Fair warning: This recap of Locke & Key “The Black Door” contains more spoilers than water in the sea cave. That is to say, a boat load.

Welcome to the another recap of Locke & Key, the show based on the comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez. Last time, Kinsey and Tyler couldn’t agree on the ethics of magical key usage, Nina found herself in the middle of yet another murder scene and Bode decided it was hammer time. 

This time, Kinsey and the Savini Squad explore the (sea) cave of wonders. Meanwhile, Nina puts on her detective cap. In a fit of self-loathing, Tyler decides he’s not good enough for Jackie. And oh yeah, Sam escapes prison. 

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It’s party time!

Locke & Key “The Black Door”—Episode 106 — Pictured (l-r): Aaron Ashmore as Duncan, Emilia Jones as Kinsey—(Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix)

We pick up a few days after Joe the English teacher’s (Steven Williams) suspicious death. Nina’s (Darby Stanchfield) at the police station waiting to talk Detective Mutuku (Martin Roach) about it. While she’s waiting, she calls Ellie (Sherri Saum) to ask why she’s avoiding her. Maybe because she maybe had something to do with said suspicious death. However, the police are pretty sure Joe died by suicide, even though Nina insists he’d never do such a thing and it.was.murder. Clearly, she’s probably right, but it’s a presumptuous claim considering she knew him for all of five minutes. 

Over at the Academy, Tyler (Connor Jessup) is haunted by his uncle Duncan’s (Aaron Ashmore) memories of his dad, Rendell (Bill Heck); it sure seems like his dad killed his friend when they were teens. Jackie (Genevieve Kang) comes up to him and they make plans to hang out later. 

Meanwhile, Kinsey (Emilia Jones), Scot (Petrice Jones) and the rest of the Savini Squad—Zadie (Asha Bromfield), Doug (Jesse Camacho), Gabe (Griffin Gluck)—discuss the epic fail that is the first cut of their short film. Scot specifically cites the “climactic demise of Nephropidae,” which, apparently, just means lobster. Clever. Never fear, he and Kinsey have written new scenes that will save The Splattering. Kinsey’s a little out of it all because…

She, too, is preoccupied with the fact that Rendell might have been a murderer. Back home, she pulls out Duncan’s memory jars from under her bed. Duncan’s still chilling at Key House and she decides to show him the missing pieces of his childhood. He looks at one memory jar and a feeling of familiarity washes over him, but he can’t remember the scene he’s watching; he feels queasy and hands the glowing jar back to Kinsey. She apologizes for her bad idea, but he has no idea what she’s talking about. Why has no one tried opening one of these jars yet? 

Next, we head to Jackie’s house, where she and Tyler are studying in front of a roaring fireplace. They start making out, but when she notices the key around his neck, he jumps back and dashes outta there. As he’s leaving, she wants to make sure he’ll be attending the 5K on Sunday. He’s so not attending the 5K on Sunday. 

Tyler arrives home and Kinsey pounces on him. She has to show him something. Now. She tells him what happened with Duncan and he not-so-gently reminds her that adults can’t remember magic. Kinsey shows him the memory that made Duncan sick. It’s Rendell and his friends heading into the sea cave, towards a bright, blue light. Time for a brother-sister field trip! Kinsey and Tyler get into a heated argument about whether their dad actually killed his friend. They don’t want to believe it could be true. Tyler yanks the key he’s been carrying off his neck and shouts that he’s done with the Rendell and the evil keys. 

The next day, the Academy holds a memorial for Joe. Nina uses it as a chance to corner Ellie about her and Rendell’s twin scars. Ellie admits they were self-inflicted; everyone in their friend group who didn’t drown burned themselves in their dead friends’ honor. Ellie’s in tears, but Nina’s not done. Ellie claims she was home the night of Joe’s death, but Nina calls her on her BS. Ellie wants to know what she’s being accused of. Nina can’t say anything other than that she cared for Joe. Ellie, who has an answer for everything, tells her that she did, too, and that she knew him for a lot longer than Nina did. Bye, Felicia. 

Later, the Savini Squad watches a newly-shot scene that Scot and Kinsey used the Music Box Key to shoot. While they’re impressed by the “seemingly” magical effects, Doug wants to know why a sea monster would chase someone through the woods. Everyone’s a critic. More importantly, says Scot, they need a location for the movie’s final showdown. Ever-dedicated, Kinsey suggests the sea caves. Gabe is the only one who thinks that’s a good idea, but no one has a better idea, so sea caves it is. 

Oh hey! It’s Bode (Jackson Robert Scott). He’s sleepily wandering through the halls of Key House when he hears more whispers. He finds the next key in the sewing room (!), in the sewing machine, right where the needle should be. It opens a stand alone cabinet in the kitchen. Nothing happens. Nina comes in, ecstatic that Bode found the key to the cabinet…which must mean that there’s a bunch of other doors in her house that Nina can’t open.  

Locke & Key “The Black Door”—Episode 106 — Pictured (l-r): Darby Stanchfield as Nina, Sherri Saum as Ellie—(Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix)

Detective Mutuku calls with news that for many reasons they are ruling Joe’s death a suicide. Because it’s no longer evidence, he gives Nina a box of Joe’s old things from his time as yearbook adviser. 

Meanwhile, Bode wants Duncan to go outside and play with him. Duncan’s still nursing a migraine, so Bode heads to the cemetery by himself. Dodge (Laysla De Oliveira) comes up behind him and warns him that by not giving her the keys, he’ll be welcoming inevitable destruction upon his family. 

Next, we head over to prison, where Sam (Thomas Mitchell Barnet) uses the Fire Key to cut a hole in his cell door. He then sets fire to the entire prison, for good measure. 

It’s Sunday, the day of the 5K and when Tyler gets a text invite to go to a party, he decides to leave Jackie high and dry. 

Meanwhile, Nina’s sorting through Joe’s things. Duncan pops his head in to tell her he’s leaving because he’s finally feeling better. He offers to go through the box with her. But, she doesn’t know what she’s looking for, beyond proof that she’s not crazy. Nine wonders if maybe Ellie was telling the truth and asks Duncan if he remembers anything about the scars. He becomes the umpteenth person to suggest her grief may be getting in the way of her reasoning. How is Nina not screaming at everyone? I’m ready to pull my hair out over the way she’s being treated.

To the sea caves! The caves are breathtaking and the Savini Squad is happy they’re shooting here, at the mouth of the cave, with its fantastic backlighting. Then Kinsey hears the whispers. And wants to travel further into the cave. Gabe’s the only one who thinks that’s a good idea, but eventually they all cave and start dragging the film equipment further into the depths.  

Locke & Key “The Black Door”—Episode 106 — Pictured (l-r): Asha Bromfield as Zadie, Griffin Gluck as Gabe, Emilia Jones as Kinsey, Petrice Jones as Scot, Jesse Camacho as Doug—(Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix)

Woah. The whispers do not lead Kinsey to a key, but to the blue light. A blue light that is shining behind a door in the shape of the omega symbol. While Kinsey’s distracted, her buddies realize that the tide has come in and they’re about to be the second group of teens to drown here. Gabe goes to find Kinsey, while the rest of the group escapes. Kinsey has no idea what’s happening with the water level because she’s furiously pulling on the door handle. Gabe finally gets her to stop. They all have to swim to safety. It’s pretty dramatic. 

Things get more dramatic after they all realize they’re going to live. Scot and the Squad scream at Kinsey for the loss of their things, not warning them about the tide and for not caring about the film at all. But Kinsey has more important things to worry about than the stupid movie, OK? Scot’s crushed and declares he was wrong to have ever trusted her. Only Gabe stays behind with Kinsey. 

Later, when Gabe and Kinsey are drying off in the Key House basement, she thanks him for saving her. He’s like it ain’t no thing, but hey, what was up with that door and do you have a key for it? She replies that no, she doesn’t have anything anymore. Gabe comforts her via flattery. She kisses him. 

Meanwhile, Tyler’s at the daytime rager. He gets a text from Jackie asking where he is. He ignores her. Logan (Eric Graise) is also at the party and asks him why he ditched the 5K. Poor girl. Some volunteers she has. Dodge walks in and makes a beeline for Tyler! Now, Tyler’s never seen the “evil well lady” and he probably wasn’t picturing her as a hot woman in her 20s, so I’ll cut him some slack there. However, that doesn’t excuse his behavior towards Jackie, who storms into the party and almost catches Tyler flirting with Dodge. 

Tyler tells Jackie he’s doing her a favor by bailing on her sooner rather than later and that she’d never understand him and his 99 problems. She’s ticked off because he’s not even giving her a chance to try. She downs a bunch of vodka and asks if she’d understand him better that way. They agree that Jackie deserves better than him. UGH. This is so tropey. 

That night, Tyler’s ambling around and heads to the liquor store. Wouldn’t you know it. Dodge is outside and suggests they split a bottle o’ Jack. 

Meanwhile, at Key House, Bode runs into Kinsey’s room, thankful that she’s safe and in one piece. He alerts her to the fact that Dodge is back. She reassures him that Dodge was just trying to scare him into giving her the keys.  

Locke & Key “The Black Door”—Episode 106 — Pictured (l-r): Darby Stanchfield as Nina, Martin Roach as Detective Mutuku—(Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix)

Next, Dodge notices that Tyler’s a little preoccupied and suggests he take a night off from his self-loathing. He responds with small talk. She’d rather they take a ride in her truck (but who said anything about driving?). After a moment of hesitation, Tyler gets in the car. 

We end on Sam sneaking in through the Key House gates as Duncan leaves the estate…

I’m growing increasingly concerned with the way this show treats its woman characters. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy Locke & Key, because I do. I think it’s fun and uses the genre to say real things about loss. However, I wish there were one woman protagonist who was taken seriously by the people around her. I’ll gladly eat my words if this is actually a point the show is trying to make.

How do you feel about the woman characters? What’s Sam going to do to the Locke family? Do you ever wonder what the whispers are actually saying? Join me next time as I recap Locke & Key, here on Geek Girl Authority.

The first season of Locke & Key is available now on Netflix.

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