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    • I can't believe we're already at the end of season 1! You can see my previous recap of episode 7 below.

      The episode 8 official synopsis:

      "Myfanwy and Farrier quickly discover how dangerous life is outside of the Checquy, while Grantchester runs out of options. Myfanwy chooses between her freedom and Farrier's life."

      OK, jumping right in!

      The episode begins with Myfanwy in a coffee shop, meeting up with Bronwyn surreptitiously. Bronwyn says that all that matters now is that we’re here, together - even though Myfanwy is frustrated that it took so long for Farrier to come clean.

      Apparently Myfanwy will be met by a driver in Calais after she takes a ferry to France, and then she’ll be met by Bronwyn at the safe house in Bruges.

      “If you get caught, I will get you out again” says Bronwyn. Myfanwy says the Checquy will never stop looking for her: Bronwyn says she has nothing to fear, and that it’s only a matter of time before the nightmare is over, promising to see her tomorrow night in Bruges. She makes Myfanwy promise to be there. Myfanwy doesn’t respond.

      We then cut to an open field by the white cliffs of the Dover coast. The Dover Ferry Terminal. Myfanwy prepares to board the ferry and go through security.

      She’s flagged by security to go through her bag: and she makes it. She starts thinking of Gestalt, Farrier, Grantchester while she waits and has to steel her nerve.

      She’s then kidnapped as she exits the bathroom.

      We then cut to a researcher working with bees, dissecting one under the microscope, putting it in a centrifuge, then extracting a blue substance from it and putting it in a syringe in a briefcase.

      The syringe is then handed to a woman with the instructions of there being 10 doses for the journey.

      Gestalt is leaving Monica after their tryst. Monica tells him to leave and not come back.

      Grantchester says he wants the court meeting set for 8:30 every day, and wants a revised budget. Pointing to the various media outlets streaming on TVs in his office, he’s presenting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - uniting all agencies under one roof.

      Promising increased efficiencies - and power greater than Mi5.

      Then Jennifer comes in and says that the Checquy organization is under investigation and may even be broken apart.

      “The situation with Linda has tipped the scales” she tells him. “When you gained this office, you lost the power to define your own reality.” He has to come to terms with that.

      A van drives up a remote road to a guarded building. Inside that van, inside a cage, is Myfanwy - and they’re about to inject her with the blue syringe substance - Apamin - a custom sedative made from bee venom.

      She wakes up in a guard room and meets the mysterious Sophia, who explains that she was sedated by Apamin. Myfanwy finds out that a neurotoxin in bee venom actually negates her EVA powers - and the Chequy lied to her.

      Sophia then leaves her in isolation.

      Iris gets a call from Monica, who asks her for a favor: the address to New Glengrove, where she’ll be this afternoon. Then Gestalt shows up.

      One of Gestalt's units asks if Myfanwy is going to be in today - and discover a card addressed to them in the mail. They open the letter to them from Myfanwy.

      “The spark I feel with you is real, but I need to figure out who I am away from the people who knew me as I was” says Myfanwy.

      Gestalt says “Drawbridge protocol: now.” They need to intercept her anywhere she might escape.

      Grantchester stops by Farrier’s cell. He promises her release if she keeps the secrets of the agency: a pension, a full security detail, as long as she signs the act he’s presenting her. But it’s too late.

      The review is already underway - on the way to a full shutdown - and Myfanwy is MIA. Grantchester has “stepped into a difficult role.” But Farrier says that he has to stop the review RIGHT now. She signs the form - and says that it’s up to him to see the Checquy together, as it’s the only family some of their agents will ever have. He has to fight the battles ahead.

      Sophia goes back into Myfanwy’s cell. A variety of EVAs are displayed to the screen with a list of their abilities and prices.

      Myfanwy is next on the list. She’s labeled “Electricae” - a level 8 EVA of transdermal neurotransmission, with bids starting at 10 million pounds.

    • Bids flow in from around the world.

      The bids go up and up.

      Lorik the vulture meets with Grantchester in a parking garage. Lorik says he feels Grantchester could be the one who turns the Checquy around - and Grantchester says they COULD put the past behind us, if he can follow their treaty. Grantchester asks for his help in stopping the review - and Lorik agrees, in exchange for the right incentive - letting go of a prisoner in the Checquy custody.

      Linda Farrier is set free.

      Monica stops by the new Glengrove, looking for Nazim. She’s directed to the soccer pitch, where Nazim is playing a game.

      He reassures Monica that he’s good, and that it’s nice there. He thanks her for getting him here, and tells her that she is his role model.

      She tells him that she shouldn’t be his role model, that she only helped him because she was looking for Marcus, and the answers she found only left her unhappy. She asks him for a favor.

      Farrier is in her car on her way to her home estate - and the car drives over a row of spikes, her driver is shot, and she’s confronted by an armed stranger.

      Grantchester asks if Gestalt has had any luck finding Myfanwy: they say not yet, but continue to look.

      Myfanwy is reassured by Sophie that her auction could have been so much worse.

      She sees Farrier being restrained by Vulture goons in another room, being drugged. Lorik walks in, and Myfanwy asks if this was his plan all along - he said yes, and she strayed outside the lines. The Chinese paid 75 million for her - and Lorik says “Whatever they want to do with you, it’s far more exciting than life as a bureaucrat.”

      Myfanwy is transposed to an armed car. She can hear the coughs of another prisoner - a girl, Gemma. Myfanwy begins to kick the back of the truck to get the guards’ attention to stop the car.

      As they come back to check their precious cargo - and one guard kills the other, setting Myfanwy free, and saying he’s with The Resistance.

      Myfanwy tells him to take the girl, and she’ll stay behind. She wakes the dead guard’s phone, calls Ingrid, and says she needs to speak to Gestalt immediately. She tells them she was at Victor Danilov’s house, they have Linda Farrier, and they’re about to put her up for auction.

      As Linda is put up for auction as a Level 6 EVA, Myfanwy begins to sneak back up to the house.

      Grantchester asks Jennifer to sanction the Checquy going into the home of the Russian Diplomat being used as a Vulture stronghold. She says she can’t really help him. They are at an impasse.

      Gestalt start a scene outside of the Russian Diplomat / EVA auction house, then overcome the guards to sneak inside.

      Hacking the security system, they begin to take down the security one by one.

      Victor walks by, saying the Checquy’s foundations are about to crack - and Myfanwy takes shelter in a hidden closet, before being found by Gestalt.

      She makes them promise to find Farrier, and come back for her.

      Gestalt finds Farrier, kills Peter van Syoc, and heads back to find Myfanwy, only to not see her anywhere.

      Lorik orders guards to find her, and then she confronts him.

      “All I wanted was to get as far away from the Checquy as possible, but you’ve showed me the one thing they couldn’t. Linda was right. The Checquy is here for a reason.”

      Myfanwy begins to use her powers to take over Lorik’s body, killing him slowly.

      We then cut to Nazim telling Monica that he’s working on strengthening his powers.

      Monica asks him to please fix her memories to get rid of Marcus - that she has to take that chance.

      Nazim says the more active the memories are that Monica brings to the top of her mind, the more precise his abilities will be.

      Nazim frees Monica from her memories of Marcus - and she faints to the ground.

      Jennifer runs through the Checquy office, and asks Grantchester what is going on. The Russians view it as a “full-scale breach of diplomacy.”

      Jennifer promises the Checquy is done. Granchester says it’s not done for him.

      Gestalt and Myfanwy embrace outside the scene. They reassure her if she wants to leave, she can - but they’ll miss her.

      Myfanwy goes to the back of the ambulance to look for Farrier - and she’s gone, leaving a note saying to put the blame on her.

      Myfanwy heads back home to her apartment, to write a letter to herself, thanking her past self for her support.

      Now that I’ve found your incredible power, I’m going to use it in ways you hadn’t imagined. No one can stop me.” Myfanwy promises as she runs over the bridge that was so crucial to her.

      And then - Farrier meets up with Bronwyn to head out - they’ve got work to do after all.

      What a twist!