Daybreak Recap: Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown Disco Inferno

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Summary

“Homecoming Redux or My So Called Stunt Double Life” sees a party erupt into a long-awaited faceoff as even more troubling history is revealed.

This recap of Daybreak Season 1, Episode 5, “Homecoming Redux or My So Called Stunt Double Life”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


In a genius touch, RZA narrates the Wesley-focused Daybreak Episode 5, which makes frequent use of graphic-novel-style interstitials that give a funky in-character edge to what eventually reveals itself to be kind of a love story — or perhaps a tragedy.

“Homecoming Redux or My So Called Stunt Double Life” reveals immediately that Wesley (Austin Crute) has been visiting the cereal factory to “feed” Turbo (Cody Kearsley) and Burr (Matthew Broderick) — he’s also continuing his sexual relationship with his ex-boyfriend, who is, totally unsurprisingly, a jealous, violent obsessive who insists that Wesley kill Josh (Colin Ford) or he’ll kill everyone else at the mall.

Unfortunately for him, Eli (Gregory Kasyan) has been spying on them. Back at the mall Wesley drags him outside to find out how much he’s seen, and Eli suggests that he should seriously think about killing Josh for the good of everyone.

Daybreak Episode 5 shows in its flashbacks that this isn’t the first time Turbo has put Wesley in a difficult position. As we start to see the beginnings of their relationship and are introduced to Wesley’s cousin Emmett (Frederick Williams), it’s clear that Wesley is going to have to choose between them in the big football game. Emmett and Turbo both want Wesley to cheat in their favor. The only sound advice comes from Sam (Sophie Simnett), who seems to be a font of the stuff. She tells him to choose himself, which he believes he has, though an argument with RZA convinces him that he really chose Turbo.

Speaking of Turbo, in the present-day he and his Jock goons are invited to homecoming at the mall, but Mona Lisa (Jeanté Godlock) insists that if he goes it’ll show weakness and everyone will try to overthrow him. During the preparations for homecoming Wesley and Eli get high and debate the ways in which they might kill Josh, while Josh himself takes a shine to K.J. (Chelsea Zhang), one of the exchange students liberated from the cereal factory.

Due to ghoulie-related circumstances, the homecoming rave is a silent disco with Bluetooth headphones. Wesley’s genius idea for offing Josh is poisoning the Gender-Neutral Homecoming Royalty crown, which he’s sure Josh will win. The Jocks, meanwhile, are having their own soiree, but eventually set out for the mall. Wesley finally confesses to Josh why he became a ronin; he initially followed Turbo because Turbo was the only one who seemed to have a plan for the end of the world, and they really did love each other, but Turbo perhaps loved him a little too much, killing anyone who was remotely pleasant to him out of jealousy. Josh doesn’t hear him, though, because he’s wearing his headphones. In a not-too-surprising surprise, it’s Wesley who wins the crown, debating briefly whether it would be better for him to allow himself to die, but deciding instead to slap the crown away at the last moment.

Turbo and his goons arrive and attack the partygoers, but in a last-minute swerve, we learn that Wesley confessed he knew Turbo was coming and revealed a plan to fight back, setting up mannequins as decoys. At the end of Daybreak Season 1, Episode 5, Wesley and Turbo square off.


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Jonathon Wilson

Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.

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