NOS4A2: 5 shocking moments from Season 1, Episode 5

Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen - NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC
Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen - NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC /

Vic and Manx finally meet face-to-face with devastating consequences for someone Vic cares about. We’re recapping the 5 most shocking moments from NOS4A2.

We’ve reached the mid-way point of NOS4A2‘s first season. Charlie Manx and Vic McQueen have finally come face-to-face in what will probably be the most cordial of all their meetings.

Charlie isn’t keen on killing Vic, at least not at first. He has other ideas for how the two of them could work together. However, he is an immortal monster, and if Vic doesn’t comply, he has no qualms with viciously killing her or her loved ones.

As we edge into the back half of the season, it’s clear things are about to get much more complicated for Vic and co.

5. Drew and Vic kiss.

This moment wasn’t altogether shocking so much as I cannot understand why NOS4A2 is spending so much unnecessary time on this Craig-Vic-Drew love triangle. Does anyone care? I haven’t read the book, but if this was part of the book, I assume it was better written. In the show, it comes across as filler.

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Maggie and Vic have way more chemistry, and it’s been established; Maggie isn’t straight. If Maggie were a boy and she had the scenes she did with Vic, then she would be the apparent main love interest. If the series wanted to go there, why not just create a compelling love story between Vic and Maggie? I guess we’ll see how it all pans out.

4. Vic has a meltdown.

In the aftermath of discovering Sharon’s body and her failure to find Haley, Vic has something of a meltdown in Tiff’s garage. She gets into the linoleums (linoleums Tiff throws a fit about) and paints. As in, paints everything. She creates countless renderings of the Wraith, Charlie Manx, and other ghastly images. Tiff proclaims she “didn’t sign up for this,” code for, “I don’t want Vic in my house.”

And Vic’s spineless father doesn’t stand up for his daughter – no surprise there. Chris sucks. He doesn’t even have the guts to tell her that verbally, instead, he lets Tiff do the dirty work and doesn’t open his mouth to say a single thing. It looks like Vic might wind up back with her mom, or maybe with Maggie.

Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx – NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC /

3. Charlie Manx asks Vic to be his “mother.”

The moment many of us have been waiting for finally arrives. Vic gets a special invitation to Christmasland. She’s told to come alone. Of course, she and Maggie don’t listen. Vic goes inside a bus station to meet Manx while Maggie peruses the parking lot to find any information she can on the Wraith. The meeting goes as weirdly as you’d expect.

Manx doesn’t want to hurt Vic if he doesn’t have to. He wants to take her under his wing, teaching her how to gain something back from what her Innscape takes from her the same way he does. Vic isn’t interested. Manx is a monster, and she’s not going to change her mind.

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Not even when Manx offers her to a place at Christmasland – to be the “mother” to all the children there. Ick. What is it with Manx and Bing and their mommy issues? Actually, mommy issues are a continuous theme in this show; it’s interesting.

Needless to say, Manx and Vic don’t walk away from their meeting on good terms.

2. Maggie gets hit by the Wraith.

Maggie does find the Wraith in the parking lot. Then she makes the mistake of touching it. Charlie instantly senses his knife is being tampered with. The Wraith comes to life, seemingly of its own volition, and runs Maggie down.

Vic steps outside to witness it happen, and she watches Charlie take off in his car. It makes you wonder if Vic’s dirt bike is capable of something like that.

As for Maggie, I think she’ll be okay. For now, she’s stable and in the hospital.

Ashley Romans as Detective Tabitha Hutter – NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC /

1. Vic confesses to the detective.

Vic refuses to leave Maggie’s side while she’s in recovery. It doesn’t stop the detective who’s been sniffing around since Vic found Sharon’s body from peeking her head in though. Tired of lying, especially because her lies are so blatant, Vic takes a massive risk and tells the detective the whole truth, including the Innscapes, the Shorter Way Bridge, Manx, and even Christmasland.

We don’t see the detective’s reaction to this, but it’s not going to be good. In a preview for the next episode, it becomes apparent Vic’s parents, and the cops believe she should be put into a psychiatric hospital.

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Odds & Ends

  • Vic’s mom is going to get rid of her dirt bike mark my words. Maggie pointing out Vic losing her knife would be catastrophic and her mother already discussing the fact needs to get rid of it? She’ll have to find a way to do without or get another knife.

A new episode of NOS4A2 titled “Scissors for the Drifter” premieres July 7th at 10/9c on AMC.