Remember Who You Are
Episode 9 of The Barrier begins with Alma hurrying over to Hugo’s house, banging rapidly on the door and bringing Sergio back home. She threatens to fire them both if they pull this stunt again before quickly taking her leave.
Hugo realizes he needs to talk to Luis about Sergio and leaves quickly with Julia. As he does, Alma arrives back home and rings Alejo, who tells her that some of the children are tired and need to rest. Alma is having none of it though and tells him to press on with the experiments no matter what.
Elsewhere in Madrid, Carlos returns home to his blind Mother. He tells her they need to leave soon, especially after he handed over the incriminating data to Hugo and Julia. While they’re packing their things, she ignores Carlos and jumps out the window. When he finds out, Carlos is understandably upset.
Out in the streets, Hugo and Julia sees first-hand the fear gripping the nation in the wake of this viral threat. They manage to pass the checkpoint though but are stopped by Rai, who prevents them from seeing Luis at the house.
Thankfully Daniela allows them in, prompting Hugo to head up and see Luis, spilling the truth about Sergio and his past. They want to reunite Sergio with his real parents but Alma is irate, trying in vain to persuade her husband to ignore them.
Sergio’s real name, as we find out, is actually Juan and this certainly catches Alma off-guard, asking exactly how they found out this information. Eventually Luis tells Hugo and Julia to leave, convincing Alma in private to allow these birth parents in as it’s the right thing to do.
Downstairs, Hugo and Julia refuse to sign their dismissal forms. It’s just as well too, as Luis tells them they’ll continue to work at the estate given the situation with Alma has been resolved. Rosa is understandably confused and comments on the changed attitude at the manor they’re working in.
Upstairs, Sergio hears the good news along with Ivan who are both pleased that Julia is staying on and working for them.
Sergio’s parents are invited over and Alma shows them the medical files she has for their son. It turns out that he needs constant supervision because of his medical condition. He needs to be monitored a lot and this family aren’t able to give that same level of care they can.
Alma essentially guilt-trips them into signing over their son and it’s a tough choice indeed, one that essentially boils down to love VS money. to Luis and Alma. It also eventually ends with Sergio staying with Luis and Alma for the time being.
Back home, Emilia and Alex discuss Carlos’s motives. Emilia remains suspicious of exactly how he obtained this information but remains grateful for this thin sliver of hope.
The pair discuss the kids but Marta happens to know who they are. She asks the young girl where the kids are taken but all she remembers is a bus and falling asleep, confirming that they’ve been sedated.
Alex and Emilia use this information to spur them on, determined to find the missing kids by drumming up a Missing Person poster with their phone number attached.
Alex heads out around town to start putting these up but finds himself arrested by the police. When he’s taken to the station, one of the officers realizes that he’s actually been putting up posters for the missing children.
After being beaten by several different guards, another arrives and orders Alex to be untied and taken into his office. Left alone, Alex is questioned over what he knows regarding the missing children. He tells Alex it’s in his best interest to talk – prompting the boy to admit the children may still be alive.
Just before he reveals anything more, Daniela shows up and claims to be his lawyer. She takes him back home where Emilia receives a crucial call from a Mother whose seen the posters and wants to get in touch.
They’re not alone either and when Alex catches wind of this movement, he joins Emilia where a the whole group gather together and cling to the hope that their children are still alive. While they’re all hopeful, that same hope runs out for Sergio’s birth parents, who are both shot dead on their way home.
Alma arrives at the complex and checks up on her experiment with Alejo. He reveals that he upped the dosage but it unfortunately resulted in half the kids dying.
The one child who seems to have survived and shown significant growth is not there. And that child? None other than Marta. Realizing what this means, Alma hurries back home again.
The Episode Review
The Barrier delivers another decent episode this week as our various characters continue to try and survive in this bleak new world. Alma continues to spin her web of deceit, with the experiment being moved out-of-town. Her comments regarding needing more children seems to hint that there’s going to be another sweep of missing people across Madrid.
Only, with Emilia and Alex gathering the people and starting their little revolution, this could turn volatile very quickly. I’d imagine we’ll see the guards usurped and an uprising stat to take shape soon, with Luis caught in the middle between his wife and Hugo.
For now, The Barrier bows out with another good slice of drama, leaving the door wide open for next week.
Remember who you are.
Episode 9 The Barrier begins with Alma rushing to Hugo’s house, knocking on the door and taking Sergio home. She threatens to fire them both if they do that trick again and then leave quickly.
Hugo understands that he has to tell Luis about Sergio and leaves soon with Julia. Just like him, Alma comes home and calls Alejo, who tells her that some children are tired and need rest. But Alma doesn’t care and says he has to keep experimenting.
Elsewhere in Madrid, Carlos returns to his blind mother. He tells him that they will have to leave soon, especially after he has handed over the evidence to Hugo and Julia. While they’re packing, she ignores Carlos and jumps out the window. If he finds out, Carlos is naturally upset.
In the streets of Hugo and Julia you can see first hand how the fear of this viral threat dominates the nation. They still manage to get past the checkpoint, but heaven stops them and prevents them from seeing Luis in the house.
Luckily Daniela lets her in and encourages Hugo to visit Luis and tell him the truth about Sergio and his past. They want to reunite Sergio with his real parents, but Alma is angry and tries in vain to convince her husband to ignore them.
Sergio’s real name, as we have discovered, is actually Juan, and it will certainly surprise Alma when she asks how she knew exactly this information. In the end, Louis Hugo and Julia tell her to leave and convince Alma to leave her parents alone, as she should.
Downstairs Hugo and Julia refuse to sign their release form. This is a good thing, because Louis tells them that they will continue to work on the estate, since the situation with Alma has been clarified. Rosa is of course confused and comments on the change in attitude in the field where they work.
Upstairs Sergio learns the good news from Ivan, who is happy that Julia stays and works for her.
Sergio’s parents have been invited, and Alma shows them her son’s medical records. It turned out that his state of health required constant monitoring. He needs a lot of supervision and this family is not able to offer him the same level of care as they do.
Alma blames them for signing a contract with their son, and it’s a very difficult decision for Luis and Alma, who is tantamount to loving the US money. It also ends with Sergio’s stay with Luis and Alma.
At home Emilia and Alex discuss Carlos’ motives. Emilia still wonders how he got this information, but she is grateful for this little glimmer of hope.
A couple’s talking about the kids, but it turns out Martha knows who they are. She asks the girl where the children have been taken, but she only remembers the bus and falls asleep, confirming that they have been sedated.
Alex and Emilia use this information to encourage them to find missing children by posting a missing person’s phone number on a poster.
Alex drove through town to place it, but was stopped by the police. When he is taken to the post, a member of staff discovers that he has indeed put up posters for missing children.
After being beaten by several guards, another one arrives and orders Alex to untie him and bring him to his office. Left alone, Alex is being questioned about what he knows about missing children. He tells Alex that it is in his own interest to let the boy admit that the children might still be alive.
Shortly before he reveals anything else, Daniela appears and pretends to be his lawyer. She takes him home, where Emilia receives an important phone call from her mother, who has seen the posters and wants to contact him.
They are not alone either, and when Alex feels the wind of this movement, he joins the Emilie, where the whole group gathers and clings to the hope that their children are still alive. While they all hope, the same hope dies for Sergio’s biological parents who were shot on their way home.
Alma comes on the spot and tests her experience with Alejo. It shows that he increased the dose, but unfortunately it led to the death of half of the children.
The only surviving child that seems to have grown significantly is not there. What about this baby? Nobody but Martha. Knowing what this means, Alma hurries home.
This week The Fence will deliver another decent episode as our various characters continue to try to survive in this new dark world. Alma keeps turning the web of deception, the experience is moved out of the city. His comments on the need to have more children seem to indicate that there will be a renewed search for missing persons throughout Madrid.
Only with Emilia and Alex, who brought the people together and started their little revolution, this change can happen very quickly. I think we’re going to see the robbery guards, and soon there’ll be an uprising, and Louis will be in the middle between his wife and Hugo.
So far the gate makes way for another good piece of drama and leaves the door open for next week.
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