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The Midnight Club season 1, episode 8 recap – “Road to Nowhere”

October 8, 2022

This recap of the Netflix series The Midnight Club season 1, episode 8, “Road to Nowhere”, contains spoilers.

Throughout the series, Ilonka had visions and premonitions of ghostly events. In episode seven, these hauntings escalated considerably as Ilonka was attacked by two ghostly apparitions in the climactic scene. Both ghosts talked to Ilonka, and one even chased her across her own bed to the bathroom, where she hid. “Road to Nowhere” picks up the day after that assault, with Ilonka waking up on the bathroom floor.

The Midnight Club summary of season 1, episode 8

She heads straight for Dr Stantonand demands to know who is going home. Ilonka overheard Stanton discussing the possibility that one of the patients had not been terminally ill the night before and she longs to know who it is. Stanton refuses to say until she knows for certain that these findings are accurate. She orders Ilonka to keep it a secret until then. Ilonka asks if it’s her, and Stanton immediately responds with a resounding no. The scene ends with Stanton forcing Ilonka to swear she won’t tell anyone.

Of course, we all know Ilonka won’t be keeping this a secret for long. After their morning group therapy session, Kevin pushes her to confess. He thinks it could be a lab error or just a real mistake. But Ilonka is adamant that the ritual worked, but not on Anya. She goes to visit Shasta and tells him the good news. Shasta thinks Ilonka may be the one cured and offers her a job at his company.

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The episode then splits into several narratives. amesh and NatsukiThe blossoming romance of fills one of those subplots. The two teenage lovers kiss and he invites her for a nature walk, but she refuses to leave his room. She actually declines all of his subsequent offers, stating that she needs to be alone. Amesh gives Natsuki his space and reluctantly leaves.

Darling and spencer discuss trust and honesty after Stanton’s morning debate. Spence asks Cheri if she’s gay and if she’s ever come out to her parents. He calls her brave for coming out, but she downplays the event, stating that her parents don’t care about her. Spence fears he will die before making amends with his own mother, and they hatch a plan to go meet her. Mark drives the teenagers to Spence’s parents’ house and he gives a moving speech. Spence admits he is going to die, but he will die surrounded by friends who love him and don’t judge him. You can ignore me or love me, either way I still love you, I love myself and I think God loves me too. The mother doesn’t respond, but I think Spence feels better for having expressed his feelings.

The banned club members gather outside the library, but find that it is still closed. They decide to call it a night and scatter. Natsuki catches Amesh and explains his weird motives earlier. Amesh thinks she wants to dump him, but in fact, she wants to let him in more. She then divulges her darkest secret via a ghost story, titled “Road to Nowhere.” In this tale, a teenage punk hitchhikes hitchhikers Freedom Jack (Mike Flanagan regular Henry Thomas) and Poppy Corn (Alex Essoe). Their journey descends into utter madness with the story hinting at serial killers, looping timelines, and a suspicious, apocalyptic fog.

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The end

In the end, the story is actually an analogy with the main character’s suicide attempt. The hitchers were the conscience of the girl. Freedom Jack was the devil on his shoulder and Poppy Corn the angel. She chose life and escaped the car just as deadly fumes enveloped the entire garage. Natsuki confesses that this is what happened to her in real life, even though it was her mother who found her trying to kill herself and performed CPR to save her life. When Natsuki recovered, she found she was dying of something else anyway. The irony and injustice of the situation troubled Natsuki for years, but she soon realized she wanted to live. Amesh says he’s glad she’s here and the two adorable lovers are kissing again.

On the way back to her room, Ilonka hears a girl crying and goes to investigate. Viewers will be well aware of the many jump alerts in The Midnight Club, but here, the filmmakers create biting tension instead, as Ilonka takes the elevator down to the basement. She sees a woman in the dark and walks towards her. The mystery woman turns around and it cuts to Kevin. He looks at her and says, “Oh my God, not yet.” This cryptic twist raises a lot of questions, stay tuned to see if this mystery will be uncovered, with only two episodes left.

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Further reading

  • The Midnight Club season 1, episode 7 recap
  • The Midnight Club season 1, episode 9 recap
  • The Midnight Club Season 1 Review

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