The Librarians is back with double fun! In the first episode, our Librarians not only have to guard Santa’s sleigh but must also face the Patron Saint of Thieves. In the second episode, they are drawn into a world of movie magic when Flynn and Eve are sucked into Eve’s favorite classic film noir movie.
Read on for our recap of The Librarians 4×03, “And the Christmas Thief,” and The Librarians 4×04, “And The Silver Screen.”
The Librarians 4×03
After the drama of the first two episodes of The Librarians season 4, The Librarians 4×03 sees Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Jake facing a very important task. They must guard Santa’s precious sleigh while Santa himself – along with his elves, Jenkins, Eve, and Flynn – will be on vacation. Eve is not happy about leaving her Librarians all alone in the Library, while Jenkins has made himself very clear: They should not touch the sleigh under any circumstances.
Once Jenkins, Flynn, and Eve are gone, our three Librarians don’t waste any time before getting in the Christmas spirit. After Cassandra gets caught up in decorating the Library, she and Jake realize Ezekiel is nowhere to be found.
We follow Ezekiel in The Librarians 4×03 as he brings a Christmas gift to his mother, Lenore Jones, who happens to be a professional thief! He finds her with his adopted sisters, and we learn that Lenore adopted him as well, taking him off the streets and making him part of her family of thieves. She and his sisters are celebrating “Thankstaking Day” to honor the Saint of Thieves, during which each of his sisters gives their mother an item they stole. Only Ezekiel’s gift is not stolen but bought, much to his mother’s disappointment.
When Ezekiel tries to explain what he’s doing now instead of being a thief, he’s met with the incredulity of his mother and sisters. To convince his mother that he’s on a new path once and for all, he commits a terrible mistake. He brings her inside the Library via the magic door, which his mother then proceeds to steal.
Once he realizes the magic door is gone, Ezekiel begs his friends not to tell Eve and Flynn. As The Librarians 4×03 continues, he vows to retrieve the magic door, but there’s a little problem: His mother lives in Australia, so how is he going to reach her without the magic door? With Santa’s sleigh – which they are not supposed to touch – of course!
Once Cassandra, Jake, and Ezekiel reach Lenore’s house, they realize she’s using the magic door to steal Christmas gifts from around the world. Jake explains to Cassandra that Thankstaking Day celebrates a day of greed as opposed to a day of generosity. It is observed to honor the Patron Saint of Thieves – also known as Santa’s bad brother.
Another problem adds to the pile our Librarians are already facing: The magic globe is on fire! Now there’s no magic globe or magic door. Jake also discovers that Ezekiel’s mother has stolen a very precious painting from a dangerous man, and the Librarians must find it before said dangerous man finds out it’s missing. Thanks again to Santa’s sleigh, Ezekiel and his mother head to Geneva. Legend has it that Geneva is home to a bank where thieves keep their loot safe from other thieves, so the duo will have to access the vault from which Lenore stole the Vermeer painting.
Just when it seems they are successful in putting the painting back inside the vault, Ezekiel and Lenore are caught by the painting’s owner… who happens to be Patron Saint of Thieves, Santa’s brother. He forces Lenore to reveal that they are in possession of the one item he has spent his life looking for: Santa’s sleigh. His intent is to destroy it and have revenge upon his brother. At this point in The Librarians 4×03, it looks like there will be no sleigh, which means no Christmas. And if there’s no Christmas, there’s no Santa.
Cassandra and Jake decide that it’s time to call Jenkins and ask for his help. At the same time, they beg him not to tell Flynn and Eve about the door and the sleigh.
While trapped, Ezekiel confronts his mother. He explains to her that although stealing has always been an art to him, he wasn’t doing it for the money, which he always gave to people in need. That’s the reason the Library chose a thief as a Librarian in the first place: “When you’ve got a lot, you share”, Ezekiel explains.
Thanks to some magic and the timely intervention of Jenkins, our Librarians manage to save Santa’s sleigh from the Patron Saint of Thieves, who is then neutralized. Ezekiel and his mother have just one more task to accomplish: They use Santa’s sleigh to give back all the Christmas gifts she had stolen to their rightful owners. Because giving is always better than getting.
The Librarians 4×04
In The Librarians 4×04, Eve brings Flynn along to see a retrospective of film noir movies written and directed by James Desmond Wheeler. We discover that Eve has been a huge fan of the genre since she was a little girl watching the movies with her grandmother. Eve and Flynn are trying to spend some time together without being the Librarian and the Guardian, and as Baird says, movies are “meant to wash over you like a wave until you’re totally immersed in the story, swimming in the characters.” But once the film – titled “The Found, the Lost, and the Looking” – starts, something happens. Flynn and Eve are sucked into it!
When they don’t see Eve and Flynn come back to the Library, Ezekiel, Cassandra, and Jake decide to go looking for them. Once inside the theater, they immediately realize they’re going to have a huge problem to solve. Flynn and Eve are trapped inside the movie and can’t communicate with them!
With the help of Jenkins, they try to find an explanation for what happened by retracing the story of the movie theater, as well as researching Wheeler. They conclude that the artifact responsible is inside the theater, and they must find it and bring the movie to its conclusion. Flynn and Eve – now playing the characters of Mad and Kitty in the movie – come to the same conclusion. Luckily, Eve has seen the movie several times and knows everything about it.
Back at the Library, the remaining Librarians have an idea for how to guide Flynn and Eve through the movie. They don’t know that Eve already knows everything about it, so they decide to connect the magic door to objects belonging to Eve and Flynn, thus connecting the door to them. They theorize that magic will guide them into the movie, but Jenkins is not so sure the plan will actually work. It turns out they should have listened to him. As The Librarians 4×04 continues, they end up landing in other Wheeler movies!
In the meantime, Jenkins finds out that the actual owner of the theater is Wheeler’s daughter. She has kept all of her father’s movies scripts and proceeds to show them to Jenkins. Finally, they find the item that is connected to all of the movies: Wheeler’s typewriter. They also find the original script of “The Found, the Lost, and the Looking” – and it appears it was not written by Wheeler.
Flynn and Eve eventually reach the end of the movie by acting exactly like the real characters. But once the story is over, they find themselves back at the beginning and still trapped. Why? Jenkins has the answer, and he also finds a way to explain to Flynn and Eve that the movie’s original ending was rewritten by Wheeler. Unfortunately, the last pages of the original script were torn out. Looks like Eve and Flynn will have to deduce the right ending by themselves, or else they will be trapped in a never-ending loop.
After Flynn and Eve manage to solve the mystery, thus freeing themselves, we find out that Wheeler’s movies were in fact written by his assistant, Eleanor. Eleanor happens to be the mother of Wheeler’s daughter, the owner of the theater showing Wheeler’s movies! The director’s typewriter, another new magical artifact, is now safely stored inside the Library.
What did you think of The Librarians 4×03, “And the Christmas Thief,” and The Librarians 4×04, “And The Silver Screen”?