Warning! This article contains spoilers for Moon Knight! Read at your own risk!
Everyone’s jaw dropped when Episode 4 took a sharp turn from the tomb of Alexander the Great and finding the ushabti of Ammit to Marc getting shot by Harrow twice to seeing the characters in a mental institution and the faces there are all familiar, they already made their previous appearances in Moon Knight. Here are they.
Moon Knight Episode 4: Characters in the Mental Institution and Their Previous Appearances
Various theories surround Moon Knight Episode 4 especially when the scene changed into a mental facility setting after Marc gets shot by Harrow twice to the chest. Some believe that it is Marc’s psyche, others think it is something like limbo or Marc’s way onto the afterlife, some viewers feel like it is the “Overvoid” as previously mentioned by Khonshu or the “Othervoid” in the comics, and others view it as Marc creating everything that happened before as everything in Marc’s mind.
Whatever that place may be, here are the characters that are present in the psych ward and their previous appearances in the show.
Marc Spector/ Steven Grant
Of course, the titular character would be there. It mirrors reality for him as his foot is tied the same way as he does when he ties himself onto the foot of his bed. The characters he already encountered, even places, or things, are all present in the mental institution.
The hero version of Marc Spector in his white garb with healing abilities has been highlighted in the previous episodes as the protector of the weak, the avatar of Khonshu. However, in the mental institution, he is but a mere action figure that Marc holds dear.
The love interest of Marc is also there. From the brave woman that she is in the previous episodes, here she is a patient like Marc and she puts on the board photographs just like what Steven does with the postcards he receives from his mother. Layla also eats the same Turkish delight as seen in Episode 3 when she was with the passport maker. Another thing, her nickname from her father is “little scarab” and on her pinky finger is a drawing of it.
The villain who seeks to resurrect Ammit is the doctor or analyst in the mental institution. Harrow still has a cane, however, at the facility, it does not glow purple but its top is white. Harrow also wears the same shoes seen in Episode 1, the one where he puts glass shards into before wearing them.
From what seems like a shadow to Marc or Steven in the previous episodes, the Egyptian god of the moon, Khonshu, is but a drawing in the mental facility created by one of the patients there. There was also an Easter Egg pertaining to his Aztec counterpart when the movie Tomb Buster was playing.
The goldfish of Steven Grant has been one of the highlights in Episode 1. The one-finned goldfish surprisingly grew another fin and “what the fish?!” That was all Steven can say. The goldfish remains with Marc in the psych ward with the books stacked beneath its bowl when in the first two episodes, the books are above it.
Anton Mogart’s head of security is all strong and mighty had he not perished in the hands of Layla after the fiasco in Episode 3. In the mental institution, he works as a help who distributes the cupcakes which also appeared in the first episode when Steven drove a truck away from Harrow’s people.
Steven’s only confidant in Episodes 1 and 2 is a street performer who poses himself as a statue. He listens to Steven’s rants in life as well as his little achievements while he was working at the museum. He turns out to be another patient in the mental facility and he is the one who calls out the bingo numbers that more or less does not make sense at all because where is the letter T in bingo, right?
One of the fake policemen that Harrow sent to Steven in Episode 2 is Billy Fitzgerald and he is among the men of Harrow who brought Steven in their little weird cult commune. He works as one of the nurses in the mental institution and when Marc fell off his wheelchair, he was the first one to help him up. When Marc tried to escape, he is also the first responder along with his partner.
Bobbi Kennedy is the partner of Billy Fitzgerald who tried to apprehend Steven in Episode 2. Sent by Harrow as well, it was her who informed Steven of what Marc did with the murder of the archaeologists in Egypt way back. She gives out medications in the mental facility and handed one to Donna.
The nosy co-worker of Steven at the museum seen in Episode 1 and 2 has been tagged as one of the most annoying characters in the series. She constantly nags at Steven with his work at the museum’s giftshop, even sending him to do the inventory. She is a patient at the mental facility and she holds the scarab plushie like the ones they sell at the gift shop.
In Episode 1, Steven was surprised when a woman approached him and reminded him of a date they set over some steak. Much to her disappointment, Steven missed their date unbeknownst to him because what he thought was a Friday night turned out to be Sunday and he has no recollection of what just happened. She is seen as one of the patients in the mental facility.
To sum everything up, the mental institution mirrors the faces, places, and things that Steven or Marc came across with in the previous episodes. It is noteworthy, however, that those who works with Harrow or another villain is works at the mental institution and those who are not villains are patients. Whether this has some explanation, many are looking forward to the answers in the next episode.