“Intruders” is a show that is very clearly building up to something – and doing so quite successfully. Saturday, Oct. 4’s penultimate episode, 1×07, “The Crossing Place,” very much feels like a step close to an end, as everything seems to be coming together in a way that makes it feel like it’s all going to converge very, very soon.
Following his heartbreaking discovery in the last “Intruders” episode, Jack is on a mission to find Amy/Rose, and he’s not the only one. Marcus wants to talk to her as well, and he goes to great lengths to try to get that meeting. Overall, the episode does what it needs to do: set up the season finale. One major problem is that Rose is so far removed from everyone else in this episode – she cares more about Bix and doesn’t even seem to register the other problems, instead just telling Richard to go kill Marcus, something that seems like it should warrant more of her attention – that it’s hard to remember that she’s supposed to be someone that’s feared by some and actually was the one who ordered Jack killed.
Todd has an awful day. Really, it just keeps getting worse and worse until it’s hard not to feel as sorry for him as he seems to feel for himself as he sits there, all bloody following Jack’s visit. His rough day begins when his daughter goes off to school and his wife leaves a mess as she heads for the gym, and then Jack shows up to destroy his apartment with his body, crush his hand with the juicer and slam him into the staircase a few times, all while demanding answers and all Todd tells him is he’s not part of them and blames Rose.
But that’s just the beginning because then Richard pays him a visit to get him to drop the charges and put him in a chokehold after wrapping his head with a bandage and put a pair of scissors to his head so that all Todd can do is beg and swear his loyalty to him. His bad day still isn’t over because Marcus takes his daughter out of school (way too easily; did he teach her nothing about stranger danger?) and calls him to force a meeting, and when Rose doesn’t show up and Todd gets his daughter to safety, Marcus strikes with his knife. It’s a very bloody day for Todd, and really, by the end, it’s easy to think, “Poor Todd,” something that may have seemed impossible when he was first introduced.
Meanwhile, Rose spends the entire episode trying to get through to Bix, who just wants to drink and put an end to his horrible headaches. She even blames Richard for their problems because he was in love with Amy and thinks he failed triggering Bix on purpose, but that’s probably just misplaced guilt because she should never have brought Bix back. She sends him off to kill Marcus (after blaming him for not picking a kid no one cares about) and turns to jazz to get through to Bix, which seems to semi-work? Unfortunately, he’s not as thrilled about being brought back as she is and blames her. “Just because you can live again doesn’t mean you should,” he tells her. See, he gets it.
Elsewhere, Richard pays his brother a visit in his hospital/hospice? bed and this scene more than any other reveals quite a bit about him. He talks about being kids and playing good guy/bad guy and wanting to be good but turning bad midway through the game, unable to help it. He tells his brother to go, that he can start over and next time, Richard will be a good guy and he can be proud. “Don’t be afraid,” he says before leaving. “Because in the beginning, there was Death.” It’s easing one of the best, if not the best, scene of the episode and perhaps best scene for Richard of the entire season, because there’s something about it that seems so real, so raw, and so normal in the middle of a show about something that’s anything but.
Then there’s Jack, who starts off his day by likely terrifying a priest with all this talk of, “does reincarnation really exist?” and the three men he killed and his wife who left him and killed their kid. Basically, the priest reacts like any normal person would when confronted with a man ranting and raving and who has clearly lost everything – though he doesn’t know that he hasn’t lost it because all his questions are logical ones when faced with what he knows. He then heads to Rose’s hotel room, only to have security “escort” him out and to a holding cell, where he meets a man who sounds crazy to everyone but him. “He died before he was born,” the man says of Jack’s son – and begins to talk to his son and tells Jack he’ll wait for him and Amy, but not Rose, “there.”
Jack once again gets to talk to Detective Blanchard, who becomes a lot more willing to listen to what he has to say once Jack brings up the old office building’s trustees and names Marcus. That’s when Jack gets to watch an old tape of an interrogation of Marcus as he goes into detail about serial killings going back centuries and learns about Larry’s death. When Blanchard is given a sketch of the “FBI agent” Madison’s parents described as having a “creepy coldness” like he didn’t care about anything, Jack identifies him as the man who shot Anderson. Since Richard got Todd to drop the charges, Jack is free to go, but the man in the holding cell is gone.
While Jack’s holed up with the police, Gary’s busy leaving a message for his family that he just wanted to make it go away and to tell Emily he loves her and will see her again before taping a zip lock bag filled with his things to his chest and heading out of his hotel room. When Jack finally gets there, he finds Gary’s cell and a note for him: “Jack, I never knew how Donna could kill herself, until now. In the beginning there was Death. For us there was just supposed to be this one life, but there is…. fight them where they least expect it, not in this life but in death. I jumped off their building and I’m already dead.” Jack finds Gary on the ledge of the Reverti building and tries to talk him down, but nothing works, even as he argues that he’s quitting and he shouldn’t give up for his daughter. Gary tells him that the only way to beat them is from the other side, and in the end, Jack can only watch as he falls to his death.
“Intruders” airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. on BBC America. What did you think of episode 7 “The Crossing Place”?