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"Traveler" Recap: Episode 5, "The Tells"

"Traveler" Recap: Episode 5, "The Tells"

This week's episode of "Traveler" was the most action-packed hour yet, and for the first time, I'm actually a little sad that this show will (presumably) be ending for good in just a few weeks. I've grown attached to Jay and Tyler, but this week also featured a heavy dose of Will, the reason I liked this show in the first place.

This week jumped back and forth between Jay and Tyler's story and Will's interrogation, so there was a lot going on. Here's my take on what happened:

  • So Hotel Guy shot Will with a tracking device (which his bosses later cut out of his leg, ew), and he's also been following Jay and Tyler thanks to a tracking device in the watch he gave them. He seemed most interested to know if Maya gave them anything; Jay refused to admit they had the mysterious key. I'm still not sure whose side Hotel Guy is on, but I'd be nervous about messing with him.
  • Hotel Guy also finally informed the guys that Will is not their friend. Gee, you think?

Lots more, so

  • The FBI's medical examiner finally figured out that the guy who died in the bombing wasn't Will. I was wondering what was taking them so long, but it's only actually been 54 hours since the bombing, which is a pretty good turn-around time.
  • Everybody hates Will: Jay and Tyler, Hotel Guy, and even the organization he apparently works (worked?) for. A woman named Kate interrogates him about what really happened the morning of the bombing, and we learn that the plan was for Will to activate the bomb and Jay and Tyler to die in the museum. But when he got there, someone else had already activated the bomb. Will strangled that guy with his sweatshirt, then pulled the fire alarm.
  • In the flashback, the other guy says they only needed Will "to get your friends here." Were Jay and Tyler just supposed to be framed for the bombing because there had to be someone to blame, or was there some specific reason they were picked to be the fall guys? Also, did Will really think he was being a better friend by letting them live as terrorist suspects rather than letting them die in the bombing?

  • Jay and Tyler go to Boston — they sure have gotten bold about going out in public — and learn that the key opens a locker at a historic research library. Tyler opens the drawer and discovers a stash of passports from different countries with Will's picture and various fake names (all more convincing than Will Traveler, by the way), along with a bunch of currency and a gun. Tyler bags it all up and puts it in the car.
  • Why can't I place the creepy bleached-blonde guy we see in the apartment? I'm almost positive he's been in the show before, but in what context? Was he the guy who stole the photos from Kim's bag? That actor, by the way, has to be one of the creepiest men working in Hollywood today; his blank stare gave me chills.
  • Kate is quite interested in the painting Will stole, for some reason, because it makes them vulnerable. I guess I understand that, but it's not like the FBI knows the painting is missing. Ultimately he tells her it's in the long-term parking lot at LaGuardia.
  • To get answers, Kate plays Will a recording of Maya being tortured; once he gives up the info, Kate tells Will that Maya was dead hours ago. Will somehow frees himself and stabs Kate to death with part of the chair.
  • Here's when I start to be confused: Will leaves the hotel — but it looks like the hotel was really just a sound stage? Meanwhile, the creepy bleached-blonde guy manages to escape. Then, we see a flashback of Will getting his instructions from Joseph — and is that the National Security official we've seen in previous weeks? Finally, one of the henchmen shows up at LaGuardia and opens up the trunk of the car, finding only a bomb.

Wow. What do you make of the ending? Who are all these people? And can they possibly wrap up this story in three more episodes?

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mels mels 10 years
It's fun to read everyone's observations b/c you guys always point out things I hadn't thought of. That hotel being a stage was weird. And if the Homeland Securtity dude was anal enough to be watching everything Kate did on camera, I was really surprised that there weren't guards and Will was able to walk out. And I'm sorry, but I just have a hard time believing Will is a badass. I like his character, but he seems to frail to be pounding on people. Anyway... I'm still into the show and next week looks good. Looks like some juicy details about Tyler's dad will come out. And the FBI lady is starting to see the light, right?
youaremykind youaremykind 10 years
the creepy guy is the one that stole the photos from Kim's bag. i really hope that enough people are watching the show, so they can renew it.
mme-sky mme-sky 10 years
Yes, bleach blonde guy is the one that stole the pics from Kim's bag. Couple of observations/questions: - Will's "soundstage hotel room" must have been far away from DC & the Homeland Security guy b/c otherwise, they would have stormed in after he killed that chick, right? - Will is apparently a government agent -- in the previews for next week, some lady calls him a "soldier" -- not sure what that's about - I think Will stole that painting as collateral -- either to get some money on the black market or to hold over his superior's heads -- at any rate, he obviously anticipated someone else wanting it since he had a bomb rigged up in a dummy car in case someone went looking for it.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Great recap, Buzz. I haven't watched all of the episodes that I've recorded, but I always look forward to these recaps. Traveler really is a fast paced, intriguing show; can't wait to see how they do wrap all of this up.
chopsticker chopsticker 10 years
I love this show! And I actually didn't know that it was going to end soon ... but then again, I guess it was only made for the summer, to fill up a time slot. boo. Well then I'll just cross my fingers that enough people watched/are watching Traveler so that maybe, just maybe they'll figure a way to get it back.
heides heides 10 years
ive become addicted to this show! its soo good. i dont know how theyre goin to wrap it up either! when are those fbi agents goin to start realizing jay and tyler arent to blame for this.
megmarmor megmarmor 10 years
I totally agree that the show now needed more than eight episodes to mature and develop, but I'll take what I can get at this point. I, too, was majorly creeped out by the sound stage/hotel. Who are these people?! And remember, it was the Homeland Security guy who told Kate to play the tape of Maya. What is Homeland Security doing blowing up national galleries? So confusing. Are they trying to say that we're creating our own terrorists? That the government is so desperate to prove they were right that they are staging terrorist acts in our own country to scare people into their way of thinking? What is the big picture with this show? Either way, I can wait for the next four episodes. This is one of the few shows that truly keeps me guessing and intrigued.
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