One very strong sign about an ensemble show is that no matter which characters are on the screen, it works. And with each week, Legacies has tried different groupings, and as odd as this week’s seemed at first — Ric, Dorian, Emma, Kaleb, Hope, Lizzie, and Josie — it absolutely worked, which goes to show that this show has established such interesting characters on their own, the grouping doesn’t really matter.
We start with spring break at the Salvatore School! Only, it’s the worst kind of spring break you could imagine because it involves plagues! First up, Dorian and Emma share a beetle-infested picnic and then Alaric, who’s been losing ever his mind since he threw the urn over a bridge, does some research and realizes that mini-plagues have been happening all over. Even worse? They’re a harbinger of what’s to come … A MUMMY!! But we’ll get to that.
First, Dorian and Emma abandon their romantic mountain getaway to help Ric and the girls with the mummy, for which Ric also enlists Kaleb. It’s mostly because Ric doesn’t trust Kaleb not to feed on humans while he’s away, but still, ROAD TRIP!
With everyone piled into a mini-van — as Kaleb says, “Dr. Saltzman, this van is very white of you” — they all get to enjoy a 6-hour car ride that includes snacks, singing, Hope and Lizzie arguing about how Lizzie thinks Hope always tries to ruin Saltzman family spring breaks, and Josie vomiting because she gets car sick. (So why isn’t she in the front seat?)
They eventually make it to Maple Hollows, South Carolina, where there’s a dam, which is why they think the urn is there. If the current swept it away, it will be stuck here. So while Dorian goes scuba diving, the rest of the clan checks out the town for anything unusual. And they find just what they’re looking for when the town is swarmed by bees. Or should I say hornets?
But when the hornets suddenly die, there are a million more questions at play. Suddenly, there’s a FEMA Recovery Center set up in the middle of town and at the center of it is none other than the Hot Bad Guy from Triad who finally has a name!! Meet Ryan Clarke, whom Hope quickly recognizes from the gas leak in Kansas. And he recognizes them too. In fact, Clarke confronts Hope and Ric about the Salvatore School, which he knows all about. But according to him, Triad is an organization that keeps monsters from public view, so if Ric does his job right at the school, he’s actually helping Triad. And now, Triad needs Kaleb’s help convincing this entire town that they didn’t see hornets today. Oh and also, could they help Triad fight the mummy because Triad is more of a clean-up operation? Cool, thanks. (Next: Lizzie and Hope get over a major hurdle)