This recap of The Longest Night season 1, episode 5 contains spoilers.
This penultimate episode doesn’t waste much time revealing how Cherokee – and in effect the prison doctor – knows about Sara, the woman who worked with Ruso who Willy and Elisa captured and brought back to the group. She’s a former convict, a genius mathlete who killed her parents but was released nonetheless. She’s obviously heavily armed to use her expertise to bring Simon out, but the backstory is thin on the ground early on.
The Longest Night Season 1 Episode 5 Summary
But there’s probably more going on behind the scenes than we know. Manuela, at Emma’s request, says something to Cherokee privately, and he then holds the prison doctor at gunpoint and takes her away for a private chat, taking Manuela and Sara with him. . When he seats the good doctor, Manuela reveals that he repeatedly sexually assaulted her in exchange for successfully getting her off work. Elisa listens through the door and urges Manuela to reveal Emma’s presence. Somewhat puzzlingly, Cherokee is shocked to learn that Manuela has an identity disorder, which would have been relatively obvious.
Cherokee sits Manuela down and basically questions her about Emma and whether or not her claims about Espada are true. He ends up believing her, returns to point a gun at Espada and makes the doctor confess. The confession is obviously forced, but Cherokee allows everyone to believe that he kills Espada, with only him and the audience knowing that the doctor is still alive.
Elsewhere, the mind games really start in earnest in this chapter. A captive Ruso begins to manipulate Bastos into helping him since one of his fellow guards reported him for abusing inmates and Ruso can clear the case against him. And we also have Simon and Hugo trying to convince Montes not to hand over the former. The serial killer is always tight-lipped about exactly what he has to share, but you can feel the gang’s morale start to fluctuate as well, especially when Sara’s tablet is unlocked and she turns out to be a possible renegade. It seems increasingly likely that, although Ruso and Sara are in captivity, the officers outside will simply clean the house rather than risk Simon being able to meet the judge in the morning.
Montes, despite everything, doubles down on his desire to hand over Simon, and after a shootout with Hugo and a near-miss with Simon himself, drags him onto the roof with the intention of bringing him down to the men outside. Outside, Hugo arrives and, in a rather significant twist, pushes Montes off the roof, presumably to his death. With a time limit of half an hour until Simon has to call and make sure Laura survives, tension and mystery evident between Laura’s captors, and Bastos being successfully manipulated into toeing the line by Ruso, it seems that there is everything to play for on the way to the final.
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