In a bizarre twist, the things that got wrapped up this episode were not the ones expected and the things left for another day are the ones that feel like they more naturally followed from last week. But, mostly, there's a mass exodus of main characters.
The Baby and the Cure
The biggest problem with Pastor Tom's death last week? He's the only one who knows where Janine Crazy Pants has taken Rachael and her womb full of magical healing. And if you thought Janine had lost it before, the death of Pastor Tom throws her even further down the road of full on kidnapper. And her reciting scripture to Rachael's stomach in no way helps. She tries to drug Rachael to get her to stay. And when that doesn't work — and Rachael wants to go say goodbye to Tom — she goes with old standby of just locking Rachael in, Which left me wondering about Janine's sister because who has a house that can be locked from the inside?
Rachael then gives a very convincing performance of being on Janine's side, saying that they are all the other has left. And then she knocks Janine out with a kettle. Which, you can't say Janine didn't deserve that.
Meanwhile, using amniotic fluid from Rachael, has cured Ray of the disease, leading Dr. Maggie to think that she's found a cure. That's pretty much the only good news. The bad news is that they can't find Rachael, Marty's out of the treatment from the government, and the government's decided not to help save the dead from dying. Which is a problem, because they have the dead body of Rachael from last season — when she died for the second time. Which would have the same magic amniotic fluid which could act as a cure.
Luckily, Donna Murphy feels bad about letting the Returned disappear again, so she manages to get Marty and Dr. Maggie some medicine.
As usual, the Langstons are unraveling. Grandma Margaret is upset to learn that Henry went into business with Addison anyway, and is even more scared when she finds out that Addison's grandfather has returned and is advising Addison. She goes to Sheriff Fred and says she knows that Addison's offer to help with the factory is a scam and he needs to arrest him before Henry can lose everything.
Sheriff Fred's still upset about the whole "my mother talked my wife into disappearing" thing, but he checks out her claim anyway. And, apparently, we've reached the end of this plot. Because Addison just admits to planning to leave town with all of Henry's money and Sheriff Fred brings a check back to Henry.
But while he's doing this, he takes the time to opine about their mother's underhanded and horrible tactics. Henry, it turns out, has always been told that the Langstons are the most importantest, most specialist, most nicest people in Arcadia. Grandma Maggie had told her sons that no one died in the fire. Which Fred points out that even Marty only needed 20 minutes of research to prove that wrong. Things have not been well-hidden when Marty can break through your story.
Oh, and Fred would like to point out that he's still mad about that wife-disappearing thing.
So Henry does his own research and, yeah, people did die in the fire. And it was because they were locked in a room, so that the fire wouldn't burn down the rest of the factory. They sacrificed a bunch of people to save their business, and then used their influence to hide it. And his mom knew, but she protected her husband and her sons from the knowledge. The Langston men were always considered soft touches, I guess.
Henry throws Grandma Maggie out and, when she says it's her house, he says "No. You died decades ago." Hopefully, Jacob didn't hear that and come to the conclusion that all the growth his father had done to accept him has been for nothing.
Which it may well be, because Grandma Maggie seems to think it's time to go. And not just for her to go, but for Jacob to go as well. If she's taking Jacob because she's mad at her son, that's very cold and officially makes her the most evil person on the show.
The True Lifers and Pastor Tom's Church
Obviously, Pastor Tom's church has become a place to hold vigils after his death. (No Returned who just died have showed up recently, so people think he's probably dead.) And Sheriff Fred has a lot of crimes to solve: he matches the smoke grenade that was tossed into the church to one from his own station. Which he pins on Deputy Carl and his connections to the True Lifers.
Oh, Deputy Carl. Make one good decision. Just one.
The True Lifers crash a vigil at the church. And their form of bigotry hits Henry hard and he gets angry. Which is when he gets hit with semi-valid argument that the Langstons let the main industry of the town die out because he was depressed. Ironically, Jacob also gives up when his family is damaged. The sight of his father hurt trying to defend him causes Jacob to go off with his grandmother. Leaving Lucille searching for him frantically.
Honestly, I wish this season had stuck with Langstons from the beginning. The disease plot hasn't been interesting once and Pastor Tom's baby drama was only bearable in small doses. And only fun once Janine snapped like a twig.
The family drama with the Langstons, however, could have definitely been better drawn out. It would have been a better slow burn if we could have kept track of what we knew about that factory fire, rather than taking so many breaks from it that I, at least, had trouble remembering what we knew in this final episode.
Plus, Jacob's sudden desire to leave needed building. Seeing his father old and nearly losing his house because he wants to leave Jacob the factory, that would have been better than just "Do you really think I'm going to be around that long?" And, because of the rush, Dr. Maggie came around on wanting to know her mother very quickly. Just so it would hurt more when Grandma Maggie made her leave.
The Langstons have always been the strongest part of this show. And tying the questions about the Returned to them, and exploring in depth questions about having a mother your age or a too-young wife you still love or restarting your life after you put it on pause when your son died (and discovering how your grief affected your town) are all more interesting things to spend time on then a random disease. Just the end of this episode, with Lucille frantically trying to find Jacob was proof that this show is best when it's a family drama.