It’s a day in the life of a (ghost) traveller in The Magicians Roundtable 3X04 “Be the Penny,” and we definitely ain’t mad
Our The Magicians Roundtable found the show brought their double A-game this week when we finally got the Penny-centric episode we never knew we were missing. Our dear traveller finds himself trapped as a ghost-but-not-a-ghost after astral projecting out of his body before it died. Penny (Arjun Gupta) doesn’t waste time feeling sorry for himself, however. He’s too busy getting pissed about how everyone is acting. Quentin (Jason Ralph) can’t help but inappropriately laugh at the news, and Kady (Jade Tailor) tries to overdose instead of face her feelings. Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is grieving her father, and Eliot (Hale Appleman) is busy running from real life cannibals. Only Margo (Summer Bishil) gives him a reaction he is happy with – she laments not getting it on with him. To make things even worse, the Order wants to use a corpse eater to send him to the underworld in 7 days..
During Penny’s search for answers, he comes across another traveller stuck in limbo. This one, however, happily prowls around as Hyman, the Pervert Ghost of Fillory (Dustin Ingram). With his help, Penny is determined to figure out how to communicate with his friends. Along the way, Quentin and Julia discover the location of the second key, found by Rupert Chatwin (Arthur Mackinnon) and given to his lover before it was taken by the latter’s father. It is nicknamed the “truth key,” for its mysterious revelation of the truth of things. They are reunited with Eliot, along with Fen, and Fray when they find their way to Brakebills using the first key. Unfortunately, time runs out for Penny, and he opts to burns his own body rather than be sent to the underworld. There’s just one catch: Eliot finally sees him while holding the second key!
There is so much to talk about with our roundtable guests this week, so without further ado:
Carol (@angelwow6970) – Writer, TV Nerd, Lover of all things magic
Michelle (@CONtessa_966) – Writer for Three if By Space, Tweeter of live TV, Hockey Fanatic & Wiener Dog Mama!
Caitlin (@shakesprs_ghost) – Paralegal, Step-Mama, and Book Nerd
Katherine (@Shank35Shank) – fangirl, bookseller, and unrepentant dork
Lauralea (@DExHooker) – Writer, dog momma, Stitchers obsessive, Camsten addict.
1. MIC. DROP. Arjun Gupta gave us so many amazing moments as Penny this week. Which was your favorite?
Carol (@angelwow6970): My favorite Penny moment was when he said about hooking up with Margo.
Michelle (@CONtessa_966): Ahhh. I don’t even know where to start with this, I loved when he was trying to communicate with the others and kept dropping in randomly. But him re-animating the Margolem probably was my favorite moment.
Caitlin (@shakesprs_ghost): I think my favorite moment of his this week is tied between when he was yelling at Hyman for spying on Julia while she was bathing, and when Margo lamented over how she thought she and Penny would have slept together and he was like “yeah girl, me too”. I was cracking up!
Katherine (@Shank35Shank): I loved it when Penny really made himself a “penny” who could move!
Lauralea (@DExHooker): Throwing himself through everything!!! I laughed and laughed…the physical comedy was just enough to take the edge off of the seriousness.
2. We had cannibals, corpse eaters, and malevolent ghosts this week. Which death would you be willing to face?
Carol: Malevolent ghosts most definitely. At least they would only scare me to death and not eat me.
Michelle: Hmm. Well cannibals sound pretty terrible…as does a corpse eater…and the malevolent ghosts. But I think I’m gonna go with cannibals, cuz I think I could outsmart them. Malevolent ghosts is a *close* second though!
Caitlin: I would definitely take the malevolent ghost route. I have a thing about cannibals that freak. me. out.
Katherine: I enjoy a good dinner just like anyone else, but being someone’s dinner? NO! Ghost me anytime.
Lauralea: Um. I really want the bowling alley…that looked like fun!
3. The director of the episode tonight is the show’s A camera operator. What did you think of her choices?
Carol: I felt there was something missing from the episode. I would’ve liked to have seen Eliot, Fen and Fray escape from the cannibals.
Michelle: I thought that “Be The Penny” was a genius episode, and she did a fantastic job along with the cast and the writing team. The whole episode was beautifully done.
Caitlin: I thought she made some wonderful choices! I’m not really sure how to elaborate on that more.
Katherine: The closest analogy I can think of is when the TV show Supernatural did the episode “Baby” from the car’s point of view. The camera work was phenomenal. The same could be said for this episode. I felt like I was traveling with Penny.
Lauralea: This episode had a bit different feel than last week. I was pleased overall, and the fade to black cut at the end was perfection. I admit – I may have screamed a little.
4. Speaking of which, Dave Reed’s writing was hilarious. What was your favorite “so extra” moment?
Carol: Penny becoming the penny. Priceless.
Michelle: “Be The Penny,” or the speech Eliot is giving at the end at Brakebills before randomly interjecting “Oh Hey Penny.” Oh, and Margo giving orders on how to end the Fairy Occupation – she is ruthless!
Caitlin: I think my favorite “so extra” moment was when Margo was explaining how they were going to get back at the Fairy Queen – had me like “Yaaassss Queen!”
Katherine: The “extra” moment for me was how the rest of the gang heard of Penny’s death and the spot on reactions. Kudos to Jason Ralph for the inappropriate laughter. I then joined him. I loved how Margo thought they’d bang.
Lauralea: Eliot and the cannibals. Oh. My. God. The look on his face when he realized he ate a librarian…
5. Hypothetical question: If you were to die, which character would you want to deliver your eulogy?
Carol: Margo and Eliot together delivering my eulogy in their pop culture language.
Michelle: Eliot. It would be a tough call between Eliot or Margo, but those two have a flair for the dramatics and of course, I would want my eulogy to be one big party so Josh would also need to be included in the party planning.
Caitlin: If I were to die, I would want Eliot to deliver my eulogy. I think he would do it justice.
Katherine: My eulogy should be written by Q, but I so would want Eliot to do it! He’d give me style, panache, and lots of liquor would flow.
Lauralea: Q. I love his awkward ways.
6. We didn’t have Josh this week, but we did have Hyman the Pervert Ghost of Brakebills. Best line or moment?
Carol: Hyman had so many great moments that I can’t choose just one.
Michelle: Him shipping Quentin and Julia so hard. And about having a hetero-white well do to male being a relate-able hero, way to be racist Hyman…catch up to the times bro!
Caitlin: I missed Josh so much! I think when Hyman was explaining why he shipped Julia and Quentin was his best moment.
Katherine: Just the fact that Brakebills ghost was named Hyman was great for me personally, but to add to the fact that he thought poor Quentin was the hero in the story made me snark pretty darn hard.
Lauralea: Pervert Ghost!! Pervert Ghost!!! Talking to Penny like voyeurism is a normal thing for astral projectors. I just about cried. So funny.
7. We found out what the first key does. What kind of truth do you think the second one reveals (other than Penny)?
Carol: Not sure, but I’d like to know the truth about Fray. If she truly is Eliot and Fen’s daughter or a spy for fairy queen.
Michelle: Well, I think it’s very interesting that it reveals that Fairy Magic is what is running the “reserves” in the house they found it at. And so maybe there is more to some of the Brakebill board members than meets the eye. Outside from that, I think both truths within yourself and outside of what you’d expect it to reveal. Where you didn’t think truths needed to be or could be found.
Caitlin: I am so glad that the key revealed Penny!! I think it is going to reveal those who are currently unseen to our squad – i.e., Fairies, astral projections, etc.
Katherine: The truth key scares me. The truth is never ever nice and pretty. It’s cold,mean, and has high costs. This ride is about to get crazier.
Lauralea: I think it really lets you see the inside of a person. Why ghost dad suddenly realized his son was a practicing homosexual. Why everything just became all too apparent. Perhaps let’s you see the soul which would be the main reason Penny appeared when Eliot held the key…and now we’re back to that awesome cut to black! Lol!
Final Verdict: We got to be Penny this week in The Magicians 3X04 “Be the Penny,” and it was f*cking awesome
Mad kudos to David Reed for pitching and penning this episode, because it was ridiculously extra – and we loved it! From traveling like Penny to seeing everyone’s reactions to his purported death, there was so many amazing moments. Even Dean Fogg got in on the action! With cannibals, malevolent spirits, a ton of f*cks, and the return of the bunnigram, this was THE Penny episode we’ve been waiting for! Obviously, Arjun Gupta stole the show, but we know he would have done so even if this wasn’t all about him…
Were we a little put off by Kady’s inability to admit her feelings for Penny even after his death? Yes. Were we confused by how quickly everyone moved on from losing Penny? A little. Did these things deter us from applauding the episode? Nah.
So, the clear question is…what’s going to happen to Penny now? How will he get corporeal again? What about Margo and her eye? Can she truly exact revenge on the Fairy Queen? Speaking of which, what were the fairies doing in the MacAllister home? As Penny would say…damn it!