There’s some intrigue to be found in Hannah and Bailey’s investigation, and the mystery surrounding Owen starts to build some traction once again, but there are still many flaws to this series. Mainly the poorly placed overuse of flashbacks, which are distracting and jarring.
We recap the Apple TV+ series The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 4, “Witness to Your Life,” which contains spoilers.
The investigation into Owen’s mysterious disappearance and his murky past continues in “Witness to Your Life.” Hannah (Jennifer Garner) and Bailey (Angourie Rice) look into Owen’s previous identity and track down his old University Professor, who may have answers.
Grady (Augusto Aguilera) attempts to locate Hannah and Bailey, who’s seemingly done a runner, while Jules (Aisha Tyler) and Jake (Geoff Stults) play catch up with their associates.
The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 4 Recap
Episode four begins with Hannah and Bailey discussing the shocking revelation from the previous cliffhanger. Owen and Bailey’s identities were changed.
This means Bailey’s birth name and birth date completely differ from what she has known for most of her life.
The teen starts to panic, unsure of her own life up until this point. Hannah doesn’t know how to reassure her stepdaughter either.
Who is Tobias Cookman?
They decide to stay and continue their mini-investigation. Hannah wonders about all the random stories Owen told from his past. Something he once said has to be real. They talk about his job as a valet and an eventful boat trip, but no specific details come to mind. They remember his professor Tobias Cookman and an amusing story Owen repeatedly told. Bailey finds Tobias’ details online. He is an American mathematician and Professor at the University of Texas, Austin.
At the University, Bailey and Hannah crash one of Tobias’ lectures, hoping for answers. Tobias (Victor Garber) is at first hostile towards the duo but soon comes around.
Bailey explains that her father is missing and asks if he remembers Owen’s old name. Tobias doesn’t recognize Owen’s old photograph but seems to remember Owen’s story, him being the worst student and Tobias framing his poor exam result.
With Tobias on their side, they raid the old University records, looking for any clues. Tobias asks why Owen has changed his name. Hannah admits that they are searching for the truth.
While they hunt through old files and exam papers, Tobias remembers Owen blaming his problems on a girlfriend, who made it hard for him to concentrate. Bailey believes this could be her mother, Olivia. They decide to check out the yearbook photos next.
During this investigation, Hannah speaks with the US Marshal Grady. He reiterates that he is here to help, but Hannah doesn’t trust him. She mentions Owen and Bailey having no records, which is news to Grady.
He ponders the idea that Owen used his own tech to cover his tracks. Grady asks for Hannah’s location, mentioning that she is in danger. Hannah realizes that Grady isn’t telling him the whole story and hangs up.
How does Grady find Hannah’s location?
Grady and his team try to track down Hannah and Bailey, but the US Marshal is ordered to drop the case by his boss. It isn’t their problem, after all. Grady may have dropped the hunt, but his team carried on regardless and found the plane tickets. He now knows where they are. He may be inclined to carry on the investigation.
Elsewhere, Jules and Jake keep up their own investigation. Jules tells Hannah about the key found in Bailey’s piggy bank. It is used to open a fire-proof safe. She asks if Owen owned a safe.
Hannah is unsure but tells Jules to check her studio anyhow. She also asks Jules to find her duffel bag, but that’s now gone missing.
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Jake confronts Jules about the secrecy. He needs to know what his client is hiding from him. Jules protects her friend but eventually relents. She tells Jake about the duffel bag of cash, which may have held half a million dollars.
Jake says that Hannah could face conspiracy charges and obstruction of justice charges because of this mistake.
The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 4 Ending Explained
Back in Austin, Hannah, and Bailey look through the yearbook photos on a library computer. Bailey is anxious about what they may discover, although she is just as eager to discover the truth.
While Bailey checks the records, Elenor from the church calls Hannah. She forgot to check pre-season games and has now found a wedding at her church that matches the dates.
The wedding was for Andrea Reyes and Charles Smith. Bailey looks up those surnames on the system and finds a Katherine Smith. Her photograph looks like a younger version of Bailey’s mother, Olivia. The teen is stunned by this discovery.
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