The episode opens with a Malcom in the Middle inspired theme before we take a full dive into a classic sitcom trope: Halloween. The episode starts with Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) talking directly into the camera style, something that many sitcoms have done over the years.
We get to see Evan Peters in action. His Uncle Pietro reminds me of a combination of Uncle Jesse and Joey from Full House. One minute he’s giving off too cool for school vibes, and goofy and obnoxious the next. It’s entertaining to watch, and it’s hard to accept that he could be a villain in disguise like everyone is speculating.
It was a blast seeing everyone in comic accurate costumes!
The story starts with Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) plans for her family’s first Halloween together falls apart. Vision (Paul Bettany) tells her he’ll be on patrol for the Neighborhood Watch. actually went off on his own to Pietro (Evan Peters) volunteers to go in his place.
Back in the real world, Acting Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) plans to kill Wanda in order to end the Wanda WestvpView Anomaly. Monica (Teyonab Parris) is emphatically against this, saying they have no idea what will happen on either side of the Hex if Wanda dies. Hayward tells her that she, Jimmy (Randall Park), and Darcy (Kat Dennings) are getting in the way of his mission and has them removed off-base. We’re not told what Hayward’s mission is, but it seems obvious that he’s up to no good.
Back in Westview, Pietro tells the twins to “unleash hell, Demon spawn!” This further fuels rumors that Pietro is actually Mephisto. They wreak havoc all over the neighborhood creating a problem for the Neighborhood Watch in the process. All throughout the episode, Wanda ask Pietro if he remembers certain things from their childhood. She’s testing him, she’s not sure it really is him. And the audience isn’t too sure either.
Wanda runs into Herb (David Payton) who’s on patrol and feeling overwhelmed with all the reports he’s been getting. She tells him that maybe Vision can help, but Herb tells her Vision isn’t on patrol that night. She‘s visibly upset and Herb asks if she’d like anything changed similar to how Agnes (Katheryn Hahn) asked if she should take it from the top in episode five.
In his quest to find out about what lies beyond WestView, Vision wanders beyond the town square. The further he gets from the center of town, the weirder people act. Like zombies instead of living people. They’re either barely moving or standing completely still as if they’ve wandered too far from their energy source.
Back in the town square, Wanda and her Pietro finally have a moment alone. She tells him he’s a bad influence on the twins. This is where we get my favorite quote of the episode:
“Who beefed in your borscht? I’m just trying to do my part. Okay? Come to town unexpectedly. Create tension with the brother-in-law. Stir up trouble with the rugrats, and ultimately give you grief. I mean, that’s what you wanted, isn’t it?” He also tells her how he came to visit. Well, what he can remember. “Details are fuzzy, man. I got shot like a chump on the street for no reason at all, and the next thing I know, I heard you calling me. I knew you needed me.” Aw, It’s moments like this that make it hard to believe he’s evil.
The twins return from returning the candy they stole earlier, and Tommy has developed super speed powers, taking after his uncle. They ask if they can go trick or treating further from the town square. She reminds them not to go past Ellis Avenue.
We switch back to the real world where Marvel’s version of the Scooby gang are trying to hack into Director Hayward’s system. Darcy is successful, and they find out that he’s tracking Vision, but they don’t know why.
Back inside the Hex, Vision continues his walk further outside of town. He notices a single car driving down the road. It’s Agnes, she’s lost and acting lethargic instead of her usual bubbly self. He uses his power to snap Agnes back to normal and she recognizes him as an Avenger and asks if he’s there to help. He says yes, but he has no memory of who the Avengers are, or that he was one.
They have this interesting conversation:
Agnes:Am I dead?
Vision: No. Why’d you think that?
Agnes: Because you are.
She tells him, “No one leaves. “Wanda won’t even let us think about it.”
Then she starts laughing maniacally like the witch she’s dressed up as. He returns her back to her mind controlled state. She drives in a circle and heads back into Westview. Vision walks past Ellis Avenue.
Back in reality, Monica is determined to go back inside the Hex to help Wanda. Darcy warns her not to because the hex is rewriting her cells every time she goes back in. Could this be the reason she develops superpowers? The team splits up. Wanda and Jimmy leave, and Darcy stays behind to hack past Hayward’s last firewall.
They talk about various things including how much their parents would’ve loved WestView. Pietro asks her how she did everything from bringing the children into WestView to how Wanda’s perfect world was created in the first place. Wanda asks, “You don’t think it’s wrong?” He responds, “What, are you kidding? I’m impressed! Seriously. It’s a pretty big leap from giving people nightmares, and shooting red wiggly-woos out of your hands.” He knows this isn’t real but why?
She tells him she doesn’t remember how it got started. All she remembers is how she felt, completely alone. Empty. Just endless nothingness.” Much like Vision in episode 4, Wanda sees Pietro as he actually is, dead.
Vision sees the force field just beyond Ellis Avenue and goes to investigate. He tries to push his way through it. The Hex is resistant and refuses to let him through. He manages to break through to other side, but the force of the Hex pulls him apart.
Darcy hears shouting from and runs outside to see what’s going on. She sees Vision struggling and screams for anyone to help him. No one does. We have to watch Vision die… Again.
This is when Billy discovers he has powers. He has empath and telekinetic powers. He feels that his dad’s in trouble. He makes use of his brother’s powers and rushes back to Wanda. Outside of WestView, Hayward has caught Darcy and handcuffed her making it impossible for her to help to Vision.
Back in WestView, Wanda tells Billy to focus his powers. He tells Wanda that Vision is dying. Wanda freaks out, and Pietro chimes in with this badly timed and suspicious statement:
“Hey, don’t sweat it sis. It’s not like your dead can husband can die twice!” (How does Pietro know Vision’s dead?) Wanda uses her “red wiggly-woos” to send Pietro flying backwards. Wanda freezes the town and makes the hex move trapping everything and everyone in its path. And it. It just ends.
I can’t wait to see what will next on WandaVision.