Previously on Being Human: Mother was a bitch, Aidan was a fool, Suren was weak, an eclipse allowed Danny to come back and deus ex machina Sally’s story, Nora came back and told Josh how to lift his curse then Julia died, leaving Josh with one final guilt trip before she walked through her door.
Josh is in Ithaca for Julia’s funeral as Sally voices over that she was a good child, did as she was told. As Josh walks toward the church Emily runs over to him. She gives him a hug and sheepishly suggests that maybe they shouldn’t go in. Josh is on auto-pilot and says that he’s there, now, and how would it look if he just leaves? Emily says it would look smart because he’s the easiest person for everyone to blame and hate for what happened.
Our Josh of Perpetual Guilt
Meanwhile, down at the hospital an older woman is nearing her death. As her daughter cries by her bedside, and the nurse leaves the room, Sally hovers, continuing her voice over that she was patient and kind but she’s beginning to question if good things come to those who wait. She looks to the side and sees the now dead woman’s door. Sally says we’ve behaved as well as we could for as long as we could and as she starts to take the woman’s door, says it’s time to try something else. Before she can walk through, though, the dead woman’s ghost asks if she can help Sally and Sally apologizes before disappearing.
Aidan and Suren are down at Sapp & Sons reminding us all how much we miss Bishop. Oh, wait. Aidan’s licking his wounds whining that Suren would be content never seeing him again. Wah, you big baby. Where’s Celine’s ghost to nutpunch him? Suren can’t even respond because she’s gobsmacked that she never knew what a whiner he was. Then he asks the crazy lady to give him something to make sense of this.
Now I remember why I was banging Henry instead of you.
Suren’s all “Hello? Have you met me?” but reminds Aidan how old she and Mother are and how long they’ve been playing this dysfunctional game. Suren says “matters like this are primal” to Mother which only makes Aidan whinier, saying “Like love is primal?” Yes, and like embarrassment for you is primal, too. Even Suren’s embarrassed for him and tells him “Like survival is primal,” then tries to soften the blow by apologizing for being weak.
Aidan mewls that Mother made her believe she was weak, but after 800 years, is there a difference anymore? To Aidan there is, and he decides to guilt her, telling her that if she could have just held out a little longer she would have known he was able to finagle asylum with the Dutch. Suren says she never doubted he would, but when Aidan asks why she would give up, Suren leaves out the part that hanging with the Dutch was worse than going back to Mother. She focuses more on how Aidan would have been staked if Suren didn’t return. She came back so Aidan could be free.
So, what the hell have I been doing all season?
Aidan whines some more about how freedom means nothing to him without Suren. Who is this Aidan and where’s the season 1 version? He says he doesn’t accept her conditions then kisses Suren. She stops him and says he’s her weakness and…and did someone slip a page from a Harlequin romance into their scripts? I’m feeling sympathy embarrassment for Witwer and Lachman for having to do this scene. As an incongruously chipper hipster sings in the background, Suren tells Aidan he can’t ask her to watch him die, then kisses him to stop him from whining some more. As Suren runs off and Aidan just kind of stands there, Sally finishes up her voice over saying that we came screaming into this world, how can we possibly leave it without a fight?
Josh and Emily are sitting in his car outside the church and Josh is coming to the sad realization that he no longer has a home he can run to where he can be safe. He’s become the monster they’re trying to keep out. Even Emily can’t quip him out of this funk.
I picked the wrong night to quit drinking.
Emily tries to comfort her brother by telling him that people are grieving but Josh thinks she was right, he never should have come back. He just wanted to redeem himself, since he was so close to it with Julia. Emily thinks he had redeemed himself with Julia, but Josh kindly doesn’t tell her those were her beer goggles and says what Emily thought she saw was him holding on to a dream. Emily tries to tell Josh that Julia’s accident wasn’t his fault, but he still believes it would never have happened if he “wasn’t how [he] is.” Emily tries to pull him out of his wallow and tells him not to blame himself or “let something random cloud the truth,” but before Josh can go any further down into his funk he gets a call.
The next morning, Josh is rushing down one of the hospital corridors. Nora’s looking worse for wear and has been admitted. She’s surprised to see him. He tells her he would have been there sooner but he just got the messages and now she remembers that she forgot to change her emergency contact information when she ran off with Brynn to explore her urges. Heh. Awkward. Nora apologizes for not changing it, but Josh tells her not to be sorry.
I’m sure I’ll find a way to make this all my fault, too.
Josh asks if she’s injured as a result of the eclipse and she is, a concussion. She tells him she tried to get down to their dungeon, only she calls it the “isolation room” which sounds nicer, but she couldn’t make it down the last flight of stairs. Josh sits with Nora and she says she’s sorry about what happened to Julia. Josh says he was going to tell her the truth but she saw him first. Nora is joining the “It’s not your fault” chorus, but Josh asks who should he blame? Ray?
Josh admits that he’s considered grabbing Heggeman’s gun and going to Ray’s but he couldn’t do it. He couldn’t free himself and leave Nora a wolf. Nora looks miserable as Josh promises he will find a way to fix this. Nora cries that she can’t do this to Josh, but he tells her he’s made his decision. Realizing Josh hasn’t been angsty the whole time, she tells him she held back some information and drops the bomb that if Josh kills Ray he cures Ray’s entire bloodline, meaning Nora would be cured as well.
There’s the Josh I know and love!
As tiny clusters explode in Josh’s brain, Nora tells him she wanted him to choose for himself, not her. She explains that super creepy smile at the end of the episode a couple of weeks ago by telling Josh she was relieved that he wouldn’t kill Ray. She didn’t want him to become a killer because she knew what it would do to him, then she pleads with him not to do it. He promises, but the worry lines on his forehead make me think he’s not being honest.
Sally recaps what happens to the shredded ghosts by telling Aidan that Danny called it “limbo.” Aidan’s all “How did all this happen? I was gone for ONE DAY!” but Sally’s already moved past the whole Danny thing and is focusing on how he told her walking through the wrong door would send her to limbo, too. Aidan’s head is still reeling from the schmaltz of his earlier scene so he’s quietly judging Sally’s plan, reminding her that the ghost that gets left behind will go crazy and wants to know if Danny told her how to get out. Sally’s silence is his answer and he literally shakes his head at her. Yay! Big Daddy Aidan’s back.
But I’m so sad I’m making my doleful puppy eyes.
Sally asks if she should give up like Suren did, but Aidan doesn’t appreciate it so Sally quickly adds that she just wants to make it right. Aidan is no longer interested in Sally’s ish, he’s back on his wobble about how Suren thinks she’s doing him a favor. No, Aidan. She’s doing the audience a favor. Sally tells him that maybe it was better they were only together for a few months but he sighs it was a little longer than that, flashing us back to 1936.
The hat doesn’t distract from the moustache, Aidan.
He’s talking to the stone figurine marking where Suren’s buried, telling the figurine he’s there and he’ll never forget, when Mother walks up, calling Aidan “useless and sentimental.” She’s a peach. But she really needs to consider ditching those bangs because she looks 15 years younger and way prettier with the soft curls. Which is neither here nor there because she’s still a bitch. Aidan apologizes, saying he thought she wasn’t there, but Mother sneers at him about assuming he can just trespass on her property.
He says he only comes on the anniversary of Suren’s burial but Mother thinks he’s a fool since Suren can neither see nor hear him. Does he think she can sense him standing near her grave and takes comfort from that? Aidan, respectfully, tells Mother it’s been five years since Suren was buried. The longer a vampire stays in the ground…no one’s mind can handle that. Aidan thinks if Mother digs Suren up now, she’ll be grateful. Mother’s offended that Aidan thinks she’s doing this to hurt Suren. Luckily for Aidan, she wasn’t in a staking mood and just walks off.
She almost looks not crazy with the softer hair.
Josh comes home and is looking tore up and catatonic until he looks at the stairs and sees Aidan. Aidan quietly tells him he’s sorry about Julia and while Sally takes a moment to feel sorry, too, Josh Joshes that he’s assuming it’s not a good thing Aidan’s back. Aidan smiles and seems to take comfort in the familiar but doesn’t answer.
While the roommates all ponder the depths of shit they’ve all gotten themselves into, Josh tells Sally and Aidan, in his outdoor voice, that he’s going to kill Ray and then spooks himself into stuttering about using He-Heg-Heggeman’s gun. Poor Josh. He says he’s doing it for Nora because he can cure her by killing Ray then he quavers that they shouldn’t try to stop him. Aidan has a plan and asks Josh if he can get Ray to the twins’ shed. Josh thinks so and Aidan wants him to do it that night.
What’s that? Oh…my balls are descending again.
Aidan says he’ll meet Josh at the shed…just as soon as he kills Mother. Josh and Sally are all “The hell?” but Aidan says too many people have suffered because of her and she has to go. Josh wanly asks if Aidan needs his help, hoping for no, and Aidan says he has this. We don’t get to see Josh unclench because Sally Sallys that they’re both going on separate killing sprees for women. Josh gets squirrelly but Sally whispers, “That is so hot.” Heh. Aidan agrees and shakes his head in both amusement and bemusement. But Josh doesn’t have Aidan’s body count, so he’s steeling his nerve because he’s going to kill a man.
Later down at Sapp & Sons and Henry’s all “WTF? Kill Mother? Really?” He asks if Aidan’s even thought this through. Aidan’s all pleased with himself and says there’s nothing to think through. She’s ruined enough lives. Henry pinpoints what Aidan’s really on about and says it’s not about all the lives she’s ruined, it’s about how she ruined Aidan’s. Aidan’s all “And Suren’s…and she’s making Suren live a life she hates that she went back to for [Aidan.]” Henry doesn’t have much sympathy for Suren and tells Aidan it’s suicide. Aidan, not reading the room at all, tells Henry it won’t be…with his help.
I should have let that French guy stake you when I had the chance.
Rather than find a sharp piece of wood, Henry tells Aidan it’s too late. With Boston under control Mother’s leaving. Maybe for years. Aidan doesn’t see the problem, they’ll just do it that night. Henry tells Aidan that’s a problem because Mother’s called a council meeting for that night at her lake house. It’s part going away party, part celebrating Suren’s succession in Boston and Aidan has a little hissy fit because it’s being held where Suren was buried. He quickly realizes that at some point Henry went from douche to voice of reason and feigns calm, asking if Henry will be there.
Rather than lie, Henry admits he will and he will be on guard duty. Aidan thinks they’ll do it there, then. Henry’s all “I came back to Boston and let your girlfriend flay me WHY?” but really wants to make sure Aidan actually wants to try to stake Mother in her own home surrounded by the council. Henry smartly keeps things focused on Aidan and tells him he’ll be dead before he gets near Mother. Aidan just smarms something about her never seeing them coming.
Flashing them back to 1956. Mother’s at Suren’s grave and didn’t even bother to wipe the blood from her face. Geez, they’re so gross. Aidan comes up looking rather clean cut and wholesome, rather than as the greaser he was last season when they flashed back to the 50s, and Mother mocks “the faithful one.” She’s losing her shit and talking to the ground, telling Suren that “25 years and she still clings to her humanity.” Even Aidan’s all “unclench” but asks to walk Mother back to the house since she just fed.
Instead, Mother has a fit that Suren fell to pieces over a love affair and fed in front of humans. Aidan’s trying to be gentle with the crazy, ancient vampire to get her back in the house, but Mother tells the ground that the punishment was never meant to be a punishment. It was so Suren could get stronger and master her emotions. One last yell at the ground and Mother’s ready to leave, but she doesn’t want to go to the house.
Still with blood all over her face and mouth, Mother takes Aidan to the root cellar. She prefers it to the house because it’s so dark and quiet. As they round the corner we see two men just hanging like sides of beef as Mother waxes rhapsodic over the sweet smell of blood. That’s how she spends Suren’s anniversary.
Aidan tells her it doesn’t have to be an anniversary. Mother asks if Aidan had a child as a human, and I’m not sure where this is going, but he says yes. Mother tells him that he knows, then, what a parent’s love is like. That it’s irrational, animal. So strong it makes you weak. Then Mother talks about giving birth to Suren and who in the what how? She’s her real mother? That’s messed up. Like Showtime messed up. She goes on that the moment she gave birth she couldn’t breathe for looking at Suren. Human mother, human child. Then she gave Suren eternity and this is becoming a V.C. Andrews story.
Aidan says something his son taught him was that he’d only rebel more every time he was punished but he’d do anything for Aidan out of love. I’m sorry. I’m calling BS on that because Aidan was turned during the Revolutionary War. It wasn’t a mollycoddling time. Unless he’s really talking about Henry because, yeah, then it all make sense.
Mother’s not really interested in Aidan, though, so she asks if he knows what “savaging” is amongst animals. Aidan doesn’t but this should be good. Mother tells him that a tiger licks the afterbirth from her newborn litter to rouse them to life. If one doesn’t respond, she may kill it…and eat it. It’s the weak one, the one that won’t survive. In case anyone in the audience missed the subtle parallels in Mother’s story, Aidan fills in the blanks, asking Mother if she’s so worried about Suren being weak, why is she trying to break her? Mother just fugues that the problem is…she only has one. While Aidan’s brain tries to parse Mother’s logic she tells him never to return. Not sure how to deal with her, he just walks off.
How many poor choices did I have to make to end up here?
Back in the present and Aidan’s laying out his fool’s plan for Henry. The only time Mother is weak enough to attack is when she’s sleeping in the cellar. Henry smartly asks about the guards so Aidan can cruelly tell Henry he’s going to take them out before Aidan gets there. Henry literally shakes his head at this but Aidan’s moved on, telling Henry he’ll have to leave a signal and pulls up a red rag telling Henry to tie it to a tree. Henry’s hurt and dumbfounded and just keeps shaking his head so Aidan can FINALLY realize that maybe Henry’s not on the same page as him.
Aidan’s not sure why Henry’s getting cold feet about risking his life to save the vampire who flayed him and frames it as everyone gets what they want. Seriously, the only reason he’s not the worst parent ever is that Mother’s on this show. Henry bitterly wonders if Aidan even knows what he wants. Aidan grabs him by the head like he’s going to kiss him but tells him he gave Henry his blood (after Henry took a stake to the gut saving Aidan from the French soldier, but details) and now this is what Henry will do for him, it’s the only help he needs.
Henry’s near tears so Aidan barks to make sure Henry can do that for him. Henry’s weakening, asking what happens if Aidan’s late and harking back to the earlier conversation with Mother, he tells Henry he wants him to know he’s very proud of the man he’s become, because Henry will do anything for Aidan out of love. Aidan is really being awful right now.
Back at the house, Sally and Josh are pondering Heggeman’s gun like two people who’ve never handled guns before. She wants to know if it has to be the gun, but Josh says he just needs to kill Ray. This gives Sally an awesome idea. She thinks maybe Ray’s got some kind of deadly weapon in his landscaping truck and Josh is confused, wondering if she wants him to mow Ray down. She doesn’t she’s just suggesting that if Josh is bad with the gun… Josh responds to this like she told him he has a needle dick, and he responds by shrieking, in the shrillest way possible, that he’s not bad with a gun and points out the number of gang members who’ve never even handled a gun but kill people all the time. Josh is on a major tweak so Sally patronizes him that “That’s fantastic logic.”
I’m just saying. There is no Rambo Muppet.
Josh ignores Sally to fumble around with the gun. She wants to know if he plans to wear that shirt to kill Ray. Josh wants to know why, and it’s her favorite shirt. If he wears it he’ll have to burn it because of gun powder and it will be evidence or something. They really need Aidan right now. Josh is getting panicky realizing he’s getting in way over his head. Sally moves in and suggests that he take an easier route, like hacking Ray with his professional gardening shears. Oh, Sally.
At least that gets Josh out of his panic to quip that attacking him with rusty shears is way less messy than shooting him. Sally doesn’t exactly appreciate the sarcasm but Josh is too amped. He’s freaking out about everything, not the least of which is how to get Ray to the shed. Sally has an idea (uh oh) but they have to hurry.
Why do I care if he gets himself shot?
Some recycled footage from last episode of Aidan driving down the snowy country road then Ray’s wife, Val, is calling Ray to let him know her car broke down and she can always call a tow. Ray says no, he doesn’t want her out there alone so he’ll come and pick her up. She gives him her location and seems rather pleased with herself until we see Sally’s possessed her and is talking herself down from going crazy again.
Aidan runs through the woods and sees the red rag tied to a sad little tree and walks into the root cellar. Meanwhile, Sally, in Val’s body, tells Josh Ray will be there soon and that she better go. Josh is anxious and starts talking himself into it saying this has to work for everyone’s sake. Because if it does…Sally cuts him off to sweetly tell him he’ll be human. She’s teary-eyed saying that he won’t be able to see her anymore. They both think about it and get sad, so Sally hugs him. Josh is hesitant at first but eventually hugs back and they’re both so sweet until Josh Joshes that he can’t help thinking that for their one and only hug it would be better if Sally weren’t possessing the wife of the man he’s about to…Sally tells him she knows.
Sally tells Josh that she means this in the best possible way but she hopes she doesn’t see him again until he’s really old and dead. Josh is calming down and getting ready so Sally hugs him one last time before he walks off into the woods and Sally sees REAPER leaning against Josh’s car. That would have been so much more effective if they didn’t list the guest stars in the opening credits.
Aidan slips into the root cellar with a stake at the ready. He’s wending his way through the various bodies hanging around for Mother to feed on until he finds a rather comely, if bloody and balding, one. Poor Henry. He apologizes to Aidan who looks more confused than concerned but before he can do anything, Mother’s goons grab him and she comes sauntering up. This can’t be good.
And still, Henry’s loyal.
At the main house, Mother’s party is in full swing and this is where she needs some trashy True Blood vampires with their Estonian strippers and dive bars to liven this gig up because Für Elise in a drawing room should kill them all with boredom. Suren’s moping so Mother comes over to check on her. She wants to know why Mother dug her up. Mother says it was time, because she missed her. Suren musters up half a facial expression and Mother says she missed what Suren could be.
Such a spry and lively girl.
Suren monotones that all those year that she lay in the ground, she wonders what Mother saw, or didn’t see in her. She didn’t see a lively personality that’s for sure. Mother’s kind of at a loss for words so she just strokes Suren’s cheek and obliques about if only Suren could see what Mother sees, and she will. Shortly.
Speaking of mothers, Rina, Sally’s mom, is down at the hospital since that’s where she died. Bummer. Sally agrees and jokes about how at least the place she’s stuck haunting has basic cable. Rina wants to know why Sally’s there, and Sally asks if Rina loves her. Rina’s not as obnoxious as when she first died, so she comfortingly scoffs at Sally’s question. Sally’s getting teary-eyed again and she says she needs her mother to shred her. She’ll show her how and says it’s basically ending her. She tells her Rina she needs to go to Limbo and doesn’t think it will be forever. Rina may not have been the best mom but she’s no Mother. She values Sally’s (after)life too much to do it, and thinks Sally’s being silly.
Just because I hooked up with the neighbor as soon as I died doesn’t mean I’ll kill you.
Sally tells her mother about how she’s ruined dozens of lives and this is what Rina can do to help her. Rina doesn’t think tearing her daughter apart is the answer, that Sally just needs to find peace. Sally’s already circled the drain once and is sure this is the only way to right herself. So either she’s shredded or she steals another ghost’s door, which is the exact kind of selfishness that sent her spiraling out of control in the first place.
Sally tries to guilt Rina into doing it because she’s family but Rina reminds Sally she’s her mother and her job was to keep her alive. Sally’s getting frustrated but Rina tells her she’s sorry for whatever Sally thinks she’s done but she needs to acknowledge and move on. Sally’s angry, now, and tells her mother she never wanted to help, she just wanted to make herself feel better but before the fight can go any further, Nora walks up.
Sally sees Nora’s banged up face and wants to be sure she’s okay. She is but she’s worried about Sally, since she’s arguing with herself. Uh oh. The last time Sally had an imaginary ghost friend it was Reaper and he ended up being Sally so is Rina part of Sally’s imagination, too? Ghost logistics get me confused.
Damn. She really was here a second ago.
Realizing she’s alone, Sally turns back to Nora and says she’s not okay. Everyone she tries to help, “Janet…Josh,” whatever she does, it doesn’t matter. Nora zoned out as soon as Sally said she tried to help Josh and wants to know how. Sally won’t answer her so Nora keeps asking how, wanting to know what Sally did.
Sun is setting and Ray’s reached Val’s car. No one is there. He walks up to the car and calls out for Val but the barrel of Heggeman’s rifle comes into view. Josh tells Ray to start walking into the woods but Ray’s worried about Val and wants to know where she is. Josh is anxious and shaky and says she’s okay then pushes Ray into the woods.
Back in Mother’s drawing room, she’s gathered the council so she can make a speech. This party gets more exciting by the minute. Mother says they’re there to celebrate her leaving Boston but also to celebrate Suren’s success at bringing Boston back into the fold. So she’s using that night to announce that Sure will be her successor. Suren actually gets close to a full facial expression at the news.
Close your mouth, sweetie.
Mother continues that nothing is permanent in this world, not even vampires and it’s high time that a succession plan stood in place. Suren knows when her Mother’s about to drop a bomb so she’s getting squirrelly, saying she doesn’t know what to say. Mother
sneers smiles and says “Bring him,” so her goons can drag a beat down Aidan in. Suren wants to know what’s going on. Mother tells her it will be her finest moment then hands Suren a stake. Kill Aidan and she’ll have earned her birthright. Can someone else explain to Mother what the word birthright means because it doesn’t mean what she thinks it means and she scares me.
Shoulda listened to Henry.
Josh walks Ray out to the shed at gunpoint. He’s antsy and tweaky and urgently whispering for Aidan. Unfortunately he’s tied up at the moment (har) and Ray wonders if Josh is expecting someone. He tries to talk to Josh but Josh just wants him to get on the ground. NOW. And his voice is getting shriller and more frantic by the second.
Ray listens, anyway, and reminds Josh that when Josh told him to leave he did. He did what Josh wanted and in an attempt to tug at Josh’s decency Ray tells him that the time he spent with Josh, Sally and Aidan made him a different man. He tells Josh he saw Val and Ray’s little boy and that Josh made him want a better life. Josh says they were all lies and damns Ray for making him think it could be any different.
Even with a gun, he still looks like a Muppet.
Ray thinks the eclipse threw Josh, too, but Josh is building up his anger and anxiety and says “The eclipse, [Ray], his fiancée,” but no matter how much he tries to change it the wolf destroys everything. Ray tries to talk Josh down saying he can help Josh and they can work it through together, but Josh tells Ray there’s only one way he can help. All he has to do is kill Ray and he, and everyone he’s turned, will be cured of the curse. Ray’s lost and scared and wants to know what Josh is talking about and Josh tells him about the bloodline.
Getting more desperate, Ray tells Josh that he may think killing him will cure Josh and make him a hero but it will make him the monster, not the wolf. Josh is bottoming out and recapping all the angst he’s been through for the first two seasons, saying he’s been living half a life trying to find a cure, to make things right, and we flash back on all the ways he’s made things worse, but now he knows that it’s been Ray all along. As Josh goes to put his finger on the trigger, Nora starts yelling for him, distracting him long enough so Ray can escape.
Back at the house, Sally sees her mother in the living room. Rina admits that she should have been there with Sally. Sally says it’s in the past. And Reaper is just sitting on the sofa rubbing his fresh haircut and blow out in the women’s faces. Seriously, each episode his hair got shinier and shinier while Sally still has that top knot.
Got that good Balkan hurr.
Rina’s being maternal and telling Sally she knows she’s in pain which opens up Sally to say she just wants to make things right and she doesn’t know how. While Reaper and his good hair watch, Rina tells her she’s proud of Sally, which is something Sally’s needed to hear. Rina tells her she so much stronger and more selfless than when she was alive. Reaper and the clanging bells taunt Sally that everyone agrees she’s better with him.
Sally’s confessing to her mom that she’s done terrible things to get there, but Rina comforts her that we all make mistakes (I see where Sally gets her glossing ability from.) and it may be wrong but she’s looking forward to the time they have together now. With that, Rina’s earthly business is done and her door appears, which tweaks the hell out of Sally.
Aidan’s still bleeding on the drawing room rug and Suren tells Mother this isn’t necessary. She’s made her choice, and Mother has her complete devotion. So why waste time with “the heretic.” Mother’s realizing she’s made a mistake and tells Suren that she will never lay claim to her birthright as long as she’s “held captive by distractions such as him.” Did she just call Suren a slut? Old vampires talk funny.
Aidan tells Suren it’s okay but she whispers she can’t. And the Foley artists are having a really good time adding in extra squishy sounding swallows in every one of Aidan’s lines. He tells Suren to “do it.” Mother yells out to Suren to kill Aidan, while Atlee hovers like a ginger Ichabod Crane, and Suren turns on Mother saying she didn’t call the council to celebrate Suren’s success, she wanted them to witness her failure. Mother grabs Suren and tells her to prove Mother wrong, then. Show the council that she’s a leader, a true leader, and stronger than her emotions.
This just makes Suren get even more spineless so Mother spins her around and orders her to kill Aidan, again. Aidan nods to Suren but her one perfect tear lets us know she can’t do it. So she apologizes to Mother before she dramatically falls to the ground. But that could just be the crane shot they used to heighten the effect.
Suren keeps apologizing with her one perfect tear and Mother sits with her, telling her it’s all right, she understands and it’s over. Suren tells Mother she loves Aidan and Mother’s says she loves Suren and Aidan’s breathing heavy and looking confused because he has an idea what’s coming and so did I but I kept saying to myself, “No. She won’t. She can’t. She’s not…,” and yep. She stakes Suren with such shocking efficiency I think I felt it. Aidan is devastated as he watches Suren turn to dust and remembers the three fond memories he has of her.
This will hurt you more than me, Suren.
But he quickly vamps out and storms Mother, running through Suren’s ashes to pin her to the ground. He grabs the stake she killed Suren with but before he can kill Mother her goons drag him off her and through Suren’s ashes, again. And that really bothered me. Not trying to kill mother, just disturbing Suren’s ashes. It seemed almost profane. Aidan’s sobbing and telling Mother Suren would never be like her and why couldn’t Mother understand that. As the goons drag Aidan out of the room he yells that now Mother has to live with what she’s done. But, where’s Henry in all this? Still hanging from a meat hook? (Yes, I’ve become quite fond of the little balding vampire.)
Josh is running around outside the shed looking for Ray but it’s dark and Josh is tweaky so Ray easily sneaks up on him and knocks him down, throwing the rifle. Ray tells Josh the full moon’s a week out but he doesn’t need the wolf to kill Josh and starts beating him while, at Mother’s house, the goon squad is walking Aidan through the woods as well.
And Rina’s refusing to walk through her door. Sally tells her she has to but she doesn’t want to leave Sally like this. Sally tells her she’ll be fine and Reaper smarms agreement. Rina tells Sallys she said if she took someone else’s door she would go to limbo. She wants Sally to take it, and Reaper agrees. She should take it to show how selfish she still is. Sally yells at Reaper that he just doesn’t want her saving the others but he doesn’t think they deserve it. Meanwhile, since Reaper’s all in Sally’s head Rina’s completely confused.
I cultivated all this cute so I wouldn’t have to make tough decisions.
Sally tells Rina she doesn’t understand, she might not get a second door and she could go crazy like Sally. Rina tells her, optimistically, that Sally will just help her when she gets back and that Sally apple didn’t fall far from the Rina tree. While Reaper hovers, Sally looks like she’s considering it.
But we won’t find out, yet, because we’re back with Ray beating the crap out of Josh until Josh finds a convenient rock to bash Ray’s head. Josh tries to run to the rifle but Ray trips him up pretty quickly and they keep fighting as we watch Aidan get walked to a grave and shoved in. Play all the Für Elise you want, vampires still have no manners.
As the council gathers to watch Aidan in his grave, back at the house, Sally gives her mother a ghost hug. She tells her mother not to worry, they’ll find each other. She promises she’ll be okay, but she can’t leave this up to chance. Then…Sally shreds herself. Whoa. Did not see that one coming. Sally and Reaper are screaming in pain as the pretty green light tears Sally apart, destroying Reaper in the process, and leaving Rina freaked out and alone.
This seems drastic.
So now we have our last parent/child relationship to work out: Ray and Josh. Ray has Josh pinned to the ground and is yelling at him that he thought he could take Ray, but Josh’s weakness has always been Ray’s biggest disappointment. He hits Josh a couple of more times before grabbing the rifle and telling Josh they’ll end it his way, with Ray killing Josh. Before he can shoot, Nora comes up with her own gun, telling Ray to put the rifle down.
As Josh sees Nora we switch back to Aidan and Mother reciting one of her soliloquies about the anguish Aidan will feel as he lies in the ground and the resulting madness is a fate worse than no other. While one of the council vampires jumps into the grave to close the coffin, Aidan gets all big man and says he can think of a worse fate. “Living an eternity knowing [Mother] killed the only woman who ever loved her.” Then he gets all tough and tells the council vampire to close it. As they throw the dirt onto the coffin, we see Aidan point of view as he gets more skittish with each shovel of dirt.
OMG. I forgot about Josh!
Back in the woods with Josh. Ray is taunting Nora, telling her that shooting him is the same as shooting Josh, but Josh agrees and thinks she should save herself and shoot Josh instead. NOOO!! Josh is begging her to shoot him and Ray is looking deranged but Nora cocks the hammer of the gun…and the scene shifts to a night view as we first hear a handgun and then a rifle fire.
Finally, we’re back in the empty house, where all but two of their 392 lamps are on. The scene cranes through the living room into the kitchen into a heretofore unseen nook that has…a second refrigerator with another lamp on it. And a really old radio. The radio starts playing a local station but it starts looking for another frequency. It finds one so Sally can call out to Aidan and Josh, telling them that she made it but she needs their help. She thinks she made a terrible mistake.
So that’s it until next January. I know none of the resolutions to any of the stories has been written so it’s all speculation at this point but I think Henry’s going to save Aidan. We didn’t see him get killed which, as any soap opera fan knows, means he’s still alive. I’m also pretty sure Nora killed Ray and the rifle shot, at most, just injured Josh, meaning he and Nora are wolves forever. As for Sally, they have a resolution written for the UK version but I hope they go a different way. Why leave it as a cliffhanger if you’re just going to recycle?
Thank you all for reading and I hope my recaps were half as much fun to read as they were to write. I’m not the most observant person but I picked up so many things on rewatch, like the fact that each roommate’s storyline this week was based around parent/child dynamics, that make me appreciate how thoughtfully they put the series together. SyFy, surprisingly, did a top notch job creating a fluffy piece of entertainment that never fails to make me cry or gasp at least once per episode and I just wanted to do the show justice.
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