The Leftovers Recap: Father’s Daze

The Leftovers Recap

In this week’s episode of The Leftovers, Garvey Sr. escapes from the mental institution just in time to save Jill from suffocating in a refrigerator. (Kids, don’t try that at home. Or anywhere.) But, as you’d expect of someone on the run from the loony bin, he starts more trouble than he stops. Here’s how it all shakes out…

NO LUCK BUT THE BAD KIND | Early on in “Solace for Tired Feet,” Garvey and Nora end their fifth date — wait, we missed four whole dates?! — by heading to her place to have sex for the first time. Unfortunately, Meg and one of her GR cronies are already there, doing that creepy stare-smoking thing that they do, which kinda ruins the ambiance. Rain check? Check. Garvey has less enjoyable but more urgent matters to attend to, anyway, once he finds out from Jill that his dad is on the loose. After Lucy insists that Garvey Sr. wouldn’t be coming to her, he’d be coming to Garvey, the beleaguered chief has one of his Twin Peaks-y dreams, this one involving Dean, a dead Laurie in the back of his truck and a mad dog trapped in a mailbox. What does it all mean? Who the hell knows? Certainly not Garvey, especially after he wakes up with a bloody, bitten hand and a mad dog tied to a tree in his backyard. (He doesn’t remember any of it — including Aimee bandaging his hand… and more? Worrisome!)

THE MORE YOU KNOW | Next, Garvey makes a beeline for the library that his father once burned down. Apparently, he’s been at it again. No matches this time, but he’s made an absolute mess of the National Geographic back issues, punched an officer and asked a janitor to lend him $200. (Huh?) Shortly thereafter, Jill alerts Garvey that Garvey Sr. is at their house. Once again, he asks for $200. Once again, no dice. Things seem to be calming down — Garvey is taking Garvey Sr. back to the funny farm — when they run into the GR protesting Matt’s “Save Them” campaign, and ol’ nutso gets away. (D’oh!) Later, Garvey discovers the Jif jar full of money that his dad left for Matt and deduces that the reverend must know where he is. Which he does. And they’ll be perfectly happy to meet Garvey, Matt swears, as soon as Garvey Sr. gets something. (No, really: Huh?) Finally, the trio converge on a diner, where Garvey Sr. says that, although he tried to keep Garvey out of this, “they” wouldn’t let him. With that, he produces a May 1972 issue of National Geographic and tells Garvey to accept it and, with it, his purpose. (At the risk of being redundant, huh?) When Garvey refuses, his father smacks him and makes a terrible scene. But at least he’s back in custody. And off this, Garvey runs to Nora’s, and, the GR be damned, they get it on. (Tattletale that she is, Meg immediately blabs scribbles to Laurie that her ex is sleeping with Nora. Laurie’s response: “So?”) The next morning, Garvey is in an unusually good mood… until he finds another copy of the May 1972 National Geographic that Jill ordered for her grandpa. And, for some reason, the mad dog barking in the backyard makes him consider looking more closely at it. (For the last time, huh?)

CRAPPY BIRTHDAY | Meanwhile, in Gary, Ind., Tom is ordered by Wayne to tape half of his remaining cash (6k) to a mystery mailbox. Rather than just let the dough go, though, he waits for it to be picked up, then follows the guy who takes it. Turns out, the guy is yet another Tom, a chump charged with guarding a very young, pregnant Asian girl (who shoots Tom in a jealous fit over Christine). Returning to the hovel that he shares with Christine, Tom discovers that she’s delivered a girl in his absence.

OK, your turn. What did you think of the episode? Personally, I still don’t understand about 90 percent of it — 95, even? — but I can’t resist going along for the ride. Hit the comments!

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  1. JP says:

    So many questions… So intrigued by this show. Justin Theroux brings it each episode… I just want ANSWERS.. Are they witnesses ( a la sleep hollow)… Are they pyschotic? Are the both? Please tell Me it’s renewed… Need more

  2. David says:

    The dog made him reexamine the national geographic because the way it was jumping at the window it looked suspiciously like the bear on the cover of the magazine.

  3. mom2specialboyz says:

    This episode was very intriguing! I kept thing I missed part of it like the sheriff getting bitten by a human, capturing the dog, etc. I dodn’t realize he was having blackouts!

    • R.O.B. says:

      Yeah, they keep making a point of showing him waking up as if he didn’t remember going to sleep. He’s blacking out because of the drugs, which he is taking to avoid hearing the same voices his father is hearing.

  4. liz says:

    Has anyone else thought that maybe the “leftovers” are the actual missing people and are in another dimension or something?

  5. there were also a few odd similarities going on thru the episode… the two pregnant asian girls were both wearing blue tank tops… and then towards the end of the episode both jill and aimee were wearing the same style of shirt… also… the mail box in garvey’s dream had the same tagging as the mailbox that his son tapped the money to…

  6. ron says:

    watch for future connections and past suggestions that people have somehow turned into animals (or sould have entered animals, etc.) lots of things pointing in that direction: cover of National geo. is bear walking like humans among humans with bright mystical(?) light. dog in mailbox like kevs daughter in fridge, but mpostly, dog bit turns to human bite.

    • ron says:

      watch for future connections and past suggestions that people have somehow turned into animals (or souls have entered animals, etc.) lots of things pointing in that direction: cover of National geo. is bear walking like humans among humans with bright mystical(?) light. dead dogs in plastic bags in truck are now human, dog in mailbox like kevin’s daughter in fridge, but mostly, dog bite turns to human bite. consider animals- ultimate earthly expressions of sentient innocence.

    • EJ says:

      I find this theory most intriguing.

      • ron says:

        yeh, crazy idea re: animals but something in this ballpark is being suggested either purposely or by chance, i’m convinced of that. after the second episode i thought, nah, don’t like this show but then after a revisit became addicted. the chain smoking makes me hate these GR crazies. -love all the different factions of crazies- mirrors our “real” world most succinctly- some people are SO sure of their own ideals, cosmologies, beliefs and conclusions, etc. allowing such zealots to justify- (My ideals are divinely and or logically RIGHT ! YOURS or wrong!)violence against their human brethren. we have abandoned the tolerant dialectic for a fatal attraction to the prejudiced rhetoric.
        THE LEFTOVERS seems to be examining this social inclination.

  7. Juan says:

    There are so many question? this show is my fav of the summer for sure.

  8. R.O.B. says:

    The recap missed one important thing, in regards to the drugs. Garvey is taking these drugs because he is hearing the voices, too. He needs to accept that something supernatural is going on and then roll with it.

    Garvey Sr. keeps trying to give him a magazone – not to give TVLine any extra work, but come on, help us out here? Stop saying “Huh?” and give this show to a writer who wants to go the extra mile and start putting pieces together. Seems to me if you can get a hold of that mag in the real world, it might have something interesting in there to share. For example, based on what I have gathered from other commenters, the magazine has an article about a spider that can breathe underwater, which the asian girl muttered something about. Also there is an article about Cairo, and in Garvey’s dream, someone said “Cairo” over a walkie talkie (and the title of next week’s episode if “Cairo”). There is also an article about the riddle of the Minoans. Can you invite Doc Jensen from EW for a little moonlighting job, TVLine?

    My guess in all this, as stupid as it sounds – an advanced alien race took the 2% for some reason, maybe in order to start populating another planet. Dimensional travel, I don’t know. They can’t bring everyone else over until the people are ready. Humans are not ready or willing to accept what happened. Not sure why they picked who they picked, but it seems it was at random.

  9. Doc says:

    I’m surprised that no one thus far has speculated that the voices being heard in Kevin Garvey’s Sr’s head is actually those of the departed. Things that make you go hmmmmm…..

  10. Earl Lee says:

    The Minoan culture was heavily into hallucinogens and opium, which were incorporated into their religious rights–both human sacrifice and cannibalism.