The Mysterious Benedict Society (Season 2) Episode 3: Recap


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The Mysterious Benedict Society (Season 2) Episode 3 “A Bar of Gold at Fort Knox”: Mind control is back in full force, with Dr. Curtain’s plans being revealed in the first two episodes. It’s no surprise to anyone who saw this as they witnessed his smug expression in the Season 1 finale. While he has two heroes trapped on his farm, reinforcements were on their way in an airship and on The Shortcut.

The Mysterious Benedict Society (Season 2) Episode 3: Recap

The episode begins on “The Shortcut” with the gang in blue tracksuits. There are no red herrings here as they are not part of a real water polo team. This quartet broke down the door to the room where the children found their clue. Any lingering doubts of mistaken identity were resolved when the lead member called the kids. Where were they?

Constance Contraire, George ‘Sticky’ Washington, Kate Wetherall and Reynie Muldoon climbed a rope and hung under the balcony and over the Atlantic Ocean. Kate berated herself for not recognizing the fake water polo players.

Elements from the previous episode continued with the Captain and Cannonball searching for the stowaways for two reasons. 1. Being stowaways 2. Undermining the culinary excellence of the ship. They had snuck aboard in the sugar box, completely destroying the ship’s reputation in sweet food. It was their tiny handprints in that crate that gave them away.

The foursome made their way to the engine room and had 40 winks. A few hours later, they woke up, saw the shipmates playing the game, and joined them. They did it to finance their trips to Lisbon. Constance and Kate went wild at Craps, with Sticky reigning supreme at Blackjack. Reynie struggled and won nothing in poker.

With their winnings in hand, Kate revealed she shaved the dice and Sticky spilled the beans counting the cards. Reynie didn’t feel okay with the dishonesty and persuaded her companions to return the money. Sticky realized that while math was cool, using it on innocent victims was not.

Reynie returned the chips and, in a surprise turn of events, was rewarded for her honesty. As the kids walked away, the water polo gang caught up with them and used a strange metaphor about endings. They were right that the ship was finished and had no place to hide unless they ran and let them down or a distraction emerged. Cannonball’s arrival ensured that the latter happened, and he both rescued and captured the children.

Once in the captain’s cabin, the four were apparently on their way to the brig and the shipping yard. However, using their skills, they convinced the captain to give them passage on the ship and help them through immigration, in exchange for fixing the ship’s speed issues.

After a minor jump, the captain kept his end of the bargain and his actions revealed that the kids were excelling at their task. He handed Sticky a card, if he ever wanted to look for a job in marine engineering.

In Dr. Curtain’s Farm, Mr. Benedict and Number Two talk about the villain’s method of controlling the masses. Benoît called it manipulation and simulating an artificial state of mind. While walking around, Number Two came up with two plans to escape.

She threw one of them away, because tunneling would not be acceptable to Benedict. However, his other idea was mold, i.e. escape via a tactical fungal infection.

The next morning, Benoît went for a walk and reached Curtain’s studio. He didn’t seem impressed with his brother’s rhetoric, but he was eventually sold. It seemed like a setback, but number two managed to escape in the back of a supply truck as he left the farm.

The episode title came from an interaction in the third thread. Miss Perumal, Rhonda and Milligan continued their journey to Europe in an airship. Perumal noticed Milligan’s nervousness in the storm and he responded by saying he feels as safe as a bar of gold in this engineering marvel. She gave him a talk about worry and seemed to calm his nerves as he voiced his concerns about the children.

The Mysterious Benedict Society (Season 2) Episode 3: The Ending Explained

The Mysterious Benedict Society season 2 episode 3

The ending saw the Mysterious Benedict Society reach Lisbon, but Curtain’s man spotted them at the port. In his office, the villain called them his best opponents and ordered his man to treat them mercilessly. The man seemed determined to carry out his boss’s orders and quickly walked over to the children. Constance saw it, alerted the other three, and they rushed into a cab with Reynie trying to communicate in Portuguese. However, Sticky, Kate and Constance just yelled “Go” in quick succession and walked away. The man looked at their taxi with great interest, as if writing down their number.

Did Dr. Curtain succeed in breaking Mr. Benedict?

Mr. Benedict had happiness on his face after his brother’s lecture. Curtain talked about the incident from their childhood where Benedict was adopted before him. He then spat lines about the power of being happy and the need to seize it together, with Benedict finally dropping his disinterested gaze. It seems like every man has a different breaking point and Benedict is artificially happy.

Another line of thought is that Benedict pretends to trick Rideau into letting his guard down. He couldn’t immediately pretend, because his twin would have seen it through him. Therefore, he played the long game, made an escape attempt, and then set up the ruse. Although Benedict is weak, he is established as a character with an extremely powerful brain. So no. The curtain did not break M. Benoît.

What’s going on with Sebastian?

Is this an immediate side effect of manufactured happiness?

Jackson and Jillson investigated Sebastian’s absence and found him paralyzed in that exact position, as in the previous episode. He just smiled and didn’t respond. The duo called it concerning.

This side effect with one of Curtain’s first victims could be a sign of a large-scale problem in future episodes. Dr. Curtain will seek to resolve this because controlling people who think they are doing things of their own free will would be much more appealing than restrictive control. It’s clear he’s using the farm, with all of the visitors serving as subjects to help him perfect his second plan for world domination.

Where is number two going?

Number two snuck out of the farm and ended the episode in the storage truck. From Curtain’s line at the end, it looks like he planned it and wasn’t bothered. Therefore, Number Two might just be headed for a ride with his journey ending where he started in the next episode.

Tensions between Reynie and Sticky have evaporated

In the first episode, Reynie told Miss Perumal of her disappointment at not getting a response from Sticky. At Villa Benedict, he even asked his girlfriend about the job at the Boatwright Academy. This underlying tension seemed to exist, but it evaporated in Episode 3.

After the trip, Sticky’s friend came to say goodbye. He then collected the dots and greeted Reynie, calling her Sticky’s best friend. George shrugged and smiled, Muldoon giving a surprised smile in return. The unanswered question still exists, but the connection between the two is strong, which will be beneficial as the stakes rise.

What could Dr. Curtain mean by merciless?

Dr. Curtain praised his young adversaries and showed them no mercy. Her man approached them quickly before they rushed into a taxi and fled. No Mercy here might include the dreaded Brain Sweeper. Imagine scanning the brains of destroyer Whisperer, two Messengers and a very resourceful girl. Getting rid of the creative minds of this quartet would be a big blow and really mean the no-holds-barred approach.

However, they will need to be caught first. The children have proven quite effective and evade capture. Courtesy of Constance, they framed the water polo gang quite creatively. Will their luck continue in Portugal?

Find out next week.

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