The Librarians is back with a brand new episode. In The Librarians 4×08, Cassandra decides to take some time off from her duties as a Librarian and heads over to Havenport, “The Safest Town in America.” It seems the perfect place to relax, only not everything is as peaceful as it looks.
Read on for our recap of The Librarians 4×08, “The Hidden Sanctuary.”
During last week’s episode of The Librarians, we watched as Stone pondered his fate. Ultimately, he decided that his place is in the Library, and his destiny to be a Librarian.
This week, it’s Cassandra’s turn to take a break from her Librarian duties. After she freezes during a mission, risking her life, Cassandra decides it’s time to find out how her life would be outside the Library – and outside the perils that come with it.
Eve is understandably worried about Cassandra leaving, and fears she might not be coming back. After what happened with Flynn, our Guardian is always on edge, fearing that she’s going to lose another Librarian. Cassandra reassures her that it’s a just a hiatus – and as it happens, she already knows her destination. She’s heading to Havenport, Ohio, also known as the safest town in America. The perfect place to recharge the batteries! And so, through the magic door, Cassandra leaves the Library.
In Havenport, Cassandra finds a room for rent and meets the owner, Karla, and her son, Freddy. While Karla introduces her to her surroundings, she learns the town has been accident-free for 10,000 days. As The Librarians 4×08 continues, we meet Councilman Weeks, who looks very proud of the town’s impressive record.
After just a few hours spent in Havenport, Cassandra finds the local library and is immediately hired. There, she meets Freddy again, who explains that the town is basically shut off from the rest of the world. Using phones is difficult and the internet is spotty – not to mention that nothing ever happens there. It’s just too safe to be true.
Later, Freddy tells Cassandra all the odd things that he knows about the town. For example, no one has died in nearly 30 years, and there have been no catastrophic weather events – no reports of accidents whatsoever. Cassandra is still dubious, so Freddy chooses to show something to her: Nothing happens when he puts his arm over a flame. After Cassandra tries his trick for herself, she realizes something is not right in Havenport.
Despite learning that the town is not as normal as she thought, Cassandra doesn’t want to get involved in a possible magical artifact once again. For once, she wants to feel safe. But Freddy points out that things aren’t OK just because she wants them to be.
As The Librarians 4×08 continues, something happens in Havenport – a series of unfortunate events in which people start getting hurt. The councilman organizes a meeting, and citizens are worried their perfectly safe town is not so safe anymore. They wonder what could have caused this sudden rise in incidents, and the only explanation they find is Cassandra. After all, she’s new, and the incidents started soon after her arrival….
Our Librarian starts to think she might really have something to do with the incidents, so she tries to call Jenkins to ask to go back to the Library. She can’t find a connection with him, though. When Freddy finds out she wants to leave, he shares some more information about the town: Some old pictures of Havenport all have something in common that looks like a flare. Cassandra immediately recognizes it: There’s a fairy in town! That would explain all the strange occurrences.
We learn in The Librarians 4×08 that fairies are not naturally altruistic, so there has to be a reason this fairy was protecting the town up until the recent incidents.
After Cassandra and Freddy finally locate the fairy, they learn that she was trapped by Councilman Weeks many years ago. When he was just a boy, he stumbled upon the fairy when she was trapped in the woods. In exchange for freeing her, he was granted a wish, and he wished for Havenport always to be safe. Weeks trapped the fairy inside a snow globe, and since then, she has always protected the town.
Cassandra realizes that coming through the magic door from the Library might have punctured the barrier that protected Havenport. Weeks and the other citizens asks Cassandra to leave the town immediately, but Freddy is determined to prove that the incidents aren’t Cassandra’s fault. He frees the fairy from the snow globe, but she tries to attack them all.
Luckily, Cassandra comes up with a plan. With the help of the other citizens, she manages to trap the fairy again and asks Freddy to make a wish. He’s the one who freed her from the snow globe, after all. Freddy wishes for the fairy to know what it’s like to feel afraid, to know what caused Weeks to make his wish when he was a boy, and to understand what caused all these people to come to Havenport: fear.
Armed with her new knowledge, the fairy leaves the town. Havenport is no longer the safest town in America – now it’s just a normal town.
From this experience, Cassandra has learned that she wants to be a Librarian and that she is strong enough to save herself from difficult situations. As she says to Jenkins, “Turns out I came to my own aid.”
Our Librarian goes back to the Library, where her Guardian and fellow Librarians welcome her back.
What did you think of The Librarians 4×08, “The Hidden Sanctuary”?