Annnnddd I’m back with another Srange Angel  recap.

We open on a black and white seen of Rich (Peter Mark Kendall) at a movie with Marisol. He finally gets up the nerve to hold her hand. He watches the fare on the cab ride home tick up and up. Marisol invites him in, but he refuses, and finally decides to go on home, where he finds Jack in his hallway. Jack has brought him a proposal with Jack’s vision of the future of rocketry. It will be just like he’s right there with him. Rich says they’re not men of imagination – the data speaks for itself. Jack is worried since Rich’s strong point isn’t talking to people. Jack thinks it’s fantastic that Rich is flying to DC.

Jack’s still sleeping in the shed. At least he’s got his Thelema text for comfort! He notices the milk hasn’t been picked up off Ernest’s porch. Susan (Bella Heathcote) wants to make Jack (Jack Reynor) stop going to the Agape but he won’t, because it’s helping him actuate his dream. She just won’t forgive him for going and for lying about it.

Jack and Susan at Breakfast

Ernest (Rupert Friend) calls, and he appears to be threatening suicide. Jack tells Susan he’s working a double, but he goes out there instead to stop Ernest. At work, Susan checks up on Jack by calling his work. (An aside form me: Susan, if you won’t forgive him, leave him. Watching your nonsense is getting old. Also, Jack, stop being a lying liar who lies.) Susan tells Virgil Jack’s hurt himself at work and she needs to go to collect him. Meanwhile Jack gets there in time.

Marisol sleeps with the Magus, Alfred (Greg Wise). She tells him that she’s seen her power in the eyes of Richard, who worships her. Alfred tells her not to interfere with the will of another person. They are interrupted by Susan’s arrival. She’s ranting at everyone. She won’t leave without Jack. Alfred asks if she’s in pain, if she’s certain she’s really there for Jack. He takes her by the wrist and won’t let go.

Ernest is ranting against the Magus. He did everything they asked, and didn’t get anything. Jack sees a man who misses his wife. Ernest just laughs. Ernest says he sees a fool and so does Jack, for believing in Thelema. Jack doesn’t doubt the power of his will – Rich got to fly to DC but Jack knows what’s coming. But Ernest says nobody has the answers.

Rich arrives in DC and checks in his hotel, which overlooks the White house and the Washington monument.

Ernest and Jack are driving home after spending the night on the beach, talking about whether Susan will leave Jack. Ernest seems hopeful (we know why). He seems to be back into the Thelema fold. Jack falls asleep and Ernest takes a detour.

Ernest and Jack in the Truck

Susan goes into the shed and sees all Jack’s things, including the Thelema book, with a drawing inside.

Rich goes to play tourist, and then practices his speech. He phones Marisol to tell her he’s not a great man. Just a scientist of any significance. He’s worried about how to talk to people. Jack’s the salesman. Marisol tells him not to be silly. He’ll make an impression. He says he doesn’t know the right words. She tells him that he’s so smart, and he could make things in her imagination real. And that she wouldn’t be able to behave herself if they’d gone inside. That seems to strike Rich.

Susan goes to see Jack’s mother, Ruth. They look through old photo albums – Jack was always alone and so independent. Susan sees a photo of Jack’s father, Marvel, recognizing him as the man from the drawing in the book. She’s is worried that Jack’s left her because she knows Marvel left, too. She doesn’t know what to do. Jack’s mom tells her to give him a bed to be in and that the first thing she ought to know is where Jack is at night. While helping Ruth by picking up some fruit that has been allowed to fall from the tree and rot, Susan has a strange vision of a young girl who grins at her with an orange peel where her teeth should be.

In D.C., Rich arrives for his talk. There’re a bunch of other guys there all to give presentations. Rich finally gets his turn in front of the generals. He tells himself, “I am the wizard,” and he gives his talk. He’s not there to talk about rockets. He’s there to talk about jet propulsion. That certainly gets everyone’s attention.

Rich in DC

Finally back to Jack and Ernest, in an orange grove. Ernest has found a crop duster and they get in. He starts it up, and Jack freaks out! Ernest can drive a stock car, how hard could it be? They take it for a spin and somehow don’t die. It turns out Ernest has flown one before.

Back at home, Rich is waiting on Jack’s porch to tell him the good news. Ernest goes into his empty house. They’ve got funding for solid fuel propulsion for airplanes. Jack’s furious – he wants to go to the moon. It’s a good thing Rich is practical. The War Department in the 1930s had no reason to want to go to the moon. Jack says they can still fix it. They can divert some of the funding. Rich says no way, for the first time someone believes in their work and they can’t betray that.

Jack’s dream is crushed. Rich has sold them to the highest bidder. Jack says he sees Richard for what he is. And Richard says that they sent him because he’s an actual scientist that would give a proposal relevant to the state of the world, not someone who believes they can will things into existence. Rich says Jack’s delusional – he’s just angry Rich got the money instead of Jack. Rich made it real, not him, and that’s why he’s mad. But Jack says Rich didn’t make it real, he made it small.

Next door, Ernest burns himself with Jack’s (Marvel’s) lighter, like a lunatic.

Susan and Alfred

Susan is visiting the Magus, Alfred. She wants to know how he knew about her wrist. He says he notices when someone is holding something inside – memories, desires, regrets. They make us restless and cause pain. She doesn’t believe. He says the truth doesn’t care if you believe it in or not. He asks her to sit down and whether she is in pain right then. She says no, and then he asks again. She doesn’t know. Maybe she was. She types a lot at her job. It was bad the day before but his touch made it better. Alfred asks her several times if she came there for her husband. Finally, she starts to cry and says no. She thinks something might be wrong with her and she needs to be fixed. Can Alfred do that? He says no, but because she is not broken.


Heather A. D. Mbaye
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