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‘On A Very Special Episode…’ WandaVision Episode 5 Recap and Review

Episode four provided us with answers. Episode 5 raised more questions. The episode is a perfect tribute to popular 80s sitcoms like Family Ties and Full House. The theme song is full of callbacks to both the aforementioned shows’ theme songs.

Credit to Marvel Studios

The episode starts with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) trying and failing to get the twins to sleep.

Agnes (Katheryn Hahn) pops over and offers to help with the babies. This is where it gets strange. Agnes breaks character and starts directly talking to Wanda as if Vision isn’t even in the room. She asks Wanda if she wants her to “take it from the top” as if she’s being directed in a scene, but why? Does Agnes know what’s going on?

Vision naturally has questions that Wanda doesn’t want to answer. She turns back to the twins in their cribs, but they’re missing. The couple discover that Billy and Tommy can magically age themselves up and are now five years old.

Adorable!

The perspective of the episode is split between the sitcom world and the real world. Back in the real world, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) is remembering her recent interrogation by Acting Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) while having tests run, after her confrontation with Wanda, to make sure she wasn’t hurt from being expelled out of Sitcom World. She recalls Wanda voice in her head as “a hopeless voice keeping me down. Like drowning. it was grief.”

Something mysterious is also happening with Monica. Her x-ray comes back blank, no bones just a bright light where bones should be. Why?

Later, the S.W.O.R.D team watches footage of Wanda breaking into S.W.O.R.D. headquarters and stealing Vision’s body. Somehow, she’s managed to bring him back to life even without the mind stone.

Monica reminds them of that Wanda could’ve defeated Thanos. She’s that powerful. Agent Woo (Randall Park) thinks that Captain Marvel could’ve defeated him. Monica doesn’t look like she agrees. This is weird considering she once was close to “Aunt Carol” What happened? Did they have a falling out of some kind?

Meanwhile, back in Sitcom World, Tommy and Billy bring home a stray. They decide on the name Sparky, a fun reference for comic fans! They beg to keep him. Vision decides ten is suitable age for them to take on the responsibility, so they age up to ten.

Agnes, once again, pops in suddenly with a doghouse. How does she know what they need?

Monica plans to reenter Westview, much to dismay of her colleagues.

Since things that get sent into the hex change to fit the time period, Monica decides to send something in that won’t change: an email.

Vision is the one who receives the email and this is where things start getting a little scary. When he opens it, the entire office starts reading it in creepy unison. The email reveals information on the “Westview Anomaly” and on Wanda’s involvement.

In an effort to find out what’s going on, Vision removes Wanda’s mind control on Norm. He panics and says, “You have to stop her. She’s in my head. None of it is my own. It hurts… hurts so much. Just make her stop.” Vision restores Wanda’s spell and Norm returns to “normal.” Who is the her Norm is referring to? Wanda? Agnes? Someone else?

Back home, Wanda and the boys have one of those eighties sitcom cheesy life lesson moments about the importance of family. And such scenes wouldn’t be complete without the cheesy, emotional tone shifting background instrumentals.

Sparky hears something outside and starts barking outside. Wanda lets him out, and he runs off. The boys and and Wanda head out to investigate.

The noise turns out to be a S.W.O.R.D. drone which Wanda isn’t happy to see. Monica tries contacting Wanda, but she doesn’t respond. Director Hayward fires a missile. Monica thought the drone was unarmed and is upset that it wasn’t.

Wanda marches out of the hex and tosses the drone at Hayward’ feet. She orders S.W.O.R.D. to stay away. They ask her what she wants. She tells them that she has everything that she wants, and that no one will take it away from her again. She marches back into her perfect world where no one can hurt her.


Wanda and the boys continue their search for Sparky, and are devastated to find out their new pet is dead after getting into Agnes’ begonias. (It’s interesting that Agnes lives in the Bewitched House. This could hinting that Agnes is a witch AKA Agatha Harkness.)

The boys beg Wanda to bring Sparky back to life. “You can fix anything, Mom. Fix dead!”

They have another eighties-esque heart-to-heart about not growing up fast when it’s convenient and how death can’t be reversed. Maybe she should take her own talk to heart.

Later that night, Vision confronts Wanda about the Wanda Westview Anomaly. She tries her usual diversion tactics and start rolling the credits, but Vision isn’t having it!

Vision asks several questions including “Why are there no other children in Westview?”and “What is the Wanda Westview Anomaly?” Wanda struggles to answer his questions. She doesn’t want her perfect world to crumble. She doesn’t understand why all of this happening.

It doesn’t appear like Wanda has as much control over the situation as we all think. Who’s really pulling the strings? Vision no longer believes anything Wanda tells him even when she insists she isn’t the reason the doorbell rang.
Surprisingly, for both Wanda and audience, Evan Peter’s Quicksilver is at the front door and makes a similar entrance to Uncle Jesse in the Full House Pilot.

Where is all this headed? Is Quicksilver good or evil? Who’s really in control of Westview. Hopefully, we’ll continue to get answers. Let’s pretend this article isn’t being published after episode six was released!

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