In this episode, Dan’s chickens start coming home to roost.
The mission in Winterland involves a woman who fell in with the wrong crowd (in part thanks to some accidental nudging by Dan in the 70s) and ended up in prison for killing a guy in a liquor store robbery. I guess that’s a step up from dead, which is how she originally turned out after running away upon meeting Dan and catching her mom with another man during a key party hosted by her dad — played by a shaggy-haired, bad-shirted John Schneider.
But the real meat of this episode is what’s going on in the present. Garrity, the FBI agent from last episode, is still dogging the Vasser brothers. He thinks Dan somehow stumbled across the Dylan McCleen cash, and his disappearance off the 747 in “Friendly Skies” was a test of airport security for pulling off his own heist. Also, I must need to watch Friendly Skies again, because I remember them saying McCleen hijacked a plane and parachuted out with $100,000, but now they’re saying he hijacked a plane and jumped out with “the ransom.” How do you collect ransom on a plane? I guess if he was holding something or someone hostage, collected the ransom, got in the plane and then abandoned it that would work, but I don’t recall that first hostage step. And if that were the case, what would any of that have to do with Dan disappearing off a plane?
You know what? I’m just going pretend like it makes perfect sense, and it was a midflight stick-up that they’re just calling a ransom because of threats to crash the plane or something. Lord knows I’ve just accepted and moved on when things in other shows made even less sense.
Garrity gets a search warrant for Dan and Katie’s house, but the money’s not there. What Dan didn’t lose in “Double Down,” Katie sneaked into his jacket while Garrity was distracted by the briefcase she just handed him. Dan later gives up the money during the ’70s liquor store robbery.
As for Jack, Garrity is looking into his old reports — including one from 1995, where Jack had chased Dan after Dan paid a cabbie with a 2003 bill earlier in the season. Garrity not only thinks Jack knew exactly who he was chasing, he also thinks the evidence bag has been tampered with. He says the bill the cabbie was given was a protoype for the money we use today. The only problem is the bill lists Jon Snow, the Secretary of the Treasury…who was NOT the secretary in 1995, ergo, the bill must be a plant.
I have to say, if I didn’t know what was going on, I’d say he makes a pretty convincing argument.
Dan and Katie also find out about Jack’s involvement, and — even though he’s trying now to make amends — they don’t take it well. And really, what did you expect, Jack? Even if you think your brother is going whack-a-mole crazy, your first instinct here isn’t to talk to them? Granted, he’d tried before only to be shut down, but now? He has physical proof that something wrong is going on. And it takes a special kind of arrogance to think, after going directly to his cop buddies, Dan and Katie would listen to him now when he says “I’m not an Eagle Scout! I can help if you just tell me what’s going on!” Love you, Jack, but you’re in a mess of your own making.
Dan throws back the whole “I already told you what was going on (I’m a time traveler!)” before kicking Jack out and then showing off a side that I don’t particularly care for when he tells Katie he doesn’t want to hear her defending Jack, anymore. He apologizes to her the next day, though.
And just to up the creepy factor, Dan gets a call from scientist Elliot Langley who wants to meet up to talk about Dan’s “book.” Turns out Langley used to work for a thinktank before the government stepped in and took over all of his research in the name of national security and fighting terrorism.
“Men with guns always want to control men with ideas,” Langley say. “Just don’t tell anyone about your book. Even a novelist has to worry about losing intellectual property.”
And having dropped his nugget of cryptic information for the episode, Langley turns to leave as Dan disappears, turns back once and offers up a knowing glance before disappearing into the fog. Creepy.
We also get confirmation this episode that Livia is from the past (1948) and only travels forward from her own time. She doesn’t know why her journeys stopped with her stuck in the future but that her missions had started getting longer before it happened. This does not particularly make anyone happy.
So, to recap: Dan and Katie are being watched by the FBI, Jack’s in the dog house with everybody, and who knows what’s up with all this time travel stuff.
There’s one other thing that doesn’t make sense to me in this episode. Dan goes back to the 70s with a 2003 bottle of wine. When he brings it forward 30-some years again, it’s awful. Now, I can fit everything I know about wine into a thimble, so I’m not debating the quality of wine that’s been around for 30 years after opening, but…what? Dan doesn’t come back from his journeys 20 to 30 years older each time…why’s the wine aging and not him? But whatever. It’s still a good show and made for a funny moment.
Also a funny moment: Dan’s enthusiasm at witnessing Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech live, followed by this exchange with Katie.
Next up: Episode 9 — Emily. Watch it for free on Hulu.com/journeyman and meet back here Wednesday to talk about it.