The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episodes 6 and 7 Recap – Does Hannah Agree to Witness Protection?

By Adam Lock
Published: May 12, 2023 (Last updated: March 11, 2024)
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The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episodes 6 and 7 Recap
The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 (Credit - Apple TV+)


“When We Were Young” provides plenty of backstory and genuine answers to the many mysteries the show has already put forth. This in itself is marginally intriguing, yet the series can’t seem to find an entertaining way to deliver all of this exposition.

As Hannah (Jennifer Garner) and Bailey (Angourie Rice) dig deeper into Owen’s family history, his disappearance makes a lot more sense. In The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 6 the dynamic duo continues their investigation, with US Marshal Grady (Augusto Aguilera) offering more answers and a legit way out for them both.

The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 6 Recap

Grady has finally tracked down Hannah. Right away, he tries to warn her of the life-threatening danger that she is now facing. Owen is caught up with the mob and their notorious lawyer Nicholas Bell (David Morse), who also happens to be Bailey’s grandfather.

Why is the mob after Owen?

The US Marshal explains how Owen helped to put Nicholas and eight other high-level members of the Campano crime organization behind bars. Owen had escaped that life with apparent ease, but his new business venture backfired badly, making the headline news. Now that the mob has his new identity, Owen is forced to run.

Interestingly, Owen had kept a log of all of The Shop and Avett’s dealings in case they were ever investigated. Records prove that he tried to fix their mistakes, but the FBI got to them before he succeeded. Owen chose to run and protect his family instead of going to the FBI himself.

Grady offers Hannah and Bailey witness protection as a means of escaping the mob’s imminent attack. Hannah is skeptical of this drastic, life-altering decision, but Grady quickly persuades her to reconsider, showing the stepmother all of the mob’s deadly acts in Nicholas’ file.

Meanwhile, Bailey makes her way to her aunt, Andrea Reyes’ house, searching for her own answers. Andrea passes on the same information to Bailey about the mob and why Owen had to change his identity.

Originally, Owen and Nicholas were good friends. Owen looked up to his future father-in-law. He even created an encrypted system so Nicholas could communicate with his clients in private.

This partnership changed, though, when Owen’s wife Kate died in suspicious circumstances.

How did Owen get the mobsters arrested?

Owen blamed Nicholas for her death, believing she was used as collateral in the mob’s shady dealings. Owen fought back. He’d kept all Nicholas’ messages and eventually used them as evidence. This led to the arrest of many key players. Nicholas refused to talk and received six years behind bars in return. He, of course, blamed Owen for his lost years and the subsequent breakdown of his family.

Andrea shows Bailey family photo albums and home videos. While Grady tries to convince Hannah to join witness protection. Hannah is confused as to why Owen hadn’t already considered witness protection. Grady admits that they had; their identities were leaked just before they made the move though.

Grady states that if they join witness protection, then they will have to take on new occupations. They won’t be allowed to contact friends or family members again.

It will be an entirely new life for them. Hannah is still unsure, even when Grady says that it’s their only option. She believes Owen has a more elaborate plan in mind for them all.

Why did Owen keep Hannah in the dark?

Next, Grady hands Hannah back Owen’s duffel bag of cash. Grady admits that the money is clean. Owen must have been saving up for this eventuality. The US Marshal informs Hannah that Owen wanted her to have complete deniability, to protect her from all this chaos. That is why Owen never told Hannah any of this information.

Hannah phones Jules and asks her friend to speak with Bobby (Bailey’s boyfriend). They still need to find Bailey. Bobby mentions Bailey searching for her aunt. Grady speeds over to Andrea’s address. While Grady heads for Andrea’s house, so does Nicholas.

Back at the precinct, Hannah fills out the paperwork for witness protection. This gets her thinking. She calls Jules, asking about Owen’s will again. Hannah is listed as Bailey’s guardian. In the event that Hannah cannot fulfill this duty, then the honor falls to Charlie Smith and Andrea Reyes.

The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 6 Ending Explained

Grady intercepts Bailey just before Nicholas can. Nicholas arrives a little too late. It would appear that he has a mole in the Marshal’s office, though. Bailey and Hannah speak over the phone. Hannah urges Bailey to trust her; she has a plan.

Does Hannah agree to witness protection?

Hannah’s had a change of mind; it doesn’t look like they will be joining witness protection any time soon. She runs away and takes a taxi to the Never Dry instead. Hannah enters the bar and meets with Charlie. She asks him to take her to Nicholas Bell. Hannah wants to end this all one way or another, hopefully without ruining Bailey’s life again.

The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 (Credit – Apple TV+)

The finale opens with Hannah daydreaming about Owen. He once told her that he wanted to open a vineyard in New Zealand. It seems like the perfect retirement plan, but maybe it’s Owen’s end goal all along.

Back in the present, Hannah confronts Charlie, Nicholas Bell’s son. Hannah wants to meet with Nicholas now. He tries to dissuade her, though; Nicholas won’t help her. Owen destroyed their family; they would never help out his wife. Hannah is persistent, though.

Charlie drives Hannah to Nicholas’ mob-funded mansion by the lake. Hannah is frisked and then meets with Nicholas. He knows her name and orders Charlie to leave. Hannah knows she’s in danger, but there is no going back now.

They talk about Bailey (Nicholas knows her as Kristin). Hannah wants to negotiate a deal for Bailey’s safety. Nicholas refuses to help Owen (he refers to him as Ethan), reminding Hannah of all the issues he has caused in the past. Owen ruined Nicholas’ life and family.

Hannah mentions sacrifices. Owen sacrificed an everyday life to protect Bailey. This angers Nicholas, who talks about his own sacrifices and the many years he spent behind bars.

Meanwhile, at the US Marshal’s office, Grady realizes that Hannah’s gone missing. Charlie phones in, divulging Hannah’s location. Maybe deep down, he doesn’t want Hannah to be harmed.

What is Hannah’s proposal?

Hannah continues to discuss her proposal. If Nicholas can guarantee Bailey’s safety, then he can get to know his granddaughter again. Nicholas reiterates that he cannot protect Owen. The mob will hunt him down until he is killed. Hannah bitterly suggests a deal that doesn’t involve Owen at all.

She wants to keep Bailey safe. That is all anyone in the family seems to want. Charlie returns with one of Nicholas’ guards. Grady has the place surrounded. Hannah’s time is up. Nicholas agrees to the deal. If Bailey is happy to meet with him, he will guarantee her protection. They part ways, Nicholas decides to keep Bailey and Hannah safe.

Grady takes Hannah back to base. The US Marshal is angry that Hannah has put her trust in Nicholas instead of the law. Hannah trusts Nicholas’ word. Grady states that Nicholas lies for a living though he can’t be trusted.

Hannah says that she will do whatever it takes to keep Bailey protected. She believes this is the only plan.

Funnily enough, Owen had the exact same strategy. He had to go on the run because he knew that staying with Bailey would only put her life in more danger. Hannah believes that Owen trusted her with protecting Bailey.

But Grady thinks the mob will use Hannah and Bailey to get to Owen.

What did Owen say to Bailey?

Bailey and Hannah are reunited. Bailey apologizes and informs Hannah that Owen has called her. He used a blocked number and only spoke with her for 20 seconds. Owen apologized and said he wouldn’t be coming home.

Grady tries convincing Bailey to go into Witness Protection to let him help her. Bailey disagrees, siding with Hannah. She says that her father told her to listen to Hannah. Grady urges them into Witness Protection, but Bailey wants to go home.

They take a plane home, paranoid that they are been watched at all times. Bailey asks what Nicholas was like. Hannah describes him as smart but sad. Hannah then daydreams about Owen once more, the couple discussing where they will be in five years’ time.

Hannah and Bailey hold hands as the plane takes off. Bailey now trusts in Hannah and respects her stepmom after all the hardship that they have been through.

The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Ending Explained

The series ends with a flash forward to five years later. Hannah has opened another exhibition. She notices a stranger’s wedding ring and realizes that Owen is there. He’s wearing a baseball cap and now has a large, scraggly beard.

Who are the could-have-been boys?

The couple touches hands, but no words are exchanged. Then Owen says, ‘the could-have-been boys still love you,’ before walking off, out of her life once again. This refers back to one of their first dates, where Owen called all of Hannah’s previous lovers the could-have-been boys. Now Owen himself is among those individuals—someone who used to be in a relationship with Hannah but can no longer be with her.

Owen has accepted that he can never be with Hannah again but still loves her. After this touching exchange, Bailey arrives with her new boyfriend.

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