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'Intruders' finale recap: Maybe we'll meet again

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “There Is No End” | Aired Oct 11, 2014

It was always going to end here, at the building co-owned by Amy, Crane, and Marcus. If the Intruders finale didn’t answer as many questions as it probably should have, it at least gave us the address to this place: 999 East 3rd Street. Anyone surprised to see the address involve a lot of nines? The building turns out to have enough secret doorways to fill a wing of Hogwarts, all leading to a murder basement that would have pleased Marcus Fox until it was used against him. Like the show, there’s more in there than we have time to explore.

Rose’s past alone could have been given its own episode. In Queens in 1931, Bix fought his demons long enough to get onstage and perform, but he needed alcohol to do it. He promised Rose that he would quit; two weeks later, he was clinging to life. He died in Rose’s arms, but not before she forced him to stare at the mouthpiece of his trumpet. It seems that the ability to come back hinges on seeing your trigger right before your death.

Back in Seattle in the present, Jack leans over Gary Fischer, who lies unresponsive on the pavement. He calls 911, but Fischer is dead. Inside the building, Todd Crane is bleeding out from the wound in his leg. He gives Jack his keys and instructs him to open the mailboxes, which turn out to be a doorway that leads to the basement. Madison watches as Jack turns the key to another secret door, this one labeled “O.R.” If it stands for Operating Room, they’re not doing a great job at saving lives. Two men pass Jack and plot to kill Shepherd after Cranfield’s interment.


At the local hospital, Detective Blanchard takes Madison’s parents to see a frightened nine-year-old girl who isn’t talking. It’s Meadow, not their daughter, though she does scream at the sound of Madison’s name. Madison walks the basement and remembers the last time Marcus was in this hallway. He was dragged to the wall and sealed inside, brick by brick. Had he died there in the dark, without the last image of his trigger, he would have died permanently, but Shepherd found him and showed him his sand dollar before returning the last brick to its place. Rose was one of the people in charge of Marcus’ execution. This has to mean that she’s been active for at least nine years, and she didn’t seem to be waging any kind of internal war with Amy. Why did she only start raising Jack’s suspicions so recently?

Jack finds a roomful of bookshelves in the basement, all of which hold the “9” journals given to the returned. Some of them are centuries old, and some are assigned to famous names, like Nikola Tesla and Ronald Reagan. (What other celebrities were Reverti? There could be a whole spin-off series on that. Celebrity Intruders. Let’s make it happen.) Next to the room full of books, there’s an entire room of triggers.

Jack throws a few triggers to the floor and crushes them under his shoe, but his fit is interrupted by the sound of Madison’s hammer, slowly chipping away at the bricks that still hold Marcus. Madison tells Jack that they have a lot in common: They were both burned by Rose. Jack asks if she’s the missing girl, but she insists that it’s just Marcus Fox now. Jack recognizes the name. He recognizes the body behind the wall too, which terrifies him. It means Madison might be telling the truth.


Madison slashes Jack’s arm and bolts when he goes to spy on Cranfield’s interment. As Rose and some shepherds bind the body into a fetal position and place it in a crypt, Jack holds his lighter to a journal and returns it to the shelf. The whole room of books goes up in flame. As everyone scatters, Jack tells Rose that she’s coming home with him, but she’s not his wife anymore. Shepherd rescues her, and they make their way out of the building with Jack close behind.

Thanks to Jack’s call, the cops are outside, carrying Todd Crane on a stretcher. Madison’s name must have been enough to get Meadow talking, because Blanchard shows up with the O’Donnells in tow. They watch as the building where Madison was last seen fills up with smoke. Nobody goes in, and the fire department is nowhere to be found, but Madison finds her way out of the building without their help. She kicks out an air vent and trudges down the street, coughing, until her mom catches sight of her bright yellow raincoat. It seems that Madison isn’t as “gone” as everyone thinks she is, because she calls out and runs toward her mother.

Shepherd, watching from the side, is ready to end this now. He fires his gun. Jack pulls Madison to the ground just in time, but she’s not breathing. She finds herself on the shore of a quiet mountain lake, where Marcus tells her that a body can only get rid of one of its souls at the moment of death, and he’s stronger than she is. Madison doesn’t agree. These past few centuries haven’t taught him much, because nothing is stronger than a kid who just wants her parents. She gets the last word in brilliant fashion: “What goes around stays right here.” Her eyes fly open in the ambulance.

Shepherd and Rose somehow avoid the cops and make it back to her hotel, where he patches up her arm. Shepherd says that he brought Marcus back so that he would have the money to run away with Amy, but Rose doesn’t share Amy’s feelings. She just wants Bix, and he’s not in her hotel room.

Jack wakes up in the hospital with Blanchard by his bedside. The detective has been reading what Fischer taped to his stomach, and he wants to know if Jack is in some kind of cult. Jack tries to pass off Fischer as insane, but they’re all past believing that. Blanchard says that Madison claims she was overtaken by Marcus Fox. He won’t rest until he’s sure that Marcus is dead. Jack checks on Madison to be sure that she’s really okay, which she seems to be, but he can’t be sure. To make the visit even creepier, a kid in the hallway leaves Jack with the same warning—and hand gesture—as one of the men he killed.


Jack returns to a messy home and starts sorting out his life. He actually seems to be keeping it together really well, given how poorly he copes with being out of control. In a phone call to Fischer’s family, he assures them that no matter what they hear about Gary, he was a good man who wanted to do the right thing, and he loved them. Jack signs off with, “Maybe we’ll meet again.” Has he met Fischer’s wife before, or is he starting to believe in all of this? He cleans up the house.

Shepherd watches Jack from the living room and invites him to sit like he owns the place. Shepherd asks Jack why he thinks his life has been spared, and Jack shrugs that they know what he’s capable of. He has the skills to be one of them. It’s almost like he knows what’s coming before he opens the box that Shepherd hands him and finds a set of business cards. One the front, they have the number 9. On the back, “Jack Shepherd.”

Will Jack take Shepherd up on his proposal? Does he even have an option? This felt more like a season finale than a series one, with a whole new future on Jack’s horizon and more questions still up in the air. What did you most want to know from this episode, and did you learn it? Would you come back for a second season? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments section below. Thanks for joining!

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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