Warren is striding down a city street in Vancouver-Pretends-It's-The-US, wearing headphones and doing affirmations about positive thinking out loud. As he says, "The key to happiness is positive thinking," he looks down and sees a candy wrapper with a picture of a key on it. We also see that one of his tennis shoes is wrapped in duct tape. He utters a Keanu-esque "Whoa," and bends down to pick up the candy wrapper. Behind him we see Marian approaching and talking to two male friends. Warren spots her and approaches, yelling, "Hey! Hey! Hey!" One of Marian's friends attempts to intercept Warren, thinking he's a crazy homeless guy, which I can understand, but actually Marian's about a foot taller than the guy whose trying to protect her, so perhaps she can look after herself. I'm just going to jump right in and say that Warren is quickly becoming my favorite character on the show. Oh, who am I trying to kid? He's the only one I like even a little tiny bit. Marian tells her macho protective friends that she knows Warren and he says, with strange sincerity, "All of my relationships are loving relationships." That cracked me up. Hey, don't be jumpin' all over me -- I'll take what I can get in a show as dreary as this. Marian smirks at Warren in a particularly unattractive way. She asks Warren what he's doing there, like he doesn't have a right to walk down any damn street he wants, and he explains that the "signs" have lead him to her. He goes into a long ramble about waking up wanting a donut, going to a tire store instead and finding a college course catalog in the trash, which made him think about going back to school. At this point Marian's two friends decide they've heard enough and leave, but not before the tall, dark, and ugly one confirms that she's going to some concert tonight. Warren says laughing, "Bye guys! They're great," in what I guess is his approximation of how a normal person would act, and turns back to telling Marian his story. Throughout the story she seems amused, indulgent, and quite patronizing. Warren explains the key on the candy wrapper was pointing right at her and asks what classes she's taking. Marian doesn't answer but instead asks him if he "does this sort of thing all the time." He tries to deny it, but then has to admit that he does. He then asks about the concert, since there's an Others meeting tonight as well. Marian just says, "Yeaaah," like "Yeah, I'll be passing up a concert to hang out with you loser dweebs when Hell freezes over," and then takes her leave of Warren.
At a meeting of the Others at Elmer's house, Satori removes an incredibly ugly doll from a plastic bag. She explains that it belonged to Lila Jeffries, the little girl who was murdered in the tunnel with her brother. Each of the children got stabbed thirty-one times, and the doll was found next to the little girl. If that's the case, a viewer paying attention might expect the doll to be bloody, or muddy, but instead it looks fresh out of the box; the props department needs to start paying a little more attention to the scripts, I think. Satori hands the doll to Dr. Mark, who asks what the children were doing in the tunnel. He postulates that the children were called by "some kind of Pied Piper," and Satori notes that a mere three days later Adrian Muñoz disappeared from his school. His body was never found and Satori felt there was a connection between the two crimes. Apparently forensics found that a hair on Adrian's left-behind jacket matched a hair found on the doll. Satori sadly bows her prissy head, showing off her zig-zag part, and explains that Adrian has been reaching out, but that since Mrs. Muñoz won't speak to Satori she wants one of the other Others to give it a try. Elmer enters the room (just got up from his nap, I guess) and says that Marian could be of help, and Dr. Mark recalls that when he took Marian to the tunnel she latched on to the bad vibe in an impressive way. Satori sweetly suggests that Marian was just trying to impress Dr. Mark, and when he indignantly says, "Marian is a talented physical medium," Satori simpers, "Speaking from experience?" and snacks on a grape. The rest of the Others are uncomfortable with this display of passive-aggressive behavior, oops, I mean unbridled passion, and attempt to change the subject by asking Elmer some questions. I believe this is the only scene in this episode in which we see Dr. Miles Ballard, Web designer and psychic groupie, and we never even see Crusty Blind Dr. Anspaugh. Those underwater effects set the budget back more than I had guessed. The Others all gather 'round Elmer's knee for story time. He has a photo album and starts flipping the pages, droning on about the psychic experiences he began to have when he was ten in 1927. Except for the dread visions of pure evil, he reminds me of my grandpa -- always trotting out the photo album and telling old stories. The Others seem riveted, despite the fact that, if Elmer is anything like my grandpa, they've heard this story hundreds of times. Apparently Elmer had visions of horrible things, but since there was peace in 1927, he and his family began to think he was crazy. Eventually he was found by the Bow Street Others, a group of people who had visions like his. They wrote letters to the government but were dismissed until 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland. Elmer continues that recently he's begun to have the same sort of visions. Something wicked this way comes, is approximately what he says. Now that's a scary book! In fact I wish I was reading Something Wicked This Way Comes for the hundredth time rather than watching this show. Elmer feels that the impending evil is the reason they have all found each other.
Dr. Mark Blanding and Satori exit the house and call out their goodbyes. Satori stops Dr. Mark and asks if he has felt anything like Elmer what mentioned. He confesses that he hasn't, and she says she 's not sure if she has either. Inside, Elmer picks up the ugly doll and stares at it. Mark tells Satori that he misses her and they hug. He starts to leave but comes back and grabs her for a kiss, which causes the porch light to explode. Inside, Elmer studies the doll and suddenly, as we hear children screaming on the soundtrack, the doll's little face squinches up and turns all evil. Elmer starts in horror and blood begins to pour out of a gash on the doll's head. Okay, I lied earlier about there only being once scary moment in this episode, because this scene pretty well gave me the creeps. I have a thing about dolls; I suppose I heard too many doll-related campfire ghost stories when I was young. Elmer's hands are shaking violently, and he notices that the doll's blood on the floor has formed the same circle symbol that we earlier saw on Mrs. Muñoz's shirt.