While Ben is at Vance’s memorial, Deputy Powell tells him to leave that he was the reason Vance got killed. As Ben leaves, Aaron Glover, a journalist, catches up with him and tells him that the Major was at Red Hook an hour before the explosion.
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Scene shifts to an outdoor park where a man is speaking at a podium.
MAN AT PODIUM: An esteemed NSA Deputy Director, a man of honor and dignity, Robert Vance died as he lived in service of our great country, uncovering a domestic terror cell’s bomb-making operation in Red Hook.
BEN: [TEXT MESSAGE] You okay?
CAL: [TEXT MESSAGE] I miss u.
BEN: [TEXT MESSAGE] Me too. I’ll be there, bud!
MAN AT PODIUM: Our heartfelt condolences to Estelle and the Vance children, as well as Bobby’s friends.
MAN AT PODIUM: Bobby wasn’t a particularly social man, eschewing small talk, but anyone who knew him saw that the loyalty he showed this country could only be matched by his devotion to his friends and especially family. Bobby’s father fought and died in Vietnam. When I met Bobby, the first story he told me was of his devoted mother…
POWELL: You have some nerve showing up here. You got him killed.
BEN: Look, I don’t know what you think
POWELL: Show some respect and leave.
BEN: Podcast. That’s still a thing?
AARON GLOVER: Yeah, it’s very much a thing. You should have a listen.
BEN: Nope. No comment.
BEN: Say what you want about the government. But I’m a private citizen. Keep me out of your story.
AARON GLOVER: You are the story.
BEN: [SCOFFS] Look, I don’t know you, I don’t know your podcast, but you’re wasting your time. I’ve got nothing for you.
Ben stops walking, and turns around.
BEN: Major who?
AARON GLOVER: I don’t know, but whoever it was is still out there. Still a threat.
BEN: What can you do about it?
AARON GLOVER: You need allies, and I can deliver them. Just give me a statement.
BEN: What, and blow up my life to launch your career? No, thanks.
Ben starts walking again.
AARON GLOVER: You know check out the podcast. You’ll see I want to do this right.
Episode’s focus on the Major
When a show takes a hiatus midseason, it’s helpful to come back with an additional hook, and Manifest’s focus on the Major, an important conspirator, in its first episode back serves that purpose well.
SOURCE: Michael Ahr (denofgeek.com)