After a two week hiatus, ‘Being Human’ recaps are back and ready to highlight the goings on with our trusty triumvirate and the newest additions to their lives.
Things are starting to feel a bit crowded in Casa de Supernatural. Not only are Nora (conspicuously absent this week ) and Erin both setting up shop in the Boston brownstone, but now Sally and her new beau, Max, think it’s okay to make out in the kitchen with some sensuous French toast sampling. What follows is a testament to ‘Being Human’s’ ability to make the mundane everyday chit chat between friends and lovers fresh and organic despite everything going on around them (something ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Buffy’ have done so well). Of course, lies will be told as Max, the outsider is thrown off when Sally freaks after her brother Robby shows up on their doorstep. He has no idea just how close his rhetorical “Is it gonna kill you to see him?” question is to the point.
Aidan and Josh bail Sally out and talk with Robby. He tells the duo that he’s their new landlord, a prospect that seems a bit off, especially when he suggests paying by cash would be preferable. That thought is solidified when Sally gives them the lowdown on her klepto sibling. Sally’s still out of sorts, terrified of running into her brother and slipping him the dead pill. There’s no real answer to the problem except for her to be careful—and maybe wear a ski mask.
Speaking of mask, after letting his slip last week—and taking some time off to figure things out—Aidan’s back at the hospital and getting peppered with questions on his vampire status by Bubble Boy Kenny. Though he tries his damnedest to avoid Kenny’s persistent poking, he gives up trying and start answering the boy’s inquiries. It doesn’t take long for Kenny to make the “turn me into a vampire” request. Queue the flashback! Aidan goes back to the last moments of his human life during the Revolutionary War. It’s a welcome scene and not just because the tremendous job ‘Being Human’ does in telling stories through these flashbacks, but having the first Aidan/Bishop interaction since Aidan’s hallucinogenic interactions earlier this season is a very welcome treat. We also get a glimpse of Aidan’s loyalty as a man and his willingness to sacrifice himself for those he cares for as he succumbs to Bishop’s demand to be turned lest his men get slaughtered by the vampire.Donna’s not a witch to be trifled with
While Aidan’s playing twenty questions with Bubble Boy (is that harsh? I just really like the alliteration) Sally’s doing her best to convince Max ‘there’s nothing to see here’ regarding her disconnect with the fam and, by the way, her aversion to going out anywhere. His biggest gripe is how she can talk to her roomies and not her. The answer she gives is, for lack of a better term, pretty pathetic and she tries to soften him up by staying the night with him, but of course things go awry when she runs into Robby on the street. Knowing she’s marked her brother for death, she enlists the help of Josh—who’s having his own domestic issues with faux-werewolf-daughter Erin—and the two go to see Donna.
Sally’s desperate to change things and goes so far as to threaten Donna; doesn’t she know bringing a knife to a witch-fight is not the way to go?! After showing her and Josh who’s the boss, Donna does offer Sally a choice: she can remove the consequences of Sally interacting with those from her past—their untimely demise(s)—for one little thing. Her soul. Ever the voice of reason, Josh tells her this is a bad deal, worse than trying to get ahead of the house in Vegas but Sally makes this whole BS speech about family and why she has to give up her soul. From a distance it would appear she’s being selfless but giving herself up like this is the ultimate selfish act. She may not have asked for the curse but it was dealt and how does she know willingly offering her soul won’t be much, much worse than the current consequences? Her response of not doing something because she fears the unknown is all well and good for us mundane folks, but we are talking about her freaking soul! Ugh. Of course, as she does leave, she asks Donna what the witch needs with her soul to which the witch replies “You no longer have the right to know.”
The next day Sally finds Robby on the street and living out of his car after their dad kicked him out. He’s on his way to Florida and admits to the whole ‘I’m your new landlord’ scam. Brother and sister have a semi heart-to-heart with Robby calling Sally out on hiding from everyone and she asks him not to tell their dad just yet. They patch things up and Sally goes to apologize to Max. For most of the conversation it looks like her half-truths and sincerity aren’t going to get her out of the doghouse but, in the end, he offers to give her one last chance. Despite her motives behind keeping things from him, doesn’t Sally realize that things, especially of the supernatural variety, have a tendency of cropping back up at the worst possible time? Not telling him and still wanting to be with him has got to be her most selfish act yet. When the supernatural comes a’ knockin’, Max is going to be ill-prepared to deal with it.
Speaking of ill-prepared, the flashback to Aidan’s first day as a vampire is a testament to changes in what you are. AfterBishop having such a blast as a vampire
Kenny pops the question (“I want you to turn me”) Aidan remembers waking up for the first time as a creature of the night; everything was louder, crisper, and sharper, nearly to the point of hurting. When he runs into his friend, Benjamin, things turn from bad to worse as he drains the young man. “You are no longer one of them,” Bishop had told him moments before, “you are more than they are.”
Despite Aidan’s warnings, Kenny wants to become a vampire and who could blame him? Live the rest of his days (or at least the foreseeable future) in a plastic bubble or yearn for more? In a way it parallels Sally’s predicament, accepting what’s before you now versus an unknown future, though Kenny’s future is much less certain; as it stands, one germ infiltrating his bubbly abode and he’s done for. He promises Aidan that, once he turns 18, he’s walking out of the bubble, vampire or not.
On the outskirts of the supernatural issues, Josh and Erin have squabbled like father and daughter. It looks like things are going to be better when he comes home and sees she’s cleaned things up but Erin’s joined the others in keeping secrets. In fact, she’s been working with Liam all along, becoming a part of his pack and communicating with him the whole time. She poisons Aidan’s blood and tells Liam to hurry back so they can take the vampire out. It’s a race against time as Aidan succumbs to the poison and falls to the floor with Erin standing above him, stake at the ready, while Liam races to the house and Josh casually makes his way back from the store. Will he get there before Liam or will it be another case of ‘Where’s the Vampire’? (Next week’s preview already gives us the answer to that but, we’ll play dumb just for this review.)
So much of ‘Being Human’ has been about facing the unknown and what you are. “What’s Blood Got To Do With It” continues that line but also exacerbates how people continually lie to those around them as well as themselves. Though lies may not always be told for nefarious purposes, they will invariably cause more harm in the long run than the truth. It sounds very cynical but will our favorite characters finally come to that point of being honest with one another or will they keep going down the path of least resistance? Methinks it will be the latter because, after all, secrets that get out presents a lot more drama than having the truth out in the open.