Well, looks like Jacques Snickett is about as competent as every other benevolent adult in this series.
Why should I be surprised?
See, we did learn a lot about Jacques and Count Olaf. They both used to belong to the same secret society, but Olaf left for some reason and Jacques is imploring him to go straight. It doesn’t work. Either time. In fact, the second ends with Jacques dead because that’s how this series rolls.
But that’s the end of the episode. This time around, the Baudelaires are sent to a new guardian in the form of the village of V.F.D. or Village of Fowl Devotees. It’s a dry town, which usually means no liquor but here means no water. The people there love crows. That’s good because there’s a lot of them out there. They also have a list over 9,000 rules. And when Klaus and Violet try to explain themselves, they are shut down every time for breaking a rule against talking from a podium. Only one person can talk from the podium. That’s the police chief.
If you’re expecting Count Olaf, don’t. Esme Squalor took that part this time.
See, the V.F.D. people believe that having children means children do chores, so they adopted the Baudelaires simply to do everyone’s chores. For everyday care, they’re handed over to Hector the town’s handyman. He’s a nervous fellow who always faints when the Council of Elders speaks to him in public. Privately, he’s building an airship to act as his new home. That’s against the rules.
But then Count Olaf is captured!
Wait, no, its Jacques. Esme and the others got the drop on him after he had successfully captured the real Olaf and Olaf is posing as a private detective with a bit of bee-bop in his soul. He also can’t rhyme, but since Jacques has the same tattoo as Olaf and the gang gave him a unibrow, even though he looks nothing like Olaf, this is good enough to fool Mr. Poe, who is still useless.
But Jacques has some answers, so the Baudelaires go to rescue him because Olaf did successfully convince the town to change the penalty for Olaf’s crimes from “a stiff fine” to “burning at the stake”.
Too bad the Baudelaires can’t rescue Jacques in time or find the Quagmires.
I am sure things will get worse from here. It always does.