After three very weird and cryptic episodes in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizebth Olsen) AKA Scarlet Witch and Vision (Paul Bettany), who’s been dead since 2018’s “Infinity War”, have been in sitcoms that parody aspects of shows from the 1950s-70s, we get a breather/explainer episode in Episode 4 “We Interrupt This Program.” Spoilers ahead.
The episode follows Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), a S.W.O.R.D. agent who was expelled from Wanda’s TV universe at the end of Episode 3. We get her backstory, as after she was brought back by the Blip in 2023 that restored everyone that Thanos snapped out of existence at the end of “Infinity War”, she returned to the agency to find herself banned from flight-based missions, her colleague Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) rose above her to become Acting Director of the agency, and she finds out that her mom, Maria, died when she was gone, but she held out hope that she’d return.
She ends up working a missing persons case in Westview, N.J., with FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) who you might recognize as Scott Lang’s former parole officer in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018). There’s basically a magical bubble around Westview, and all who try to go there are mentally turned away, with the locals forgetting the town existed entirely. But Monica was able to enter it, and she instantly became a cast member in Wanda’s show as Geraldine, until she was expelled by mentioning Ultron, who was instrumental in Vision’s creation.
And we even get a glimpse of dead Vision for a bit, proving that Monica managed to fracture Wanda’s TV reality for a brief moment.
Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) from the first two “Thor” movies is also in this, and she steals the show, as she has a lot of playful banter with the FBI as she figures out what’s happening with Wanda. She picks up that she’s sending an old television broadcast signal, and they’re able to watch WandaVision just like the audience by tuning into it via an old TV.
If you’ve been confused by the show, Episode 4 should resolve most of your questions about the show’s format, and while it hints as to where the show is going, it doesn’t spoil anything. I’ve read some good theories suggesting A.I.M. and M.O.D.O.C.K. might be behind this, but it’s also clear that this alternate TV reality was a lot of Wanda’s doing. I re-watched “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” her first appearance in the MCU, and after watching this episode, she seems to have emotionally regressed back to where she was in that film, where she was very hateful and spiteful of those she felt wronged her (mainly Tony Stark).
But I also recently re-watched “Avengers: Endgame,” and based on her final moments with Hawkeye, in which she consoles him on the loss of Black Widow and all who died for real (including Vision), she seems to have emotionally accepted Vision’s loss and seemed ready to move on. So what happened?
Episode 4 was a decent and necessary explainer episode that cements the show’s foundation, allowing it to push forward into new and weirder territory.
“WandaVision” Season 1: Episode 4 “We Interrupt This Program” gets an 7/10