Wolves, vampires, and ghosts travel in packs on this week’s Being Human!
To the recap!
So last week’s cliffhanger is resolved pretty quickly when Nora comes home about ten minutes into the episode, all kinds of not-killed by the twins’ dad, which is a relief. He says that he and Nora are “kin,” which sets off all kinds of creepy alarms. It’s okay. That’s totally not going to come back to haunt us later in the season.
Aidan and Henry have been running a “catch-and-release” program to keep fed, but it’s not working terribly well for Henry. He’s starving, frustrated, and still stalking his ex-girlfriend/live-in blood bag. Aidan swallows his pride and does what he hasn’t wanted to do throughout this ordeal: ask Josh for help. Josh reluctantly agrees to screen his patients to see who never had the flu, as long as Nora never finds out. Another choice that will have absolutely no consequences later, I’m sure.
Meanwhile, Sally is trying to help dearly departed Trent find his door. As it turns out, he’s pretty sure that his unfinished business involves having made out with Sally while his fiancee was waiting at home. Trent convinces Sally to go to his memorial service and tell his lady love about his transgressions. The effect is rather the opposite of what’s intended. Trent doesn’t get his door, but his fiancee gets peace of mind, as she’s been cheating on him for at least a year.
Things at the hospital are getting… interesting, to say the least. Henry shows up to yell at Josh about his reluctance to help Aidan, but gets overpowered by the temptation of all the blood and ends up snacking on one of the lots and lots of infected people. Aidan finds out, and Henry ends up walking away to die with dignity somewhere away from his sire.
Josh, in the meantime, is dealing with a new problem patient. Erin Sheppard is an angry foster teen who comes in complaining of infected scratches from this weird, oddly-wolf-like dog. Josh and Nora take Erin in and explain to her what’s going to happen on the next full moon. It goes surprisingly well. Erin’s first transformation is rough, but she and Nora wolf-bond once Erin stops trying to eat Josh.
Finally, in my favorite twist of the episode, Trent gets his door for no apparent reason. He walks into the light to find… a soup kitchen. Not a soup kitchen metaphor for the Great Beyond, but a literal soup kitchen. The witch’s soup kitchen, as a matter of fact, and she seems to have been expecting him. Donna turns him into ghostly sawdust, which she then eats, instantly taking a good twenty years off her face. Clinique has nothing on this woman.
Okay, I know this baby wolf thing is going to end badly. I know it in my TV-watching bones. Being Human is not the kind of show that’s going to let Josh and Nora form a happy, weirdly supernatural family unit. Given this first episode of the arc, I think I’m going to enjoy Erin’s plotline, cringing the entire time. Hopefully, if we’re lucky, she’s going to pack up and “find her own way” in a few episodes. If we’re really really not, Josh’s gun originally belonged to Chekov.
Now, can we talk about the new line of the witch plot? The Blood Magic trope is pretty universally bad, and thus far the only consequence we’ve seen is the one we were warned about. Aidan, who’s usually our repository of all supernatural knowledge, has been a little too preoccupied to drop exposition on the audience thus far. Maybe that’s something that we’ll see rectified in the next few episodes, when one of the trio finds out what’s been going on with Mother Gothel back in the soup kitchen.
Josh: “Maybe you could stop thinking about him if you didn’t have a Google alert for ‘Trent-plus-Harris-plus-dead.'”
Things to Ponder:
- Henry’s been an important character, but finding a cure next week would seriously diminish the impact of this whole vampire plague storyline. Which one do you think we’re losing next episode?
- Anyone think that the plague might have been intentional? Vampire poison is an odd side-effect of the flu.