Twist endings can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Either they will elicit gasps from the viewer with exclamations of surprise, or they will elicit the bored eye-roll because the viewer saw it coming from a mile away. I like to think that I’m normally pretty good at spotting these twists but sometimes…..sometimes I’m shocked into silence. Case in point: The Sixth Sense. I didn’t see that coming at all. However, in regards to the film The Village….I figured out that twist about 20 minutes in. What I really find odd is that both of those films came from the same person. Anyway, back to my point…..I will give props to this latest episode because I was honestly surprised at what transpired.
This week we finally get to see the beginnings of Aidan’s relationship with Henry and what led to Henry becoming a vampire. Josh encounters and old friend and things with Sally aren’t quite what they seem to be. This revelation will have serious repercussions on the trio as we know them to be. With only three episodes left (most likely) this latest episode is setting the story up for what will surely be a doozy of a cliffhanger.
After Henry’s flaying last week, Aidan brings him to the house to heal. Josh has to invite him in and does so with equal parts of apprehension and disgust. I’m pretty sure that the disgust factor is due to Henry pulling out his best guy-from-Hellraiser cosplay. In order to speed Henry’s healing process, Aidan compels two girls to come home with him so that Henry can feed. Aidan’s influence over the girls wears off and the two begin to freak out. Aidan reacts by breaking their necks, so of course, Henry jumps at the chance and tears into one of them once she hits the floor claiming the “5 second rule.” Ok….it was in poor taste but I’ll be honest, I laughed.
The whole time Henry feeds on the girls…before they died anyway, Aidan reflects on when he met Henry. The two met during World War I when Aidan was a soldier. He was brought in badly wounded from the battlefield and Henry was the medic who attended to him. They became friends, but Aidan had to take action when another wounded soldier spied him feeding off of bloody bandages. The soldier tried to stake Aidan, but Henry got in the way so Aidan decimated everyone, and turned Henry. So began their father/son relationship.
Josh comes home the next morning and meets Henry, who is starting to look fabulous once again. Josh gets suspicious and rails Aidan for bringing death into what is supposed to be their normal sanctuary.
Josh tries his best to resume normal life since Nora left and since he’s sort of made amends with Julia. The two have an encounter at the hospital and Julia tells him that even though he was a lousy fiancé, he was a great friend, so they decide to leave it at that. Josh then looks up to see Stu (played by Jay Baruchel), his best friend that was killed by the wolf who turned Josh.
Josh asks Stu how he’s been (dumbest question ever) to which Stu replies, “I’ve been dead Josh.” The two do a bit of catching up and Josh fills him in on leaving Julia, hooking up with Nora, turning Nora, losing Nora, reconnecting with Julia and trying to get his life back on track. Stu tells him over and over that being friendly with Julia isn’t a good idea because both of them are the “all in” kind.
Josh and Julia end up playing some pool and having drinks together and just as things are about to take a turn, Josh decides he needs to leave so they don’t end up in the sack together. Julia is left at the bar feeling dejected once again when Josh suddenly comes back in. The next shot of them is at Julia’s apartment tearing each others clothes off and tumbling into bed with each other. But it’s not actually Josh….it’s Stu in Josh’s body.
Josh wakes up in a haze of confusion and sees Stu sitting by the bed. The two go outside and Josh rails into Stu for possessing him and making things worse with Julia. Stu admits to having always been in love with Julia but was too afraid to ask her out. He tells Josh that he just wanted Julia to look at him the way she looks at Josh. Josh then turns it around and tells him that if he really loved her, he wouldn’t put her in a position to get her heart-broken again. Julia wakes up to find Josh sitting in her living room and she curls up next to him to go back to sleep. Josh doesn’t fight the temptation and they end up making out with Stu watching through the window before he dissipates.
Sally is still trying to get her through her training when the Reaper takes her to a park to shred a ghost who keeps possessing people. It happens to be one of the ghosts from the support group and he’s currently inhabiting a young boy who’s playing at a park. Sally tries to shred him, but can’t do it so the Reaper takes over. He tells her that she can’t apologize and that shredding needs to be done quickly.
Once she’s back at the house, she walks in to the kitchen to see Boner standing there. He asks her about Stevie and asks if she knows where he is. Knowing that the Reaper was wrong about Stevie, she goes to Zoe and Nick (ex-ghost boyfriend) to ask for help. Zoe tells her to ask the group because they know a scary amount of stuff. Sally agrees but when she shows up for group, she only finds a very distraught Zoe and a mess of papers flying around. She tries to get Zoe to tell her what happened but Zoe just keeps repeating “what did you do?” On the verge of a major freak out, Sally goes home again and Nick shows up saying he can help her. The Reaper appears behind Nick and begins to shred him. It’s at this point that it’s revealed that there is in fact, no Reaper….just Sally. She’s got this split personality thing going. There are clips of flashbacks, including one of the 80′s rocker ghost from last season telling her that the longer a ghost sticks around, the crazier they become. Well I’d say that Sally is bat shit crazy at this point. Josh and Aidan walk in pleading with her to stop before she destroys Nick. It doesn’t work and poor Nick is all but a memory. Sally then turns her aggressions toward Josh and Aidan and begins to wreak havoc on the house. Aidan grabs the iron poker from the fireplace and is able to dissipate her to stop her carnage.
Sally wakes up in a salt circle on the landing where she died with Aidan and Josh looking over her. She’s freaked out and wants to be let go, and since Josh has such a big heart, he almost does it, but Aidan stops him. After some pleading with them, her voice changes to that of the reaper and demands to be let go.
So yeah….crazy stuff going on with Sally. I like where they’re going with her and am very curious on how this whole story-line is going to play out. Is our lovable Sally gone for good? I’m sure they’ll get her back somehow, someway, but in the meantime, I like this psycho Sally. This also give Meaghan Rath a chance to step out of Sally’s cardigan and work those acting muscles of hers and I can’t wait to see her play against the Sally type.
As for Aidan and Josh….I think Aidan’s going to have his hands full with Henry and Josh is going to have his hands full with Julia. This episode wasn’t the most exciting but the last 15 minutes or so did a great job of whetting the appetite and setting the foundation for what’s to come.Tags: Being Human, Being Human 2.09, Being Human Recap, Being Human Season 2 Episode 9, Being Human SyFy, Dichen Lachman, Kyle Schmid, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sam Witwer