The lies that Jake has been telling since he arrived in the past are becoming harder and harder to keep. Between what one could call his “professional” life (figuring out if Oswald was the shooter) in Dallas and the personal connections he’s making in Jodie, his two worlds are starting to collide.
The episode opens in late March 1963, less than a month from the assassination attempt on General Walker. Jake and Bill are living in a new apartment directly under the Oswald’s. Lee is timing himself on assembling a rifle before he goes out to his yard and poses in the now infamous “backyard photo” with Marina, George de Mohrenschildt — and secretly Jake and Bill — looking on. George asks Lee what a guy like him needs with a rifle like that.
“I’m going to hunt fascists,” Oswald responds.
Jake points out that the Oswalds have no idea who they are and it needs to stay that way. It’s clear now that Bill is a time bomb waiting to go off. He’s already proven himself not the sharpest tool in the shed but he now clearly has feelings for Marina.
But Bill isn’t the only one who is forming dangerous connections. Back in Jodie, Jake does some not-too-discrete flirting with Sadie before getting approached by Principal Deke who offers him a better place for such activities: the Hollyhock Bungalows.
Flipping back to Dallas, Jake and Bill hear George tell Oswald he wants him to meet some of his powerful friends, who Jake suspects could be the CIA. They are still working on figuring out if Oswald worked alone, for a group, or wasn’t involved at all. While planning how they will follow Oswald and George they’re interrupted by a knock on the door.
It’s Ms. Mimi, yet another person Jake has formed a bond with, with a few questions about his background. After the school didn’t received his immunization records, she dug deeper into Jake’s manufactured past. Jake comes up with a lie on the spot — that he is in witness protection — and with the help of “The Godfather” explains how he ended up here. Ms. Mimi believes him but it’s obvious why Al warned him about getting close to people. The closer he is, the quicker his story unravels.
After putting out that fire and before heading after George and Oswald, Jake enjoys his getaway with Sadie. The two spend a romantic night at the bungalow that Deke suggested. The next morning, though, Sadie points out (unsurprisingly) that Jake never talks about his past. He seems about ready to spill the time-travel beans to another person when he notices an envelope had been slid under the door. In it are compromising photos of the two the night before. Jake tells Sadie it’s nothing and hurries them home.
While Jake and Sadie were having their romantic night, Bill had a conversation with Marina and gave her one of her daughter’s dolls that he found in the yard. There’s a spark. Tick, tick, tick, Bill.
Neither have time to deal with their relationships, and Oswald and George are headed out for their meeting. Jake and Bill tail the two until they arrive at a building that requires a password (candy bar) to enter. The building turns out to be a brothel and not a CIA headquarters filled with agents. While looking for George and Oswald the place gets busted by the police, perhaps with a little push from the past trying to protect itself, and Jake and Bill are arrested. Deke has to bail the two out and is less-than-pleased with Jake especially after they had a chat about treating women, especially women like Sadie, with respect and class.
At the high school Jake sees Sadie talking to her ex-husband Johnny Clayton (T.R. Knight). She tells him that Johnny won’t grant Sadie the divorce she wants and explains some of her ex’s more out-there sexual proclivities (Spoilers: it involves clothespins). Sadie doesn’t think they can see each other any more.
Jake takes his mind off Sadie by tailing George while he meets with, presumably, CIA agents. He doesn’t get far in his tailing because none other than Johnny Clayton himself was tailing Jake and confronts him. The car salesman lets Jake know the photos of him and Sadie at the bungalow was his warning. Jake doesn’t take the threat and tells Johnny to crawl back under the rock he came from. Jake heads to Sadie’s with flowers and chocolates to mend things. This is a rollercoaster of a relationship even without the changing-the-future wrinkle added in.
Bill spent his whole day listening to Lee and Marina have sex and speak mostly in Russian. He’s at the end of his rope and lets Jake know he can’t do this anymore. They hear Lee beating Marina upstairs Bill wants to go up and stop it but Jake doesn’t let him. Later Bill finds Marina sitting outside with marks on her face. He offers her a smoke, which she refuses, and a shoulder to lean on, which she accepts.
Sadie wants to thank Jake for everything that has happened between them. She brings a casserole to his house in Jodie not knowing he isn’t home and that he has another place in Dallas. She drops off the food inside despite Jake being gone but feels like there is someone in the house and that she’s being watched. There is and she is. The Yellow Card Man, who was the only person to notice Jake using the Rabbit Hole in the first episode, is seen wandering around the house a couple times.
Sadie’s instincts lead her downstairs where she finds the tape recorder. She presses play just as Jake gets home. He comes downstairs to her listening to a recording of Lee and Marina having sex and speaking Russian.
“Who are you,” she asks, terrified.