Going into this week’s episode, I didn’t know how Cloak and Dagger was going to top last week’s emotional journey into memory. Turns out, it didn’t need to. The third-to-last provided two fast-paced superhero stories that were both thrilling and heartbreaking. It doubled down on the themes of last week’s episode, focusing once again on our memories and how they can lie to us. On the anniversary of the rig explosion, Tandy and Tyrone are remembering the good times with the people they’ve lost. Tandy remembers her dad giving her advice on working through distractions and holding herself up to dance. Tyrone remembers words of encouragement from his brother. Promises that one day, Tyrone would be bigger, stronger and even braver than him. Then, those memories give way to tragedy with both flashbacks reliving the moments they were lost forever.In the present, Ivan has made a full recovery. He doesn’t remember anything beyond the night of the explosion, but he does remember up to that point. His coworkers really did go violently insane after being exposed to the chemical. We also learn why Roxxon blamed Tandy’s father for the accident. He noticed something wrong with the rig. He figured out that Roxxon was cutting corners to save money. That the rig was dangerously unstable. He tried to warn them, but everyone ignored him. No wonder they did everything they could to take away his research after his death. No wonder they sent someone to kill Greg. They don’t want any evidence of negligence on their part. Stay on target Cloak and Dagger’s First Season Sails AwayCloak and Dagger Takes the Heroes to Their Lowest Point Knock, knock. It’s Tandy. #CloakAndDagger__________@olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/UEpA5bR0xk— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 20, 2018Tandy picks up the investigation, learning there’s a safe deposit box somewhere. She says she has a theory about where it is, and her mom gives her a key. Next, she needs to infiltrate Roxxon. Wouldn’t you know it, Tyrone’s mom is a consultant. Pretending to offer comfort on the day Tyrone’s brother died (but also mostly doing it for real,) she swipes his mom’s office ID. This episode really feels like Tandy and Tyrone are becoming superheroes. They each have a driving force, a reason to act that feels extra personal on this day. Tyrone learns from O’Reilly that Connors is coming for him. He ignores her advice to lay low, insisting he’ll catch Connors. Tandy, meanwhile, heads to the abandoned church to prepare for her infiltration. This leads to a great sequence where Tandy lays out everything she needs while Tyrone puts on her brother’s Mardi Gras Indian cloak. Every superhero story needs the moment where the hero puts on their costume for real. This scene felt like two of those in one.Tyrone breaks with superhero tradition and tells the cops what he can do. O’Reilly and her boyfriend, Officer Fuchs, are trustworthy enough for Tyrone to share his secret. I guess seeing what he can do was enough to convince them he could handle a sting operation. The scene that follows is easily the most fun moment of the episode. Tyrone torments Connors with pure psychological warfare. It’s like that scene in Batman Begins where Batman stalks the criminal henchmen at the docks for the first time. Only instead of punching and stringing up a bunch of criminals, Tyrone plays on the fear of one. He uses his power to force Connors to remember the night he killed Billy. He disappears and reappears to make Connors think he’s hallucinating… or being haunted. It’s a tense, effective scene. Particularly when Tyrone confronts Connors directly as Billy. Connors fully believes he’s talking to the boy he shot years ago. Tyrone manages to get a confession out of him while Fuchs records the whole thing.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani)AUBREY JOSEPHMeanwhile, Tandy breaks into Roxxon and uses her powers to shut off the electricity. She captures and interrogates the CEO of Roxxon, Peter Scarborough. Threatening him at light-daggerpoint, she lays out all the evidence she collected. He offers her money, but she insists she’s going to the press to clear her father’s good name. There are a couple of points in this episode where it hints that not everything about Tandy’s father was on the up and up. The first came in a flashback to the morning after the explosion. Young Tandy woke up on the beach next to a still-unconscious Tyrone. She swipes someone’s phone to call her mother, but no one answers. When she makes her way home, she finds her mom passed out after a cocktail of liquor and prescription pills. The problems at home, it seems, started long before the death of her father. The next hint is during this interrogation. Scarborough laughs at the idea of Tandy’s father having a good name. “Did you even know you’re father?” he says. Yeah, something’s up.See, at this point, we’re feeling pretty good about everything. By all appearances, the bad guys are defeated, and Tyrone and Tandy have fully become superheroes. But there are still two episodes in the season after this, and there are still 10 minutes left in this episode. That’s enough time for everything to go all the way wrong. And it does. That brief moment of joy and triumph makes the sudden fall even worse. First Tyrone accompanies Tandy to the memorial ceremony for her father her mother does every year. During a moment of silence, they all hold hands and Tandy and Tyrone dive into her mom’s mind. Scarborough, this is Dagger. #CloakAndDagger__________@olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/ydTaNcqaQo— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 20, 2018Inside her old house, they find a movie theater where Tandy’s mom watches an idealized version of a memory with her former husband. When the screen goes dark, Tandy cuts it open and steps behind it. Now, we see what really happened. Her dad wasn’t the good guy she knew. He was physically abusive, flying into a rage and hitting her mother over spilled coffee. This show really knows how to punch us in the gut. Disillusioned, Tandy runs away and calls Scarborough to accept his offer of cash in exchange for her evidence of negligence.As if that wasn’t a depressing enough note to leave us on, the show gives us one final scene. Detective O’Reilly returns to Fuchs’ house right after the pair displayed their affection in front of a handcuffed Connors and a bunch of cops. She calls out for him and he doesn’t answer. With the scene we just watched we know nothing good is coming our way. And of course, putting away Connors isn’t the end of everything. He certainly isn’t the only dirty cop in the NOPD, and he’s not the only one that murdered un unarmed black kid and got away with it. There’s a whole system that hid him, and O’Reilly put herself in its crosshairs. She searches the house and finds him literally fridged, in a gender reversal of an often problematic comics trope. He’s been murdered, cut up and stored in the refrigerator. There’s more going on here than just a gender-flipped comics cliche. Traditionally, this plot device is used to motivate one character at the expense of another. That’s not what’s going on here. O’Reilly didn’t need more motivation. She was on top of the world. This was a threat. A sign that she hadn’t actually accomplished anything. It removes the last bit of hope the episode might have left us with. And things are going to get worse next week.Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph (Photo via Freeform)Cloak and Dagger may have started slow, but at this point, the show has found its ideal pace. Tyrone and Tandy don’t work together like they did last episode, but their stories drive forward at such a thrilling clip that it doesn’t matter. They link up and intersect at key moments anyway. Once again, all the character work those slow early episodes did pays off big here. We feel like we know Tandy and Tyrone so well. We’re overjoyed when Tyrone helps catch Connors. We’re shocked and even hurt to discover along with Tandy who her father really was. Even though O’Reilly’s had less screen time than either of them, the last few episodes did a ton of good for her character, and her relationship with Fuchs. As a result his death landed with all the weight it needed. God, this show makes me so emotional. As the season has gone on, Cloak and Dagger showed itself to be a particularly well-crafted superhero show. I’m sad there are only two episodes left, and I need next Thursday to be here tomorrow.Oh, and one last thing. That Luke Cage callout was super cool. Partly because it acknowledges that O’Reilly has seen way weirder stuff in New York (remember, this is the MCU… Avengers happened), and also because it name-dropped one of the coolest characters. “Did I ever tell you about my friend Misty?” So… Cloak and Dagger, Luke Cage… crossover?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.