Jim's deadbeat brother Mike drops in (in the middle of the night, like a burglar) for a visit. He's a gambler who is in debt up to his eyeballs. During a guys' night out, Mike gets roughed up by a loan shark's muscle. When Jim comes to the rescue, the bad guys rough him up, too. An ordinary man would be dead, so Jim quickly admits his super powers to Mike, who then learns about the rest of the family's newbilities and visits the lair, too. It's not long before Mike sneaks JJ out of school, to use his super brain for some gambling -- at the track, which is not where I'd take a super-genius, but whatevs. When Jim finds out, he blasts Mike, but since Mike is in ten times deeper than he admits, and is about to become a father to boot, Jim softens toward him. Then the loan shark grabs Mike and tells Jim he has 24 hours to come up with the money or Mikey bites it. Jim decides taking JJ to the track is his best bet to come up with the money, and they're raking in the cash, but we have to have some moralizing, so of course they let their winnings ride all on one horse (because that's super-smart) who gets hurt. In the end, Jim tries to exchange his life for Mike's and then he and Mike fight the loan shark and his minions. Once they knock them out, they call in the cops.
Meanwhile, Global Tech is going to move Katie out of Pacific Bay and to Miami and give her her own lab. Joshua wants to go with her. He again tries to separate himself from the evil Dr. RevCam King, but Charlotte from Lost is working for King, too, and she's a shape-shifter. In construction worker form, she tries to "accidentally" kill our girl Katie. Thankfully, Stephanie zoops to the rescue. Even better, in the end, Katie decides not to go. Daphne has a story, too, and it again involves a boy. I'll hit that in the weecap, tomorrow.
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Before we begin, I just want to tell you, gentle readers, that every week I expect to hear ABC has finally cancelled this show, or TWoP has put it on permanent hiatus. But nothing ever happens. I'm starting to wonder if the series itself is juiced up on Dr. King's gooey green serum. Talk about invulnerability! Anyhow my point, and I do have one, is that I want to thank you for reading these little exercises in insanity, and for writing to me. You keep me going. Your e-mails, Tweets and comments in the forum have turned what was becoming a chore into something fun. That's what TWoP is at it's most fun -- that feeling of "OMG, this show is so [whatever]. I can't stop watching it. Come sit next to me so we can mock the hell out of it when it's bad, and ourselves when it's good." Thanks for making it worthwhile. Now let's get to it, shall we?
Stephanie: I'll start, because your recapper got knocked off schedule by the huge Nor'easter that hit her, yesterday, and we need to do this quickly.
Recapper: Thanks, Darla.
Stephanie: I can't be Darla today, Recapper. Too much ground to cover. Okay, so you remember how a couple of months ago, my parents came to visit? We're already recycling the visiting-family complication, but to give the writers credit, this time, we don't have to spend the episode hiding our newbilities. Jim's deadbeat brother Mike (Jason Wiles, Maurice on Third Watch) breaks into our house in the middle of the night. For a visit! Ugh, in-laws. AMIRITE people? Anyhow, he says he needs a few days away from his girlfriend. I figure he's just here to cost us money.
Recapper: I just want to add a disclaimer, here. My in-laws rock. You may return to whatever this is.
Katie: Okay, so you'll remember that last week, Joshua and I, well... you know. And afterwards, while I was sniffing his clothes (what? It's a thing!) Stephanie's journal fell out of his pockets -- the journal in which she's been documenting the newbilities. So now it's the morning after, and I'm sitting on a chair next to my bed, watching Joshua sleep. But am I holding a dagger like any self-respecting woman would, were she in my situation? No. I'm just sort of looking at him all schmoopy. And my behavior is pissing me off!
Joshua: Katie, you know I'm only doing this to you because the writers make me. So yeah, I wake up to find Katie hovering over me. She's got the journal. She wants answers. Now, mind you, she's probably been reading it all night. She probably nearly has it memorized, but I use my extreme telekineses to change the writing and make it my journal about how I'm falling in love with Katie.