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Magnus finds herself in mortal danger.

Episode No.   Season
50 4x04 4
Original Air Date
October 28th, 2011
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"Monsoon" is the fourth episode of the fourth season of Sanctuary, and the fiftieth episode overall in the series.


A hostage situation unfolds when Magnus flies to a remote island off of Africa to meet the Sanctuary's new financial adviser; a shipping container mix up has Will and Henry tracking a missing abnormal.


Opening Scene

Will and Henry discuss the new situation the Sanctuary Network finds itself in now that they no longer have the support of the United Nations. Will has Abby coming over for dinner, while Dr. Magnus is meeting with Richard Feliz, a secret ally, on the island of Grande Comore, off the coast of Mozambique. She meets a number of other travellers at the airport, and gets along with some better than with others. Suddenly, they are attacked by a group of robbers who kill the ground crew and take them hostage.

Act I

At the Sanctuary, Abby happily tells Will about her recent promotion to Special Agent, and the new office that comes with it. He inadvertedly mentions that he loves her, surprising both of them.

At the airfield, the kidnappers search Magnus, who responds by hitting one of them in the face. The leader wants to know everybody's account numbers in order steal their funds; when the hostages disagree, he kills one of them. The others give them their account numbers, but it turns out one of them, Charlotte Benoit, is a research scientist with little money, and Magnus appears to be broke as well. Suddenly, one of the hostages, a businessman named Brad Sylvester, draws a concealed gun and shoots the leader of the criminals before fleeing. One of the other kidnappers, Tyler, tracks Sylvester through the wall, allowing his female companion to bring him down with a sonic shockwave she produces by screaming at the walls. As Magnus realizes that their kidnappers are abnormals, the leader rises behind her unharmed.

Act II

The kidnappers are revealed to be abnormal agents of the U.S. military who were trained, but ultimately dropped because of the government's recent policy change concerning abnormals. When the military tried to eliminate them, they fled and began to look for ways to make money. They know that the group is most likely on the island to meet with Feliz, and want to ambush him.

In Will's living quarters, he and Abby, who have obviously spent the night together, are awoken by their cell phones. They both have to return to work, but agree upon meeting again soon.

On Grande Comore, two of the kidnappers find a small plane in a hangar, but are surprised to discover that it has automated self-defense systems, including machine guns. Meanwhile, Magnus overwhelms one of their colleagues and gets her gun, forcing the rest of them into a locker room and fleeing with the other hostages. As they make their way to the hangar, it is suddenly destroyed by a huge explosion that knocks everyone out; it turns out the plane was Magnus', and self-destructed when the criminals tried to board it.


While Will and Henry go hunting for an escaped stenopelhabbilis from the Beijing Sanctuary in Old City, the other hostages are taken prisoner once more. Magnus has escaped, and makes her way to the control tower to get help. However, the only person she is able to reach is the leader of the kidnappers. After offering him a chance to surrender, she proceeds to recover an EMP generator from the ruins of her plane.

In the sewers of Old City, Will and Henry come across Abby and her partner, Gavin Crealy; it turns out the FBI has created an abnormal investigation unit, and they are looking for the stenopelhabbilis. Will quickly becomes angry and is about to get in a fight with Abby's partner when she says the two teams should go their separate ways.

The kidnappers try to find out more about Magnus and the other hostages; it turns out Sylvester is a CIA agent, but before Tyler can find out more, the computers are destroyed by the EMP generator. He tracks Magnus, and his female partner is able to take her down with a sonic scream.

Act IV

Magnus is able to get away in the last minute. The female kidnapper takes Dr. Benoit to the back to interogate her, but is taken out by Magnus, who frees Benoit and enlists her help.

An angry Abby arrives at the Sanctuary and demands to know if Will is responsible for an anonymous call that led her and her partner into an embarrassing trap. When he admits it and tells her it was for her own protection, she breaks up with him and leaves. Moments later, Henry arrives to tell Will that they tracked the stenopelhabbilis, and they go to look for it.

Act V

On Grande Comore, Magnus and Dr. Benoit try to "level the playing field"; they lure the leader and the woman with the sonic scream ability into a trap. Only the leader survives the explosion. They also set part of the runway on fire to keep another plane from landing.

In the sewers, Will and Henry are attacked by the stenopelhabbilis, who knocks out Henry. Before he can take out Will, Abby arrives and scares the creature off with gunshots.

The criminals arrive at the conclusion that the plane which is circling above the island is waiting for something important; as they look at Dr. Benoit's luggage, she informs Magnus that she actually works with dangerous viruses that could kill everyone on the island and half the coast of Africa.

Act VI

Dr. Benoit tells Magnus that she wanted to give the virus to Feliz because of its dangerous nature. The criminals decide to leave with the virus, and threaten to drop a sample on the island when they leave.

In the sewers, the team is able to track down the stenopelhabbilis, who has become extremely violent because Abby's partner dropped Reese's Pieces as bait for it; it reacts to the sweets like humans would to crack cocaine. After the day is saved, Abby tells Will there might be more "cooperation" necessary between them, indicating that she is not yet ready to give up on the relationsship.

On Grande Comore, the criminals leave in their plane, which suddenly explodes in mid-air. What they took was a container of pure nitroglycerin which became unstable in the unpressurized plane. The actual virus is carried in Dr. Benoit's own bloodstream in dormant form. At this point, the Russian man among the hostages reveals himself to be Richard Feliz. He assures Magnus that the financial future of the Sanctuary Network is safe for a long time.

As they are about to say goodbye, Charlotte Benoit asks Magnus if she could stay for a couple of days. Magnus at first declines, but Charlotte responds by passionately kissing her, which makes her change her mind.


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Background, Notes, and Trivia

  • According to the creators, the episode would deal with Helen Magnus' love life.[1] It is revealed at the end that she is bisexual.

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References, External Links, and Trivia

  1. sanctuaryspoilers: Monsoon
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