We begin at the end…what a lovely place to start. And the tone is dark. Something is lurking, chasing Aidan and Atlee through the Massachusetts woods…no. Four somethings…and they are getting closer.
Cut to 21 hours earlier in a familiar Boston house with a not so familiar design scheme. Is Sally uncontrollably upset again or is someone else calling Josh a “whore” on the steam filled bathroom mirror?
My money is on another unearthly visitor, creating dinning chair art on the kitchen table. Though obviously troubling and moderately scary, I found the poltergeist pretty amusing. You gotta hand it to this wayward spirit, its got style. We are going way beyond the normal electricity craziness when we start stacking furniture.
But its time for work for the sort-of humans, and today’s work day is gonna be explosive. Nora is back from her almost month long exile, and Josh isn’t happy. He thinks what she did by running away was selfish, and feels that she wasn’t the only person hurt by all this. Though, it does turn out that the twins were lying. She hadn’t been in contact with them. Anyone else not surprised the pure-breds are liars? But she loves Josh. She wants to turn with him tonight at the storage unit.
Back at the house Sally gets attacked by invisible knives and hears the ominous sound of her ex-fiance/murderer, Danny. She hurries to see Aidan at the hospital, certain that Danny sent a reaper to kill her. But it can’t be. Danny is locked up in prison, right?
A quick glance at the computer shows that Danny was murdered the night before in his cell. Can’t say that I’m said he met the end he deserved…but now he is tormenting our much loved Sally from the beyond. What a jerk. Hasn’t he done enough?
Aidan sends her away, with a few tips on how to disperse the ghost of her evil ex, but promises that he will be along shortly to give her a hand. But his help in the matter suddenly seems impossible, because guess who else shows up at the hospital? A frantic Atlee, and he’s not going away so easily.
When confronted by his roommate, Josh confesses to lying to Cecelia. He gave her Hegeman’s werewolf gun and sent her after Brynn and Connor, making her believe that they were the wolves who killed the Dutch leader. Aidan is furious. He begged Josh not to get mixed up in this. But what’s a wolf to do? He had to protect his beloved Nora…even if she’s not acting like she appreciated the effort.
When Nora asks the twins why they lied to Josh, they tell Nora that Josh’s best vampire bud, Aidan sent Cecilia to kill them, and Nora is enraged. These are her friends! How dare Josh keep this from her. Josh tries to make her see that what Aidan did was for her. To protect her from the law and other vampires. It was to keep her safe. Nora won’t hear it. She storms off. She won’t be changing with Josh tonight after all. She’s going to the shed to be with her pack.
Meanwhile, Aidan discovered what happened to Cecelia. The twins have her. She’s alive, and he can have her, if he meets them tonight…during the full moon. Uh, scary. Two against one are not such great odds, so Aidan recruits Atlee to the cause. They can kill the wolves that killed Hegeman together.
Sometime during all of this, Sally prepares to confront poltergeist Danny. But her plans go array. Despite being the more experienced ghost in terms of time spent in the spiritual form, Danny learned some tricks in prison, and he seems to have the advantage.
Lucky for our girl Sally, she’s being haunted…by a reaper. He breaks form and shows himself after reaping Danny. He was sent for her. She caused a disturbance when she didn’t take her door, and he is here to deal with her. She tried to explain that not taking her door wasn’t a choice. She was saving a friend. Reaping Danny bought her some time, but he’s coming back for her.
She ends up seeking him out herself when she visits her own grave. It’s an ominous backdrop, the graveyard at night, but there is something beautiful about this moment, too. Reaper is obviously taken with Sally on some level. There is something special about her, and I suspect he regrets what he must do. He has done something unusual by showing himself, and he is also giving her the time to say her goodbyes. Favorite moment in this scene was the star of episode 7: The adorable raccoon that scurries across the graveyard behind the pair. He was a much tweeted topic, and pretty adorable. He has been named “Spooky, the Being Human Raccoon”, and me and the girls at Being Fans hope to see more of him.
Back at the shed, Josh can’t bear fighting with Nora. Despite his reservations about the twins, he has come to change with Nora, which causes a bit of a problem when Aidan shows up. Josh finally admits that it was he, and not Aidan who sent Cecelia after the twins, but there is no time for the anger of Nora or the siblings. It’s time to change and that means it’s game time. Cecelia has been tied up and is in the woods with the gun. If Aidan finds her first, he can have her, but if the wolves find her first…
Oh, and here’s the twist. Its pretty hard to tell which wolf is which. So if Aidan kills one, he’ll have no way of knowing which of the four it is. Would he risk killing his best friend or her girlfriend?
The chase is on, and we end up back where we started, but Hadley won’t take on four werewolves. Not for Cecelia and not for Hegeman. So Aidan is left alone, grasping the silver dagger Josh gave him when they became roommates. But we see it in his eyes. He can’t go for a kill.
He finds Cecelia, but she has lost a lot of blood and is too weak to go on her own. The wolves have found them too. One springs at Aidan and he cuts them across their flank with the dagger. Cecelia begs him to leave her and run. She’s already as good as dead, and it’s Aidan’s only chance. He takes the gun and reluctantly leaves her to the pack of hungry wolves.
The next morning, Josh and Nora awake in the woods, wrapped in each other, and covered in blood and mud. Nora doesn’t remember all the details of the kill, but she’s certain it wasn’t Aidan. She finally confesses what we already suspect. She hates the morning after a turn. She hates it, because she isn’t a wolf anymore. And she doesn’t regret what her wolf did her ex boyfriend. Josh doesn’t know how to deal with the news.
They dress in silence and clean up back at the shed with Connor and Brynn. The twins commend Josh for what he did, and congratulate Aidan for a great hunt when he suddenly appears. But without a word, he shoots Connor and watches as he turns back into the beast.
Side note: Do all werewolves turn back into wolves when they die, or is that just a purebred thing?
Brynn is devastated, and Nora has to hold her back in her agony. I suspect, she won’t take this well.
Aidan gives the body of the dead wolf to Atlee, and tells him to take credit for killing the murderer of Hegeman. But Aidan wants Boston to be left alone from now on.
What I Loved:
The story. These plots are incredible, and writer Céline Geiger does a good job keeping the action up, and the storyline moving. This episode had more than a few unexpected twists. I also loved the raccoon, though I’m not sure anyone knew how much that little guy would be talked about. The reaper story-line coming to a head was also nice. Its been quite a few episodes of what the hell is going on with Sally, and it was great to finally see that revealed. Also, Nora is back. Yay! I hate this whole back and forth thing they have going on with her character. Let’s keep her around or let her go. But make up your mind already! She’s easily the best supporting character of the series. I was also happy to see a few of the extra characters disappear. It was starting to be a lot to keep up with, and with Atlee and Connor gone, I’m hoping the show can return to the original core about three roommates.
What I Didn’t Like:
Why is everyone whining so much? Don’t get me wrong, I’m still fan of our characters, but in an attempt to push the show further into the realm of darkness, Sally and Josh (and Nora) come across too sullen. Take back the power! You are in charge of your own destiny. Even if you are dead, Sally. Aidan is excluded from this. “Dark Aidan” sort of rocks. I didn’t get to see enough of him this week. Despite the fact that I like the plot, I’m sort of tired of Josh and Aidan fighting. Aidan has a point. Josh promised he would help pull Aidan back from the darkness. Aidan did warn him, after all, of how deep he would have to get. But rather than help him out, Josh is cutting him down, and pushing him further into despair. Man up, Josh and help out your friend!
Sally is going to reap the reaper. I would rather suggest another option. What if Sally becomes a reaper, and you are actually seeing her reap another spirit? I wish it were this one. I sort of love the reaper. He’s handsome and way into Sally. But it seems pretty clear that what we think is the reality. She’s gonna have to take him on.
Josh leaves Nora. How can he not after this? Love can only go so far, but she is turning her back on all of his beliefs. His sister tries to come through for him, and puts herself in more danger.
Aidan is trying to deal with the orphans while preventing needless death. I don’t see this going well for him, and I think we are going to see a war with the vampires.
Tune in next week to SyFy at 9/8c for the next episode, “I’ve Got You Under Your Skin,” and be sure to live tweet with the girls from @beingfans at 9:00 PST. I might even join in the live tweet this week If I am off work @SamanthaMason.
Check out this sneak peak for Monday!
What are your thoughts? Agree, disagree? I’d love to hear it either way. Throw out your predictions as well.
Starring: Sam Witwer (Aidan), Meaghan Rath (Sally), Sam Huntington (Josh), Kristen Hager (Nora), Tracy Spiridakos (Brynn), Jon Cor (Connor), Olunike Adeliyi (Cecelia), Gianpaolo Venuta (Danny), Kyle Gatehouse (Atlee), Dusan Dukic (Reaper)
Writer: Celine Geiger, adapted for U.S. television by Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke, created for U.K. television by Toby Whithouse
Director: Stefan Pleszczynski
Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM
Original Airdate: February 27, 2012