by Donna Cohrs and Erin Conrad
Getting closer! The treasure of the temple has been found; and the body count is piling up! (In an interview with The Voice of Israel, Jason Isaacs was asked about a second season – and said that he didn’t know if there would be anyone left alive for a second season! Starting to get that…)
But I’m just a little confused this week – last week’s episode said a couple of times that Peter is somehow at the middle of this, that in a way he doesn’t yet understand, he’s important to the prophecy – but this episode didn’t reference that. I know we’ll get there, but there are only 2 episodes left! That’s right, DIGGers, this week and next.
Peter and Lynn realize that someone is playing them both—and that person must be on the inside. They both suspect it’s Ambassador Ridell, and Lynn baits her with false information about someone from the Jerusalem Heritage Center helping Peter escape whoever was chasing him. Lynn is also going to look for a connection between the Ambassador and Yussef Khalid the night of the reception. Lynn talks to the embassy’s security chief and learns that the camera logs were falsified and follows the path of the buggy cameras, leading her right into the Ambassador’s office. She hides, and hears Ridell talking with one of her co-conspirators – confirming their suspicions. The Ambassador makes another call and says that the Pastor is arriving with the package the next day, and that Lynn needs to be ‘eliminated quietly’ in the next twenty four hours. Will Lynn be able to escape this? She has been strong so far. I hope she survives.
Margrove and his assistant Assaf have narrowed down the three places in Jerusalem that mention the word “Dinah” and then pinpoint the Sisters of Dinah convent. To gain access to the convent, Margrove and Assaf claim to have been sent from the British Museum to authenticate the “Revenge of Dinah” relief that’s located in their basement. They break through the relief and open up a door hidden behind it.
Peter, Golan and Emma pay a visit to Professor Zohar, who teaches at Tel Aviv University. He says his former colleague John Donaldson, from last week’s weird video, was a romantic who believed there was a mythic vault of riches under the Temple Mount and that Margrove was nothing more than a “douchebag, a dimwit. A greedy little treasure hunter with a fancy accent.” He explains that Margrove encouraged Donaldson to publish his paper in 1988, which fed the intifada, in which sixty Israelis and over a hundred Palestinians were killed. “Of course, there was that horrible night. I’m assuming you know about the fairy tale ending – he came home one night, drunk, broken, angry. Slit his wife’s throat, and his own, in front of the children.” They show Zohar Donaldson’s video, and try to figure out where the “secret room” he mentioned is.
They figure out that it is also at the convent – and get permission to enter. The sister tells them that the rent was paid on time every year – who’s bene paying it since Donaldson died? Peter tells Emma, “Try and look for anything…” “Sane?” replies Emma. “Significant.” says Peter. “You can almost feel his madness, his pain.” They discover a hidden panel in the floor of the room. When they enter the room revealed by the panel, they hear – but don’t know what’s happening – Margrove and Assam putting a camera through a hole in the wall to the secret chamber, finding the temple’s treasures. This can’t all be a scheme to find the treasure – is Margrove in it just for himself?
Avram is now at the Jerusalem Heritage Center, but the red heifer is not. Rabbi Lev is furious that Avram failed his mission but he has a plan to fix the boy’s mistake.
Golan follows men carrying weapons from Jerusalem into the desert to a site called Qumran. (He’s brave, but stupid to go out on his own…) What, he wonders, are Rabbi Lev and his accomplices doing there? Qumran is a real place, a series of caves on the shore of the Dead Sea. It is famously the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a jar by a couple of Bedouin shepherds in 1947. Golan leaves a message for Peter, telling him where he is. He doesn’t know him, but the Essene, followed by several goats and little Red, find him. The Essene asks, “you went on a hike without water?” and clocks him. Peter and Emma head out there at night, no sign of Golan, but they see several Essenes conducting a ritual of some kind, leading Red into the center of their circle. Peter recognizes the center figure as the man who rescued him from the park after his aborted meeting with Lynn. Someone puts a gun to his head.
Meanwhile, in New Mexico – we’re close to discovering Josh’s role in all of this. Badass Debbie gets into the compound with guns to get Josh back from Billingham. She finds genetic testing records, and discovers that Faye gave birth to Josh 1 and 2 – not a real motherly person, is she! Debbie takes Josh at gunpoint, believing he’s just a little boy who deserves to grow up outside of the compound – how wrong can she be? – and drives off with him with Billingham running after. They stop to sleep in the car for the night, Debbie thinks, but Josh has other ideas – he slits Debbie’s throat and calls Billingham to come get him. Another one for the body count!
The Essenes reveal themselves to Peter and Emma, who says the Essenes died out a thousand years ago – “I assure you, we did not.” he says. “Why did you save me last night?” Peter asks. “I couldn’t let them kill you – we are not killers.” he says. But someone is – Lev’s men break in, shooting, take Red, and Peter is shot. But don’t include Peter in the body count yet – he appears in the trailer for this week’s episode!
Inside the episode 8 – Sisters of Dinah
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