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Recap / The OAS 01 E 05 Paradise

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Season 1 Episode 05:

Paradise

While Hap zeroes in on a new test subject in Cuba, Homer and OA work to perfect their escape plan. Scott reaches his breaking point.


Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Back from the Dead: Hap messes up an experiment because of anger at the OA, seemingly resulting in Scott's final, permanent death. However Homer and the OA perform the movements for hours, eventually resurrecting him.
  • Bridal Carry: French carries his mom to bed like this after she passes out following a school function.
  • Broken Pedestal: Invoked. Hap plays the recording of Homer having sex with Renata to the other captives to let them know that he was complicit in Renata's kidnapping. This was in hopes of breaking their spirit, as well as their faith in Homer. In the present day, however, the OA seems to have forgiven Homer for his moment of weakness, even at the time OA's initial reaction is one of relief that Homer is still alive.
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  • The Chessmaster: Hap already predicted that Homer would try to ask someone for help, so he "warned" the hotel staff that his brain-damaged son would say and do irrational things and that they should call him if he did.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Scott's lifeless body is laid out on the floor of his cell in this manner.
  • First Time in the Sun: Hap lets Homer out of the basement for the first time in god knows how long for a mission. Homer is somewhat overwhelmed being in normal society again.
  • Honey Trap: Hap forces Homer to be this to help him capture Renata, a Cuban woman who's had a NDE. Homer is highly uncomfortable with this situation, though he ultimately does sleep with her.
  • Ill Girl: The sheriff's wife has ALS.
  • Oh, Crap!: Hap's reaction to the OA and Homer resurrecting Scott on their own.
  • The Reveal: Scott comes back with knowledge of the movements: there are five of them in total, and if performed by five people, they have the power to create a tunnel to another dimension, thus leading us to the reason the OA specifically wanted five people to tell this story to;
    The OA: Do you see now? How we're going to save them? I'm gonna teach you the movements. All five of them. We're gonna open a tunnel into another dimension. I will travel there and rescue them.
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  • Skeptic No Longer: Scott, who has been skeptical of the movements and the afterlife finally believes, after having been brought back to life by the movements and experiencing both things first hand.
  • Self-Harm: Homer bangs his head against the tile in the hotel shower, making it bloody, to convince the hotel staff that he's in danger. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Deconstructed. French's relationship with his mother is strained because all the pressure of taking care of the family is on his shoulders and he resents her for not being more responsible.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Renata's reaction to Homer helping Hap kidnap her. French, upon hearing the story, is disgusted that Homer went along with Hap's scheme.

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