Official synopsis for Linger from The CW:
SECRETS AND LIES - Driven by the prospects of her scientific research, Liz (Jeanine Mason) opens up to Diego (guest star Cleo Anthony) about all the good her findings could do. Meanwhile, Max (Nathan Dean) enlists Kyle's (Michael Trevino) help getting to the bottom of the recent abductions, while Michael (Michael Vlamis) does his own investigating into Alex's disappearance. Elsewhere, after learning more about her mother Louise, Isobel (Lily Cowles) pays a visit to Rosa (Amber Midthunder), in hopes that Rosa could help her begin to heal. Franklin Vallette directed the episode written by Ariana Quiñónez & Deirdre Mangan (#211). Original airdate 6/1/2020.
Years earlier, Liz’s ex-boyfriend Diego is bringing her food while she’s buried in her research. He’s impressed with her intellect and calls her extraordinary and mentions how much of a turn on it is. He then says screw it even though in his mind, he’d planned a much more romantic setting but believes now’s the time to propose. Dropping to one knee, he asks Liz to marry him. Her response ends up being to shower Diego with kisses before finally saying yes.
In present day, Liz’s alarm wakes her up at the lab. Max also wakes up in his office with a start and deposits a second empty vial into a box. Shortly thereafter, the two meet up at the café. Liz is a bit confused as to how Max got in before the place opens and a peppy Isobel explains her brain can pick locks now. Besides, they were supposed to meet at 6am before the CrashCon crowds arrived.
Liz is shocked to see Max wearing sweats and he confesses he’s ready to start working on his cardio. Liz lies and says she stayed at Maria’s overnight, and then points out they should fix Isobel up with someone. Max points out that the special someone for Isobel could be a girl,a non-binary partner or a guy. Isobel admits that it’s a recent thingDiego’s brought up and Liz reveals Max only started working out since meeting Liz’s hunky exe.
Max fills Isobel in on the status of the abduction case, explaining Cam was injected with butyricol which is a rare memory-erasing drug. They think Cam was abducted to lure Charlie out of hiding. Isobel wonders if they’ve consulted Alex to see if this also connects with Project Shepherd, but Liz says he’s out of town. Unbeknownst to them that Alex has been kidnapped by a mystery person.
At Sanders' Auto. Michael tells Walt that Louise lived till 1997 while showing her a picture of her in her old age. Michael finds the napkin with alien symbols that Alex had shown him. It’s stuck to his boot and there are spots that look like blood on it.
Max takes off to start his early shift at The Wild Pony, just as Liz gets a text and remembers she was supposed to have taken Rosa her sketchbooks. Isobel, still being super friendly and helpful, volunteers to go on a road trip to drop them off. As they’re about to go their separate ways, Diego shows up and Isobel is obviously impressed by his appearance.
Diego has decided not to leave town until Liz’s dad is in the clear. He offers to use his connections to powerful lawyers and Liz is thankful. Isobel interrupts, all flirty and introducing herself while offering up any and all of her services.
Over at the hospital, Kyle Valenti is called into the Dean of Surgery’s office. His co-workers give him a hard time about it.
Liz is busy with orders in the kitchen when Diego announces he’s figured out they can develop something that will counteract the loss of memory. One of the cook’s tries to shoo Liz and Diego out of the kitchen – the place is hopping and they’re taking up space. Diego volunteers to butter the guy’s buns.
Meanwhile, Michael heads over to Alex’s place and finds that the door’s cracked open. He spots Alex’s dad, Jesse, snooping around the living room and Jesse immediately whips out his gun. Michael doesn’t hesitate and uses his powers to disarm Jesse and shove him into the wall.
Michael demands to know where Alex is and Jesse claims he has no idea. Alex is disabled and has PTSD, and Jesse just learned he didn’t make it to Andrews Air Force base. Michael’s not falling for it and threatens Jesse to rip his trachea out and show him, but Jesse continues to claim they both want the same thing: Alex back, safe and sound.
Isobel arrives with Rosa’s sketchbooks and the news that she ate the pan dulces Rosa’s dad prepared on the drive over. Fortunately, Isobel was only joking and Rosa isn’t forced to beat up an alien. Isobel also admits she really wants to know what’s in Rosa’s sketchbooks/journals in case anything in there is about her. She wonders what’s in there from the “whole Noah thing.”
Surprisingly, Rosa agrees she can look at them. She might even answer questions…maybe.
Meanwhile, Max is tending the bar and Kyle’s stressed eating at The Wild Pony. Kyle’s not in a great mood and wants to drown his sorrows in whiskey. Apparently, he was suspended for taking hospital resources for his personal use. Max reluctantly calls Kyle a good person before laying out what he really wants; he needs to know if Project Shepherd is connected to the abductions. Alex is out of town or else he would have turned to him. Kyle downs another glass of pizza as he remarks by saying how much he hates having a conscience
In another flashback, Liz and Diego are quietly celebrating a grant that will allow Liz to save lives. She’s overcome with emotion and reveals her younger self would never have dreamed this would happen. When Diego asks what she really wants, she immediately says a Nobel Prize. She then adds she wants citizenship for her dad so he doesn’t have to live scared and she wants to be less angry.
In present-day, Liz bluntly asks Diego why he’s helping her. He swears he’s happy and has a good life, but he does miss talking to her about her work. He really, really wants to know about her secret experiment. She lays out a hypothetical surrounding her work.
Over at Alex’s research hub, Kyle and Max search through Alex’s work. Max admits it’s a long shot and that he didn’t look into Alex’s research before because he wasn’t sure he wanted to learn things about himself. Kyle’s still drinking whiskey as Max suggests they head over to Liz’s lab, box up the stuff, and give it back to the hospital. Maybe that will help get Kyle’s suspension lifted. Kyle tries to blow off Max’s offer to help but it doesn’t work.
Jesse’s standing next to his car in a building when Flint drives up. As soon as he hops out of the car, Jesse pulls a gun on him and demands to know what he did with Alex.
Michael secretly listens from outside as Flint reveals Alex is safe. Flint knows his dad kidnapped Alex and locked him in his basement and he refuses to give Alex back. Flint reminds his dad that he taught him all his life to hate and destroy aliens.
Jesse glances over at Michael who’s outside peering through a broken window. Jesse claims he was wrong and Flint gets back in his car, telling his dad he doesn’t need him for what comes next.
After Flint pulls away, Michael grabs Jesse’s cane and hits him with it. He’s furious Jesse had Alex secured in his basement after kidnapping him. Michael suddenly realizes that if Flint gave Alex back his dad would have killed him! Alex is a loose end and can’t be allowed to live.
Michael becomes emotional as he snarls at Jesse that Alex has evolved past them both, despite how Jesse treated him while he was growing up. Tossing his cane away, Michael leaves but not before telling Jesse he doesn’t deserve to call Alex his son.
Kyle was unable to put Max off and the two show up at Liz’s lab. Max wants to do one good thing today but when Kyle very reluctantly attempts to open the lab using his handprint, it denies him access. He thinks Liz might have been mad about the pollen in his mom’s perfume and had his access revoked.
Max and Kyle kick ideas back and forth as they return to the car. Max wonders if maybe the abductions don’t have anything to do with Project Shepherd and instead are all military operations. A drug that removes and replaces short-term memories would definitely be useful to the military. It could even be used as a weapon.
They both land on the fact that Flint Manes doesn’t really do much for Project Shepherd since it’s not active. But Kyle realizes that Flint is a weapons specialist officially for the military. They decide to find out what he’s up to.
Over at the diner, Diego is suspiciously persistent about obtaining details of Liz’s research. In another flashback,Liz breaks her materials in anger after she lost her funding for grants once the research progressed from worms to human cells. Diego would try to get her to accept a grant from Genoryx. He claimed it played loose with the FDA guidelines, but Liz refused to do anything shady or secret.
Diego’s still pushing Genoryx which is where he works. However, Liz still believes the company’s unethical.
Two ICE agents stroll into the diner and Liz says, “Oh hell no.”
Elsewhere, Michael speeds after Flint’s car and uses his powers to give Flint’s car a flat tire, thus forcing him to stop. He then disarms Flint just as he did Jesse. He knocks him out by using his mind power to fling Flint against his own car.
Rosa and Isobel go through Rosa’s sketchbook and it brings back an assortment of memories. Rosa takes off her necklace and allows Isobel to see her memories. She shares a memory of attending an AA meeting and hearing her mom talk about loving someone other than the man Rosa always thought was her dad. It was painful for Rosa to hear she wasn’t Arturo’s daughter. She confesses she shared that particular memory so Isobel would know that she understands what it must be like to not know her mom and she wishes she knew hers less.
Liz hurries into the kitchen and tells the cook to leave, indicating the ICE agents nearby. She returns to the dining area to suggest they take their coffees to go, and they insult her with disgusting racist remarks. When one says she’d be pretty if it weren’t for her ugly mouth, Liz delivers a verbal lashing. She threatens to pull in the ACLU, her lawyer, and reveals she knows his niece goes to a school in a district she doesn’t live in. When he calls her a bitch, Liz demands he listen up. She unleashes another verbal takedown and then when the agent goes full-on racist, Diego steps in. He tells the agents he’s close with the acting director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement who happens to be a friend of the family and so is Liz.
Max and Kyle break into Flint’s place looking for anything related to the Camerons. Kyle quickly discovers something labeled Yucca Blooms Ltd but doesn’t tell Max what he found. Instead, he secretly slips it in his pocket. Before they can do any further investigating, they hear a car pull up outside.
They’re hiding in a closet listening to someone walk around the house when Max spots a rifle and scope just like the one used to shoot at him while he was trying to retrieve Cam with Charlie. The door closes and they exit the closet but not before Kyle tells Max he smells like rain.
Kyle rushes to the window and sees the hunting van drive away. Max wants to get back to town ASAP.
Rosa calls her mom and Dirk answers. She doesn’t say anything as he desperately asks if it’s Helena. Rosa learns just from listening to the panic in his voice that her mom’s gone missing.
Isobel doesn’t want to take the blame for helping her break out of rehab and tells her so as the two drive home. Rosa’s worried her mom is one of the abducted or maybe her mom just bailed on her new family. Either way, she’s done with rehab in a week anyway even though she’d like to stay until she’s all better. Isobel has decided she needs to figure out how to put Noah’s money to good use. She’s committed herself to following in her mother’s footsteps and helping others, and wants to help Rosa heal.
Before they head home, Isobel wants to check in on Michael at the junkyard.
As it turns out Michael isn’t at the junkyard but is zapping Flint with one of his own weapons to get info on Alex’s whereabouts. Michael says he was forced out of being a peaceful guy, out of having a family and starting a dad band. He was provoked and that peaceful future is now gone. Flint calls Alex a traitor who’s sure to face a court-martial before it’s all over.
Flint warns Michael that if he doesn’t do what he says, Alex will die knowing Michael’s the reason. Flint demands an apology and to be untied.
As Liz and Diego are cleaning the diner, he continues to tell her she should sign up with Genoryx. She could even work in a sanctuary city and they’d sponsor Arturo’s citizenship. Max shows up to interrupt the conversation and Diego heads out for the night.
Max fills Liz in on what he’s learned about Flint’s connection to butyricol. Alex’s other brother, Greg, revealed Flint has a property outside of town,where he owns a hunting van, and was the sniper the night they found Cameron. Max also found the box Arturo kept her grandmother’s ring in in the trash outside Flint’s place. Max got the ring back but not the box which Helena kept.
Liz reveals Rosa was concerned their mother’s disappeared. Max thinks Flint’s now trying to get to Liz, who he calls a bioengineering genius by kidnapping her mom. Liz claims it won’t work since she doesn’t care about her mom.
Liz realizes there’s something up that Max isn’t talking about. He finally explains he knows Maria left with Mimi since last night which means she lied about where she spent the night. Liz quickly says she wasn’t with Diego, but Max didn’t think it had anything to do with him. He’s connected the fact Kyle’s locked out of Liz’s lab with Liz’s lies. He wants to know why she lied about no one accepting her applications when he found two notices of grant offers in his trash. Liz claims she doesn’t want to go back to worms or mice or rats. She confesses she’s developing a rapid treatment for a rare blood disease to help Kyle’s girlfriend.
Max can’t believe Liz wants to risk alien DNA falling into the wrong hands through her research. She attempts to explain that the DNA is in her hands and begs him to trust her. Max points out she’s only asking now because she was caught in a web of lies.
Rosa and Isobel arrive with new information as the argument heats up. They found a note at Michael’s that was written in Helena’s handwriting. Helena wasn’t kidnapped; she’s working with Flint.
Michael meets with Helena and as she’s introducing herself, she plunges a syringe into his arm. It contains a drug developed at Caulfield that inhibits his powers. He demands to see Alex and she promises he will after he builds her a bomb.
Cast and characters
- Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho
- Nathan Dean as Max Evans
- Michael Vlamis as Michael Guerin
- Lily Cowles as Isobel Evans-Bracken
- Tyler Blackburn as Alex Manes (credit only)
- Heather Hemmens as Maria DeLuca (credit only)
- Michael Trevino as Kyle Valenti
- Trevor St. John as Jesse Manes
- Amber Midthunder as Rosa Ortecho
- Kiowa Gordon as Flint Manes
- Peter Diseth as Graham Green
- Justina Adorno as Steph
- Cleo Anthony as Diego
- Bertila Damas as Helena Ortecho
- Nicholas Ballas as Walt Sanders
- Morse Bicknell as Agent Chad Hinkle
- Nathaniel Auguston as Agent Smith
- Giancarlo Beltran as Javier
- Dirk (voice only)
- Mimi DeLuca, left with Maria on a retreat
- Gregory Manes, Max called him
- Dean of Surgery (Steph's father)
Music featured in this episode:
|"Pasado Es Pasado"||LMS||Flashback, Diego visits Liz a the lab and brings dinner.|
|"Makeup Counter Girl"||Powerslide||Liz shows up at the Crashdown to talk to Max and Isobel.|
|"Summer's Over"||Pillbox||At the Crashdown, Isobel volunteers to take the sketchbooks to Rosa, and Diego arrives.|
|"Just a Human, Being Human"||Joey Sykes||Liz works at the Crashdown.|
|"The Last Man in Tujunga"||I See Hawks in L.A.||Max works at the Wild Pony.|
|"Take Me Someplace"||Joey Sykes|
|"Matter Of Fact"||Buva|
|"Fade Out"||Viscious Kiss|
|"It's Easier to Run Away"||Joey Sykes|
- On December 6, 2019, Carina showed that the 11th episode is titled: Linger.
- Production code is: T48.10211.
- The episode is named after the song Linger by The Cramberries, which was released in 1993.
Michael to Jesse: When I was a kid I thought, maybe because of my high IQ, my species was superior to yours. Then I fell in love with your son. And I didn't feel superior anymore. I am angry. And smashing things is easy. Alex has evolved past that. He's past you! And he's past me! Despite you, you slapping him around, shoving that Manes man crap down his throat. He still loves. He even loves you. You don't deserve to call him your son.
Max: What kind of work are you doing, exactly?
Liz: I'm developing a rapid treatment for a rare blood disease. Kyle's girlfriend is sick, and I want to help repay him for what he's done for us.
Liz to Chad: Oh do you want to know what my ugly mouth can do? My ugly mouth can tell the ACLU that you, Chad Hinkle, were on track to miss your monthly quota when you violated the fourth amendment by yanking my dad out of the hospital. Now that you’re here, my mouth can tell my lawyer to press misdemeanor stalking charges. My mouth can say that your sister’s kid goes to school in a district she does not live in. But, hey, that’s just from Google... You want to destroy my family over a bogus vandalism charge. Why do we have to be perfect to deserve to exist within some arbitrary border? Why is it okay for you to screw up, but not me?
Liz: Flint didn't abduct my mother. This is Helena's handwriting, they're working together.
Diego to Liz: Anger's not so bad. It reminds us something's not right and then we change it. And you are going to change everything. I'm so glad I get to stand beside you when I do.
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