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‘On A Very Special Episode…’ WandaVision Episode 5 Recap and Review

Episode four provided us with answers. Episode 5 raised more questions. The episode is a perfect tribute to popular 80s sitcoms like Family Ties and Full House. The theme song is full of callbacks to both the aforementioned shows’ theme songs.

Credit to Marvel Studios

The episode starts with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) trying and failing to get the twins to sleep.

Agnes (Katheryn Hahn) pops over and offers to help with the babies. This is where it gets strange. Agnes breaks character and starts directly talking to Wanda as if Vision isn’t even in the room. She asks Wanda if she wants her to “take it from the top” as if she’s being directed in a scene, but why? Does Agnes know what’s going on?

Vision naturally has questions that Wanda doesn’t want to answer. She turns back to the twins in their cribs, but they’re missing. The couple discover that Billy and Tommy can magically age themselves up and are now five years old.

Adorable!

The perspective of the episode is split between the sitcom world and the real world. Back in the real world, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) is remembering her recent interrogation by Acting Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) while having tests run, after her confrontation with Wanda, to make sure she wasn’t hurt from being expelled out of Sitcom World. She recalls Wanda voice in her head as “a hopeless voice keeping me down. Like drowning. it was grief.”

Something mysterious is also happening with Monica. Her x-ray comes back blank, no bones just a bright light where bones should be. Why?

Later, the S.W.O.R.D team watches footage of Wanda breaking into S.W.O.R.D. headquarters and stealing Vision’s body. Somehow, she’s managed to bring him back to life even without the mind stone.

Monica reminds them of that Wanda could’ve defeated Thanos. She’s that powerful. Agent Woo (Randall Park) thinks that Captain Marvel could’ve defeated him. Monica doesn’t look like she agrees. This is weird considering she once was close to “Aunt Carol” What happened? Did they have a falling out of some kind?

Meanwhile, back in Sitcom World, Tommy and Billy bring home a stray. They decide on the name Sparky, a fun reference for comic fans! They beg to keep him. Vision decides ten is suitable age for them to take on the responsibility, so they age up to ten.

Agnes, once again, pops in suddenly with a doghouse. How does she know what they need?

Monica plans to reenter Westview, much to dismay of her colleagues.

Since things that get sent into the hex change to fit the time period, Monica decides to send something in that won’t change: an email.

Vision is the one who receives the email and this is where things start getting a little scary. When he opens it, the entire office starts reading it in creepy unison. The email reveals information on the “Westview Anomaly” and on Wanda’s involvement.

In an effort to find out what’s going on, Vision removes Wanda’s mind control on Norm. He panics and says, “You have to stop her. She’s in my head. None of it is my own. It hurts… hurts so much. Just make her stop.” Vision restores Wanda’s spell and Norm returns to “normal.” Who is the her Norm is referring to? Wanda? Agnes? Someone else?

Back home, Wanda and the boys have one of those eighties sitcom cheesy life lesson moments about the importance of family. And such scenes wouldn’t be complete without the cheesy, emotional tone shifting background instrumentals.

Sparky hears something outside and starts barking outside. Wanda lets him out, and he runs off. The boys and and Wanda head out to investigate.

The noise turns out to be a S.W.O.R.D. drone which Wanda isn’t happy to see. Monica tries contacting Wanda, but she doesn’t respond. Director Hayward fires a missile. Monica thought the drone was unarmed and is upset that it wasn’t.

Wanda marches out of the hex and tosses the drone at Hayward’ feet. She orders S.W.O.R.D. to stay away. They ask her what she wants. She tells them that she has everything that she wants, and that no one will take it away from her again. She marches back into her perfect world where no one can hurt her.


Wanda and the boys continue their search for Sparky, and are devastated to find out their new pet is dead after getting into Agnes’ begonias. (It’s interesting that Agnes lives in the Bewitched House. This could hinting that Agnes is a witch AKA Agatha Harkness.)

The boys beg Wanda to bring Sparky back to life. “You can fix anything, Mom. Fix dead!”

They have another eighties-esque heart-to-heart about not growing up fast when it’s convenient and how death can’t be reversed. Maybe she should take her own talk to heart.

Later that night, Vision confronts Wanda about the Wanda Westview Anomaly. She tries her usual diversion tactics and start rolling the credits, but Vision isn’t having it!

Vision asks several questions including “Why are there no other children in Westview?”and “What is the Wanda Westview Anomaly?” Wanda struggles to answer his questions. She doesn’t want her perfect world to crumble. She doesn’t understand why all of this happening.

It doesn’t appear like Wanda has as much control over the situation as we all think. Who’s really pulling the strings? Vision no longer believes anything Wanda tells him even when she insists she isn’t the reason the doorbell rang.
Surprisingly, for both Wanda and audience, Evan Peter’s Quicksilver is at the front door and makes a similar entrance to Uncle Jesse in the Full House Pilot.

Where is all this headed? Is Quicksilver good or evil? Who’s really in control of Westview. Hopefully, we’ll continue to get answers. Let’s pretend this article isn’t being published after episode six was released!

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‘We Interrupt This Program’ WandaVision Episode 4 Recap and Review

In WandaVision’s fourth episode we finally get some answers to what is going on! First off, the events of this show are set immediately after Endgame! We get our official introduction to adult Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and find out that she was one of the victims of Thanos’ snap. She reappears in a chair by an empty hospital bed.

She goes to find someone to ask where her mom, Maria, has gone, only to be told that Maria died from Cancer three years earlier. (Marvel, how could you!?) Monica’s confused, and doesn’t realize that there’s five years missing from her life. (Thank you, Thanos!)

We also get our first official look at S.W.O.R.D which was founded by Maria. ❤️

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Monica is a Captain (Walking in her mom’s footsteps!❤️)and works for S.W.O.R.D. She reports for work and is told by Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) that she is grounded citing her mother’s policy on the reappearance of missing persons as the reason. She is assigned to collaborate on a missing person case with FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park).

He learned the card trick! Scott would be proud.

Jimmy is working on a missing person case; the only problem being that the town he’s supposed to be investigating doesn’t actually exist! The missing person case has turned into a missing town case. There’s a force field surrounding where the town is supposed to be, and it won’t let anyone from the outside in! This scene gives the audience two answers to questions from episode two:

  1. The colored toy helicopter that Wanda finds in the bushes is a S.W.O.R.D. drone Monica used to investigate that got sucked into Sitcom Land.
  2. Monica gets sucked in by the force field and is forced to play along as Wanda’s neighbor Geraldine.

Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) arrives on the scene. This is her first appearance in the MCU since Thor: The Dark World. Not much has changed since we last saw her except now she’s a Dr. in Astral Physics.

Darcy discovers Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation mixed with a broadcast frequency, picks up on picture of Wanda and Vision in Black and White, and asks for an old TV set.

She settles in for the three episodes of WandaVision that the outside world has previously enjoyed. It’s revealed that Vision is dead in the real world, and we find out that Darcy’s the one adjusting the control board at the end of episode one. (I thought it was someone more nefarious.)

A S.W.O.R.D. Agent is sent through the sewers into to town to investigate Monica’s disappearance. He wanders too far and gets sucked into Westview. His hazmat suit changes to a beekeeper suit therefore providing the answer for the “beekeeper” who crawls up through the Manhole in episode two.


Darcy and the team analyze the episodes to identify the missing townspeople. They end up with as many questions as the audience like Why sitcoms? And why does Monica have to play along as Geraldine?


Darcy suggests that Jimmy try to contact Wanda through the radio seen on the table in episode two. This confirmed earlier fan speculation that Jimmy’s voice was coming through the radio in one of the original trailers for the show.


While watching the 70s themed episode, Darcy discovers that part of the episode is missing.
The episode switches from the real world back to the sitcom world where we left off in episode 3. We finally get an answer to how Monica reappears in the real world.

Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) questions Geraldine about Ultron, she gets increasingly upset. She feels threatened and uses her powers to expel Monica from the sitcom universe. She puts the hole in the universe back together, and Vision comes back in from his strange conversation with the neighbors.

Wanda is shocked/scared(?) to see Vision (Paul Bettany) ashen with the hole in his head left by Thanos. Vision sees that Wanda is upset and offers to leave Westview and take her wherever she wants.

Zombie Viz

Wanda insists that they can’t leave, she has everything under control. This is a world of Wanda’s own making. This seems to confirm that Vision is really dead.

This episode was fun. I loved seeing Darcy again! And it was fun to see the Darcy and Agent Woo team-up! The only problem I had was that it was a Wanda and Vision lite episode. The episode also provided several answers to earlier questions, but it also left me with more questions. While the episode does seem to confirm Vision is actually dead, is he really? Can he be brought back in some way outside of the sitcom universe? Is Wanda really in control of the situation, or is someone else pulling the strings? There’s five episodes left. Hopefully, that’s enough time to provide those answers.