The stories continue to further explore Dan Vassar and the people he interacts with daily in the present life. I was happy to see the son get a bigger role in this one than just the son, but rather a person who Dan legitimately loves and is not just there to be a roadblock between he and Katie. This week’s episode continues to not follow helping one person and that’s it storyline, but rather adds a little twist to each one. While the past was pretty good, the present was a lot more interesting this time around.
Let’s start with this week’s mission for Mr. Vassar, which was two-fold. He has to help a man (known in the present as Dylan McClean) help another man. Dan travels into the past in the middle of a field just in time to see a man more-or-less fall out of the sky with a parachute.
Dan cuts the man loose with the blade he found on the guy and notices the logo tattooed on the man of what turns out to be for the Army Rangers. The man wakes up and attacks Dan, running over to the chest that accompanied his journey to find the chest of money he stole intact. He grabs his gun and turns around to find Dan gone.
The man turns out to be a captain by the name of John Ritchie, who stole the money to help out the family that saved him from certain death when he was shot while on tour in Cambodia. To find him, Dan confronts his father in the past, who also worked at the newspaper. Despite Dan’s troubled past with his father, he is able to get a lot of important information for Captain Ritchie.
Meanwhile, Ritchie looks everywhere for the man who saved him, but it is Dan that happens upon him. Dan finally is able to put them together, and they travel to Cambodia to save the family.
Dan, Katie, and Zack are at an event in the city and see Jack and his girlfriend for the first time. They are introduced and wander around the fair together.
Dan and Zack go find the street performers but Dan feels the time for traveling is near. He attempts to take Zack back to somebody, but is bumped and leaves Zack alone. Zack is found alone and scared, but ultimately okay.
After confronting John Ritchie, Dan begins to find a lead on the legend of Dylan McLean and attempts to solve the mystery of this man. Hugh, the newspaper editor, is excited for two reasons: a 28 year mystery may get solved, and this may save Dan Vassar from being a casualty of cost-cutting due to the newspaper losing money.
Enlisting a younger journalist who used to be a blogger, Dan is able to uncover a lot of evidence that will enable them to uncover the legend. It turns out, however, that while Dylan McClean was never officially arrested, John Ritchie was. He was arrested in an airport carrying a large amount of cash on him.
While they have information on Ritchie to continue with the investigation, Dan cannot bring himself to allow others to know the actual truth and lies that Ritchie had an alibi on the night of the plane robbery. Dan also finds that the mission to save the family from Cambodia was successful.
The big spotlight for the present was Dan’s son, Zack. After being lost downtown, Zack quickly forgives Dan just like a boy at his age would. Dan promises to take him to a football game, but breaks his promise. He discusses with Katie why he is unable to, and Katie pushes for him to tell Zack. Dan does not believe that it is the time to tell him.
It turns out that Dan doesn’t have to tell Zack though, since one of his travels was witnessed firsthand by the boy. It turns out Katie was right: he thinks it’s cool and believes that Dan has magic.
Jack’s relationship with the doctor continues to expand. After their fifth date together, Jack reveals that he and Katie used to be an item before Dan married her. He reveals that the relationship was over way before Dan swooped in to pick her up. He is still constantly jumping down Dan’s throat and continues to bring up the fact that he believes Dan is on drugs. Katie constantly defends Dan, which puzzles Jack. Hopefully he’ll be a believer later down the line, but it is doubtful, due to at fact that some opposition is needed in the present time.
Katie, is questioned by a detective working on a liquor store robbery the night of the gala. A photo caught Dan with the pistol from last week’s episode, and that is the only lead can be followed at this time due to the robber beating the liquor store clerk into a coma. Katie denies knowing anything and tells Jack that he knows for a fact that Dan didn’t do it.
Also, we get to see Dr. Elliot Langley, who visited Dan at the newspaper. Dan has spoken to him before regarding tachyons (particles travelling faster than the speed of light). Dr. Langley answers Dan’s questions, and what we learned from the conversation is that while there is no proof that time travelling actually happens, he remains open that it is possible. Dan tells Dr. Langley that he is writing a book for a character that wants to control his time traveling.
Dr. Langley is a very strange man, but seems to be very open. However, I couldn’t keep myself from thinking that he is part of something bigger. Maybe it was his composure and demeanor.
Livia seems to understand what Dan’s going through with the strain that his traveling is having on his family. But because she never traveled when she was with Dan, what does that mean? Does Livia now have a family – she denies she does – but the reason she continues to travel is her unhappiness with her present life and continued longing for Dan?