Turns out it was Tony’s car (and thus his engagement ring for Sally) that Kelly’s fiancée stole. Tony flips-out when he discovers that his car is missing, kicking at some exposed piping next to the empty parking space. Anger management issues: so that’s where his power came from. I’d thought maybe The Shining was just his favorite movie and he was thinking about it when the storm hit, or something.
Tony admits to Sally the reason he’s so upset is because her engagement ring was in the car. She beams (and I don’t care about her, but I’m melting at her looking so happy) and asks if she can still accept. Awww. Now I’m actually kind of sad for how their story ends.
Curtis returns the coke to Danny the Drug Dealer after the cops are gone, therefore avoiding the events leading to his arrest. He goes back to the club with Sam to celebrate and encounters Alisha at the bar. They exchange some flirty banter, Curtis (metaphorically) high on the knowledge that he’s changed the future. Sam returns from wherever she was just as Alisha leaves, and the smile slides off Curtis’ face. Seems he’s conflicted about who he actually wants to date now, and snnnnnoooooozeeeeee, I don’t care.
Luckily we’re not put through this any longer, as Curtis suddenly returns to the future (or the present? I don’t know. Timey-wimey stuff is weird), only it’s the one he’s changed. He gets a call from his coach or agent or someone telling him to go to the track, but Curtis says he’ll be late, he has something to see first.
And oh, Curtis, you really are a stand-up guy. He heads to the community center to check on the others, and he’s greeted by a tribute wall. Flowers and rest in peace messages adorn pictures of Simon, Kelly, Alisha, and Twitchy Gary. Where’s Nathan’s? Well, I guess given that he couldn’t find anyone to house him he doesn’t have any friends that think much of him. Curtis sinks into a crouch in front of Alisha’s photo.
But wait, here comes Nathan around the corner. What? Nathan’s looking worse for the wear; his face is red and purple with bruises, and he has a really nasty cut on his head. He’s also rather muted, for him in particular, saying that the probation worker flipped out and tried to kill them all. He says that he was half-dead when they found him. Hmm, suspicious. I wonder…but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.
The knowledge that he wasn’t there to stop Beast!Tony from murdering everyone is enough to send Curtis back to the past yet again. Aw, on the one hand Curtis is a really great guy, but on the other, zzzzzzzzzzz. Naptime.
Curtis goes back to the club, and please, let it be over soon. Pete the Police Officer ID’s Danny the Drug Dealer after interrogating Alisha, who apparently bought one wrap from him. So, you can get away scot-free for only having one wrap, for all the good that does Alisha in the long run. Curtis goes through with the deal but makes sure that he has all of the cocaine, not Sam. He flushes most of it, only leaving him with enough to get himself arrested and sentenced to probation, so he’s there to save the other misfits when the time comes. Couldn’t he just show up the day after the storm and save them all, without having to get himself arrested in the process? Well, Curtis is the group’s best person, but not its smartest.
Equilibrium’s been restored, except for one detail: Sam was never sent to jail. That’s the only thing that’s changed, as, apparently, Curtis is still dating Alisha (who once again drops her jumpsuit for him when he comes in that morning). He also employs his knowledge of the future to lock the sliding door behind them, so this time Nathan can only guess at what they’re doing, rather than get visual confirmation.
Everyone piles out of the community center, but like before Sam’s still waiting for Curtis. Only this time she’s all smiles, telling him that she was in the neighborhood, and she misses him when he’s stuck there all day. Ahahaha, Curtis is an accidental two-timer.
While going through everyone’s things Sally finds Tony’s credit card in Simon’s bag. Uh-oh. Simon, you should have left that at home! I have a feeling his fondness for recording them at all times also is going to end poorly. Wasn’t he filming when Nathan was yelling about how killing the probation worker should have brought them together? We’ll see what happens next week.
Wow, this recap is almost 1,000 words shorter than my previous shortest recap. What can I say, aside from some too-brief good moments, this episode wasn’t that compelling. Curtis is a really great guy, but it’s kind of like the Superman effect: if someone is too good, that can make for boring television. Plus, watching variants on the same, not even that interesting, scene gets old really fast.
While it was kind of neat to see what everyone was up to in the past (especially Nathan, but then Nathan could make boiling water interesting), it wasn’t really enough for a whole episode. Flashbacks work better as smaller parts within larger episodes, or if there’s a big mystery everyone wants revealed (or if the past is just interesting in its own right, like on Once Upon A Time). But hey, any show’s allowed some weak episodes. The previews show that things are back on hilarious track next week, so I’ll see you guys then.
Nathan Quote of the Week: (This one’s weaker, but then everything about this episode was.) “I’ve been assaulted by a chick with a dick!”