It has been called 'The Departure': a stunning global event in which more than 140 million people simply vanished. From Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta (on whose bestseller this is based) comes this epic drama series that focuses on the 'leftovers' of the town of Mapleton as they react to this inexplicable event three years later.
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<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by </b>Damon Lindelof & Jaqueline Hoyt<br><b>Directed by </b>Mimi Leder</p><p>A pregnant woman exits a cave crowded with sleeping bodies. Moments later, she watches helplessly as an earthquake demolishes the cave, crushing those within. The woman goes into labor and delivers her baby. Alone with her infant, she sees an eagle flying towards a plume of smoke on the horizon. She starts off in that direction. While the woman gathers food, a snake approaches her baby. She saves the child, but is bitten herself; the wound quickly becomes infected, and the woman dies with the baby in her arms on the shore of a small lake. Another woman picks up the infant and carries it away.<br><br>Years later, Evangeline Murphy and her two friends Violet and Taylor, jump into the same lake. Evie strikes up a flirtatious conversation with a man named Dr. Goodheart, who is collecting water specimens. Despite a sign prohibiting water removal, Evie fills up her own water bottle before hopping in the car with the girls. The trio rides in silence.<br><br>Evie arrives back at home and gives the water she collected to her twin brother Michael, who pours it into a set of test tubes. When he's not looking, Evie takes a swig from the bottle. Evie's mother, Erika, reminds Evie to take her medicine, and then heads upstairs to wake her husband John for breakfast. While at the kitchen table, the group hears a cricket chirp. John obsesses about finding the insect.<br><br>Michael rides his bike into the Jarden town square. Along the way, he passes a cracked slab of sidewalk protected by glass and a woman watering her lawn in a wedding dress. In the square, a bearded man lives atop a large pillar. Michael drops breakfast into the man's bucket, and he lowers it down with a letter that Michael promises to mail. Michael sets up a booth at a farmer's market peddling "Miracle" products. Unfazed by a small earthquake, Michael sets up a table for the Sacred Mission Baptist Church, complete with the test tube water on display.<br><br>John visits the house of a childhood friend, Isaac, where a group is waiting for their own "reading" -- Isaac's interpretation of their handprints for $140 a pop. John barges in and asks about Isaac's plan to rent out his top floor; Isaac assures John that the building will be up to code. With that settled, John asks for his own reading. Isaac presses John's hand in red paint and hangs up the paper. Isaac recognizes John has a birthday coming up, but his face quickly clouds over. "Something bad is gonna happen," Isaac says, "to you." The conversation turns serious and John tries unsuccessfully to get Isaac to admit that he's faking his abilities.<br><br>Later that evening, John discusses Isaac with a group of men at the fire department, deeming the man "a five." The group breaks into Isaac's house. John lights a handprint on fire and when Isaac refuses to leave, he's thrown out the window. Isaac looks on helplessly as his home burns to the ground. Later that night, Erika tends to Isaac's wounds. He asks when John started burning down people's houses. "Tonight," Erika replies matter-of-factly.<br><br>Evie goes to choir practice where the group sings of the miracle of Jarden. Later, Evie, Violet and Taylor run naked through the woods. Evie goes home and plays catch with her dad.<br><br>The next morning, Erika wakes up and puts in her hearing aids. She goes for a run and heads into the woods. There, she unearths a box from the ground that contains a live bird. It flies away, unharmed. Erika comes home to find John chasing the cricket.<br><br>The Murphy family goes to church, where Michael reads scripture from the pulpit. The preacher announces that he'll be stepping away from his post to get surgery and introduces his replacement -- Matt Jamison. John watches, interested, as Matt explains why he believes Jarden is so special. The reverend cuts him off and John follows up after the service, but Matt doesn't get specific. The Murphys go to brunch; a man named Jerry slaughters a goat in the restaurant.<br><br>At home, John drops a spoon down the garbage disposal and hesitates to reach for it. Michael comes in and easily removes the spoon. He drops off dinner for the man on the pillar and makes another stop at a trailer decorated with Christmas lights. "Want to pray?" he asks the man inside, who invites him in.<br><br>The next morning, John finds a mysterious pie on his doorstep. He also sees a new family moving in next door -- Kevin and Jill Garvey, Nora Durst and baby Lily. John decides to invite the Garveys to his birthday dinner; Erika is surprised that John is choosing to "work" that evening. John meets his neighbors, gifting the pie to sweeten the invite.<br><br>The families bond at the party. Erika tells a story about Evie overflowing the bathtub as a child. The mood changes when John admits he missed the event because he was in prison for attempted murder. Evie brings out the cake but drops it when her face goes completely blank. Erika jumps into action, coaxing her daughter back to consciousness. Evie has epilepsy, Erika explains. As the girl laments the ruined cake, Nora sends Kevin to retrieve the pie. Later, Evie hands John a birthday present and tells him not to open it until she's gone. She drives off with her friends.<br><br>Later that night, the Murphy family is awakened by a severe earthquake. John grabs Michael and Erika but discovers Evie is missing. When Evie doesn't answer her phone, John and Erika panic. The group soon realizes that Violet and Taylor did not come home either. John and Michael drive out to the swimming hole and they find the girls' deserted car, music still playing, Evie's cell phone inside. The lake has been drained of water. At home, Erika waits in silence. The cricket chirps.</p></div>
A Matter of Geography
<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by</b> Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta</p><p><b>Directed by</b> Mimi Leder</p><p>Both Jill and Nora are smitten with the baby Nora found on the Garveys' doorstep; Jill asks if they're keeping her. Kevin looks to Nora and tells her they don't really know each other. Nora asks what she needs to know, and Kevin confesses his involvement in Patti Levin's death. In response, Nora shares a secret of her own: She hired prostitutes to shoot her. The couple is relieved that everything is still okay between them, despite revealing their darkest secrets.</p><p>Two months later, Kevin visits a laundromat. He blasts music on his headphones so loud that he doesn't realize baby Lily is crying until another annoyed patron confronts him. Back in the car, Kevin gets a call from Nora; he mixed up the time of their appointment with social services about formally adopting Lily. Music blasting, he rushes to the meeting.</p><p>A social worker conducts a brisk interview with a nervous Nora and Kevin. To their surprise, the man asks if they'd like to adopt another child -- in addition to Lily. They decline with bewilderment as the social worker hands them approved adoption papers.</p><p>Still plugged into his headphones, Kevin goes to buy a part for his broken washing machine -- and a shovel -- from the hardware store. He heads into the woods and digs up Patti Levin's corpse, then speeds by a cop in order to get pulled over. Kevin rolls down his window and tells the officer he has a body in the back of his truck.</p><p>Jill meets with Tom at a diner. She tells him that their father and Nora adopted the baby, and promises that she hasn't revealed Lily's origins to anyone. She begs Tom for permission to tell Kevin that he's okay, but Tom refuses because "nobody's okay." Jill insists that she -- and her father and Nora -- really are, and that Tom can be part of the family any time. By way of answer, Tom shakes his head sadly and hands her a letter from their mom. Jill tears it up without reading it. Tom leaves, and Jill watches as Tom gets into a waiting car driven by Laurie.</p><p>Nora gets a call from her real estate agent who tells her that a preemptive, $2.7 million dollar offer was made on her $600,000 house. Nora meets with the prospective buyers: Three young men from MIT who are studying the Departure. One of the men explains that they believe the event had something to do with geography; it's possible that Nora could have departed had she been at the kitchen table with her family. They confirm Nora's worst fear: That a second departure is possible.</p><p>At the police station, an officer asks if Kevin killed Patti. When he explains that she killed herself, the cop cuts him off. She's read Kevin's resignation as chief of police, and assumes that Patti and the Guilty Remnant's actions in Mapleton led to his quitting. "So she killed herself," the cop says with contempt. "The world spins on." She releases Kevin and he returns to his truck. Patti Levin sits in the passenger's seat. "What the f**k was that?" she asks.</p><p>Kevin comes home to find that his father, Kevin Sr. has been released from the mental hospital, and he plans to take an extended trip to Australia. Kevin Sr. admits to his son that the voices went away once he started following their instruction. Of his decision to move, Kevin Sr. explains that while he loves Mapleton, the town reminds him of everything that's missing. "I could sit around and cry about how the world f**king ended," he tells Kevin, "Or I could start it up again." That night, Kevin asks Nora and Jill if they want to leave town.</p><p>Kevin, Nora and Jill pack up and head to Jarden, Texas -- aka Miracle National Park. They arrive to find hundreds of people camped just outside of its gated border. Once inside the park, Kevin and the dog are stopped by a ranger, who informs him that that dog must be quarantined. Kevin drops off the dog, and Patti offers to stay with the mutt. "Maybe he'll f**king talk to me," she says.</p><p>At the welcome center, Kevin is stopped by a man who insists Kevin come visit him so that he can help with Kevin's "situation." Before Kevin can inquire further, he hears Nora shouting angrily at a clerk. Their rental has burned down. Nora heads into an auction and begins bidding on a house, despite her agreement with Kevin to try Miracle for a few months before committing permanently. Nora wins with a 3 million dollar bid.</p><p>While they wait for their sale to go through, the Garveys head to the glorified shed behind the Sacred Mission Baptist Church where Matt and Mary Jamison are living. The Garveys spend the night in a tent in the yard.</p><p>The next day, the Garveys see their new home for the first time and discover it's falling apart. Alone in the kitchen, Kevin and Patti have a confrontation that leads to his being hurt -- "I'm sorry I had to do that to you," Patti says, demanding that he speak to her. Nora and Jill rush downstairs and Kevin claims that he slipped in water. Jill bandages the wound on Kevin's head while Nora answers a knock at the door. She returns with an invitation to a birthday party at the Murphys' next door.</p><p>After the party, the Garveys return home. Kevin explodes at Nora after a lightbulb shorts out and bursts, reminding her that they were supposed to "try out" Miracle first -- not spend every penny they had on a house they hadn't seen. Jill asks her father not to "f**k this up" for them. After Kevin calms down, he apologizes to Nora, and the two head to bed.</p><p>Kevin wakes up at the bottom of a drained lake, a cinderblock tied to his leg. He hides from an approaching car; it's John and Michael Murphy searching for Evie. Patti turns to him. "Uh oh," she says.</p></div>
<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by </b>Damon Lindelof & Patrick Somerville</p><p><b> Directed by </b>Carl Franklin</p><p>Laurie Garvey scrubs her car at a self-carwash. Tom Garvey, dressed in white inside a chapter of the Guilty Remnant, passes a note to a despondent resident asking if she's okay. Tom takes the woman, Susan, to an office building where Laurie is running a support group for ex-G.R. members trying to readjust to the outside world.<br><br>Laurie returns to the apartment she shares with Tom to find her son passed out in front of her laptop, watching old videos of Holy Wayne. When Tom wakes up, Laurie tells him that she's heard of a new G.R. house with 30 members, but worries about him needing adjustment time on the outside before infiltrating a new community. Tom insists that working from the inside is the only way they can help people.<br><br>The next morning, Laurie is confronted by her office building's landlord. He knows she's been allowing people to sleep in the commercial space, which is illegal, and demands she give him $200 more a month even though she's already behind on rent. Laurie explains that she'll have money soon; she's writing a book and it's going very well.<br><br>Laurie runs a meeting for ex-Guilty Remnant members, which is interrupted by several male members of the G.R. One writes a note while staring down Susan; Laurie orders the men out, crumples their note and tosses it to the floor. That night, Laurie once again washes her car, and Tom infiltrates a new G.R. house.<br><br>A few days later, Laurie brings Susan to her former home, where she reunites with her son and husband. Tom brings another recruit, Howard, to a support meeting.<br><br>Laurie continues to work on her book while listening to a newscast that questions if resurrection could be real. A man in Australia, believed to be dead, recently emerged from a cave outside of Perth. When Tom returns home, Laurie admits that she saw Tom's text message from Jill about their upcoming meeting. Tom agrees to let Laurie drive him to their meeting and to give Jill a letter from her. Laurie waits for Tom in her car the following day, and frantically runs the wipers, trying to wash a stubborn spot off the windshield.<br><br>Later, Laurie arrives at the office to find all of her support group members outside, the entire contents of the office on the street and the door padlocked. She searches in vain for her laptop, which contains the only copy she has of her manuscript. Laurie meets with the landlord who denies taking her computer. That night, she breaks into his house when only his wife and son are home. Laurie spots the son playing a game on her laptop and snatches it, running from the house with the landlord's wife cursing at her heels. On her drive home, two members of the Guilty Remnant stand in the road, blocking Laurie's path. She revs her engine and when they don't move, she runs them over -- and returns to the carwash.<br><br>The next morning, Laurie mails her completed manuscript to a publisher. She heads to Susan and her husband's house, where they have a productive discussion about Susan's transition home. Laurie leaves feeling accomplished.<br>Tom spots another possible recruit at the Guilty Remnant house. He asks the girl if she's okay via a note. Instead of responding, the girl blows a whistle alerting the group. Tom is thrown into a van. When the vehicle stops, the doors open and Meg Abbott climbs in. Without a word, she undoes Tom's pants and has sex with him. Afterwards, G.R. muscle throw Tom into the street and cover him in gasoline. Meg stands over him and flicks a lighter, but only ignites her cigarette. "Tell your mom Meg says hello," she tells him before she and the others drive away. Tom confronts his mother about Meg that night, and tells her that the G.R. know something. Laurie forbids Tom from going undercover again.<br><br>Susan, her husband and son prepare to go to the beach for the day. Susan unfolds the crumpled note from the G.R. member that Laurie tossed on the floor. It reads: "ANY DAY NOW." Susan drives her family to the beach, and while both her husband and son are distracted, she steers the car into the path of oncoming traffic.<br><br>Laurie meets with the publisher interested in her book, but gets a call about Susan killing her family just before she heads into the meeting. The publisher introduces her to the editor who will work on her book and help her inject "feeling" into the manuscript. Confused, Laurie asks for clarification; the publisher carries on insensitively about the events detailed in the book, including putting Jill in danger, and asks her how it felt. By way of answer, Laurie lunges across the room, knocking the publisher out of the chair, and attempts to strangle him. <br><br>Tom bails Laurie out of jail, and tells her that what Susan did wasn't her fault. Through her tears, Laurie tells Tom, "They won't jump out of the way" – referring to the G.R. members that she's been hitting with her car. Not understanding, Tom tells her that the support group needs her, and that she has to get herself together. She asks him, "Why are we losing?" and Tom explains that the Guilty Remnant is giving people something to believe in; they need to replace that belief with something else if they want to succeed.<br>In their next meeting, Laurie reveals her own history with the Guilty Remnant, and sets up Tom to tell his own story. He tells a version of his history with Holy Wayne, explaining that before his death, Wayne gave Tom the gift to take people's pain away. Tom explains that up until now he's been afraid to use his gift, but he can't let them hurt any longer. He stands up and opens his arms to the group. "Who wants a hug?" he asks.</p></div>
<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by </b>Damon Lindelof & Tom Spezialy</p><p><b>Directed by</b> Tom Shanklan<br></p><p>The night of the earthquake, Nora wakes to find Kevin missing. She calls his cell phone only to get his voicemail, then rushes next door. Erika reveals to Nora that Evie and her two friends never came home.<br><br>Increasingly frantic, Nora tries in vain to get news on cable or the internet. She calls 911 and demands to know if it "happened again," but before the dispatcher can interpret her question, Kevin walks through the door. After holding him for a moment, Nora heads upstairs with Lily, not uttering a word to Kevin. Patti tells him, "Looks like you have some explaining to do, sport."<br><br>After showering, Kevin explains to Nora what happened while he was sleepwalking; he believes he lost his phone in the lake. He wants to tell the cops, but Nora looks at him with scorn. "Tell them what?" she asks. "That you don't remember anything before you woke up in the exact spot where our neighbor's daughter and her two friends disappeared from?" A police officer arrives at the door asking for help in the search and rescue effort down by the lake.<br><br>Nora and Kevin arrive at the lake, and Nora instructs Kevin to climb down and search for his phone. That way, if someone else finds it, he can claim he just lost it. While retracing his steps, Kevin observes a crime scene photographer taking a photo of the muddy palm print he left on the girls' car.<br><br>After finding the kitchen faucet broken, Jill heads next door to ask for Michael Murphy's help. He fixes the leak and Jill asks why he's not out searching for his sister. Michael tells Jill that he knows Evie "isn't here anymore" but doesn't want to elaborate to someone who doesn't believe in God.<br>Nora leaves Kevin at the search site. She heads to a convenience store to buy bourbon and cigarettes, but discovers she forgot her wallet. An older man named Virgil introduces himself and offers to buy them for her. While he pays, he tells a bewildered Nora that he's sorry for her loss.<br><br>After everyone leaves, Kevin continues to search for his phone. Patti offers "hot" and "cold" instructions, and to his surprise, they work. As he climbs up a ladder and out of the hole, Patti shouts after him, "Don't get in that car." John Murphy pulls up in his truck and insists Kevin catch a ride with him.<br><br>John blows by Kevin's house without a word, then drives them out of town. John is pulled over by his peers from the firehouse just outside of Jarden. They insist that despite the palm print on the girls' car, Isaac is not responsible for their disappearance. "Lucky duck," Patti says to Kevin. "Looks like you framed someone without even trying." John ignores the men's protests, then heads to the motel where Isaac is staying, armed with a bat.<br>Hoping to diffuse the situation, Kevin tells John he used to be cop, and that he'll talk to Isaac for him. John appears to agree to the plan, but sends Kevin to the wrong room. Kevin hears an altercation across the property, and discovers that John's been shot in the stomach. Kevin wants to bring John to a hospital, but John refuses and calls Erika for help instead.<br><br>At home, Nora shares a drink with Jill. Nora asks why Jill's father sleepwalks, but Jill isn't entirely sure. Jill shares Michael's belief that his sister departed, but Nora doesn't think it's true. She tells Jill about her time in the Fraudulent Claims Department of the DSD, and how people used the Sudden Departure as an excuse to run away from their lives. "The flood happened three years ago on October 14th and the ark took on all the animals it needed," she says. "Why in god's name would it take on anymore?"<br><br>Nora heads to the church and asks Matt if Miracle is really special and safe; given the events of the last few hours, she isn't so sure anymore. Matt reveals that Mary woke up their first night in Miracle. They talked all night and fell asleep in each other's arms, but when he woke up, Mary was back to her catatonic state. "For some reason, the people in this town don't want me to talk about what happened," he says. "Every day since I've wondered if it'll happen again. But the one thing I've never wondered is if it's real."<br>Jill returns the wrench Michael left behind. She asks him about the orange "Verified" sticker on the Murphy house, as theirs has one as well. Michael solemnly explains that they're from the officials who confirmed the zero departures before the park took over. He starts to cry, and Jill takes him into her arms.<br><br>At the ER, Kevin tells Erika what John told him about burning down Isaac's house. She explains that the fires are a new thing; usually, John just warns people that there are no miracles in Miracle. However, Erika cites Evie's premature birth a miracle. Furthermore, Erika believes her daughter is just playing a joke, because no one would want to harm her, nor would she want to harm anyone else. "She's better than that. She is exceptional, just like this town," Erika says.<br><br>Kevin walks home, with Patti at his heels. She tells Kevin that what he and Nora have isn't love -- just "damage control," and that if he really loved his family, he would tell them about her. Finally, Kevin explodes on Patti. "Shut the f**k up!" he shouts. "I didn't tell them about you because you're not f**king here. I love my family." Patti asks why Kevin tried to kill himself, explaining that suicide isn't the action of a man who loves his family. Through his tears, Kevin insists that he doesn't want to die, but Patti remains skeptical.<br><br>At home, Nora tells Kevin that she knows he had nothing to do with the girls' disappearance, but she can't wake up alone ever again. She shows him his old handcuffs, and attaches one to her wrist. She offers him the other open cuff. "We're in this together, right?" As he and Nora settle into bed, Jill gets up and looks outside. She sees Michael scraping the 'Verified' sticker off his home.</p></div>
No Room at the Inn
<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by</b> Damon Lindelof & Jacqueline Hoyt</p><p><b> Directed by </b>Nicole Kassell</p><p>During breakfast, Matt Jamison reviews video footage of Mary sleeping the night before. He then gets her ready for her day. That night, he sets up the video camera on her night table, and in the morning, repeats every action from the day before. Mary remains unchanged. In bed one night, Matt finally cracks. He tells Mary that he's been doing everything exactly the same as the day she woke up and he doesn't understand why she won't wake up again. He demands a sign from her that she's listening, but Mary remains unresponsive.<br>The following morning, Matt drives Mary out of town to a doctor's appointment. Though he can barely afford it, Matt has ordered an MRI to see if there's been a change in Mary's brain activity. He does not tell the nurse that Mary woke up. <br><br>Matt accidentally drops his cellphone in the toilet at the hospital, ruining it. On his way out with Mary, a nurse stops them and insists Matt come back and discuss Mary's results. Once back in the building, a hospital lawyer asks Matt to sign a waiver. As Matt failed to inform them that Mary was pregnant, the doctor administered contrast dye for the MRI, and the hospital insists he accept liability. Matt is elated by the miraculous news, despite the lawyer's implication that Mary could never have consented to sex. Matt rushes to get his wife back to Miracle, certain that the town will ensure the baby's survival.<br><br>On their way home, Matt pulls over to help a man whose car has broken down. With his phone out of commission, Matt offers the man a ride back to town. The man spots Matt's Miracle wristband, and when Matt turns to say hello to the young boy in the backseat, the man hits Matt in the head with a wrench. He steals Mary's wristband, and when his son can't get Matt's wristband off, the man stomps on Matt's hand until it breaks.<br><br>Matt lapses into unconsciousness and has a vision of Mary. She tells Matt that they need to hurry back to Miracle, otherwise she'll lose the baby. Matt gets up and discovers his car's engine has been disabled by their attacker, so he places Mary in her wheelchair and begins walking the five miles back to Jarden.<br><br>At the gate, Matt pleads his case with a park ranger who finally allows them inside to get replacement wristbands. Matt fails to get the bands at the visitor's center; he and Mary are not in the system and Nora and Kevin have not lived in the park long enough to sponsor them. He gets into a fight with an impatient man who is desperate to get inside Miracle for a wedding, and the confrontation becomes physical. <br><br>Kevin and John Murphy arrive to help. John confronts Matt about Mary's pregnancy, claiming that the test results fell out of her bag. John insists that Matt's account of Mary waking up isn't true because people don't get healed in Miracle. When Mary starts showing, John demands, Matt will tell everyone he got Mary pregnant in a "sad, lonely and confused moment," and that he's very sorry for what he's done. Matt appears to agree to the deal, but on their way out, Matt asks John, "You're angry at this place. What happened to you?" By way of answer, John tells Matt that he won't be able to get the wristbands after all.<br><br>Matt wheels Mary into camp, looking for a Swedish man who offered to get them into the park when they first returned from the hospital. In his search, Matt comes upon a naked man locked in stocks on top of a van. A woman asks Matt if he wants to free the man. If so, Matt has to take his place. Matt turns away and another camper helps him find Elmer, the Swede. Elmer explains that he'll need $1000 dollars to help Matt, even though Matt only has $400.<br><br>Matt spots a wooden cross and heads toward it. He introduces himself to the owner, Sandy, in the hopes that someone religiously like-minded will offer him help. She asks him several questions regarding his faith, then disappears into her trailer. She returns with a young man named Reggie and a wooden oar. She will give Matt $500 to hit Reggie has hard as he possibly can. A crowd gathers and taunts Matt's first two weak attempts. On the third, Matt breaks. He brings the oar down on Reggie so hard that it snaps in two and knocks the man unconscious.<br><br>Though Matt is short $60, Elmer agrees to help. After nightfall, Elmer leads Matt and Mary to a drainpipe that will take them into Miracle. It begins to thunderstorm, and before Matt can make it through the other side, a wave of water washes him and Mary back out.<br><br>As the rain lets up, Matt hears Nora calling his name; she and Kevin have come to rescue them. Nora explains that an "anonymous tip" to the police suggested that the missing girls were spotted outside of the park. With the police otherwise occupied, Nora is confident they won't find Matt and Mary hidden in the trunk. Kevin and Nora get over the bridge without issue, but are stopped by a car wreck on the other side. Matt recognizes the flipped car; the dead driver is the man who attacked him earlier. Matt pulls his wristband off the dead man, then sees the little boy standing in the bushes unscathed. The terrified child offers Matt his wristband.<br><br>Matt asks Nora to take care of Mary for a little while; he doesn't want to have to hide in his own town. John Murphy and a friend spot Matt and the young boy walking towards them down the middle of the road. John gets out to confront Matt, who tells him that Mary woke up their first night in Miracle, and he'll never say it didn't happen. He hands John the other wristband. "Mary found hers, so she's back where she belongs," Matt says, "and I have no doubt that she'll wake up again soon, and when she does, I'm going to come back and you and I will have a talk." He hands the child off to John before walking out of Jarden. Matt approaches the man in the stocks and tells the woman in charge that he wants to free the man. "It's my turn," he says.</p></div>
<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by </b>Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta</p><p><b>Directed by</b> Craig Zobel</p><p>A research scientist arrives in Miracle and asks Nora several questions about her contact with Evie Murphy before her departure. He begins unloading equipment to take readings and asks if Nora was in physical contact with her husband and children at the moment of their departure. Nora screams at him to leave.</p><p>Early the following morning, Nora hurls a rock through the Murphys' living room window. She later receives a call from Dr. Allison Hebert, who apologizes for her colleague's actions the previous day. When the woman suggests that Nora may be responsible for her family's departure, Nora hangs up on her. Later, Nora and Kevin attempt to have sex, but the moment is ruined when Kevin jerks away from her. He blames his outburst on a leg cramp, but his fearful gaze across the room suggests otherwise.</p><p>A man arrives at the Murphy's home, begging to ask them a few questions. When he gives up, Nora asks who he is, and the man introduces himself as George Brevity, a member of the Department of Sudden Departures, Secondaries Division. He asks Nora for a restaurant recommendation, and she directs him to a local barbecue joint.</p><p>Erika drives to the woods and digs up a box; the bird that she's buried is dead, and she adds its body to a pile of others. She heads to work, where she's confronted by the mothers of the other two missing girls. They insist that Erika talk to the man from the DSD so that he can rule out a Second Departure, but Erika remains steadfast in her refusal.</p><p>Nora finds George at the restaurant she recommended. He tells her that he administered a revised questionnaire to the mothers of the other girls, and none of the fraud flags popped; he believes the girls' disappearance is real. Nora asks if she can see the new questionnaire, but George tells her he practically has to sleep with it under his pillow, lest it be leaked to the public and corrupted. She then asks George if he's heard of another person being responsible for someone's departure. He confirms the theory, known as lensing. "The idea is that someone gives off ultraviolet rays or whatnot, causing everyone one around them to lift," he explains.</p><p>Erika returns home after fixing up another of John's victims in the emergency room. She spots Lily -- still strapped into her car seat -- on the hood of Kevin's truck. She returns the baby to Nora, who is polite but distant. Nora brings Lily upstairs, where she finds Kevin stripping wallpaper and yelling to himself. He apologizes for forgetting Lily, but Nora simply tells him that mistakes happen.</p><p>Nora receives another call from Dr. Hebert. This time she listens to the scientist, who confirms that they believe Nora is a lens. Dr. Hebert then explains that they believe the demon Azrael has chosen Nora as his "earth-bound instrument" and is responsible for the chaos that surrounds her. Nora hangs up the phone, laughing with relief.</p><p>Erika confronts a teenage boy who runs after being spotted leaving a pie on her porch. She angrily returns the pie to its sender, Virgil, who asks if this is really about her son coming to pray with him. Virgil tells her that while he knows he can't absolve his past actions, he's still Erika's family. She leaves him without a word.</p><p>Nora brings Mary to visit Matt in the encampment. He's been let out of the stocks after refusing to allow someone else to take his place and has gathered a new congregation of sorts. His compassion does not extend to the Murphys, as he expresses anger that Nora is bringing Mary to their daughter's fundraiser despite what John did to him.</p><p>Erika confronts Michael about praying with Virgil. "Do you know what your father would do if he found out?" she asks, but Michael remains unfazed. "Shoot him again?" he asks mildly. Michael refuses to stop visiting Virgil, insisting that he deserves their forgiveness.</p><p>Nora gets a call from Laurie Garvey, who's looking for Tom. She apologizes for intruding on Nora and Kevin's new life together, but asks that Nora apologize to Tom on Laurie's behalf, should she see him.</p><p>Nora sits behind George at the fundraiser and slips the new questionnaire out of his briefcase. Jerry brings in a goat to slaughter, but Erika intervenes. She tears into him and everyone else who repeats what they did on October 14. "We are not spared, we're not safe. All this shit we're walking around here doing doesn't matter, doesn't work," she shouts. "My daughter is gone. She departed." Erika storms out with the goat in tow.</p><p>Nora follows Erika home and offers her the questionnaire. "I wanted you to have it so you could see that there's nothing to be scared of." Erika invites Nora in to administer the questionnaire and prove that Evie didn't depart.</p><p>Nora goes through the questions, and when she asks if Erika withdrew more than $1,000 before Evie's disappearance, Erika reveals that she has -- she was planning to leave John. Erika then tells Nora that her grandmother lived in Jarden her whole life and believed it was a chosen place. As proof of its specialness, her grandmother told her you could bury a bird in a box, wait three days and dig it up. If the bird was still alive, you could make a wish and it would come true. Erika says she didn't believe that Jarden was special until October 14, and about a month ago she found a near-dead sparrow in her driveway. Instead of nursing it back to health, she buried it in the woods. When she dug up the box, the made a wish before she opened it: That her children would be all right without her. When she opened the box, the bird flew out and the next night, Evie was gone.</p><p>Nora insists that Erika could not be responsible for her daughter's disappearance. "140 million people disappeared three years ago. Did you wish them away too?" She tells Erika that she used to blame herself for her children's disappearance, but she's moved on; to feel otherwise is "pathetic." Erika looks Nora in the eye and asks what Nora's last words were to her departed children. Nora starts to cry, then leaves without a word.</p><p>When Nora returns home, Kevin insists they talk. "Have you been noticing that I'm kind of losing my mind?" he asks, before revealing that he's been seeing Patti Levin ever since they found Lily. When Nora asks if Patti is talking to him at that very moment, Kevin tearfully tells her yes. "She's saying that I never should have told you about her and that I just made a big mistake." A rock sails through their living room window. Erika glares at Nora through the shattered glass.</p></div>
A Most Powerful Adversary
<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by </b>Damon Lindelof & Patrick Somerville</p><p><b>Directed by</b> Mimi Leder</p><p>Kevin wakes up alone, still handcuffed to the bed. Patti tells him that Nora and Lily are gone; Nora packed a suitcase and left early that morning. Jill enters the bedroom, demanding to know where Lily and Nora went. Patti warns Kevin not to tell Jill about her, otherwise Jill will leave him, too. After getting bolt cutters so that Kevin can detach himself from the bedframe, Jill opens a note that Nora left for him. "Mary and the baby are with me," it reads. "Don't call."<br><br>Kevin heads to a locksmith to get the remaining handcuff removed from his wrist. When the locksmith sees that it's a police-issue set, he asks for Kevin's ID. Patti, standing behind the man's grandson, taunts Kevin. He looks at her behind the boy and yells for her to "shut the f--k up." The locksmith demands he leave.<br><br>Back in his truck, Kevin begs Patti to tell him what she wants from him. Gravely, Patti details an elaborate plan, which includes stealing an ancient Egyptian chalice and filling it with his semen. Kevin looks at her in bewilderment before she tells him there is no master plan; she's just as clueless as he is. Michael Murphy overhears Kevin talking to Patti before climbing into the truck. "I guess it didn't work," he says to a confused Kevin. Michael explains that Kevin went to see Virgil, his grandfather, about Patti the night of the earthquake. They head to Virgil's trailer.<br><br>Virgil explains to Kevin that Patti is not "in" him but "on" him, and should Kevin want to be done with her, he has to fight her "on her turf." To do that, Virgil says, Kevin must die -- something he was willing to do the night he sleepwalked to Virgil's and left with a cinderblock and rope. However, drowning is not the best way to cross, and Kevin will need a guide. Virgil explains that the earthquake prevented Kevin from dying that night, adding, "You've either got somebody looking out for you, or you've got yourself a most powerful adversary." Unwilling to accept such an extreme measure, Kevin flees from the trailer.<br><br>Kevin runs off to the woods where he confronts Patti about lying to him about Virgil. "He knows what you are," he seethes. "He knows how to get rid of you." Patti slaps and shoves him. "You think I'm scared to do battle with you? I'm so desperate to do battle. Let's go f--kin' die," she shouts. Kevin insists he has responsibilities as a father, but Patti suggests Jill would be better off without him.<br><br>After leaving another voicemail for Nora, Kevin gets a call from a park ranger; Laurie Garvey is at the gate asking for him. Kevin drives to the park entrance, where he talks to Laurie through the fence; she believes that Tom is staying with him, despite what Nora told her. After explaining that he hasn't seen their son in over a year, Kevin demands to know what Laurie did to drive him away. She turns and leaves, apologizing for disturbing him, though it only upsets him more.<br><br>Kevin goes to John Murphy at the fire department, hoping to get help removing the handcuff. At first John thinks Kevin came because of his flyer: John is giving all the innocent men in Jarden a chance to exonerate themselves from his daughter's disappearance by getting hand-printed. Unable to decline, Kevin gives up his print. Another fireman returns from a back room and announces that their cutters are missing.<br><br>Kevin returns home to find Jill waiting for him on the porch. She asks if he's "pretending" to love Nora and wanting to be a family with her and Lily. Kevin assures his daughter that their new family is what he wants most in the world. Jill demands that he figure out how to bring Nora back.<br><br>Kevin drives to Laurie's hotel, where he reveals his ordeal with Patti Levin. Laurie correctly guesses that Patti doesn't appear to Kevin when he's with Laurie, helping to prove that Patti doesn't exist. She reminds a skeptical Kevin that despite doctor-patient confidentiality, she told Kevin about Neil, and he's in the midst of a psychotic break. Laurie launches into an explanation about the power of belief -- using what she and Tommy have been doing with hugs as an example. Kevin is manifesting Patti because he cannot face reality, and Laurie believes he'll need medication and to be institutionalized for a while. Kevin begs Laurie to come home with him and help keep Patti away while he figures out what to do.<br><br>Back home, Kevin takes a call from Nora, who begs him to stop calling. Kevin confronts her about leaving him without his handcuff key; Nora explains she left a note about it on the chair across from the bed, which Kevin realizes Patti was blocking. Kevin tells Nora there's a way for him to get better, but he needs to be sure Nora will believe him when he tells her Patti is gone. Nora promises to trust him, then admits she'd like to come home if he got better. Meanwhile, Jill returns home to find Laurie in the living room. She runs upstairs screaming for her father, but he's in his truck speeding off to Virgil's.<br><br>Virgil gives Kevin poison to stop his heart and explains that he'll use a syringe of epinephrine to revive him before he suffers any brain damage. As Kevin reaches for the poison, Patti stops him. "Do you want me to do this, or don't you?" he asks her. When she says yes, he reveals what his father said about listening to the voices and slams down the deadly concoction. Kevin begins convulsing and drops to the floor, apparently dead. Virgil then empties the contents of the syringe on the floor, puts a pistol in his mouth and pulls the trigger, splattering blood on the wall behind him. A moment later, Michael enters and drags Kevin's body from the trailer.</p></div>
<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by</b> Damon Lindelof & Nick Cuse</p><p><b>Directed by </b>Craig Zobel</p><p>Kevin Garvey wakes up disoriented in an unfamiliar hotel bathtub. While he takes in his surroundings, the TV snaps on in a loud burst of static before turning back off. Kevin opens an armoire with a brass plate reading: "Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly." Inside are several "uniforms," including a priest's robes and police uniform. Kevin selects a perfectly tailored black suit.<br><br>Kevin answers a knock at the door. A man is there to deliver flowers to a "Mr. Harvey." He follows Kevin into the hotel room and tries to kill him with a knife. After a struggle, Kevin gains the upper hand and kills the deliveryman. Kevin heads downstairs to find out who sent the flowers, and the woman at the front desk directs him to the concierge. Kevin recognizes the concierge as Virgil and goes to confront him about what's happening. Virgil pretends not to recognize Kevin, but passes him a note reading, "Parking garage, 5." On his way to the garage, Kevin catches sight of a little girl face down in the hotel pool. Kevin jumps in and rescues her, only to be chastised by a man he presumes is the girl's father.<br><br>In the parking garage, Kevin sits with Virgil in a white sedan. Virgil warns him not to drink the water in this place, no matter what. Kevin demands to know why a man tried to kill him; Virgil explains that he chose to be an "international assassin" when he selected the suit. Virgil then explains that in this world, Patti Levin is running for president. Kevin, registered at the hotel as "Kevin Harvey," is guaranteed a meet and greet with her following a large donation to her campaign. Kevin will be called to her suite when she arrives, and he should head to the bathroom where a gun will be taped inside the toilet tank. Once Kevin kills Patti, Virgil explains, he'll be "delivered from this place."<br><br>Kevin returns to his room and opens the envelope that came with the flowers. Inside is a get well card with no message. The fire alarm goes off and the hotel demands the residents evacuate. Outside, Kevin spots a deliveryman with balloons and a package. Kevin approaches, believing they're for him, but the man tells him they're for a Mary Jamison. Kevin follows the deliveryman back into the hotel, but he's captured by two men in white and brought to a room where he's shackled to a chair.<br><br>Deceased Guilty Remnant member Gladys arrives and apologizes to Kevin; they need to vet anyone who gets close to Patti and make sure they "belong" there. Kevin is hooked up to a lie detector and sprayed in the eyes with Windex whenever he "lies." Kevin quickly figures out how to answer Gladys' questions, and he's released.<br><br>Back in his room, Kevin watches as the TV bursts to life. His father comes through the static, explaining that he's in Perth, Australia, and "really f**ked up" on something called God's Tongue. He asks if Kevin received the flowers he sent, then tells him the card was supposed to read, "Get her to the well." Kevin Sr. tells his son he loves him and then the transmission is cut.<br><br>Senator Levin's staff arrive and escort Kevin to her suite. Gladys tells Kevin he has five minutes to talk with Patti about anything but "North Korea, gun control, abortion or Neil, her ex-husband." He excuses himself to go to the restroom, but he finds Holy Wayne, dressed as security detail, on the toilet. Wayne emerges, insisting that he knows Kevin from somewhere. Before Kevin can go back and retrieve the gun, Wayne stops him -- Patti has arrived.<br>Patti welcomes Kevin warmly and apologizes for the earlier unpleasantness -- her team had received credible intelligence that someone was planning to assassinate her. She tells Kevin that someone would rather kill her than accept her truth, then asks what he thinks her truth is. Kevin says, "You want to destroy families," which Patti thinks brilliantly sums up her campaign. Kevin excuses himself to use the bathroom before their photo is taken. He returns and kills Gladys and Wayne without hesitation but stops when Patti puts her hands up and insists she's just a double. Her name is Rhonda Gennero from Lowell, Massachusetts. Kevin kills her anyway.<br><br>Kevin finds Virgil at the concierge desk and demands to know why he's still at the hotel, despite killing Patti. When Virgil can't supply an answer, he asks if Virgil drank the water. "I was so thirsty," he says.<br><br>Kevin attempts to get back into his room but finds that he's locked out. Also locked out in the hallway is the father of the little girl he rescued from the pool. The two men share a bottle of Jack Daniels, and the man grumbles that he can't find a woman to defecate on chest. Kevin realizes the man is Neil and the little girl is Patti. He lunges for Neil and snaps his neck. Young Patty answers the door with a sign pinned to her chest: "I need to keep my mouth shut." Kevin removes the sign and they head to the concierge desk to find out the location of a well. Virgil directs them to the Orphan's Well in Jarden, Texas, which is said to be a portal between the earth and the spirit world.<br><br>Kevin and young Patti arrive at the bridge into Miracle, but it's blocked off. The window shatters when a man throws a noose through it and around Kevin's neck. He tells Kevin he can either cross or jump after tying the other end of the rope to the side of the bridge. Kevin asks why he would jump, and the man explains he might not want to kill a child. He warns that if Kevin throws Patti into the well, he'll be changed forever, and despite Kevin's insistence otherwise, this place "is more than it's ever been." Kevin remains undaunted, and asks for the location of the well.<br><br>Kevin brings Patti to the well, which is located by the lake where he woke up with a cinderblock tied to his leg. Young Patti asks if Kevin would rather drop or push her in and if it would help if she told him she "deserved it." Kevin tells Patti no and that he feels sorry for her, before finally pushing her in. However, Patti doesn't die. She transforms into grown-up Patti and calls for Kevin to come down and help her.<br><br>Kevin climbs down into the well where he finds Patti slumped against the wall, bleeding. She tells Kevin about the time she was on Jeopardy, and that her plan was to win $50,000 so she could leave Neil. Patti made a big win in Final Jeopardy, beating the four-day reigning champ. At the end of her four-day run, she had $65,300 -- more than enough to leave her husband -- but she chose not to. Patti tells Kevin she's scared, and he kisses her on the head and holds her for a moment before gently pushing her face into the water and drowning her. After Patti is dead, the earth begins to shake. Kevin climbs up the well and emerges from the ground in the woods, shocking nearby Michael Murphy.</p></div>
<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by </b>Damon Lindelof & Monica Beletsky</p><p><b> Directed by</b> Keith Gordon</p><p>Meg Abbott does a line of coke in an upscale restaurant bathroom before returning to lunch with her mother. It's October the 13th -- the day before the Sudden Departure. Meg's mother pushes for information about Meg's wedding and offers to pay for it, but Meg refuses to give. Her mother then insists she has something to tell Meg, but Meg begs to go to the bathroom first. She does another bump of coke, but when she returns to the table, she sees her mother on the floor, a member of the wait staff doing chest compressions in an attempt to revive her.<br><br>Two years after the Departure, Meg and her fiancé Darren take a trip to Miracle National Park. Meg heads to Isaac's house, having heard that he's "the real deal" and can help her. Isaac gives her a paste to chew and spit back into his hands, which is rubs together. Meg explains that she wants to know what her mother was going to tell her before she died, but Isaac warns her that her mother's final words may not live up to Meg's expectations. "No matter what I say to you, you're going to be disappointed because it's not going to fix what's broke inside," he says. Meg calls "bullshit" until Isaac reveals that he knows her mother sent back her salad that day because it had walnuts. A few moments later, Meg leaves the house and breezily tells Darren Isaac wasn't authentic after all.<br><br>Later, Meg sits on a park bench alone and cries. Evie Murphy approaches and offers her a baby carrot, because "you can't cry while you eat them, it's impossible." Evie offers to tell her a joke, but she doesn't know any. Instead, Meg offers a knock-knock joke, and the two women share a smile and introduce themselves. Before leaving, Evie tells Meg, "I'm sorry that you didn't find what you were looking for here. No one ever does."<br><br>In present day Mapleton, Meg and other members of the Guilty Remnant stand in the road and stop a school bus. After a member wrenches open the door, Meg climbs aboard with grenade. She pulls the pin and exits, while a member uses a crowbar to trap the children inside. Meg smiles as she walks away, but the bus does not blow up.<br><br>Meg then heads to an empty house where she meets with three other female G.R. members who confront her about the bus incident. Meg insists they talk instead of using notepads, and one of the women chastises Meg for targeting children, even though no one was hurt. Meg is told that violence is weakness, but she doesn't agree. People are forgetting, and she wants to step up the group's work as a result. "Why do I have to just stand there when I can put my cigarette out in their f**king eye?" Meg promises to be at the upcoming Heroes Day celebration, but none of the women believe her. They remind her that she didn't take care of their last problem, Tom Garvey, and now he's pulling away G.R. members by promising to hug their pain away.<br><br>Meg finds Tom speaking at a local VFW. He finishes his spiel and offers hugs to the room, and Meg gets in line. As they embrace, she whispers in his ear, "I can do this for real." Later that night, Laurie finds Tom still at the VFW, and confronts him about missing a speaking engagement and therefore losing out on much-needed donations. Tom accuses Laurie of pimping him out so that she doesn't have to feel about abandoning her "whole f**cking family." She slaps him and immediately apologizes; Tom storms out without a word.<br>The next morning, a drunk Tom heads to the G.R. chapter where he was caught and confronts the young woman who blew the whistle on him. He demands to know where Meg is, and a short while later, Meg arrives and asks him what he wants. Tom begs to be a part of the G.R., but Meg insists what he really wants is a family. "If I wanted a f**king family," he says, "I'd move to Texas." he says. Tom reveals that his father and sister now live there, spinning the wheels in Meg's head.<br><br>That night, Meg and Tom drive to Texas. She tells Tom that what she's going to do when they get there is "pretty f**king amazing" but gives no other details. Tom asks why Meg had sex with him; he understands that the threat of setting him on fire was to send a message to his mother, but he doesn't understand the sex. Instead of answering, Meg pulls into a honkytonk and asks if Tom would like to dance. <br><br>Tom and Meg take shots of whisky at the bar, and have a surprisingly normal conversation about their families -- both he and Meg were adopted by stepfathers. Tom asks what's happening between them, but Meg kisses him and pulls him onto the dancefloor instead. After a few moments, Meg tells him, "I wanted to get you pregnant, that's why I f**ked you, Tom." She stops dancing and leaves the bar. Tom follows her out.<br><br>In the morning, Meg and Tom roll up to a ranch owned by the Guilty Remnant. Once on the property, a man tells Meg they had a trespasser -- a young man who likely wandered off a nearby bike trail. They found him outside of the barn and believe he saw what was inside, despite his insistence he saw nothing. The man suggests they keep him until after tomorrow, when "it won't matter anymore," but Meg tells the man to stone him instead.<br><br>Later, Meg drives alone to the encampment outside of Miracle and observes the bridge leading into the park. Her reverie is broken when she hears a familiar voice calling her name. It's Matt Jamison, and he's stunned see Meg out of white and talking. She sits and chats with him for a little while, telling him that it was hard to get away from the Guilty Remnant, but she came to Jarden because their tactics don't work there. Matt listens to her skeptically, then admits that he doesn't think she's being honest with him. Meg leans in and asks him what he and all the others are waiting for and why they aren't doing anything to get into the place they believe will bring then salvation. "You want me to tell you?" she asks. "You're waiting for me."</p><p>At the ranch, Tom waits until the others are asleep and then sneaks out to the barn. Inside, he finds a silver airstream trailer with its door locked from the inside. He wrenches it open with a nearby axe. Evie Murphy stands in the doorway, unharmed. When Tom asks who she is, she writes, "IT DOESN'T MATTER" before slamming the door in his face.</p></div>
I Live Here Now
<div class='episode-body-left-aligned' style='text-align: left'><p><b>Written by </b>Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta</p><p><b>Directed by</b> Mimi Leder</p><p>The night of John's birthday barbeque, Evie gets into the car with her friends after saying goodbye to John and Erika. Once the car is out of sight, Evie turns off the radio, and the girls ride in silence. The driver, Violet, cries silently. Evie leans forward and stares at her, then holds up a memo pad reading "Don't" in the rearview mirror. The trio arrives at the lake, where they fake their disappearance. Before they leave, the three girls make eye contact with Kevin Garvey, who is standing at the water's edge with a cinderblock in his arms. They watch as he jumps into the lake but do nothing to help him.<br><br>After emerging from the ground, Kevin sits with Michael Murphy and talks about what he saw in the afterlife. After Kevin reveals what he saw and that he was helped by Virgil, Michael asks if he saw Evie. Kevin says no, though it triggers his memory of where he did see Michael's sister. He explains that he must talk to John immediately.<br><br>Erika finds John drinking at the kitchen table, despite the early hour. She demands that John open his birthday gift from Evie, and when he refuses, she tears it open herself. Inside a small jewelry box is a dead cricket. John is delighted that the bug was caught, but Erika points out that it's not the same cricket—she heard that one chirping the night he and Michael went out looking for Evie.<br><br>Two cops arrive at the Murphys' and tell John that they found a match on the handprint. John grabs his gun and heads next door looking for Kevin, to only find Laurie and Jill. Kevin walks up the drive, acknowledging that his print must have matched. John insists they talk somewhere neutral. He and Kevin drive off.<br><br>Nora heads to Matt and Mary's bungalow next to the church in search of Mary's feeding tube. While at the house, an earthquake strikes; Nora shields both Lily and Mary from falling debris, and when the tremors stop, Mary looks up at Nora and speaks. Nora brings Mary to Matt in the encampment, where he tells his wife that she's pregnant. Despite his joy that Mary is awake again, Matt insists that Nora get her back inside Miracle to ensure the baby's safety.<br><br>Meg pulls a pickup truck with the silver Airstream trailer attached up to the Miracle gate. A park ranger turns her away, explaining that the park is closed in honor of October 14. Meg reveals that she has 35 pounds of plastic explosive inside the trailer and plows through the gate and onto the bridge. She stops the truck in the middle of the bridge and gets out. From the trailer emerge Evie and her two friends, dressed in white.<br><br>John brings Kevin to animal quarantine, explaining that he'll let Kevin take his dog home if he reveals where Evie is. Kevin explains that he saw Evie and her friends stage their disappearance, and only remembered that the night after he died. John doesn't believe Kevin's story and insists that his daughter loved her family and wouldn't do anything to hurt them. When Kevin suggests that perhaps Evie didn't love them, John pulls his gun and shoots Kevin in the stomach. John steps out of quarantine where a park ranger tells him they've found Evie. They stop him from running onto the bridge, explaining that there's a bomb in the trailer.<br><br>Nora and the rest of the encampment watch the scene unfolding on the bridge. Through a set of binoculars, Nora sees Evie hold up a sign reading "one hour." The high school scoreboard at the edge of the encampment buzzes to life and begins counting down. The crowd begins to chant their encouragement for the bridge's destruction.<br><br>John finds Michael and Erika at church. Hearing the news, Erika runs out to the bridge, fending off the rangers who attempt to hold her back. She throws her arms around Evie who doesn't respond in kind and refuses to meet her mother's eyes. Erika demands to know what's happening and what's inside the trailer.<br><br>With less than two minutes to go, Tom and Guilty Remnant members camouflaged in the encampment strip down to their underwear and don white clothing. Erika tells Evie that if she plans to blow herself up, she'll have to take her mother with her. Erika storms into the trailer, with 10 seconds left, announces to the crowd that it's empty. The scoreboard buzzer goes off and hordes of people dressed in white storm the bridge. The few park rangers at the gate aren't enough to keep the crowd at bay. Erika tells Evie that she doesn't understand her motivation. In response, Evie scrawls onto a notepad, "You understand."<br><br>Watching the crowd storm the gate, Matt tells Nora that this is his chance to get back into the park with Mary. As they join the flow, a woman snatches Lily from Nora's arms, yelling that Lily isn't her baby. Nora runs after the kidnapper and, after losing her in the crowd, spots Lily lying on the bridge, about to be trampled. Nora lays over Lily and protects her, getting trampled herself. Tom emerges from the crowd and pulls Nora and Lily to safety inside the Airstream.<br><br>Kevin once again wakes up in the hotel bathtub. After failing to contact his father through the TV, he opens the armoire and chooses his Mapleton police uniform. He takes a call from the lobby, asking for his help protecting another police officer. Kevin comes downstairs and instead of finding trouble, sees a crowd assembled around a stage with a karaoke setup. He confronts the host, the Australian man who threw a noose around his neck on the bridge during his last visit, and asks how he can get home. The man tells Kevin the only way out is to sing a song.<br><br>Reluctantly, Kevin gets up and spins the song wheel. It lands on Simon and Garfunkel's "Homeward Bound," the lyrics of which resonate deeply with Kevin. He finishes the song, closes his eyes and wakes up on the floor of animal quarantine. He's still gut-shot, but the bullet went clean through him. Kevin's dog comes out to comfort him, and the two of them stumble into a ransacked Miracle.<br><br>Kevin heads to the empty ER in search of first-aid supplies. John, looking for Erika, is shocked to find Kevin there alive. He helps Kevin bandage up his wound and through his tears tells Kevin, "I don't understand what's happening." The two men head home together and Kevin offers to let John stay with him if nobody's at his house. Inside, Kevin comes face to face with Jill, Laurie, Matt, Mary, Tom, Lily and Nora. Nora takes a step towards Kevin and weeps with joy. "You're home," she says.</p></div>
The Book of Kevin
Season Three Premiere. Three years after Miracle, Texas was overrun by the Guilty Remnant, Kevin Garvey has returned to his role as chief of police. Although he seems to have moved past the incredible events surrounding his "resurrection," the Seventh Anniversary of the Sudden Departure is just two weeks away and many believe another apocalyptic event may come with it.
Don't Be Ridiculous
In her official capacity as fraud investigator for the Department of Sudden Departure (D.S.D.), Nora travels to St. Louis to investigate a possible scam that involves convincing the family members of The Departed there's a way to see their loved ones again.
Crazy Whitefella Thinking
With the clock ticking towards the anniversary of the Departure and emboldened by a vision that is either divine prophecy or utter insanity, Kevin Garvey, Sr. wanders the Australian Outback in an effort to save the world from apocalypse.
Kevin and Nora travel to Australia, where she continues to track down the masterminds of an elaborate con while he catches a glimpse of an unexpected face from the past, forcing him to confront the traumatic events of three years earlier.
It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World
Convinced it is Kevin's destiny to be in Miracle for the coming seventh anniversary of the Departure, Matt Jamison impulsively heads to Australia in an effort to bring Kevin home. Unfortunately, God gets in the way.
Laurie Garvey, a former therapist, must become one again as she heads to Australia to help Nora and Kevin along their paths.
The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)
On a mission of mercy, Kevin assumes an alternate identity.
The Book of Nora
Series Finale. Nothing is answered. Everything is answered. And then it ends.