And The Happily Ever Afters
Season: 2; Episode: 09
Written By: Geoffrey Thorne & Jeremy Bernstein
Directed By: Rod Hardy
Eve and the LITs are living ideal versions of their lives, with no memory of their real life's or the Library. It's up to Flynn and Jenkins to bring them back.
Season: 2; Episode: 09
Written By: Geoffrey Thorne & Jeremy Bernstein
Directed By: Rod Hardy
Sir, you don't have a Guardian.And you're the only Librarian in the world. -- Jenkins
Flynn has located the last of the Library's missing artifacts, the Oni Bell. The bell summons a group of angry Ninjas who chase him through woodland to a temple. He calls Jenkins, who creates a doorway between two pillars of the temple, allowing Flynn to escape back to the Annex.
While Jenkins puts the Oni Bell in a safe place, Flynn looks around the empty Annex and wonders where everyone else is. Jenkins insists that Flynn is the only Librarian and there is no Guardian.
Flynn examines Jenkins, using jumper cables and a stethoscope, for traces of neuro-magical trauma or amnesia, but finds nothing wrong. He picks up a drill and prepares to take a brain sample from Jenkins, but they are interrupted by a crash from the card catalog room.
Finding the clipping book jumping around the desk, they anchor it with a chain. The book warns them that a Salish totem pole has been stolen from Cicely Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Flynn is sure that Eve and the other LIbrarians must have gone to Cicely and decides to follow them. Jenkins is doubtful, still insisting they don't exist.
In Cicely, Flynn is examining the place where the totem pole had stood, when he's challenged by Sheriff Eve Baird. When he tells her he's the Librarian she assumes he's from the state's tourism office. Eve tell Flynn she left the military because has apparently always wanted to live in a small town where everyone knows her name.
Let me get this straight. You're all here working together, recovering artifacts from a building full of books, and yet you have absolutely no idea who I am -- Flynn
Eve takes Flynn to the local bar (The Final Draft) and introduces him to her team.
Flynn tries to point out the absurdity of their stories (No one would have time to teach classes in 11 subjects. No one has been to the moon since 1972. Ezekiel is Australian. And Eve is kissing Moriarty). The others can't see a problem with their lives though. It makes sense to them that they all meet up in the spare time from their impossible lives and help Special Agent Jones solve art crime. A confused Flynn returns to the Annex.
Although he still has no memory of Eve and the other Librarians, Jenkins suggests that they (and he) may be under a self-reinforcing delusion spell. He advises Flynn that the best way to break the spell is to play along with it, because the more Flynn tries to fight it, the stronger it will become.
You're saying a Guardian I've never heard of, three impossible Librarians, and Moriarty are all suffering under a massive spell to erase their memories of you? -- Jenkins
Returning to Cicely, Flynn agrees to help find the totem pole. The group split up into three teams:
Eve and Moriarty go to the docks to see if anyone has transported any large objects off the island recently. When Moriarty questions Eve over who Flynn is, her sheriff's badge glows blue before she answers that he's just a librarian. At the docks, they learn from the captain that the ferry has been broken for 3 days, and no one has come or gone from the island in that time.
Flynn meanwhile is helping Agent Jones find his contacts. They chase one man through the back streets of the town and into a diner, where Ezekiel (in true 70s cop show style) slides along the counter before catching the man. As they arrest him, they are shot at by masked men in the doorway of the diner. Ezekiel gives chase and Flynn loses the original suspect.
Ezekiel and Flynn join Cassandra and Jacob, who think the totem pole may have been positioned to line up with the sun's solstice. Flynn suggests that this could have something to do with magic. He is just starting to persuade the other three that magic could be real, when Eve arrives. She begins to question Flynn about who he is. He again tries to convince them that they are under a spell, but the spell reasserts itself and they don't believe him.
Flynn is taken into the bar. As Ezekiel is about to arrest him, Cassandra remembers that he isn't the only stranger on the island, there is also a mystery woman. The woman has been listening to them. She stands and introduces herself as Ariel the Fairy. Ezekiel and Eve try to arrest both Flynn and Ariel when Ariel panics at the thought of being touched by the metal handcuffs (Fae and steel do not mix). She and Flynn make a hasty escape through the backdoor.
In the Annex Ariel panics that Flynn and Jenkins are trying to bind her in the same way Prospero did. She tries to escape the room, but Jenkins closes all the doors while Flynn draws a supernatural trap called a Blumhardt Loop in chalk on the ground to contain Ariel until she calms down. Once calm, Ariel agrees to help them.
You have to let me go. Do you know what I am? I could destroy you with a blink. -- Ariel
Ariel tells Jenkins and Flynn that Prospero is using a story spell (narrative magic) to control the others, in the same way he trapped her. When she realizes they want to free their friends, she warns them that the others are safer where they are, that something is coming, Prospero has given them their own happy ending. And the more they want it, the stronger the spell will become. Jenkins warns that they probably have 24 hours before the magic becomes permanent.
Back in Cicely, Flynn and Ariel watch from across the street as Moriarty tells a crowd of locals that the strangers who stole the totem pole are still on the island. Eve org anises search teams.
Ariel has idea and asks Flynn if the backdoor can be moved. They set about capturing the others and sending them to Jenkins in the Annex:
Flynn explains to Eve and the other Librarians about the spell and tells them who they really are. As he talks to each of them, an object they are wearing glows (Ezekiel - FBI badge; Cassandra - moon rock necklace; Jacob - silver bangle; Eve - sheriff's badge) as the spell tries to reassert itself, but they do believe Flynn. Ariel warns that this will not last for long. The only way for them to break out of the spell is to destroy their talismans.
Their stories have been changed. If you want to get 'em back for good, they have to reject these new stories and destroy these talismans. -- Ariel
They return to the bar in Cicely and Flynn instructs that they must place the talismans at the foot of the totem pole, once Ariel has returned it. Moriarty has other ideas though. He tries to stop them leaving the bar, but Ariel uses magic to render him unconscious. Seeing a mob of locals outside the bar, they split up and head individually for the site of the totem pole. From a rooftop, Prospero is watching them and has one more trick to try to tempt them to stay on the island.
They all refuse the offers and head to the site of the totem pole.
Ariel had been hiding the totem pole, she now returns it and they place their talismans on the ground under the totem and tell it who they really are. As they finish, Ariel senses something is wrong, blames Moriarty and vanishes. As Moriarty approaches the totem with the mob of locals, Flynn phones Jenkins for a backdoor, which they escape through.
The backdoor sends them back to Portland, but outside the Annex. The building is locked and there is no sign of Jenkins. As they look around they discover that the Cicely totem pole has made the journey with them
While Ezekiel, Jacob and Cassandra try to find a way into the Annex, Eve and Flynn examine the totem pole. Flynn decides he must have done something wrong when he single-handedly rescued everyone. Eve wonders where Jenkins is, but Flynn doesn't remember him. Eve realizes that Flynn is under the spell. His happily ever after is to single-handedly solve more and more complicated puzzles. To break the spell he removes his talisman (his compass) and tells the totem that he is Flynn Carsen, a Librarian. The totem vanishes.
With the spell now broken, Jenkins appears from the Annex. He informs them that they have been under the spell for 3 weeks. As Flynn wonders what Prospero could have been doing in those 3 weeks, they notice that that ley line are above them in the sky and glowing bright blue. Flynn explains that they have been supercharged. It could mean the end of the world.
The paths of magic... they're supercharged -- Flynn
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Assuming here that the character developments that happen outside of Cicely are canon, seeing as the Library and Annex weren't in the happily ever after world and neither were Flynn and Jenkins (even though the latter lost his memories of Eve and the LiTs for a while).
The LITs and Eve's happily ever afters, which appear to be based on childhood fantasies and dreams:
Season Arc Developments
Artifact / Myth / Bad Guy
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