'Manifest' Episode 5 tells us the origin story
Before we get to Episode 6 to find out how Cal got the deadly fever, it should be remembered that Cal was the wise one in Episode 5.
Creator Jeff Rake's 'Manifest', starring Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas, has received orders to extend the show by three more episodes, which will stretch the show's finale till January. While this gives Rake sufficient time to tease fans a little more with the mystery, it certainly cuts down on all the flashback scenes since the child actors are coming-of-age and it will be difficult for them to fit into their roles.
Fortunately, with Jack Messina yet to come of age, the fifth episode managed to unveil the biggest truth about Cal. Other than elaborating on Cal's powers and how the boy could use it, the fifth episode takes us back by five years to show what happened with the passengers who were left behind when Montego Air Flight 828 disappeared. Presuming their near and dear ones dead, the characters moved ahead with their lives. They began dealing with the changing dynamics and picking up the pieces to put their lives back together. However, when the flight returned their already established worlds were broken up again when they realized that they had been living a lie for the past five years.
Episode 6 is set to narrow down the storyline around Cal, who is suddenly struck by a deadly fever. While Saanvi tries to find a solution to the fever, Ben and Michaela set out to find the 11 missing passengers. The Stone siblings assume that Cal's fever is a result of the missing passengers and the dire circumstances that they were put in. However, before we join the Stones in their hunt for the 11 missing passengers, here are the top three takeways from Episode 5:
1. Cal was the Wise One
Episode 5 ended with Cal looking out of the window when a streak of light breaks into the plane. He becomes the first among the passengers to experience the calling, when he mutters, "It's all connected." We see Ben hearing the same thing when he walks out on Michaela who is determined to help resolve the mystery of the plane. Although Ben turns his back on Michaela, he is soon pulled back into the game when he joins his son Cal to spend a day with him at the park. Cal randomly begins to track his way back to the subway when he repeats "It's all connected" immediately after Ben hears it in his head.
The chase soon leads the father and the son to the same basement where Bethany had hidden Thomas. During the interaction, Thomas seems to have realized that Cal possesses a power beyond than their understandings, and he soon befriends Cal. So will it be Thomas' ultimate flight that leads to Cal's degrading health?
2. Grace and Jared get back to their lives
The two people most probably affected by the disappearance of the plane are Jared and Grace. While on one hand, Grace awaited her husband's arrival for almost three years, Jared never could wrap his mind around Michaela's sudden disappearance. Grace joined a peer group to help her cope with her grief following Cal and Ben's disappearance. This is also the first time that she meets Danny, who tells her exactly what she needs to hear, "Geez, Grace, you look like shit!" Danny soon becomes a part of the family and befriends Olive who was initially skeptical about him.
Jared, who was expecting Michaela to say no to his proposal, went ahead to become a detective while being supported by Michaela's best friend, Lourdes. The two receive blessings from Michaela's mother and get married. However, both Jared and Grace's worlds come crashing down when they receive the news about the arrival of the plane. While Grace lets go of Danny, Jared finds it difficult to break from his marriage with Lourdes. However, Lourdes, too, finds it odd when Jared takes up Michaela's blame upon himself. So will Lourdes actually move away from Jared to make space for Michaela?
3. Origin Tale
Episode 5 was not just about the flashback, it was also about the story that led to all of this. Probably Michaela and Ben were destined to board that plane, as in the flashbacks we see that neither of them was very happy in their relationships. Grace explains to her mother-in-law that with Cal's leukemia is gradually taking a toll on his health, Ben has not been the man that he used to be. Neither has Grace been very supportive about his decisions. However, Grace does admit that spending some time in Jamaica had actually helped them work on their marriage.
On the other hand, Jared confesses that while he was eagerly waiting for Michaela's return he always knew that she would never say yes to his proposal. Unfortunately, we already know that Michaela was prepared to accept his marriage proposal. Both Jared and Grace's decisions are not to be blamed because in their real-time each has waited for a considerable amount of time before they moved on.