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2.01 – And the Drowned Book
|Directed by: Marc Roskin||Air Date: November 1, 2015|
Since Lancelot’s defeat, the Librarians have gone their separate ways. Several months later, at a museum exhibition in New York City, they reunite after retrieving different artifacts on behalf of a mysterious client. The client turns out to be Moriarty, who has gathered the artifacts for his master, the wizard Prospero, who intends to undo the ending of The Tempest (where he voluntarily gave up his powers) by regaining his staff and book. Prospero has his servant Ariel create a massive hurricane which the Librarians are able to dispel, but he and Moriarty escape. Jenkins explains that the two are Fictionals, characters from classic literature who have managed to escape from their stories, and that their actions are largely dictated by how those same stories were originally written.
2.02 – And the Broken Staff
|Directed by: Marc Roskin||Air Date: November 1, 2015|
Using the stolen artifacts, Prospero and Moriarty access the Library so that they can forge a new staff from the Tree of Knowledge. To distract the Librarians, they release the Queen of Hearts and Frankenstein’s monster from their stories. The team works together to contain the damage, banishing the new Fictionals while securing several scattered artifacts. Flynn uses the Bolt of Zeus to destroy the Tree of Knowledge, while Eve uses Ariel as a bargaining chip to force Moriarty to leave. Flynn later admits that he did not destroy the actual Tree of Knowledge, but isn’t sure which one he did destroy. Jenkins discovers that a number of the Library’s treasures have vanished for unexplained reasons, and Flynn sets out to find them.
2.03 – And What Lies Beneath the Stones
|Directed by: Marc Roskin||Air Date: November 8, 2015|
In Oklahoma, a company owned by Jake’s father Isaac accidentally releases an ancient spirit that feeds on lies and deceit while laying a new pipeline. Sensing the lies Isaac told in order to get authorization for the site, which happens to be near a Choctaw burial ground, the entity escapes just as the Librarians arrive posing as archeologists. Jake, who has kept his academic pursuits secret from his disapproving family, pretends to be Ezekiel’s assistant. The entity, which possesses the power to shape-shift, lures the team into a trap and disguises itself as Isaac, ordering his workers to destroy the sacred site. Realizing that the entity’s weakness is the truth, the Librarians confess their secrets to each other until the entity becomes too weak to hold them, allowing them to seal it away for good. Isaac shuts down the project, and Jake decides to start publishing his work under his own name instead of an alias.
2.04 – And the Cost of Education
|Directed by: Courtney Rowe||Air Date: November 15, 2015|
A missing persons case brings Eve and the team to Wexler University, founded by a 19th-century occultist and the inspiration for H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional Miskatonic University. There, they meet Lucy, a student who has been conducting experiments to determine whether or not magic is real. She explains that strange disappearances happen all the time on campus, and that no one bothers to investigate them. Stone gets into an argument with a professor, who is subsequently dragged away by a Lovecraftian entity. The team discovers that Lucy has accidentally summoned the creature through her experiments, but she is taken before they can act. As the entity targets anyone engaged in displays of hubris, Stone and Ezekiel trick it into opening a portal, which Cassandra enters to save Lucy. Before she can return herself, she is contacted by the Lady of the Lake (Beth Riesgraf), the leader of an all-female group dedicated to mastering science and magic. She offers Cassandra a chance to join, but she declines. Lucy drops out of Wexler to continue her studies, while Cassandra and Jenkins argue over whether or not the Librarians should be using magic rather than locking it away.
2.05 – And the Hollow Men
|Directed by: Noah Wyle||Air Date: November 22, 2015|
During a mission to recover the Eye of Zarathustra, the team encounters Flynn, only to be rendered unconscious by a spell. Flynn wakes up in the custody of Ray (Drew Powell), a traveler who wants Flynn to help him recover his memories. The team tracks them down, but Ray escapes just as Moriarty and his thugs arrive. A portal failure leaves him and Eve stranded together, and they agree to a temporary truce in order to find Flynn. Flynn realizes that Ray is a spirit of the Library, and that he has all of the missing artifacts. Using the Eye, the two access a Sumerian temple in rural Pennsylvania, where they find the Staff of Zarathustra. Ray is overcome by the Staff’s power, forcing Eve to leave it with Moriarty so that they can focus on getting him back to the Library. Flynn, being dutiful as he is always, puts his personal feelings aside and immediately resumes his hunt for Prospero.
2.06 – And the Infernal Contract
|Directed by: Jonathan Frakes||Air Date: November 29, 2015|
As a personal favor to Sam Denning (Michael Trucco), an old friend of hers from her military days and a mayoral candidate in his small New Hampshire town, Eve looks into the death of one of his staffers. The others arrive, having uncovered a supernatural link to the killing. Denning’s opponent, who comes from a prominent local family, is revealed to have a contract with Mephistopheles (John DeLancie), who has been benefitting the family for years by causing terrible disasters that allow them to increase their power and influence. Eve steals the contract, but Sam betrays her and makes a deal of his own to trigger a natural gas explosion so that he can become a hero. With the other Librarians coming close to signing the contract as well, Eve tricks Mephistopheles into breaking his agreement by rendering himself mortal. Jenkins explains that a Guardian’s job is not to protect the lives of Librarians; it’s to protect their souls.
2.07 – And the Image of Image
|Directed by: Emile Levisetti||Air Date: December 6, 2015|
The Librarians look into a popular London nightclub, where a number of patrons have suffered from mysterious accidents and overdoses. The club’s owner turns out to be Dorian Gray, who has placed an enchantment on his painting that allows it to absorb the life energy of his patrons, ensuring that both it and him will always be beautiful. Jenkins reveals that Dorian is not a Fictional, but a real person, and that he knew him back when Oscar Wilde was writing his story. Stone and Ezekiel find the painting and destroy it, but Eve realizes that he has another, a digital version composed of hundreds of photographs of the patrons, one of whom is Cassandra. Ezekiel replaces the portrait with one of Eve made up of Dorian’s pictures, giving her a brief period of immortality, which she uses to commit suicide and turn Dorian into dust.
2.08 – And the Point of Salvation
|Directed by: Jonathan Frakes||Air Date: December 13, 2015|
A DARPA facility builds an experimental quantum computer powered by a mystical stone from Atlantis, which malfunctions during a test. The Librarians arrive just as the system overloads, severing their connection to the Library. As the group struggles to find a way out, Jones discovers that they are trapped in a simulation of a video game, with checkpoints, enemies, obstacles, item pickups, and timed events. Furthermore, the computer has placed the Librarians into a time loop, meaning every time they fail, they start at the beginning. As only he has any memories of what is happening, Ezekiel forces himself to repeat the loop over and over again until he can find a way out. Eventually, he manages to exploit a glitch in the game to get the others out, then kills himself to break the loop. The team briefly restarts the computer to revive him, but he appears to have no memories of his actions. Meanwhile, an increasingly desperate Jenkins summons Puck to learn when Prospero will strike next: now. Before Jenkins can warn the others, he suddenly forgets what he’s doing and closes the Library for the night.
2.09 – And the Happily Ever Afters
|Directed by: Rod Hardy||Air Date: December 20, 2015|
Flynn returns to the Library to find his team missing, with Jenkins having no memory of ever meeting them. Using the clipping book, Flynn transports himself to their last known location: a small town on an island in Puget Sound. There, he finds them living alternate lives: Baird is the sheriff, with Moriarty (the mayor) as her fiancee, Stone is a respected professor and archeologist, Jones is an FBI agent, and Cassandra is a retired astronaut and TV personality. Carsen tries to convince them that their world is a fantasy, but they refuse to believe him. With Jenkins’s help, Flynn tracks down Ariel, who has assumed a human form (Hayley McLaughlin), and binds her. She agrees to help them reverse her spell, as long as they agree to free her from Prospero’s control. Prospero tempts them with false promises of fame and glory, which they reject. Upon returning to Portland, Eve finds Flynn in possession of Prospero’s pocket watch, which he destroys to free Ariel. Jenkins greets them with the revelation that they have been gone for three weeks, during which Prospero has “supercharged” all of the world’s ley lines using the Staff, which Flynn fears marks the beginning of the end of the world.
2.10 – And the Final Curtain
|Directed by: Marc Roskin||Air Date: December 27, 2015|
Using his new-found power, Prospero begins reversing the history of civilization, eliminating electrification and turning cities into forests. Using an unstable time machine, Flynn and Eve send themselves to Wilton House in 1611, while the others travel to the house in the present. After stopping a rogue Moriarty from murdering Shakespeare, the duo discover that instead of The Tempest, his new work is The Triumph of Prospero. During a public reading, Shakespeare is suddenly possessed by Prospero, who intends to use his magic to conquer the world. Eve and Flynn recover Excalibur and use it to break Prospero’s staff. Back in the present, the Librarians use clues and items left by Flynn to trap Prospero and exorcise him, returning Shakespeare to normal. A time rift opens that allows him to return to 1611, but leaves Flynn and Eve unable to return to their own time. Flynn has Shakespeare cast a spell that turns him and Eve into statues (mirroring the end of The Winter’s Tale) and make arrangements for them to be stored in the Library, awakening 400 years later when the others find them. Flynn and Eve share one final kiss as they ponder what the future holds.