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Last week on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, things started weirdly as they aught on this show, with Amanda & Vogel emerging from a lake in the magical dimension of Wendamore. They were soon captured and locked in giant cages on wheels by a bunch of armored knights that happened upon them. Across timespace, Dirk had slipped down a slide in a closet, inside the Cardenas house he was investigating, which deposited him in some sort of parallel pocket dimension that was both still in the house and absolutely not in the house at the same time. Perfectly normal on this show.
The local cops Sherlock Hobbs and Tina Tevetino paired off with Todd & Farah to investigate any/all things occurring locally now. Todd & Sherlock spotted the bike Dirk used to peddle away from the police building and concluded he was in the Cardenas house. Once inside they answered a long-disconnected land-line phone to find it was Dirk calling, pleading for help. Todd tried to locate the slide Dirk fell down as a giant floppy beast pursued Dirk in the alternate house.
In Amanda’s captivity, she learned half the plot of the politics in Wendamore, while Holistic Assassin Bart Curlish learned the other half in the “real” world with the captive elven prince with pink manga hair. Meanwhile Farah & Deputy Tevetino investigated the disappearance of four women from a book club meeting. They deduced that Suzie Boreton might be the fifth person that was at the meeting who was not a pile of dust next to a wineglass. Todd decided to dive down the slide to try to help Dirk, who had just found a table that was bleeding excessively from a pair of scissors stabbed into it.
In holding, Amanda was powered up with electrical energy. In the pocket dimension of the alternate Cardenas house, Todd & Dirk were pursued by the one-eyed, one-horned, giant purple people eater. Todd decided to tackle Dirk out the door into the static television fuzz that seemed to be surrounding the house, and it landed them back in their world. But Todd hallucinated Amanda in the cage. Maybe he really saw her?
Farah & Tina arrived at Sally’s house, where she was actually being held at wand-point by The Mage inside, but they were called away to investigate the weirdness at the Cardenas house. Everyone met back at the station, where they confirmed that the scissors were the ones used in the murder that brought all these investigators together, but Dirk had a minor breakdown. Todd talked him through the existential crisis, and Dirk had a serendipitous insight.
In Wendamore, an emissary came for one of the people that was locked up with Amanda & Vogel. They sentenced her to death, but she was again charged up with electricity and slayed all the people set against them. They escaped into the woods. Back in the prime dimension, Dirk led everyone to uncover a map of Wendamore that was hidden under the wallpaper at the Cardenas house. The final scene saw The Mage tempting Suzie with promise of being an evil sorceress.
If you did not yet know? This show is based off a pair of novels written by Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide guy. Genius level sci-fi comedy. Zen Robot Llamas to the Nth. A hundred thumbs-up. If you are just hearing about this show, you need to binge watch season one and find a way to catch up on season two.
On tonight’s episode, “Shapes and Colors,” the case seems to take a major turn when Arnold, the adult son of the dead Cardenas couple, shows up. Meanwhile, Amada is led to a mystical coven in the woods of Wendimoor led by the forest witch Wakti Wapnasi, where she begins to master the unique powers she first experienced in Bergsberg.
Catch all the fun tonight on BBC America at 9/8c.