Posted by: mikecane | May 19, 2009

The Unusuals Season 1 Episode 5

Yes, I know those eejits at ABC have canceled it, but I’ll still refer to it as Season 1 in my post headings.

I’ll begin with the episode credits:

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Two stories: The Frank Lutz thread is cut and a madman is terrorizing city buses.

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Cole gets an ominous call from Lutz, talking about chess strategy and endgames.

Lutz goes to Walsh’s diner …

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… where his plan to kill Walsh is checked, but Belmont is shot by a stray.

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The 42-phobic Banks notices the total on Walsh’s cash register.

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Banks and Delahoy are taken off the Walsh case and ordered to take down some nut terrorizing city buses.

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And 42 comes into play again …

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… even with the number of passengers on the bus: 42!

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NYPD sketch artist creates a face …

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… that Cole instantly recognizes …

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… Frank Lutz. The endgame is on.

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Interviewing a passenger from the bus, Detective Eddie Alvarez’s language skills …

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… fail him.

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Banks’ witness is a low-tension psychic …

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… who tells him …

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… that 42 …

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… is his fate!

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Three brave men with guns …

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… not wanting to set foot in that hospital to visit Belmont.

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Lutz is officially identified.

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Cole goes in search of Lutz at his apartment …

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… a song that’s a running thread to this story is playing …

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… and Cole finds a solitary chess piece.

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The psychic no one believed is suddenly credible.

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The Chief holds vigil — reading a book. Unfortunately, we never get to see the title.

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Alvarez sent a Get Well basket — of muffins!

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Lutz becomes a threat to Cole …

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… and Cole realizes he has no other options but one.

The team has a lead on a suspect in the bus terror …

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… a “bus enthusiast” …

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… whose next planned ride …

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… will collide with the fate of Banks!

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Cole is on his way to meet Lutz, who’s demanded $20,000 to disappear …

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… and another strand of fate is unwound as that song Cole has been running into plays on his radio.

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The 42 bus …

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… and in a delicious Twilight Zone twist, the psychic is boarding too!

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Banks is a cop.

The Endgame of Frank Lutz …

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… under which the song reached its crescendo. That song is Chain by The Fire Theft (YouTube video link).

The fate of Leo Banks …

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“You know what I saw? I saw fate get its ass kicked.”

The Liberation of Leo Banks …

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… is not happening.

Yes, I’ve skipped bits. These posts were never meant to be comprehensive accounts of an episode.

Wonderful script and direction. How can ABC not see this is the kind of series it needs to have to keep viewers?

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