Welcome back! See what an optimist I am? I'm approaching this recaplet as if the handful of you who were still watching before the break have not only returned, but also still care enough to read about the show. Oh dear, I've already gotten pessimistic peanut butter on my optimistic chocolate -- probably because I've seen the episode.
Actually, "The Citadel" is entertaining enough. Nameless Tomorrow People stage a rebellion at the lair, and decide they want Cara as their new leader. Are we all quite clear now that they're part of a suicide cult? See, while John is able to kill them, Cara has been getting them killed on the regular for ten episodes, now. Sister knows how to get the job done.
The voting scene is perhaps the most amusing thing I've seen in ten episodes of the show, for all values of amusing, which equal ridiculous. Cara and John stand behind a table. At its center is a group of lit candles. Each of the voting members (Stephen is disenfranchised because he isn't a lair liver) takes a turn standing before the table, tele-talks (TT) his vote and then TKs a lit candle from the center group, until it is in front of his chosen candidate. What even is that? Why could they not just have a show of hands? With the stepping forward and the TTing, it's not like the candles serve as a secret ballot.
Stephen -- fresh off his death and trip to Limbo -- wants to find his father's body, and a guy named Simon Plame (because Limbo Roger told him to). When Stephen informs the SUPES, John supports him. Cara doesn't. Then they get word that a SUPE has escaped from Ultra's prison/experimentation center. His name is Errol, but I can't call him that, because he's played by Supernatural's Ty Olsson, so he's Benny to me. I know it can be annoying when recappers insist on doing that, but dears, please let me have some fun.
Benny is soon caught by Stephen and his latest Ultra partner, but then John and Cara ambush them (Stephen is in on it) and rescue Benny. To make it look good, John shoots Stephen in the shoulder. Later, Cara convinces her new followers that they have to break into the Citadel and rescue the other inmates/lab rats. John says it's too risky, so Cara orders him to stay behind and monitor the situation with TIM. Of course, in the end, John has to teleport into the Citadel to save Cara's life. Too bad, he didn't get there in time to save Benny.
Meanwhile, Mama Marla has a new boyfriend. His name is Peter. Peter seems to be a very powerful SUPE (much like Benny). Between Stephen's insistence on finding Simon Plame and this guy being named Peter, I keep going to a biblical place, and wondering if we're really only talking about one guy with two names. Peter doesn't look anything like Ultra's pictures of Simon Plame, but as John points out even Jedikiah's lies have lies, so I'm sticking with this speculation for as long as it suits my fancy.
I'll be back tomorrow with the full weecap. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page, and then come on over to the show thread where we we're staging a recall election, right after I run out to Yankee Candle.
We open with an expanded retelling of the end of "Death's Door."
STEPHEN: I'm coding. In Limbo, my father, Roger, says we have to find his body, and some Simon Plame guy who will explain everything. I sure hope so, because I have a hard time following... well, most things.
JOHN: Cara connects with dead Stephen and then I guess the strength of their bond or whatever revives him. I've been following the online chatter, and apparently I'm rather in demand, so while Cara is smoking hot, I'm starting to be more than a little okay with her exploring vanilla puppy love.
RUSSELL: Ahem. Stephen tells us what Roger told him. Cara doubts him, so Stephen tells her to check his memory. When she grabs his hand, she comes up blank.
AUDIENCE: She has come up blank for us since she first grabbed something else of this manchild's, but we digress.
STEPHEN: I remove the electronic leads from my bare chest.
AUDIENCE: And like us, those leads aren't actually connected to anything.
WRITERS: Would you believe they're wireless?
TIM: Stephen asks me about Plame, but...
RECAPPER: Shut up, TIM. Downton Abbey just started up again in the U.S., and my irrational anger at Dan Stevens for leaving the show positively festers, every time I hear your voice.
CARA: TIM shows us the files on Plame. He's a beefy, bald guy. There's been no documentation on him since Roger's "disappearance."
STEPHEN: Do you have to wrap disappearance in scare quotes, Cara?
CARA: I'm just quoting TIM, because the recapper benched him.
STEPHEN: My point is I know my father is still alive, which I prove by mentioning we have to find his corpse. See? It all fits together.
JOHN: There, there. We believe you.
STEPHEN: Well, I still have to swan off, or I'll be late for supper.
LUCA: You look like death -- like patient zero in the zombie apocalypse.
STEPHEN: Um, well mom, you look lovely.
MARLA: Oh, no. Did you wake up in the neighbor's bed, again?
LUCA: Mom's got a boyfriend. Mom's got a boyfriend.
MARLA: Stephen, I'm going to take my sweet time getting you a glass of water, so you can talk to your brother and I can pretend not to overhear, even though I'm only about ten feet away.