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'The Librarians' recap: We'll always have Paris

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “And the City of Lights” | Aired Jan 18, 2015

The truth is out there as the Librarians debunk alien rumors, and Jake finally reveals some back story and very nearly gets the girl.

The setup: The Librarians have come to the picturesque town of Collins Falls to search for Victor Finch, an independent reporter who’s been missing for three weeks and may have been abducted by aliens. Things are quite charming in Collins Falls, with gas lamps and quaint houses built in a style much older than the town’s founding date of 1953, an incongruity that puzzles Jake. He and Cassandra locate Mabel Collins, the town, well, everything: archivist, notary, volunteer fire chief, you name it. She and Jake spark off one another immediately with their love for travel and antiquing and walks along the River Seine in Paris. Jake is smitten.

Eve and Ezekiel find the place in the woods where Finch’s truck was found. They split up (always the first mistake) and Ezekiel stumbles onto a gas lamppost. “Who’d put a gas lamp in the middle of the woods?” Mister Tumnus? The missing Victor Finch suddenly appears. His eyes glow red and he eerily howls at Ezekiel. At the last moment, Eve pushes Victor, who hits his head on the lamp. Victor goes down, but the lamppost and Eve bristle with yellow electricity, and Eve disappears.

At the Annex, Jenkins fiddles with a doohickey (still the scientific term) and scolds Ezekiel for losing Eve. The doohickey pings in a way that indicates Eve is still somewhere on the planet, but likely caught in an energy discharge of unknown means. The Librarians bring all of Finch’s equipment back to Jenkins, who determines the steam pump goggles are an aura filter that can be tweaked to show Ezekiel a range of energy frequencies he can track to the source and hopefully reverse whatever happened.

In the archives, Jake and Mabel bond over being from a small town and never following their wanderlust beyond its borders. They both wish they could have stories to tell of exotic locales and trendy waiters at cafés on the Pont Neuf in Paris. She offers to help Jake with the gas lamp research, but when he catches her hiding a folder from him, she begs him to help the town. Jake promises to do the right thing.

Cassandra and Ezekiel in the woods.In the woods, Cassandra does her thing and figures out the energy flows in a circuit through the gas lamps across the town. With the goggles, Ezekiel can see Eve. She directs him back toward the town, while Cassandra follows the source of the circuit in the opposite direction. Cassandra finds an abandoned factory, where plans and pictures of the town of WardenClyff Falls are displayed, including an old black-and-white photograph of Nikola Tesla. She’s interrupted by the re-possessed Finch. Cassandra knocks him out with a wrench and flees back to the archive. Meanwhile, Ghost Eve leads Ezekiel through the town, where he sees the townspeople are being possessed by body snatchers. They chase Ezekiel back to the archive, where Jake has learned that Collins Falls was built on top of WardenClyff Falls, an experimental town founded by Nikola Tesla. The newly arrived Cassandra orders Jake to get away from Mabel—given that she’s also in the picture with Tesla, a photo taken more than 100 years ago.

The Reveal: Mabel explains Tesla was doing experiments in wireless power transmission with the gas lamps as wireless power-transmitter prototypes. But when they activated the system, everyone got zapped out of sync and has been stuck in interdimensional limbo ever since. The gas lamps keep them stable. Mabel serves as a kind of grounding wire. She was in the control room when the accident happened, and alone remained in her original body. They use the body-snatching to interact with the world around them, which seriously upsets Ezekiel. They took Victor because they needed a stranger in town whom no one would miss—one they could hold on to for longer than usual in order to fix things.

The Plan: Tesla couldn’t generate enough energy to free the townspeople, but he built a capacitor to store it in. The turbines are at the dam. Mabel has been charging the capacitor for the last hundred years. They need to activate it within the next day or two, or it will break down completely, and when the energy gets dispersed, they’ll be stuck.

Jenkins points out that regardless of the ethics, this is the only way to save Eve. Cassandra only gives the plan a 50/50 chance of working. She offers to man the controls, as she can manage the math and act on the fly; she gives everyone marching orders to prepare the components. As they clean some wires, Jake and Mabel have a heart-to-heart. When pushed, Jake admits that when his family’s oil-rigging company started going under and his father stopped being able to run it, he stepped in. Mabel thinks that’s a good reason for never getting out of his hometown; Jake thinks it’s an excuse. “You spend time with people who don’t do something and you start feeling like you can’t do it.” They smooch.

Ezekiel and the steam punk gogglesThe Fallout: They flip the switch, and all seems to be going well until a big surge goes through the capacitor. Cassandra does some quick math and realizes if they fail, the dissipated energy could not just blow out the gas lamps, but everything for miles. Finch smashes the equipment and locks Cassandra inside so she can’t warn the others, but with some quick thinking, she adjusts the turbines’ frequencies to send Morse code via a “mosquito tone”—a high-pitched tone that only young people can hear, namely Ezekiel.

After Jake kicks in the door, Cassandra reveals that if they pull the plug now, the energy will discharge safely, but everyone, including Eve, will be trapped. Mabel reveals the relay on the rooftop has an override switch. But the energy has already built too high. Mabel and Jake force their way through while Ezekiel, possessed by Eve, holds off Victor and his friends at the gate. Just shy of the roof, Mabel collapses. Jake caries her onward. As he struggles forward, Jake asks her for the name of that waiter at the café off the Pont Neuf. Together, they construct their own travel memories.

The energy builds. Eve pops free of Ezekiel’s body. Jake and Mabel reach the kill switch while talking about Paris in the rain. Mabel pulls it with her last burst of energy and dies.

The Coda: In the Annex, Ezekiel, Cassandra, and Eve conduct a sad postmortem. Eve wonders if they can try again in another hundred years. Cassandra breaks the news that the discharge fried the capacitor. Eve soothes that it’s not Cassandra’s fault: “Sometimes you just lose.”

Jenkins brings Eve the appointment book to record everything. He explains that the nature of the Library sometimes works on scales beyond the normal human lifespan. If a Librarian were to build another capacitor in a dam with some stablizing design feature and let it charge for 100 years or so, “they’d want to make a note of it so they’d know there was an appointment to keep!” Eve finishes with excitement.

Jake decides not to go for drinks with Cassandra and Ezekiel. Instead, he dials up the door to Paris. Putting up his collar, he heads for the Eiffel Tower.


The Librarians airs Sunday nights at 8/7C on TNT.

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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