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'Resurrection' recap: Margaret reveals a game-changing secret

Season 2 | Episode 4 | “Old Scars” | Aired Oct 19, 2014

Resurrection just took things to a whole new level with a startling new revelation about Margaret’s concerning history with the Returned. Not only do we learn what deep and extremely dark secret Margaret has been holding onto, but we also discover that the phenomenon of the Returned has been going on longer than we thought. Other things we learn in this episode: Lucille and wine don’t mix, Rachael’s baby is going full Twilight, and Fred realizes his mother isn’t the saint she pretends to be.

Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

Rachael’s baby: As we’ve said before, Pastor Tom is in the most awkward situation ever. Janine still wants Rachael out of their house, understandably, and Tom seems torn between the two women. The ladies run into each other at the store, and while things could have gotten ugly, Janine takes the high road. This situation can’t be easy, but Janine puts her jealousy aside and helps Rachael pick out some prenatal vitamins. Classy! Still at the store, Rachael starts having sudden stomach pains and falls to the floor. We were waiting for a giant alien baby to pop out right there, but no such luck. Janine and Tom stay with Rachael while Maggie checks out the baby. It turns out the baby is perfectly healthy. There’s just one issue: The baby is growing twice as fast as it should! Yup. The Returned are 100 percent aliens (or vampires), and that baby is definitely going to come out with tentacles.

Janine has a change of heart and tells Rachael that she can stay at their house as long as she needs to. We have to admit, Janine is way nicer than we are. If we were in the same situation, we would have already packed up everything Rachael owns in a box to the left.










We actually love Rachael, but we feel so bad for Janine at this point. It’s also confusing why Tom would choose to perpetuate the awkward living situation instead of just moving Rachael to a nice studio apartment down the street, where he could visit her as often as he’d like.

Bellamy continues the investigation: 
Bellamy doesn’t need the actual bones found in the river to continue the investigation. They know that the bones belonged to a man with a knee injury; then Bellamy happens to find an old newspaper article with a photo of some Langston factory workers.








Apparently a bunch of them died in an accident, and one of the men in the picture has a leg brace. He’s our guy! Guess who else is in the picture? Arthur Holmes—the Returned, sick guy who recently disappeared from Maggie’s practice. Bellamy shares his findings with Fred, who takes it upon himself to ask Margaret if she knew Arthur. Margaret denies ever knowing the guy, but Maggie tells her dad that Margaret in fact visited Arthur before he disappeared. Fred knows that Margaret is up to no good at this point, but what he does about it, who knows?

ABC/Guy D'Alema

ABC/Guy D’Alema

Langston family dinner: If anyone is wondering what to buy the Langstons for Christmas, gift certificates for therapy sessions would be perfect. These people are severely dysfunctional. Lucille is taking offense to Margaret’s domineering behavior when it comes to her family. There’s only room for one matriarch in the house, and Margaret is making damn sure she’s the queen bee. Margaret and Lucille get a chance to bond over their hatred of Barbara (Fred’s Returned ex-wife who’s shacking up with the man she was cheating with before she died) over family dinner. Henry takes it upon himself to secretly invite Barbara to the dinner because Jacob wants to apologize for not saving her from the river. That’s sweet, Jacob, but nothing about that situation was your fault.

Things, as you can imagine, do not go well at dinner. Margaret doesn’t even attempt to hide her disdain for Barbara, embarrassing her and excluding her from her toast about bringing the Langston family back together. If we learned one thing in this episode, it’s this: Do not get on Margaret Langston’s bad side. Lucille jumps in on the bullying by blaming Barbara for Jacob’s death, claiming that if Barbara wasn’t being such a little skank and meeting up with her secret lover that day, Jacob wouldn’t have drowned. Ouch! Lucille, you might want to cut back on the vino, because that was just a smidge too far. Fred runs out after Barbara and they share an unexpectedly tender moment. Are they setting these two up for a reunion?

We solemnly swear, Margaret’s up to no good: Margaret dished out more answers about the Returned in this episode than we’ve gotten throughout the entire duration of the show. She tucks Jacob in at night and tells him a bedtime story. As if Jacob wasn’t creepy enough already, he asks his grams if she’ll tell him a scary story. We were expecting something about monsters under the bed—maybe even an Ichabod Crane nod. Instead, Mags tells the story about how she and her family used to murder Returned folks. This is all 50 shades of messed up. Margaret talks about how a little girl (her!) used to kill demons, but they kept coming back to life … until one day, they figured out how to get rid of the demons for good, and she is the only one left who knows how to kill the demons. What the hell, lady? She’d better be glad Jacob fell asleep before he had to hear this deranged story.

So, Margaret and her family used to spend their evenings testing out new ways to kill Returned? The flashbacks were the worst part of this: Margaret (dressed in full-on Wednesday Adams cosplay) watched, and even participated, as the townsfolk straight-up burned people alive, hanged them, drowned them, whatever. Now that Margaret is back and is the only one who knows the “secret of how to kill them,” it seems she still believes it’s her duty to rid the world of this evil. She probably already killed that Arthur dude, so what’s next?









If we came back from the dead, the last thing we’d be doing is plotting the mass murder of a bunch of other Returned. We’d be catching up on all the shows we missed and drinking lots and lots of wine. You know, to make up for lost time.











At the end of the episode, we see that Maggie’s practice waiting room is filled with sickly Returned. Where the heck did all of these Returned come from all of a sudden, and why are they all coughing up a lung? There has to be a reason some of the Returned are perfectly healthy and others aren’t. There has to be an explanation as to why Jacob is the only one who can feel their presence. Plus, why are they all from the town of Arcadia? What does the government know about them at this point? We need answers!

We’re completely on the dark when it comes to this show. Sound off with your thoughts and predictions, and let us know what you think the secret is behind the phenomenon of the Returned. Until next time … #FangsOut.



Resurrection airs Sundays at 9/8C on ABC. 

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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