Olive’s Timeline

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Background

Childhood

  1. Surprises mom (Grace) and dad (Ben) by going in their bedroom one morning (102.14)
  2. On Friday nights Grandma (Karen) and Grandpa (Steve Stone) would babysit Olive and Cal while their parents went out on date night (cf. 108.14).
  3. While learning to ride her bike down Tait Hill with no hands she busted her lip three times, refusing to quit until she did it (cf. 107.18)
  4. Ben makes Olive feel better when after a bike runs over her model plane, he puts it in the water and it floats. She says, “Thank you, Daddy. You always makes everything better,” and then gives him a big hug.  This occurs while they are visiting Bethesda Fountain. (104.8)

From Jamaica on Flight 537

DAY 0

Afternoon — 4/7/13

  1. While waiting at  airport in Jamaica, family notified of overbooked flight, says goodbye to Ben and Cal who along with Michaela take a different flight (101.1).

Evening

  1. Olive tells her grandpa, Kevin Stone, after looking outthe window that “this is the longest I’ve ever been away from Cal.” Her grandpa then says, “Being a twin is a heck of a special relationship. You always feel connected, no matter where you are”  (105.1).
  2. When Olive wants to wait for Cal and Ben at the airport, and not go home, Grace shows her the screen with all the incoming flights.  Flight 828 is on time, to arrive at 1:40 am at gate C8. While they are looking at it, the arrival time switches to a red box marked, “See Agent” (105.1).
  3. Family notified after landing, that Flight 828 has disappeared from radar, and passengers are missing. As her grandma holds her tightly, Olive screams, “I want my dad! I want my dad!”  (105.2)

The 5 1/2 Years

ORDINARY TIME

First Six Months

  1. N/A

After Six Months

  1. while Grace descends into a deep depression. One morning Olive cuts herself trying to make a ham and cheese sandwich for her mom. After this incident, Grace seeks help (105.7)
  2. After Olive hears that the odds of finding any trace of the doomed flight were slim, and that the families may never recover their loved one’s remains (cf. 105.7), she has nightmares and refusing to leave the house, let alone ride in a car or go to school. Grace gets Olive help, having her meet with a therapist twice a week (101.14).

After Two Years

  1. Olive and her mom have left the house exactly the same. When her therapist they need to let go, Grace packs up all of Ben and Cal’s belongings, and leaves them on the curb for the Salvation and Army. Olive, however, cancels the pickup refusing to believe that her brother is dead. She can still feel him alive (102.19).
  2. Olive is suspicious of Danny who begins dating her mom (although they first met a year and a half ago). Olive is furious when Grace brings him over for dinner, telling him that she will not be hugging him. Later, Olive tells Danny that “Cal is not dead. He is just lost. And some day, when I grow up I am going to find him” (105.13)

Unknown Time

  1. Olive takes up rock climbing, as a healthy outlet for what has been troubling her (cf. 107.18).
  2. Olive begins dating Cal’s best friend, Kevin (cf. 103.14 ff)

Reappearance of Flight 828

DAY 1

Evening — 11/4/18

  1. After watching breaking news of Flight 828’s Return, Danny realizes he must leave, but not before he, Grace, and Olive all embrace (105.25)

DAY 2

All Day — 11/5/18

  1. Waits anxiously for her dad and brother, who are being held for questioning inside one of the airport’s hangers, to be released (101.3).

DAY 3

Afternoon — 11/6/18

  1. Reunited with dad and brother (101.5)
    1. Hugs her dad (Ben)
    2. Startles Cal, her twin brother as she is now 5 1/2 years older than he.

Ep 1 – Pilot

DAY 4

Morning — 11/7

  1. Olive is at school.

Afternoon

  1. Olive’s soccer team is having a special soccer in preparation for a soccer tournament the next day (cf. 107.8).  Ben shows up unexpectedly, and apologizes to her for making the choice to stay behind in Jamaica. He admits to having lost sight of her life while trying to get help for Cal. Olive gives her dad a hug (101.7).

DAY 5

Morning — 11/8

  1. Olive is at school

Afternoon

  1. Olive’s mom and dad do not show up at the soccer tournament due to Cal’s cancer treatments (cf. 107.8).

Evening

  1. After a late dinner, Olive is astonished at what a fast player Cal is while playing Banagrams, a game he had just learned how to play. After her mom receives a text from Danny asking if she told Ben yet, and how he misses her, Olive asks her mom, “What are you gonna do?”  (101.23)

Ep 2 – Reentry

DAY 6

Morning — 11/9

  1. While making coffee in the kitchen (with lots of milk and sugar in it), Ben comes in, and asks Olive if after school they could hang out and catch up. She tells him she has soccer practice, and has fallen behind in her homework the last week (102.2).
  2. While they are talking, when Ben asks her if she is hearing any music, she thinks that Alexa may be acting up in the living room. When he leaves the kitchen, and her mom enters, Olive asks if she told him about Danny yet, “This isn’t cool. He deserves to know” (102.1).
  3. Olive attends school, while Ben and Grace go to hospital with Cal to begin his cancer for another round of cancer treatments.

Evening

  1. When she returns home from soccer practice, Ben tries a second time to see if she wants to go out for ice cream after dinner, but she declines saying she has to study (102.14).

DAY 7

Morning — 11/10

  1. It’s Saturday. We are not sure what Olive is doing. Grace has taken Cal to buy new toys, and while Ben returns with Radd to Riker Island to again talk to Adio.

Afternoon

  1. After Cal returns home with new toys, and is still not satisfied—missing his old toys, Olive asks Ben to take her for a drive where they go to a storage facility where Olive had been keeping Cal’s old toys (102.18).
  2. When asks Olive whose locker they were in, she tells him a “friend” of Grace’s. Olive and her dad then hug before he leaves to search for the source of music playing in his head (102.18).

Evening

  1. By the time Ben finds Blake with the jewels, and he is apprehended by the police, all Olive wants to do is go home (102.20).
  2. When they arrive home, they unpack Cal’s toys. He is happy that he is reunited with his favorite stuffed animal. Olive confronts her mom about making her feel crazy for not letting go, but that now she is the one that has to let go (102.21).
  3. Olive is at the dining room table working on her nails, when the Stone family watch breaking news on the television about unconfirmed reports that one of the passengers of Flight 828 has been murdered. Cal and Olive go upstairs to bed (103.2).
  4. When Cal sees Olive putting her jacket on, and opening her bedroom window, Olive places tells him that this will be “our little secret.” She then climbs out the window (103.3).

Ep 3 – Turbulence

DAY 8

Morning — 11/11

  1. It’s Sunday. Presumably, Olive is sleeping in late.

Afternoon

  1. Olive is upstairs, and is not aware that Cal’s best friend, Kevin is looking for her. Grace tell him to give her a text message later, as the family is about ready to have dinner (103.14).
  2. A short while later, while in the kitchen, Ben tells Grace that he found the side gate of the backyard was open and that he found footprints in the garden. Cal rats on his sister for sneaking out at night (103.15).
  3. Olive tells her dad that she was with her boyfriend (103.15).
  4. When Olive asks Cal why he broke their code, he tells her that he just want everyone to be safe, and that he was not mad at her, even though he stole away his best friend. She tell him that she is his best friend (103.17).

Evening

  1. Olive comes up to Cal while he is reading a book, and motions him to play Cat’s Cradle with her. Cal apologizes to her for ratting her out. Olive tells him that it’s him and her against the world—”Twins Rule” (103.25)
  2. Olive and Ben are on the couch playing a computer game on the iPad (103.26).

Ep 4 – Unclaimed Baggage

DAY 9

Morning — 11/12

  1. Ben and Grace are looking forward to having the house to themselves as Olive will be at school, and Cal at the lake with his grandpa (104.3).
  2. Olive is disappointed when Grace tells her that her grandpa will not be able to give her driving lessons after school because he and Cal are going to stay at the lake an extra day. Ben offers to do it, but she says she needs the same car she has been practicing on (104.3).
  3. Olive who normally receives her allowance on Monday, heads off to school  (cf. 104.9).

Afternoon

  1. After school, Olive and her friend Avery are at Bluemercury cosmetic where a make up artist is putting red lipstick on her. When Avery tells the cosmetician that she is famous, Olive says, “Stuff happens to me, not because of me” (104.9).
  2. Olive while looking at her red lips in a mirror, wants to buy the lipstick, but does not have $120. So she reaches down on the counter and puts it in her backpack without paying for it. She is caught by store security (104.9).
  3. After Olive calls Grace saying she needs a ride home, Ben agrees to pick her up (104.14).
  4. Olive also calls Danny who arrives at the store first. He and Ben meet for the first time (104.17).
  5. On the drive home, although Ben tries to make eye contact, Olive does not  (104.18).
  6. After Ben tells her about how he was caught with steeling a boomerang and Grandma Stone gave him a free pass, Olive says she will never steal again (104.20).
  7. Olive tell her dad the reason she called Danny is that he “knows I’m a mess, but you still see me as this sweet 10-year-old little girl, and I’m not. I’m so not her anymore.” After Ben tells her that he he loves her just as she is, and whenever she needs help can call him, she convinces her dad to keep what happened just between them (104.20).

Evening

  1. Grace confronts Ben about why he did not tell her after learning what happened from Danny (104.23).

Ep 5 – Connecting Flights

DAY 10

Evening

  1. Olive tells Grace that although she loves her dad, Ben, and is glad he’s back, that Danny is her dad, too (105.26).
  2. Olive goes to her friend Avery’s house to spend the night (106.2).

Ep 6 – Off Radar

DAY 11

Morning — 11/14

  1. Presumably Olive goes to school.

Ep 7 – S.N.A.F.U.

DAY 12

Morning — 11/15

  1. Presumably Olive goes to school.

DAY 13

Morning — 11/16

  1. As Ben readies himself for his first day on the job, she asks Ben if it is okay she goes rock climbing. Although she does not tell him with who, Grace tells Ben it is with Danny (107.4).
  2. Olive presumably goes to school.

Afternoon

  1. While rock climbing after school at an indoor facility, she gets frustrated and tells Danny that she does not want to do this anymore. Danny tells her he will be there tomorrow, too (107.8).
  2. She receives several text messages from Ben asking her how the rock climbing went, but does not text back (cf. 107.12).

Evening

  1. When she comes back home, she does not see Ben. He is attending a lecture (107.15), and playing poker at the office (107.17).

DAY 14

Morning — 11/17

  1. When Ben asks her how was the climb, she says, “I quit. It’s too hard.”  Ben offers her some words of encouragement, and they embrace (107.18).

Afternoon

  1. Olive returns to the rock climbing gym and tells Danny that she never wanted to climb Acadia or anything, and that the only reason she trained so hard was that she likes spending time with him. When he says, that they can forget Arcadia, she says, “I’m not a quitter” (107.20).
  2. After she goes into the house after being dropped off, Danny tells Ben, “I’m not gonna get in your way, Ben. Olive’s not my kid. But I stepped in when you were gone, and I care about her. When she comes to me, I can’t turn her away (107.23).

Evening

  1. Olive circles July 19th on her calendar which she had labeled “Climb Acadia” before putting a smile face next to it.

Ep 8 – Point of No Return

DAYS 15 – 26

One might presume that the timeline continues as before such that Episode 8 picks up the same evening or night as the previous episode, similar to other episodes. However, after the flashback to Flight 828’s landing on November 4, 2018, episode 8 continues with a scene in which both Ben and Michaela are wearing different clothes than where they left off in episode 7 which suggests that these scenes do not occur on the same day.

Morning/Afternoon (Weekdays)

  1. Olive goes to school and soccer practice.

DAY 27

Since this is Cal’s first day of school, this suggest a time jump has occurred (see above). Since most of episode 8 occurs within an 18 hour time frame (cf. 108.3), and since Vance later states that the plane had come back three weeks ago (108.22), and the fact that episode 9 takes place on a Saturday, that brings Cal’s first day to Friday, November 30, 2018.

Morning — 11/30

  1. Olive rescues Cal from “the mommy drop” after Ben tells Cal that his mom is going to take him to school on her way to work. Olive says Cal can walk to school with her. Ben says okay as long as she calls if she sees anything strange or Cal gets sick again (108.5).
  2. As Olive and Cal walk six blocks to school (cf. 108.5)
  3. In front of the school, Olive tells her brother he is going to do great. She then takes her brother’s hand as they walk toward the front door of the school building (108.5).
  4. Olive drops Cal off at Mrs. Henry’s classroom who was very excited to see him, and then went to her own class (cf. 108.14).
  5. Olive receives a call from her mom on how her brother is doing on his first day. While on the phone she gives her mom some tips on buying make-up for her date night with Ben (108.14)
  6. Olive is sitting at a table with Kevin and Pippy at lunch, when Cal joins them. She is eating a tuna sandwich. When Piper begins eating a Doritos sandwich, she remembers how Pippy always used to eat those sandwiches 5 1/2 years ago. Cal, too, remembers, but for him it was only a month ago.

Afternoon

  1. In late afternoon, Olive returns home from school and watches Grace put on make-up for her date night with Ben.

Evening

  1. While dad and mom are on their date night, Olive and Cal make popcorn and hang out with Kevin watching TV (cf. 108.19).
  2. They order pizza (cf. 108.19).
  3. The are in bed by 10 p.m. (cf. 108.19).

Ep 9 – Dead Reckoning

DAY 28

Morning — 12/1

  1. Olive watches TV on the couch with Cal while they eat breakfast  (108.26)
  2. Grace tells Olive and Cal that she is planning a surprise barbecue for Ben because he has been working so hard that he has not had any time to catch up with old friends since he’s been back. She wants the children to keep him out of the house until 4:30 p.m.
  3. Olive asks Ben to take her and Cal laser tagging in the afternoon (109.1).
  4. Olive watches Cal play a game on his tablet, when Ben informs them that something came up at work and he has to postpone laser tag. Ben tells them that he loves them (109.5).

Afternoon

  1. Olive gets a call from her dad to check on Cal. She goes to his room and observes nothing unusual telling Ben he is okay (109.9).
  2. Olive helps her mom with food for Grace’s surprise barbecue for Ben (109.10).
  3. Olive is worried after two unidentified men from JP Williamson security division show up requesting to see Ben. She overhears them tell Grace that Ben was terminated as of 8:00 p.m. yesterday evening (109.12).
  4. Olive tells her mom about a note that Cal left behind, “Sorry I had to leave Dad needed me” (109.14).

Evening

  1. Olive overhears part of the conversation in which Grace tells Ben that their relationship is not right any more and they must separate (109.20).
  2. Later, Ben hugs Olive, and then says goodbye to Cal (109.21).

Ep 10 – Crosswinds

DAYS 29-37

It is uncertain how long this timeline will be able to map out the dates, or that it is even important to do so once the 28-day milestone (a significant number) has been reached in episode 9. But as long as we are given clues in the script, we will keep doing it. According to Michaela, it has been 10 days since the last calling (110.3), that means the events of episode 10 occur on Monday, December 10, 2018. It is disparaging that there are no Christmas decorations visible, and that there are green leaves still on the trees, no snow, etc.

DAY 38

Morning — 12/10

  1. Olive has a conversation with her brother, Cal, how she thinks their mom, Grace, is “in a dark place” ever since she kicked their dad, Ben, out of the house (110.5).
  2. Rather than eat her mom’s frozen waffles which Grace burned in the toaster, Olive leaves for school (110.5)

Afternoon

  1. After school, Olive finds Danny and tells him that seeing her mom these days is messing her up more than after the plane disappeared, and she asks him to come over for dinner that night to help straighten Grace out (110.12).
  2. When Olive returns home, she diligently prepares a meat-loaf dinner for Danny (cf. 110.21)

Evening

  1. When Danny arrives at the house and tells her that Olive is worried about her, Grace asks him to go. Then when Olive says she does not want him to go, and after Grace says, “this is a family matter,” Olive erupts. “What the hell, Mom? Danny is family!” (110.21).
  2. When Ben then shows up and has a confrontation with Danny, shoving him backwards, Olive blames herself (despite Grace insisting that everything that has happened since Flight 828 is not her fault (110.23).
  3. Before Ben leaves the house, Olive and Cal are given a hug from their dad (110.23).

Olive's Soccer Practice (101.17)

Olive’s Soccer Practice (101.17)

OLIVE: Parents don't usually show up to practice.

BEN: Well, this parent's got some catching up to do. Listen. I just wanted to say I'm so sorry for everything.
Fast and Not So Fast (101.23)

Fast and Not So Fast (101.23)

OLIVE (to Grace): What are you gonna do?
Stranger in the House I (102.2)

Stranger in the House I (102.2)

OLIVE: Did you tell him (DANNY) yet?

GRACE: I will. Soon.

OLIVE: Mom, this isn't cool. He deserves to know.
Stranger in the House II (102.14)

Stranger in the House II (102.14)

BEN: Hey, how about after dinner, we go for an old-school ice-cream run? [CHUCKLES] You still like ice cream, right?

OLIVE: I've got to study. Soon.
Ben Follows the Music (102.19)

Ben Follows the Music (102.19)

OLIVE: I knew Cal wasn't dead.

BEN: You did?

OLIVE: I don't know if it was some kind of twin thing, but I could I could feel him alive. And the therapist, the counselors at school, Mom, everyone blew it off, blew me off, but I knew.
Cal's Dragon (102.21)

Cal’s Dragon (102.21)

GRACE: You did this?

OLIVE: You made me feel crazy for not letting go, but I was right, and I'm right this time. Only this time, you're the one who needs to let go.
Own Your Truth (103.2)

Own Your Truth (103.2)

BEN: We just need to keep Cal close. We need to be careful. Olive, come straight home from school tomorrow.
Twins Code I (103.3)

Twins Code I (103.3)

CAL: What are you doing?

Olive places her index finger over her mouth looking at Cal.

OLIVE: Our little secret.

She then climbs out the window.
Twins Code II (103.15)

Twins Code II (103.15)

BEN: There were footprints in the soil.

CAL: It was Olive.

BEN: What?

CAL: She snuck out last night. Probably to see Kevin.

OLIVE: What is your deal?!
Twins Code III (103.17)

Twins Code III (103.17)

OLIVE: Okay, so I need to know why you broke our code, because you ratted me out to Mom and Dad.

CAL: Our twin code?

OLIVE: Yes, Cal. You never did that, like, ever.

CAL: I just wanted you to be safe, like Dad said.
Cat's Cradle (103.25)

Cat’s Cradle (103.25)

OLIVE: Yeah, he's okay. But you and me, it's us against the world. Twins rule.

CAL: Twins rule.
One Truth Leads to Five (103.26)

One Truth Leads to Five (103.26)

Scene switches to Stone's living room. Olive and Ben are on couch looking at a tablet, while Ben is typing a resume on the dining room table.
Pack Rat Ben (104.3)

Pack Rat Ben (104.3)

OLIVE: Grandpa's giving me driving lessons.

GRACE: Actually, we need to reschedule that. Grandpa's gonna stay at the lake with Cal an extra day.

OLIVE: Seriously?

BEN: I could do it.

OLIVE: I-I need Grandpa's car. That's the one I've been practicing on.
Cosmetic Store (104.9)

Cosmetic Store (104.9)

OLIVE: [CHUCKLES] I think we should go.

AVERY: All right.

Olive reaches down on the counter and puts lipstick in her backpack.

STORE SECURITY: Excuse me. You're gonna need to come with me.
Ben, Meet Danny (104.17)

Ben, Meet Danny (104.17)

Olive is standing next to a man.

OLIVE: Dad, what are you doing?

BEN: Hi.

Man walks up to Ben.

DANNY: Uh, I'm Danny. Grace's—

BEN: I know.
Downed Airplane (104.18)

Downed Airplane (104.18)

OLIVE: It's ruined. No, it's never gonna fly.

Ben places the plane in the water.

BEN: But it will float. See? You didn't even realize you made the world's coolest boat.

OLIVE: Thank you, Daddy. You always make everything better.

Olive hugs her dad.
Free Pass (104.20)

Free Pass (104.20)

OLIVE: You don't know what a total screw up I am. And Danny knows I'm a mess, but you still see me as this sweet 10-year-old little girl, and I'm not. I'm so not her anymore.

BEN: No. [PAUSE] No, in some ways, you're this whole new person. And you know what? I really love this whole new person. And sometimes I might not be great at communicating with her, but I want her to know whenever she needs help, she can always call me, no matter what. Okay?
What Do You Want? (104.26)

What Do You Want? (104.26)

DANNY: How's Olive?

GRACE: Still Olive.

/MUSIC BEGINS/

Olive enters. Background music begins playing.
Airline Talk (105.1)

Airline Talk (105.1)

STEVE: See anything interesting? No New York yet.

OLIVE: This is the longest I've ever been away from Cal.

STEVE: Well, Olive, being a twin is a heck of a special relationship. You always feel connected, no matter where you are.
Flight 828 Missing (105.2)

Flight 828 Missing (105.2)

Karen holds Olive tightly to her chest.

OLIVE: I want my dad! - I want my dad!
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