Orphan Black S5 E8 Guillotines Decide

Orphan Black draws nearer the last episode with “Guillotines Decide,” the 8th episode of season 5. In this episode, it was the best of times. It was the worst of times. This is a recap. There are spoilers. Continue reading “Orphan Black S5 E8 Guillotines Decide”

Orphan Black S4 E8 The Redesign of Natural Objects

Orphan Black episode 8 is “The Redesign of Natural Objects,” an episode full of tension, surprises, possible betrayals, danger, and new hope. If you don’t mind holding your breath in fear through an entire episode, then this is the episode for you. Continue reading “Orphan Black S4 E8 The Redesign of Natural Objects”

Orphan Black: S3 E8 Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method

Orphan Black, season 3 episode 8 is “Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method” or, as it could also be called, “Rachel Outsmarts Everyone.”

Krystal Goderich

I’ll start with the most interesting and important part of this week’s episode, Krystal Goderich (Tatiana Maslany, a multitude).

We saw Krystal briefly making out in a hotel elevator with Rudy, but now we get to meet her in more developed form. When the episode begins, she’s giving Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) a manicure and talking about some strange twins who were suspicious and scary. Delphine leaves with a good manicure, a conviction that Krystal is still naive, and a look on her face that is so hard that it makes you question whether or not Delphine was ever one of the good guys.

Krystal is American pop culture perfect: blonde hair, elaborate makeup, a pushup bra, a chirpy personality, posture worthy of a starlet, and a breezy way of talking. In short, another miracle on the part of Tatiana Maslany.

Rachel promises Cosima to translate “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” but only for Sarah and only if she’s taken out of the Dyad Institute. Further, she insists to Cosima that Sarah must steal the identity of Krystal, so Rachel has papers to get to Taiwan.

Felix and Crystal

Sarah and Felix set off to find Krystal, who lives in some unspecified place 300 kilometers away. After Felix talks with her, he can hardly stand to walk away with her wallet while leaving her naive about her situation. He sees a note book in her purse as he’s grabbing her wallet that makes him think she knows more about what’s going on that she’s revealing.

Later that night, Dr. Nealon (Tom McCamus) snatches Krystal up, takes her to Dyad, and puts her in a medically induced coma. I’ll explain why in a bit.

Everyone wants the “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” Rachel wants it, and Castor wants it. Nobody knows how anyone from Castor knows about it. Early in the episode we see that Dr. Coady (Kyra Harper) escaped from the Castor compound relatively unhurt. Someone from Castor reveals to her that he has an inside person in the Leda camp. There’s a rat somewhere but we don’t know where yet.

Ari Millen as Rudy

Rudy (Ari Millen), who also escaped the explosion, waits for Scott in his apartment and gets the original copy of the book from him by threatening his cat. When Rudy leaves, Scott calls Delphine and Cosima.

Cosima and Scott in Scott's apartment

Now Delphine knows about the book. And everyone knows that someone in Dyad is telling all to someone in the Castor camp.

Cosima and Delphine

There’s a lot of arguing about who the rat could be, why Cosima kept the book secret from Delphine and the possible lines of research ahead. Delpine wants Cosima to get another stem cell treatment from Kira, which Cosima says she won’t do.

Cosima reveals her near death experience to Delphine, saying, “I came back for you.” Delphine kisses Cosima, but Cosima pulls away. Earlier Cosima told Sarah that Shay (Ksenia Solo) was what she needed right now. Delphine says her issues with Shay are not jealousy.

At Mrs. S’s (Maria Doyle Kennedy), Rachel starts to translate the photocopied book. Dr. Nealon comes in and tries to take to book. Rachel gets out of her wheelchair and falls on the floor having some sort of seizure. Nealon takes her back to Dyad.

But not really.

Rachel is behind a number of things that happened in this episode. She knew about Krystal and arranged her identity theft and arranged for her to be brought to Dyad. Now Krystal is in a coma, wearing an eye patch, and Nealon is telling Delphine and Cosima that it’s Rachel in a coma and Rachel may never wake up. Rachel is really off somewhere getting a new artificial eye and planning heaven knows what mayhem for her sisters when she’s back on her feet. And she has the photocopied book.

What a mess for Sarah and Cosima. Both books gone. They think it’s Rachel in a coma. There’s no hope of translating the book now. Cosima quits Dyad and Delphine fires Scott. As they are leaving, Delphine tosses a file folder with Shay’s name on it to Cosima. Ominous.

The one translated book page that Rachel completed mentions London and Castor, so we are off to London in the next episode to search for clues there.

The Hendrix Drug Machine

The Hendrixes hired Gracie (Zoé De Grand Maison) to work in Bubbles. She still living with Mrs. S, but goes to work at Bubbles. Helena has moved into the Hendrix household. (It’s their turn!!!) She brings with her the long missing canister of liquid nitrogen, which she explains to Alison’s daughter contains her babies. She hides the canister at Bubbles. Helena is wearing Alison’s clothes and looks pretty hilarious.

Donnie (Kristian Bruun) teaches Helena how to make soap and makes her laugh really hard by imitating her Russian accent. Helena and Donnie may become friends.

Alison calls Jason (Justin Chatwin) to Bubbles to talk about the kiss. Instead of talking, he kisses her. She kisses him back, before she pushes him away and tells him it can’t happen again.

Donnie doesn’t trust her. He and texts Jason from Alison’s phone to meet at Bubbles.

Jason and Donnie face off

Donnie tries to scare Jason off Alison. Donnie’s idea of a fight is to slap Jason. Jason counters by knocking Donnie out cold.

Some Thoughts

Nothing is clear. We don’t know if Delphine and Shay are good guys or bad guys. We don’t know who is telling the Castor folks everything about the Leda folks. We don’t know what Rachel is up to – no good, probably. We don’t know if Krystal will ever be heard from again. We don’t know if Sarah can learn anything useful in London. They are taking us right up to the final episode with delicious suspense and many potential cliffhangers as the season ends. And, the previews of the next episode show Maria Doyle Kennedy singing!

I appreciate what Tatiana Maslany did with Krystal. She’s a vision of what every 13 year old girl thinks is perfection. I sure hope she isn’t kept in a coma forever, because I think she might be a valuable addition to the Clone Club.

I love the way Helena laughs. I noticed it way back in the episode where she met and danced with Jesse. The most wonderful sounding growl of a laugh. A masterpiece of a laugh.

The Title Quotation

Dwight D. Eisenhower said this in 1961.

“Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle – with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment. “

Lost Girl: S5 E8 End of Faes

“End of Faes” is episode 8 of season 5, the mid-season finale for Lost Girl. We get some answers we’ve waited season after season for. The cast is dressed in formal wear throughout so everyone looks absolutely fabulous.

Spoilers ahead.

Tamsin with a suitcase

Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) loads up a suitcase while Bo (Anna Silk) tries to convince her to stay. Bo says she needs her, but Tamsin is angry about being rejected for the girlfriend role and won’t stay. After delivering some snark, she hands Bo a piece of mail.

Bo's mail

The back of the envelope is sealed with the triangular spiral mark. The card inside says, “Come and join us for a gathering. Libations and fun. Dress to impress or you will be turned away.”

the gang at the dal

Trick (Rick Howland), Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried), and Lauren (Zoie Palmer) were invited to the same party. They decide to take Mark (Luke Bilyk) along. This worries Vex (Paul Amos). Vexie takes a big interest in Mark. The gang spends some time trying to figure out what the gig is about and what it has to do with the ancients. Bo is sure it’s related to her father. Trick asks what Bo’s father said to her in the Oracle Vision. She tells them a riddle her father said: The greatest evil is the greatest mercy.

Trick says even the ancients have an Achilles heel. Bo’s all for figuring out what it is.

They dress up and head for the party. When the elevator doors open, they walk into a dark room.

Surprise!

The lights come on and everyone yells, “Surprise.” Love the black balloons, such a festive touch.

A sign says Welcome Bo

It’s a party for Bo. Why does that sound so ominous?

Iris and Hera

Hera (Noam Jenkins) is getting Iris (Shanice Banton) all prettied up. She’s dressed like a little girl and he treats her like one. He tells her how to act and makes sure she’s wearing her bracelet. And look at that – Eric Roberts is special guest star.

Lauren carries science stuff in her clutch

Bo grabs a drink. Lauren whips what looks like a pH test strip out of her beautiful formal clutch and dunks it in Bo’s drink. She gives Bo the okay to sip.

Dyson wants to hunt down Heratio. Lauren gives him a syringe filled with bug spray. It will prevent another gadfly attack. Trick will keep an eye on the crowd and the clam dip. Mark is sent to look for Iris.

Lauren is going in search of blood, saliva – the usual stuff you look for at a party.

Bo

Bo asks Lauren to wait. She says, “About us, what we did the other night.”

Lauren says she knows it was a one time thing and she’s okay with it. Bo says, “But here’s the thing. I’m not. There’s always going to be a reason for us not to be together. I don’t want to put this off any longer.”

Lauren

Lauren looks somewhat confused. It’s okay, Lauren, I’m confused, too. We are giving Bo a D- in communication skills tonight.

Lauren says, “Oh boy.”

Bo frowns. “Oh boy yes, or oh boy no?” While Lauren attempts to figure out exactly what her answer will mean, Bo is distracted by the sight of Tamsin in a backless gown. Lauren turns, admires the back along with Bo. Bo says, “We’ll finish this later.”

Tamsin

Bo tells Tamsin she’s glad she’s here. They need her to fight the ancients.

Iris with Bo

Bo wanders into Iris’ room. Lots of action in Iris’ room tonight. It must have been the only other set for the party. Iris finds her there. Iris likes her dress, wants to touch Bo’s shiny hair. Bo admires Iris’ bracelet. Iris says, “My parents make me wear it.”

Zee (Amanda Walsh) walks in. She and Bo face off.

Hera and Dyson

Dyson finds Hera (or Heratio or whatever he’s calling himself tonight) and delivers a syringe full of Lauren’s science stuff with a from the gut move that would make Lauren proud. They do a few macho circling routines and Dyson punches him in the nose. He walks away with a nice blood sample from Hera on his knuckles.

Bo and Zee

Zee tells Bo she’s Zeus, currently a she. Bo adds, “And my aunt.”

Zee says, “Hades may have inspired this shindig, but you and I are on the same team.

Zee admits she sent the oracles to find Bo’s truth – the thing she craves above all. Zee says the thing Bo’s heart truly desires is freedom from her father. And Zee is here to grant it.

Bo asks how and why. Zee says they have to stop Hades from using Bo to end the world.

Bo and Trick

Bo finds Trick. She’s angry about what Zee told her and wants to leave. Trick turns to see Zee, standing next to the Aegis Shield, which is protection for Zeus. She says she never travels without it.

Bo and Trick are in front of a punch bowl full of the drink of prophecy. Instead of eggs, it contains the eyes of the oracles. Ick. Zee convinces them to drink so they can see what will happen if Bo does not become unbound from Hades.

Bo drinks

Both Bo and Trick drink. They see the world turn to cinders, black nothingness.

Bo's hand is black

Bo sees herself, her hand, turning black. When they come out of it, Trick says he’s never felt such complete and utter nothing. Bo says she has: in Tartarus.

Bo asks Zee how to stop what she saw. Zee says the little property of handprint on Bo’s shoulder is Hades ticket to the ground level. It gives him his power. It’s like an umbilical cord. Bo’s been feeding him an all you can eat buffet. Zee says they must act now.

Mark and Iris

Mark finds Iris on the balcony. She’s pissed off at her parents. He convinces her to leave. She knows a place they can go.

Lauren and Dyson

Lauren, who also has swabs and test tubes in her lovely formal clutch, takes a swipe at the blood on Dyson’s knuckles. Lauren says since both Bo and Trick saw the same vision, they have to try. Dyson wants what he calls collateral.

Mark and Iris kiss

Iris takes Mark to a house. When he questions her about it, she hardly has to try to distract him from his curiosity. Young, virile, and easily distracted, that’s Mark. Couldn’t they have put Iris in the light?

Table full of weapons

Zee announces that the emancipation will begin with removing the hand print from Bo’s chest. She unveils a table full of various devices. Bo has to pick the right one. If she chooses wrong, she dies.

Dyson and Trick provide info on each one she looks over. Everything there has a long, mythological history.

Bo chooses a knife

Bo chooses a dagger. Neither Trick or Dyson have seen it before.

Lauren and Tamsin

Lauren and Tamsin have Dyson’s collateral (AKA Heratio) tied up in Iris’ bedroom, just in case anything happens to Bo. They worked together to get Hera locked up, but now they are catfighting over Bo.

Lauren wants to process. Tamsin says, “I entered the game and I lost. That’s life. The best woman won.” She must have memorized that from a book, because she’s actually heartbroken. Lauren doesn’t know what to say, so she sits down beside Tamsin on the bed. Lauren discovers the restraints Hera uses to keep Iris locked in her bed.

Through brilliant intimidation, deduction, and careful reading of the script, Lauren and Tamsin figure out that Iris is tied down at night because she’s more powerful than either Heratio or Zee.

Bo is ready for the handprint removal

Bo’s on a table with Zee above her, dagger at the ready. Zee caresses oil into Bo’s skin. Skin as flawless as Aphrodite. This delays the dagger action a little. Just long enough for Tamsin and Lauren to run in yelling, “Bo, stop.” They announce that Iris is stronger than both of the ancients combined. Egads! Something’s afoul.

Dyson is concerned for Mark, who is alone with Iris. Mark is in no pain. He’s shagging Iris on the living room floor of the house where she took him.

A funeral booklet

As Mark dresses, he sees the funeral booklet for Cecilia Lawrence. He realizes that’s whose body Iris is using, and this is the Lawrence house. Iris wants to be Cece – live in this house, have loving parents.

Cece's father

Of course the parents come home that very minute. The father, Frank (Rothaford Gray) realizes this isn’t his little girl. She reaches inside his chest, does something to his heart and he drops to the floor. His blood forms the curved triangle shape.

Mark realizes it was Iris who killed all the people. She says, “They had to go to sleep.” She thinks they will wake up. Mark tells her Hera used her. She takes off the bracelet and something strange begins to happen to her. She runs.

Mark is stabbed

Mark picks up the bracelet. Cece’s mother stabs Mark with what looks like a pair of grass clippers. That’s very unsanitary. Let’s hope Lauren has lots of antibiotics in that beautiful formal clutch of hers. Mark runs.

Zee and Heratio stand on the balcony discussing whether or not Iris would take off her bracelet. She might. No, she knows better.

Tamsin interrupts this profound discussion.

Tamsin and Zee

Zee tells Tamsin to report to her super friends that Bo’s emancipation is now or never. Tamsin agrees Bo should separate from her father, in fact – make difference relationships in general.

Tamsin says she herself is not a relationship kind of person. She’s a free bird. Zee sees the tears in Tamsin’s eyes. She’s never seen a Valkyrie cry. Tamsin asks Zee when people stopped hurting her. She answers, “They didn’t. I started hurting them. And you’re next.”

Tamsin hit by lightning

Zee steps away from Tamsin and blasts her with a lightning bolt. May I remind you this is Tamsin’s last life. Oh, Tam Tam, don’t die!

Bo, Dyson and Lauren drive to the park. They heard Iris and Mark were there. Bo’s going one way to look for Iris, Dyson and Lauren the other to look for Mark.

Bo

As they start running in different directions, Lauren says, “Bo, wait.” Bo turns. Lauren says, “Oh boy yes.” Bo smiles. Lauren understood her meaning after all.

Everything Iris touches turns to ash – flowers, cops. When Bo finds her, she tells Bo not to get close to her. She says it’s because she’s not supposed to make Bo sleep because “he needs you.”

Iris is bummed about being a murderer. She’s supposed to bring rainbows, not create black holes.

Bo's fingers turn black

Bo, of course, doesn’t listen and tries to charm Iris into talking. Her hand immediately turns black. Bo looks behind her and see that everything Iris touched has turned black. Bo says, “The darkness wasn’t my father. It was Iris.”

Bo heads for the Dal, where Giles Trick finds the answer in a book. The storm created the chaos that allowed the nothingness to be released in Iris. While they talk, Bo’s hand grows blacker.

the box

Trick knows a story about a box that can contain evil. Maybe they can fight it with that. Bo leaves for the clubhouse, because, you know, that’s where the magic box is always found.

Vex, Dyson and Lauren hover over Mark

Bo could use a nice dose of chi for that hand, but all her chi-givers are in the park, trying to stop Mark from bleeding to death. Guess who was there rescuing Mark – one guess – yep, Vex. Just looking out for his boy toy. Mark is close to dying. I hope he hasn’t lost Iris’ bracelet, because I think it might be a really smart idea for her to put it back on her wrist.

When Bo gets to the clubhouse, she finds Zee, who was actually after Bo’s box all this time. Why do I take such adolescent glee in typing Bo’s box? Zee zaps Bo’s hand with a lightning bolt but it does nothing to her.

girl fight

They have a girl fight in evening wear for possession of the box. Bo wins. Bo pushes Zee out the door. Bo sits on one side of the door with the box. Zee sits on the other telling Bo not to open the box. If Bo opens the box, her father will walk the earth.

Bo flashes back to her conversation with Hades during her Oracle Vision. He is played by Eric Roberts. The face of Hades is finally revealed.

Hades

I’m going to try to get down everything he says, because I’m sure it’s all going to be important later. Bo talks in between his statements. “Don’t be afraid. There’s barely any time. We must be quick. . . . There are those far more wicked than I upon this earth. You must stop them. . . . Only family can destroy them. . . . Our power will decide the fate of this world. . . . You will do things you don’t want to do. The [something unintelligible] our victory overnight. . . . Sometimes the greatest evil is the greatest mercy. . . . I give you all I can. The answer lies with you. A gift.”

Bo thinks about it and begins cranking the jack-in-the-box handle. Zee, outside the door, hears the music and looks terrified. Zee moves away from the door.

Bo is surprised

The lid opens and there’s a flash of light.

Some Thoughts

I absolutely loved this episode. I love that we finally know for sure who Hades is. I loved how absolutely gorgeous everyone looked in their gowns and tuxes. I loved that it was a wonderful cliffhanging behemoth of a mid-season finale. We don’t know the fate of Mark or Tamsin. We don’t know what is in Bo’s box. (See that? I typed it again.)

We don’t know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. They’re all just family, folks. Just a little family feud.

We might know what “oh boy yes” means, but I don’t want to depend on that knowledge because there are 8 episodes still to come and “oh boy yes” could turn quickly. It’s happened before.

The first half of season 5 has been very satisfactory to me as a fan. I especially like that there are no annoying inexplicable plot lines. Everything is starting to make sense and hang together.

I miss Kenzi and I’ll be happy to see her back in the next half. I hope she shows up for more than 2 episodes like in this half of the season.

Eric Roberts had a very brief scene in this episode. I presume he’ll be back in the second half of the season with a lot more to do.

I’m pretty sure they won’t let any of the gang die, so I feel okay about Tamsin and Mark making it.

Orphan Black: Variable and Full of Perturbation

Only two episodes of Orphan Black remain in season 2 after this week’s “Variable and Full of Perturbation.” This episode introduced quite a lot of variation and perturbation to resolve in that time, especially with a new clone Tony (Tatiana Maslany) showing up.

Yep, Tony. Formerly Antoinette Zwicky, now a trans man named Tony. He’s a bit of a thug with too much long hair and sparse, wispy facial hair. (I can’t believe I once complained about Cal’s hair and beard.)

The introduction of a trans clone ties a blue ribbon and big bow on the nurture position in the nature vs. nurture debate that has been ongoing since this show began. Rachel even said, “nurture prevails” last week. I’m not saying your upbringing makes you trans. I’m saying your biology doesn’t determine your individuality.

Tony’s buddy Sammy is killed by “suits.” His dying words are for Tony to find Beth Childs. Since suspended cop Art Bell (Kevin Hanchard) still has Beth’s phone, Tony reaches Art. Art takes him to Felix (Jordan Gavaris) who quips, “Holy Tilda Swinton” at the sight of Tony. Felix and Art want to hear the message for Beth, Tony wants to know what’s going on, and nobody trusts anybody.

Holy Tilda Swinton, what have we got here?
Holy Tilda Swinton, what have we got here?

While at a standoff over who will give who what information first, Tony takes a bath at Felix’s place, first showing off his monster package bulging in a pair of tight shorts. Felix definitely notices. There’s a bit of sizzle between them.

Oh, weird alert.
Oh, weird alert.

Tony tries getting information out of Felix with sex. It’s a little strange with Tony looking so much like Felix’s favorite sister and all. Felix pulls back.

Who is this person with my face?
Who is this person with my face?

Tony finds paintings of the clones in the apartment. Felix still won’t reveal anything to Tony. Tony still won’t reveal anything to Felix. Tony’s about to give up and leave when Sarah arrives.

Sarah, meet Tony. Tony, meet Sarah.
Sarah, meet Tony. Tony, meet Sarah.

With Sarah there, we finally get the message from Sammy (who Felix and Sarah assume was Tony’s monitor) to Beth Childs. Sammy was ex-military like Paul. The message is, “Tell Beth, keep the faith. Paul’s like me. He’s on it. He’s a ghost.”

Speaking of Paul, Rachel spends the whole episode trying to find him. He’s disappeared.

Allison

Allison goes home from rehab to find Donnie (Kristian Bruun) drunk in bed. Later that night she finds him in the basement, packing to leave.

Family therapy
Family therapy

Now that they are finally using the C word together, they have a bit of mutual talk therapy. They both confess their problems with murdering people. Once they are honest with each other, it’s clear that they actually do care about each other. Instead of leaving the family, Donnie shows Allison Leekie’s body in the trunk of the car. And he mentions that he shot Leekie with Allison’s gun. Boy, do they have a lot to do.

Sarah, Cosima, Delphine, Duncan, Mrs. S, Rachel and Kira

Sarah, Kira (Skyler Wexler), Ethan Duncan (Andrew Gillies), and Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) are all at Mrs. S’s place, waiting to see if they are going to give Duncan and his floppy disks to Dyad. Duncan is taken with Kira. He reads to her from and old copy of The Island of Doctor Moreau, a copy he used to read to Rachel. He gives Kira the book. Duncan tells Sarah that he can cure Cosima – no question about it.

At Dyad, Rachel tells Dolphine (Evelyne Brochu) that Leekie died of a heart attack and that she, Rachel, is in charge. She dispatches Delphine to get Duncan. Delphine thinks Rachel killed Leekie and the situation for Cosima is more urgent than ever.

Cosima has more or less forgiven Delphine over the Kira stem cell incident. They have a talk in which Delphine assures Cosima that she loves her. Cosima says, “You have to love all of us.” Cure one, cure them all. Delphine says she does love all of them and Cosima finally admits, “I love you, too.”

Delphine convinces Mrs. S and Sarah to let Duncan go into Dyad. When Rachel meets him again, she is cold and professional. He tells her what equipment he needs. Then he tells her that Sarah’s fertility was a failure, not a success. “You were all barren by design.” Rachel is frozen in place on the outside, but inside she cracks. Inside she throws a tantrum, tossing everything on her desk, throwing furniture, and hanging on to her emotions by the thinnest of threads.

Scott is in on the truth.
Scott is in on the truth.

When Delphine shows up at the lab with Duncan in tow, Cosima says it feels strange to meet her “maker.” Scott (Josh Vokey) is there to help. (Cosima told Scott that she is 324B21.) All of them are ready to get to work when Cosima has a seizure. She’s writhing on the floor with blood gushing from her mouth.

At Mrs. S’s, Kira wakes up early. She sneaks out of bed and sits on the floor with the copy of The Island of Doctor Moreau. She smiles as she leafs through the pages, which are filled with hand-written scientific drawings, chemical equations, and annotations in the text.

Helena was only mentioned in passing in this episode. Presumably she is still with the Prolethians, being impregnated with her own eggs fertilized by God’s representative on earth, Henrik.

The quote for the episode title, “Variable and Full of Perturbation,” comes from Francis Bacon’s Novum Organon, and reads:

the spirit of man (according as it is meted out to different individuals) is in fact a thing variable and full of perturbation, and governed as it were by chance.

Recap: Lost Girl S4, E8 Groundhog Fae

People are crazy and times are strange.
– Bob Dylan

In “Groundhog Fae,” episode 8 of Lost Girl, Bo kisses Tamsin about 50 times while Kenzi kisses Hale about 500 times. Lauren, Dyson and Vex become besties on Bo’s bed while discussing Bo’s box. It’s the Lost Girl Christmas show!

In the Lost Girl universe, it’s summer time. We’ll get to what that has to do with Christmas later. In the meantime, we begin with objectified boobs at the car wash/gas station.

Working at the car wash
Working at the car wash

Lauren lusts after this marvel of nature as melting ice cream runs in a wet slide down her hand. No need to be subtle on Lost Girl, just put it all out there. At least until Hale shows up to snap his fingers and bring everyone out of their Bo induced carwash hallucination.

She's mesmerized all right
Mesmerized by Bo

Seems washing cars is therapy for Bo since she’s failed in her attempts to find the hell shoes. It’s Fae Yule night when Krampus comes to “slide down your chimney on the hottest night of the year,” according to Lauren (Zoie Palmer). Bo (Anna Silk) says that sounds like her kind of elf. Boy, is she wrong there.

Bo took a piece of candy when she paid for the gas, ate it, and now she’s so sleepy she’s letting Hale (K.C. Collins) drive. Bo climbs in the back seat and Lauren and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) shove it out to see who gets to sit in back with her. Lauren wins. Oddly, Lauren and Dyson are acting friendly toward each other.

I called it, Wolfie
I called it, Wolfie

In the gas station, a creepy fellow and his short assistant dump a dude who made the mistake of eating a piece of their candy into an abyss that somehow opens under the hood of a car.

Trick (Rick Howland) reads about the legend of Krampus to Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) who has had enough of the Stephanie Meyer literature and changes the subject to decorating for Yule. Trick continues that Yule is a celebration of contrition. We are going to have contrition aplenty tonight.

Dyson and Lauren come into the clubhouse, compliment Kenzi on her decorations. She only wants to know where Hale is.

Buy a girl a drink first, horny
Buy a girl a drink first, horny

Hale comes in with a Krampus sack, wearing horns. Kenzi is most welcoming, so much so that Lauren and Dyson have to issue throat clearing reminders about their presence. Bo doesn’t come in with everyone else. Where is she? They don’t notice her absence and drink a toast to Bo to show that “she is not alone.”

Bo wakes up in the car when the radio comes on. She’s no longer dressed in her wet car washing outfit. She has on a dress and boots and doesn’t know why everyone abandoned her in the car. Bo goes into the clubhouse. She passes by a couple kissing in what passes for an entryway, sees Bruce (Rob Archer) chugging beer with a woman as muscular as he is, and is approached by Choga (Darryl Hinds), who is one of those frog fae whose sweat gives you super powers. He offers Bo a lick.

Care for a lick?
Care for a lick?

Bruce interrupts his drinking to push Choga away and say hello to Bo.

Hello, bo
Nobody gets in Bruce’s way

Happy Yule, Bruce tells her.

Do we give Bo the box?
Do we give Bo the box?

In Bo’s bedroom, Lauren and Dyson discuss a box which came addressed to the dark archives in care of Bo and covered in Bo’s handwriting. Lauren opened it. They argue about whether or not to give the box to Bo. Bo discovers them and complains that they left her alone in the car, feeding her growing abandonment issues. They hide the box.

Vex (Paul Amos) comes in, wearing Bo’s corset. Bo yells for Kenzi and leaves. Lauren thinks she, Dyson and Vex are going to need more booze. They are downing shots as quickly as they can.

Kenzi and Hale make out in Kenzi’s bedroom. Kenzi breaks away because her Kenzi-senses are tingling. Hale makes an attempt at a brilliant 100% guaranteed foreplay remark which falls flat with Kenzi. He says, “Ignore that. I’ll do better next time.”

Downstairs, Bo talks to Krampus (R.D. Reid), only she doesn’t know he’s Krampus yet. She’s complaining about being abandoned in the car, calls Lauren and Dyson the new wonder twins. She says, “Okay, maybe I’m running out of excuses not to get back on that train. Why am I telling you this?”

Krampus puts on Groucho Marx glasses and says, “Sometimes we only have to see what’s staring us in the face.”

I'm so sorry
I’m so sorry

Tamsin enters, neatly ducks a ball just as it flies past her head, tells Bo, “I’m so sorry,” and kisses her. Bo wants to know what that was for. Tamsin says, “Doesn’t matter, you’re not going to remember in about 3 seconds.”

Bo is back in the car, waking up to the sound of the radio. She jumps out, goes back inside to pass by the kissing couple, see the beer chugging, get offered a lick of frog sweat, thanks Bruce for pushing the guy away. This time when Bruce walks off dissonant music plays when he passes by a particular wall which seems to magically contain the little guy from the gas station. It’s Jeffrey (Ken Hall) and he’s Krampus, Jr.

Bo sees Tamsin and says, “Yo, Valkyrie lips, what was that?” Tamsin is surprised Bo remembers that’s she’s been through this before.

Tamsin goes all Bill Murray
Tamsin goes all Bill Murray

Tamsin gives Bo the Bill Murray version of what’s about to happen as she points to various recurring events around the room. Tamsin’s been on repeat even longer than Bo, telling people they’re stuck in some sort of quantum paradox, but no one believes her.

“Then you and I kissed,” Tamsin says. They shrug. Since Bo remembers it’s groundhog day fae, they try kissing again. Nothing happens. Bo says, “Nada.” Tamsin reveals her longing for the succubus, and says, “Speak for yourself.”

A couple of episodes back, Tamsin announced that the way Bo makes her feel is what love feels like.  She always had the hots for Bo, but she’s being nice about it since her rebirth. In her previous life, she had the hots for Bo but covered it over with snark and anger. I’m wondering if the feelings Tamsin is developing (or acknowledging honestly) this season will make her a powerful ally for Bo in whatever eventually happens in the meeting with The Wanderer and the conflict between light and dark that is developing in Bo.

Rinse and repeat. This round in the time loop, Bruce is missing, Bo punches the frog sweat guy, and decides to have some fun of her own.

Chug it Tamsin
Chug it Tamsin

Fun for Bo includes betting on Tamsin’s chugging ability and arm wrestling Bruce’s buff drinking partner. Bo wins. Of course.

They won't remember
Will anyone remember?

Fun also includes more kissing with Tamsin, because who’s going to even remember? Plus, Tamsin really gets into it.

Lauren and Dyson decide to drink to decide whether or not to tell Bo about the box.

Drinking to decide
Drinking to decide

Lauren should get to decide because she loves Bo. Down a drink. No, Dyson should get to decide because he sacrificed his love to save Bo. Down a drink. Lauren admits Bo wants the truth. Drink. Dyson thinks Bo can handle herself and her destiny. Drink. Vex thinks they should present their cases to him. Then Vex will decide who is most worthy of Bo’s box.

Heart to heart
Heart to heart

Bo wakes up in the car again as time restarts itself. She and Tamsin sit by the fire for a heart to heart talk this time around. I can’t help noticing once again that Kenzi is off in a kissing loop and Lauren and Dyson are drinking with each other in Bo’s bedroom. None of them are there for Bo. Tamsin is. Tamsin is not only there, she gives Bo vulnerable, longing looks. Tamsin says, “There’s something I need to talk to you about.”

Bo is distracted by Krampus, Jr. pulling another person into the magic wall with him. Party goers are disappearing into the wall at an alarming rate.

BAM, Bo’s back in the car and time restarts. Bo asks Tamsin to tell her everything she did on the way to the party. Seems she stopped at a gas station to buy a pack of gum. They decide to look for Trick to get the Yule story info.

Dyson tells Vex and Lauren about the first time he met Bo and how he gave her the chi injection she needed to save herself.

I gave her chi when she needed it
I gave her chi when she needed it

He figures that makes him responsible for her being here, so he should get to choose what to do with her box. You have to admire actors who can say shit like that with a straight face.

I love her
I love her

Lauren, who is well and truly drunk, says, “When I first met Bo she didn’t know her hole from an ass in the ground.” Lauren curbed Bo’s murderous hunger, plus she loves her and that should give her extra votes. She thinks they should throw the box in the fire.

Dyson says why are we fighting? Lauren smiles at him. He wants to hug it out with the doctor.

These two are best buddies now
These two are best buddies now

Dyson says later that he hasn’t hated her for a long time. She says, “You’re the only one who gets my predicament, Wolfie. And, you make me laugh.” Smiling and hugging and chemistry between Lauren and Dyson. It’s happening whether you want it or not.

Lauren is going to reattach Vex’s hand. Right now. Drunk surgery.

You're pretty
You’re pretty

Bo and Tamsin find Trick sleeping in the bathtub. He’s drunk and useless. He does think Tamsin’s pretty, so maybe he’s not completely brain dead.

BAM. Back to the car.

Practice makes perfect
Practice makes perfect

Kenzi and Hale make out in her bedroom. He continues to search for a remark that will turn her on, not drive her away mad, but he’s not doing well at it. Three or four more time restarts and he reads to her from a book of poetry. Success. She likes it.

A condom bonanza
A condom bonanza

Kenzi gets out her “first time with a Fae box from Bo” to reveal a selection of condoms. Hale gets a sudden case of performance anxiety and checks his watch.

The 9th time Bo and Tamsin wake up Trick from his bathtub bed, Bo asks him why he hasn’t told her about The Wanderer. He says, “Because I’m terrified.”

Restart time. Bo and Tamsin try talking to Hale and discover that he knows about the time loop. He says, “Oh, Krampus got  you, too?”

Seems Krampus plays tricks on people every year during Yule. Hale thinks it’s harmless. Bo says, we just saw some guy get sucked into the wallpaper. Hale says Krampus feeds on regret.

Krampas, Jr. will get you
Krampus, Jr. will get you

Bo goes downstairs to confront Jeffrey, AKA Krampus, Jr., at the wall. Tamsin gets sucked into the wall. Hale says Krampus is just a kindly prankster who whisks naughty children to candy land. He says they should go back to where they first met up with him to find him.

Things are back to normal time, which Hale says means Krampus has found someone with enough regret to tide him over. Bo leaves for the gas station. Hale gives her a big knife.

Who's the Yule fool now?
Who’s the Yule fool now?

Kenzi is in her bedroom, her feelings hurt because she discovered that Hale was practicing his wooing in the time loop. She says, “How many times did we?” He says, “Not once.” He says he just wanted to make it perfect because he cares about her.

I like you, you know.
Why can’t they figure out how to light K.C. Collins?

She forgives him; they make up.

Bo jumps into the abyss at the gas station. She discovers a conveyor belt where people go in one end and candy comes out the other. Tamsin is strapped on the conveyor belt. Tamsin says, “I’ve been naughty. Now I’ll be candy.” Bruce wanders by, sad because he has to wait to be candy.

I'll be candy
I’ll be candy

Bo says, “Listen up, brainwashed Betty,” and gives Tamsin a lecture about not having regrets. Tamsin says, “If they make me into a lollipop, I want you to have the first lick.” Bo sticks the big knife in the works and gets Tamsin off the soylent green candy machine.

This is just bad Christmas
This is just bad Christmas

Jeffrey shows up and Bo yells at him about how he’s ruining Christmas. He says the Valkyrie is his, and sure enough she seems stuck to the floor. Tamsin confesses she’s the reason The Wanderer found Bo.

The Valkyrie meets The Wanderer
The Valkyrie meets The Wanderer

A quick flashback to a previous life, in which Tamsin hunts Fae fugitives. The Wanderer comes to her with eyes of pure evil. He wants her to find a woman that Tamsin doesn’t think could exist: her eyes both brown and blue, virtuous yet lustful, neither dark nor light – yet both.

You weren't supposed to be real
You weren’t supposed to be real

Tamsin can’t stand that she helped that monster find Bo. She’d rather be candy than what she is. Bo says, “None of that matters. I forgive you.”

Jeffrey comes back and says, “Admit you ate that candy.” Bo finally gets the connection between everything that’s happened and eating the piece of candy from the gas station.

Seems Jeffrey wants a sacrifice. He likes Tamsin’s regrets. Papa Krampus turns everyone loose except Bo. He likes her darkness. There’s enough darkness in her to make candies for centuries. She’s full of guilt and denial and the kind of complexity that makes great candy.

Krampas and his soylent candy store
Krampus and his soylent candy store

He straps her to the conveyor belt. She can’t be free unless she faces her truth and confronts her fears.

Bo admits she's afraid
Bo admits she’s afraid

She says, “Yes, I’m scared. I’m scared of making the wrong choice. Of losing my friends and my family again. I’m terrified of what I’ll become. I’m terrified of what I’m capable of. I’m terrified of The Wanderer and what he’ll make me.”

With that, Krampus frees her. She lands next to Tamsin still saying, “I’m scared.” Tamsin says, “I’ve got you,” and hugs her.

Bo wakes up in the car one last time, with Tamsin looking at her.

Is The Wanderer my father?
Is The Wanderer my father?

Bo asks Tamsin about the evil thing that got her, The Wanderer. Could he be Bo’s father?

That "thing" would do anything
That “thing” would do anything

Tamsin says, “That thing would do anything to claim its ideal mate. Even if it meant creating her himself.” Mate. She used the word mate. The plot line for The Wanderer is driving me crazy!

Kenzi pops in, asks how Bo is. Tamsin calls Kenzi mom. Kenzi says Lauren’s gone off to sew Vex’s hand back on. It’s past midnight and light and dark can’t be at the same Yule party so Tamsin leaves, Kenzi goes back inside and Bo stays with the car. Kenzi says, Oh, yeah, I found this box on your bed where Dyson passed out.

This was on your bed
This was on your bed

Bo opens the box and sees a glass container of something dark.

Personal Thoughts

  • Hello to Groundhog Day. Hello to Soylent Green. Hello to Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There were references to Keebler elves and Stephanie Meyer and other pop culture trivia in this episode. It’s as if we don’t know how to tell a story without pop culture to ground us and give us fodder for jokes.
  • Here’s the Krampus folklore as opposed to the St. Nicholas folklore.
  • Now that they finally built a set for Kenzi’s bedroom, we get to see it in every episode! We also have a set for a garage in this episode. Bo had to have somewhere to wake up whenever the time loop reset. The clubhouse is growing.
  • I’m happy to see Lauren interacting with Evony, with Dyson, with Vex. Zoie Palmer was really limited in what she could do when she only had an occasional scene with Bo. More Lauren is always a good thing. Plus, Lauren is funny when she’s not busy being in love with Bo.
  • It was nice to have the grown up Tamsin present and prominent in this episode. Almost makes up for her being missing so much in the previous episodes.
  • Here’s a little present from Rachel Skarsten