DISCLAIMER: This is a spoiler filled recap for episode 9 of The Terror: Infamy, “Come and Get Me”. Viewer discretion is advised.
Welcome back! If you’re still with us that means you’re still not over last week’s big cliff hanger. You were left, as the kids say, shook. You need to know what happens next. You’re in denial that this season is almost over. As am I.
Last week we saw Luz’s Abuela (Alma Martinez) play matchmaker with Chester (Derek Mio) and Luz (Cristina Rodlo). And it works! After sneaking around for a couple of weeks, the two decide to take the long awaited next step and get married in a nearby barn. Unbeknownst to the couple, Yuko (Kiki Sukezane), in the possessed body of Abuela’s friend Doña Maria (Gabriela Reynoso), is watching among the wedding guests. Literally hiding in plain sight.
Not long after, Luz is informed of her father Bart’s (Ruben Garfias), disappearance. This is when Abuela suggests they perform a ritual that involves a photo to allow someone to know if a spirit is still among the living. Luz says “hell no” in the nicest possible way. But Chester requests they do it to know the status of his long, lost twin brother.
The ritual reveals that Jirou (Pierce Kang) is in fact dead. Chester still tries to make the best of a bittersweet situation. Which doesn’t last long thanks to Yuko possessing Chester’s body and basically ghost-naps Jirou’s spirit. In case that wasn’t enough of a twist for you, Luz later reveals that she is pregnant! Looks like Yuko was never there for Chester. She was there to partake in her favorite hobby: baby snatching.
Meanwhile at the camp, Amy (Miki Ishikawa) is on edge. After sending an incriminating recording of Major Bowen (C. Thomas Howell) to higher up’s in Washington, she’s sure this will result in him getting fired. It totally backfires and, after several days of being paranoid that Bowen knows she’s the rat, Amy’s suspicions are confirmed when he kidnaps her.
She is drugged, the two have a weird standoff in a basement nearby camp and Amy eventually frees herself to beat Bowen with a chair. She doesn’t stop there. She takes it a step further and actually drowns the Major in a nearby puddle. Can’t say I was angry with this development.
This week we see the Terminal Islanders finally return home but they arrived to see that things have changed since they left. The Nakayamas, still tense from the pain they’ve inflicted on one another, must come together to battle the spirit that threatens their future.
Let’s jump right in! Here’s our look at The Terror: Infamy’s new episode, “Come and Get Me”!
This episode kicks off in January 29th, 1945. Also known as “leaving day” which speaks for itself. Throughout the camp we see the Japanese-Americans packing up what little possessions they have and filing out towards the camp’s main entrance, where there are buses waiting for them. Meanwhile soldiers, like Walt (Lee Shorten) and Toshiro (Alex Shimizu), are placed into separate trucks. Probably pending their deployment.
At the main gate everyone is in disbelief that they are actually leaving. “I stopped imagining I’d ever walk out of this gate.” Admits Yamato-san (George Takei). This is when we notice Amy has a cast on her arm. “They could still chance their minds,” Henry (Shingo Usami) prompts bitterly. That’s when someone points out that Major Bowen isn’t even there to bid them farewell. That’s because his body remains right where Amy left it. In a nearby basement, in a shallow puddle of water. Where it belongs.
This is when one of the head honcho’s makes an announcement on behalf of the missing Major. “Don’t forget. You leave this camp baring a heavy responsibly to the nation that has given you shelter during this trying time.” Huh. That’s a funny way to describe a glorified concentration camp.
After that pitiful excuse for a speech, everyone loads onto the buses for the long journey back to Terminal Island. During one of the breaks that night at a gas station, Asako (Naoko Mori) buys Henry a five cent sandwich. It turns out to be the best thing he’s eaten in a long time. As they stand by the bus Henry happily ponders how much work his boat and their home will need once they get back. Especially the roof. “Without maintenance, things fall apart.”
Asako is hopeful that Chester might be waiting for them on the Island. Henry is quick to remind her that Chester hasn’t contacted them in months. Yet Asako remains hopeful. They’ll find out soon enough. After all, that gas station is the last stop before going home.
The next morning the bus drops off the handful of eager Terminal Islanders. But the joy doesn’t last long. As soon as the group turns a corner to find everything is has been leveled. Gone are all the homes and up is a cold, iron fence with a sign stating that the entire area is now Government property. Son of a-
After the opening credits we fast forward six months into the future to a place called Hancock Park. This is where Henry has taken up work as a gardener. He’s not very good at it though.
We also catch up with Asako who is visiting the bridge where Yuko died to honor her spirit. However, she is making it very apparent that she doesn’t believe her sister gone. She doesn’t believe the exorcism back at camp worked and that Yuko is hiding somewhere. Waiting. Because apparently she has a secret.
“Did you discover what I did? Is that why you came back? Did you find out that all of this was my fault?” Asako asks. What’s this now? Is that the plot thickening I see?
Later we discover Henry and Asako are staying in L.A’s Skid Row with at least 20 other people. This is where Chester calls Henry in the middle of the night. He gives him the low down on…well, everything. About he and Luz getting married, about their baby and about Yuko waiting for that baby to be born. The baby that’s due in a week’s time.
Henry and Asako waste no time. They get on a bus to Albuquerque to meet up with the newlyweds. It is bittersweet to see his parents react to the scenario. Asako appears willing to forgive and even accepts a warm hug from her son. As for Henry? Well, it’s obvious he’s still holding a grudge. Within damn good reason.
We take a moment to check in with Yuko and Jirou. They are still in Yuko’s idea of paradise. Yuko continues to dote on her incredibly confused son while insisting insisting that she, Jirou, and the new baby Taizo will be together again. In less than a day, to be exact.
At Abuela’s house, where everyone is hiding out, Chester fills his parents on everything about Yuko, his brother and the ritual they performed. They later invite a priest to pray over Luz as an apparent last resort effort to keep Yuko away. I have a sneaking suspension it’s not going to work.
And wouldn’t you know? I was right. Later Luz is beginning to have contractions. This is around the same time that priest begins acting strangely. He not only ignores the requests to pray but he starts caressing Luz’s belly. Oh, and speaking Japanese. That’s right. Yuko has possessed the priest.
Once she is temporarily subdued Chester, Luz, Henry Abuela and Asako load up in and drive to some military owned land. Luckily for them it’s abandoned so they all rally inside. Chester sets up some Home Alone style booby traps to alert them if Yuko catches up with them. Once again, I have a sneaking suspension she might.
When Luz’s contractions grow more frequent the group settles into a room where several blankets are laid out on the floor for Luz to give birth. The birth appears to have gone well. Abuela is quick to exclaim that not only is the baby okay; he’s perfect! Thank goodness. I could not handle another pint sized tragedy. The only thing that could ruin such a tender, and frankly revealing moment, is the sound of Chester’s traps going off. Looks like Yuko is here and Chester is tired of running from his problems. He decides to take Henry’s advice and face Yuko alone.
He tells Luz that he is going to handle this but that he’ll be right back. In the meantime she must remain strong for the baby.
Chester steadily makes his way through the building. Eventually he finds that his efforts were all for nothing. The culprit setting off the trap was none other than…a rat. A total false alarm.
Henry quickly comes to check on Chester. This is when Chester asks his Dad for one hell of a favor. He explains that wants to sacrifice his life to save his child’s, as Yuko wants her baby and she won’t stop until she succeeds. The only way he thinks that can happen is if he dies. Chester, with a loaded gun, instructs Henry to wait until he is “gone”, then give Abuela his baby photo from the orphanage. If she performs the ritual on that photo, she’ll see Chester exactly as he was in the picture. As a baby. Which is what Yuko wants, right?
Back with the ladies, Luz expresses concern over her baby’s lack of crying despite Asako and Abuela explaining that he’s healthy. Soon enough though Asako sees what Luz means. She takes one, long look at the baby and deduces that Yuko has possessed the baby’s body. Can I get a yikes?
Luz, Asako and Abuela are left feeling helpless. They have no idea how to attack Yuko without hurting the baby. This is when Yuko pulls a classic switcheroo. When Abuela asks to hold the child, Yuko quickly possesses her body and attempts to make off with the baby. But Asako stops her. She makes a confession to her undead sister. A rather shocking one.
Asako claims that out of all the people that wronged Yuko in her life, she was the worst of them all. Why? “You were never meant to marry Hideo Furuya. I was…you were meant to marry a man named Henry Nakayama.” Holy crap…Asako pulled a switcheroo too! Asako explains that once she heard that Furuya-san was a less than honorable man she developed a plan to have him choose Yuko over her. And this plan worked. With the help of Fumi Yoshida (Hira Ambrosino).
And just for good measure Asako also throws out there that, if she had the chance to go back in time, she’d do the same thing over again. This enrages Yuko. She begins choking her sister while Luz pulls out a knife. Yuko ends up possessing Luz, attacks both Asako and Abuela and runs off with the baby. Chester hurries after her but they are already too far away, her neck making a familiar cracking sound as she sings a lullaby to her new baby.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR/ THOUGHTS:
- What! A! Cliffhanger! Betrayal, attempted murder, cute babies; it’s like this episode was written for me. However I do have one complaint. It might be revealed in the finale but I’m currently left with the plot hole regarding Chester’s brother. And it’s annoying me. How were Henry and Asako able to track down one of Yuko’s babies and not the other? When they went to adopt baby Chester, wouldn’t the nuns at the orphanage let them know he has a brother? You know just to give them the option to adopt both boys? Even back then I can’t imagine just forgetting a whole child.
Check back next week and I may have some of the answers you’re looking for. The Terror: Infamy airs Mondays at 9pm on your AMC affiliate.