With the exception of the fourth episode, which interrupted the show’s sitcom pattern by essentially dropping a mini Marvel movie, every episode has paid homage to a successive era of sitcom TV. But after the 1980s Family Ties–style installment of last week, this week’s installment skips the ’90s altogether and goes straight into the new millennium with a tribute to Malcolm in the Middle. (Evan Peters is kind of doing an Uncle Jesse, Full House thing, so maybe Marvel figured it’d sufficiently covered the decade.)
After the Malcolm-esqe intro, Billy begins the episode by going full Malcolm, speaking directly to the camera and the viewers at home. Decked out in a costume he’ll eventually wear a lot more often than just the last day of October once he’s older (more on that later), Billy is getting ready for his first Halloween in Westview. And before long, so is the rest of the Maximoff family. Going against Wanda’s trick-or-treating plans, however, Vision says he’s off to help out with the neighborhood watch for the night, prompting Uncle Pietro to step in for some long overdue family time. With Vision leaving to secretly investigate the mystery behind Westview, the rest of the Maximoff crew hits the town—which conveniently now has dozens of children roaming the streets for the holiday.
As the twins run off to begin their hunt for candy, Wanda has some time to catch up with her own twin. Wanda’s still trying to figure out how Pietro suddenly showed up in Westview—and also why he looks nothing like he used to. (Lingering on Tommy saying “kick ass,” it’s as if Wanda is trying to remember Aaron Taylor-Johnson but just can’t place him.) Before she can figure it out, Uncle Petey—who unsurprisingly turns out to be the greatest trick-or-treater of all time, thanks to his super speed—goes off to help the boys steal all the candy on the block.
Vision, meanwhile, continues his quest to uncover the truth about Westview. He passes a woman who appears to be glitching as she puts up a Halloween decoration, and the farther away he gets from Wanda, the less functional the simulation becomes. All the residents around him at the edge of town are frozen in place, standing lifelessly in the streets. Eventually, Vision comes across a car parked near the edge of Westview. Agnes is at the wheel, sitting completely and eerily still. As he did to Norm in the previous episode, he brings Agnes out of the trance.
“You’re one of the Avengers! You’re Vision!” the real Agnes exclaims. “Are you here to help us?”
Unfortunately this only leads to more confusion for the synthezoid. He still can’t remember his life before he came to Westview. “I do want to help,” he says, “but what’s an Avenger?”
This is, obviously, worrying for everyone involved. Vision’s being reminded of a reality he can’t grasp, while Agnes is realizing that he’s just as helpless as she is. “Am I dead?” she logically asks. And when Vision questions why she’d think that, she finally breaks it to him: He’s dead. (Considering the news, I will say that the guy handles it pretty well.)
After putting an increasingly distressed Agnes back into her trance, Vision charges on, walking right up to the staticky barrier surrounding Westview and willing his way through to the other side. There, he’s met by a group of S.W.O.R.D. agents led by Director Hayward, who all stand by and do nothing as Vision’s body immediately begins to disintegrate.
As Vision slowly falls apart outside of Westview, back at the town square, Billy, who’s beginning to discover his telepathic powers, starts to feel that his father’s in danger. After Billy and Tommy—who, for his part, seems to take after his speedy uncle—alert their mother, Wanda makes a snap decision that is both ruthless and genius. She expands the boundaries of her sitcom world, engulfing the nearby S.W.O.R.D. base and everyone who can’t escape.
Vision’s attempt to save the residents of Westview ultimately backfires. All he wanted to do was alert people to the dire situation inside of the bubble; little did he know that S.W.O.R.D. already knew about the Westview-Maximoff Anomaly. Now, most of S.W.O.R.D.’s finest have been transformed into a bunch of clowns and mimes inside Westview (though perhaps the biggest clown of them all, Hayward, managed to escape unscathed). Vision may still be alive, thanks to Billy, but now he’ll have to face the wrath of Wanda. And at this point, after all that we’ve seen her be capable of, death may have been the better alternative.
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