“Resurrection” is a new series ABC launched at the midseason. It aired on Sunday, March 9 in between the season returns of “Once Upon a Time” and “Revenger,” two shows that do very well for the network. The drama focuses on the town of Arcadia, Missouri and its residents – both living and dead.
Episode 1, “The Returned” opened with an 8-year-old boy awakening in a rice paddy in rural China with no idea how he got there. Immigration agent J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps) gets assigned the case to pick up the boy, who is going by the name Jacob (Landon Gimenez) and take him to child services. Instead, Marty drives him home when the boy remembers he is from Arcadia.
When they arrive at the house the boy believes is his home, it is occupied by a couple in their 60s, Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Langston (Frances Fisher). The Langstons lost their son – Jacob – over 30 years ago when he drowned in a nearby river. Though older, Jacob recognizes them as his mom and dad. Lucille is shocked but thrilled to have her boy back but Henry is reluctant to accept him as his son.
Henry’s brother, Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven) lost his wife Barbara in the same drowning accident. It was believed she tried to save the boy when both died. Fred is shocked to see his nephew. Jacob calls him Uncle Fred and then falls into a seizure.
At the hospital, Fred’s daughter Maggie (Devin Kelley) is the local doctor who treats Jacob. He tells her she looks like his Aunt Barbara whom he says he tried to help at the river before he fell in. He tells her he saw a man there holding Barbara’s arm. In a separate scene, a man in red baseball cap is hitchhiking to Arcadia because he says he has a boy there.
Pastor Tom Hale (Mark Hildreth) is overwhelmed after meeting Jacob who informs the preacher that his best friend has the same name. Tom knows deep in his heart that Jacob is his childhood best friend but has trouble reconciling it.
Maggie want to find out the truth after talking to her longtime friend Elaine Richards (Samaire Armstrong) and helps Marty dig into the files concerning the death of Jacob and Barbara. Autopsy photos show photos that support the boy’s claims that someone may have held onto her mother’s arm.
Marty flees the hospital and returns home. The man in the red cap is there and he watches the boy. Henry and Deputy Connor Cuesta arrive and Jacob takes off into the woods. The two men give chase but Jacob outruns them for time. When they finally catch up to him, he has retrieved a G.I. Joe doll that his dad gave him from a hiding space in a tree.
Henry still can’t accept this is son and allows Marty to question Jacob about the day at the river. He remembers his cousin Maggie was there, as a baby in a stroller. His Aunt Barbara was crying out for help. He saw her hanging onto a branch. He tried to help but fell in the water. That’s when he saw a man holding onto her. The man’s picture is in a frame on the piano.
Marty learns that the Langstons’ DNA and Jacob’s are a match. Marty tells Henry that he knows the man believed when he first saw the boy.
Henry tells his brother that the man Jacob saw at the river worked with Barbara at the factory and that he was having an affair with Barbara. That is why he never came forward.
Elaine is with friends at the bar when she gets a call from her brother Ray who is talking crazy and has a gun. She and Marty along with Deputy Cuesta and Maggie head over to the house where ray has someone trapped in the shed. When he emerges, it’s the man in the red ball cap. Elaine calls him “dad” and it’s clear they haven’t seen one another in a long time.
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