at lying.

Since he brought Marcus back so quickly, the old man is having a harder time gaining control of a young body. Madison pays a visit to the building that Marcus shares with Crane and Amy, but she needs her book to recognize it. A woman tells her that she’ll have to leave unless she has an office, so she wanders the area until she finds a house that looks familiar. Is this her home? She pounds on the door, but the home belongs to a man named Larry, who doesn’t want her in his house. She barges in anyway and dials her mother’s cell phone.

rsz_intruders105_madisonMadison doesn’t know where she is, so Larry takes the phone. After learning that she’s been missing for a week, he gives Allison the address, but by this point, Madison has figured out why the home looks so familiar. It’s Marcus’ old house. The place is almost unrecognizable without its signature wall of knives. Larry says that he’s heard the stories, but he doesn’t believe in ghosts. Madison stabs him when he has his back turned.

Shepherd finds Madison and scolds her for coming back to a place from her old life, then pulls a gun on her. It’s time to correct his mistake. Madison tries the old “I’m just a kid” routine, which is much less convincing this time, and makes off with Shepherd’s car. Since even murderers can’t see over the steering wheel when they’re in 9-year-old bodies, she crashes. Shepherd finds the car empty. He’s mostly just upset that she spilled his sunflower seeds.

rsz_intruders105_jack_restaurantStill at the restaurant where he witnessed Bill Anderson’s shooting, Jack is questioned by the same cop who interrogated him for breaking into the Anderson home. Since enough witnesses have verified that Jack was trying to help, the cop accepts his innocence, but Fischer ran off as soon as Anderson was shot. It turns out that Jack’s high school buddy hasn’t been completely honest about himself; when Jack calls Fischer’s firm, they say he hasn’t been with them in months. They also answer the phone in what appears to be the dead of night, and no one seems to find that surprising.

Amy calls Jack to ask where he is, and he tells her that he’s at Le Soleil, the hotel she generally frequents in Seattle, doing research on his book. He’s actually in a motel room, drinking. Rose calls next (sometimes I worry about Jack’s phone bill) to say that he’s only alive because of his wife, and he should go to Pier 9 the next morning.

Jack is met at the pier not by Rose, but by Frank, who tells him that Miss Gilchrist sends her regards. Rose has a last name now! Unless it’s an alias. Frank does add, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” so anything goes. He tells Jack that he’ll see his wife again, but—pause so he can put on a pair of CSI: Miami sunglasses—not in this lifetime. The two have a fight. Just as Frank is about to kill Jack, Shepherd appears and shoots Frank off the dock. If Qui Reverti is right, he says, then shooting his old friend shouldn’t really change their relationship at all.

Jack finds Fischer in his room at Le Soleil and confronts him about the lies he’s told. According to Fischer, the trouble all started when he went to visit Anderson to find out why he wasn’t depositing the check. He felt a vibration and looked in through the basement window, only to be overcome by terror and sickness. Fischer went right back to Chicago, but he still felt the aftereffects of his exposure to Anderson’s machine. Unable to sleep, he sat by his daughter’s crib, but something changed in her eyes. She wasn’t his baby anymore. She was Donna.

Jack can’t believe that Fischer’s daughter is now the “crazy” girl who killed herself in high school, but Fischer is sure of it. He says that everyone is born with two souls. Qui Reverti is out to trigger the second soul back to consciousness, and Anderson’s machine takes away their advantage by exposing the second soul to everyone. Fischer hasn’t done the best job at making this argument to the people in his life; he apparently shook his daughter, and his wife responded with a restraining order. Jack also finds pills on Fischer’s nightstand. As he’s leaving, he spies through the peephole at room 909, where Fischer says Rose is staying. Shepherd knocks on the door, and Amy opens it. Amy is Rose. (Or is it that Rose is Amy?)

So were you surprised by the big reveal? Frank said that Rose asked him to find someone; could it be Bix, the jazz musician who made her stroke the TV last week? And are Madison’s parents safer if she never finds them? Share your thoughts!

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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