Manifest season 4 episode 18 recap: Lift/Drag
After being referenced in multiple previous episodes, Dr. Gupta makes her first appearance in Manifest season 4 part 2. It’s two days before the Death Date, and we’re finally seeing Gupta’s lab, where Saanvi has been working under duress for the past eight months. As the volcano under New York grows in size, Troy suggests blocking the ultra low frequency to keep it from erupting. Gupta suggests using the Black Box, and Saanvi worries it would wipe out all their data. She convinces Troy to break out of the lab using the Black Box instead.
Cal projects onto the plane and receives a ton of new Callings. Amuta and TJ follow a cricket Calling (the game, not the bug), while Michaela follows her “Every life is worth living” Calling. It gives her a memory of visiting Zeke at work on Chloe’s birthday, leading her to drop by the counseling center where he used to work. Almost immediately, someone recognizes her as both Zeke’s wife and an 828 passenger. (Did she really think that hat was a good disguise?) Luckily, she’s not apprehended, even after being thrown down the stairs.
Thanks to Carlos, the young man who received Evie’s heart, Michaela’s able to do what she needs to do. He also gives her the Gemini drawing from Zeke. (That will be unexpectedly important later.) Like she did once with Zeke, Michaela writes a letter to Evie, ties it to a red balloon, and releases it into the air. Finally, she’s forgiven herself for what happened with Evie.
Oddly enough, the captain of the Lifeboat has a Calling of his own: a buzzing noise followed by the numbers 1121. He immediately gets to work with Vance on the start of a zip code that ultimately leads them to a supposedly abandoned building with solar panels on the roof. Ben, Cal, and Vance break into the building and find a coded door. Ben tries to use 1121 as the code, but the door opens anyway, revealing Saanvi and Troy on the other side. Troy sacrifices himself to guards in order for the other four to leave unseen.
Saanvi returns to the detention center and tries Troy’s theory to wake up Marko and the other ALNI patients. Initially, it doesn’t work and Saanvi’s frustrated. Cal feels guilty and heartbroken when he discovers he can no longer access Callings. Being so, Ben pushes the passengers to spend what could be their last day with their families outside of the detention center. Later on, Henry Kim gives Cal a wooden figuring of a dragon he received from his Calling. It’s called Shenlong, the king of storms. While he searches for meaning in the figurine, Ben and Saanvi give into the heat of the moment and have sex. In the end, Marko wakes up and exclaims “kovcheg.”
- Astrid’s missing from the Calling meeting, and Jared and Drea find her on the floor of her room, seemingly having overdosed on her pills. CPR successfully brings her back to life, and Saanvi identifies Astrid’s medication as poison.
- Autumn privately tattles on Eagan, giving him ample time to sneak a peek at Angelina’s journals. She’s still got it bad for Pete, and Eagan later uses “the other half of my heart” as a means to soften her and manipulate her into marrying him. It’s gotta be the most unexpected and weirdest proposals and weddings in television history. Who saw that coming?!
- Well, hello, Adrian! He finally makes his first appearance in Manifest season 4 part 2, arriving at the Stones’ house (where Angelina’s flock is still squatting). Eagan has tense words with Adrian, who says, “It can’t wait any longer.” What can’t wait any longer?