‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Vanya vs. ‘the Ikea Mafia’

The third episode of The Umbrella Academy Season 2 fills in some gaps. It also reveals the true identity of one mysterious character, while showing two of the Hargreeves siblings reclaiming their abilities. (Spoilers The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Episode 3: “The Swedish Job” ahead.)

Klaus’ journey

Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves in 'The Umbrella Academy'
Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ | Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

Where has Klaus been for the last three years? Down on his luck in 1960, a wealthy woman in Dallas rescues him and uses his powers to her amusement. He’s soon hailed as a prophet, and he travels the world, gaining recognition. At the height of his popularity, Klaus leaves San Francisco and is reunites with one of his siblings: Allison.

After reconnecting, he gets Ray out of jail. Then we learn the real reason he came back to Dallas: To prevent Dave, his season 1 love interest from when the timeline in which he fought in Vietnam. Klaus tells Ben that Dave decided to enlist after Kennedy was shot, and he came back to keep him from doing so, to save his life.

Vanya learns about her past


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After leaving Sissy’s, Vanya faces off against the Swedish assassins. Overcome with fear, her powers kick in. Five finds her with help from Elliott and explains to her who she is. But he doesn’t tell her that she caused the last apocalypse. Together, they go to try and recruit Luther, only to see him take a beating in a fight.

Why was Luther so upset? Jack Ruby got him Allison’s address, but when he showed up at her house, he finds Ray, returning from jail. Luther is devastated to find that the woman he loves is married, and Ray realizes he doesn’t know his wife very well.

Allison finally uses her power

Though some of Allison’s fellow civil rights activists don’t want to hold the sit-in without Ray, she convinces them otherwise. She tells Klaus it’s been great earning everything herself without using her ability. She reveals that it took her a year to get her voice back.

After his encounters with her brothers, Ray joins Allison at the sit-in, but they argue amid the chaos. Then, someone pushes a hot cup of coffee on her, and the cops jump on her and Ray, taking him outside and beating him. She stops the cop with her power, which scares Ray. He runs away, and Klaus gets her away from the tear gas.

Who is Lila?

During all of this, Diego is recovering. Lila saved his life. When she tells him her parents were killed in a home invasion, they grow even closer and have sex. Meanwhile, the Handler arrives in 1963. She goes to a pet store and puts a hotel key in the treasure chest ornament in a fish tank.

As Diego lies in bed, Lila gets up and goes to that same pet store. She gets the key and goes to the hotel. The Handler has just finished taking a bath while looking through Five’s file. Lila calls her “mum.”