Lisey takes the initiative in “Now You Must Be Still”, and the hunter finally becomes the hunted.
This recap of Lisey’s Story season 1, episode 6, “Now You Must Be Still”, contains spoilers.
If last week’s episode of Lisey’s Story was about Lisey deciding she could take matters into her own hands, “Now You Must Be Still” is her actually doing so, or at least setting into motion the events that’ll allow her to do so. That begins where the previous episode left off, in Booya Moon, where Lisey follows the thread from the syringe she finds at Paul’s grave right to the mystical pool, a few mouthfuls of which heals the wounds she suffered from Jim Dooley’s torture. At the side of the pool, she encounters the still-catatonic Amanda but is able to communicate with her via a notebook.
This is all well and good, but Lisey’s Story episode 6 doesn’t want us to forget that outside of Booya Moon there is a real world with real dangers that still needs to be dealt with. Thus, we see Dooley creeping around in Amanda’s house, making it clear that Darla is as much of a target as Lisey. It’ll take more than a few swigs of water to deal with him.
Thankfully, Lisey and family are more than willing to deal with Dooley in whatever way they can. After taking some time to try and properly convince Darla of her ability to visit Booya Moon, Lisey takes the initiative with Professor Dashmiel and threatens him with a lawsuit if he doesn’t do her a favor. Laying a trap for Dooley, the sisters then go to rescue Amanda from the psychiatric facility, where Lisey’s ability – presumably inherited from Scott – to regurgitate water from Booya Moon’s pool proves a useful psychotherapy technique. Amanda is miraculously brought back to a lucid state, and it’s enough to convince a skeptical Dr. Alberness to release her, though Lisey still plays on his devotion to Scott and his work.
Not content with having properly united Lisey, Darla, and Amanda, Lisey’s Story episode 6 shows them all swear in a rainstorm to kill Jim Dooley, who at that present moment is hovering around Lisey’s home looking all drenched and creepy. After persuading Officer Dan to leave, the women all laugh, which Dooley quite rightly takes as them mocking him. Still, he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d take mockery particularly well.
Here in “Now You Must Be Still”, the show’s more fantastical and grounded elements are coming closer together, as are its scenes of past and present; Lisey kissing Amanda and ejecting the water into her mouth is an obvious mirror of the scene earlier in the series when Scott did the same and creates a sense of interconnectedness between both the plot threads and Booya Moon and the real world. Later, in another flashback, Scott talks about how the job of the novelist is to watch out for contrivance and coincidence and the implausible to build a more cohesive world, when reality is, ironically, more farfetched than any fiction, as evidenced by a long-lost dog somehow finding its way back home.
In many ways, Lisey is trying to do the same.