Happy Town

Episode 1.05 : This Is Why We Stay

  • Happy Town
    • Episode Premiere : June 09, 2010
    • Distributor : ABC
    • Genre : Drama
    • Seasons : 1
    • Show Period : 2010 - 2010
    • Production Company: ABC Studios, Space Floor Television
    • Official Site : http://abc.go.com/shows/happy-town

Cast and Crew

  • Director John Polson
  • Screenwriter Courtney Kemp Agboh
  • Main Cast

  • Additional Cast
    • Frances Conroy as Peggy Haplin,
    • M.C. Gainey,
    • Warren Christie,
    • Sophia Ewaniuk,
    • Natalie Brown,
    • Deborah Grover,
    • Marcia Bennett,
    • Joanna Douglas,
    • Brad Borbridge,
    • Anna Ferguson,
    • Diane Gordon,
    • Lynne Griffin,
    • Tony Fletcher,
    • Andrew Scorer,
    • David Rosser,
    • Robert Lee

The Story

John Haplin asks Rachel to return to work at The Bready. There's been much fallout since the factory had to shut down. That's just something that happens when you find a severed hand in a random loaf. John demands information from Rachel regarding her abduction. He believes it will help him in the search for his missing daughter. Unfortunately, Rachel doesn't remember a thing.

When Rachel gets spooked by the mailman, she decides to take Emma to her folks in St. Paul. She runs into Merritt Grieves who thinks he can help Rachel recall the details of her trauma. If you remember, he's a collector of information on the Magic Man. That's because his son was abducted by someone who exhibited similar patterns. The Magic Man is the reason Grieves moved to Haplin.

While in a hypnotic state, Rachel is led by Grieves down a garden path in her mind. At the end of the path, there's a blue door. On the other side, there's a wall of water. Rachel steps through. She's walking underwater, yet she can breathe. She sees many small fish being eaten by a bigger fish. Others are with her, including a child and a woman with a missing a hand. Someone grabs Rachel from behind, but she can't see a face. As Rachel now gasps for air, Grieves has no choice but to snap her out of hypnosis.

After a little digging, Root Beer realizes a goodbye letter Lauryn Ward wrote before her abduction may have been penned by someone else. Lauren is right-handed and the note was written by a lefty. Lauryn's boyfriend at the time was a former star southpaw pitcher at Tommy's old high school. His name: Greggy Stiviletto.

Greggy claims Lauryn was seeing another guy. He must be the one who wrote the note. Even though they've had a troubled past, Tommy has a hunch Greggy is telling the truth. Lauryn's old phone records suggest she may have had a mystery lover. A number belonging to someone at the bread factory shows up repeatedly. It belongs to the big boss: John Haplin.

Georgia and Andrew skip school for some secret getaway time in the woods. Fans of horror flicks know that's not the wisest of moves when there's a madman on the loose. But these crazy kids are in love and speak of leaving life in Haplin behind for some California dreams. After the sun sets, they come across a camper parked in the middle of nowhere and decide to go inside. Again, horror fans everywhere are screaming, "Don't do it!"

Inside the camper, Andrew finds a shirt that belonged to his sister, Addy. Before this has time to sink in, an ignition key turns and the trailer rolls off with Georgia and Andrew trapped inside. Driving down the road with two stowaway guests in his camper is a man we thought had left Haplin: Handsome Dan Farmer.

Tommy is relieved that his dad has snapped back to reality. He's equally happy learn that Rachel has decided to stay in town. She remembers things now. Rachel says, "I can help you catch this guy." While Tommy is at home with his wife, Lauryn Ward's hand is returned to the station where Deputy Shell Jenkins sneaks a peek at the evidence on ice. She pops open the container to see the hand move as a fish jumps from the open wrist.

Peggy Haplin and Henley Boone have a deal. In exchange for the evil-looking hammer Henley possesses, Peggy gives double the amount of cash originally requested. But there's a catch. By accepting this money, Henley must never leave Haplin. On the bright side, the $500,000 she has in her suitcase should be enough to get her out of Dot Meadows' boarding house.

Henley attempts to skip out of town in a variety of ways. All are unsuccessful thanks to Peggy Haplin's influence. Henley asks Merritt Grieves to help get the contents of her cash-filled suitcase to someone she cares for deeply. Later, Grieves is seen riding on what looks to be an empty train car. But he's not alone. Someone steps up from behind and is attempting to choke the life out of him. Yes, it's never easy to leave a place like Happy Town.






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