Elmer sits on a park bench in a sunny quad at the University of Vancouver-Pretends-It's-The-US. He watches a young couple kissing, two men playing chess, and a guy eating a hoagie. Nearby, a college dude plays Frisbee with his dog. Elmer apparently senses Marian coming out of a building and turns to greet her. She sees him and waves cheerily, her too-small blue-and-white jersey riding up to show her stomach. Marian takes Elmer's arm and they walk together; he asks how she's doing. Marian explains that she's trying to make new friends because the old ones treat her gingerly after the ghost-corpse-in-the-bathroom incident. She's moved off campus and has regular appointments with the "campus shrink" because the university thinks she had an OD or suicide attempt. Elmer jokes that psychiatrists are too obsessed with sex and that Sigmund Freud once threw a pencil at him when he told him so. At this point the script is practically screaming, "Look! He's full of knowledge and experience. What a wise old man!" I tell the script to shut up. Elmer admits he was always more of a Jungian, and at that moment the college guy's Frisbee lands at his feet. Ominous music plays as Elmer flashes back to the bloody symbol he saw when he held the doll. He leans down to pick up the Frisbee and Marian sits limply with a blank look on her face and her legs splayed. I don't think her posture was meant to communicate anything here; rather, she looks as if the director didn't tell her what to do so she just didn't do anything. Julianne, honey, they are paying you to act even when you don't have any lines. Elmer sees a series of visions of a man and boy walking together in the night with eerie light behind them. He looks at the couple kissing on the park bench and they turn into Satori and Dr. Mark, dead and bloody. Elmer looks pained as he again sees the man and boy walking nearer and nearer. He sees the men playing chess dead, except they are Miles and Crusty Blind Dr. Anspaugh (I think -- all we actually see is a guy face-down wearing a beret). The hoagie-eating man tuns into Warren, gobbling meat and laughing insanely. He has the Circular Symbol of Impending Evilness painted on his forehead in blood. The man and boy approach even closer and a bloody Marian looks at her hands and screams. Elmer flashes back to the present, looking drained, as Marian rambles about talking to the psychiatrist. Elmer hands the Frisbee back to the owner and grabs Marian's notebook to draw the circular symbol. He asks Marian if she know it and she says it's "the null set -- the symbol for nothingness." And God help me, but that's most obvious set-up for a joke about this show. I will take the high road for once and pass on the opportunity. He asks if she's seen it in any dreams but she hasn't. He tells her that Satori needs her help with the child killings, but Marian says the tunnel was "too intense." Elmer tells her that she is stronger than she knows and things are coming that will test her. You and me both, Marian, except mine will be a test of patience. He says The Others need her help; Marian looks apprehensive.
Episode Report Card820 USERS: C+
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