The Mysterious Benedict Society (Season 2) Episode 8: Recap and Ending Explained- The Mysterious Benedict Society reunited and escaped from Dr. L.D. Curtain’s farm and the latter were drugged and wrapped up in one of the vans. They were driving to an unknown location, about to be closely pursued by ‘The Grays.’ The main attraction of this episode was whether the group would be able to rescue Nicholas Benedict from the state of artificial happiness.
Here’s what went down in ‘A Two-Way Street.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Season 2) Episode 8
‘A Two-Way Street’: Recap
The episode began with Milligan driving the yellow van through the woods. What’s noticeable is that Dipika Perumal and Number Two had exchanged seats, with the latter sitting shotgun. She instructed and helped him navigate the vehicle to a house that was in the middle of nowhere. Three people emerged and just stared at the group.
Number Two then revealed it was her family (we did hint at some unknown persons being who The Mysterious Benedict Society was seeking). During the exchange, audiences learned that things weren’t exactly good and that Number Two wasn’t a code name. Her first name was Number, and she had a sibling called One Two.
Number Two described her society’s plight as they were being pursued by Curtain’s men. Nicholas Benedict claimed it was too far of a stretch as the man in question is his brother. Number Two’s mother allowed the group to stay as long as they worked for their supper.
The group headed to the barn, where Kate elected to rebuild her machine so that they could free Constance and Mr. Benedict. The adults, who discussed what would happen when Dr. Curtain awoke, didn’t seem on the same page when it was revealed that Nicholas would talk to his brother.
Curtain woke up and saw Nicholas standing near him. The good twin accused the evil one of denying the catatonia cases, even though it was happening right before his eyes. Curtain then noticed Mr. Benedict touch his neck, and he seemed concerned. He asked his twin about how long those symptoms had been there. Before Nicholas could reply to Nathaniel, he froze. Dr. L.D. Curtain desperately yelled for his brother to wake up, but to no avail.
Unaware of what had transpired, the group continued to work outdoors. Number Two and her mother had a heated exchange about the latter reaching out to the former and how easy it was to do so. Number Two’s mother even asked her daughter if she had adopted one of the four children, as she found them, good kids. Rhonda popped up, reminded the duo of the need to fortify the farm, and asked Mrs. Two for a map of the property. One then revealed that Grey individuals had been asking about them, bringing a look of horror onto Number and Rhonda’s faces.
The duo rushed to the barn, got Milligan, and told the entire group to be ready for battle. They obliged, except for Constance, who spoke against conflict. Milligan sent her to solve a 2,000-piece puzzle, and the rest focused on unique defense techniques. It involved dropping a tree on passing cars, getting a car to drive into a ditch, and getting them to drive through a nail board. The last one didn’t work as Jackson and Jillson spotted it and drove around it.
Dr. L.D. Curtain looked devastated at the sight of his immobilized brother and begged him to come back. He realized he was way over his head and couldn’t fix the problem himself. Nathaniel admitted it was all about control before Mr. Benedict returned to life.
The evil twin tried to rediscover his bad-guy mojo but was called out for trying to hide what was genuine. Benedict then revealed that he was bluffing, but not from the first moment. He was cured the moment Kate’s camera trick worked. However, he opted to keep that a secret to putting his plan into action, i.e., convince Curtain that he had lost Benedict. The Grays reached the house, and the scene cut to Number Two standing on the landing and daring Curtain’s henchmen to enter. Her family joined her, with the children and Milligan following suit.
As both parties looked set to tear into each other, Dr. Curtain ordered his men to stand down and released them from service. Jackson and Jillson seemed stunned and lost for words. They sprinted away and proclaimed they would keep their mentor’s movement going on. The Grays also turned and left once they learned Curtain wasn’t bluffing. It was extremely hilarious looking at the henchmen trying to catch a subliminal message from their master.
Rhonda came forward and showed the group a catatonic Constance. Curtain said he created the problem and vowed to fix it; his brother stood by his side, and the two joined forces.
The group, particularly Nicholas Benedict, came up with a theory that the way to combat artificial happiness is to trigger real happiness. Hence, they created situations that would make Constance fight her condition with every fiber of her being just to insult the rest.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Season 2) Episode 8: Ending, Explained
Finally free of artificial happiness, the group made their preparations to leave. Curtain carried Kate’s camera and Mr. Benedict’s technique of reversal back to the farm to free everyone frozen or in a state of artificial happiness.
Rhonda and Number Two, who were offered leadership roles in society, took a sabbatical to win a contest.
George resumed his education at the Boatwright Academy and found time to pen letters to a delighted Reynie. Kate also shared her happenings on the farm. And Constance rediscovered her dry humor, using it on Muldoon and Mr. Benedict. This even led to a plea, where she urged her guardian to locate where she came from. Dr. Curtain walked in and announced he would join the society as they had to combat their common sister, someone who he said ‘wasn’t as nice as he is.’
Who is Mr. Benedict’s sister?
The obvious question and yet the most difficult one to answer. Mr. Benedict has no sister, and this is similar to us guessing where Milligan was driving the van towards at the end of the penultimate episode. I’m envisioning a Euros Holmes-type situation here, which will also serve as the answer to yet another query that may green-light season 3.
Who is Constance’s mother?
There is some backstory of three of the four kids. The exception is Constance. Also, she was the one taken in by Mr. Benedict as a room partner. I feel the ‘sister’ will turn out to be Constance’s mother. Too obvious, right? They have to think of something really fresh.
What sort of role will Rhonda and Number Two play?
While Mr. Benedict is the brains, he realizes they need some aggression on the team. Hence, the duo could take the lead on combat and spycraft.
The Mysterious Benedict Society Season 3- Will/Should it happen?
A hook is provided, and the source material is there. However, the issue of the child actors getting older will plague the series. All four child actors will be considerably older come the next season as they will have hit their adolescent phase. Society can get older and more mature, but it may lose its charm. The second season sometimes felt a tad pedestrian; a third may not be the best. On the flip side, seeing Nicholas and Nathaniel join forces would make for a formidable team that would require the writers to develop a Helaesque character.