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‘The Umbrella Academy’ recap: Episode 1×05, “Number Five”

The Handler shows up to make a deal with Number Five, and Vanya's lack of medicine starts affecting her.

“No one’s ever believed in me like this.”

Number Five’s life in the future

Just as last episode saw Luther’s past, episode five finally shows us Number Five’s past, or future, depending on how you look at it. Being the one person left on Earth, Five picked up Dolores and started traveling. He did well surviving, but who knows what that much isolation did to his mind.

The Handler and The Commission

Thankfully, or not, someone finally appears years later. She introduces herself as The Handler, played by the wonderful Kate Walsh. She offers Five a job working as an assassin for an organization called The Commission, who kill people to maintain the future they want.

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Once he serves his time, he can return to wherever and whenever he wants. Of course, having given up hope to get back home by himself, Five takes the job. He learns all he can about time travel, all while building quite the reputation as a killer.

A few years into his work, he thinks he’s figured out how to get home with his abilities, and that’s how he ended up a 58-year-old back in his 13-year-old body, going through puberty a second time.

Klaus returns and grieves

Klaus reappears on another bus from whatever time he traveled to, a lot worse for wear. He is dressed as a soldier, with an army tattoo on his arm and the haunted expression to match. Klaus is obviously mourning someone or something.

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He destroys the unlucky time-traveling briefcase and heads back to the academy. No one noticed he was even gone. The first sibling he runs into is Five, who questions him about the briefcase, rather than his travels through time.

Klaus runs into Diego next, who is out for vengeance on Cha-Cha and Hazel. While driving, Klaus spots a bar for Vietnam veterans, and makes Diego stop. He goes in and heads right for a bunch of pictures and memorabilia on the wall.

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Looking at one picture, he starts crying. While Diego has no idea what’s going on with him, he comforts Klaus, and defends him against some men who try to get them to leave. Back in the car, they spot Hazel, and follow him to the motel.

Diego instructs Klaus to wait in the car, but thankfully he doesn’t listen. Diego gets shot in the arm, and Klaus pulls him out of Cha-Cha and Hazel’s view, stopping him from getting shot a second time.

Hazel and Agnes

Hazel’s been making secret visits to the donut shop, where Agnes works. Though I’m sure he likes donuts, as everyone does, Agnes is what seems to be continually drawing him there. They have a great connection despite their differences, and she tells him all about her hobby for birdwatching.

Vanya’s audition

Allison goes to the library to try to find information on Leonard, and there’s nothing but a photo and a name in the phonebook. She tries to tell Vanya, but she doesn’t listen.

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After the first chair violinist mysteriously disappears, the orchestra holds auditions for the opening. Vanya says she’s been feeling better lately than she ever has, and as she plays, strange waves of energy form in the air. They seem to affect the people in the theater, drawing them in.

The trade-off

After he hit a dead end with the eye, Five does a lot of math to try to figure out who he can kill to stop the apocalypse, and he narrows it down to four names. He gets his sniper rifle ready, but Luther threatens to drop Dolores out the window, so he stops.

They come up with a different plan, and schedule a trade with Hazel and Cha-Cha. They all meet in the middle of the road in the middle of nowhere. Five says he has the briefcase (he does not), and in return, Hazel and Cha-Cha get in contact with The Handler.

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Klaus and Diego arrive in a stolen ice cream truck, speeding in and crashing into Hazel & Cha-Cha’s car. As chaos ignites, time stops and The Handler appears to talk to Number Five. They make a deal.

Five will come back to work at The Commission, in management, only if his whole family survives. But before leaving, he makes the situation a little easier for his siblings, then disappears.

A kiss

Vanya gets first chair in the orchestra, and goes to Leonard’s house to share the news. They kiss, and the same energy that she generated in the audition happens again.

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As it floats through the air, we see the attic of Leonard’s house, where there is the dead body of the previous first chair, and Reginald Hargreeves’ missing notebook. Not good.

At The Umbrella Academy, Pogo seems to sense something strange in the air. He fixes Grace up and turns her back on. Pogo asks is she remembers what happened, and tells her that the children can never know.

What is Pogo hiding from them?

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Devon Forward

Devon is an artist, writer, and current student of film/television development. She loves anything science fiction or fantasy, and her favorite show is Charmed, which kick-started her obsession with powerful yet imperfect female characters. You can usually find her somewhere analyzing a tv show or reading a good book. On Twitter @dev4wrd

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