WandaVision season 1, episode 5 recap – “On a Very Special Episode…”

February 5, 2021
M.N. Miller 0
Disney+, Weekly TV


The fifth episode of WandaVision shows just how close those family ties bind.

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The fifth episode of WandaVision shows just how close those family ties bind.

This recap of Disney Plus’s WandaVision season 1, episode 5, “On a Very Special Episode…”, contains significant spoilers.

Last Week on WandaVision

Last week on WandaVision was a clip show. The Disney+ streaming sensation pulled back the curtain on Westview. It turns out Wanda has been controlling everything in an attempt to have a Vision family fantasy camp with the man she loves’ faded red corpse (makes you wonder how she tricked Vision into making those children). It’s a Truman show and as the House of M, this is a getaway for Wanda to decompress and live the life she always wanted.

Family Ties

We have entered the 1980’s sitcom worlds and this week’s influence is a tribute to the classic show, Family Ties, including the scene segue of queuing the piano music and a picture of the family home on a beautiful Fall day. Wanda and Vision are caring for their twins while running on little sleep. The classic themes of a young couple raising their bundles of joy while trying to figure it all out. Then, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) stops by, locked and loaded with some zingers, when Vision suddenly won’t let her hold the babies. Agnes, confused and looking uncomfortable, asks Wanda if they should take it again from the top, indicating they need to redo the scene. Vision is confused, Agnes is a pro and picks up the next line, and Wanda smooths things over to keep her artificial world moving. The result is the kids grow up to the age of five in a matter of moments. It turns out the kids control their own growth and turn ten because they want a family pet.

For Grief’s Sake Vibranium Synthezoid

Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) is now back and describes the feeling of being in Westview as being overcome, like she was drowning, and felt overwhelming grief. She enters a staff meeting led by Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and Director Tyler Hayward (Josh Stramberg). They show a video of Wanda storming a S.T.O.R.M. headquarters which had been the top-secret storage location for Vision’s corpse. Nine days previously, Ms. Maximoff took his body, resurrected him, and violated her love’s own living will because he did not want to be used as a weapon. She now, as Darcy (Kat Dennings) puts it, “Has the world’s only Vibranium Synthezoid playing father-knows-best in suburbia.”

A Wanda, a Vision, and a Wardrobe

Maria figures out that Wanda can alter reality and change anything she wants to. How does she know? She unloads a half dozen bullets into her ‘70s clothes she wore when tossed back into reality. Wanda changed the clothes to 87% Kevlar so she survives being thrown through multiple fences, houses, and Westview’s protective bubble. They send a message to Vision’s new work computers and send an e-mail to everyone (meant for Vision) from SWORD. Vision then realizes the ruse and gives Norm’s temples a little zap that brings him out of Wanda’s control. He tells him that she’s in his head, she is controlling everything, and begs him to make her stop. Vision, showing mercy, double taps those temples again, and brings him back under Wanda’s control.


Of course, Director Hayward does what he does, equipping a drone that Maria is suing to try and talk some sense into her with a missile. Her eyes turn red and the drone loses connection. Have no fear, Wanda brings it back personally to their base camp. With Maria, Darcy, Jimmy, Director Hayward, and two dozen armed STORM agents have laser beam rifles aimed directly on her. She threatens them to not enter her home again and this will be the last warning and then with a flick of her wrist, points all the guns on the Hayward.

Fix the Dead

Unfortunately, the twin’s dog died and this is a teachable moment for Wanda. Their family pet died and in a usual fashion where the kids no more than the parents think they beg their mother to bring him back because she can do that. To prevent the children from self-aging themselves because they are too young to see their dead beloved pet, she tells them she can’t reverse death. This all forces Vision to confront Wanda on what is going on. There are no children other than Tommy and Billy. Vision can’t remember his life before Westview. This causes their first fight when there is a knock at the door. Who could it be? As Darcy watches on her old, beat-up television, she is shocked to see that Wanda’s dead brother Pietro/Quicksilver is back, but this time recast as a different person entirely (in a truly inspired move, the character once played by Aarron-Taylor in Avengers is now being played by Evan Peters who played Quicksilver in the X-Men series). It’s the family ties that bind, indeed, in WandaVision season 1, episode 5.

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