The Girl Who Told Time
We start in a timeline where Jules is studying Brakebills (remember, she had been there many times in the past, but in this rewriting of time, she isn’t). She’s a knowledgeable student– and she’s brilliant. We cut back to her in the present time, in the clean room. Dean Fogg decides to free her because in his words, she isn’t a student, and he isn’t running a jail. Jules is frustrated over her current situation because she knows she should feel bad about all she’s done, but she simply doesn’t–she doesn’t have the capability. I really feel horrible for her, but luckily in this episode, instead of letting her actions just pile up, they actually start to try and fix things. Still, Fogg says that Jules is a searcher –she’s known her 39 times before, and if anyone can find the answers she needs, it’s her.
Kady is understandably frustrated over Jules being let go, as they still have to deal with the Reynard situation. Penny wants to help, but just as they start work, his application with the Library goes through, and they are sucked into the Neitherlands to deal with that situation. I have to say I really love everything to do with the Library–it’s such a cool idea.
Back in Fillory, Quentin is hanging out, and is just getting drunk while Margo and the rest of the group get ready for a royal wedding. Apparently he’s been moping for 3 months in Fillory (as time moves very differently in Fillory vs real world). Eliot is just freaking out over the wedding, and Margo says he just needs a friend–Quentin needs to be that friend. However, I don’t think that’s going to be happening, as Quentin can barely handle himself, let alone anyone else.
Eliot is desperate enough for companionship that he goes to speak with Balor (the imprisoned member of the Foo Fighters). They play a board game and eat nachos, while Eliot asks why the people still don’t like him. Balor doesn’t say much except that Eliot should have a public wedding, instead of private. A bit suspicious, yes?
Quentin goes to get Josh back on Earth (remember Josh, who was part of the third year group they saved); Eliot wants him to be the royal cook for the wedding. He’s producing some weird magical pastries, and offers one to Quentin, which will allow him to see into other worlds. He does–and sees Jules’ shade, personified by a 12 year old girl. She’s terrified, and says she isn’t dead, but merely lost–and they have to find her. It’s a really well done scene, and I’m glad to know that Jules’ soul can be recovered.
In the Library, Kady runs into another Librarian, and asks for help regarding Reynard. It’s obvious, however, that the Librarians are hiding from her the correct books on how to deal with Reynard. Before she can push, Penny is put on “overdue book duty” so they head off to get this book back. It’s with a girl who works at a place called ‘FuzzBeat,’ a parody of Buzzfeed. Apparently the site hides lots of spells for other magicians in the listicles–who knew? Before returning the book she tells Kady there is always information to any question in the library–and she taps the return card.
It was a curse, apparently, because when it is returned to the Library, it gets the male librarian to go to open a door to somewhere–but he kills himself before he does it. Penny is furious and he and Kady go to find the girl–but she and the company are gone. She’s left a note though: the title of a book that will help defeat Reynard, and where it is located–in the room the librarian killed himself to stop from opening. They need to find a way into that room.
Back in Fillory, Fen is acting really weird about the whole marriage thing–by weird I mean she’s okay with it, which is something I definitely didn’t expect. Turns out she probably isn’t–she’s just seeing the fairies, and that’s taking up all her energy. Eliot discusses the situation with Margo, but before they can find an answer to that issue, Josh comes to them with a note that had been hidden in a plate of nachos. You know–the nachos Balor loves to eat. Guess the Foo Fighters are still planning an assassination attempt. However, Margo comes up with an idea to feed the Foo Fighters some of Josh’s magic-ed food, and send him to do the deed. We don’t see it happen, despite it being successful, and I’m a bit disappointed? We keep hearing about these rebels, but besides Balor and Fen, we really don’t know anything about them.
Still, with that over, Margo finally tells Fen about the issue with her baby. Distraught, she runs to go find Eliot–but the fairies find her first, and disappear her to…where? Guess we’ll find out next week.
Meanwhile, Quentin goes to see Jules and explains the situation with her shade. It’s good to see they are finally starting to become friends again, despite all the damage they have done to one another. I may not like Quentin much, personally, but I know he means a great deal to the people around him. As they try to find a way to get her shade back, one of the Brakebills students (Todd) tells them that Fogg knew someone obsessed with shades.
Apparently it was one of the many versions of Alice. She was the sole survivor of the Beast incident and became obsessed with the dead and shades in general. They need to speak with her, and to do so they have to use something called a Tesla-flection. It can only be used for two minutes, or it will cause a severe explosion. Fogg mentions that Quentin and Alice can’t touch due to paradox rules–a rule that exists within 12 Monkeys, as well. I’m not sure if that was a nod, or not, but I’ll take it.
Once the machine starts working, we see a broken, sad Alice. It’s so hard to see her like this, so desperately happy to see any version of Quentin. She says that shades go to the Underworld, which is only accessible to the dead, or to the living with a gatekeeper (what she calls an ancient one). She just doesn’t know how to find one, and their two minutes are up, but not before Quentin says he’ll love her in any time period. Okay Quentin–I’ll say you’re histrionics were effective, this time.
The episode ends with Jules figuring out what an ancient one is–it’s a dragon. Guys, we are going to see a dragon.