Being Human

After his slip up with the nameless ginger, Aidan goes to Kenny for help. He’s spazzing a bit but knows Kenny will take care of things and makes his way back to the house. There he finds the new and ghostly Robbie, still reeling from the prospects of being dead. Though Sally’s made her idea of finding another way, a safer way to bring Robbie back to the land of the living, she confesses to Aidan that desperate times sometimes call for the most desperate of measures and she has no alternative but to summon Donna.

The last few days are slowly overwhelming Nora
The last few days are slowly overwhelming Nora

While Sally goes on her walkabout to find Donna, Josh and Nora are tasked with doing a bit of babysitting for the new ghost. Naturally, with Josh’s wolfly indiscretions and new teen wolf status coupled with a new ghost in town, Nora’s not dealing with things too well. “I feel a little out of my league,” she admits to her husband but the undercurrents of their personal situation is more subtle. Josh knows he’s not the same lova-wolf she married and blames the magic for it but Nora doesn’t buy it. “The magic didn’t make you like it,” she counters before Robbie ‘shazams’ into the kitchen, interrupting their conversation.

While Josh, Nora and Robbie are at the house and Aidan’s poisoned by Suzanna, who figured out that he’d broken his promise not to feed, Sally’s filling the newly snatched Donna in on her brother’s situation while they get a front row seat to Donna being hanged in 1692. It’s here that Sally realizes the consequences of bringing a body back to life as the originally non-witchy Donna is resurrected into the coven at the expense of an innocent whose life and soul is washed into oblivion.

Suzanna’s determined to make Aidan get over his insatiable appetite, forcing him to go cold turkey. The bloodlust is still strong within him and, taking her advice on naming his victims, he condescendingly repeats names of a gaggle of victims in one of his nightly slaughters. He spares her no details and she openly questions how he can live with himself. As we watch how the blood affects our friendly neighborhood vampire, Donna lectures Sally about magic and how it changes you; the power is intoxicating. Finally Sally shows sense in recognizing boundaries. She can’t destroy an innocent soul but, out of the blue, Donna shows a surprising remorse and volunteers to be the sacrifice they need to bring Robbie back. She feels undeserving of an afterlife and what better way to redeem herself for such a selfish and villainous life than bringing a deserving person back to life?

Of course, Robbie himself is still confused at what’s going on. It doesn’t help that Nora’s jumbled thoughts spout out all the negatives of this life and the (potential) after. When Sally returns, he asks her “how did we get here?” While she has no real answer for that, she shares her jumps in time and witnessing him watching out for her. He’s going to get another chance to live but despite what she wants, Robbie’s conflicted thoughts are obvious to Donna. Before they start with the ritual, she pops in on him.  “Your sister means for you to live,” she tells him. “It’s up to you to decide if you’re worth it.” Donna relays the message to Sally with the latter identifying Robbie as someone who’s been freed from life and is more relieved that death has come. As Sally covers Robbie’s body, Donna requests Sally’s help, to close Donna’s death spot. She knows it means being shut out from the earthly plane for good but knows the temptation to use her magic will be too strong. She tries to get Sally to promise not to use magic anymore but Sally can’t make it. She fulfills Donna’s request and is zipped along on her customary jaunt through time.

Suzanna spills her darkest secret to Aidan
Suzanna spills her darkest secret to Aidan

Aidan recounts the death of Sophia—a woman whose wish for death he fulfilled, a victimless death, he says. His confession and subsequent pleas for forgiveness and acknowledgment of hating himself so much, Suzanna shares her suffering and the once hidden knowledge that she killed their son, she killed Isaac. Aidan’s rage is pure, his heartbreak tangible. He moves to kill her but cannot bring himself to do it, embracing her the two vampires, two lovers separated for so long sit in silence, a solidarity for the personal disgust they feel for their own bloody history.

Too long away from his wife, Josh comes in on Nora and though she tells him he should go, the two kiss and it slowly escalates when Nora becomes more vehement in her objections though Josh refuses to stop as the wolf steadily rises to the surface, ready to take what is his. She’s able to push him off and he flees the room, disgusted by his actions but apologies go only so far. Nora comes down, bag packed and admits that she’s afraid of him. “Find a way to deal with what you are, because I can’t.” She walks out, leaving Josh more alone than he’s ever been.

Speaking of alone, Sally can only watch herself piddle around the house in 2010 when, as fate would have it, she’s witness to the night she died.

Consequences, Restitution, & Acceptance

  • For every action, there are consequences. It’s something that Sally has a hard time realizing. From her forays into searching for her door to continually looking to magic as the end-all/be all solution, she’s too often caught up in the moment to recognize how what she does will affect her future and those around her. Conversely, Aidan is acutely aware of what he is, what he’s done and can find no way to truly be granted penance for it. He begs Suzanna for forgiveness but she knows that forgiveness cannot be given until you take responsibility for your actions and ultimately accept the fact that you deserve forgiveness.
  • For hundreds of years, Donna has used magic for her own less than pure motivations. Though she didn’t ask for the life of a witch, once granted, her choices were her own. Though it may have taken quite a bit of time, she’s finally accepted her actions and, from the looks of it, is ready to own up to them.
  • Throughout the show, Josh has been unable to accept his nature. It’s the very reason he has had trouble relating to his wolf and why he finds himself in his current predicament. Nora calls him out on it though it still isn’t certain whether he’ll ever find peace with the duality of his existence.