Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: The Universe Doesn't Matter
In the seventh episode of TNT's Snowpiercer, Melanie intensifies her search for Layton, who is setting up Melanie's secret, and the Third Class faces a reckoning when Layton offers them a choice.
The convicted young murderer LJ presents this episode, narrating that “being human is to get involved” and how it is in our nature to behave as if the universe revolves around us, but on the other hand, the universe is indifferent and has its own plans for us. In front of the train, Javier is complaining to Melanie about Layton being on the loose knowing his big secret that Melanie is in charge of the train and Wilford is gone. Ben disagrees, thinking Layton will go into hiding, but Javier thinks they should get clean and tell the passengers that it's just the three of them driving the train before Layton can. Melanie says Layton will keep the secret until he finds the best way to use it.
Melanie takes the intercoms to announce that, in light of one of his engineers dying during the recent crisis, young Miles will be quickly referred to the Engine as an apprentice. Ruth tells Melanie after Miles is going up the stairs a little too quickly. Melanie tells Ruth to enjoy her day off. Elsewhere, Josie and Layton argue that the new ad is a trap. On the other hand, they finally managed to place a Tailie in the nervous center of the train. Layton tells Josie that she can't go to see Miles; Josie argues that they need to contact him.
Melanie, Jinju and Dr. Klimpt work together to find out how Layton escaped from the drawers and who could have helped him. The document reveals that several bags of suspended drugs are also missing. Melanie brought Terence in for questioning, who says she met Layton once when he questioned him about the murders. After a few threats, Terence says that if Layton looks for him, he can bring him to Melanie. Third, Josie and Layton enjoy their brief moments of romance and "normalcy" before they receive a note under the door telling them that Layton's trip is on the way and the two of them need to part ways again.
Miss Audrey receives the "great revolutionary" Layton back when he secretly returns to Nightcar. Elsewhere, Gillies introduces class guest, Ben, while everyone congratulates Miles on his new learning. Strolling the day off, Ruth meets Commander Gray, who praises her actions during the crisis and how they all appreciate everything she does. He then asks if she would like to have lunch with him.
Jinju tells Till that Layton is loose and asks where she was two days ago, telling her that there are things going on that Till is not aware of. He even denies knowing anything and goes on his shift. Back in the classroom, Ben talks to Miles about his worries about being separated from the other kids and how this is the life of an engineer. Suddenly, Miles vomits after eating an orange that he was presented with. Ben and Gillies take Miles to the clinic, but Dr. Pelton won't let them into the exam room with Miles (although they can see through the door window).
Back in Third, Layton is giving his speech for the Third Class to throw its weight behind its plans. Audrey calls him a passive as a fugitive. Audrey wants war without bloodshed. Layton tells Audrey to bring him the key people he trusts, because he has a story to tell. Back at the clinic, Miles realizes that his mother, Josie, is one of the masked nurses in the room. She apologizes for making him sick, but she needed him to know that the revolution is taking place. Miles says he's ready before the pair says goodbye before Josie leaves quickly.
Over lunch, Ruth admits to Gray that it's been a while since she dated. She also reveals that, in the ancient world, she owned a B&B and that a strange man appeared one day without reservations or luggage. He told her about the Snowpiercer, the big machine he was building, and gave him a job – that's how she met Mr. Wilford. Ruth asks Gray why he asked her out now, since his wife died two years ago. Ruth soon discovers that the date is also an ambush when the Folgers enter, saying they need to talk about how Melanie has a lot of power and influence with Wilford.
Gray and the Folgers think it's time for a change and want to know if Ruth is willing to step up to replace Melanie. Gray tells Ruth that he is only considering this because of his faith in her. Meanwhile, Melanie goes to Zarah's quarters to talk about Layton and reveals that she knows that Zarah is pregnant and remembers that being able to have children on the Snowpiercer is a privilege that can be taken away before demanding to know who helped Layton to escape.
Layton sits down with Audrey and a group of others discussing how to get what everyone wants. Third, all right, without borders and without classes, with equal work and rations, but they are concerned with space. Layton says that First has a bowling alley; there is a lot of space. Layton explains that he could bring in an army of 400 people and, with the information he had, who threw him in the drawers, they could take the train.
The boots of Melanie, Till and Gray go to the Tail section to warn that if they try to rebel again, they will fail again. Zarah is then brought in and identifies Josie as the person who helped Layton. Josie is arrested and Melanie locked her up in the hospitality office. Until I'm not happy about it, but leaves the room when Melanie asks to be left alone for questioning. Josie admits what she knows about Melanie's secret and what happened to Layton, that Melanie can make promises that she won't keep. She then accuses Melanie of using Miles, whose bloody mother died on board the train and was taken by Josie. Melanie says Miles is now part of her family and says that Josie can stay in her life if she makes the right choice.
Josie says she knows that Melanie must have had reasons for all her terrible actions, but that deep down she has to know that she was wrong. Melanie says Snowpiercer was Wilford's design; if she had created it, it would have been a fairer world. But she didn't inherit someone else's creation. The person in power responds to everyone and their choices are made by the demands of the people and the train. Josie asks her what made her the way she is. Melanie realizes that Josie will never speak and decides to start torturing her, freezing her fingers and breaking them with a hammer, starting with her pinky, ignoring Josie's screams for her to stop.
At Nightcar, Audrey warns Layton that they can't trust Terence until they decide to meet him to talk. Terence admits that he met Melanie earlier and will not pick the favorites. He says that joining classes will never work; Layton reminds him of the people's will. Terence still disagrees, based on numbers, and says to exclude him from his revolution.
After torturing Josie, Melanie vomits in the bathroom. Until, tired of waiting, he enters the room to check on Josie and is horrified to see what Melanie did in his hand. Josie tells Till that there is nothing she can do for her, but says that even she is one of them and Melanie doesn't know it. Until she says that she is Brakeman and has a duty with the train, but Josie says that her duty is the people and that she needs to decide what is right and what is wrong, regardless of the consequences. She asks Till to send a message to Layton, including how Zarah betrayed them and that she made contact with Miles. Until I left before Melanie returned.
Before Melanie can enter the room, Ruth catches up with her and tries to tell what happened to the Folgers. She is unable to say the words, however, when Melanie speaks, saying she doesn't give a damn about the Folgers and yells at Ruth to do her job and fix it. Ruth leaves. Obviously shaken, Melanie takes a moment before returning to question Josie and says that she has to choose between Layton and Miles.
Melanie then realizes that Josie used the can to freeze her entire hand. Josie breaks her hand to break free of the restrictions and attacks Melanie, trying to smother her. Melanie manages to escape the room when the bowl opens, pumping the cold air into the room and killing Josie. Gray appears, angry that Melanie conducted an interrogation without him, and Till overhears Melanie telling Gray to take Josie for compost.
Until he arrives at the Nightcar, crying, and informs Layton that Josie is dead. Further on, Ben hands Melanie Miles. Melanie tells him when he walks in the door, there is no going back, and that being an engineer comes with sacrifices. She tells him that the needs of the train are more important than happiness itself, that as engineers, they keep the world alive. While Miss Audrey delivers one of her shows to Nightcar, Layton, distressed, saddens Josie. When he is ready, he brings LJ, who has been waiting for one of his Third Class "experiences", brought to him. Suddenly, LJ finds himself alone and face to face with Layton, who offers to tell the young killer the "dirtiest little secret on the whole damn train".
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